FluxFlow Dance Project

Photo: Kyle Robertson

Photo: Kyle Robertson


Columbus' New Contemporary Dance Company 

FluxFlow Dance Project is a small group of experienced dancers who've come together in Columbus after many years working abroad. Our diverse areas of expertise and unique backgrounds are melded together in the spirit of exploration. Our mission is to create compelling works that explore the human condition with a focus on utilizing cross-disciplinary collaboration between music, dance, theater and the visual arts. 



'Sweet Wound, Study 1'- Performed for "Wonderball" at Columbus Museum of Art

  Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Filippo Pelacchi, Sarah Wolff and Russell Lepley 

"The things that I knew"- Commissioned by Jimmy Orante for "The Benefit" Concert, a performance for the Hemophilia Foundation at the Riffe Center's Davidson Theater

 Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Filippo Pelacchi, Karen Wing, Jarret Reimers, Leiland Charles, Peter Kurta, Darian Kane

"Good to be a rose?"- 2018 Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert

Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Filippo Pelacchi, Sarah Wolff, and Russell Lepley, Piano: Sarah Wolff, Vocals: Filippo

"An eye more bright"- Columbus Dance Alliance WORKS #1 at Wexner Center for the Arts

Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Filippo Pelacchi, Kelly Hurlburt and Russell Lepley, Vocals & Piano: Filippo Pelacchi

Flux + Flow + Friends: An intimate performance with FluxFlow Dance Project & Guests at Art of Yoga

"The things that I knew" Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Doug Carraway, Youji Han, Michelle Herman, Rian Ismadia, Karina Lopes, Charles Miles, Melanie Schlosser, Gail Verway, Judith Schwartzbaum, Holley Wiseman, Vocals: Filippo Pelacchi, Pianist- Molly Brown

"Singe à Cymbales" Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Mathilde Gilhet & Shelby Williams, Music: Tom Lepley

"An eye more bright" Choreography: Russell Lepley, Performed by Filippo Pelacchi, Mathilde Gilhet, and Russell Lepley, Vocals & Piano: Filippo Pelacchi

Russell Lepley



Russell Lepley, co-Founder and resident choreographer of FluxFlow Dance Project, developed the dance space Flux + Flow Dance and Movement Center in Columbus, Ohio in 2017 alongside his husband and collaborator, Filippo Pelacchi. Russell has created and presented 5 works in Columbus since the project’s inception and has been awarded the Columbus Dances Fellowship Grant. He first explored his voice as a choreographer while working as a dancer in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal, Canada), Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany), and Gärtnerplatztheater (Munich, Germany) where he participated in young choreographer evenings produced by the companies. His first professional commission, “Lovely and Awful”, came in 2016 for Gärtnerplatztheater and the piece was so well received it was later selected to be a part of “Theater Tagen”, a theater and dance festival in Regensburg, Germany. He is passionate about creating cross-disciplinary work that incorporates live music and elements of theater and his movement vocabulary is informed by the diverse and varied experiences he had as a dancer.

Filippo Pelacchi


Filippo Pelacchi, co-Founder of FluxFlow Dance Project and native of Italy, left home at 16 to train in Roubaix, France. He danced professionally with Ballet Junior Geneve (Switzerland), Introdans (Netherlands), Gaertnerplatztheater (Munich, Germany) and is currently dancing with FluxFlow Dance Project. Over the course of his career, he danced the work of renowned choreographers Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Gustavo Ramirez Sensano, Jo Stromgren, Lucinda Childs, and Marko Goecke among others. He moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2017 to found the dance space Flux + Flow Dance and Movement Center with his husband and collaborator, Russell Lepley. Beyond a performer, he is an exceptionally passionate teacher and works to make dance accessible to all people.

Mathilde Gilhet


Mathilde Gilhet, native of France, began her training at Ballet du Nord before joining the Centre Choregraphique National of Carolyn Carlson in Roubaix, France three years later. She danced professionally with Ballet Junior de Geneve (Switzerland), Alias Company (Switzerland), Quorum Ballet (Portugal), and is currently dancing with FluxFlow Dance Project. Over the course of her career, she worked with renowned choreographers Alexander Ekman, Gustavo Ramirez Sensano, Lucinda Childs, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, and Rui Horta among others. She has performed and given workshops internationally and in 2018 was invited to create work at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the French Embassy in Portugal and the National Ballet of Portugal. She is a judge internationally for dance competitions, a passionate teacher, and Head of Contemporary dance at Flux + Flow Dance and Movement Center.

Kelly Hurlburt


Kelly Hurlburt is a dancer with roots in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving a B.F.A. in Dance at OSU, she has performed in many projects and taught nationally across the US, and internationally in Israel, China, Spain and Denmark. She has led workshops at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Shanghai University, Beijing Dance Academy, Zichri Theater in Kibbutz, Ga’aton and throughout Denmark. She has studied extensively with and performed work by Bebe Miller, Noa Zuk, Abby Zbikowski, Mats Ek, Rami Be'er and Nancy Stark Smith. Kelly frequently travels nationally, as well, to Earthdance, SFDI and to work with other artists like Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, KJ Holmes and Karen Nelson. Kelly co-directs SeaBus, a collaborative improvisational dance company, with partner, Josh Hines. When she isn't performing, Kelly dedicates time to facilitating class in the Columbus Community and being an advocate for dance in Columbus by participating as a founding member of Columbus Dance Alliance.


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COMPANY ballet and contemporary CLASSES 


Int./Adv.- Professional Contemporary: 

Mondays 9.15-10.00am & Tuesdays 10.30-11.15am  

Int./Adv.- Professional Ballet: 

Wednesdays 9.15-10.30am & Thursdays 9.15-10.30am

Join FluxFlow Dance Project for their Company Classes. 

These classes are donation base (minimum suggestion $5) and open to any int./adv. mover/dancer. You can sign online for free clicking on the Schedule page above.

Classes are led by one of the company members and are intended to give a space for dancers to continue their own practice and keep in contact with movement. Moving together is a great way to build a community.