An Atlanta native, Kristina began her formal dance training with Jonnie Kelley at Atlanta Dance Theater. She continued her dance education in Pittsburgh, PA at Point Park University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While in Pittsburgh she performed with the Conservatory Dance Company, Three10 Moment, and The Pillow Project, experiencing work by several noted choreographers, such as Bill T. Jones. Upon returning to Atlanta, Kristina began diving into glo, first through the summer intensive and Liquid Culture. Kristina is grateful for the opportunity to grow alongside her fellow glo artists, and looking forward to the journey ahead.
Virginia Coleman, founding dancer of glo, spent the early years of her life and dance in the Southeastern United States. Her curiosity and desire to learn and explore led across many borders, including Fall, 2008 when she was fortunate enough to travel to Tel Aviv, Israel for movement philosophies concurring with today’s contemporary world. Since then, she has been working with glo. Her glo commitment extends into gloLAB, the youth movement platform, where Virginia has the great pleasure of helping guide the next generation of contemporary thinkers. Virginia is grateful to have the inspiring opportunity to experience the shifting and creative environment that is revealing itself in Atlanta.
Nicole Johnson, founding artist of glo and Atlanta native, is thrilled to find herself a part of an organism grown from the fertile and creative grounds of the vibrant city of Atlanta. As a young artist, she trained with The Atlanta Ballet, joining the company in 2006. During this time she had the pleasure of working beside many choreographers, including Lauri Stallings. Nicole feels fortunate to find herself inside this nourishing environment that supports her growth as an artist, and thanks her wonderful family for their love, support and belief of a life in the arts.
Jimmy Joyner grew up in west Tennessee. He began his professional dancing career with Nashville Ballet and then moved to Colorado to dance with Ballet Nouveau Colorado. There he was apart of many original works by many contemporary American choreographers. Jimmy’s first work with glo was Hinterland. He enjoyed the work and the city so much he couldn’t stay away and decided to make Atlanta his home.
Noelle Kayser was introduced to Lauri Stallings’ work during her training at the Atlanta Ballet. She performed alongside the company in Stalling’s The Great Gatsby and Big, a collaboration with Andre ‘Big Boi” Patton. Noelle also appeared as Marie in the Alliance Theater’s production of Degas Little Dancer choreographed by Stallings. Following high school Noelle trained briefly at SUNY Purchase and The Lou Conte Dance Studio before joining Chicago’s Luna Negra as an apprentice. During her time with Luna Negra she performed artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s works both nationally and internationally. Noelle is thrilled to return to Atlanta and continue to grow with glo.
Mary Jane Pennington realized early on that movement is her motivation. Mary Jane graduated magna cum laude from Georgia College & State University. She was a member of CORE Performance Company of Decatur, Georgia for two seasons. Mary Jane is grateful for the opportunity to evolve as an artist with glo and sends a loving shout out to her supportive family.