Joshua L. Peugh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Joshua moved to South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company. Since then, he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America winning awards for his choreography in Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival. He was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's 2015 "25 to Watch," and was named “an important discovery” by The New York Times. Joshua has been commissioned to create for BODYTRAFFIC, BalletX, Ballet Memphis, Tulsa Ballet, Whim W'Him, Company E, Dallas Theater Center, METdance, and Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, among others.
BS Movement is the collected and ongoing research of collaborative/creative duo, Shaina Branfman and Bryan Strimpel. Through teaching, performance and lifestyle, the two share and probe further into their philosophy: No matter our differences we all move, so we are all the same. Shaina completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She studied religion and philosophy at the All Faiths Seminary International and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Bryan has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, ThirdRailProjects and is a member of The Feath3r Theory.
Meg Paul has been principal dancer with Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Ron De Jesus Dance. She was part of the creative team and the lead understudy for Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award winning show Movin’ Out and staged the national touring cast. She is currently Ballet Master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Faculty at WSU Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and Program Director for Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive. Meg was the Director of Dance at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts where she conceived and directed a benefit for dance titled National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored as a ‘Detroit’s Renaissance Hero’ by the Detroit Free Press. Meg is the ballet master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and directs the 313 Choreography Expo at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, showcasing Detroit’s creative impact with other major cities, such and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Meg’s recent choreographic work, ‘seed’, was chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center for the American College Dance Association festival.
Mexican born Edgar Zendejas was drawn to the United States where he received a bursary to study at the United States International University in San Diego. Edgar’s interpretive career began in Chicago where he performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Jazz Dance. In the early nineties, Edgar joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, now BJM Danse, where he found himself evolving as an artist and choreographer. After the successful premiere of Zendejas’s first work, “Breve Enlace,” Louis Robitaille, artist director of BJM, promoted Edgar to associate choreographer. Most notable works are from Jacob’s Pillow; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, DanceWorks Chicago; Luna Negra Dance Theater, State Street Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Northwest Dance Project and Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico. Edgar Zendejas’s North American acclaim continued to grow: he won the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition in 2010, competed as a finalist for the Milwaukee Ballet’s choreographic competition “Genesis” in 2011, and won the Outstanding Choreographer Award from Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In January 2006, he co-founded ezdanza. As the company expands, Zendejas is able to explore new areas of choreographic collaboration and direction.