Jennifer A. Bader is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she’s been teaching ballet since 1998. Ms. Bader is a Lecturer in Dance at Carleton College, also in Northfield, since 2001. Ms. Bader has also taught and choreographed for the Dance Department at Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN and will teach ballet at Mankato State University, Mankato, MN this Fall.
Ms. Bader received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and augmented her training at the Graham School and at the Ailey School in NYC, and continued her studies in San Diego. She later returned to Minneapolis to teach and perform. Ms. Bader taught ballet and contemporary dance at the Minnesota Dance Theatre School and was the Assistant to the Artistic Director for ten years. Ms. Bader also performed with Minnesota Dance Theatre in such diverse ballets as Loyce Houlton’s “Nutcracker Fantasy”, “Knoxville”, and “Ancient Aire.” Ms. Bader also taught and performed with the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis dancing the role of the fairy godmother in “Cinderella” and played Alizon in Christopher Fry’s “The Lady’s Not for Burning.” Ms. Bader has performed in Jennifer Hart’s “In Dreams,” General Hambrick McArthurs “Can’t Stop Dancing Straight, No Chaser”, and with other independent choreographers in Minneapolis. In August 2002 and 2004, Ms. Bader traveled to Yaroslavl Russia to participate in Link Vostok’s “International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga,” where she assisted the Executive Director and taught ballet and modern dance.
In addition to teaching at the colleges Ms. Bader continues to teach and choreograph for independent dance schools in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
Currently, Heather Klopchin is an Associate Professor of Dance at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she teaches Ballet Technique, Modern Dance Technique, and Dance History. She also choreographs for the St. Olaf Dance Department’s student company, Companydance ©. Heather holds a BS degree in Management from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo and an MFA degree in Dance choreography and performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Heather is passionate about performing, choreographing, researching, and teaching dance. Highlights of her career to date include performing in works by Danny Buraczeski, Joe Chvala, David Dorfman, Bill Evans, Doris Humphrey, Mathew Janczewski, Walter Kennedy, Linda Lehovec, Gabriel Masson, Mark Morris, Peggy Paver, Jeffrey Peterson, Stuart Pimsler, Anthony Roberts, Melissa Rolnick, Karis Sloss, Robin Stiehm, Deborah Thayer, Doug Varone, and Renée Wadleigh. She has also performed with ARENA Dances, Zenon Dance Company, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Linda Lehovec & Dancers, Joe Chvala Flying Foot Forum, and Dancing People Company. She currently is a member of Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, a Minneapolis based modern dance and theater company, and recently performed with the company at the Roberto Cantoral Cultural Center in Mexico City. This summer Heather will be attending the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada and performing in two dance works.
A summer dare from Anthony’s sister propelled him into the arts. He was twenty-something, enrolled in his hometown university, and becoming a bit desperate in his search for a career path. Anthony had not yet considered the concept of a career calling, a vocation, but that was indeed what he was in search of. Prior to that time, he cannot recall a meaningful exposure to the arts. He was a first generation college student, and his father’s desired career choice for him was based solely upon financial stability. Anthony’s intuition, however, told him he was destined to follow another path, without any clue what that path might be. Thanks to his intuition, persistence and patience, Anthony discovered dance. Almost a decade after accepting his sister’s dare (thanks, Reece!), with a good deal of hard work, sacrifice, fortunate opportunities and thoughtful mentors who assisted him along the way, Anthony was a full-time professional dancer in company based almost 2,000 miles from where his journey began. While Anthony’s path was challenging and complicated on many levels, it was also very enjoyable, engaging and rewarding. After he had been dancing professionally for about two years, he was forced to pause when the epiphany that his career path was that of a dance artist finally hit him. Dance, as a career, was not a conscious choice for Anthony, but one that he was compelled to pursue.
Anthony unofficially came to St. Olaf College in 1994. While teaching at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN that same year, he also spent weekends guiding a ragtag, but enthusiastic, group of St. Olaf men through the fundamentals of beginning modern dance. For many of these men, this process simply involved learning how to walk on the beat of the music. This engaging process led to Anthony’s first piece of choreography at St. Olaf, Jock-ularity, which was also performed by this same group of guys (and Anthony) at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1995. He was hired at St. Olaf the following year to teach the intermediate and advanced ballet classes. Anthony currently teaches modern dance technique, the senior capstone course, and a course he designed that integrates movement and technology. He also choreographs annually as co-artistic director of St. Olaf’s modern dance company, Companydance.
Anthony has performed nationally and internationally with Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, both located in Salt Lake City, Utah; Sharir Dance Company in Austin, Texas; and the Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy (a project touring internationally to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ted Shawn’s birth). His professional performance repertoire includes works by historic and contemporary dance artists including: Isadora Duncan, Ted Shawn, Helen Tamiris, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Jose Limón, Anna Sokolow, Merce Cunningham, Douglas Dunn, Bill Evans, David Parsons, Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Yacov Sharir, Garth Fagan, Douglas Nielsen, Shapiro and Smith and others. He is extremely proud of playing one of the mice in Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker, where he darn near gnawed the nutcracker’s cheesy foot in two.
Anthony earned a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah and an MFA in Dance with a Dance Technology Emphasis from Arizona State University, Tempe.
Janice Haws Roberts is a Professor of Dance at St. Olaf College. She received her BFA from Arizona State University and her MFA from the University of Utah. For eight years she danced with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her tenure with Ririe-Woodbury, Janice also worked as a solo artist and guest choreographer with several universities and companies. In fact, Janice was a Minnesota Dance Alliance Visiting Artist in 1989 and again in 1990, teaching master classes at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN and the Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis. In January of 1995, she and her husband were Sage Cowles Land Grant Artists in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Throughout Janice’s professional career, she had the opportunity to perform the works of a multitude of prominent choreographers, including Kei Takei, Alwin Nikolais, Pilobolus, Murray Louis, Joanie Smith and Danny Shapiro, Bill Evans, Jamey Hampton, Tandy Beal, Douglas Nielsen, Jerry Pearson, Alyson Chase, Phyllis Lamhut, Claudia Melrose, Val Caniparoli, Shirley Ririe, Joan Woodbury and Donna White.
In 2000-2001 Janice Roberts danced and toured with A. Ludwig Dance Theatre. In 2005-06 Janice performed and toured nationally with the evening length work, Swing a Club, a dance work performed and choreographed by her husband Anthony Roberts. Most recently Janice traveled to California to learn a new dance solo from dance Artist Keith Johnson.
Sherry Saterstrom has helped shape the life of the dance program at St. Olaf College since the late 1960’s when she was a student here. A twist of fate brought her back as a guest artist and teacher after completing a Master’s Degree in Dance/Humanities at Arizona State University. Over the years her fascination with invention has yielded classes such as The Body Movable, Power Play, The Beat Goes On, Improvisation as Practice and Performance. In 2001 Sherry developed a workshop, ”Dance in the Rainforest” at a biological field station in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The workshop pulls dancers and movement artists out of their more controlled environments and challenges their notions of dance. It aims for personal and artistic discovery through navigating unfamiliar terrain.
Between1978-84 Sherry created and co-directed Dance Co’Motion, a modern dance company whose teaching and performing was focused in the Artist-in-Residence program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Over the years she has enjoyed performing with other dance artists— Maria Cheng and Dancers, Paula Mann, Bill T. Jones, Lovice Weller, Deborah Hay, Body Cartography—and learning from their artistic visions.
In 2008 Sherry created an evening of dance, A Body Of Knowledge, to celebrate her commitment to a life in dance. Through the years one of her strongest intentions has been to continue to transform herself as a dancer and mover with each new area of interest and possibility for growth.
Since 1984 Sherry has focused her training in the area of body-mind studies as it relates to movement, dance and the learning process. She is a certified Body-Mind Centering practitioner and includes meditation, Authentic Movement, yoga, Contact and movement improvisation in her ongoing physical practice.
In 2011 and 2012 through the CURI summer research program Sherry collaborated with three dance majors to create websites SimplySomatic and SomaticMe, two web based options for exploring a somatic perspective and its application in dance education.
Anne Louise von Bibra joined the St. Olaf dance faculty in 1987 after completing her Masters in Dance with a specialization in Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has conducted field work in Germany, specifically in the region known as Franconia, located in the northern half of the state of Bavaria. Her master’s thesis, entitled “Continuity and Change in the Dance Events of Two Lower-Franconia Villages in the Twentieth Century,” was based on this research. Anne also has a special interst in Hungarian, Scandinavian, Balkan and Javanese dance, although she is interested in dance from all cultures. Anne’s current research project concerns dance and ideology, particularly the use and abuse of “folk dance” under the National Socialist regime in Germany during the 1930s-40s. Before moving to Minnesota, Anne performed with Avaz International Dance Theatre and Karpathok Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble in Los Angeles. She has been a dancer with the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater since 1988, and is currently working on a large group choreography for the company. She has also taught classes through Ethnic Dance Theater’s School. At St. Olaf College, Anne teaches technique classes in Ballroom Dance, International Dance and American Dance Traditions as well as a theory class which combines classroom and studio experiences entitled World Dance Traditions. In 1989 she founded Veselica, an international dance ensemble at St. Olaf College. The company performs dances from a variety of dance cultures, a sampling of which includes Armenia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Romania, and Sumatra, Indonesia. Anne is a member of the Dance Study Group of the International Council for Traditional Music, the Congress on Research in Dance, the Bayerische Verein fur Heimatpflege, and the American Alliance for Heatlth, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.