Soloist Barbie Freeman

Barbie is a native of Alexandria, VA, where she trained with various schools, including Chris Collins Dance Studio, Stamaker Dance Studio and the Russell School of Ballet, while performing with the Fairfax Ballet. She received summer training at the Joffrey School in NYC and studied dance at Shenandoah University. She moved to New York to train on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and later relocated to Philadelphia to dance with Philadanco II and study at the Pennsylvania Ballet while pursuing pre-med studies at Temple University. She has also studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa and performed at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. In addition to her dance career, she recently completed a degree in Biology from FIU and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Biology at FIU. She has performed in classical repertory such as the Nutcracker and Paquita as well as original choreography by Christopher Gillis, Thomas Russell, Fred Benjamin, Keith Lee, Lynne Wimmer, Gretchen Ward-Warren, and Sandra Robinson-Waldrop among others. For Momentum she has created roles in Jungle, Birds Flying in Warped Time, Black Feeling, Shadows and Accumulations II, The Tyranny of Beauty, and roles in many children’s works.







LIGHTING DESIGNER BRUCE BROWN hails originally from Michigan. Bruce received a B.A. in Theatre Directing and Design from Michigan State University. He first encountered the unique challenges of lighting for dance while on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy. In 1984, he packed his bags and moved to Ft. Lauderdale to take on the responsibilities of teaching and designing for Broward County Public School’s Dillard Center for the Arts while continuing to freelance in the Midwest as a designer and director. In 1998, Bruce accepted the position of artistic Director for Dillard, where he supervised the design and construction of the new 124,000 square foot educational arts facility. Local credits include Scenic and lighting design for Dillard, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, The Dance Now Ensemble and the Miami Beach Dance Festival.