MEET THE COMPANY
KATIE KILBOURN-Artistic Director
Katie Kilborn was born in Sacramento, California and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Dance Performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After relocating to New York, Katie has had the opportunity to dance with several companies including Balasole, J/D Dansfolk, IKADA, and Sammy J Dance. In 2015 she co founded Borne Dance Company with Kianna Moye and together they created a company dedicated to mental health and eating disorder awareness. Kilbourn’s work has been performed at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bellevue Hospital, BAAD!, The Producer’s Club, and Anita’s Way. She has been a volunteer at the National Eating Disorders Association for over three years and has personal history with mental health and recovery. She has a strong passion for eating disorder awareness and strives to continue creating work that sparks compassion and understanding of the eating disorder community.
COURTNEY MURRAy-Executive director
Courtney Murray is originally from Colorado, where she danced professionally with the Schiff Dance Collective, Blue Moon Dance Company, Damsels, and Rogue Co. Dance. After moving to New York, she was accepted into Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester Program where she won the Choreography Award. Courtney has danced with Alma NYC, SammyJDance, Guilty Pleasures Cabaret, and Atomic Entertainment. She is also a teaching artist with TDF, Steffi Nossen School of Dance, and kinderdance. Recently, she was featured in Heather Mae’s “Be not Afraid” music video and “Drop the Beat”, a new dance movie. She has been a dancer with Borne Dance Company since its inception in 2015, she was promoted to assistant director in 2018 and executive director in 2019.
Tom DiFeo is a Pennsylvania native turned New Yorker and is so happy to be joining Borne once again! Tom started his training at Miss Cindy’s School of Dance in Quakertown, PA and then continued his studies at The Koresh Dance School, The Rock School for Dance Education, and holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Tom also holds a Conservatory Certificate from The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. Tom’s professional credits include, Holland American Line (Dancer), West Side Story (Indio, Ivoryton Playhouse), Saturday Night Fever (Joey, Ivoryton Playhouse).
Liz Rohm originally began training at the Pittsburgh Ballet House, as well as the Abby Lee Dance Company where she was featured on Lifetime's TV show, Dance Moms. Liz attended Point Park University & Slippery Rock University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a specialization in Performance & Choreography. She then graduated from Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester in New York City, signed with MSA Talent Agency & became a company member of the Patmon Dance Project & FJK Dance Company. Liz has performed at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Symphony Space, TADA Theatre, Tenri Cultural Institute, Radio City Music Hall, Mark Morris Theatre & John Jay College of Criminal Justice performing works by Jim Cooney, Trevor Sones, Josh Assor, Emily Greenwell, Sheila Barker, Fadi J. Khoury and more. She has most recently worked with Grammy Award Winning, Mya, as well as the Beacon Band and Gianna Alessi.
Frank James Martinez-Chevez
Frank James Martinez-Chevez was born and raised in Harlem, NY. He began his dance training at 15 starting with Hip Hop, Bollywood, and Modern under the College and Career Preparatory Institute/ SBI at his high school. After graduation, he enrolled in Eugene Lang College of the Liberal Arts at The New School as a Contemporary Dance major with an emphasis on Choreography and Technology. Outside of his classes, Frank has performed at Spike Lee's Prince Born Day, Anita's Way at Time Square, New York Live Arts, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and at the Off-Broadway stage The Vineyard Theater. In the past, he attended The Door's Dance Ensemble Intensive as well as the Gibney Dance Company Summer Intensive. He has worked with esteemed choreographers such as Nia Love, Rebecca Stenn, Amy Miller, Ishmael- Houston Jones, Reggie Wilson, and Bill T. Jones.
Kara Rose Hauenstein
Kara Rose Hauenstein is originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. She was awarded the Board of Trustees Talent Scholarship from Adelphi University in 2011. At Adelphi University, Kara had the opportunity to perform excerpts from Bella Figura choreographed by Jiří Kylián as well as works by Orion Duckstein, Maurice Brandon-Curry, Melissa Riker, and many others. She graduated from Adelphi University with honors in 2015.
Kara danced with the Bronx-based company MAD About Dance under the direction of Michiyo Tanaka for two years. Kara also performed with the Herbert H. Lehman Dance Company last season under the direction of Loli Santiago. Additionally, Kara was a dancer and rehearsal mistress in a grant project called SteLi, which received funding from the B. Wilson Producing Scholars.
Julia is a dancer and teacher currently based in NJ. In 2017, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgian Court University with a double major in dance performance and psychology, with a minor in dance/movement therapy. While studying, she was selected to work with choreographers such as Sidra Bell, Randy James, Silvana Cardell, Beau Hancock, and Charles Anderson. Since graduation, Julia has performed work by choreographers Melissa Padham-Maas, Shawn Rawls, Vanessa Long, Joe Monteleone, and Sonia James Pennington, and is a company member with Warwick Dance Collective. Currently, she teaches dance at studios in NJ and NY, and is a certified Pure Barre teacher at Pure Barre Livingston. Julia is grateful for her opportunity to join Borne Dance Company, and excited she can fuse her passion for mental health awareness with performance.
Aless Ramnarine is a St. Petersburg, Florida native where she grew up studying classical ballet and Horton technique at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School with Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Patricia PL Paige Parks. She went on to earn her BFA in dance at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet School in San Francisco,CA. While studying in the Bay Area, she performed original works set by Amy Seiwert, Michael Montgomery, Gregory Dawson, Carmen Rozestraten, Keelan Whitmore, and many more. Aless is currently a freelance dance artist in New York City and has performed works with the Brooklyn Opera, Impact Movement Collective, and classical tango orchestra; Artists by Any Other Name. She is also the newest company member of Borne Dance Company based in NY. Before moving to New York, she was featured in the St. Petersburg Opera Company as a principal dancer and danced for Universal Studios Orlando, FL. entertainment.