DDC Dance Artists

Photography by John Sobczak

Abbie

Abbie (Richardson) Baublitz is a Michigan born and raised dancer from Central Michigan. She began her dance career at the young age of three years old competing in Scottish Highland Dance and beginner Ballet, and quickly fell in love with performance and competition. Her training continued at DuHadway Dance Dimensions where she was a ten year member of the Elite Competitive Team, performing Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Abbie continued studying dance at Alma College where she performed under the direction of Ben Munisteri, Rosely Conz, Kristen Bennett, and Lynn Bowman, as well as Coach Tracy Burton (Alma College Dance Team). During her time at Alma, Abbie quickly realized her love of modern dance, contemporary choreography, and dance pedagogy. After graduating first in her class from Alma College in 2019, Abbie became the Director of Dance at Mid American Studio in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She now teaches a myriad of styles for dancers ages 3-18, as well as directing the Elite Dance Company. Her performance career continues to grow with Third Coast Dance Company in Alma and DDCdances in Metro Detroit. Abbie intends to pursue a lifelong career in dance and arts education to ensure continuous evolution of her passion for movement and love of teaching.

Lauren

Lauren Bobo is a freelance dance artist, teacher, and choreographer in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Lauren began her dance training at the age of 14 at Atlanta Ballet’s Center for Dance Education under the direction of Sharon Story. At 16, Lauren began training and performing pre-professionally at Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater and went on to receive her Bachelors of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina, under the Direction of Susan Anderson. Lauren’s passion for ballet and contemporary movement is expressed through her love for teaching and choreography. Lauren’s style is heavily influenced by working with and performing works by Maurya Kerr, Brian Arias, Ryley Watts, Alvin Ailey II, Joffrey Ballet School, Jillian Mitchell, Tanya Wydman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis of Wydman-Davis Dance, Madeline Jazz-Harvey, CompanyE, and Arnau Perez, among others. In 2016 & 2017, Lauren’s choreography was awarded the Director’s Award for Outstanding Choreography. Lauren is a certified CPYB teacher and is working towards becoming certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and 200 

Claire

Claire Call began her dance training in Royal Oak, MI at Borgo School of Dance where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap. From 2010 to 2014, she attended Hope College where she was a member of the H2 Dance Company under the direction of Matthew Farmer and Crystal Frasier. It was here that she discovered her love of modern dance. During her time at Hope, Ms. Call performed various works by Sharon Wong, Steven Iannacone, Angie Yetzke, and Kristen Farmer. In 2014, she graduated from Hope College, receiving her BA in dance, philosophy, and English. During her seven seasons with DDCdances, Ms. Call has had the opportunity to work with and perform choreography by Barbara Selinger, Chris Masters, Amy Hutchison, and Paula Kramer. Ms. Call has performed at RADfest in Kalamazoo, MI, Oakland Dance Festival, the Detroit Dance City Festival, and in 2018 and 2019 performed with DDCdances at the Bill Evans Somatic Dance Conference in Geneva, NY. In 2020 and 2021, Ms. Call performed in DDCdances new works for the screen: “Telling Room” and “Truth.” In addition to performing with DDCdances, Ms. Call teaches ballet, modern, jazz, and creative movement at her dance studio in Clawson, MI and is a certified RYT 200 yoga teacher. She is excited to continue working with DDCdances as a guest artist this season!

Emma

Emma Davis is working toward her PhD in Dance at Texas Woman’s University and is a dance lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she teaches technique, performance, and lecture-based courses. Ms. Davis has trained with many dance intensives including Anna Halprin, Liz Lerman, and the American Dance Festival, and is certified to teach through the advanced level of Giordano jazz technique. Her choreography has been presented at regional dance festivals, Flint Youth Theatre, Shop Floor Theatre Company, and Flint Dance Collaborative. Emma has won many awards for her work with dance and the community, including from the University of Michigan, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Jubilation Foundation. Emma is a current board member with the Michigan Dance Council. She is excited to perform in her third season with DDCdances!

Amy

Amy Hutchison received her early classical ballet training with the Saginaw Valley Dancers under the direction of Doris Marsh. She was a company member of the Farrell Ballet Theatre from 2006-2010 while earning her BA in Psychology from Kalamazoo College. A member and guest choreographer for People Dancing since 2010, she has danced in numerous works by Christina Sears and had the opportunity to perform in Queens, NY with the company in 2015. She has also been a guest performer with LaMarre and Dancers and Patty Solórzano Dance. Amy has attended intensives and studied with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Kista Tucker Dance Company, Sidra Bell Dance, Toronto Dance Theater, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, L-E-V dance company at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Bill Evans, and The Limón Dance Company. Since joining DDCdances, she has had the opportunity to perform at RADfest in Kalamazoo, Oakland Dance Festival, the Detroit Dance City Festival, and in 2018 and 2019 performed at the Bill Evans Somatic Dance Conference in Geneva, NY. Amy's choreography has been presented at 555 Gallery (Detroit), Oakland Dance Festival, and on DDCdances. Amy is a certified GYROTONIC® and Yoga Instructor and also teaches ballet and modern. She is honored and excited to be in her 9th season with DDCdances.

Lizz 

Lizz LeClerc is a Detroit-based dancer, choreographer, educator, and a graduate of Wayne State University, having completed their Bachelor’s of Science in Dance, as well as a K-12 Teaching Certificate in Dance Education. Lizz is the Dance Program Director for the Redford Township Community Center, as well as the Artistic & Administrative Director of Gravity Dance Center. They specialize in modern and contemporary dance techniques, but also teach a wide variety of dance styles. They completed their apprenticeship with DDCdances in 2019, have continued creating meaningful art with the company since, and are excited to take on the role of Assistant Director for the company’s 42nd season! Lizz's choreography has been featured at FunGirl’s Ypsi Dance Swap, ArtLabJ’s Detroit Dance Race, Kristi Faulkner’s Women’s Work Showcase, DDCdances’s Collage Concert, and Collective Sweat Detroit’s Online Birthday Performance. Lizz has worked with numerous dance artists from around the country, such as: Barbara Selinger, Bill Evans, Lisa LaMarre, Jeanne Mam-Luft, Adesola Akinleye, Karen Prall, Eva Powers, and Nick Cave.


Stephanie

Stephanie Nava will be working as a guest artist with DDC dances for the 2021-2022 season. This is her fourth season working with the company. Stephanie received her early dance training at Oerhlein Dance Center in Auburn Mi and continued dancing recreationally throughout college. After College she moved to New York City to study dance more seriously. While there she practiced ballet, modern, and musical theatre dance at Ballet Academy East and Broadway Dance Center. New York City is also where she began her training and love of aerial circus arts. Stephanie danced with Happendance as both a dancer and choreographer for Dance Lansing’s Community Dance Project and with Art Lab J as a member of Art Lab J III before becoming a dancer with DDC Dances. Her choreography has been featured at Detroit Dance City Festival, Riopelle Gallery, Detroit Artist Test lab, Trumbleplex and Teatro Chico. When Stephanie isn’t dancing, she works at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Michigan.

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