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Laura Jenkins - Director


Jenkins grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY where she was home-schooled second through eleventh grade. For her "gym class" she took ballet and became a very serious student. Deciding on dance as a career she moved to Philadelphia where she received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of The Arts in 2007. During her stay at UArts she had the opportunity to be in works by Milton Meyers, Christine Cox, Curt Haworth, Brian Sanders, and MOMIX to name a few. After graduation, Laura went on to start Pink Hair Affair with seven of her peers. Her works have been seen in Philly Fringe 07-11, music videos, RedBull Art of Can, various fundraiser events and other shows. Laura has had the chance to perform in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Kuwait and Iraq on a Goodwill tour. She has been the Artistic Director of PHA's burlesque-inspired shows "Take It Off", "Take It Off... again" and "Take It Off... and feed me" which premiered in March 2010. Aside from dancing with Pink Hair Affair, Laura spent four seasons as a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader from 2007-2011 where she was Captain her final season. She also studied trapeze, corde lisse, and fabric at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Currently, she operates her own business Massage Studio of Philadelphia and works as a Massage Therapist (LMT, NCBTMB) helping maintain and heal the bodies of active clientele. Laura is proud to be the director of Pink Hair Affair and can't wait to create and perform new works for Philadelphia and the rest of the world.

Kaleigh Jones


Kaleigh is a dance performer, choreographer and educator hailing from New Hampshire. She received a BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a concentration in Jazz Dance in 2007. She may not have been a Modern Major like the founding members, but she manages to fit in , in her own unique way. She brings high spirit energy with a jazzy spunk to the group. She has been performing with PHA since its inception in 2007, and then became a member in April 2008. Some of her choreography highlights with PHA include; "Snow Monroe and Her Seven Little Beaus" performed in PHA's 2009 Philly Fringe performance "POOF!", "Popcorn" performed in PHA's burlesque-inspired show "Take It Off...and Feed Me" in 2012 and most recently she directed "Let the Night Be Dark" in which she was the sole choreographer. Jones enjoys working with PINK HAIR AFFAIR and plans to continue to grow in different ways as an artist with this fantastic collaborative company.

Jacklyn Koch


Jacklyn originally from Martinsburg, WV grew up spending her summers in Panama. From a young age she became enchanted with salsa and modern dance, leading her to follow her dreams to Philadelphia. She attended University of the Arts and graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. She has danced in works choreographed by Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Curt Haworth, Brian Sanders, Silvana Cardell, and Manfred Fischbeck. Jacklyn's choreography has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2007-2011, Rocky Awards, Drake Theater, Painted Bride, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, La Casona Panama, Espacio Panama Gallery, and Los Del Patio. During the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival she directed Pink Hair Affair's magical show POOF! at The Fidget Space. Jacklyn has trained in circus aerial skills at Airplay Studio and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts studying trapeze, lyra, rope, acrobatics, and fabric. While living in Panama for nine months she had the opportunity to study with Bastardproduktion, Nana+na Colectivo de Danza, La Tribu Performance, and Estudio Nuboso. She also choreographed and danced in the 2010 Arte Feminion II "Mujer y Cultura," a female art exposition to support Instituto Oncologico Nacional. Jacklyn has danced for Anne - Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company and performed with them in the 2010 Brooklyn Dumbo Festival, the 2011 LOOK! PROJECT and the 2011 Philadelphia's International Festival of the Arts. Jacklyn is a certified adult, children's, and special needs yoga instructor who has taught at numerous schools, community centers, and studios in the Philadelphia area. In 2012 she moved to Panama City, Panama to be closer to her family, the beach, and take part in the emerging creative dance scene. She performed in and directed a show for Investigación Colectiva “Alma Perfomática." An artistic project that brought together international artists from different fields to discuss their relationship with art, performance, and their methodologies behind the creative process. Most recently she danced with Colectivo 4x4 in their show "Manis" and started her own rooftop yoga business. Jackie will be traveling back and forth between Panama and Philly to continue her work with PINK HAIR AFFAIR.

Christine Steigerwald


Steigerwald is from North Carolina. In her formative years, she spent most of her time in the outdoors either horseback riding, swimming, or camping. Soon she found herself spending her summers in a dance studio studying with the Boston Ballet instead of climbing 200 ft. rocks. She studied ballet at North Carolina School of the Arts and The Rock School for Dance Education and various dance techniques at University of the Arts but found her niche in modern thanks to the ladies of Pink Hair Affair. Assistant Art Director of the 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Christine was artistic director for PHA's fourth Fringe Festival performance Meld and is embarking on her sixth season with the company.  

PHAdvocates: original co-founders and members of PINK HAIR AFFAIR who continually give their support, talent, and love to the company.

Christina Gesualdi
Lauren Mathis
Rachel Slater
Anne MacGilivray Wilson

Ashley Wood


Ashley, a native of New Jersey, began training in all styles of dance at age two.  By twelve, Ashley was touring northern NJ with the Garden State Ballet Youth Ensemble.  In 2007, she graduated from the University of The Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance and was awarded “Most Dramatic Improvement Since Freshman Year”.  Shortly after, she became co-founder of PINK HAIR AFFAIR, choreographing and performing in Philadelphia as well as San Francisco.  Ashley also danced with Urmika Devi Dance Company for a year, training in the Indian style of Bharata Natyam fused with modern elements.  In September 2011, she began working towards her Master’s Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University.  When Ashley isn’t studying, she teaches children’s yoga as well as provides childcare services to families around Philadelphia.  

Morgan Chambers

 

Morgan hails from Scott Depot, West Virginia, where she began dancing at the age of three. She performed and choreographed with local dance and theater and companies before attending The Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University, where she received her BFA in dance performance and choreography with a certificate in African studies. While at OU, Morgan was funded for study of dance education methodologies for deaf and integrated classrooms at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. as well as West African traditional drumming, dance, and culture in Ho, Ghana. She then received a teaching internship in Erste Rivier, South Africa. During this time, Morgan began dancing with Azaguno – an African drumming and dance company – and was able to travel with them across the U.S. and to Italy. In 2008, she was selected to construct historic recreations of three Jean Erdman costumes for stage. Morgan produced her first evening-length concert in conjunction with her written thesis, entitled “No. 6: Portraits of an Appalachian Coal Mining Town”.  Upon graduation, Morgan moved to Philadelphia to pursue her career in dance and as a certified Pilates instructor.  She has performed and choreographed with Fusion Dance Company, Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, and as part of Philly Fringe, All Good Festival, and 60x60 Dance in New York City. She is currently completing her master’s degree in dance/movement therapy at Drexel University. Most notably, Morgan is excited to join PINK HAIR AFFAIR as their newest member!