KT COLLECTIVE is a project based dance company in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Kristin Taylor Duncan in 2012, the company produces works that stem from modern, contemporary and jazz techniques. Works are often inspired my sculptures, paintings, and life experiences. The company had its first performance at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. The work ” Not Myself” was commissioned by the museum in response to two artists from the 30 Americans Exhibit, (Xaviera Simmons and Purvis Young).
Mrs. Taylor Duncan was soon granted the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant in the fall of 2012 to production her first show. KTC has performed in the first annual Triangle Dance Project Showcase, Durham and Raleigh Artwalks, NC Dance Festival, Durham’s Kwanzaa Celebration and with the Nasher Musuem at Duke University. In 2019 KT COLLECTIVE performed in the Ernie Barnes Tribute hosted by the NC Museum of History which was then followed by a commissioned worked by Proxemic Media to create a piece for the civil rights mural, “Continuing to Tell”, located in downtown Durham.
Collaborators and company members of KT COLLECTIVE include Jackie Bennett, Alexandra Burchette, Kim Hall, Darian Moore, Jasmine Powell and Megan Ross.
The Artistic Director
Kristin Taylor Duncan is a native of Durham, NC. She is a BFA graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. Mrs. Duncan has trained at Jacobs Pillow, and on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios in Chicago. In New York, she apprenticed with Urban Bush Women, and worked with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown and Sidra Bell. Kristin has performed with Kariamu Welsh and Nnenna Freelon in the Clotheline Muse, cellist and vocalist Shana Tucker, Andrea Woods Valdez, Helen Simoneau, Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Juel Lane, Gaspard Louis, nosi DANCE theatre, as well as created and performed works with Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela.
In 2013 Kristin performed with Helen Simoneau for the DANCE X Tour traveling to Montreal, Tokyo and Busan, South Korea. She has taught in UNCSA’s preparatory program, for the Festival of North Carolina Dance, Slippery Rock and also as a guest teacher at Enloe High School (Raleigh, NC), Durham School of the Arts and Tri-Cities Performing Arts School in Atlanta, GA.
For two seasons Kristin joined the Community Choral Project at UNC Chapel Hill as the High School choreographer. She as also worked with the Glenwood Elementary award winning 5TH grade Show Choir. Kristin has choreographed works for the elementary students participating in Evening of Entertainment presented by Durham Public Schools performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Mrs. Duncan is a proud recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant producing her first concert for KT COLLECTIVE. Since the founding days of KT COLLECTIVE, she has been commissioned to create works by Helen Simoneau, NC Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum, NC Museum of History and Myra Weiss of Proxemic Media. Most recently Kristin has performed a solo work choreographed by Jasmine Powell. Ms. Powell also invited Kristin to perform in the “Problem PSA” by music vocalist Kwanza Jones.
Currently, she is the Dance Educator at Riverside High School, Duke University and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill and Kristin is excited to begin the planning for KT COLLECTIVE’s 10th Anniversary season.
Currently, she is on the Performing Arts faculty at Cary Academy where she brings cultural history into the dance curriculum with multiple forms. She is currently a dancer with KT COLLECTIVE, as well as COMPANY, and creates her own aesthetic choreography locally and regionally with performances and workshops. As research inquiries fuel her passions, Jasmine is thankful to have learned the value in exploring the organic movement of the body’s personal story and is investigating genre-crossing dance as the inquiry to how opposite embodied features reside in each other.
Alexandra Burchette is a dancer, maker, and arts administrator living in Durham, North Carolina. Raised in Concord, NC she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and Irish dance as a child, finding joy and community through movement at a young age. A pivotal summer at North Carolina Governor’s School introduced her to the practice of modern dance and somatics and marked the first of many sojourns to watch performances at the American Dance Festival.
Alexandra’s collegiate years were spent at NC State University dividing her time between the study of textile design and as a company member of Panoramic Dance Project. Under the direction of Tara Mullins and Autumn Mist Belk she had the privilege of dancing for many incredible choreographers, most significantly Baba Chuck Davis. Alexandra spent the summer of 2019 at the American Dance Festival studying dance and somatics with Paul Matteson. In 2020 Alexandra was cast in an experimental dance theatre production under the direction of Craig Quintero and Torry Bend to be performed at Duke University.
Alexandra is currently the Program Assistant to North Carolina State University’s Dance Program and an artist liaison for the Brehm Residency through Fuller Seminary, exploring the integration of art and theology. She continues the study and practice of modern dance and, in recent years, has been greatly impacted by the teachings of Tracey Durbin and Andrea Woods Valdés.
Darian M. Moore was born in Durham, NC where he spent his time as child and young teen. He attended southern Durham High school and completed his diploma in the spring of May 2002 with a focus in dance, music and theater performance. In the summer June/July of 2002 Darian received a full scholarship to ADF (American Dance Festival) at Duke University where he studied various dance techniques: modern, Jazz, Ballet, African also Hip-Hop. During his time spent at ADF Darian was privileged with the opportunity of working with several artists/choreographers such as Andrea Woods, Chuck Davis, Donna Fey and many more.
After completing the 6 week intensive program, Darian headed north to Philadelphia, PA where he began his undergrad studies in Dance at The University of the Arts. While serving his 4 years at UArts Darian took it upon himself to further his studies in all forms of dance. Darian had the opportunity to work with many professionals/instructors from all over the world such as Christopher Huggins, Brian Sanders, Curt Haworth and so many more. He later completed his degree at UArts with a Bachelor’s in Dance Performance and Education in the summer of May 2006.
In Darian’s post undergrad career he went off into the dance world to work with several companies and artist independently. Throughout his journey he was fortunate to work with such artist as Zane Booker (2007-2008), Contempra Dance Theater Company of Philadelphia, PA (2007). As the years progressed Darian developed his own style of movement which infused a combination of lyrical jazz, modern, African with an urban flair.
In the spring of April 2008 Darian relocated to the Washington, DC area where he carried his dance career dancing part time. There he performed as guest artist with DC Contemporary Dance Theater (2011-2013). With DC Contemporary, Darian was able to embrace all styles and genres of dance. Today, Darian has taught and danced all along the eastern coast of the states and continues to gain new influences with his own movement and artistry.
Megan Ross is a dance artist and educator based in Durham. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama she graduated from Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) with the Dance Achievement Award. Megan continued her education at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she earned a B.A. in Dance Performance and French & Francophone Studies Magna Cum Laude. She has had the honor to perform works by Mark Morris Dance Group founding member, Teri Weksler; répétiteur for Donald McKayle, Randall Anthony Smith; and répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Germaul Barnes.
Megan has presented her own choreography throughout the northeast including the Richmond Dance Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, Loose Leaves Dance Showcase, and American College Dance Association. In addition to dance, she has been a longtime pilates practitioner and completed The Pilates Center’s 950 hour Advanced Teacher Training Program. Currently Megan is the school director at Barriskill Dance Theatre School, teaches pilates at InsideOut Body Therapies, performs with the KT Collective, and creates her own work.
Jackie Bennett is a native of Durham, NC. She majored in Social Work and Minored in Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, obtained her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently working towards her MFA in Dance at Hollins University. Jackie began dancing with KT Collective in 2017. She has also performed locally with other companies such as No Forwarding Address and Raina Lucas Dance Company and Lab. Jackie has enjoyed performing in shows such as the Black Nativity and presenting her own work at the Greensboro Fringe Festival. Jackie enjoys and continues to look forward to working and growing with KT Collective.
Kimberly Hall is the administrative assistant for KTC Dance Company. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, concentration in Dance Education. Growing up with an interest in the arts she began studying dance at a young age. From age 6 to 18 she trained at Greenville Civic Ballet in Greenville, NC, and continued her training at North Carolina Central University and with Koffee Dance Company. After college, Kimberly worked as an administrative assistant at American Dance Festival for 2.5 years. Following that she worked at UNC World View as the administrative services coordinator. Kimberly is currently a front desk coordinator at The Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill.