Who we are

Whitney Renfroe, Director

Whitney has studied dance all of her life. From a young age she was never far from the studio, and continued her training at Birmingham-Southern College where she obtained a degree in Dance Performance in 2009. After graduation, she spent a few years in the classical ballet world, dancing as a company member for Atlanta Festival Ballet and Birmingham Ballet. In 2013, she shifted her focus to modern and contemporary dance when she and her husband moved to Boston, MA. While on the east coast, she was delighted to join BoSoma Dance Company, while also doing freelance performance work with SunDanceX.

Upon her return to Birmingham, Whitney opened and operated Forma Arts + Wellness until 2020, when she decided to close the business in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. She is thrilled to continue directing Formations Dance Company independently. Her goal is to share her work with her beloved city and make dance relevant in today’s culture.

Nell Heflin Goza, Co-director

Nell Heflin Goza began her dance training in Nashville, Tennessee under the direction of Tina Trinkler Mercer. She attended Summer Intensives at the Nashville Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, and River North Chicago Dance Company. Upon graduation from High School, she attended Birmingham-Southern College with a scholarship for dance and trained under Mira Popovich and Ruth Henry. She graduated Cum Laude with degrees in Dance Performance and Business Administration. Immediately following graduation, she was asked to join the Atlanta Festival Ballet as a Company Member under the direction of Nicolas Pacana and Gregory Aaron. After a season in Atlanta, she moved to Chicago. Nell completed 8 wonderful seasons with Inaside Chicago Dance under the direction of Richard Smith and Robert McKee and in addition to being a Company Member, she also served as the Development and School Director for the company. Outside of performing, Nell has taught for close to a decade at numerous intensives and workshops in addition to studios throughout the Chicagoland area. She also has served as an adjudicator for regional and national dance competitions, booked various industrial gigs, and even choreographed a music video for a Chicago-based musician. Nell and her family recently relocated back to Georgia; she is currently on faculty at the Atlanta Ballet and is enjoying spreading her love of technique and passion for artistry to her students in Atlanta. Nell is excited and honored to join Whitney at Formations and be able to create art with one of her dearest friends. 

Cora Schimke

Cora is originally from De Soto, KS. She attended the University of Kansas where she received a BA in Dance and Human Biology with a pre-med emphasis. Cora spent the last four years dancing as a company member with Inaside Chicago Dance! Aside from dancing, Cora is a personal trainer and dance teacher. She is so excited to be a part of the Formations family!

Kelsey Clearman

Kelsey Clearman is pleased to be dancing with Formations after studying dance throughout her life and during her undergraduate years at Kennesaw State University. When she’s not in the studio, you can find our dancing scientist in the lab at The University of Alabama, where she is pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Sciences!

Megan Logan

Megan Logan studied Dance at The University of Alabama and then went on to work as a pediatric nurse. She was thrilled to return to the stage with Formations Dance Company! Currently, when she is not dancing she is working from home as a calligrapher or babysitting sweet, young children.

Audrey Douglas

Audrey grew up in Jackson, MS. There she completed Ballet Magnificat’s Trainee Program and began dancing professionally with Front Porch Dance and Kinetic Etchings. Audrey came to Birmingham in 2017 to dance with AROVA Contemporary Ballet and continues to perform locally with groups such as Swallowtail Dance and Sanspointe Dance Company. Audrey is excited to enter her first season with Formations!

Erin McMahon

Erin McMahon joined Formations in 2019, and is thrilled to be able to dance while she attends The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the youngest member of the company, but don’t let that fool you. Erin is a powerhouse, full of athleticism and intensity that you won’t want to miss on stage! You can also visit her for your caffeine needs at Red Mountain Expresso, where she works part time.

Brandon Mitchell

Brandon Mitchell is a graduate of Alabama State University, where he obtained a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry as well as a B.F.A. in Dance. During his time at ASU, Brandon danced with The Eclectic Company and, after graduation, went on to dance with AROVA Contemporary Ballet. He is thrilled to now be dancing with Formations. Brandon is currently the only male dancer with the company, and as such is always happy to lift or toss the girls around when needed- but he also shines on stage with his unique style of movement and fierce improvisational skills. His unique stature (he is 6’8!) and background in mime and acting make him a must-see.

Emily Tincher

Emily Tincher spent the majority of her young dance career in Central Pennsylvania with Movement Laboratory.  It was here that she was introduced to a wide range of dance styles, including Ballet, Jazz, Horton, and Graham technique.  In 2011, Emily graduated with a BA in Dance Performance from Point Park University.  In 2012, Emily began her professional career with AROVA Contemporary Ballet in Birmingham, AL.  In 2016, she became a freelance artist throughout Birmingham and the Southeast, performing roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Tarentella in Birmingham Ballet’s Swan Lake, and one of the female soloists in Thiago Fragoso’s music video.  Emily loves bringing her passion for dance to the stage with Formations and looks forward to creating more magic when she returns after welcoming a baby girl, expected to arrive this October!

Megan Steirer

Megan grew up in a small town in Central Florida dancing with Walter Fields Academy of Dance. She earned her AA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2005, then moved to Tuscaloosa for graduate school in 2008 and to Birmingham in 2010. She has previously danced with AROVA Contemporary Ballet based in Birmingham, AL from 2016-2018. She also teaches ballet at Premier Dance and Twirl Academy in Helena, AL. Megan shares a love for dance and performing with her co-company members that she hopes to bring to the Alabama community. 

Ali Carden, PC Georgia Sheridan

Ali Carden was born and raised in Decatur, AL where she grew up dancing and performing with Dancer’s Incorporated. She then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Alabama in Dance and Communication & Information Sciences where she studied under Cornelius Carter and Lawrence Jackson. After college, she moved to New York to complete Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester. Now, Ali looks forward to performing and training with Formations Dance Company back in her home state of Alabama.

unless otherwise credited, all photos are by Melissa Dooley….who, if you haven’t gathered by now, is just fabulous.

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