• See Us Live


    An evening of contemporary, hip hop, and fusion pieces by 5 company artists.


    Featuring an array of dance pieces by 5 Early Era choreographers and 15 dancers, "Whirligig" showcases the creativity, fun, and professionalism of Austin's dance community with six brand new works by Lisa del Rosario, Daniel Broxton, Mia Moi, Jairus Carr, and Stephanie Patrick.


    Join us for an evening of dance and play in an art gallery on East 5th Street! Drinks served by Bacardi.

  • tickets are $20-$35 sliding scale

    If you're in need of a half-price ticket,

    please email Stephanie@earlyeracollective.org.



    Join us for SMORG! Early Era Collective will debut one of our "Whirligig" pieces at this eclectic show produced by Emily Rushing and Carissa Topham.


    Presenting works by Emily Rushing & Carissa Topham, Bonnie Cox, Lisa Del Rosario, Anna Bauer & Jairus Carr, Rosalyn Nasky, Melissa Sanderson, Spencer Jensen, and Early Era Collective.


    Scan the QR code or click the poster to purchase your tickets!


    Show dates:

    Saturday April 8th at 8pm

    Sunday April 9th at 2pm & 5pm

  • the concept

    A Bit About Us....


    Early Era Collective’s mission is to present multiform art featuring diverse perspectives for diverse audiences. In one of our nation’s most segregated cities, we aim to bring Austinites together with high quality, accessible, inclusive art. We believe that professional creative work is strongest when collaboratively made by individuals with a variety of training, artistic processes, expertise, lived experience, and world views. We are comprised of dancers from contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and ballet backgrounds; we also collaborate with filmmakers, spoken word artists, actors, and singers. Many of our productions carry a social justice message folded into their artistry, emphasizing personal stories over politics.


    Our company creates:

    • Live shows for Austin audiences.
    • Dance films featured at festivals nationwide.
    • Thoughts That Move community artist interviews, which discuss the intersection of race and arts industries in Austin.
    • Embolden Workshop Series - donation-based artist development workshops created in partnership with Salvage Vanguard Theater and Ground Floor Theatre.

    Awards and honors include:

    • Dance film "Milez" has been accepted into eight 2022 and 2023 film festivals nationwide, including Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City. Received the Local Favorite Award at the 2022 Austin Dance Festival.
    • Artistic Director Stephanie Patrick received the 2019 nomination for the Austin Chronicle's Best Choreographer/Dancer.
    • Dance film "They Go Wild" was featured in three national/international film festivals in 2019.

    EEC was founded in Fall 2018, and became a 501(c)3 organization in March 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

    We'd be so grateful for your support as we enter our 5th season!

    We are producing and/or performing in at least 4 shows this year, and are working with more dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers than ever. "Milez" will continue to screen at festivals all over the country, and we hope to continue providing our community programs: Thoughts That Move and Embolden Workshops.

    Gifts of all sizes are appreciated!

  • Milez


    Featuring Magna Carda, eight dancers must decide whether to stay within the boxes that confine them or break free. "Milez" has been accepted into the following film festivals and events:
    • The Paramount's Summer Classic Film Series, curated by Hyperreal Film Club, Austin, June 2022
    • Austin Dance Festival, winner of Local Favorite "Armadillo" Award, July 2022
    • Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival, Washington D.C., October 2022
    • San Francisco Dance Film Festival, October 2022
    • Dance Camera West, Los Angeles, January 2023
    • Dance on Camera Festival, New York City, February 2023

    "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.


  • 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.

    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

    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

  • Save the Date


    For Early Era’s next live performances in Austin! More information coming soon.


    April 8-9, 2023

    at Cafe Dance

    Produced by Emily Rushing and Carissa Topham


    April 21-23, 2023

    at Factory on 5th

    Produced by Early Era Collective

  • Proceed With Caution


    Performed in June 2022 as part of our production “Shift,” this piece explores the moment before a big life change. Our performers experience hesitancy and fear, and tip-toe into the boldness required for personal and social transformation.


    “Proceed With Caution” was created through shared movement phrases that eventually became a language for improvisation and choreographed duets. This piece has never been performed the same way twice.


    Danced by: Lauren Parra Faudree, Mia Moi, Jairus Carr, and Becky Nam

    Music: "It Never Entered My Mind" by Miles Davis

    Choreographed By: Stephanie Patrick and the dancers

    Directed By: Stephanie Patrick


    Performance footage by Earl McGehee. Rehearsal footage and video edit by Stephanie Patrick.


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.