THE COMPANY

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Devon Lloyd

Operations Executive & Dancer

Devon Lloyd is a dancer, teacher, and content creator from Naperville, IL and received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University. Originally a Jazz and Tap dancer, undergrad showed her a new love of modern dance. Her strong attack to movement and overall strength fuel her drive to break movement norms. During her time at WMU she worked with artists Peter Chu, Eddie Ocampo, Rennie Harris, and international choreographer Ohad Naharin. She also performed multiple works by professor and mentor, Carolyn Pavlik, that showcased at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Post undergrad Devon continued to dive into the world of education. Solidifying techniques and movement patterns have made her a versatile and sought after choreographer and technique consultant. Since 2012 Devon has been an instructor and judge for Universal Dance Association and frequently travels around the U.S. to teach and judge. Devon currently teaches at Plainfield Dance Academy, Rise Dance Center, and LOVV The Dance Studio, as well as throughout the Midwest by guest teaching, setting choreography, and judging in both studio and dance team circuits.

 

Devon is happy to be back for another season dancing and serving as Operations Executive, Co-Director, and Media Manager for Hot Crowd. Thank you to Emily Rayburn and the Board for this new opportunity.

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Brittany Latta

Rehearsal/Programs Director & Dancer

Brittany Latta, originally from Wheaton, IL received her BA in Dance at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has trained intensively in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop, fusing the techniques together to create a unique style. Her Holistic Health Care minor compliments her dance portfolio by providing a distinctive understanding of movement mechanics in the human body, creating methods in approaching performance through a mind body connection to herself and those around her. While in undergrad she worked with renowned choreographers and dancers Gabrielle Lamb and Rennie Harris as well as WMU faculty members David Curwen, Whitney Moncrief and Monique Haley. At WMU she choreographed for a grant production where she was able to collaborate with music composers and poets, which have further supported her dance endeavors. Post grad Brittany trained as a scholarship student at Visceral Dance Center in Chicago, IL under the direction of Nick Pupillo. In 2017 Latta joined Hot Crowd under the direction of Artistic Director, Emily Ashburn. While working with Hot Crowd she has been lucky enough to work with dancers and choreographers of different styles, including Joseph Hernandez and Jessica Miller Tomlinson to name a few. When Brittany is not in training, you can find her doing freelance projects and performances around the city, or teaching at local dance studios, striving to use dance as a base for inspiration and change in the community.

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Kyra Laster

Dancer

Kyra Laster is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Chicago, IL. She is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University where she received a BFA in Dance and a BBA in Marketing. During her time at WMU, Kyra participated in numerous Department of Dance concerts where she has performed works choreographed by faculty, peers and by guest artists, BAIRA and Mike Esperanza. Kyra was a 2021 Company Member with Dance in The Parks Chicago where she performed works by Joe Musiel, Lauren Blane Bogren, Ashley Deran and Emily Loar and was chosen to present her choreography at the 2021 Alluvion Dance Chicago’s choreography showcase and Detroit Dance City Festival. She served as Artistic Director of Hip Hop ConnXion Michigan, a branch of the professional hip hop company based in Chicago, for two years where she set choreography on the company multiple times, directed two videos and performed throughout the midwest. Kyra is currently a Program Officer for ArtLab J and Detroit Dance City Festival where she assists in planning the festival and handles marketing. Additional training includes Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive, University of Illinois Summer Intensive and Ruth Page Choreography Intensive. Kyra is excited for her first season with Hot Crowd!

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Lindsey Scouten

Dancer

Lindsey Scouten is a Virginia native. She is a 2019 graduate from George Mason University where she had the opportunity to learn from artists such as Susan Shields, Roger Jeffrey, Ethan Brown, Christopher d’ Amboise, Caroline Rocher, Jean Emile and more. During her four years she also had the opportunity to study Nacho Duato’s, Na Floresta, and perform an excerpt of Mass, by Doug Varone in their annual Gala Fete. During her freshman year she was awarded the “Emerging Freshman Artist Award,” with scholarship. Upon graduation she has had the pleasure of working with Company Danzante, Merce Cunningham Trust, Visceral Dance Chicago, RawArts Dance Company, Meadows Dance Collective, Alluvion Dance Chicago and Joel Hall and Dancers. Lindsey is excited to be joining Hot Crowd for her first season with the company. 

GUEST ARTISTS

Haley Tarling

2022 Guest Dancer

Haley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher located in Chicago, IL.  She is a graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in dance and a BA in psychology.  While there, she worked with artists such as Kiki Lucas, Maree ReMalia, Jason McDole, Pearlann Porter and Kiesha Lalama.  In addition, in 2019 she had the opportunity to perform a work by Caili Quan through DanceWorks Chicago’s ChoreoLab.  Her earlier training consisted of dancing as a member of Extensions Dance Company, under the direction of Lizzie MacKenzie, where she performed works by Eddy Ocampo, Christian Denice, Garth Johnson and Jared Baker.  Most recently, she had the opportunity to dance in two music videos for the band Course, choreographed by Lizzie MacKenzie and Jackie Nowicki, as well as numerous projects with Sydney Jones.  She was the Emerging Choreographer for Young Dancers Initiative's 2021 partnership with Brighton Dance Festival, has presented work at Dance Chicago, Trifecta Dance Festival and was commissioned by Simantikos Dance Chicago.  As an artist, she strives to embody expansion, authenticity and grit, while telling stories that reflect human experience through the metaphor of intellectual ideas.  Haley is elated to dance as a guest artist with Hot Crowd as part of their fifth season!

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Sam Crouch

Choreographer 

Sam Crouch is a dancer from Charlotte, Michigan, now residing in Chicago, Illinois. In 2016, he graduated from Western Michigan University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Through WMU he has performed with Western Dance Project, their traveling ensemble, and has worked with renowned guest artists and choreographers such as Eddy Ocampo, James Gregg, and WMU faculty members David Curwen, Carolyn Pavlik, Monique Haley and Jeremy Blair. During his time at WMU, Sam had the pleasure of performing Ohad Naharin’s Excerpts from Minus 16, staged by Michal Sayfan; Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, staged by Willy Shives; Antony Tudor’s Continuo, staged by John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow; and Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, staged by Leslie Young. In Chicago, Sam was privileged to work with The Lyric Opera Of Chicago, Dance In the Parks, Aerial Dance Chicago, Grit Dance, also travelling to work with, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Zikr Dance Ensemble Quixotic Fusion, and Wellspring Cori Terry and Dancers. He is very excited to continue as an artist and choreographer with Hot Crowd.