KARLIE BUDGE grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, dancing with the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble (TCDE). She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in dance and B.S. in statistics in 2016 from Case Western Reserve University and danced with Graham 2 dance company. Budge has performed works by Mark Morris, Pascal Rioult, Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham, Ted Shawn, Bertram Ross, Virginie Mecene, Adam Barruch, Michael Mao, and Randy Duncan. She has presented her choreography throughout New York City in Playscape2016, NEXT@Graham, NYC10, SoloDuo Festival, and four Martha Graham School showings. She received the Pearl Lang Award for Excellence in Choreography in 2017. Budge joined MMDG as an apprentice September 2018.