Audrey Baran is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Dance. She is a dance performer, maker, and educator based in Charlotte, NC who is dedicated to broadening perceptions and accessibility of contemporary dance in the Southeast. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an MFA Dance from Hollins University. She is the founder and artistic director of contemporary dance company Baran Dance, as well as the apprentice company, BD2. She has presented work through the Charlotte Dance Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, Tobacco Road Dance Productions, Triangle Dance Project, Women’s Showcase, Bill Evans Somatic Dance Conference, and numerous self-produced productions. Baran was an inaugural recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council and has received awards and nominations for her work from the Movies by Movers Festival, the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards, and the Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards. She is on the teaching faculty of Charlotte Ballet Academy. Baran is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level and thrives on sharing her love of movement and mindfulness throughout the Queen City and beyond.