Meet the Artists...
Aleks Krutainis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He studied at Atlantic Acting Studio, CAP21, and received a Certificate of Excellence in Classical Ballet from SLK Ballet School under the tutelage of renowned instructor Sara Knight (First British Graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, and Dancer with Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and the Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg). Additional training included Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Nashville Ballet, The University of the Arts and Koresh Dance Company. Aleks also participated in the invaluable Work/Study Programs at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He has performed as a freelance artist in NYC, as well as with Nashville Ballet in Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Coppelia and original Contemporary Works by Banning Bouldin; he is honored to perform with Nashville Repertory Theatre in their Production of "Disney's Mary Poppins" at TPAC and as a guest artist with Backlight Productions in "Disney's Mary Poppins". Off-stage, he loves teaching his students at DancEast.
Corinne is a Nashville Native who first fell in love with dance in 2006, at a homeschool field trip to see a performance of “The Emperor and the Nightingale.” She began her ballet training with Nashville Ballet later that same year. Corinne trained at the School of Nashville Ballet from age 6 to age 17, having opportunities to perform with the youth cast in “Nashville’s Nutcracker” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” After spending a year in Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division, Corinne decided to stop pursuing ballet full-time in 2017 to maintain her emotional well-being and explore the arts through different outlets. Corinne is excited to return to the dance community and hopes to inspire other artists to be kinder to themselves and to love their bodies exactly as they are.
Layne Porter is a Nashville native who started dancing at the age of 6. When she was 12, she studied at the Dance Theatre of Tennessee, which gave her exposure to the professional ballet and contemporary community. From there, she went on to perform with a dance company for 4 years while attending University. Performance opportunities have included roles in Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel along with soloist roles in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as the ‘Song Fairy', 'Cinderella', and a contemporary ‘Swan Lake’ as ‘Odile’. Layne graduated in May 2018 from MTSU with a Bachelor's degree in German and Entertainment Technology. Now, she teaches aerial dance fitness at Miss Fit Academy.
Hailing from West Palm Beach Florida, Justin started his training at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts where he studied Musical theatre styled dance forms. Upon graduation he attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, before attaining his A.S. in Dance Performance at Florida School of the Arts studying modern, contemporary, and improvisational techniques. Continuing his education in entertainment, he finished out his undergraduate career at Belmont University where he majored in Entertainment Industry Studies with a minor in dance. With interests in fashion, theatre, and law, Justin is excited to begin his professional dance career with X-Contemporary Dance.
Marie Williams has been a dancer since she was 4 years old. She trained in a pre-professional ballet company called Gem City Ballet in high school, with classical Ballet as her focus. Marie has worked with artists such as Nilas Martins, Barbara Pontecorvo and many others. Dancing to Marie today looks different. It’s her passion but it isn’t her whole career anymore. As Marie took some time away for her mental health, she spent some time teaching and ventured through cosmetology school and is now a Cosmetologist.
Marie's main focus in dance is research in contemporary and moving her body freely, using it as a therapy and an art form, something that feeds her body and soul.