In addition to her studies at Columbia College and Florida State University, McConnell has studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center’s Summer Intensive and the American Dance Festival.
As a performer, McConnell has worked with choreographers such as Lynda Davis, Alan Danielson, Martha Brim, Angela Gallo, Nancy Smith Fichter, and others. She was a member of the Power Company, a contemporary dance company in Columbia, S.C.; Dance Repertory Theater, a resident company affiliated with the FSU Dance Department; and Eight Feet Repertory Dance Company in Spartanburg, S.C. McConnell interned with Urban Bush Women, a modern dance company located in Brooklyn, N.Y., directed by Jawole Zollar. Today she continues to perform her own choreography and is a member of Saffire Moon Dance Company.
Some of McConnell’s choreographic works include Unititled U, Zalophus, Feelodin, Two: A Piece for Jack, Applause, Unwanted, and Suite Dean. Some of her choreographic works have been performed at Columbia College’s Faculty/Guest Artist Performance Series, Sarasota Ballet’s Summer Sizzler, the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Master Artists Showcase, Moving Currents’ Emerging Choreographers Series, and the South Carolina Dance Association’s Dancing Festival’s gala concert, among others.
While continuing to pursue a professional career in performance and choreography, McConnell served as co-artistic director alongside Kurt Heinlein of Hot Southern Nights, an outdoor festival of music, theatre, and dance, which premiered summer 2003 and again in summer of 2004. She continues to choreograph for contemporary project-based company Woodward Street Dance Project, of which she was co-founder and co-artistic director.