Emmanuel grew up in Norfolk, VA. He attended George Mason University in 2012 initially pursuing a Sports Management degree. In 2014, he was accepted into the GMU Dance program and officially started his formal dance training. He has also trained at the Susquehanna Dance Center in Lancaster PA. In 2017, he graduated with a B.S. in Sport Management and a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduating, he married his beautiful best friend and fellow GMU dancer, Isabella, and together they live in Lancaster, PA. He has been involved with several dance projects in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Lancaster including The Durang Dance Collective, A-Y/Dancers, DancEthos, Servant Stage Theater Company, and Chamber Dance Company. In 2019 he had the privilege of dancing one season with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Philadelphia where he grew immensely as a dance artist.
Isabella is an experienced performer and teacher who graduated with honors from the rigorous George Mason University School of Dance BFA, a program that allowed her to study and work with some of the most well respected teachers and stellar choreographers in the country today. A Lancaster native, Isabella has performed and choreographed in local dance and theatre companies since graduation. She is the School Director of Susquehanna Dance Center where she is privileged to teach a broad range of classes to hard-working students of all ages. In addition to her warm and engaging teaching style, Isabella has an astonishing memory for choreography and dance details that allows her to bring special nuance to each work. She is excited to be dancing and creating alongside her husband, Emmanuel.
Willow Williams was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from George Mason University. While at George Mason Willow performed works by Mark Morris, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Kyle Abraham, and Ulysses Dove. She met Emmanuel at GMU and has been creating and performing with him ever since. She spent the previous two years dancing in New York City as a scholarship recipient with the Paul Taylor School. Willow is now the Artistic Director and part owner of Susquehanna Dance Center here in Mountville. She is thrilled to bring concert dance to Lancaster and grateful to have a beautiful space to teach and rehearse. Willow is excited to have the opportunity to perform alongside talented family and friends in her hometown. Soli Deo Gloria!
Tiffany graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock University with a BFA in Dance in 2020 where she was awarded the Outstanding BFA Dance Major. Her college career allowed her to work with multiple guest artists such as Grady Bowman, Jennifer Meckley, and Chitra Subramanian. Although her concentration was in Performance and Choreography, Tiffany also has experience in dance film, research, and technology. While at SRU, she participated in a contemporary ballet dance film alongside her professor, Lindsay Fisher, entitled “SILKEN…EDGE”, which was later accepted in the famous film festival Movies by Movers through the American Dance Festival. Her research, ‘The Objectification of the Female Body in Jazz Dance’ was recognized nationally and published in Slippery Rock’s Portmantua Journal. In the past, she has performed in the Koresh Showcase Series and Prima Theater of Lancaster. Since returning home to Lancaster, Tiffany has danced for Emme Dance Collective, West Virginia Dance Company and now LUNA! She also serves as the Assistant Director for her mother’s studio, Debbie’s School of Dance where she teaches a variety of classes and is the Coach Manager of the competition teams. Tiffany is excited to bring her artistic abilities to LUNA and is ready to dance!
Devon Groff is a local performer, choreographer, director, and fitness instructor. Before moving back to her hometown of Lancaster, Devon received a BA in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University in Virginia. After graduating Devon lived and performed in Philadelphia, PA where she taught at Philly Power Yoga & Thrive Pilates and performed with a local female-run dance collective. Since moving back to Lancaster, she has enjoyed choreographing and teaching for both private dance studios and public High Schools. After studying under Pat Kautter and Cody Smith, Devon is the new director of Hempfield High School's Dance Theatre. She currently teaches barre and Pilates at Move It Studio in Lancaster City, performs with emme dance collective, and now she is thrilled to perform with Luna!
Bethany Joyce was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she began dancing at the age of 4. Ever since the beginning of her dance career she was curious, passionate, and excited to explore all that dance had to offer her. Throughout her pre-professional career, she danced with Cobalt Dance company and Hempfield Dance Theater. After high school, she pursued a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography at Slippery Rock University. Her main training is in Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and improvisation, however, she also has experience with Hip-Hop, African, various forms of social dance, and Bharatanatyam. At Slippery Rock, Bethany fell in love with the art of choreography and created numerous works. She also had the opportunity to perform "The Walk" choreographed by Francine Ott and take classes from guests artists from all over the world. Bethany also took classes in recreational therapy and adapted physical activity with the hopes of teaching adapted dance in the future. She hopes to enrich her community by teaching dance to anyone and everyone who is willing to take class. She also aims to provide a safe space for all dancers to learn and grow as artists, choreographers, and teachers.
Avery Farrell is a performer, choreographer, and teacher raised in Boyertown PA. She will be graduating from Desales University in 2022 with a Bachelor's in Dance. While at DeSales she performed in twenty original pieces as well as two Screen-dances. She has learned from many talented artists such as Trinette Singleton, Angeline Gloria, Julia Mayo, Lisa Gottlieb, and E’lise Jumes. She has choreographed a Screen-dance that won Best Choreography at the Desales University 48 hour screen dance challenge. She trained in various styles and is excited to continue her dance journey to Luna and be a part of the creative process.