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Programming Spotlight: Tidal Shift

This fall, we are debuting a new performance series at Le Mondo!

TIDAL SHIFT is a new monthly dance and movement series at Le Mondo, led by resident artist-curator Noelle Tolbert. Join us each month as we uncover a fresh slate of movers presenting both developing and new dance works to the public.

TIDAL SHIFT was created to provide an ongoing platform for dancers and movers that explores community building, artistic innovation, and boldness through experimentation. Audience members will also have a unique chance to experience new dance work as it evolves in real-time, as well as participate in conversation with the dance artists.

We're so excited to present the first evening of this series on Saturday, September 17, at 8PM.

Original Photo Credit: Pat Galluzo (@sicnarfozzullag)


Noelle Tolbert

A true engineer of movement, Noelle's practice has been developed through an ongoing rooted connection to her artistic community and audiences. From dance to choreography to performance art to teaching, Noelle's work is deeply informed by feminine empowerment and interdisciplinary collaboration. Noelle was born in the city of Philadelphia, where she discovered her love for physical expression. Baltimore has now become her platform for community outreach and engagement. She built a youth dance programs at the Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park Middle School PVA Program, JCC in Owings Mills, and currently at Moving Company in Cockeysville, MD. She continues to connect with local affiliates to bring dance and arts to Baltimore areas that need healing.

Brittany Bryan

Ms. Bryan’s formal dance training began at DeVe’s Christian School of Performing Arts. She has since had the pleasure of performing at venues including Baltimore Musuem of Art, Walters Art Museum, Lyric Opera House, Towson University, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. She has been trained in dance techniques including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, African, lyrical, hip hop and liturgical. She has had the privilege of having her choreography showcased in different venues including Artscape and Towson University. She currently teaches dance to the next generation as well as workshops and continues to perform at various events.

Kaylan Hutchison

Kaylan is a writer and communications consultant in Baltimore, MD. Kaylan grew up dancing and performing, and was part of McDaniel College’s Dance Company from 2015-2019. After a hiatus of two years, Kaylan then began training in pole dance, which connected her with Baltimore’s movement community at The Movement Lab. There, Kaylan immersed herself in yoga and eclectic types of free form movement, as well as reconnected with dance. She continues to dance in Noelle Tolbert’s contemporary dance classes at Motion Collective on the Avenue. This choreography pulls inspiration from vulnerability, obsession, and desperation. This is her first performance in Baltimore.

Jess McGowan

Originally from Chicagoland, Jess McGowan is a Baltimore-based dancer. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance and in FIlm/Media Studies from American University in 2019. Since then, Jess has explored all types of movement, including dance, aerial hoop, trapeze, acro, and acro.

Laura Menyuk

By day Laura teaches outdoor nature and farm-based education for Baltimore City Schools. By night Laura is a sister, daughter, partner, friend, community advocate and organizer, and mover/dancer. A ballet dancer through her childhood, Laura has since explored every type of dance she could take a class in and has expanded her movement vocabulary with circus silks, natural movement, and Budokon. Nature's richest places lie at the meeting points of ecosystems: the ecotone. In an increasingly dis-embodied virtual world, Laura is interested in the ecotones of physical and ecological space through nature-connection, people-connection and dance. Laura thanks LeMondo and her teacher, Noelle Tolbert, for this opportunity to perform.

Alexandre Beaslay

Hi, my name is Alexandre Beaslay-Bolivar, I am French and Venezuelan and I grew up in the south west of France. I am a freestyle dancer as well as a certified health and life coach. I help people reduce and manage their stress levels so they can create the life they want. I was introduced to Hip-Hop, Breaking, Popping and Locking at age 8 by a local dance association that I performed with for 10 years.

In 2014, I moved to NYC where I was introduced and immersed in the underground House Dance culture. I had the chance to learn from the pioneers of House Dance.

My dance is strongly influenced by NYC’s underground House dance scene, Freestyle, Jazz, and Salsa.

During my time in New York City I joined a street dance collective that performed in the streets and subway stations of the city. I’ve represent the Crazy Natives crew in many dance battles and won the 2019 Kings Of NY battle in the House dance category.

Diara Beaslay

I started my journey with dance with classical training at the Baltimore School for the Arts' TWIGS program and proceeded to attend and graduate from Baltimore School for the Arts high school. Throughout my dance journey I've danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Pace University. While training and performing with these schools, I've acquired a vast repertoire of classical dance styles including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Commerical, Contemporary, and even Dance for Musical Theatre, and I've even explored street dance styles such as Vouge, Waacking, Heels Dance, House Dance, and Pole Dance. I now teach Jazz, Commercial, and Heel's Dance and am looking forward to continuing to expand my journey with the art of dance.


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