BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EMILY ASHBURN // FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Originally from Edwardsville, Illinois, Emily attended daily dance classes at her hometown studio, Premiere Performance, throughout elementary, middle, and high school. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Western Michigan University in May 2015. While at Western, Emily performed works by Ohad Naharin, Loie Fuller, and worked with artists such as Gabrielle Lamb, Lauren Thompson Hall, Monique Haley, Jackie Nowicki, KT Nelson, and faculty member Carolyn Pavlik in their processes of creating original works performed in WMU’s Winter Gala Concert. In addition to performance, Emily enjoys choreography. Her solo, Corey’s Promise, was accepted and performed at the 2014 regional American College Dance Association conference. She also received the Shawn Coyle Hunnicutt Scholarship for Excellence in Choreography. Emily was awarded a grant by The Ramon Zupko Enrichment Fund to produce an original ballet, “Who Killed Mr. Mason?”. She was named the WMU Department of Dance 2015 Presidential Scholar. After graduating, Emily has recently made the move to Chicago to pursue a career in modern dance performance and explore all that the Chicago dance community has to offer. She has danced with multiple Chicago-based companies, free-lance projects, and is currently focusing on the success of Hot Crowd.
LAMAR BROWN // VICE PRESIDENT
LaMar Brown is an arts manager, producer, dancer, and singer. He relocated to Chicago from Dallas, TX in 2014 in order to pursue his Master of Arts Management at Columbia College Chicago. He previously acquired his Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in music, dance, and business from the University of North Texas.
Upon completion of his Master’s degree, he served as the Company Manager for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago where he oversaw logistics for all artists, and domestic and international touring. He also assisted with main line producing for performances and choreographic creations and acquisitions. Prior to moving to Chicago, he was a Front of House Manager for the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, in which he managed the execution of performances and special events. This included events for touring Broadway productions, TITAS productions, and resident companies such as: The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Texas Ballet Theatre.
LaMar also has a performance background in concert dance and musical theatre. Noted company work and musicals include: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, The Dallas Opera, CATS! as Mr. Mistoffelees - Garland Summer Musicals, The Boy from Oz, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Ragtime - Uptown Players, and “The Friends of Tyme” - Larwell Productions (for the Annual Mary Kay conventions).
He also currently works as a Box Office and Front of House Associate with Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL. He is excited to be on the board for Hot Crowd Dance and help the company fulfill its goals.
LUKE BANDOSKE // SECRETARY
Luke Bandoske is originally from Allen Park, Michigan. Currently residing in Chicago, Illinois, Luke works as the Digital Content Associate at the Auditorium Theatre and is pursuing his MBA at Roosevelt University. Prior to the Auditorium, he held roles such as General Manager for the Chicago Dancing Festival, Practice Representative for Fredrick Family Chiropractic, and he interned with PR boutique, The Silverman Group. Luke graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and a minor in Theatrical Studies. In his spare time, Luke works as a marketing consultant for Luke & Lulu’s Café and Yonkers Realty. Apart from work, you can find him enjoying the Chicago lakefront, supporting the rich arts and food industries in Chicago, or traveling.
BRANDON WATERS // TREASURER
Brandon is extremely passionate about dance and the performing arts. He firmly believes that art has the capacity to change lives and communities. He studied Financial Economics at Brigham Young University Idaho with a minor in dance. Brandon’s passion for dance inspired him to move from Idaho to attend graduate school in Chicago. He holds a Master of Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Degree from Columbia College Chicago. He has worked in the arts community in Chicago in many capacities serving both the theater and dance community.