Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton
Dance Program Coordinator
Marcy Jo is the Dance Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Dance at Columbia College where she directs CCdanceLAB & friends, a collective of artists dedicated to the practice and performance of collaborative improvisation.
As a site-specific dance artist, her work has been commissioned to perform at TEDx Columbia, Columbia Museum of Art, TAPPS art center, Pearl Fryar’s Garden, Austin College, Ghost Town Arts Collective, TX, and numerous events as a member of The Power Company dance collective. She has performed in works by Nina Martin, Jane Comfort, Paloma McGregor (Urban Bush Women) Christian Von Howard, and Amy O’Neal, and has studied with notables Nancy Stark-Smith, Bebe Miller, Jill Sigman, and John Jasperse. In recognition of superior artistic merit, she was nominated as Jasper Magazine’s 2012 Dance Artist of the Year, and was named the 2012 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow for Dance Choreography.
Marcy Jo earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University where she was the recipient the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania and earned a BA degree in Dance with a minor in Philosophy as a member of the Honors Program. Marcy currently serves on the Board of the Power Company Collaborative and National Board of the American College Dance Association and serves as the Institutional Representative of the National Association of Schools of Dance.
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.”
Crystal U. Davis
Assistant Professor of Dance
Crystal U. Davis is the new Assistant Professor of Dance at Columbia College. Born and raised in North Carolina, her work has been renowned by an eclectic community of adjudicators and audiences from Donald McKayle to Peggy Hackney to the royal family of Jodhpur, India.
Ms. Davis earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Dance from Emory University, her M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, her Masters in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analysis certification from Integrated Movement Studies. As a performer her work spans an array of genres from Modern Dance companies including Notes in Motion to East Indian dance companies including Nayikas Dance Theater Company to her own Post-Modern choreography at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has performed both her Post-Modern works and classical and folk forms of India and Africa across the country and abroad. Among the awards Ms. Davis has received are the Emory University Pioneer Award in Dance, the Texas Woman’s University Outstanding Service Award and the Kitty McGee Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement.
As an independent artist, Ms. Davis founded a movement consulting company called Movement Artistry Project (M.A.P.) where she has worked in a variety of educational settings as a teacher, performer and educational consultant. She has contributed her expertise in dance and somatic movement education to the Lincoln Center Institute, the board of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Dance Education Organization. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between belief systems and movement. Her creative work centers around the incongruities present between our daily behaviors and belief systems.
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.