Meet the Company
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MARTHA BRIM
Martha Brim founded The Power Company (aka PoCo) in 2000, initially as a professional dance company. Later, by adding Collaborative to the name PoCo became PoCoCo, The Power Company Collaborative embracing the company’s mission of collaboration and inclusion more purposefully. Martha continues as artistic director of The Power Company Collaborative instigating large-scale performance installations with musicians, artists and designers as co-creators.
As a teacher, Martha has produced a rich legacy of creativity, mentoring multiple generations of dance students and artists across disciplines. Martha teaches a broad-spectrum population from professionals to incarcerated youth and adults, public school teachers and students, and senior adults. Her mission is empowerment through dance. Each creative project is guided by this purpose.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AMANDA LING
Amanda Ling is a dance artist and educator striving to connect with the community through performance art installations. She is the Associate Director of The Power Company Collaborative and a Dance Lecturer at Columbia College. Amanda has taught at colleges and universities across the state and collaborates with a wide array of local artists. Amanda received her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Columbia College, SC. She enjoys working with improvisation and her movement research interweaves classical dance techniques with innovative and experimental perspectives.
Brailey Johnson started her dance career as a Dutch Fork High School Dazzler in 2011. She instantly fell in love with movement, and continued exploring her movement in college as a dance minor at the University of South Carolina, where she performed in various choreography showcases. Brailey was also a founding member of Icono/clash Dance Collaborative in 2014. Since then, Brailey has taught and performed with Columbia’s Fuse Artist Alliance, as well as Moving Body Dance Company. She continues to explore movement by learning everything she can.
Ciera Barrow is originally from Asheville, NC where she grew up dancing for a local competition studio, Asheville Dance Theater, until she was recruited for the newly established Ballet Conservatory of Asheville at the age of 15. She then attended the University of South Carolina where she earned a degree in Dance Performance & Choreography as well as Media Arts. Ciera is currently employed at USC as the Production Assistant and with the SC Summer Dance Conservatory as the Administrative Coordinator. She is also pursuing her M.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design in Business Design & Arts Leadership.
Ashlee Daniels Taylor is an interdisciplinary artist, specializing in somatics, dance performance, and interactive media design. Taylor received her MFA in Dance with an interdisciplinary specialization in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and her BFA in dance from Columbia College in South Carolina. Taylor employs collaborative processes, rigorous movement practices and somatic investigation in her creative research to explore notions of how our experiences accumulate and reside in our body. Through her residency work and choreographic research, Taylor strives to foster connections between individuals and their body awareness to encourage personal well-being and community building with others, keeping an open dialogue of the many ways that the moving body can revive the human experience and reveal our interconnectedness.
Sara Monts is a current junior Dance Education and English double major at Columbia College. Starting ballet and tap classes at the age of two, Sara found her passion for dance early in her life and has continued studying dance for the past eighteen years. She is an active member of the Columbia College Dance Company, serving as President this year, and is also on her third year as an apprentice with The Power Company Collaborative. Sara hopes to continue her passion and love for dance by sharing it with as many people as possible!