Baran Dance Company

Baran Dance is a professional contemporary dance company based in Charlotte, NC. Founded by Audrey Baran in 2012, Baran Dance believes that dance should be inspiring and accessible, not just for avid dance patrons, but for anyone seeking a visually awing experience. We create dances to make you feel, think, possibly cry, and maybe even laugh. Baran Dance seamlessly blends physicality and artistry, creating work that is available and appealing for​ wide audiences, regardless of cultural, educational, or socioeconomic background. We move to move you!

In addition to our professional company we also have an apprentice company​,​ BD2, which is comprised of dancers age 12-18 who are selected by audition. ​BD2 ​focuses on contemporary technique, improvisation, and composition​ under the direction of Audrey Baran​, creating a holistic physical, intellectual, and creative training experience​​. These talented artists​ take​​ class with Baran Dance ​and perform​s​ in ​informal and main stage productions throughout the year​.


Company Dancers

Audrey Baran

- founder, director, choreographer, dancer -


Hometown: Born in Jersey, raised in Monroe, NC

Education: BA in Dance, UNC Charlotte (2003) + MFA in Dance, Hollins University (2017)

When I'm not dancing I like to: practice yoga, walk my dogs, cook good food, and drink cheap wine

Kate Micham

- dancer + choreographer -


Hometown: Columbus, GA

Education: BA in Psychology, Berry College

When I'm not dancing I like to: see movies, eat sushi, hang with friends, go to shows, and play in the sun

Megan Payne

- dancer + choreographer -


Hometown: Kitts Hill, Ohio

Education: BFA in Dance, Ohio University (2009) + MFA in Dance, Hollins University (2012)

When I'm not dancing I like to: read, watch movies, spend time with friends & family, search for records to add to my vinyl collection, and go on long country drives

Lauren Bickerstaff

- dancer -


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Education: Communication Studies and Spanish, UNC Wilmington

When I'm not dancing I like to: cook for a crowd, travel, play piano, and make ludicrously specific playlists

Melissa Jesse

- dancer -


Hometown: Born in Queens, NY, grew up in Sarasota FL

Education: BSN University of Florida (2001) Master of Science in Nursing University of Florida (2004)

When I'm not dancing I like to: do yoga, read, and spend time with friends, my husband, and two children

Sharon Keenan

- Dancer -


Hometown: Charlotte, via Indianapolis

Education: BA in Dance (Performance & Choreography) with a minor in Media Studies from Scripps College (2017)

When I'm not dancing I like to: Read, go to the movies, eat everything, and enjoy family and friends!

Paige Keller

- dancer -


Hometown: Born in New Orleans, grew up in Charlotte

Education: Finance with a Spanish minor from the University of South Carolina + Charlotte School of Law

When I'm not dancing I like to: spend time with my friends & family and enjoy a good bottle of wine

Mikaela Laxton

- Dancer -


Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: BA in Dance Performance with a minor in Health from Winthrop University

When I'm not dancing I like to: Be outside and enjoy the sunshine, go on road trips, spend time with my family, workout and create little iMovie films

Kathryn McCarn

- Dancer -


Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Education: BFA in dance from the University of Texas at Austin

When I'm not dancing I like to: Cook, workout, spend quality time with fiends and family, and explore be world around me

Morgan Shields

- dancer -


Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: Psychology, UNC Charlotte (2008)

When I'm not dancing I like to: read, volunteer, work out, eat lots of guacamole, and watch NFL

Kaitlyn Sizemore

- Dancer -


Hometown: Mooresville, NC

Education: Bachelors Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University

When I'm not dancing I like to: Eat tacos, travel, go on the lake, and spend time with my friends, family, and fiancé

Loz Gibbs

- Dancer -


Hometown: Mooresville, NC

Education: BFA in Dance, UNC Greensboro (2013) + Certificate IV in Business, Sydney TAFE (2015)

When I'm not dancing I like to: enjoy the sunshine, make delicious food, and travel the world

Kylie Hester

- Dancer -


Hometown: Chester, VA

Education: Dance and Business Administration, University of Richmond (2017)

When I'm not dancing I like to: spend time with my husband and puppy, travel, hike, and eat ice cream

Kimberly Parks

- Dancer -


Hometown: Clearwater, FL

Education: BFA in Dance, Florida State University (2005) + AAS- Physical Therapist Assistant, CPCC (2013)

When I'm not dancing I like to: seek out more dance opportunities, play with my young daughters, teach babies how to crawl and walk, and drink coffee

Rebecca Kendall

- Dancer -


Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Education: High Honors, Bridgeway Academy

When I'm not dancing I like to: Read, go shopping, explore restaurants in Uptown, and rewatch my favorite tv shows

Akilah Williams

- Dancer -


Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!)

When I'm not dancing I like to: Go to the movies with my family. I’m a huge movie buff! I also love football, so I’m definitely hype that football season has begun!

Faith Carder

- Apprentice Dancer -


Hometown: Concord, NC

Education: Currently studying dance performance and choreography at UNCC

When I'm not dancing I like to: I love going to concerts & on adventures with my friends... and eating yummy vegan food!

Lydia Heidt

- Apprentice Dancer -


Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: Currently double majoring in Dance Performance/Theory and Spanish at UNCC Charlotte

When I'm not dancing I like to: Paint, cook healthy food, attend art or dance events, and go see live music.