• They Go Wild


    Warning: A natural disaster is coming.


    In "They Go Wild," Early Era Collective parallels wild landscape with the reckless treatment of womxn, and what might happen when they will no longer endure.




    Directed By: Stephanie Patrick

    Director of Photography: Ben Lee

    Danced By: Lauren Parra Faudree and Laura Vazquez

    Spoken Word (Written & Performed) By: Amber Wilson

    Second Camera: Derek Butvin

    Edited By: Ben Lee and Stephanie Patrick


    "They Go Wild" was featured in the 2019 Oaxaca Film Festival, Directed by Women: NYC Shorts of All Sorts, and the Tipperary Dance International Film Festival.

  • "Milez" Streaming at San Francisco Dance Film Fest 2022

    We are beyond excited to announce that “Milez” is included in the 2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival! This highly renowned fest features over 50 dance films from all over the world. Since programming is both in-person and virtual, anyone can enjoy it! Click here to see where “Milez” is streaming, and learn more about the other incredible films showing in this year’s festival.

  • Creativity & Social Justice

    The Season 3 Finale is here! Our featured guests engage in a poignant talk about artists’ roles in social justice-themed art, and challenge the expectation for Black and African American artists to discuss racism in their work.

    Host: Stephanie Patrick

    Featured Guests: Alyssa Dillard, Amber Wilson, Andre Bradford and Chinwe Okorie

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton and Chinwe Okorie

    Thoughts That Move, Season 3 episode 5

    Four professional tap artists discuss the history of rhythm tap, the responsibility of white artists in a Black art form, and discovering your authentic artistic identity.

    Host: Michael Love

    Featured Artists: Karissa Royster, Ginnifer Joe, Alisa Guardiola

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton

    Caption by: Lauren Parra Faudree

    Thoughts That Move season 3, episode 4

    Triple Threat: Black, Female & Creative is an intimate conversation between Kaitlyn Jones and Leah Tubbs that covers topics like self-care, lineage, energizing artistic communities of color, and when to say “no.”


    Host: Kaitlyn Jones

    Featured Artist: Leah Tubbs

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton

    Captioned by: Lauren Parra Faudree

    thoughts that move Season 3, Episode 3

     As another year of school starts, we bring you Race & Ethnicity in Arts Education. In this episode, current and former teachers discuss the necessity of aligning racial and ethnic studies with arts education for students of all ages, both in the public and private sectors.


    Host: Daniel Broxton

    Featured Artists: Jordyn Marsh, Toni Neal, Krista Robinson, Rebeca Gamborino, and Kathleen Fletcher.

    Edited By: Daniel Broxton

    Thoughts That Move Season 3, Episode 2

    “We all just so badly want our hearts to be seen, and we want to be compensated for it.” - Lucy Wilson

    In this episode, artists talk about matching their passion for art with getting paid for it. Our four guests discuss fair pay, college degrees, what they wish they had learned while training, and the cycle of big companies receiving funding over emerging artists.

    Host: Daniel Broxton

    Featured Artists: Will Walker, Lucy Wilson, Alisa Guardiola, and Marina DeYoe-Pedraza

    Edited By: Daniel Broxton

    Thoughts that move Season 3, Episode 1

    Creating in a White World features five artists who discuss what it’s like to train and create in white-centered arts industries, and the change they'd like to see in Austin and the larger arts world.


    Host: Lauren Parra Faudree

    Featured Artists: Alexa Capareda, Andreina Byrne, Becky Nam, Mia Moi, and Anna Reyes

    Edited by: Daniel Broxton

    What is thoughts that move?

    Since Juneteenth 2020, Thoughts That Move has brought 40+ artists from different mediums together to discuss how race and our industries intersect in Austin and beyond.

    We cooked up a new structure for S3 featuring more guests, artist footage, and deeper community-driven conversations. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to pay all featured artists and hosts a small stipend for their participation this season.

    Thoughts That Move Co-Creators

    Stephanie Patrick, Producer

    Daniel Broxton, Editor

    Lauren Parra Faudree, Administrator

    All episodes feature our TTM theme song by Magna Carda and graphic design by Ketan Patel.

  • Milez mini-teaser

    • The Paramount's Summer Classic Film Series, curated by Hyperreal Film Club, June 2022
    • Austin Dance Festival, winner of Local Favorite "Armadillo" Award, July 2022
    • Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival, October 2022
    • San Francisco Dance Film Festival, October 2022
    Eight dancers must decide whether to stay within the boxes that confine them or break free.


    "Milez" was co-directed by Stephanie Patrick and Ben Lee, and co-choreographed by Daniel Broxton and Stephanie Patrick. Music written and performed by Magna Carda. Danced by Lauren Parra Faudree, Daniel Broxton, Mia Moi, Jairus Carr, Michelle Barfield, Ciceley Fullylove, Jaylin Lane, and Stephanie Patrick.

    finding home

    A commissioned work by Equality Texas that honors our Black and LGBTQIA loved ones lost to violence in 2020. A big thank you to Equality Texas for including Early Era in their virtual gala, All Eyes on Texas, on October 17th, 2020! We were proud to help fundraise for such an important cause, and to honor Black and LGBTQIA lives lost to violent crimes in 2020 through words and movement.


    Words By: Addy Allred and Andre Bradford

    Dancing By: Mia Moi, Kaitlyn Jones, Ciceley Fullylove, Lauren Parra, Stephanie Patrick, and Jairus Carr

    Shot and Edited By: Ben Lee

    Produced, Directed & Choreographed By:

    Stephanie Patrick

    They Go Wild

    Shot in grey desolation, two dancers and a spoken word artist give a PSA-style warning about the dangers of historical, female oppression in They Go Wild. Picture outdoor dance with horror film vibes.


    This short dance film was showcased in the following 2019 film festivals:

    NYC Shorts of All Sorts: Directed By Women

    Oaxaca Film Fest (Awards Finalist)

    Tipperary Dance Platform International Film Festival


    Danced & Co-Choreographed By: Lauren Parra Faudree and Laura Vazquez

    Filmed & Co-Edited By: Ben Lee

    Directed, Co-Choreographed & Co-Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    Work in progress

    With 23 hours, 19 dancers, and 2 directors, we made 9 new dance film pieces in one weekend! In late February, Early Era embarked on a new journey, creating a piece about the lives of people who immigrate to the U.S.

    The next steps of this project will resume once COVID-19 subsides.

    Of Thee I Swing teaser

    Of Thee I Swing combined filmed interviews of World War II veterans and civilians with live dance. We created an evening-length piece using multi-form dance, costumes, and music from the 40s to align that era with now.


    This production was presented at Wright Bros. Brew & Brew. Funded in part by the City Of Austin's Cultural Arts Division.


    Filmed & Edited By: Ben Lee

    Second Camera & Costume Designer: Andreina Byrne

    Directed, Produced & Co-Choreographed By: Stephanie Patrick

    Danced By: Lauren Parra Faudree, Daniel Broxton, Jaylin Lane, Michelle Barfield, Mia Moi, Rachel Nayer, Jairus Carr

    Against Shadows

    Ten performers in five scenes explore racial and gender discrimination against graffiti sites in Austin and San Francisco.


    Filmed & Co-Edited By: Justin Kirchhoff

    Produced, Directed, Co-Choreographed & Co-Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    Danced & Co-Choreographed By: Lauren Parra Faudree, Krista Robinson, Alex Miller, Mahalaya Tintiangco-Cubales, Kyle Limin, Leslie Panitchpakdi, Robin Nariyoshi, Michael Love, Alyssa Myers, Stephanie Patrick

    Assistant Directed By: Maddie Alfaro


    View full project at: 


    Thoughts That Move, Season 3 episode 5

    An improvisation on a fall day.


    Filmed By: Peter Klemek and Yelena Laningham

    Danced By: Stephanie Patrick and Yelena Laningham

    Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    I Begin

    "I am literally smiling, now. I am really, truly filled with joy watching this. It exudes the joys of coming home. It's not quite like anything I've seen before. It feels like each of the places themselves are Stephanie’s dance partners, with Texas being her final, real partner. I did not see her dancing IN a place, as much as WITH a place." -Kathryn Taylor, viewer


    Danced & Edited By: Stephanie Patrick

    Filmed By: Rafael Alba and David Kallison

  • We are grateful to all who came to our four performances of "Shift," our show about change and transformation. We’re feeling the love! Success is never possible alone. We’d like to thank the following people and businesses for making this show happen: Ketan Patel, Keegan & Lauren Faudree, Greg Burton, Dan & Kristine Patrick, Teresa Russell, Kathleen Fletcher, Jonathan White, Earl McGehee, Ben Lee, Sam Hensley, and Capital City Ballet. Our community of support means everything to us!

  • Black lives matter

    Black Lives Matter


    In light of the murders of George Floyd, Mike Ramos, and so many other Black and African Americans lost to police brutality, our company acknowledges and joins the fight for justice for our Black brothers and sisters.

    In a country that claims to be one nation and touts justice for all, this tradition of violence is simply unacceptable. It is clear that the roots of racism need to be examined and swiftly removed. Our art form, local community, and company would not be what they are without the innovations and talents of Black dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists.

    In one of the most segregated cities, we recognize the disparities young Black dancers face in accessing training, and the factors that hinder Black professionals from producing work. As part of this community we are advocating for change, and we welcome feedback from Austin’s artists and citizens of color.

    Black lives matter. We see you, we stand with you, and we are in this ongoing and important fight for justice.


  • the concept

    A Bit About Us....

    We're an Austin-based arts company creating performance for stage and film, and leading community-driven conversations for change. EEC makes multi-form art showcasing diverse perspectives for diverse audiences. Our languages include dance - contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballet - spoken word, music, acting, and any other medium we'd like to tackle. We're a collaborative entity always working toward pushing our own artistic boundaries!

    EEC was founded in Fall 2018, and became a 501(c)3 organization in March 2019. Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick. Awards and honors for Early Era Collective include:

    • Managing Artistic Director received the 2019 nomination for the Austin Chronicle’s Best Choreographer/Dancer
    • They Go Wild was featured in three national and international film festivals in 2019

    Concepts and direction are provided by Stephanie Patrick, the founder and former director of Stephanie Patrick Dance of San Francisco, Asheville, and Austin. SPD was founded in 2012. Stephanie brings those artistic successes and her strong vision to EEC. Early Era Collective is organized as a nonprofit organization to best support its collaborating artists.

  • Support Early Era

    It takes a community to keep local artists making art. Click the button below to learn more about what we've accomplished artistically and in the community, and how you can support Early Era as we continue to create art for ATX in 2022. We appreciate gifts of all sizes!

  • press

    Hip Hop Hooray

    KOOP Radio Interview

    Director Stephanie Patrick and Dancer Jaylin Lane talked about Of Thee I Swing on Hip Hop Hooray! Miss Manners asked questions about dance, hip-hop, the history of segregation in Austin, and how we spread awareness through art.


    Click the picture to hear our interview on SoundCloud!

  • Contact

    We'd love to hear from you! Please reach out for booking inquiries or questions about Early Era Collective.