Jen is a founding member of A-WOL Dance Collective. She wears many hats at A-WOL, but she absolutely adores her role as an artistic director and company member. As a lover of collaborative creation and the exploration of combining floor work with aerial movement, A-WOL brings completion to her life! Her background and training include Pendulum Aerial Arts, Polaris Dance Theatre and a number of amazing choreographers and instructors in the western states including Mary Hunt and Jayne Persch. She also enjoys teaching aerial, dance and aerial yoga and her most recent endeavor includes her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Soulaira, that she co-founded with Jessica Baker in 2014. In Jen's spare time she maintains her registration as a dietitian, runs a sheet metal company, attempts multiple coffee dates with her husband each week and is raising her two children, Rustin and Sienna.
Brandy Guthery, originally from Tampa, Florida (home of the Buccaneers) moved to Oregon at age 14 where she began studying at Oregon Ballet Theater. She has trained in ballet, modern, flamenco and aerial dance. Brandy has performed with A-WOL Dance Collective, Polaris Dance Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, Pendulum Aerial Dance Theatre, Portland Opera and North West Academy. She is a founding member of A-WOL and current Artistic Director of the company. When she is not dancing she is a regional property manager with Pinnacle and a proud coach of the Clackamas Cavalettes. Brandy loves chips and salsa and a good scary movie.
Alicia’s favorite aspect of A-WOL is the fusion of dance, acrobatics, and aerial that happens in the creative process and on stage. She has ten plus years of experience on a large variety of apparatus but her most favorite way to perform on stage is with a partner. It’s always friendlier with two!
Sarah Burk has been performing with A-WOL since 2006 and became a company member in 2008 after playing an active role as company manager. She has a childhood background of dance and ballet. Much of her skills lie in her athleticism and strength from being an avid runner. Today she enjoys training for marathons and raising her little boy.
Margo began her dance training in Centerville, OH where she was a 10-year performing member of the South Dayton Dance Theatre before attending Ohio University on a dance scholarship. Locally, she was a 10-year performing and founding member of Polaris Dance Theatre, led by Robert Guitron and has had the pleasure working with other remarkable Portland artists including, Skinner | Kirk Dance Ensemble, Mary Oslund, Bonnie Merrill and Gregg Bielemeier. Margo has been a part of A-WOL Dance Collective for a combined 7 years since 2004, starting with the original debut of Art in the Dark.
Kelsey began her dance career 15 years ago with Allegro Dance Studio in Canby, OR where she explored numerous avenues of dance. In 2006, Kelsey had the opportunity to perform with the Moscow Ballet in their performance of Cinderella. After high school Kelsey, became a founder of A-WOL's preprofessional company, the A-WOL Aeros. Kelsey was offered an apprenticeship with the Collective in 2011 and became a company member in 2013. As a company member Kelsey has performed in many productions and continues to offer a unique and creative perspective to the A-WOL Dance Collective.
Ashley began her training with A-WOL back in 2010 and hasn't looked back since! While her first aerial art form started in 2006 with pole, she has since expanded her aerial vocabulary to include a wide array of apparatus. She performed with the Ecdysiast Pole Dance Company from 2013-2015, playing Alice in "Alice in Wonderland" in their Fall 2014 production. She started with A-WOL's FlyCo training company in 2012, became a Company Apprentice in 2013, and was thrilled to accept a Company Dancer position in 2015. Ashley enjoys the challenge of aerial dance, as well as the immense trust and respect shared by company members for their fellow dancer.
Julie Hoel Barnes
Julie Hoel Barnes is a company member and board member, as well as a one of the four founders of A-WOL. She began dance and gymnastics in the Chicago area at the age of six but truly fell in love with aerial movement, the synthesis of her past endeavors, when she moved to Portland. Currently, Julie is a School Psychologist who is busy raising her two lively children with her husband. She occasionally can be found on the stage or teaching group or private lessons at A-WOL.