Audrey Baran is the founder and artistic director of Baran Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Charlotte, NC (www.barandance.com). She holds a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a MFA Dance from Hollins University. An inaugural recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, Barah has also received awards and nominations for her work from the Movies by Movers Festival, the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards, and the Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Dance at UNC Charlotte, on the teaching faculty of Charlotte Ballet Academy and Open Door Studios, and the resident choreographer at several public schools. Baran is the founder and director of BD2, an apprentice company focused on contemporary dance, improvisation, and composition, and Beyond Baran Dance, an outreach dance program welcoming immigrant and refugee students. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, and thrives on sharing her love of movement and mindfulness throughout the Queen City and beyond. Baran writes about dance in Charlotte in the form of reviews, previews, and interviews at www.tinydancerbigwords.com.