Artistic Director

STACIE FLOOD-POPP

After receiving her degree in Visual Arts from Wittenberg University, Stacie moved to Paris, France to study at Cite' Veron and Studio Harmonic; focusing on modern, jazz, hip hop, salsa and contemporary. She trained professionally under Jean Claude Marignale, Dominique Lesdema, Christopher Huggins, Bruno Collinet and Beverley DeFosses.  Stacie also danced in Marginale's company, Tout en Danse.  After she moved back to the States, she started to train in Vagonova method of ballet, West African dance, and Bartenieff Fundamentals.  Stacie has worked closely with world renowned choreographer Andre Fuentes, she has also performed with Collide Dance under Erica Sobol.

Stacie is currently teaching her 16th year for Nashville School of the Arts; here she has developed dancers who have performed with Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, and various other professionals in the dance community.

Artist Statement

Movement found me. I have a passion to move, teach, and create experiences that will deeply impact each individual. I wish for my work to have a lasting impression that will linger in the minds and hearts of spectators. I want to inspire thought, motivation, and awareness among my audience members. In teaching, my goal is to prove to the movers that they can. I do not allow for the “cannots,” but help find the “maybe ifs.”  Since movement is life, I teach and create from this concept. I believe that age does not determine the significance of life experiences; we all evolve in different ways and in varied timelines. I want to challenge the artists with whom I surround myself to achieve purposeful physicality and to be able to access emotional intent from the depths of their beings.
I do not want to be known as a person but as a wake that is left behind.  I lead and create with the influence of honesty and artistry. I fully invest in my projects. One of my mentors, Peggy Hackney, said “without change there is no movement.”  I have embraced that change is constant and so I am always assessing and asking “how can I make it better and where is there room for change?"


Associate Director

Cailin Manning

Cailin Manning began her dance training at a young age in Franklin, TN. Having trained in all styles, she continued her education by receiving a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where she worked with choreographers such as Abby Zbikowski, Joshua Manculich, Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Stephen Koplowitz, Ohad Fishof/Noa Zuk, & others. As a sophomore, Manning’s duet with Tadas Varaneckas, Blended Hues, premiered at the 2015 Midwest American College Dance Festival Conference. Manning’s senior choreographic work From Four to Two, a 10 minute piece based on anthropological studies of humans, won her the BellaMoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist Festival in Chicago Illinois in 2016 & an article in Dance Informa Magazine. While at OSU Manning curated a love for dance film: her film Unveiling was accepted/premiered at both 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus Ohio &the Jacksonville Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Manning has set work for Seven Dance Company, The Collaborative Dance Project, Susan Petry & The Gift Project, Found Youth, & dance studios in the MidWest & Nashville. Manning returned home to Nashville to continue to dive into the growing dance scene & bring her knowledge back to the community. Manning’s solo Time premiered at the Raw Artists Collective & her duet Keep On premiered at the Tenacity Kreative Collective Showcase in 2017. Her piece Entity won Best Overall Choreography at Turn it Up Dance Competition & her quartette One Shot won Best Overall Modern/Contemporary Routine. Manning’s continues to work closely with dancers and choreographers in the Nashville area to create dance film & video. Her latest dance film Humble will be reset for the NashFeel Artists Showcase in the summer of 2017. Having worked with Found Movement Group sporadically throughout her time at OSU, Manning completed her first season with the company in 2017. Manning is excited to take on this new role as Associate Director under Artistic Director Stacie Flood-Popp and collaborate on their upcoming 2017-2018 season! Visit her website Cailin Leigh

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