We are the overlooked because of shape, size, race, gender, education (or lack there of), having too much of one style but wanting to train in another, not having enough training, and the list goes on. We are the lost who have found each other.
Abra is a Nashville, TN native, where she began her dance training. She graduated from Nashville School of the Arts, where she choreographed her first evening length show under the direction and mentorship of Stacie Flood-Popp. Abra continued her training and education at Illinois State University, majoring in Dance Performance. While there, she served as Master Choreographer of NOIR Dance Troupe, worked alongside choreographer, Jennifer Harge, as a rehearsal director, and was one of the founding members of the dance program’s Student Service and Advisory Committee. She also taught for and managed the dance program at Victory Academy, as well as doing various collaborative projects with local music and visual artist, Rebecca Dorise. Since returning to Nashville, Abra continues to teach and choreograph for local schools, studios, and organizations, in addition to dancing with Found Movement Group. Her work as an artist also extends to her being the creator and co-host of Misfits & Mystics Podcast, cultivating a space where one can explore the intersection of activism, artistry, and spiritual engagement.
In 2013, Claire began training and performing with Nashville's contemporary dance company Found Movement Group under the direction of Stacie Flood-Popp. During her time with Found Movement Group, she was a principal dancer in the performance of "In This House." Her other performances with Found include 3 galas-- “Embracing Spaces”, "4 Short Stories", "RAW Artists Showcase", "Gradient", and “For Them, 4 Us, four me’s, for u.” Her most recent choreographic projects include “Raw Artists Showcase: Fixate”; "The Honey", a heels dance performed at the first Nashville Choreographer's Night; and "My Name Is...", a dance short film about missing and exploited children which was videoed in Nashville, TN.
After her last show with Found Movement Group in May 2018, Claire decided to put her dance career on hold due to a lower back injury that would later result in a surgical procedure. In her time off, she discovered the art of weaving tapestries and started her own small business called Nashty Threads where she creates a variety of handwoven items used for interior decorations. Claire currently dances with Found Movement Group and is greatly excited to be co-directing this season’s Found Youth Movement Ensemble alongside her mentor and friend Stacie Flood-Popp.