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Baran Dance

Baran Dance is a professional contemporary dance company based in Charlotte, NC. We create dances to make you feel, think, possibly cry, and maybe even laugh. Baran Dance seamlessly blends bold physicality with thoughtful artistry, creating multi-media work that is available and inviting for wide audiences, regardless of cultural, educational, or socioeconomic background.

We move to move you!

In addition to our professional dance company we also boast an apprentice company, BD2.
Join us for company class Sunday afternoons at Open Door Studios.

Big Moves 2020

May 23 @ 8:00 pm


Physical attraction, cultural identity, and mass shootings in schools — these are just some of the themes tackled in BIG MOVES 2020. Baran Dance’s final concert of the season includes work by Audey Baran, Lauren Bickerstaff, Mikaela Laxton, and Megan Payne and features the award winning apprentice company, BD2. Tickets on sale April 1st!

Saturday, May 23rd @ 8pm
Sunday, May 24th @ 6pm


May 23 @ 8:00 pm
May 24 @ 6:00 pm


Charlotte Ballet
701 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC United States
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Audrey Baran

Audrey Baran

★ director / dancer / choreographer ★

Kate Micham

★ dancer + choreographer ★

Lauren Bickerstaff

★ dancer + choreographer ★

Melissa Jesse

★ dancer ★

Paige Keller

★ dancer ★

Megan Payne

★ dancer + choreographer ★

Morgan Shields

★ dancer ★

Loz Gibbs

★ Dancer ★

Kimberly Parks

★ Dancer ★

Faith Carder

★ Dancer ★

Lydia Heidt

★ Dancer ★

Akilah Williams

★ Dancer ★

Mikaela Laxton

★ Dancer ★

Sharon Keenan

★ Dancer ★

Jacqui Cron

★ Dancer ★


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Thank you Arts and Science Council!

We are proud to announce that Baran Dance has received a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council! These funds will directly support our upcoming production, Covers, in collaboration with local and national dance artists. We are honored to receive is competitive award and are super stoked to bring you one killer show in Spring 2019!

This project was made possible through the support of the […]


Sunday, December 16th @ 2:00pm
Open Door Studios | FREE!
Join Baran Dance for this special choreographic showing by our apprentice company, BD2! Our young artists are not only talented dancers but emerging dance makers. They have crafted their own short works, utilizing compositional skills, literary inspiration, and personal voice. Admission is free — support our apprentices with your presence!

Baran Dance Auditions

Move with US! Baran Dance is holding auditions for both our apprentice and professional companies for the 2018-2019 season. We seek dancers well versed in contemporary / modern / jazz dance as well as improvisation and collaboration. Read on for details and contact with questions. See you on the dance floor!

Sunday, September 9th | 1:00-2:30pm | Open Door Studios Dancers 12-18 years old from any Charlotte-area […]

Baran Dance awarded “Best Dance Troupe” by Charlotte Magazine

We are thrilled to be the Charlotte magazine BOB Award Winner for Best Dance Troupe! According to Charlotte Magazine:

Audrey Baran’s troupe has represented contemporary dance at events at Goodyear Arts and the annual BOOM Festival in Plaza Midwood. Behind the scenes, its community projects and classes at Open Door Studios give aspiring dancers a path outside of the traditional.

Thank you for recognizing exciting and accessible dance in the […]

Meet the New BD2!

We could not be more thrilled about the this year’s apprentice company, BD2! These talented young artists will perform throughout the year, including our May 2018 concert, REMIXES. They’ll be breaking ground in an innovative performance in conjunction with Community School of Davidson and pianist David Brooks. Details are coming soon, but first, we are proud to present the 2017-2018 BD2 company! From left to right: Sarah Coates, Milana Acolino, […]

Meet the New BD2!

We are thrilled to introduce our 2016/2017 BD2 dancers: Sarah Howe, Marly Roberts, and Gabriella Sanchez.  This tiny but mighty group of talented dancers are already working hard and ready to knock your socks off. You can check them out:
* December 9th (time TBA)

Informal Showing
Open Door Studios

* May 20th + 21st @ C3 Lab
Saturday @ 8pm / Sunday @ 6pm
Baran Dance / BD2 Spring Show

August 2016 News

And… we’re BACK! We’ve had our fill of lounging in the sun and brewery hopping (ok, we’ll still do that). But it’s time to get back to work + play in the studio and kick off Baran Dance’s FIFTH season! This is sure to be a stellar year, but we need YOUR HELP to make it happen. Read on to see what’s up… AUDITIONS! BD2: APPRENCTICE COMPANY
Sunday, August 28th 2:00-4:00pm @ Open Door […]

Beyond Baran Dance

Baran Dance is proud to announce the launch of our partnership with Our.BRIDGE, a non-profit enrichment program that focuses on the education and socio-emotional development of children who are new to our country and culture. We will be offering weekly dance classes to a group of these wonderful students, but need your help. They are motivated to move, but need the right shoes! We are currently taking donations of used or new ballet and […]

Yard Art Day

Yard Dances @ Yard Art Day
Labor Day | Monday, September 7 @ 5pm
1904 Marguerite Ave.

Join local choreographers, dancers, and regular awesome people for Yard Art Day! Get sneak peak at new work by Audrey, Kenzie, and more. Then stick around for an al fresco dance party with awesome and (very) local folk music duet Sinners & Saints! Bring what and whoever you need […]