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 Concert and recently KTC collaborated with nosi DANCE theatre to present a new work “Kindly Rooted”.
Collaborators and company members of KT COLLECTIVE include Nicolette Miller, Jasmine Powell, Christiana Murphy, Jackie Bennett, Briana Cooper and Jennifer Reeves.
Music collaborators include Dave Parent and Shana Tucker.
Artistic Director Bio. . . . . . .
Kristin Taylor Duncan is a native of Durham, NC. She is a BFA graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. Ms. Taylor has trained at Jacobs Pillow, and on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios in Chicago. While based 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 Andrea Woods, Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Juel Lane, Gaspard Louis, Nnenna Freelon and Kariamu Welsh in the Clothesline Muse, nosi DANCE theatre and created and performed works for Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela.
Mrs. Taylor Duncan is a proud recipient of the 2012 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant to produce a concert of her latest works with her company KT COLLECTIVE and a collaborative project Kindly Rooted Dance. In 2013 Kristin performed with Helen Simoneau of Helen Simoneau Danse for the DANCE X Tour traveling to Montreal, Tokyo and Busan, South Korea. Recently she has been commissioned to develop solo work “Suddenly I See” by Helen Simoneau, collaborating with cellist and vocalist Shana Tucker and cellist Okorie Johnson. “Suddenly I See” has also been a part of the Triangle Dance Project along with “WOVEN” one of Kristin’s first works created for KT COLLECTIVE.
In 2015 the Nasher Museum commissioned Kristin to create works inspired from the downtown Durham YMCA mural by Donald Odita Odili. This event was a part of the Nasher Musuem’s 10 Anniversary Block Party. KT COLLECTIVE had the pleasure to perform in the VAE Raleigh’s 1st Friday Art Walk and the downtown Durham 3rd Friday Art Walk at Empower Dance Studio.
Currently, she is the Dance Educator at Riverside High School, as well as teaching with Encore Academy of Dance and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill. KT COLLECTIVE is working on their 4th season “FORWARD” in April 2018.
Nicolette Miller has been pursuing dance since the age of three. She has studied with the British Ballet Organization in England, and the Cechetti Council of America in Michigan. She attended the Virginia School of the Arts for high school and continued her training at the University of Missouri Kansas City. She has performed principal, and solo rolls in the Nutcracker, CATS, and original pieces. Nicki is currently living in Durham NC, and has performed with local companies such as Nosi Dance Theatre, Gaspard&Dancers, Shaleigh Dance Works, and KT Collective. She is also teaching Ballet and Contemporary classes in Durham.
Christiana Barnett-Murphy is a dance maker and activist in Durham, North Carolina. Christiana is currently on staff with NC Arts in Action, a non-profit bringing dance to elementary school children, and the North Carolina affiliate of the National Dance Institute. Christiana is a NDI certified teaching artist. Christiana began her professional dance career at age sixteen and has performed in works by Andrea E. Woods Valdes, Ava Lavonne Vinesett, Dendy Dance Theater, and more. Christiana attended the American Dance Festival for six summers as a student and during the summers of 2012-2016 Christiana was the personal assistant to ADF faculty member, Jesse Zaritt. Christiana continues to choreograph her own work which has been showcased in Tobacco Road Dance Productions, Durham ArtWalk, the Durham Arts Council’s Centerfest and PROMPTS. In 2013 she received the DAC Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist grant, which supported her solo work, BURNING. In addition to her professional teaching, Christiana regularly volunteers at the Reality Center of Durham teaching dance and cooking to teens and adults with developmental disabilities. She is also the founder and admin of the popular Facebook group NC Dancers which connects dancers of all styles across the Southeast. Christiana actively works at bringing dance to populations who would not ordinarily be able to engage with it and seeks to foster human connection in all her work.
Jennifer Reeves is originally from Durham, NC. She has been dancing for 23 years and is classically trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern/contemporary, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop. She trained at The Studio School of Dance Arts and Gymnastics, Encore Academy of Dance and Riverside High School. She’s performed with the Moscow Ballet Company in 1998 and 2000, and the KT Collective in 2011.
Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance Education in May 2015. While at ECU she studied under Dr. Dawn Clark, Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Marissa Nesbit, Galina Panova, and Patti Weeks. She performed in the main stage production, Dance 2014, and in Contemporary Concert 2012. Both pieces were works by Patti Weeks. 2012 also brought the opportunity to perform at the Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC in Tommi Galaska’s “Talkin’ Trash”.
Jennifer now resides in Richlands, NC and is in her 3rd year teaching as dance educator and 2nd year coaching The Dancing Royals Dance Team, which she founded, at Northside High School in Jacksonville, NC. She also teaches at Swansboro and Emerald Isle Dance Studios where she has been for 2 years. She is thrilled to be performing again with the KT Collective!
Brianna holds a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. During her time at ECU she performed in many faculty works, student choreographed shows, at multiple ACDFA events, and with guest artists including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Madeline Reber. After graduating in 2011, she spent her summer training and performing at the American Dance Festival. For two years she had the privilege to train with and work for La Bella Vita Arts in Livorno, Italy.
Currently, Brianna performs with North Carolina based companies Code f.a.d. and Natalie Marrone & the Dance Cure, and is excited to dance with KT COLLECTIVE this season. Brianna also has a passion for educating young dancers. She is currently the Jazz and Contemporary Company Director at Destiny Dance Institute. She has also worked with undergraduate students as a guest instructor at The Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive and Duke University. When she is not dancing, she works in group fitness and as a certified Pilates Instructor, and holds certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
Jackie Bennett began her dance training at Durham School of the Arts. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Dance in 2014. She then obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Jackie continued her dance training in various locations, one being the Debbie Allen Summer Intensive. Jackie currently dances with various local dance companies and teaches dance classes throughout the Triangle. She also creates works with the Dance and Mime Ministry at her church.