MEET THE DANCERS
Kalli grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in May 2006 with a B.A. in dance and a minor in psychology. While in Minneapolis, she enjoyed dancing in various projects – including the Minnesota Fringe Festival, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, a reconstruction of Trisha Brown’s Planes at the Walker Art Museum, Rainy Day Cabaret, and spent 2006-2008 as a professional apprentice and performer with Carl Flink’s Black Label Movement. Summer 2009, she completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the U of MN and relocated to Phoenix. Since moving to Phoenix, she has been a company member with Dulce Dance Company, is currently a dancer/aerialist with Scorpius Dance Theatre, and has worked with various independent artists in the Phoenix dance community. She has been fortunate to tour nationally and internationally. Kalli is a founding member of Halo Movement Collective. She enjoys juggling it all while raising her 2 daughters with her husband. This is Kalli's 7th season with HALO.
Rehearsal Assistant/Contributing Choreographer/Dancer
Katie Young has been dancing in AZ since the age of 8. She danced competitively for many years
and is well versed in many styles such as, Jazz ,Ballet and Contemporary. Katies spent her final
two years of high school traveling the country with LA Dance Magic Convention. She had the opportunity to assist teachers such as, Jackie Sleight, Blaise Cattafi and Kurtis Sprung. After high school Katied attended Scottsdale Community College where she was introduced to modern dance and was further educated on injury prevention and dance kinesiology. The summer after Katie's first year in college she was accepted into Broadway Dance Center's Professional Training Program. She spent all summer living and dancing in the heart of New York City. Katie currently is teaching around the valley and hopes to share her joy for dance with her students. This is Katie's second season with HALO.
Brianna Bishop grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she trained for 14 years at Tucson Dance Academy. In addition to dancing competitively, Brianna participated in her high school's dance team and won 4th in the nation at UDA her senior year. She relocated to Scottsdale in order to attend Arizona State University as a psychology major. While at ASU, Brianna danced for the ASU Spirit Squad. Currently, Brianna performs with EPIK Dance Company and Halo Movement Collective in Arizona. She specializes in jazz, contemporary and ballet and enjoys teaching young dancers how to follow in her footsteps! This is Brianna's 4th season with HALO.
Kayla Coxon began dancing at the age of thirteen at Jeanne’s School of Dance East Mesa, and she has been training there ever since. She is currently in her third year on Jeanne’s senior competition team, and she’s in her final year at Red Mountain High School where she is also active in their dance program. Kayla first became affiliated with Halo Movement Collective when she performed with her studio in the opening piece for CELL. From there, she continued her dance education under members of the company, including Angel Castro, Anna Jones, and George Jones. In 2017, she was a recipient of Halo’s Scholarship and Mentorship Program and later became a full company member. In the Fall of 2019, Kayla plans to attend Arizona State University as an Exercise and Wellness major to help her reach her goal of becoming a personal trainer as well as a professional dancer and dance instructor. This is Kayla's sedond season with HALO.
Jaylene Verhaagen was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona and started her dance training at 3 years old. After training and competing with several dance studios, she then graduated from Glendale Community College with her associates in the Arts followed by Arizona State University with her bachelors in Dance Education. Now as a high school dance teacher, Jaylene is ecstatic to have the opportunity to extend her joy for dance to many young adults. Jaylene has professionally performed with EPIK Dance Company for eight years, Scorpius Dance Theater for four years, and is now joining HALO Movement Collective for her second year.