WHO WE ARE
After 11 years of working as professional dancers in Europe, it was time for a change. We left our homes at 16 and 17 years old respectively to pursue our dance careers. It was a thrilling adventure around the world that led us through a variety of perspective-changing creative experiences, and ultimately to one another. We met while dancing for a contemporary dance company in Munich, Germany. We fell in love, got married, and shared a desire to be close to family and start a creative venture all our own. Hence, Flux + Flow was born. We want to share our unique and varied experiences with people of Columbus. We experienced first hand the benefits and joys of movement and want to create a space where as many people as possible can explore that richness.
Russell, Columbus native, is returning after 11 years of working domestically and abroad as a professional dancer. He was drawn to theater and dance at an early age and left home at 17 to join Houston Ballet II. While in Houston, he had the privilege of seeing Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal perform “Minus One” by Ohad Naharin. Fascinated by a form of contemporary dance he’d not previously been exposed to, he was compelled to audition and succeeded in obtaining a position in their company. During his years in Montreal, he had the honor of working personally with internationally regarded choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, and Ohad Naharin, among others, and was able to participate in extensive international touring. In his third year with the company, he encountered German choreographer, Stephan Thoss and, after an exciting collaboration, he was invited to join Thoss’s company in Wiesbaden, Germany. There he tested the limits of his body, dancing an extensive repetoire by Thoss, as well as, collaborations with choreographers like Johan Inger. In this period, Russell developed a profound appreciation for the practice of yoga as a means of self-care and an interest in creating healthier environments, physically and mentally, for dancers. Searching for a director with more humanity and a company that offered more range creatively, he had the fortune of being connected with Karl Alfred-Schreiner, based in Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater. He spent the next three years exploring his range, and rediscovering his passion for theatricality with choreographers William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman, Jo Strømgren, and Erna Omarsdöttir among others. The most rewarding experience of his time in Munich, however, was meeting his husband and collaborator Filippo. Desire to build a family and to be close to home, while sharing their passion and creativity led to the creation of Flux + Flow. Russell is grateful for the opportunity to make a space where everyone can enjoy dance and he can give back to the community that first ignited his passion for movement.
Filippo, born and raised in Florence, Italy, grew up passionate about the arts. At 16, he had the choice of pursuing music or dance more seriously. He ultimately, chose the latter and moved to the north of France to study at École du CCN de Roubaix. From France he was accepted into Ballet Junior de Genève in Switzerland. His time in Geneva changed his perception of what dance could be. Working with choreographers Alexander Ekman, Yuval Pick, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, among others, enabled him to explore contemporary dance from a multitude angles and refined his identity as an artist. His interest moved towards the rich dance community in Holland. Attracted by the repertoire, international touring, and an opportunity to work with an internationally diverse group of dancers, Filippo landed a job with Introdans in Arnhem, Holland. Apart from working with renowned choreographers Nacho Duato, Lucinda Childs, Twyla Tharp, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and others, one of Filippo’s fondest memories was a long-term dance collaboration with people with Autism and special needs. After four years in Holland, Filippo wanted to explore other communities and experience another group dynamic. He auditioned for Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Germany and chose to accept the position because of the fresh and positive environment created by director Karl Alfred-Schreiner, also a former dancer of Introdans. Although Filippo had fulfilling experiences working with choreographers like Marco Goecke, Christopher Roman, Toni Rizzi and many others, he felt it was time to leave the role of “dancer” and start prioritizing other things in life that inspired him. He began teaching adult classes in Munich and discovered a passion he didn’t know existed. Teaching gave him a means to give joy to people in a very direct and immediate way and led him to appreciate all of the experience and knowledge he has within him. He is thrilled to be in Columbus to share his unique perspective on dance and is passionate about making Flux + Flow a space where everyone can experience the joy of movement.
Abby Dorn has been teaching yoga fulltime for the past 14 years. She completed 500 hour certification with BeYoga/Ishta Yoga in New York City in 2002. In 2003, she completed a prenatalyoga training with Carrie Parker Gastelu, and in 2004 she became certified to teach Itsy Bitsy Yoga TM for babies and toddlers. Over the years, she has been influenced by many teachers including Mark Whitwell, Alan Finger, Leslie Kaminoff, Erich Schiffman, Ana Forrest, Lois Nesbitt, and Krishna Das. She is eternally grateful to all of her teachers (especially her children and her yoga students!) who share their yoga and help to guide her on the journey. Abby believes there is a yoga practice for everyone, and she specializes in adapting the practice to the needs of the student(s). She loves working with all ages, levels of experience and physical abilities, and regularly teaches prenatal, yoga for babies, toddlers and kids, beginners, yoga for cancer, chair yoga, and slow flow. Abby’s approach is a blend of hatha and vinyasayoga and is inspired by the needs of each unique class. She simultaneously nurtures and challenges her students with a steady, mindful, breath led practice that incorporates detailed alignment instruction, flowing sequences and many options for personal adaptation. Abby sees yoga as a practice of active gratitude for the life we are given; as full body, mind, spirit participation in the movement of the life force through us; and ultimately as an experience of the divinity within ourselves.
A native of northern Michigan, Sarah began her training at Dance Arts Academy studying ballet with Elisa Brabenec and Patrick Hinson. At the age of 13 she moved to Toronto to attend Canada’s National Ballet School full time. After graduating with honors in 2006, she furthered her training through NBS's post secondary program. During that time she guested with The Dutch National Ballet before becoming an inaugural member of The National Ballet of Canada's RBC apprentice program, YOUDance (Youth Outreach and Understanding), introducing dance to thousands of elementary students in Ontario. In 2008 she became a corps de ballet member of The National Ballet of Canada and continued to perform with them in Toronto and tour internationally through 2015. She danced with BalletMet for the 2016/17 season and has performed lead roles with The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Minnesota, and BalletMet in addition to free lance and commercial work in Toronto and NYC. She has worked with Christopher Wheeldon, Natalia Makarova, Jorma Elo, John Neumeier, Jirí Kylián, James Kudelka, Chrystal Pite, and many more and has trained with teachers such as Evelyn Hart, Sergiu Stefanschi, Fernando Alonso, Deborah Hess, Lindsay Fischer, and Nancy Bielski. Sarah was awarded The Cecchetti Council of America Ballet Award, The New York City Dance Alliance Ballet Scholarship presented by Leslie Brown, Canada's National Ballet School's Peter Dwyer Award of Excellence Presented by The Canada Council For The Arts, and The National Ballet of Canada's Patrons' Council Award of Merit. She completed Fletcher Pilates Teacher Certification Courses in Matwork I & II, Advanced Matwork, and Towelwork during her career in Canada and has enjoyed teaching throughout Ontario, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. She is now a free lance dancer and a teacher based in Columbus.
Robert White, Hip-Hop Dancer and Choreographer, has been deeply involved in the hip-hop dance scene of Ohio for 6 years strong but has been dancing his entire life. His dance styles are All Style Freestyle, Popping, and Breakdancing. Robert has not only worked on himself as an artist by gettinginvolved in dance gigs, but has also gotten involved in the Columbus community and dance scene by investing time and energy as a representative of organizations such as I Am D.A.N.C.E. LLC. and stage productions for Columbus Ohio C Dance Company such as “Ally and the Land of Wonders” and “Watch Me Move”. IAD is a non-profit organization that focuses on the arts and providing opportunities for artists around Columbus, as well as other cities, to expand, network, and perfect their craft. Robert has gained choreographing experience by creating work and performing for rising artists such as Diggy Dulche , Chrystian Lehr, and Elliott Trent in music videos and stage performances. He has also implicated himself into the underground Hip-Hop scene by competing in many different Hip-Hop battles related to Popping, breaking, and Allstyles battles. He has competed in the USA Nationals Open Hip-Hop Cheer/Dance competition as well as competing in and winning a few regional titles. He has also won the Advance Battle and received a Scholarship at the Chicago Monsters of Hip-Hop tour 2013-2015. Today Robert is not only working on himself as a dancer but at the same time giving back to the community any chance he gets in order tobetter himself and to encourage other Hip-Hop dancers out there to pursue their dreams and set an example that anything is possible.
Kelly received her B.F.A in Dance at The Ohio State University, with a special focus in Alternative Medicine and Movement Therapies. At present, she has set roots as an artist and dancer in Columbus, Ohio where she can be found teaching at BalletMet, Artisan Dance and Flux + Flow, creating or coproducing new works or facilitating modern and improvisational dance in the community. She continues into her 3rd year collaborating and dancing with Columbus Moving Co(CMCo). She also is a member of a new ensemble, Sea↔Bus, a collective of two parallel groups of dancers in Columbus and Seattle, both researching and exploring improvisation in performance. She has performed in the work of Bebe Miller, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Rami Be’er, Mats Ek and Noa Zuk. Kelly spent half a year training and performing in Israel. She also danced and collaborated in, "The Dancing Hills of Jutland," a dance film set in the natural landscapes of Denmark; directed by Ann Sofie Clemmensen and while abroad in Denmark, as well as while performing on tour in China, she assisted in leading many workshops and master classes. Her interests in holistic health and alternative medicine have influenced her dancing and teaching styles, allowing her to focus on creating safe, mindful and wholesome experiences for movers and makers; both novice and experienced.
Stella’s first experience with yoga happened after a visit to the doctor in 2003. She was grinding her teeth in her sleep and thought she would need a mouth guard. Her doctor prescribed the following: 1) Stop drinking coffee; 2) Stop chewing gum; and 3) Find an activity that relieves stress. She ignored the first two and signed up for a free yoga class. She stuck with it, and in 2008 she took her first Ashtanga class and fell in love with the practice. She discovered that not only did yoga relieve symptoms of stress but it boosted her confidence and has led her to do things she thought she could never do. Inspired by the benefits she received from this practice, she wanted to share this with others. Stella has completed Yoga on High's 200-hour Teacher Training Program (2009) as well as the 300-hour program (2015). Stella has studied with Tim Miller, Maty Ezraty, Doug Keller, David Swenson, Kino MacGregor and David Keil. In addition to Ashtanga yoga, Stella teaches Vinyasa Yoga, iRest Yoga Nidra and Aerial Yoga. Her mission is to teach students that it's ok if you never achieve your goal pose or enlightenment. The best parts of practicing yoga are the adventures, struggles, and cultivating patience and love towards ourselves and others. Off the mat, Stella loves running, biking, aerial movement and writing bad haikus. She has recently taken on the hobby of chasing sunsets with her dog, Luna.