Lindsay Smith

FOUNDER & Artistic Director

Lindsay Smith is the Founder and Artistic Director of Transit Dance Company. She began dancing at the age of 3 in Huntsville, AL. Lindsay went on to perform and investigate her two passions for dance and music at the University of Mississippi where she earned her B.F.A in Musical Theatre/Dance. Lindsay moved to Los Angeles where she explored her music and dance collectively. 

Lindsay moved back to Oxford, Mississippi in 2010 where she taught contemporary, jazz and tap at the University of Mississippi as adjunct faculty and founded Hinge Dance Company, LLC with her close friend and dancer partner, Lydia Siniard. Together they grew the Oxford dance community in many ways including providing adult classes and an outlet for all types of dancers to feel at home. This has become Lindsay's passion to provide welcoming and fun dance classes as well as performance opportunities for adults who use to dance, continue to dance, or have always wanted to try. Lindsay moved to Nashville in the spring of 2015 where she began working with DancEast and continues there as the Adult Dance Program Director and Instructor. 


Carly Fletcher Wood

company dancer 

A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Carly began dancing at the Lawrenceville School of Ballet and later continued into their connected company, Southern Ballet Theatre. With Southern Ballet Theatre, Carly performed in full length works such as Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Pirates as well as having the opportunity to perform at Regional Dance America. Carly was also a member of Ridge Dance Company where she performed in many lead roles while also working as an assistant choreographer. Recently her original work Nexus was performed at the National High School Dance Festival. Carly graduated from Point Park University where she received a BA in Dance Performance. At Point Park she performed in works such as George Balanchine's Serenade, and Ron Tassone’s A Fosse Retrospective and Latin Quarter. Carly is new to Nashville and is extremely excited to be dancing as a member of Transit Dance Company



Rachel Ladner

Company dancer

Rachel Ladner has been dancing for 22 years and began her dance career with the Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts with whom she danced across the country with for 6 years. During High School, Rachel trained under Arkadiy and Katya Orohovsky with South Mississippi Ballet Theatre and competed in the International YAGP Ballet Competition. She attended the University of Mississippi and earned her degree in marketing. While she studied at U of M she began dancing with Hinge Dance Company and eventually went on to choreograph for the company for four years. Rachel now lives in Nashville, TN where she now dances as a founding member of Transit Dance Company.



Alexa Curcio

Company dancer

Alexa Curcio is thrilled to be joining Transit Dance Company as a founding dance member! Alexa began her journey in dance at the age of two at a studio in New Jersey and was competing on a national level from ages 5 through 18. Alexa has been classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and contemporary dance. A 2012 graduate of VillanovaUniversity, Alexa earned a spot on the Villanova Dance Team and became a leading choreographer. She danced in multiple pieces that went on to place in the top 5 for the first two years that Villanova attended the National Dance Association Convention. Since graduating college, Alexa continued exercising her passion for dance at various studios throughout New York City, and joined DanceWorks New York City, a company with the mission of providing a post- grad performance outlet for advanced and technically trained dancers who want to continue choreographing and performing into their adult life. There, she was a member for five seasons and choreographer for four.  Alexa made the big move to Nashville in the summer of 2016, and continues to take classes around town as well as instruct at Dance In Bloom. She is extremely thankful to have found a new home with Transit Dance Company.


Sophie Kowaleski

company dancer 

Originally from Chicago, Sophie has been dancing since the age of 2. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary at Stage Door Dance Academy in Oak Forest, Illinois where she danced with Stage Door’s competitive Performance Company where she competed regionally and nationally. In high school, she made the varsity poms squad and Orchesis dance troupe as a freshman, and was chosen as captain her senior year. She was asked back after graduating to choreograph the junior varsity poms squad’s competition piece, which placed second at the Illinois’ state dance conference. Sophie also had the great opportunity to dance with the Radio City Rockettes at their Rockette Summer Intensive program in the summer of 2012. She is currently a junior at Belmont University studying Music Business with a production emphasis. Sophie is excited for the opportunity to share her love of dance as a founding member with Transit Dance Company.


Natalie Wood

Company dancer

Orginially from Oxford, MS, Natalie began dancing and grew up training in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. In High school she joined the Oxford Ballet Company, performing in a number of classical ballets. Natalie went on to attend the University of Mississippi were she was a member of the Ole Miss Rebelettes for four years dancing for major college events and competing at the Universal Dance Association’s National Championship in both Jazz and Hip Hop. Natalie also danced with Hinge Dance Company in Oxford, MS for several years performing and choreographing pieces on the company. Natalie moved to Nashville in 2014 where she now dances with Transit Dance Company as a founding member.



Emily Masters


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