Chaniece Holmes, hailing from Maryland, began her training with Spirit Wings, a professional liturgical dance company that greatly shaped the way she dances today. She then continued to further her training with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland until her departure for college in the Fall of 2008. She has performed works choreographed by Juliet Forrest, Trebien Pollard, and Rick Southerland. Her love for the performing arts brought her to Chicago to continue her wonderful journey with dance; allowing her to delve deeper into her artistic process. She has performed with the Chicago Contemporary Dance Company (now renamed Noumenon Dance Ensemble) and other independent artists, since making Chicago her home. In addition to performing, Chaniece teaches throughout the city of Chicago; having done residency programs at Henderson Elementary and Wendell E. Greem Elementary. Also, she is one of the directors of the Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble and teaches at the Iona Calhoun School of Ballet. Chaniece holds a B.A. in Dance with a distinction in Arts Administration from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Chaniece is very excited to begin her third season with Red Clay Dance.
Marceia Scruggs, a Spring ’17 graduate of both Columbia College Chicago’s Dance and Women/Gender studies departments has had the opportunity to study under the great instruction of Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Dardi McGinley-Gallivan, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Darrell Jones, among many others. As an artist and movement researcher, she currently works alongside Ground Rhythm Dance Project, as well as local choreographer Keyierra Collins creating and generating sociopolitical storytelling from the perspective therof as a black woman. This is Marceia’s first season with Red Clay Dance and she is extremely ecstatic for continuous growth and community building.
Destine Young a native of Chicago Illinois began dancing at an early age. Destine is an Alumni of Columbia College Chicago holding a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Dance. She has studied many styles of movement and dance such as Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Martial Arts, African, Breaking, Jazz, Tap, Liturgical, and Contact Improvisation. She continues to work extensively as a teaching artist, performer, community activist and choreographer with a movement that explores the relationships between contemporary modern, urban hip-hop, martial arts and street dance. Launching her career, Destine is honored to have performed works by and trained with choreographers both locally and internationally such as, Trae Turner, Malik Camara, Gary L. Beauford, Kelsa Robinson, Teena Marie Custer, Dianne McIntyre, Regina Taylor (Actress), Paige Cunningham, Darrell Jones, Keesha Beckford, Kyle Vincent-Terry, Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abott. Her latest work, “Sensible Traffic” premiered in the ‘Reframing Bodies’ 2014 Summer Showcase hosted by Kelly Bowker & Dancers. She is currently a company member with both Noumenon Dance Ensemble and is excited to begin her second season with Red Clay Dance Company.
A Columbus, Ohio native Sara Ziglar holds a BA in theater from The Ohio State University and a B.A in Dance Studies from Columbia College Chicago. Ziglar values the power of the intersection between art and life and hopes to form a genuine emotional connection with each audience through movement. Always looking for enriching collaborations she has worked with a number of Chicago companies and artists including; Salty Lark Dance, Kinfolk Collective, Rueben Echoles, Shari Simpson (Creative Nests), and Carly Czach. Ziglar also serves as a teaching artist and motivational mentor in the greater Chicago land area and is deeply committed to increasing access to arts education in underserved communities. Sara is the newly appointed Rehearsal Director for Red Clay Dance and is very excited to be in her fifth season with her home company.