Hub Dance Collective is a contemporary dance collective formed by dance faculty, including Kelly Ferris Lester, Brianna Jahn, Lauren Soutullo, Candice Salyers, and Julie Hammond.
Since 2012, the Hub Dance Collective has been Hattiesburg’s home for professional contemporary dance, sharing the dance talent in Southern Mississippi with the nation by touring to Illinois, Texas, Michigan, New York, and Alabama. The idea for the Hub Dance Collective grew from faculty members in the Southern Miss Dance Department who wanted to continue choreographing and performing professionally, in addition to producing their work with the student body. Recognizing there was an “arts gap” that a professional contemporary dance company could fill in Hattiesburg.
Hub Dance Collective focuses on the collaborative nature of modern dance. It values the inspiration, challenges, and creativity that arises in a collaborative process. Having trained nationally as individuals, its members now are committed to bringing their broad, collective perspectives on dance to the region. By performing their work in Southern Mississippi; they grow local audiences for dance; by touring they increase recognition of the burgeoning contemporary dance scene in the Gulf South region.