Allison Speight, Company Director
Growing up dancing on the Eastern Shore, Allison has always felt passionately about sharing the art of dance with those around her. With several years experience in the nonprofit education field, Allison was instrumental in founding Continuum Dance. Allison currently lives on Tilghman Island and serves as the Volunteer & Education Programs Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Malley Hester, Artistic Director
Malley stepped into the role of artistic director for Continuum Dance in April 2018 and was one of the founding company members of the company. Malley has been dancing since she was three, having been locally trained with further instruction from a myriad of professionals. She currently lives in Cordova and is finishing her master’s in social work at Salisbury University.
Sheryl brings over 30 years of dance experience to Continuum. Her training includes ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, as well as gymnastics, acrobatics, and aerobics. She studied for several years at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California before moving to New York City to further her training. While in New York, she studied with June Lewis of the Martha Graham Company at Brooklyn College and with Joy Kellman of NYU.
Lauren began her dance journey when she was 10 years old, training in ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. She earned several talent and teaching scholarships to attend Towson University where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Education. Since then, Lauren has received training and performed many dance genres, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, contra dance (folk dance), ballroom and more. She was selected to be a soloist with the Stephanie Powell Dance Ensemble, and has been awarded training opportunities in New York working with popular broadway choreographers.
Chloe, Continuum's first artistic director, graduated from Randolph College with a BFA in dance. At RC, she trained in Modern dance under Pamela Risenhoover with the core technique of Martha Graham. She also studied under the techniques of Take (Ta-Ka) Ueyama, Isadora Duncan, Dominique Angel (Joffrey Ballet), and many Paul Taylor dancers. She has performed pieces such as Esplanade (Paul Taylor), Footsteps in the Snow, Flight (Take Dance Company), as well as a few Duncan pieces.
Markel has been training in dance for just four years, but has been dancing his whole life. This is his first year with Continuum Dance. He continues his dance studies at Mid Shore Dance Academy, while also teaching jazz and contemporary at To the Pointe. Dance Studio. Markel has also served as dance captain for multiple shows with the Crashbox Theatre Company.
Head shots courtesy of Jennifer Madino Photography