Riley Daniel began her training as a dancer with the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy before entering into her college years. She graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was a Kaleidoscope Dance Company member and worked with many guest artists such as Edwin Olvera, Loretta Livingston, and Hannah Baumgarten, just to name a few. Riley went to the American College Dance Festival to train with and perform for other dancers and teachers from across the nation. Riley joined Perpetual Motion Dance in 2016 and now also teaches aerial for the company.
Claire graduated from the University of Oklahoma with Distinction and received a BFA in Dance Pedagogy and a BS in Nonprofit Business. She performed with OU’s ballet and modern companies, including a tour to Austria. Founder of the "Oklahoma Kindness Club", working with children at the Boys & Girls Club, Claire has the opportunity to teach dance and empower them. Claire is also a compassionate advocate and fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation and is an active member of their young professional’s board. Upon receiving her 225 hour Yoga Certification and specialty training in "Trauma Sensitive", Claire has begun teaching at Chesapeake Fitness Center. She is also skilled in barre fusion, ballet as an adjunct ballet professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, as well as an aerial instructor for Perpetual Motion Dance and grant writer.
Emily Dawson is a unique and daring performing artist, choreographer, and teacher. Emily received her B.F.A in Dance Performance magna cum laude from the University of Central Oklahoma. During her four years there, she performed on scholarship with Kaleidoscope Dance Company throughout the United States and in Mexico. She received both the Lorraine Rimmel Watson award and the award for Outstanding Performer. Upon graduating, she joined Perpetual Motion Dance in 2009. She has since performed in Fresno, Kansas City, Little Rock, Dallas, Houston, and Santa Fe, along with many cities across the state of Oklahoma. Her choreography has been featured at the American College Dance Festival, Meow Wolf – House of Eternal Return, Factory Obscura’s Midnight Dinner, and in many Perpetual Motion Dance Concerts. Emily is excited to continue her choreographic, modern and aerial teaching, and performance explorations with Perpetual Motion Dance.
Maria Krey Gibson is a passionate educator devoted to inspiring creative expression from all of her students. Maria has a B. A. in dance education and a M.ed from UCO. Maria has taught in the Oklahoma City Public School District since 2011 and is currently the director and pioneer of the dance program at Douglass Mid High School. Maria has been involved with Perpetual Motion Dance since 2012, after a short time off pursuing her education degrees, she is excited to return as a performer for the 2018-2019 season.
Kayla Jenkins began her career with Perpetual Motion in 2007 upon receiving her B.F.A from the University of Central Oklahoma. Kayla's performance credits and choreography have been represented in many venues from coast to coast including the American College Dance Festival, The Exchange (OK), Pilot Dance Festival with Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, Houston Fringe Festival (TX), Works in Progress (NYC), Arkansas Festival Ballet, Artist in Resonance (AR), Fresno Fringe Festival (CA), Meow Wolf (NM), Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, PM2 and Perpetual Motion's touring and repertory work. Kayla also has extensive teaching credentials and currently serves as the Perpetual Motion Dance Company Manager, Assistant PM2 Director, featured choreographer, performer, aerialist, & instructor specializing in lyra. Certified both Arkansas and Oklahoma, she has also been working in the hair industry for 11 years and is the proud owner of Shear Balance Salon (OKC) and co-owner of Chop It Off Salon (Little Rock).
Melanie Lambert received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. During her time there, she a member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company; where she worked with guest artists such as Noa Shiloh, Diavolo, Mike Esperanza, and James Gregg. Through Kaleidoscope, she also participated in the American College Dance Association in 2018. Melanie is thrilled to begin her professional career with Perpetual Motion Dance Company in the 2018-2019 season.
Hannah McKeachnie received her B.F.A in Dance Performance from Utah Valley University in 2014 where she performed with UVU’s elite dance companies, served as an intern for the dance department, and was the dance representative on student government. She has also performed in esteemed locations and events all over Utah, Oklahoma, California, and Wyoming. She currently teaches for Premiere Dance Company and Artworks Academy in Norman where she loves to choreograph "out of the norm" movement. She has also had the honor of being the Modern Dance Liaison at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Hannah is a contributing choreographer to Perpetual Motion Dance, an aerial instructor, and thrilled to be continuing her journey with the company!
Alana Murray, B.F.A, is an engaging performer, energetic teacher, and excitable choreographer with a love for comedic expression. She has studied in Canada, London, Germany and numerous states across the U.S. She contributes to Perpetual Motion Dance in several ways including performer, teacher, choreographer, qualified rigger and Coordinator for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival. She has toured with Perpetual Motion Dance throughout Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, performing their stunning blend of dance and aerial feats. Currently, she is educating and motivating students as an Adjunct Dance Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Amy Nevius is currently listed among the Oklahoma Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster and has brought arts education in the form of dance and creative movement to a wide range of populations including at-risk youth, as well as children and adults with special needs throughout the state of Oklahoma. In addition to her work as an artist in residence, she also currently teaches dance technique as an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma Baptist University and Rose State College. Mrs. Nevius holds a B.A. in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is a founding member of Perpetual Motion Dance and PM2.
Emma was honored to perform her first year as "Cora" in the 2018 Spring Concert titled Cora's Door, and is currently starting her second season in Perpetual Motion. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017, where she was a company member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company for three years. During her time at UCO, Emma had the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers such as Noa Shiloh, Idan Cohen, and William Evans, as well as travel to Paris and Canada under the department of dance. She is incredibly thankful to continue her professional career with Perpetual Motion Dance, bringing innovative art to the OKC community and beyond.
Mari Rada is beginning her debut season with Perpetual Motion Dance. Her dance background is built from over ten years of competitive performances in styles ranging from jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, musical theater, and contemporary. While earning her Bachelor’s in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Mari taught ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary to students of all ages at Julia’s Academy of International Dance in Norman. Mari has participated in the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival three times, and she is excited to explore the styles of aerial and modern dance that Perpetual Motion Dance has to offer.
Caitlin Robinson began dancing modern professionally in Austin, Texas with Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, and then as a founding member of Borealis Dance. Her performances include Austin’s FronteraFest, which was chosen as “Best of the Fest” in 2010, and RAW Austin, which is part of a nationwide community aimed at spotlighting local artists. Caitlin has also trained extensively in rhythm tap, learning from world renowned tappers at Tapestry Dance Company, Soul 2 Sole, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. After moving to Oklahoma City, Caitlin joined Perpetual Motion Dance, and is both a dancer and aerial instructor.