Dance Alumni, please tell us what you are up to by filling out this form.
Where to start— I just finished three performances that celebrated my 6 decades in dance–”A Body of Knowledge”–moving is my knowing— and currently am taking a break from rehearsing and creating new work. I am teaching 4 classes this semester in the Dance Dept. at St. Olaf– Modern l, Power Play, Fundamentally Dance, and The Body Moveable. I love performing and dancing is one of my primary ways of being in life, but I also am a born teacher and I am enjoying giving my classes and the creative process inherent in them– my full attention now. Who would have imagined 38 years ago when I graduated from St. Olaf that I would be back here having the time of my creative life sharing my love of “the body in motion” with students of all descriptions. Life is a crazy journey! What a pleasure to just follow its lead. (Update: November, 2008)
Susan Schneider Adams
I just choreographed a dance for high school students in a UCC church in Windsor, Wisconsin. I’m the Associate Conference Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Wisconsin Conference, UCC. I am also the Interim Associate Pastor at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ in Madison, Wisconsin. I continue to choreograph liturgical dance, perform, and lead workshops and retreats in the area of Liturgical dance. (Update: Spring, 2003)
Janet L. Hein
Enjoying a Big Ten college town as Director of Admissions at Indiana University Maurer School of Law as of July 2013. Bloomington, IN has a vibrant arts scene, with a huge variety of dance, theater, music, and cultures. I still love working with students and seeing them succeed in their chosen field. I use my performance experience all the time when instilling the importance of an education to individuals and groups. I enjoy bicycling and aerobics, but am excited to get back to a few dance classes as I learn the opportunities available here at IU. (Update: March 2014)
Currently the Executive Director of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, remarried, and four sons: 23, 18, 12 and 9. Life is good. (Update: January, 2009)
I started slowing getting back into dancing about 4 years ago and am currently taking classes at the University of Oregon Dance department. I just started rehearsals to be in the Spring Student Dance Concert. I’ve had time for all of this because I have been taking an hiatus from my Chiropractic career, but will soon be returning to that life. Having received lots of chiropractic care, my body is functioning better today than it was 30 years ago! (Update: March, 2011)
Karen Schuldt Darling
I have been practicing law since 1990 and am presently a Deputy Attorney General with the State of CA. I am married with two children; Christine 4 and Jack 3. I regularly take Ballet classes and participate in performances with dance studios in Los Angeles. (Update: September, 2003)
Since graduation, I have continued to perform and teach and have led a Liturgical Dance group at my church. This past year, I purchased the dance studio where I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. We have a staff of 15 teachers who all grew up together. What an adventure it has been! I have 2 daughters who enjoy dancing, too. (Update: October, 2011)
Kara Wagner Sherer
I am a priest in the Episcopal Church and rector of a small parish in Chicago. I first came to Chicago when I performed with the dance company at a Lutheran church in Evanston. I remember taking the train to visit the Art Institute. Now I take ballet at a local studio, our whole family danced in the Nutcracker with the Hyde Park School of Ballet, and I always tout the good liturgical dance I learned at St. Olaf! (Update: September, 2009)
Choreographer, director and performer at Chanhassen Theatres. Select credits: ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Grease’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘The Musical of Musicals, The Musical’. We love seeing Oles at auditions! www.myspace.com/princesstamtam1(Update: June, 2007)
Stephen Teng Lethao
I am currently working as system administrator for a medical supply company in Florida. Prior to relocating to Orlando, I was with the Ethnic Dance Theatre for 1 year. Other than EDT, I have not had any chance to do any more dancing. I am getting married in fall of 2000.
After living, working, and dancing in Minneapolis for 8 years, I decided to go back to school. I finished my MFA in dance performance and choreography at the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2006. A couple of weeks after graduation I performed a solo piece titled “Exposed Layers” at the National ACDF at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. I’m in my first year teaching dance at El Paso Community College (El Paso, Texas). I’m the first full-time tenure track dance instructor at this community college, so I’m building a program from the ground up.! (Update: April, 2007)
Kristin Peterson Iovino
Since graduation in 1996, I taught ballet and modern dance for Southold Dance Theater and Conservatory of Dance where i was also Associate Director. I did Freelance Choreography for companies including St. Marys College. I was also a company member of Southold Dance Theater performing in public schools as well as the surrounding community. In August 2000 I married and moved to Bloomington IN, graduated nursing school and currently work in Bloomington Hospital as an orthopedic nurse. I take class on occasion and continue to teach when able. (Update: December, 2003)
I am currently living in New York. I study dance with many amazing artists and audition and audition. Recently I had the opportunity to teach modern dance as guest artists at Winona State University. I also choreographed a piece for their student dance company which will premiere at their concert in early February.
Robyn (Kramer) Clifton
Immediately after graduation I was dancing with Zorongo Flamenco as an apprentice in MN & with Zenon’s apprentice program too. In 11/99 I moved to Albuquerque, NM where I was dancing with a flamenco troupe. After a “foot thing” & car accident, I took a break for awhile & got into the Insurance/Investment business with Mutual of Omaha where I met my now husband Johnny. We moved to Texas & continue to work together with his own company Talis Financial Services. We even danced a ballroom (foxtrot & swing) routine at our wedding 4/9/05. I have started taking a ballet class again & am auditioning to dance in a Christmas Festival at my church. (Update: September, 2005)
Catherine is certified as a Pilates Instructor and Health Fitness Instructor through Pilates Inc. and the American College of Sports Medicine, respectively. Her clients include dancers, other professional athletes, business executives and stay-at-home moms. She has given classes for Virginia Ballet Theater, Norfolk Academy dance teams and the United States Navy. In addition to teaching Pilates, she also performs regularly with a local choreographer, former Alvin Ailey soloist, Elbert Watson. (Update: September, 2003)
I’m in my 5th year of teaching, working at the Tacoma School of the Arts with an amazing community of staff and students. The most recent news is that my husband Olav and I are expecting a baby boy in late May. I still travel, dance, and practice yoga as much as possible. (Update: March, 2009)
Gabriel John Holloway
Although an injury coupled with financial obligations has taken me from dancing at the current moment, I’m still enjoying the wonderful city of New York. I’m an Executive for Target and I’m looking forward to getting married this summer in Brooklyn to my complete polar opposite. (Update: April, 2009)
Kayleen Langner Jensen
I am currently teaching 1st grade at Birchview Elementary in Wayzata, MN. I just finished my MA in Education in June 2007. I am continuing to dance with adult performers at the DanceXchange in Eden Prairie and enjoying dance events around the cities! (Update: October, 2007)
Christina Ley Andersen
Shortly after graduating in the spring of 2000, Christina moved to New York City with her husband where she received her teaching certificates in both STOTT Pilates and Yoga. After teaching in New York for a short while, Christina moved back to her home town of Grand Rapids, MN to take a position at a local dance studio teaching Modern, Ballet, Pilates and Yoga. (Update: October, 2003)
Anna Bachman Itman
I am currently living with my husband in Bloomington and teaching throughout the metro area. Since graduation, I have found several outlets for dance instruction. As a high school dance teacher, coach and freelance choreographer, I have kept myself as busy as always. I am proud to have four graduates of my high school team dancing at St. Olaf! (Update: June, 2004)
After graduation, I moved to Seattle to pursue my Pilates Certification. Upon completion (certified through Authentic Pilates/Romana’s Pilates/PMA Certified), I moved back to Minneapolis and freelanced as a pilates instructor. Currently, I am one of the owners of a pilates studio in St. Louis Park called Alotapilates. I teach pilates full time and am hoping to start dancing again very soon! (Update: January, 2007)
I moved back home to Minne-snow-ta in August of 2007 and have been loving every minute of it. What have I been up to? Well, I work with 2nd and 3rd graders as an Associate Educator for Anishinabe K – 8 Academy, an Minneapolis Public School with an Indian Education focus and an Ojibwe Language Immersion program. A couple mornings a week, I teach a Modern II technique class for St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. A couple of evenings a week, I tutor for a drop-in homework help and technology center at one of the Hennepin County Libraries. Just cause I’m not active enough, I teach an Open Level Contact Improvisation class at Zenon Dance School and help organize the weekly contact jam that happens every Sunday in Minneapolis.
I also started a dance company, Vessel Performance, that I co-direct with my partner, Tamin Totzke. We’ve performed in a number of shows around town as well as teaching and performing at some colleges in the region.
At the end of the day, I look forward to playing with my dog, Kain, and taking him for a long, bed-time walk. I’m also addicted to commuting by bike and am planning for my first season of winter riding! Can someone say, ‘handwamers’? (Update: October, 2008)
I am currently living in Arlington, VA and practice international trade law in Washington, DC. Even though I’m no longer dancing, shortly after moving here in 2003, I started practicing Tang Soo Do, a Korean form of martial arts. I am now a second degree black belt and a part-time martial arts instructor. (Update: January, 2010)
Toni Melaas is currently working on projects with Alexandra Beller/Dances, Melissa Briggs Dance and Faye Driscoll and is in production for the new movie by director Julie Taymor. This summer she had the pleasure of performing at the State Theater for the Lincoln Center Festival with Shen Wei Dance Arts and in the past has been honored to work with the Aquila Theater Company with Olympia Dukakis, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig and Gerald Casel, among others. She has taught workshops in Poland, Russia, South Korea and Thailand, and participated in residencies at various colleges in the U.S twining dance with her experience in Anusara yoga, pilates, BMC, and developmental movement. (Update: November, 2005)
After a phenomenal senior year in Companydance, I spent the summer at the American Dance Festival. Dancing, learning, and living down in North Carolina was a great experience — which was shared with two other Companydance alums and two current St. Olaf dancers. I now live and work in New York City — and I love it! I do PR and Promotions, and in my free time I take yoga like its going out of style.
am currently in my second year of a Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although extremely busy, I find time to take advantage of occasional East African dance classes and continue to have interest in researching dance-movement therapy. (Update: January, 2005)
After 4 long years, I am getting ready to graduate in May from the U of Iowa College of Medicine with my MD! I will start in the Pediatrics residency program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in July!! My schedule has kept me pretty busy lately, but I’m still taking pilates, yoga, and occasional dance classes when I can manage. I also got to see CompanyDance at ACDFA at U. Iowa last month, and they were strong and beautiful as always! (Update: April, 2006)
Erin Scheiwe Rockwell is originally from Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she grew up dancing with Ballet Northwest. In 2001, Erin graduated with a B.A. in dance and computer science after four wonderful years at St. Olaf and headed towards the skyscrapers of New York City. In New York, Erin’s choreography was presented on several great stages including Dance Theatre Workshop, The Culture Project, University Settlement, One Arm Red, Saint Marks Church and Evolving Arts Theater. She also enjoyed working with a dance theatre company called Notes In Motion and performing with a variety of independent choreographers. In August 2005, Erin moved cross-country to the sunny west coast to pursue an M.F.A. in dance at California State University, Long Beach! During her time in Long Beach, she received a certification in Pilates through Body Arts and Science International and taught Pilates and modern dance as a Graduate Assistant at CSULB. In January 2008, Erin moved to join her husband, Owen Rockwell, in Jackson, MS where she is now on faculty with Belhaven College Dance Department. (Update: April, 2008)
Jen Westmoreland Bouchard is putting her M.A. in French and Francophone Studies (UCLA) to work as the chair of the French program at Holy Family in Victoria and an adjunct faculty member in French at Normandale Community College. She is the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com), a writing, editing and translation company. Jen also enjoys working as a travel writer for Global Woman Magazine and Europe Up Close (www.europeupclose.com)- a convenient excuse for traveling during the summer months with the love of her life, Michael Bouchard. (Update: May, 2009)
Marte Kristin Hovig
I am currently working as a dance teacher at Sunnm¯re Folkeh¯gskule in Ulsteinvik. I also tour with DKS at different schools, offering a performance and workshops. This year I have been offered a position with YMCA/YWCA’s national education center and will be giving dancecourses for them in Bergen and Oslo. (Update: August, 2006)
I am now a 3rd year MD/PhD student, having just begun working on my thesis in bone biology. I have had some time for social dancing… country line dancing in CT could be a study in dance ethnography! (Update: November, 2005)
While in my third year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, I have become extensively involved in the dance program at the University of Minnesota. I take the advanced modern class, which is Horton-based and taught by Toni Pierce-Sands. I have also been involved in several performance opportunities including student and faculty works. I am a founding member of Carl Flink’s Black Label Movement, a new Twin Cities-based modern dance company. I look forward to balancing company rehearsals and performances with my clinical pharmacy rotations. I will be interning at various hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in the Twin Cities area beginning May 2005. (Update: April, 2005)
After spending several years in Washington D.C. dancing with Jane Franklin Dance, BosmaDance, and other independent choreographers, I decided to move to New York City for grad school in 2008. I am now in my 2nd year of the MFA program in Dance Choreography and Performance at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where I am also the Graduate Assistant in Dance History. (Update: November, 2009)
I received an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2006. I now reside in Shakopee, MN with my wonderful husband (also a dancer), Daniel Stark. I am currently working full time at Target headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. I am continuing to dance, and model professionally as well. I love having three different careers! St. Olaf prepared me well for that! (Update: December, 2010)
I am still living in La Crescent, MN. I am currently in my fourth year with my dance studio. I have just over 100 kids. I still substitute teach on the side. Last summer I was married to Mike Wiczek and exactly 9 months later I became a mom to a beautiful little girl Riley. Life has become very very busy. (Update: November, 2007)
I’ve been living and working in New York City since graduation. This fall I am looking forward to starting an MFA program in dance performance and choreography at Sarah Lawrence College. (Update: August, 2005)
I am fortunate to own an operate my own dance studio here in Northfield! I teach dance to all ages from toddler to adult, and could not be happier to be near St. Olaf and continue to fill my life with dance. (Update: March 2013)
Hi everyone! I’m currently in my 2nd year of dental school at the University of Minnesota. In my spare time I teach an off-ice dance class for ice skaters in Stillwater, and I head to Zenon for a class whenever I can. (Nothing beats dancing at St. Olaf though!) (Update: October 2004)
I am currently a Site Director for a YMCA before and after school program and summer day camp in Apple Valley. I see a little under 100 kids each and try to infuse a bit of dance into my program as much as possible. I’m loving perk of free yoga and pilates classes at the Y after work. If you are in the Minneapolis area, give me a call! (Update: January, 2007)
I am currently working with three dance schools in Portland, OR. I have just completed choreographing and directing a children’s ballet of The Little Mermaid. I am currently working on the Nutcracker as well as my own ballet version of Louis May Alcott’s Little Women. This Spring I will be choreographing and directing a new version of Beauty and the Beast. And in my spare time I work for a yoga studio! I have St. Olaf to thank for a great preparation for my career in dance! (Update: October, 2007)
Hello Everyone! I’ve been living in Minneapolis since graduation, teaching dance and trying to do a little choreography as well. I teach at a small school in Apple Valley, where I’ve been reviving my tap skills and putting my dance history and anatomy/body knowledge to good use. Next year I’ll be teaching modern at a dance school in Stillwater. I’ve also been collaborating with Allison Lorenzen on some choreography and improving with sherry and Allison. This summer I am going out to Bearnstow, a little dance center in the woods of Maine where I will be working, living, dancing, and communing with nature for July and August. Stop by and visit if you are out that way!
Hello everyone! For the past three years, I’ve been studying at Washington University and will graduate with my Doctor in Physical Therapy degree this May. I’ve been traveling all over the country on clinical affiliations, and am currently on rotation in Seattle. I take dance, pilates, and yoga whenever I can and am actively involved in professional organizations for research and treatment of dance-related injury. (Update: November, 2006)
I am currently living in Olympia with my family, paying off student loans, working as a “correspondence secretary” of sorts, avoiding PartyLite parties, teaching ballet and creative dance to little ones, and taking lots and lots of dance!!! I plan to cocoon here for a bit before emerging somewhere exotic (like Minneapolis or Seattle or Kyoto!), so come and visit. I miss Susan, Jennifer, Heather, Sherry, Janice, and Anthony very much, and I am so thankful for the amazing training you all have provided. I had no idea what gems you were giving to us until I started teaching. Keep up the lovely work!
I am working with Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands as a member of TUDance, based in Minneapolis. They have both been instrumental and guiding forces in my life since an early age, and it is incredible to be dancing with them now as a professional.
What a whirlwind year it’s been! Last summer (2005), I moved to Washington DC to work on my MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland. After some soul-searching, I decided to postpone my MFA degree, and instead drove across the country to Seattle, where I’m living right now. Life has been more than kind since I moved, and I’m now set up in my new apartment on Capitol Hill, performing with a modern dance “company” in November, and working as an Admissions Counselor at Cornish College of the Arts. I’ve gotten to take several classes with KT Neihoff, and hopefully Emily Wiedenhoeft and I will begin collaborating soon. Let me know if you’re ever out this way…! (Update: September, 2006)
I’m currently in my second year with AmeriCorps, working with first and second-graders at a fine arts school in St. Paul. I’m applying to get my MFA in Creative Writing, and hope to be back in school next fall. I try and make it to as many dance performances as possible, here, in the Twin Cities, and hope to take some classes at Zenon over the winter. (Update: January, 2007)
2013 has been a busy year for me! I graduated from the New England Center for Circus Arts in May with a major in aerial fabric and a minor in an invented ground apparatus I’m calling a “halo.” I got married in a castle in Slovenia in June and returned to San Antonio, where I’ve been steadily building the aerial arts community here, while performing as the full time principal aerialist at SeaWorld from 2009-2012. I am the founder and artistic director of the only professional aerial performance company and school in South Texas, called Aerial Horizon (LLC), where I’ve hired several talented full and part time independent contractors to teach and perform with me all over the city and country. Aerial Horizon offers professional level aerial training to anyone with the desire to fly and provides aerial entertainment for corporate and private events. This fall l we will be opening for ZZ Top!
Before launching my aerial company, I danced for many modern companies, including Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks, Ariel Dance Theater, Ballet East, and I danced on the sides of buildings with Blue Lapis Light. Cirque du Soleil has been calling me to fill various rolls in their shows since 2011. More information can be found on my (outdated) website: www.JuliaLangenberg.com and you can follow the San Antonio aerial community through our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AerialSanAntonio. (Update: October, 2013)
I am sad not to be moving back onto the hill in a week, but I am very excited to embark on some new adventures this fall! I will be attending Augsburg College for the next two years working towards my Master’s of Arts in Leadership. I work for my dad at his business, EnergyFlo, doing all sorts of different tasks. I try to make it to Zenon whenever I can to take class. I am sure I will make several trips to the hill this year to visit friends and family! (Update: August, 2006)
I am currently living in Milwaukee, working for Quad/Graphics in their management training program. I am also starting my second season on the Milwaukee Bucks’ Energee Dance Team. It’s been a lot of fun working with the community running dance clinics, doing charity work, and of course dancing at all the home games. It’s hard to find time to sleep! I’ve also performed with DanceWorks in Milwaukee, where I take regular classes. If you’re ever in the area, give me a shout! (Update: September 2009)
After receiving my MFA in Dance from Mills College and spending time collaborating with various artists in the Bay Area, I returned to the mid-west. I call Madison home and have found ways of connecting my love of dance, holistic health and the environment. I received my Pilates certification for mat and equipment and teach at various studios. I teach dance at Studio 3-D and through the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. I am a dancer in the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company. I also co-founded Dear Heart Dance Collective with a mission to create fresh, local and seasonal dance that offers up a poetic vision of environmental sustainability and social justice. Our most resent collaboration is with Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture (MACSAC). My own work is inspired by the philosophies of place-ness, scored improvisation and collaborative methods. I also enjoy spending time with my dog, Dewey! If you are looking to dance in Madison don’t hesitate to e-mail me. I love working with my fellow Oles! (Update: August, 2010)
After graduating I moved back to Chicago and in hopes of continuing and expanding my education of dance, I began taking ballroom and latin lessons with Arthur Murray. After a short time as a student they offered to hire me as an instructor. I taught private and group lessons in all social styles, as well as competed in national events around the country. Recently I decided to join the family business and get my broker’s license in real estate as a fourth generation member of Coleman Land Company in St. Charles, Illinois. (Update: October, 2012)
Currently I am eight weeks post-op after having a bunionectomy on my left foot. The condition stopped me dancing two years ago, but I am thrilled to be pain free and re-entering the world of dance. I am taking classes with my old company, and also just signed a contract with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where I will be choreographer for Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT.
Once my contract with OSF ends I will be moving to Chicago in the hopes of finding more opportunities to dance and create (Update: March, 2012)
I am living and dancing in LA. I am signed with Trio Talent Agency as a jazz and hip hop dancer. (Update: October, 2009)
I’ve just started my Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, where my research focuses on hip-hop dance forms, and issues of race and gender in performance theory and dance history. I also serve as an in-house choreographer for some of Pitt’s productions. (Update: October, 2009)
I currently live in Omaha, NE and am working full-time at the Jewish Community Center of Omaha as the Assistant Dance and Cultural Arts Director. I still continue to teach Ballet and Modern for the JCC and am now involved in the JCC’s Musical Theater Community Acting Group. I am also dancing and choreography for tbd. Dance Collective, University of Nebraska-Omaha’s The Moving Company, Omaha Dance Project and Omaha Modern Dance Collective. Let me know if you are ever in Omaha, I would love to chat with fellow Oles! (Update: August, 2014)
Following St. Olaf graduation I spent the year in Rennes, France teaching English in a middle school and elementary school. I loved my experience so much that I am back for the fall of 2011 to start a masters program in European Literature.
I am also auditioning for the contemporary dance program at the local conservatory and may be teaching dance in the area!
If you are an Ole traveling in France, please let me know! (Update: August, 2011)
After graduation, I performed in “Awaken Absurdity” a piece choreographed by Taja Will which has recently been nominated for a Sage Award for best ensemble. I am totally thrilled by that type of work and by that honor. I spent the rest of my summer as an intern at Camp Bearnstow, a series of dance workshops in central Maine. It gave me nine weeks to reflect and transition from life as a student to life as a professional dancer. I am now living in Minneapolis and dancing with ARENA Dances and The BodyCartography Project; two extremely different approaches to dance and performance which I am enthused to continue learning through (Update: September, 2011)
Aleks Weaver originally hails from Stillwater, OK. where she found her passion for dance at an early age by taking tap, ballet, and jazz classes at Showstoppers Dance Studio. While at Olaf she had the opportunity to perform in work by Urban Bush Women and Shapiro & Smith Dance, performed in three ACDFA concerts, participated in a summer scholarship program at Zenon Dance Company and School, and received an undergraduate research position for a project entitled Somatic Foundations in Dance Education with Professor Sheryl Saterstrom. After graduating in 2012, she spent a year in Minneapolis working as a nanny and at the Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theatre Company to support her artistic endeavors as a member of Alternative Motion Project (AMP) and an apprentice for ARENA Dances. While there she also completed her 230-hour yoga teacher certification throu! gh the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor. Too many cold winters brought her back to Oklahoma and closer to her family, where she worked as a barista at her favorite local coffee shop. She currently teaches dance and yoga and works at a barre3 fitness studio in Tulsa while heading into her second season as a member of Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM), a burgeoning modern dance company creating bold, intelligent, raw, exploratory, visceral, and challenging work. She is quite loyal to the St. Olaf Dance Department, still considering it a second home/family and wearing her Companydance ring everyday, so please feel free to contact her about anything. (Update: August, 2014)