BLiPSWiTCH was founded in the fall of 2015 by Taryn Lavery, Alex Miller, Lucy Wilson, and Nathan Brumbaugh as an inclusive platform for artists to unite, create work and cultivate a multifaceted arts community, unbound by individual mediums. We push the boundaries of movement, dance and art to facilitate an environment of innovation, enrichment and outreach. Bringing together creators with a desire for collaboration allows us to reach a more diverse audience, promote education from all sides, and challenge both the artist and viewer to think in a new way. Beginning in Austin’s own community, through a mindful approach devoid of judgement, we aim to create a home for limitless, authentic expression worth spreading across physical and emotional barriers. We are A Collaborative Movement.
Taryn Lavery , a native of Logan, Utah, fuses her classical background with a desire to revitalize modern dance for broader audiences, extracting a new form of contemporary performance. She is a current dancer with multimedia dance company ARCOS (since 2015), and has worked with Jennifer Sherburn, NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theatre, Blue Lapis Light, danced in Alex Miller’s “Forgotten Memories”, and Nathan Brumbaugh’s “Swings Asunder” (produced by aerial dance company Sky Candy). She also performs with the band Tinnarose and A Giant Dog, and has danced in music videos for them, as well as The Band of Heathens. Taryn's training began at the Cache Valley School of Ballet in Utah, continued on to attend the University of Alabama on scholarship, and while there, performed and choreographed for Dance Alabama and was a member of Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre. Before relocating to Austin she danced and created work for Birmingham's Sanspointe Dance Company for two seasons. She has had the opportunity to train in programs at the University of Wyoming, Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, and work under artists from companies such as Pilobolus, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Shen Wei Dance Arts, The Dance COLEctive and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She trains consistently with ARCOS in contemporary forms, cross-training in Countertechnique®, Gyrokenisis®, and Gaga, and she recently studied with Maria Campos and La Macana at La Caldera in Barcelona, Spain. As co-director (and a co-founder) of BLiPSWiTCH, Taryn has choreographed and performed for their self-produced collaborative Offbeat Series, and their works for Revolve: A Movement Display and Austin Dance Festival. They premiered their first evening length project, Diet Fizz Radio , in May 2017 for which she co-directed, co-produced, and co-choreographed with Alex Miller, and served as costume designer/fabricator. She also recently represented BLiPSWiTCH in an evening length collaborative work, Roheline , co-choreographed with Jennifer Sherburn for 11:11:08, the eighth installment of the Eleven Eleven project. Taryn is always excited to continue to push the boundaries of movement through her work as a dancer and creator with other artists, and her work with BLiPSWiTCH.
Alex Miller is a contemporary dancer and certified Pilates instructor originally from Louisiana. She earned her BFA in Performing Arts with a concentration in dance in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There she choreographed and performed in works for an "Evening of Dance" and "State of La Danse" through the university setting. After graduating, she performed in a European tour of a children's show based with The Zinghoppers (Nashville, TN) sponsored by the Pentagon. She relocated to Austin where she finished her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University, and since then has danced for Verge Dance Company, Lorn McDougal, Katherine Hodges, Jennifer Sherburn, Nunamaana, music video for Tinnarose, and back-up danced for Grimes at Austin City Limits music festival (2013). She completed her first evening length work entitled, “Forgotten Memories” which premiered December 2014 in Austin, TX. In 2015, BLiPSWiTCH was created in partnership with fellow artist, Taryn Lavery. Alex has participated in many dance intensives to maintain her technical training and keep up with the ever-changing dance world including: Tisch NYU Summer Intensive (New York), Bates Dance Festival (Maine), American College Dance Festival (North Carolina), Doug Varone Summer and Winter Intensives (New York), Prague International Contemporary Workshop (Prauge, Czech Republic), La Caldera Summer (Barcelona, Spain), Flying Low with David Zambrano (Burdag, Poland), and a mentorship at DanceInArt (Haarlem, Netherlands). While in the Netherlands, she had the pleasure of doing a master class with Netherlands Dance Theater, study at Henny-Jurriens, Chasse Studios, and Amsterdam Dance Center. In Austin, she has taught contemporary dance at Tapestry Dance Studios and Alisa's School of Dance and at DanceInArt in Haarlem and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Currently, she teaches full time at Ballet Austin working in their many departments such as: the Butler Community School, the Butler Fellows, and the Pilates Center. Alex’s contemporary classes are upbeat, technical, and always athletically locomotive, using large movement, both standing and floor work. Alex is currently seeking her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Lucy Wilson graduated with honors with a B.F.A. in Dance from the conservatory at Purchase College, SUNY. While at Purchase, she worked with a number of talents, including: Bill T. Jones, Monica Bill Barnes, Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone, Catherine Cabeen, and Kevin Wynn. Upon graduation, Lucy moved to New York City and continued to study and perform, locally anabroad. She had the wonderful opportunity to train in a wide range of dance styles, in several countries around the world, and with artists from companies that include Batsheva, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Shen Wei, Inbal Pinto, Mark Morris Dance Group, and more. In spring 2010, Lucy and several of her classmates founded The Hoover Dam Collective, which continues to produce monthly shows featuring collaborative, multi-media work in and around New York City. In addition to choreographing and curating for the HDC, Lucy has presented her own work at the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival. Lucy’s performance credits include Annie Rigney, Theodora Boguszewski, Kathryn Rhodes, Lauren Camp, Brooke Broussard, Jordana Toback and the Dreamland Follies, Pam Tanowitz, and Nelly Van Bommel // NøA Dance. She relocated to Austin in 2013 where she earned her 200-hour yoga teaching certification, and while in Texas actively taught yoga, dance, and performed in various works in the community. She helped to create BLiPSWiTCH, a movement collaborative, in 2015 with fellow dancers Taryn Lavery and Alex Miller. Lucy and her husband, Richard Millsap, recently moved to Los Angeles, CA.
Red Young grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He began playing piano at age 3 and did his first classical recital at age 8. He toured with Clyde McCoy in 1967, Air Force Band 1968–72 and in 1974 joined Lloyd Price for a brief tour before joining Warren Ham, Bill Ham, and Darryl Norris, forming the Ham Brothers Band. The band did much recording at Huey Meaux's Sugar Hill Studio in Houston, and he recorded with Freddy Fender, Noel Redding, Kinky Friedman, Joe Barry and many others during that period. In 1976 he toured with Tompall Glaser, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, and following the tour, he moved to Los Angeles, working on musical arrangements for Sonny & Cher. Subsequent tours and recordings include those with Joan Armatrading, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Eric Burdon and Linda Ronstadt with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in addition to many TV, movie and live shows throughout the world. During the years 1985–87 he returned to Ft Worth to form Red and the Red Hots, a 10-piece swing band, as lead vocalist, arranger and musical director, performing more than 400 shows during the three-year period, including a concert with the Ft Worth Symphony. "The Redhots" also included work from female vocalists Cassie Miller, Dina Bennet, Jennifer Griffith and Rebecca Kyler Downs.
He returned to Los Angeles (1988–2002) for more recording, producing, television and movie work as a musician, completing four albums with Red & the Red Hots, and playing with artists such as Juice Newton, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, Joey Altruda, and Johnny Reno. After his time in Los Angeles he moved to Austin, Texas, concentrated on the Hammond B3 jazz organ and worked with Stephen Bruton, Marcia Ball, George Clinton, Mike Morgan, Janiva Magness, Teresa James and others. In 2006 he joined Eric Burdon again as keyboardist and Musical Director, and 2009 saw the formation of Black Red Black, a trio featuring Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee Ephraim Owens on trumpet, Brannen Temple on drums, and Red on jazz organ.
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Press Contact: Alex Miller / 225.718.1594 or Taryn Lavery /435.757.9514
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