Reverie Dance Group’s Event Will Showcase Local Artists

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Reverie Movement Collective, an adult dance and wellness company, will present “HOME,” an evening of community and art, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the B&O Station, 530 Mahoning Ave.

The event is Reverie’s second annual showcase and will feature local bands, vendors, appetizers and more. Its goal is to create a cozy feeling of home, according to Makenna Liller Dahman, who founded the group in 2023.

“It is our hope that, through this immersive, creative experience, the audience will leave feeling like they are more connected to their community,” Liller said. “This is not just a dance show. This will be a moment to spark creativity and conversation.”

The company and community members include Liller, Aubrie Morrison, Rosie Bresson, Alyssa George, Kennedy Lisowski, McKenzie Sella, Leah Hansler, Brittani Balside, Chelsey File, Tori Byrd, Courtney Watson and Jamie Holkovic.

Performers and artists at the event will include musicians Candace Campana, Black Wolf & The Thief, Crash the Great and Jennifer Carlson.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door and can be purchased at HERE. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Liller described Reverie as “a space that this area so desperately needs. Whether you are someone who used to dance and wants to get back into it, have never danced before, or you just want to learn about movement and wellness, we have offerings that are for everyone.”

Reverie is based out of two regional studios: Jones Dance Academy in Niles and Dance Studio M in Solon. It has 13 dancers in its company and also offers open drop-in classes in all styles, ranging from contemporary to ballroom and hip-hop.

Reverie also offers wellness-focused classes.

Liller put her varied experiences to work in founding Reverie. After graduating high school in 2014, she became a company dancer at Millennium Dance Complex in Pittsburgh. She competed in Los Angeles and Chicago.

She moved to Seattle at age 20 to continue her dance career and became a company member of the Westsiders troupe.

After returning to Ohio, she graduated in 2021 from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified holistic health coach.

Pictured at top: Members of Reverie Movement Collective include Alyssa George, Makenna Liller Dahman, Brittani Balside (behind sofa), Leah Hansler (foreground) and Courtney Watson.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.