WALLTOWN DANCE COMPANY
Courage, commitment, and grace under pressure are all key ingredients for any endeavor. And here at Walltown Children’s Theatre, we believe in supporting our students who have a deep passion and interest in dance. Your passion and skills, plus our professional choreographers and instructors all combine together to create what is known as the Walltown Dance Company, an exciting extension of Walltown Children’s Theatre. WDC is an exciting young repertory dance company with unique choreography and elements of styles of genres such as Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz.
Since the 2005 founding we have showcased the exceptional talents of dancers from 9 to adult via unique performances, lecture-demonstrations, community based opportunities, dance competitions and exceptional performances throughout North Carolina. All company members gain a sense of the commitment, dedication, training and professionalism. Not only do company members gain valuable professional experience, but they consistently share their love of dance with their families, peers and the larger community; a true gift.Walltown continues to shine the spotlight on our dancers as they give generously of their time and talent!
Joaquin Reale-Barja -Nathanael Becerra - Zya Davenport - Kamilia Franklin - Jurnee Freeman - Abigial Garcia-Gomez - Adrianna Law Aniya Lindsay - Jabari Logan - Walter Logan - Laila Minor-
Destiny Monroe - Tabitha Morant - Sawyer Randall - Olivia Royster Jahmal Trujillo - Lassha Pafford - Zoe Sinclair- Jianna Wells
Chloe Williams - Naomi Wintz - Erica Zeigler
Cynthia Penn-Halal WCT/WDC Founding Artistic Director
WCT Founding Artistic Director Cynthia Penn Halal is a former Alvin Ailey dancer, and taught for over 18 years at the prestigious University NC School of the Arts. She has performed with other major companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theatre, DanzaHoy and Bella Lewitzky. Cynthia has worked with MacArthur and Kennedy Center Award legendary genius, Jacques d’Amboise of Natiional Dance Institute in New York City as well as the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her awards include The Kathryn H Wallace Award for Artists in Community Service, Spectacular Magazines 2014 Woman of the Year in Arts, 2014 Cultural Enrichment Service Award by the W. Deen Mohammed Islamic Center and The Z. Smith Reynolds 2016 Sabbatical Award. Ms. Penn-Halal serves on the mayor's Durham
Cultural Advisory Committee
Grace Underwood: Competition/WDC Associate Director
Grace is from Asheville, NC and she has danced since she was 3 years old. Grace started to compete when she was five years old and she has won several National and Regional Dance Competitions. She is experienced in all styles of dance, tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, african, and acrobatics to name a few. Grace attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was on the Goldduster Dance Team all four years of her schooling. The last two years she was the captain, she is a three time Collegiate All-American and also a three time Most Valuable Performer voted on by her teammates. Grace also received her Dance Minor from UNC-Charlotte. Grace truly enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance with students.
Kyra McDonald- Ballet Instructor - Choreographer
Kyra is from Tampa, FL and started dancing when she was three. She has experience in ballet and contemporary styles. She was part of Next Generation Ballet’s Trainee Program for six years and has attended summer programs with Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Kyra graduated Berkeley Preparatory School in 2017 while teaching Dance at the Berkeley Academy for two summers. She has also taught ballet as an assistant teacher at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa for 4 years. She is currently attending Duke University pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering while dancing and choreographing with the Duke Dance Program and Devils en Pointe student group.
Darian Moore - Choreographer
Mr. D has a bachelor's degree in Dance Performance and Education at UCArts. After Darian’s post undergrad career he work with several companies and independent artist such artist as Zane Booker (2007-2008), Contempra Dance Theater Company of Philadelphia, PA (2007). He has performed as guest artist with DC Contemporary Dance Theater (2011-2013). Darian has taught and danced all along the eastern coast of the states and continues to gain new influences with his own movement and artistry.