Next Reflex Dance Collective is an award-winning modern dance company based in Northern Virginia. It was founded by Roxann Morgan Rowley and Erika Surma in 2007 and has been presented throughout the region by multiple venues and festivals including the John F. Kennedy Center, The DC Dance Festival, The Charlotte Dance Festival, The DUMBO Dance Festival, The Cool NY Dance Festival, The Goose Route Dance Festival, The Howard Community Festival, Mason/Rhynes Productions “Late Night Series”, The Carter Barron Amphitheater, The Workhouse Arts Center, Dance Place, The Harman Center for the Arts, The 2010 Metro DC Dance Awards, and The National Theater. NRDC’s programs include en Route! A Touring Dance Project, A Late Night Series, and an Artist-in-residency program.

NRDC has received support from the Puffin Foundation, the Arts Council of the Valley, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. In 2009, NRDC was the proud recipient of the Metro DC Dance Awards' “Founders Award” for innovation in dance and was a finalist in multiple award categories. NRDC was formerly in residency at American Dance Institute and is currently in residency at The Workhouse Arts Center.

Artistic Director

     

Roxann Morgan Rowley is the artistic director for Next Reflex Dance Collective. Since 2006 she has been producing dance work in the DC Metro Region. Her work has been showcased in productions at Dance Place and Joy of Motion, Dancing Across the Virginias, the Charlotte Dance Festival, The Goose Route Dance Festival, White Wave CoolNYC Festival, The Velocity DC Dance Festival, John F. Kennedy Center, and the Harman Shakespeare Theater. She has choreographed for The American Century Theater. Her work has also been presented at James Madison University, George Mason University, and The University of Mary Washington.

An artist and performer, she has had the opportunity to work artists and companies including MansurDance, Clancy Works, Steven Mazolla, Daniel Burkholder and the Playground, Dakshina Dance Company, Anomosmotion, Peter DiMuro, Jane Jerardi and Jane Franklin Dance Company. Ms. Morgan Rowley holds an MFA from George Mason University and a BA from George Washington University studying under national and international faculty members.

Outside of NRDC Ms. Morgan Rowley has taught for James Madison University and Fairfax County Public Schools Institute for the Arts and Joy of Motion. Currently Ms. Morgan Rowley teaches for University of Mary Washington, George Mason University and Northern VA Community College.



Company

     

Sara Cooper is a recent graduate of Radford University with double major in dance and english. She has worked with Horizon Nomadic Artists and apprenticed with Roanoke City Ballet.



     

Carly Johnson grew up dancing in Vienna, Virginia at Cuppett Performing Arts Center, where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern. After deciding that she wanted to pursue dance as a career, she took classes at Fairfax Academy for the Communications and Arts in. There, her piece "Popular" won the Black and Blue Choreography Showcase, and the award for Most Outstanding Signature Project in the Dance Academy. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography, a minor in General Business, and an Honors degree. While at VCU she had the pleasure of performing in pieces choreographed by her peers, faculty members, and guest artists at VCU such as Stephanie Martinez and Doug Varone. She has also worked with professionals in the Richmond community such as Pamela England and the Lyric Opera of Virginia. Carly is currently a performing artist with Next Reflex Dance Collective and Jane Franklin Dance.



     

Victoria Unterberger graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with minors in Theater Performance/Directing and Business Administration from Radford University. She has done dance intensives with Christopher K. Morgan & Artist and at New York City's STEPS on Broadway Summer Study. Prior to college she performed at the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, and Holiday Bowl halftime shows having the opportunity to work with Bonny Story, Mandy Moore, and Chris Judd. While at Radford, she had the opportunity to work with Jenai Washington and Teal Darkenwald in residency. Her main focus during college became modern, jazz, and choreography while maintaining her ballet studies. She has choreographed over 10 original works, directed an hour length one act, multiple scenes and is still creating work. She has extensive background in musical theater holding 2 professional credits from Theater West Virginia, Footloose (Cowgirl) and Hatfields & McCoys (Nancy McCoy) and recently starred in Oklahoma! as Ado Annie Carnes. She has been in Anything Goes (Angel), Cat in The Hat (Mom & Ensemble) and premiered Keep This for Me (ensemble), an original musical. Since graduation she worked at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Arts as an Arts Administration intern. She is currently on faculty for her second season at Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet and Lake Ride Prestige Academy. Victoria had her performance debut in the 2019 ICONS performance at Dance Loft on 14 by Naomi Long in Ellipses.



     

Denise Urban is from Alexandria, Virginia and began her dance training at Chris Collins Dance Studio. She has studied all styles of dance and passed Cecchetti exams up to Grade 6. She attended Radford University where she studied under danah bella, Ji-Eun Lee, Deborah McLaughlin, Inessa Plekhanova, Aleksey Plekhanov, and Amy VanKirk. She has represented Radford at American College Dance Association conferences, performed faculty work at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and performed in the NASA Langley Centennial Celebration. She has worked with guest artists such as Jenai Cutcher-West, Stuart Pimsler, and MacArthur Fellow, Kyle Abraham. She has performed in Radford University's Nutcracker productions (Clara's Friend, Soldier, Snowflake, Marzipan) as well as in Roanoke Ballet Theater's Nutcracker (Nun, Flower). She has performed in musicals at Radford such as Anything Goes (Angel Purity) and Oklahoma! (Dream Laurey, Ensemble). Denise received her B.A. in Dance and B.B.A. in Economics in 2018. She performed various pieces by emerging choreographers in the 2019 Dance ICONS Thesis Concert. In Fall 2019, Denise returned to Chris Collins Dance Studio to teach and became a member of Next Reflex Dance Collective.



     

Becca Weiss is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker based in Falls Church, VA. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Her curiosity with dance on camera started in 2018 and has since blossomed into a variety of projects including her debut film, "undying esteem" which premiered at the Muestra Movimiento Audiovisual Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. Most recently, Becca directed a series of micro-documentaries with Company E that highlighted five international choreographers developing climate-driven work. As a dancer, Becca has worked closely with Jane Franklin Dance, alight dance theatre, and Through the Fourth Wall Productions. Her work in musical theatre has included "Legally Blonde" at the Little Theatre of Alexandria and "19: The Musical" which premiered at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2019.



     

Maggie Wilder is a recent college graduate from the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a double major in Theatre. She is currently working as a staff accountant at an accounting firm in Alexandria, Virginia, where she specializes in the field of auditing nonprofit organizations in the Northern Virginia and D.C. areas. Maggie has been performing since the age of three and is trained in acting and numerous dance styles. She enjoys the outlet that performance gives her to escape her daily desk job and connect with her creative side, and she is excited to join NRDC this season.



     

Edward Yates is a young motivated dancer and recent graduate of the University or Mary Washington. Yates joined Next Reflex Dance Collective in 2018. He began his dance training while in college and at the Fredericksburg Ballet Centre. Since then he has performed in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, and an American Ballet Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in which he performed on the same stage as Misty Copeland.



Collaborators

     

Ben Irwin has been playing drum set for 10 years. He has played in jazz combos and the big band jazz band at JMU, where he will be a senior this fall. Ben has also played drums with the Lorton Workhouse for Rocky Horror Picture Show (fall 2016), Cabaret and Avenue Q.



     

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, and writer currently based in Winchester, Virginia who specializes in tap dance. He holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) with a certificate in Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

As an educator, Charlie has taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, American University, and is currently on faculty at the Shenandoah Conservatory (SU) where he primarily teaches tap dance technique, choreography, history and improvisation.

As a musician, he is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter for a variety of projects. In 2019 he founded the DMV rock band, The Aftershakes, and in 2020 he began a solo music project, Nox Eterna. Over the last 7 years, he has also played drums, guitar, and piano as an accompanist for dance classes at various universities and festivals such as the UIUC, SU, American College Dance Association Conferences (ACDA), and Regional/National High School Dance Festivals.

In 2014, he founded Polymath Performance Project (PPP); a collective of dancers, musicians, and actors who make interdisciplinary performances that highlight experimental approaches to tap dance technique and composition. His current choreographic research explores hybrid identities and object-oriented ontology from a tap dancer’s perspective. This coming October he will be presenting his first professional research paper titled “Tap Dancing Cyborgs: An Object-Oriented Approach to Performance” at the 2021 Dance Studies Association Conference. In February 2021, PPP will present it’s first commissioned work for the annual BlackLight Summit at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.



     

Giorgio Mazzarelli Giorgio has been in the preforming arts for about 20 years as an actor, singer, and drag performer. He has attended AMDA Academy for the Performing Arts in Manhattan NY. Theater highlights include "Big River" (musical adaptation of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn), two runs as Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Agatha Christie's "The Unexpected Guest," "The Odd Couple," "The Drowsy Chaperone," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and "Cabaret." He was also a cast member of the local "Rocky Horror Picture Show" shadow cast for 10 years.

As a drag performer (Lips Maccin) he is known as a campy dark lady. He was a cast member of Freddie’s Beach Bar’s monthly zodiac show for two years. He is a cast member of the Dragulishous company and hosted drag bingo night, brunches and dinner shows and currently hosting drag bingo night twice a month at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack in Falls church. He also has a YouTube horror film hosting show (Lips Maccin’s Freak flicks). He is also know as DC’s only tap dancing drag queen.



     

Nova Ren is a musician and composer living in Newport News, VA. Nova has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mary Washington, where she studied Jazz, composition, and electronic music production. In 2013, while at UMW, Nova had the great pleasure of collaborating with Roxann Morgan Rowley for the first time. Since then, Nova has collaborated on many exciting projects with Roxann and Next Reflex Dance Collective. Nova enjoys a good cup of coffee and playing board games with her wife and daughter.