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  • Choreographed more than 95 original pieces including full-length ballets, contemporary repertories, and films

  • National Choreographers Initiative 2023, Choreographer

  • Works performed at numerous dance festivals including National Choreography Intensive, Alabama Dance Festival, Regional Dance America Pacific, and Regional Dance America Mid-States

  • Artistic Director of Concept Zero Dance Theater

  • Resident Choreographer for Mareck Dance (formerly Missouri Contemporary Ballet)

  • Resident Choreographer for University of Kansas Dance Company

  • Composer of over twenty-five original scores for both film and stage

  • 2023 Regional Dance America, MidStates Adjudicator

  • Co-Artistic Director of the American Youth Ballet, 2008-2021

  • Co-founder of Project Premiere, a choreography creation project

  • Performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho, and Sacramento Ballet

  • Teaches masterclasses in studios, companies, and universities across the country

  • Upper Level Director, American Dance Center, Academy of Ballet, 2008-2021 


Professional Work 


Intent and Process

I seek to create works that are visually stimulating, multilayered, and meaningful both for the performers and for the

audience. My intent is to create a more collaborative and inclusive environment and in doing so, a more informed and consequential work. The creation process focuses on developing a movement language that suits the specific subject matter and the individual strengths of dancers. 


Recent Commissioned Works 

  • The Order of Time* - National Choreographers Initiative, 2023

  • Unseen, Unspoken* - Newport Contemporary Ballet, 2024

  • Whispers in the Dark* - Mareck Dance, 2023

  • Light, Dark, and the Inbetween* - Milwaukee Ballet II,  2023

  • Ghost Writer* - Mareck Dance, 2022 (formerly the Missouri Contemporary)

  • Shade of a Shadow* - Kansas University Theater & Dance Premiered Nov ‘22

  • For Her* - Creative Intersections, 2022 , Kansas City, MO

  • Recent Figures of an Undone World* - Missouri Contemporary Ballet 2022, Columbia, MO

  • Chasing Daylight* - Regional Dance America - Lawrence Ballet Theater, 2022, Lawrence KS 

  • Abandon(ed) Ideas* - Creative Intersections, 2021, Kansas City, MO

  • Blue Shift* - Milwaukee Ballet II, 2020, Milwaukee WI             

  • Crude Oil - Sundance Short Film, 2019

  • The Second Voice - Moving Arts, 2019, Kansas City, MO/ Cincinnati. OH

  • Dialed Out* - Missouri Contemporary Ballet, 2019, Columbia, MO

  • I See Me* - Southeast Missouri State University, 2019, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • distance, intimacy, and other observations* - Milwaukee Ballet II, 2017, Milwaukee, WI

  • Five More - The Benefit - Ballet Met, 2017, Columbus, OH

  • Last Stop* - Arova Contemporary Ballet, 2017, Birmingham, AL

  • There Ain’t No A Regional Dance America - Lawrence Ballet Theater, 2017, Lawrence, KS

  • At a Glance - Lake Art’s Dance Project, 2017, Milwaukee WI

  • Nevertheless - Arova Contemporary Ballet, 2017, Birmingham, AL

  • Just Tell Me - Missouri Contemporary Ballet, 2016, Columbia, MO

  • Johnny B. Goode - Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Kansas City, MO

  • Well, Alright Then - Ball State Dance Theater, IN

*denotes works of both original music composition and choreography by Estes-Brown


Concept Zero Dance Theater - Kansas City, Kansas

Artistic Director/Choreographer/Composer - 2014- Present

Since its inception in 2014, CZ has produced four evening-length works employing dancers, musicians, cinematographers, set designers, and costumers of multiple races and identities from around the world. Concept Zero focuses on the creation of full-length contemporary dance theater pieces with expansive uses of narrative, original music, and stagecraft.                All music is composed by Estes-Brown.               

Works Include:

Alibi (2019), The Rise (Film, 2016), without/words (2015), Last Stop (2014)


Performance Experience

Milwaukee Ballet 1999-2001, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho 2001-2002, Sacramento Ballet 2002-2004, 

Columbia City Ballet 2004-2006  


Educational, Student Level Work

American Youth Ballet - Overland Park, Kansas

Co- Artistic Director/Principal Choreographer - 2008-2021

American Youth Ballet is a not for profit performance company that presents high-quality dance productions while encouraging dedicated pre-professional dancers to aspire in both technical and artistic excellence.

Original Full-Length Story Ballets, Choreographer/Stager: Sleeping Beauty (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Don Quixote (2014), Firebird (2013), Swan Lake (2012), Alice in Wonderland (2011), Cinderella (2010), The Nutcracker (2009)

Original Contemporary Repertory Pieces, Choreographer: Homecoming (2021), Sit down, Stand up (2021), Seasons (2019), I’m Over You (2019), Intent (2018), Yabby! (2018), A Beginning (2018), Enjoy Your Rabbit (2017), Get Happy (2017), What’s Your Angle (2016), Majolaine (2015), La Ventana (2015), Concerto Grosso (2014), Who Me? (2013), Of Life (2013), Lollapalooza (2013), No Capicia (2012), Le Fleur (2011), Peter and the Wolf (2011), Intervening Time (2011), A Tribute to Benevolence (2010)


American Dance Center - Overland Park, Kansas

Upper-Level Director - 2008-2021

Teacher of Ballet Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Men’s Technique, Contemporary, Modern, Stretch and Conditioning to Levels 2a-7 (7yr old to pre-professional).


University of Missouri, Kansas City - Kansas City, Missouri

Adjunct Professor- 2017-2019

Teacher of Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux to all levels


Deane Dance Center, The Official School of Sacramento Ballet - Sacramento, California

Staff Teacher - 2005-2007

Teacher of Ballet Technique, Pointe, Men’s Technique, Adult Ballet to Levels 4-8 (10 yr old to pre-professional).


Masterclass/ Guest Teacher/ Workshop Teacher

Lawrence Ballet Theater, Ball State University, SE Missouri State University, Columbia Conservatory of Dance, BalletMet Academy, Milwaukee Ballet Academy, School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Petaluma Ballet (San Fransisco, CA), Berkley City Ballet, Arova Ballet (Birmingham, AL), Midstates Festival, Regional Dance America, various smaller academies nationally. 

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