Thank you for visiting the Kinetic Evolutions biography page.  Here's where you can read about all of the 
wonderful dancers & collaborating artists currently working with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company. 
- Sarah LaRose-Holland

Sarah LaRose-Holland is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, a modern dance company formed in 2006 that performs virtuosic, dynamic and emotionally engaging work. Sarah began her dance career in Florida and relocated to Minneapolis in the mid-90s. Sarah’s focus in her professional career has been in modern dance.

For 10 years, Sarah
produced the Kinetic Kitchen dance series where she presented regional choreographers at the Mounds Theatre, Varsity Theater, Old Arizona Center for Performing Arts and Patrick's Cabaret. As a performer, Sarah has thoroughly enjoyed many wonderful opportunities to dance and create with the Christopher Watson Dance Company since 1996.  She is the Assistant Director for CWDC.  Over the past 5 years, Sarah has been having a blast collaborating with renowned musician Butch Thompson on numerous performance projects. Sarah & Butch teamed up for the first time in 2012 at the Cedar Cultural Center.  In 2013, she Butch Thompson collaborated to produce Destination Twin Cities.  Butch won the 2013 SAGE Award for Design for his work on the Destination Twin Cities performances.  Sarah & Butch teamed up again in February 2015 to present Captured Currents (bodies of water).  For their 2015 performance, they collaborated with renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock to incorporate some of his wonderful nature photos into their show.  "Working with Butch Thompson, Craig Blacklock and the dancers of Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company has been a wonderful journey, and I can't wait to share their convergence of art in this production." - Sarah  In 2017, Sarah and Butch created Resilience and premiered this new work in Saint Louis, MO at The Sun Theatre then in Minneapolis at the JSB TekBox.

Sarah has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many talented teachers, choreographers and dance companies throughout her career and very much appreciates every opportunity she's been given.  Sarah has danced with: Kinetic Evolutions (Artistic Director), Christopher Watson Dance Company (Assistant Director), Zenon Dance Company, 10,000 Dances, Erin Thompson & Byron Richard’s 45 Chartreuse, Jeffrey Peterson Dance, Bryan Gerber’s Aurora Dance, Zero Gravity Dance, Klein Dance, the City Children’s Nutcracker, the Kona Kai Island Dancers, and Dance Alive!  Sarah has performed for several choreographers including:  Tina Anderson, Kenneth Balint, Jeanne Bochette, Alyce Bochette, Rusti Brandman, Trisha Brown, Donald Byrd, Jane Carrington, Brian Chung, Brad Garner, Heidi Geier, Gerry Girouard, Sarah Gordan, Renee Guittar, Austin Hartel, Sarah Hauss, Becky Heist, Carol Huncik, Sarah Jabar, Jennifer Johannesen, Myron Johnson, Dawn Karlovsky, Patricia Kenny, Jennifer Mack, Christine Maginnis, Donald McKayle, John Munger, Leslie Neal, Kelly Nipper, David Parsons, Gretchen Pick, Stuart Pimsler, Marc Platt, Stacy Pottinger, Anna Preston, Ric Rose, Isabel Garcia-Rose, Una Setia, Amy Slater, Winona Sorensen, Wil Swanson, Maria Tierney, Morgan Thorson, Larry Lee Vanhorne, and David Wick.

Butch Thompson is one of the most prominent musicians in traditional jazz. Born in Marine-on-St. Croix, he was playing Christmas carols on his mother’s upright piano by age three, and began lessons at six. He picked up the clarinet in high school and led his first jazz group, “Shirt Thompson and His Sleeves,” as a senior. He began his professional career at age 16 in Minnesota, and two years later was visiting New Orleans frequently to learn from veteran musicians like clarinetist George Lewis. He played American and European festivals during the 1960s and ‘70s and began his solo recording career in 1966. In 1974, he joined the staff as the house pianist of public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, an association that continues to the present. In addition to extensive touring (he has traveled the world from Cairo to Tokyo) as a soloist and with his trio and 8-piece Jazz Originals Band, he finds time to write and teach. His writing has appeared in various magazines including DownBeat and The Mississippi Rag, and among his teaching credits are residencies at the American University in Cairo and the New England Conservatory of Music. His recordings include the Grammy-winning Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton on the Verve label and a long-running solo series on Daring Records of Boston. In 2013, Butch won a Sage Award for Outstanding Design for his musical compositions in Destination Twin Cities.

Johnny Bates is a dancer and choreographer from Minneapolis, MN.  Johnny graduated with a BA in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Concordia University.  Johnny currently performs with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company and Christopher Watson Dance Company as well as SEVEN Dance which was recently formed with a few Gustavus graduates.  He'd like to thank his close friends for all of their consistent support over the past years.  Stay lively.


Sarah Hauss is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher who has been living and working in the Twin Cities for the last 20 years. She has an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado and has danced and choreographed in New York, California, and Oregon as well. Her work has been supported over the years by Red Eye Collaborations, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She was a founding member of Paula Mann Dance and Artistic Director of Riverbend Dance Arts from 1993-1999.

Hauss has danced with Gomez Dance Group since 1998 and with Kinetic Evolutions since 2010. She and Sarah LaRose-Holland performed in each other’s dances in the late 90’s and both dancers enjoy the opportunity to work together once again. Sarah has also worked with Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, Interstate Dance Collective, Gerry Girouard and the Christopher Watson Dance Company. She teaches dance at Gustavus Adolphus.

CATLIN MURPHY (Dancer) is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and studied dance at the Alvin Ailey School from 2nd grade through high school. At Vassar College, she was a member of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre and majored in computer science. Since moving to Minnesota to work at Target's Technology Headquarters, she has performed in works by Non Edwards, Erinn Liebhard, Becky Heist, Sarah LaRose-Holland, Christopher Watson and Marciano Silva dos Santos. This is Catlin's first season with Kinetic Evolutions.

Ashley Narum began dancing with Kinetic Evolutions in 2012.  Ashley had the same dream as every little girl as she pranced across the studio at age be a prima balleria. However, she ended up spending most of her junior high and high school careers playing on various soccer teams. Her dance training resumed in high school with a competition dance team. Ashley fully realized her love for movement when she began dancing in college. During the four years she spent dancing with the Gustavus Modern Dance Company, she was sincerely inspired by the faculty and students she worked with on a daily basis. Ashley was fascinated that the process of refining a technique and generating movement could be so intellectual. Throughout her career at Gustavus, she had the privilege to work with many talented faculty and guest artists. One of her favorites projects was a series of site-specific works set by Stephan Koplowitz in honor of the college's Sesquicentennial in 2012. Ashley performed in several main stage productions while at Gustavus as well as the American College Dance Festival. Ashley graduated from in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience. She now works for Medica and is over-joyed to still be dancing.

Alys Ayumi Ogura is a Twin Cities-based dancer and movement performer. She started her dance training under the guidance of Ms. Mika Kurosawa, who later became to known as the “Godmother” of Japanese contemporary dance. Alys Ayumi was selected, in college, to perform a duet for the American College Dance Festival Association’s central district Gala concert with John Beasant III, and was awarded the most outstanding student of the Theater and Dance Department in her graduating year. 
She has been performing in the Twin Cities since 2010, and has worked with Aniccha Arts, Company Blu (Italy) through Link Vostok (, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, Hauser Dance, Live Action Set, MotionArt (, SEVEN DANCE, Melissa  Birch, Maggie Bergeron, Emily Gastineau, Sandrine Harris (CT)Elsie Martin, Lori Mercil, Ashleigh Penrod, and Vanessa Voskuil, to name a few. Some highlights of her past work include performing with AXIS Dance Company (CA) at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and participating as one of six dancers in the dance-film project, Confluence (, created by Marylee Hardenbergh.
Alys Ayumi’s choreography has been shown at Bryant Lake Bowl, Patrick’s Cabaret, the Landmark Center, and her improvisational piece was featured at the Future Interstates series curated by BodyCartography Project and Hijak. 
Her upcoming project includes, dancing at 16 Feet: Assorted Dances at Intermedia Arts, Louder than Words, a collaboration touring project by Karlovsky & Dance Company (MO) & Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, and The Funny by Raw Sugar at Open Eye Figure Theatre.

Jennifer Pray began dancing with Kinetic Evolutions in 2014. Jennifer is a Minneapolis-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Jennifer's work has been featured at the Minnesota Dance Festival, the Ritz Renovate Choreographer's Evening, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Jennifer's professional performance work includes principal roles as a company member with Ballet Minnesota in St. Paul, James Sewell Ballet, Threads Dance Project, and Iowa Dance Theatre.


She has performed works by Martha Clarke, James Sewell, George Balanchine, José Limón, Andy Rist, Julie Bour, and Gina Patterson, and has toured and performed internationally, including critically-acclaimed performances in New York City. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Iowa with a BA in Dance and International Studies with honors. Additional training includes TU Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the Joffrey Ballet School. In 2012, she and artist Jordan Lee Thompson co-founded Dance & Other Behaviors, a collaborative company based in Minneapolis that seeks to create engaging work that is highly researched. 

Jenny Sung
has been professionally dancing, choreographing and teaching in the Twin Cities for over 13 years. Dance has taken Jenny to packed theaters in New York and Minnesota, orphanages in Romania, mega churches throughout the Midwest, Women’s Prisons inspiring the inmates, and outdoor parks working with refugees and youth. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of One Dance Company, and she is entering her 11th year of performing with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company directed by Sarah LaRose-Holland.

Amy Trayers began her dance training with Sarah LaRose-Holland at Riverbend Dance Arts, and then attended Classical Ballet Academy where she performed in productions such as The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Amy continued her pre-professional training with St. Paul Ballet at the age of thirteen where she trained under instructors such as Lirena Branitski, Laura Greenwell, Zoe Henrot, Karen Paulson-Rivet, and Chris Onusko, and graduated in 2015. She has also attended Ballet West’s summer intensive program in Utah where she worked with teachers such as Stephanie Saland and Olaf Hofer. Most recently, Amy dances professionally as an apprentice with St. Paul Ballet, where she performed principal, soloist, and corps de ballet roles in productions such as Clara’s Dream: From the Nutcracker, To Billy, The Work: Four Women in Choreography, An American in Paris, and SPB’s Spring Program. Amy is also a company member with Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, performing with them in Captured Currents: Bodies of Water and Crossing Rivers. She also has a love for choreographing, and has performed her original works in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, St. Paul Ballet’s Spring Showcase, Kinetic Kitchen Dance Series, and Visitation School’s Full Circle. Outside of the dance world, Amy is a psychology major at Arizona State University’s online program and will be attending UW-Eau Claire in the fall.

Kinetic Evolutions thanks the following former company members for their past commitment to the dance company. 

Former company members include:

  • Una Setia (founding company member) 2006 - 2012
  • Bryan Gerber (founding company member) 2006 - 2009
  • Kristin Grohs Blatzheim (founding company member) 2006 & 2011
  • Jeffrey Peterson 2007
  • Lindsay Anderson 2008 - 2009
  • Stacy Pottinger 2008 - 2009 & 2011
  • Megan Bridges 2009 - 2011
  • Catherine Decker 2009 - 2011
  • Kayla Schiltgen 2009 - 2012
  • Hai Dang Nguyen  2009 - 2012
  • John Munger 2011
  • Zeb Henderson Shreve 2011
  • Ashleigh Penrod 2011
  • Jordan Klitzke 2012
  • Calder O'Doubhlain (apprentice) 2012-2013
  • Sarah Jabar 2012-2013
  • Renee Guittar 2012-2013
  • Jennifer Glaws 2012-2013
  • Kasono Mwanza 2013

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