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. 

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Russell Lepley

BALLET + CONTEMPORARY + YOGA

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 repertoire 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. 

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Filippo Pelacchi

BALLET + CONTEMPORARY

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.

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Abby Dorn

YOGA

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.

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Mathilde Gilhet

CONTEMPORARY

Born in France, Mathilde Gilhet began her training as a dancer in 2001 at the School of the Ballet du Nord before joining 3 years later, the Centre Choregraphique National of Carolyn Carlson in Roubaix, France. In June 2007, Mathilde graduated and received the diploma of choreographic studies. In September 2007, she joined the Ballet Junior de Geneve in Switzerland, where she worked with many choreographers including Alexander Ekman, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Lucinda Childs, Itzik Galili, Patrick Delcroix and Andonis Foniadakis. In 2010, Mathilde was a member of the Alias Company under the direction of Guilherme Botelho and the Apotosoma Dance Company under the direction of Andonis Foniadakis. From September 2010 to 2017, Mathilde moved to Lisbon, Portugal and joined the Quorum Ballet under the direction of Daniel Cardoso where she worked with choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, Rui Horta, Jonathan Hollander, and Thaddeus Davis. In 2011, she was invited to present her first creation “Bord her Lines” at the Festival International of Contemporary Dance in Evora, Portugal. Mathilde performed with the Quorum Ballet in more than 15 different countries such as Germany, China, Finland, Ecuador, Thailand, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary. In 2018, Mathilde presented two new creations, “Mirage” at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and “La Tresse” for the European Night of Literature, in partnership with the French Embassy in Portugal and the National Ballet of Portugal. Recently, she joined FLUXFLOW Dance Project (Columbus, Ohio) as a performing artist and she is the Head of Contemporary Dance at FLUX + FLOW Dance and Movement Center. She teaches company classes and workshops at FLUXFLOW Dance Project, National Ballet of Portugal, Quorum Ballet, National Conservatory of Lisbon, FLUX + FLOW Dance and Movement Center, Conservatory of Dance and Music of Toronto, Superior School of Lisbon, Superior School of Leiria, Quorum Academy and Dance Factory. Mathilde is also a judge internationally for dance competitions with more than 30 invitations in 7 different countries.

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Kelly Hurlburt

CONTEMPORARY + CONTACT IMPROV

Kelly began her training in a small town academy in Ohio. She then received her B.F.A in Dance at The Ohio State University, with a special focus in Alternative Medicine and Movement Therapies. Currently, she has roots as an artist, teacher and performer in Columbus, Ohio where she can be found as an instructor at BalletMet and Flux + Flow, creating or coproducing new work or facilitating contemporary and improvisational dance in the community. She is the co-director of SeaBus, a dance company based in Columbus that explores the intersection of contemporary and improvisation. Throughout her career, 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. She advocates and supports dance in the Columbus Community as a founding member of Columbus Dance Alliance. Most recently she has expanded her role at Flux + Flow Dance & Movement Center by joining FluxFlow Dance Project as performing artist and administrative staff. Her interests in holistic health and alternative medicine deeply influence her dancing and teaching style, allowing her to focus on creating safe, mindful and wholesome experiences for movers and makers; both novice and experienced.

we look forward to expanding our team!