Donna Crump also known as “The Donna” is an award-winning choreographer and native New Orleanian who has been studying many forms of dance for over 25 years. After studying classical ballet intensively with Ballet Hysell, under the direction of Diane Carney and the late Harvey Hysell, she studied dance at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts for four years where she then graduated. In 2002, she went to Brooklyn, New York where she studied dance at Long Island University for two years. Following New York, she studied over 760 hours of massage therapy and postural alignment and became a licensed massage therapist as well as a certified pure barre instructor.
In 2005, Donna danced as a Honeybee for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets for three years and later went on to study with Brazil’s premiere dance company Grupo Corpo. She has performed with the Newcomb Dance Company, The John/Allen Project in New Orleans and Harare, Zimbabwe, The First Physical Theatre in Grahamstown, South Africa, The Mud Honey Dance Collective, and Tsunami Dance Company. Donna completed her studies at Tulane University receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance.
Donna received the NAACP-ACT SO award for dance and was nominated for Best Student Choreographer by the American College Dance Festival and has also won a Big Easy Classical Arts Award with Tsunami Dance. She has also worked with directors Spike Lee, the late Mathew Dickens, and Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Dance Company. Some of her credits include “Old Boy” and “Warzone:3D”.
The Donna founded Good Dance Since 1984, in February of 2012 and is currently working with the company to provide dance education as well as local, national, and international performance opportunities for the youth and other professional artists. Good Dance Since 1984 has presented work at The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, The Dances Made To Order online Dance Film Festival, Southern Voices Dance Festival, and The New Orleans Fringe Festival, where 1984’s presentation of “Isis & Nephthys” earned the company its first Big Easy Tribute to The Classical Arts Award for “Outstanding Choreography” (New Work).
Gabrielle Edgerson is a native New Orleanian and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts graduate. While receiving her B.A. in Integrated Communication from Spring Hill College, she studied with Mobile Ballet, danced, coached and choreographed the college's and a local middle school's dance team and interned with two of Mobile's award-winning advertising agencies. Gabrielle has performed with New Orleans' NBA Basketball team, The Ailey School, Shramel Conservatory, Kwame Ross and 2BTribe Dance Theatre. She is currently a teaching artist under Young Audiences of Louisiana and has just begun her first year of teaching.
Peryn St. Raymond is a native New Orleanian who has always had a passion for dance and the arts. She began her ballet training at the age of five under the instruction of Jacqueline Fry at New Orleans Dance Academy. She danced in many local productions throughout her childhood, most notably when she appeared as Little Alice in the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble’s production of Alice in Wonderland. At the age of 12, Peryn was accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as the youngest student. During her years at NOCCA she attended several summer dance programs, including Hartford Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and The United States Scholar Athlete Games. After graduating from NOCCA in 2001, Peryn decided that although dance was her passion, she was also interested in pursuing a career in business. While in school she interned with the New Orleans Ballet Association. Peryn graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is currently working for Jacobson Adler, LLC. Since graduating from UNO, Peryn joined the Chard Gonzalez Dance Theater in 2010 and has performed with the company in The New Orleans Fringe Festival, San Francisco’s Fury Factory, and the Houston Interstate Fringe Festival. Peryn also became a board member of the Chard Gonzalez Dance Theater. In 2012, Peryn joined Alternative Collaborations and has performed in the New Dance Festival, Southern Voices Dance Outloud D’Project, and a French Market Cache, in New Orleans. During 2012 old NOCCA pals, Peryn and The Donna, reconnected and she began performing with Good Dance Since 1984.
Brianna Nowlin has been a company member for Good Dance Since 1984 for 2 years. In 2011, she graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During her time at Tulane, she was a member of the Newcomb Dance Company and extensively studied Dance for Camera. She filmed and choreographed several student works, as well as participated in various student and faculty projects.
Brianna recently completed her fourth season dancing as a Honeybee for the New Orleans Hornets as a captain, and is a member of the first New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team. During her time as a Honeybee, Brianna was chosen to represent the New Orleans Hornets in Kosovo, Austria, China, and Mexico.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, she grew up training and competing with Kitty Carter, the technique coach for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as Shella Sattler, former director of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers. She has received amazing opportunities to dance alongside Beyoncé at the Superbowl, as well as other artists such as Destiny’s Child, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, and Trombone Shorty.
Now, in New Orleans, aside from real estate marketing and social media, Brianna enjoys teaching advanced technique classes (especially tap!) and choreographing. She is a guest performer for the Tsunami Dance Company in their November 2013 showcase, and has made appearances in recent films, including “Old Boy”, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”, and “Bullet to the Head”. She has also taken up print and runway modeling, and has added aerial silks to her list of art forms to master. She is very excited to continue another year of performing with 1984 and will continue to take on the world by storm!
“I aim to draw the eye, leave it all on the dance floor, and most importantly, to live.”
Natalie Nocentelli was born in New Orleans and started training at the age of 2 with the Helena Hosch School of dance in Metairie, LA. She also trained with Crescent City Gymnastics where she performed on their traveling competition team for 8 years. Natalie transferred to Art in Motion school of dance and studied under owner and director Leslie Smith. Like all teenagers wanting to try everything, Natalie attended Ursuline Academy where she joined the volleyball team, track team, and cheerleading team. It was cheerleading tat led her to her find out out that dance is her true love.
Natalie currently attends the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts for Dance. She has particpated in workshops with the New Orleans Ballet Association under the direction of master artists and profound companys such as Balet Hispanico and the Paul Tayor Company.
Performance credits include: the New Orleans Fringe Festival, New Orleans Ballet Association's Martha Graham Panorama Project, Southern Voices D’Project, and various performances with the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts while continuing her studies.
She has been preforming as an apprentice with Good Dance Since 1984 since 2012.
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Jasmin Simmons' formal training began at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and culminated at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. This New Orleans native has studied at the New Orleans Ballet Association, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Jasmin has been blessed to travel Europe while performing aboard the Crown Princess Cruise Ship. Simmons is thrilled to return to be performing in her city