Brian Enos, Artistic Director
Mr. Enos, originally from San Francisco, CA, began studying ballet at the age of 16. After his training at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre and The Houston Ballet Academy, he was invited to join Houston Ballet at the age of 18. After several years performing with Houston Ballet, Mr. Enos went on to dance for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for eight years, before retiring from the stage in 2010. He's danced leading roles in works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Bruce, among others.
Mr. Enos also has an impressive choreographic career spanning 15 years, with over 30 original works, and glowing reviews from both critics and audiences throughout the United States and abroad. Some of the companies on which he's created work include: Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, and many more.
Succeeding the company's founder, Paula Young David, as the artistic leadership behind The Big Muddy Dance Company, Mr. Enos is always seeking to push the artistic and technical level of the company, cultivate diverse and engaging repertoire, and “invigorate life through dance”.
Erin Warner Prange,
Erin Warner Prange, Executive Director
Born and raised in St. Louis, Erin Warner Prange holds her B.A. in Dance and Spanish from Colorado State University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University. In 2006, Erin taught dance for the Boston public school district through the Topf Center for Dance Education, and danced with Fusionworks II in Providence, RI under the tutelage of Deb Meunier and Stephanie Sanford. After moving back to St. Louis, she worked as aTrek Dance Collective's Education Program Coordinator, and worked as the head coach of the dance team and color guard at Webster Groves High School. Erin founded the modern and contemporary programs at the Dance Center of Kirkwood, and was a company member of the Slaughter Project under artistic direction of Cecil Slaughter before joining The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011. Erin has had the privilege of working with talented artists such as Chung-Fu Chang, Lee Cooper, Jody Weber, Marcus Schulkind, and Christien Polos in her study and training. Throughout her 3 seasons as a company dancer for The Big Muddy Dance Company, she has had the honor of dancing in choreographic works by renowned artists such as Lou Conte, Sam Watson, Harrison McEldowney, Lauri Stallings, and many more.
Erin currently volunteers as the Advertising Production Manager for Sign of the Arrow charity organization, and serves on the Christian Education board and Anniversary event committee at First Congregational Church of Webster Groves.
Director of Educational Operations
(Houston, TX) began his formal dance training at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's pre-professional second company, Houston Met Too. Since graduating high school, he spent two years as a dance major at Point Park University where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Robert Battle, and Harrison McEldowney. He then completed his traineeship with Ballet Austin, where he performed works by Stephen Mills, Gina Patterson, Septime Weber, and Dwight Rhoden, and trained at LINES Ballet, where he studied under master teachers such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, and Amy Raymond. Dustin joined Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional company member in 2005, and in 2007 joined Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro, performing works by Edgar Zendejas, Alejandro Cervera, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. He then danced on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal, working with Jose Navas/Cie Flak and Julian Barnett. In 2009, he performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater until joining The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011, with whom he has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Lou Conte, Kate Skarpetowska, and Brian Enos. Dustin is also a master teacher and choreographer, who has taught and created works for dance schools across the country.
Robert Poe is originally from Aiken, SC and began dancing with Carl Crosby at Crosby's School of Dance. Later, for high school, he graduate from the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities with honors. Once graduated, Robert performed as a dance artist with the Columbia City Ballet, the Nashville Ballet, Cedar Lake II, The Missouri Ballet Theatre and even the Nashville Opera before finding his way to The Big Muddy Dance Company where he is walking into his 6th season. Robert's passion for dance education has led him to teach in studios all over Missouri, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nashville and Illinois while his choreography has been seen on the Nashville Ballet as well as their training company (NB II), Missouri Ballet Theatre, The Big Muddy Dance Company and most recently, Texture Contemporary Ballet. Beyond teaching and choreography, Robert is on fire for the Senior Embrace program that the company provides to the community and sits on the Senior Outreach Committee. Robert will also be serving as Rehearsal Assistant this season and is humbly blessed to work with such passionate and talented artists.
Costume & Production Assistant
Nathali Rottier, Costume & Production Assistant
Nathali comes to The Big Muddy after years of experience in regional and national companies such as; Mid-Illinois Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, New York Theatre Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, and Dimensions Dance Company. Nathali received her early dance training from Doris Dieu at the Performing Arts Studio in Collinsville, IL where she studied the Cecchetti Method. Nathali has passed several of her professional and teacher exams and is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America. Nathali also studied at Webster University. Her teaching experience includes instructing ballet, tap, and jazz at studios such as Performing Arts studio, Rena’s Dance Studio, Gintatus School of Ballet, Inner City Kids Foundation, and ballet mistress for Chamber Dance Theatre. Nathali currently teaches at Belleville School of Ballet and Holy Family School.
Paula Young David,
Paula Young David, Founder
Paula Young David’s dance credits and experience include a performing career with the internationally renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, thirty years of teaching in the Chicagoland area, St. Louis and beyond, owning and managing her own dance studio in the Chicago metro area, founding and directing a semi-professional dance company, and most recently founding The Big Muddy Dance Company, a professional St. Louis based contemporary jazz dance company.
While dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the company toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and South America. Paula had the privilege of performing works by some of the great choreographers of her time such as Lou Conte (HSDC’s founder and artistic director), Lynn Taylor-Corbett, David Parsons, Margo Sappington, John McFall, Richard Levi, Rick Hilsabeck and Claire Bataille.
After leaving the company, Paula focused on her teaching and eventually owned and managed her own studio in the Chicagoland area. The studio grew to a successful 650 students in just 2 years and, under new management, continues to educate students in dance to this day. Her studio was home to the Terpsichore Dance Ensemble, a semi-professional
company which Paula directed from 1997-2002. During this time, she produced over 5 full dance concerts, 3 full length ballets and many benefit concerts.
Since leaving Chicago and coming to the St Louis area nine years ago, Paula has been a guest teacher and/or choreographer with the Boca Ballet Theatre, Illinois Ballet Theatre, Lindenwood University, Webster University, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and Washington University. Her most recent endeavor to produce The Big Muddy Dance Company, a professional contemporary jazz dance company in St Louis, was motivated by her new found love for the city of St Louis and its dancers. “Having no professional contemporary jazz dance company for St Louis dancers and audiences leaves a huge hole in the arts culture of St Louis. The city has deep roots in jazz music and it needs to be represented with dance. Let’s honor St Louis’ history with the energy and talent of the present and keep it with us as we grow into the future.” Now in its third season, The Big Muddy Dance Company, has successfully produced concerts at theTouhill Center for the Performing Arts, The Casa Loma Ballroom, the Edison Theatre and the NEO on Locust. All concerts have been performed to sold-out houses and resulted in the audiences standing to their feet with applause. The company has guest with Variety Children’ Charity, the Whitaker Festival, the Shakespeare Festival, the Muny pre-show, Spring to Dance Festival, National Dance Week Festival, United Way Victory Event, Art on the Town Festival, Dancing in the Streets Festival, and more. The company’s outreach program Senior Embrace, honors our senior community through dance, offering performances at senior living facilities, donating performances to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and workshops for early stage dementia patients. Its educational outreach, the Downtown Dance Center Performing Company and Dance Center, offers classes, performing opportunities and guidance to post-college dancers to help guide them towards their dreams of a professional career in dance.
“Like that mighty body of water, The Big Muddy Dance Company is proving to be a force of nature.” Calvin Wilson – St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“The Big Muddy Dance Company is a welcome addition to the St. Louis Dance scene.” Michael Uthoff - Executive Director of Dance STL.