Brian Enos, Artistic Director
Mr. Enos, originally from San Francisco, CA, began studying ballet at the age of 16. After his training at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre and The Houston Ballet Academy, he was invited to join Houston Ballet at the age of 18. After several years performing with Houston Ballet, Mr. Enos went on to dance for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for eight years, before retiring from the stage in 2010. He's danced leading roles in works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Bruce, among others.
Mr. Enos also has a choreographic career spanning 18 years, with over 30 original works, and glowing reviews from both critics and audiences throughout the United States and abroad. Some of the companies on which he's created work include: Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago, and many more.
Succeeding the company's founder, Paula Young David, as the artistic leadership behind The Big Muddy Dance Company, Mr. Enos is always seeking to push the artistic and technical level of the company, cultivate diverse and engaging repertoire, and “invigorate life through dance”.
Erin Warner Prange,
Erin Warner Prange, Executive Director
Erin Prange received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Spanish at Colorado State University, where she toured with the CSU Dance Company and choreographed/ produced the concert Movement Occurrences. In 2006 Erin taught dance for the Boston public school district through the Topf Center for Dance Education, and performed for Fusionworks II in Providence, RI under direction of Stephanie Sanford and Deb Meunier.
Since back in St. Louis, Erin holds her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University. She founded the modern dance program at Dance Center of Kirkwood, and worked with Diana Barrios on aTrek Dance Collective’s outreach programs as their Education Program Coordinator. Erin has a great deal of teaching and management experience through her position as head coach of the dance team and colorguard at Webster Groves High School, and as Performing Arts Instructor at the Soulard School. Ms. Prange was a company member, choreographer, and marketing manager for the Slaughter Project, under artistic direction of Cecil Slaughter. She started at The Big Muddy Dance Company both as a dancer and Managing Director until she took on the role of Executive Director in 2012. She currently serves as a volunteer for several charity organizations, including Variety the Children’s Charity, Sign of the Arrow, RISE Women’s Collaborative, RISE Society, and First Congregational Church.
Director of Educational Operations
(Houston, TX) began his formal dance training at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's pre-professional second company, Houston Met Too. Since graduating high school, he spent two years as a dance major at Point Park University where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Robert Battle, and Harrison McEldowney. He then completed his traineeship with Ballet Austin, where he performed works by Stephen Mills, Gina Patterson, Septime Weber, and Dwight Rhoden, and trained at LINES Ballet, where he studied under master teachers such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, and Amy Raymond. Dustin joined Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional company member in 2005, and in 2007 joined Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro, performing works by Edgar Zendejas, Alejandro Cervera, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. He then danced on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal, working with Jose Navas/Cie Flak and Julian Barnett. In 2009, he performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater until joining The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011, with whom he has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Lou Conte, Kate Skarpetowska, and Brian Enos. Dustin is also a master teacher and choreographer, who has taught and created works for dance schools across the country.
Costume & Production Assistant
Nathali Rottier, Costume & Production Assistant
Nathali comes to The Big Muddy after years of experience in regional and national companies such as; Mid-Illinois Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, New York Theatre Ballet, Saint Louis Ballet, and Dimensions Dance Company. Nathali received her early dance training from Doris Dieu at the Performing Arts Studio in Collinsville, IL where she studied the Cecchetti Method. Nathali has passed several of her professional and teacher exams and is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America. Nathali also studied at Webster University. Her teaching experience includes instructing ballet, tap, and jazz at studios such as Performing Arts studio, Rena’s Dance Studio, Gintatus School of Ballet, Inner City Kids Foundation, and ballet mistress for Chamber Dance Theatre. Nathali currently teaches at Belleville School of Ballet and Holy Family School.
Paula Young David,
Paula Young David, Founder
Paula Young David’s dance credits and experience include a performing career with the internationally renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, thirty years of teaching in the Chicagoland area, St. Louis and beyond, owning and managing her own dance studio in the Chicago metro area, founding and directing a semi-professional dance company, and most recently founding The Big Muddy Dance Company, a professional St. Louis based contemporary jazz dance company.
While dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the company toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and South America. Paula had the privilege of performing works by some of the great choreographers of her time such as Lou Conte (HSDC’s founder and artistic director), Lynn Taylor-Corbett, David Parsons, Margo Sappington, John McFall, Richard Levi, Rick Hilsabeck and Claire Bataille.
After leaving the company, Paula focused on her teaching and eventually owned and managed her own studio in the Chicagoland area. The studio grew to a successful 650 students in just 2 years and, under new management, continues to educate students in dance to this day. Her studio was home to the Terpsichore Dance Ensemble, a semi-professional
company which Paula directed from 1997-2002. During this time, she produced over 5 full dance concerts, 3 full length ballets and many benefit concerts.
Since leaving Chicago and coming to the St Louis area nine years ago, Paula has been a guest teacher and/or choreographer with the Boca Ballet Theatre, Illinois Ballet Theatre, Lindenwood University, Webster University, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and Washington University. Her most recent endeavor to produce The Big Muddy Dance Company, a professional contemporary jazz dance company in St Louis, was motivated by her new found love for the city of St Louis and its dancers. “Having no professional contemporary jazz dance company for St Louis dancers and audiences leaves a huge hole in the arts culture of St Louis. The city has deep roots in jazz music and it needs to be represented with dance. Let’s honor St Louis’ history with the energy and talent of the present and keep it with us as we grow into the future.” Now in its third season, The Big Muddy Dance Company, has successfully produced concerts at theTouhill Center for the Performing Arts, The Casa Loma Ballroom, the Edison Theatre and the NEO on Locust. All concerts have been performed to sold-out houses and resulted in the audiences standing to their feet with applause. The company has guest with Variety Children’ Charity, the Whitaker Festival, the Shakespeare Festival, the Muny pre-show, Spring to Dance Festival, National Dance Week Festival, United Way Victory Event, Art on the Town Festival, Dancing in the Streets Festival, and more. The company’s outreach program Senior Embrace, honors our senior community through dance, offering performances at senior living facilities, donating performances to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and workshops for early stage dementia patients. Its educational outreach, the Downtown Dance Center Performing Company and Dance Center, offers classes, performing opportunities and guidance to post-college dancers to help guide them towards their dreams of a professional career in dance.
“Like that mighty body of water, The Big Muddy Dance Company is proving to be a force of nature.” Calvin Wilson – St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“The Big Muddy Dance Company is a welcome addition to the St. Louis Dance scene.” Michael Uthoff - Executive Director of Dance STL.