The Elevate Student Project is a specialized program designed for advanced pre-professional dancers ages 14-18. The program includes five weekly rehearsal and training days led by company member Dustin Crumbaugh. During the course of the project, Elevate dancers will have an original work created for them, culminating in a live pre-professional performance at The Big Muddy’s “Spring At The Sun” production on April 8 & 9, 2017!
Dustin Crumbaugh (Houston, TX) began his formal dance training at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's pre-professional second companny, 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 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, Paula David, and Harrison McEldowney. As a member of The Big Muddy since 2011, Dustin co-directs the Convergence Trainee Program alongside Brian Enos.
Erin was born and raised in Webster Groves, MO where she trained at the Dance Center of Kirkwood. She earned her BFA in dance and Spanish from Colorado State university and her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management 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. After moving back to St. Louis, she worked for aTrek Dance Collective's Education Program, and worked as head coach of the dance team and colorguard at Webster Groves High School. Erin was a company member of the Slaughter Project, under artistic direction of Cecil Slaughter before being hired by The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011. She also serves as the executive director of The Big Muddy and spends her time raising funds and awareness for the company when she is not dancing.