Meet Yuhas & Dancers 2019-2020
Artistic Director & Founder
Meredith Yuhas, Director of Yuhas & Dancers, was born in Charleston, SC, discovering dance through a required arts elective in the Wando High School Dance Program. Yuhas fell fast for the art form and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Psychology with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership from Columbia College, SC. In college, Yuhas presented twelve fully formed main stage pieces (dance and aerial dance work), three site specific works, and represented Columbia College at National Honor Conferences in Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, and Atlanta, GA. Described as prolific, Yuhas was rewarded for her choreographic rigor, receiving the very first Martha Brim Award for Choreography and Artistic Merit. Yuhas has spent summers studying at Bates Dance Festival (ME), American Dance Festival (NC), American College Dance Association (D.C.) and Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation (WA), gathering latest practices from around the country in multiple dance genres and arts administration. Yuhas weaves her experiences into her company’s mission founded in Fall 2017, inspired by the power of vulnerability, human connection, and mindfulness that is actualized through her choreography and daily life. Yuhas is currently pursuing a Master of Science from Sarah Lawrence College in dance/movement therapy to further understand the social and mental capacity for dance to change lives. Additionally, Yuhas is a 225-hr. registered yoga instructor and a certified aerial silks teacher and performer.
Dancer, Rehearsal Director | Season 3
Destiny Smithis a dance artist who is passionately determined in the range of theatrically sculpting the emotions of others. Smith seeks to cull the emotion, intensity, and design from herself performatively. Striving to connect the gap between all diverse styles of dance, Smith is a constant example of her goals she wants meet. From Georgetown South Carolina, Smith has been studying dance since the age of two to twelve in a studio setting. Smith joined her middle school dance and step team, where she discovered her role in leadership. Later she joined her high school marching band as a color guard member and quickly grew in leadership to become the team’s captain for three years. Smith graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Dance Studies where she attended on merit scholarship for all four years. She is now looking forward to training in new styles of dance so she can continue to bridge the gap between all diverse styles of movement. Smith returns for her third season with Yuhas & Dancers serving as one of the rehearsal directors.
Dancer, Rehearsal Director | Season 3
Lydia Ray began her dance career at the age of two, before she could even tell you what dance is. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the art form, and by the age of 14, she decided to pursue a career in her passion following high school. Ray attended South Carolina’s Columbia College and earned a B.A. in Dance Education. Upon graduation from Columbia College, Lydia became the full-time dance teacher of White Knoll High School and the artistic director of the school’s competitive team, White Knoll Dance Company. Now, Lydia is excited to be sharing the beauty of experienced dance with students of public education. She is honored to continue practicing her craft through performance and returns for her third season with Yuhas & Dancers serving as one of the rehearsal directors.
Dancer | Season 1
Caroline Beverly is 21 years old and is currently in her Senior year at The University of South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has studied a variety of genres but has primarily been engaged with Ballet and Contemporary concert studies during her collegiate years. Her vocabulary has been greatly expanded both by her time working for Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and while studying in Spain where she had the opportunity to engage with faculty and peers from all over Europe. A few valuable experiences that Caroline feels have positively influenced her dance career have been time spent with Alonzo King and the Lines Ballet Summer Intensive faculty as well as dancing professionally both with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Through USC, Caroline has been able to attend the American College Dance Association conference and has always had a space to both perform and choreograph. Some of her most memorable experiences belong to choreographing for the student showcases and for an independent project in collaboration with 3 different artists. Caroline believes that versatility, both in dance education and performance experience, cultivates the most interesting and well-rounded dancer, and is constantly exploring new paths and opportunities to fulfill her dancing. Beverly is joining Yuhas & Dancers for her first season.
Dancer | Season 3
Naja Copelandis a Senior at Columbia College in Columbia, SC, finishing her degrees in Dance Studies and Biology. Copeland has a background in ballet, jazz, contemporary and various other dance styles studying with TDS Dance Studios. She is now focusing on somatics and contemporary dance, exploring her artistry, and growing as a performer. Copeland has performed on a variety of stages including performances at American College Dance Festival, Asheville Fringe Festival, PortFringe Theater Festival, and has presented her own choreography in curated Student Choreography Shows at Columbia College. She plans to graduate in 2020 and continue advancing in her dance career. Copeland returns to dance with Yuhas & Dancers for her third season.
Dancer | Season 1
Tierra Jacobsis a creative spirit who enjoys a good Improvisational Jam from time to time. She is a Graduate of Coker College of Hartsville, SC where she received her BFA 16’ in Dance Performance, and Choreography. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's in Higher Education at Columbia College located in Columbia, SC. As a Performer she sharpens her skills by collaborating with other thought evoking Artists and students. Shortly after receiving her BFA, Jacobs joined, Martha Brim’s, Power Company Collaborative (PoCoCo), a contemporary dance company based in Columbia, SC (2016-2018). Later in 2018 she joined the Contemporary-movement exploratory ensemble, Moving Body Dance Company (MBDC), founded and directed by Erin Bailey of Columbia, SC. In addition to her guest appearance with Yuhas and Dancers, she has also made guest appearances with Angela Gallo's, Sapphire Moon Dance Company, a Modern/ Contemporary Company also based in Columbia, SC. Jacobs’ work has been recognized both locally and Nationally. Presenting work at festivals such as; Loose Leaf Festival (NC), Women's Showcase Festival (NC), and the 2016 National-American College Dance Association (ACDA). Chosen to perform her original work Curveless Smile, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, DC, Jacobs' performance earned her the title of “Outstanding Student Performance”, by the ACDA National panel of adjudicators. As a firm believer in the saying, “Everyone has something to learn, relearn and unlearn”, Jacobs credits her love of performing to her ability to remain an eager student of the art of Dance.After working with Yuhas & Dancers as a guest performer, Jacobs joins the company for her first official season.
Dancer | Season 1
Brailey Johnsonstarted her dance career as a Dutch Fork High School Dazzler in 2011. She instantly fell in love with movement and continued exploring her movement in college as a dance minor at the University of South Carolina, where she performed in various choreography showcases. Brailey was a founding member of Icono/clash Dance Collaborative in 2014. Since then, Brailey has taught and performed with various companies in South Carolina, including Fuse Artist Alliance, Moving Body Dance Company, Power Company Collaborative, and Vaughn Newman Dance. She also choreographs under Brailey Jo and Co., her own blossoming choreographic brand. After several collaborative efforts with Yuhas & Dancers, Johnson is joining the company for her first season.
Dancer | Season 1
Meredith Priceis a senior Dual Degree student at the University of South Carolina in Dance Performance & Choreography and Visual Communications, with minors in Art Studio and Media Arts. She is from Boston, MA. She has attended summer intensives with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Movement Inventions Project, Urbanity Dance, Boston Dance Theater, and Boston Ballet. She has had 15 years of training in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and 4 years of development in improvisational and choreography tools. She has had the pleasure of working with artists like Bryan Arias, Alonzo King, Francesca Harper, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus Davis, as well as learning choreography by Yin Yue, Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, Itzik Galili, Jackie Nowiki, and Kaylee “Impivado” Mills, among others. Meredith’s passion for creativity has led her to pursue a second degree in Visual Communications and has allowed her to explore art in other forms of media including graphic design, photography, and videography. Price is joining Yuhas & Dancers for her first season.
Dancer | Season 1
Gabrielle Stanton, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, studied ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary at the Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts. Her exposure to diverse cultures throughout Las Vegas created an interest around social justice and inequalities in our society, displayed in her pieces. Currently, Gabrielle is attending Coker University pursuing her B.F.A in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography. Career highlights include her choreography “A Blind Eye” being adjudicated at the South-East ACDA Conference. Recently, while at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, she created a work investigating hypermasculinity and its physical manifestations. Stanton is joining Yuhas & Dancers for her first season.
Dancer | Season 2
Demery Trantham is a Senior Dance Education major at Columbia College, a member of the Columbia College Dance Company, and Community Outreach Partner for the Columbia College chapter of the National Dance Education Organization. Trantham was raised in Greer, South Carolina where she started dancing in a local studio at age twelve. At Southern Dance Connection, she won the award of “Dancer of the Year” and received a dance scholarship from her alumni studio Ignite Dance Company to support her dream of collegiate dance study. Trantham has trained in genres including contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, clogging, and hip-hop. She has also experienced many other different dance genres along her dance journey including contact improvisation, African, musical theater, jazz funk, Gaga, Countertechnique, and ballet. Trantham has danced in the 87thAnnual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and performed in the Sugar Bowl Halftime Finale in 2012. While studying collegiate dance, she has received the CCDanceLab’s Improviser of the Year award of 2017-2018 and has recently received the Debi Turbeville Scholarship Fund for the academic year of 2018-2019. Over the summer of 2019, Trantham traveled to Sorrento, Italy for the 2019 Staibdance Summer Intensive. In the coming academic year, she plans to finish her degree and share her passion for the world of dance with many others. An integral part of Yuhas & Dancers first season, Trantham joins the company again in its third season.
Dancer | Season 2
Yedelsa Whiteheadis a writer, dancer and actress but most importantly she is a performer. She thrives in front of an audience whether it be on a field with a flag or on stage with a leotard. Throughout her high school career, she has earned many awards ranging from Best Dancer in class toSCBDA State Finalist.Within the last year she has worked and performed with Magician John Tudor while incorporating skills like belly dancing, sword movement and pointe work. She has also traveled with Yuhas and Dancers performing in cities along the East Coast and returns for her second season with the company. Yedelsa dreams to improve her dancing to its maximum capacity while in the future becoming a physical therapist to help dancers like her.