"Tiny Dance" Performances
Carl “JunnYahh” Burnett
Carl “JunnYahh” Burnett, originally from Boston, Representing Swift Charackterz, Orphanage Movment, New Bedford Performing Arts Center, Gotta Dance Studio and 3rd EyE. JunnYahh has been involved in many dance communities inside and outside the studios and enjoys teaching knowledge about dancing, performing & battling he loves to share his energy and knowledge which ranges with many styles including hip hop, free-styling, breaking, popping & more! He has also trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Acro Dance and more. As he can be found at community events all over some credits includes TV shows, films, productions and dance competitions and showcases around the world. JunnYahh has been working in many communities for over 20 years of experience as and artist instructor and a leader with many journeys he loves working with and supporting artist and athletes in training, developing skills, sharing knowledge and creating opportunities. As you can always find JunnYahh at community events all over, he helps with engagement in the community and having fun!
Laila J. Franklin
Laila J. Franklin (she/her) is a Boston-based dance artist. Her performance/collaboration credits include projects with little house dance company, Ruckus Dance, and Haus of Pvmnt; Miguel Gutierrez, Melinda Jean Myers, Dr. Christopher-Rasheem McMillan, and Stephanie Miracle. Laila’s work has been presented through Public Space One, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Iowa. She has been a recipient of two Boston Center for the Arts residencies and a commission from The Boston Conservatory. Laila served as a SY 2021/2022 Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Salem State University and is a current teaching artist with VLA Dance. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. She has completed additional training through the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Lion's Jaw Dance and Performance Festival, Movement Research, Bates Dance Festival, and The Field Center.
Photo: Bill Peresta
Under the name Passive Aggressive Novelty Company (PANoCo), Andy Russ creates performances that move freely between the modes of dance, theater, music, and video. His work is driven by the question "What if...?" challenging the conventions of performance practice and audience expectation through experiment and cross-pollination. Andy currently lives in Providence, RI, where, in addition to directing PANoCo, he is a Resident Artist at the Wilbury Theatre, Professor of Dance at Roger Williams University, Integrated Art & Music Teacher at the Wolf School, and Co-director of Motion State Arts.
Photo: Kathryn Costello
Nicole Gallo and Steve Vaughn
Nicole Gallo and Steve Vaughn are the proud owners of The Studio on Pope's Island in New Bedford, MA since 2020, where they teach Pilates, yoga and dance. They have been dancing together for a long time and are thrilled to perform a new choreography made specifically for Tiny Dances.
Photo: Jonathan Tsu
Heidi Henderson, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick-up company in RI, is a four-time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, New York City, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Bates Dance Festival in Maine, Connecticut, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival and The International Festival of Dance in Daegu, Korea. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, and Paula Josa-Jones and in works by Colleen Thomas, Sondra Loring and others.
Jillian MacLaughin is a Boston based dancer, choreographer, singer, performance artist and educator from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Jillian holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She has had the honor of working under the direction of artists including Natalie Johnson, Lorraine Chapman, Amy Stacy Curits and Anthony Bounphakhom. She finds the process of making and performing to be where she feels the most in touch with herself and the world around her. Jillian is a proud co-founder of Rose Woods Dance Collaborative, a performance art-focused dance theatre collaborative started with fellow New England dancer Jenna Gross. Their work approaches social commentary through pantomime-inspired comedy and absurdism. RWDC’s mission is to nurture a robust collaborative environment where eclectic art forms can coexist to create multidimensional performance experiences.