"Robards has a strong sense of craft...and seems to take pleasure in dance without clumsily concocted themes and other gimmicks... The choreography does demand unremitting energy and athleticism from the performers, a staple in dance today. But, Ms. Robards thinks in grander terms."
Dance Critic Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
LaRana Skalicky (Associate Executive Director) has been a Company Member since 1988. In addition to her work as a dancer, LaRana also serves KRD as a teacher and administrator. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Aurora Cultural Arts District. She was selected for an Associateship with the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute, has been a Dance Teaching Artist for the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado, served on The Scen3 Denver SCFD Tier III marketing committee, and on the CAST3 Leadership Team. LaRana teaches at The Academy of KRD and in KRD's educational outreach programs. She graduated cum laude with honors as one of four $20,000 Four Years Honor Scholars from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Philosophy. LaRana is originally from Salina, KS. She plays the cello and has a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. LaRana wishes to thank her mentor Kim Robards. Many teachers have been important to LaRana including Kay Henderson, Michael Simms, Vivette Darnell Ashen-Brenner, Patrick Suzeau, and Muriel Cohen, among others.
Kaitlyn Powers joins KRD for her third season. Kaitlyn began her training in Hutchinson, Kansas. She then received a BFA in Dance from Wichita State University. Kaitlyn has attended workshops and intensives with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Diavolo and River North Dance Chicago. She has performed with Ballet Wichita and Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita and internationally with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater.
Gabby Giles joined KRD as a Company Member in fall 2020. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her training with Philadelphia Dance Theater under the direction of Joy Delaney Capponi. She’s had the opportunity to perform at Regional Dance America for numerous years and received a scholarship to the RDA National Choreographic Intensive (CRAFT) in 2016. Gabby continued her dance training at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she received a BFA in ballet and an English minor. While in college, she also danced with the Richmond Ballet for two years as a trainee. She performed classics such as Serenade, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake at Richmond Ballet. She has worked with artists such as Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, Colin Connor, Gary Jeter II, Robert Gosnell, Wayne St. David, Gary Taylor, Malcolm Burn, Jerri Kumery, Jasmine Grace and Deirdre Carberry. She has participated in the BalletX summer intensive and the Richmond Ballet summer intensive.
Morgan Stillman (Visiting Dancer) made his first appearance with Kim Robards Dance during the 2016 Summer Intensive Company Project. Morgan was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he began his dance training with The New American Youth Ballet. He attended dance programs with The Juilliard School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Chautauqua Institution, and Ballet Chicago. Morgan studied at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and was previously a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas. He is a Company Member at Ballet Austin. Throughout his career he has performed choreography by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Dwight Rhoden, Violette Verdy, Nicolo Fonte, Michael Vernon, James Canfield, Tara Foy, and now, Kim Robards.
Brandy Carwile became a company member in July of 2021. She started her dance training at the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. She continued by attending Brenau University as a dance major where she was also a member of the Gainesville Ballet. Brandy then joined Ballethnic Dance Company where she performed soloist and lead roles in a variety of ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty during her 12 seasons. Most recently she served as a principal dancer for 3 seasons with the Montgomery Ballet.
Jordan Himelrick became an Apprentice with KRD in July 2021, attending the Summer Intensive Company Project as a scholarship recipient. Jordan began her dance training with Encore Dance Studio in Aurora, Colorado. Jordan continued her dance training at the University of Wyoming obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in May 2021. While at the University of Wyoming Jordan performed in works choreographed by Darrell Moultrie, Jesse Obremski, Daniel Charon, Dan Higgins, Cat Kamrath, Marsha Knight, and Margaret Wison as well as Limon Dance Company Repertory. Jordan has attended intensives and trained with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Limon Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company Gaga winter intensive, Repertory Dance Theater winter intensive and the Snowy Range summer dance festival. Jordan is excited to continue her training with Kim Robards and to have the opportunity to perform with such a highly regarded professional dance company.
Alfonso Meraza Prudente became a KRD Company Member in fall 2019. Born in San Jerónimo de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico, he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mexican Arts and Dance from the Instituto de la Danza Mexicana in Acapulco. Following his dreams, Alfonso traveled to Mexico City where he became a principal soloist, for more than 9 years, with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, one of the most prestigious companies in Mexico. Ballet Folklorico performed weekly at the historic Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City and toured world-wide. He is co-founder of Mexican Folklorico dance company, Artisti-CO. Alfonso is proud and grateful for the opportunity to be part of Kim Robards Dance in his new adventure and life, here in Colorado.