Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton
Division Head of Arts
Dance Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Dance
Believer that all bodies can dance, Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton is dedicated to promoting access to the art of dance through joyful, mindful human expression and connectivity.
With a compassionate tone, Marcy positions herself as a facilitator who constructs dance experiences bred from authentic collaboration among participants- those who consider themselves to be “dancers” and those who may not- in order to expand artistic possibilities and audience engagement. Her current work as a contemporary choreographer is provocative and conceptual supporting social justice themes in process and performance.
Native of western PA, Marcy studied dance since the age of two in competitive studio dance and cheer. Marcy graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University as a member of the Honors Program with a BA in Dance and a minor in Philosophy, and she graduated top honor at Texas Woman’s University where she attended on scholarship and earned the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Elsa Posey Leadership scholarship through the National Dance Education Organization.
In 2008, Marcy joined the faculty at Columbia College as the Visiting Artist, earned tenure as Associate Professor in 2015, and currently serves as the Dance Program Coordinator and Head of the Division of Arts at Columbia College where she teaches across the Dance Studies curriculum and directs CCdanceLAB improvisers & friends. She serves on the Boards of the American College Dance Association (2nd term), the SC Dance Organization, and the Power Company Collaborative (Pococo).
Marcy was highlighted as a featured performer in TEDx Columbia, commissioned at the Columbia Museum of Art, was named the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow in Dance Choreography in 2012 and Top 50 artists of 50 years of the South Carolina Arts Commission in 2017.
Marcy continues to enthusiastically invest in the Columbia community along with her husband, history teacher, Jared Clayton, and the couple enjoys live music, eclectic food & beer, dogs, and good conversation with all people.
Professor of Dance
Artistic Director of The Power Company
Martha Brim has presented her work throughout the Southeast, at such venues as the Piccolo Spoleto Dance at Noon Series, the Atlanta Fringe Festival, South Carolina Dance Association festivals, as well as many cultural and educational venues throughout the South.
She has also set work on many dance companies, including Anonymity Dance Company, SC Ballet Theatre, 8′ Repertory Company, Bliss, Buckley, and MacDonald, and Mary Williford and Donna Gangloff, among others. Martha has produced collaborative works like Mertle and Gertrude, Two Old Friends, an evening-length work with her colleague, Gayle Doherty. In 1998 she produced Sweet Dreams and Stars in My Crown, a 15-year retrospective of her choreographic work at Columbia College. In recognition of superior artistic merit, Martha received the 2001 South Carolina Arts Commission Choreographic Fellowship.
Martha has enriched the South Carolina dance community through her choreography, dancing, and teaching. Her contributions to the field are also manifested through her many former students who have gone on to have exemplary careers as performers and educators. Her other professional accomplishments include establishing the SoSoHo Performance series which has brought world-class choreographers and dancers to South Carolina since 1986. For her efforts she received the South Carolina Dance Association’s Advocacy Award in 2000 for “providing a forum for communication, cooperation, and trust that has served to strengthen artistic quality, promote excellence, and raise the visibility of dance as an art form in South Carolina.”
Jessica Moore “Jmo”
Dance Education Specialist
Jessica Moore is a multidisciplinary artist and dance educator who is constantly looking at ways to explore and infuse movement, making it accessible to anyone regardless of their prior knowledge or specialty. Once serving as the Dance Specialist at Blythewood High School from 2006-2014, she developed and began their full-time dance program teaching ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, cultural dance, and choreography to students of all ages and backgrounds. Most recently, she worked as adjunct professor at Alfred University teaching contact improvisation and fundamentals of movement and served as guest artist for Happendance in Lansing, Michigan.
Jessica earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Dance, Performance, and Choreography from The College at Brockport in New York and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education from Columbia College in Columbia, SC. While attending both institutions, Jessica received grants to pursue and further her research regarding Native American dance and culture. She has traveled to the Society for Dance History Scholars and Congress On Research in Dance conference, the National Dance Education conference, and the South Carolina Dance Association clinic presenting her research, leading seminars, and conducting lectures to educators, scholars, and students alike. As a member of the Waccamaw Siouan Indian tribe, she continues to compete in pow wows, hone her craft, and spread knowledge of Native American customs, representation, and embodiment across the country.
As a performer, Jessica has trained in a variety of styles, studying with notables Ephrat Asherie (hip hop/house), Danté Brown (contemporary), David Dorfman (modern), Laura Peterson (modern), Sherone Price (African), and Rosalie “Daystar” Jones (Native American). Originally a member of The Power Company Collaborative, from 2006-2014, she toured and worked with numerous artists including Christian Von Howard, Paloma McGregor, Dan Wagoner, and Lisa Wheeler-Rossi. Specializing in contemporary, improvisational, and site-specific works, Jessica hopes to regain her partnership with The Power Company and continue exploring her movement interests. Her creative work integrates contemporary/modern aesthetics with cultural forms. Her academic research looks at the relationship between embodiment, awareness, ownership, and cultural representation. Building a community amongst students, performers, teachers, and artists by sparking a dialogue and creating awareness remain the heart of Jessica’s approach.
Artistic Technical Director
Visiting Lecturer of Dance
Facilitator of CCdanceLAB & friends
Amanda Ling is a multidisciplinary artist and dance educator who is curious about how collaborative conceptual art can connect and effect communities. She is currently a Lecturer of Dance at Columbia College and the Co-Associate Director of The Power Company Collaborative. She has recently worked as an adjunct professor of dance at Coker College and performed in installations with artist Angela Gallo’s Sapphire Moon Dance Company.
Over the past two years Amanda has performed and presented work at TAPPs Art Center, Conundrum Music Hall, Carolina Music Festival Association, 701 Whaley, the Columbia Museum of Art, North Charleston Arts Festival, and many other venues throughout the Southeast. As a director of The Power Company Collaborative she is often sought out to teach workshops and seminars in local K-12 institutions and she created and organized events like the Columbia Dance and Improvisation Festival. As an independent artist she has choreographed for schools like the Greenville Fine Arts Center and other local studios and events.
In 2013 Amanda was featured in Eileen Standley’s film Gesture of Imagination that received international recognition at festivals in Bulgaria and Barcelona. Amanda received her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Columbia College, SC. She enjoys working with improvisation and her movement research interweaves classical dance techniques with innovative and experimental perspectives. After happily rejoining her native South Carolina dance community, Amanda hopes to continue generating a strong performance art presence in the Carolinas through her choreography and artistic research.
Erin Bailey, LMT, CKTP is a graduate of Columbia College, SC (BFA) and Texas Woman’s University (MFA), where she received the Excellence in Choreography Award (2012) and the Pauline Bishop Leman Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement (2014). Erin is currently training through the Integrated Movement Studies program to become a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Somatic/Movement Educator and Therapist (2016).
Erin is a core dancer and Co-Associate Director of The Power Company Collaborative, directed by Martha Brim in Columbia, SC. She has worked and performed with the company since 2004, and has taught residencies and master classes along with regularly teaching company class. She has also been a member of other Columbia based dance companies such as Unbound Dance Company and Eboni/CORE Dance Theatre from 2007-2010. As a performer and student, Erin has had the privilege of working with artists such as: Ishmael Houston-Jones, Keith Thompson, Jenn Nugent, Donald McKayle, Paul Matteson, Kevin Boseman, Erika-Wilson Perkins, Christian Von Howard, Jane Comfort, The Urban Bush Women, Anouk van Dijk, Keith Hennessy, Jordan Fuchs, and Dan Wagoner.
She has presented her work in both the South Central and South Eastern American College Dance Festivals and at the Greensboro Fringe Festival (2015). Erin has performed both nationally and internationally. She performed with the David Dorfman Dance Company in “The Athletes Project” in Greenville, SC (2001), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, The Texas Dance and Improvisation Festival, and the Kennedy Center as part of the National College Dance Festival in (2011). Erin has also performed and presented her work in Guatemala City as part of the International Choreographer’s Showcase, with forthcoming performances in Geraldton, Western Australia and Barcelona, Spain.
Chris Johnson iis a musician and audio engineer. As an undergrad at the University of South Carolina he graduated with honors with a BA in Music and German, then stuck around for a two-year victory lap to complete a Masters of Music in Composition. He currently teaches two sections of Intro to Sound Design in the school of Media Arts at USC’s Columbia campus and regularly mixes sound for live bands independently around town and with Infinite Room and formerly mixed at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia. In 2011, he was the recipient of a Magellan research grant to fund his Wiimote Ensemble and in 2016 his band Autocorrect received the the 8th spot on Scene SC’s Best of 2016 list and the 12th spot on Free Times’s Best of South Carolina Music 2016 list for their record As it Is.
When not recording, producing, accompanying, performing, writing, amplifying or listening to music he enjoys bicycling around town and an extensive library of video games.
He was born in New Jersey, but considers himself to be mostly a product of Lexington, South Carolina.