Julianna is a professional dancer previously based in Chicago, Illinois. She began her training at
the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, IL and continued her education at the
University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She graduated in December 2018 with a BFA in Dance and
a BBA in Accounting. Julianna has trained extensively in ballet, contemporary, modern, and Graham. She furthered her
studies at summer dance programs with AXIS Dance Company, Orsolina28, DanceWorks
Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Company, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Julianna has been honored to perform works by renowned choreographers like Alice Sheppard, Monica Bill Barnes, Rennie Harris, and Martha Graham, to name a few. She has traveled to New York City to perform at the Joyce Theater and Ailey Citigroup Theater. She recently returned from Moncalvo, Italy where she learned William Forsythe and Crystal Pite repertory and choreographic methods.
Laurel found in dance a pursuit that combined her lifelong love of athleticism and art. After experiencing physically integrated modern dance through a class offered by Douglas Scott, she fell in love with the physical and creative challenges and discipline of the art form. Since joining the company in 2004, Laurel has been privileged to perform around the world and on film.
In addition to her work with the company, Laurel choreographs and performs independently, and her work has been presented in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Her choreography is marked by intensive partnering and grounded technique, often weaving together abstract and concrete themes with overarching mythical inspiration with a focus on the immersive and engaging audience experience. Deeply invested in a practice centering virtuosity and equity, Laurel was recognized as a 2019-20 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists is made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Laurel is also a member of the disabled artists' collective Kinetic Light, currently touring the evening-length work DESCENT: an immersive multi-sensory duet danced on an architectural cramped stage, named Dance Magazine's "Most Moving Performance of 2018". Kinetic Light's work can also be seen in the film Revel in your body, a 2019 pick for Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, and in the new work Wired, premiering Summer 2020.
Outside the dance studio, Laurel is an award-winning product designer and software engineer, co-founder and CTO at CyCore Systems, a consultancy specializing in solving novel multi-realm problems with an emphasis on telecommunications and systems architecture. As the product designer for Kinetic Light's Audimance, she leads the team revolutionizing audio description and temporal sonic art for nonvisual audiences. She is a sought-after speaker on a range of both technical and non-technical topics, including leadership and executive practice, high-performance user interfaces, culture and equity, and how to cultivate creativity and drive innovation. Laurel is also a member of the USA Women's Sled Hockey team.
Courtney grew up in the mountains of Johnson City, Tennessee and began dancing as a small child. She trained classically in ballet, modern, and jazz, performing with the Greenville Ballet Theatre and Trinity Arts Center. Deciding to focus her energy into modern dance she attended college at Radford University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance. While there, she found a new love for choreography and began to create dances for showcases and benefit concerts. During this time, she created several research-based projects, the largest of which culminated as an evening-length showcase entitled Full Spectrum. Throughout her dancing career, she has had the privilege of performing works by Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre, Kyle Abraham, Inessa Plekhanova, and Amy VanKirk. After graduating from university, she performed as a company member with Mountain Movers Modern Dance Company where she continued to grow as a choreographer and a dancer. During this time, she found a new and exciting passion for aerial work, taking up both aerial silks and Lyra. When she is not dancing Courtney can be found reading books, re-watching Grey's Anatomy and practicing yoga. She has carried her love for the outdoors with her through every life change and enjoys spending time hiking, swimming, bike riding, and rollerblading.
Grounded in the perspective that dance-making lives in the primal, physical, emotional and spiritual consciousness of all humans, many of Ashlee Ramsey’s productions and projects center on collaboration, community participation and making dance available as a creative practice for all people. Since 2007 Ms. Ramsey has organized and directed several full-length performance projects that invite the participation of multiple choreographers and artists of various disciplines. In addition to her role as artistic director and event producer, Ms. Ramsey has shown work, performed or taught in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Arizona, Austria, the U.K., and India. In 2016 Ms. Ramsey became a certified teacher with DanceAbility International and has lead several community dance projects at recreation centers, universities, and libraries in North Carolina and Alabama. Her experience as an educator ranges from municipal community programming to teaching dance and yoga courses at Elon University, Wake Forest University, Winthrop University, and Salem College.
Ms. Ramsey has been published in the international academic periodical, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (2011) and has presented work or research at the National Dance Education Organization National Conference, The Fifth Annual Somatic Dance Conference, and Elon University’s Intersect Diversity and Leadership Conference.
As a new resident of Atlanta, Ms. Ramsey teaches at Core Dance and is honored by the opportunity to work as a company member with Full Radius Dance.
Following a two year apprenticeship with Full Radius Dance, Matt Smith is excited to return as a company member. With prior experience in tv and film acting, he is energetically turning his talents towards dance.
Peter is a disabled dancer, originally from New York City, who began dancing in 2015. In addition to Full Radius Dance, he dances with Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) and has previously worked with Marked Dance Project (MDP). He also has a passion for acting and performance. Peter works in accessibility and technology as it relates to performance with a focus on the betterment of accessibility practices from both the audience and performer. He works with the belief that if we prioritize accessibility at the beginning, art will be better. He went to Queens College for a B.A. in Urban Planning and Environmental Studies. Peter has performed at the United Nations, the Whitney Museum, The New York City Highline, and the Lincoln Center Atrium.
Founder & Artistic Director
Earning a B.F.A. in Performing Arts at Western Kentucky University, Douglas Scott moved to Atlanta after graduation to spend several seasons with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company where he performed works by Ruth Mitchell, Ron Cunningham, Monica Levy, and Sal Aiello. In 1991, Douglas founded Dance Force, Inc.
Douglas is also the founder of the Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival which showcases the best modern and contemporary dance companies and artists in the southeast.
The festival has been produced annually since 1995 to critical and popular acclaim. As the primary choreographic voice for Full Radius Dance, Douglas has created numerous dance works that have been premiered by the company.
In 2001, he received from the City of Atlanta the Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts for Dance and was named Creative Loafing Critic’s Choice: Best Dance Choreographer.
In 2004, he again received a Critic’s Choice award for his work As the Horizon Fades. Douglas’ work Crawl/Climb was picked by Creative Loafing as one of 2005’s “Top 6 Dance Performances”.
Walking On My Grave (2012) was cited by dance critic Cynthia Bond Perry as casting “an eerie glow of macabre beauty.” In 2014, Douglas was honored with a Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities.
Presented by the Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts and the Georgia Humanities Council, the Governor’s Awards pay tribute to the most distinguished citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to work in the arts and humanities in Georgia. Douglas was cited as “a respected leader” and for expanding “the definition and reach of modern dance.”
A respected teacher for over thirty years, Douglas Scott has extensive experience in teaching classes and workshops in modern and modern-based physically integrated dance for numerous schools, organizations, and conferences.