The panel

Each year, TRDP selects a panel of established and respected professionals (dancers, dance educators, choreographers, dance critics, dance enthusiasts, etc.) in the area to provide feedback and mentorship opportunities to the selected choreographers. Without these incredible, thoughtful people, Tobacco Road Dance Productions wouldn't exist. This year's panelists are: 

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Lindsey Allen has been a lifelong dancer, wearing tutus and pink tights since the day she could walk. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, with a Bachelor's degree in Dance Education, and a New England native. She studied dance at a local studio, beginning at age 3 and eventually worked her way up to a teaching position. While a college student, she continued to hone her craft with classes at a variety of institutions, including the Boston Ballet and the Dance Complex in Cambridge and was a member of an educational dance company based in Boston. Her college studies focused on teaching skills, choreography, and show production. Lindsey is trained in all forms of dance and has been teaching students of all ages for seven years in a variety of settings. In addition, she has worked for Step Up 2 Dance competitions, produced a Shared Choreographer’s Concert in Cambridge, created award winning choreography for a competition team and is a member of Dance Master's of America. Lindsey is thrilled to be able to share her love for dance and choreography with others!

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Kristin Clotfelter is a teacher, choreographer and performer.  She danced for nine seasons at The Metropolitan Opera in NYC and has collaborated and toured with Susan Marshall & Company, Johannes Wieland, Mark DeChiazza and Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre.  Kristin also spent summers performing at The Santa Fe Opera, a year dancing with the State Theater of Kassel in Germany, and performed as Lady MacDuff in Punchdrunk’s off-Broadway show, Sleep No More.  She has pursued her own performance language through residencies at Dance Omi International Arts Center, Fleet Moves Dance Festival and TRDP and shown work in Brooklyn, Wellfleet, Ghent, Washington D.C, Charlottesville and Durham.  She has taught master classes at Columbia College Chicago, The National Museum of Dance, Princeton University, American University, the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota as well as Parsons The New School for Design as a member of the Movement Party. She is currently on faculty at Barriskill Dance Theatre School.  Kristin is interested in exploring the congruences of improvisation, experimentation and classical technique and maintains a keen somatic curiosity. She enjoys teaching and practicing yoga and holds a BFA with honors in dance and a minor in Visual Arts from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University program.

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Raina Lucas is a choreographic research artist and dance educator based in Durham, North Carolina. She received her BA in dance and psychology from Goucher College and her MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a recipient of the Kristina Larsen Choreography Award, and has served as the assistant rehearsal director for Charlotte, North Carolina based dance company, The MARK dance company. Raina has performed in works by Larry Keigwin, Doris Humphrey, Elizabeth Corbett, and Elolo Gharbin and has taught a variety of dance technique and lecture courses at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Guilford College. Currently, Raina is a dance instructor at Ninth Street Dance in Durham and an Adjunct Professor of Dance Studies at Salem College. Raina is the founder and artistic director of the Raina Lucas//Dance Co. & Lab, a small, project-based contemporary dance company interested in examining embodied cognition, the nexus between spontaneous and premeditated movements, and exploring questions of self, society, and the human condition. She is excited to serve as a Tobacco Road Dance Productions panelist for the 2018-2019 season.


2018 Panelists: Stephanie Leathers, Killian Manning, Heather Tatreau

2017 Panelists: Amy Love Beasley, Anjanée Bell, Jessi Knight

2016 Panelists: Alyssa Noble, Natalie Teichmann, Leah Wilks

2015 Panelists: Renay Aumiller, Nicola Bullock, Lightsey Darst