MEET THE COMPANY

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KATIE KILBOURN-Santiago

Artistic Director

Katie Kilborn-Santiago was born in Sacramento, California and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Dance Performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After relocating to New York, Katie has had the opportunity to dance with several companies including Balasole, J/D Dansfolk, IKADA, and Sammy J Dance. In 2015 she co founded Borne Dance Company with Kianna Moye and together they created a company dedicated to mental health and eating disorder awareness. Kilbourn’s work has been performed at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bellevue Hospital, BAAD!, The Producer’s Club, and Anita’s Way. She has been a volunteer at the National Eating Disorders Association for over three years and has personal history with mental health and recovery. She has a strong passion for eating disorder awareness and strives to continue creating work that sparks compassion and understanding of the eating disorder community.

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COURTNEY MURRAy

Executive director

Courtney Murray is originally from Colorado, where she danced professionally with the Schiff Dance Collective, Blue Moon Dance Company, Damsels, and Rogue Co. Dance. After moving to New York, she was accepted into Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester Program where she won the Choreography Award. Courtney has danced with Alma NYC, SammyJDance, Guilty Pleasures Cabaret, and Atomic Entertainment. She is also a teaching artist with TDF, Steffi Nossen School of Dance, and kinderdance. Recently, she was featured in Heather Mae’s “Be not Afraid” music video and “Drop the Beat”, a new dance movie. She has been a dancer with Borne Dance Company since its inception in 2015, she was promoted to assistant director in 2018 and executive director in 2019. 

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Frank James Martinez-Chevez

Frank James Martinez-Chevez was born and raised in Harlem, NY. He began his dance training at 15 starting with Hip Hop, Bollywood, and Modern under the College and Career Preparatory Institute/ SBI at his high school. After graduation, he enrolled in Eugene Lang College of the Liberal Arts at The New School as a Contemporary Dance major with an emphasis on Choreography and Technology. Outside of his classes, Frank has performed at Spike Lee's Prince Born Day, Anita's Way at Time Square, New York Live Arts, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and at the Off-Broadway stage The Vineyard Theater. In the past, he attended The Door's Dance Ensemble Intensive as well as the Gibney Dance Company Summer Intensive. He has worked with esteemed choreographers such as Nia Love, Rebecca Stenn, Amy Miller, Ishmael- Houston Jones, Reggie Wilson, and Bill T. Jones.

 
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Kara Rose Hauenstein

Kara Rose Hauenstein is originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. She was awarded the Board of Trustees Talent Scholarship from Adelphi University in 2011. At Adelphi University, Kara had the opportunity to perform excerpts from Bella Figura choreographed by Jiří Kylián as well as works by Orion Duckstein, Maurice Brandon-Curry, Melissa Riker, and many others. She graduated from Adelphi University with honors in 2015.

Kara danced with the Bronx-based company MAD About Dance under the direction of Michiyo Tanaka for two years. Kara also performed with the Herbert H. Lehman Dance Company last season under the direction of Loli Santiago. Additionally, Kara was a dancer and rehearsal mistress in a grant project called SteLi, which received funding from the B. Wilson Producing Scholars.

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Julia Kathryn

Julia is a dancer and teacher currently based in NJ. In 2017, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgian Court University with a double major in dance performance and psychology, with a minor in dance/movement therapy. While studying, she was selected to work with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Randy James, Silvana Cardell, Beau Hancock, and Charles Anderson. Since graduation, Julia has performed work by choreographers Melissa Padham-Maas, Shawn Rawls, Vanessa Long, Joe Monteleone, and Sonia James Pennington, and is a company member with Warwick Dance Collective. Currently, she teaches dance at studios in NJ and NY, and is a certified Pure Barre teacher at Pure Barre Livingston. Julia is grateful for her opportunity to join Borne Dance Company, and excited she can fuse her passion for mental health awareness with performance.

 

Board Members

Jean Dorak

Board President

Jean Dorak is a people-loving fundraising professional with dedication to community, policy and social justice. In addition to their work in development, Jean is a salsa instructor and dancer focused on helping people feel connected to their bodies while reinforcing the importance of consent and gender inclusivity. 

Borne Dance Company’s mission and work is both extremely personal and meaningful to Jean. As a person recovering from an eating disorder, Jean is honored to serve on Borne Dance Company’s Board, where the focus is on finding “recovery through art.”

Mx. Dorak is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Jean received their B.A. in Political Science from Pace University. Jean lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. 

Tyler Riley

Vice President

Tyler Riley is an actor, director, voice-over artist and mystery enthusiast. A New Jersey native, he graduated in 2013 from Stockton University with a B.A. in Theatre Studies. After graduating, Tyler had a 7 year career in house management, most notably at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ and as the audience services coordinator at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He works currently as the education programs manager of TDF, and is the current co-host of the Amateur Detective Club podcast, vice-chair of the board for Borne Dance Company, and artistic associate of Dunvegan Productions.