Alumni: 2000-09


Jessica Reed
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)


Christine Coleman
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)

Sarah Goldberg
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)

Katie Hagen
I am living and dancing in LA. I am signed with Trio Talent Agency as a jazz and hip hop dancer. (Update: October, 2009)

Ariel Nereson
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I received my PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, where I wrote a dissertation on Bill T. Jones. From 2014-15 I was the Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator at Vassar College, and beginning in fall 2015 I became Assistant Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Buffalo where I teach in the BA/BFA Dance and MA/PhD Theatre and Performance programs. (Update: October, 2016)

Sarah Steichen Stiles
Sarah Steichen Stiles graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Management Studies in 2008. Currently, Sarah is in her fourth year performing with ZenonDance Company in Minneapolis and recently returned from performing in Havana, Cuba. She was a company member with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES for five years. In 2013, Sarah had the honor to perform and teach with ARENA in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sarah has also performed locally with the jazz company, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Luke Olson-Elm, and the MN Opera. Performance credits include work by Danny Buraczeski, Doug Varone, Stephanie Blatten-Bland, Osnel Delgado, Kyle Abraham, Keith Johnson, and Wynn Fricke. Sarah has also studied at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Aside from performing, she shares her love for dance with her students at various dance schools in the Twin Cities. Sarah has used her arts administration skills as the Program Director and Sacred Dance Director at Prairie School of Dance in Eden Prairie. One of her greatest passions is to use dance and the arts to create sacred experiences. (Update: October, 2016)


Jake Fizpatrick
I’m currently enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research is on music-dance relations, in particular the strands that lead up to and from Russian ballet at the turn of and into the early part of the 20th century.

In music, I’ve also enjoyed teaching music at the University of Minnesota, and as a private piano instructor. In dance, I’ve performed with Saint Paul Ballet, Metropolitan Ballet, Ethnic Dance Theater, and still choreograph works (one to premiere at UW in December). (Update: December 2016)

Laurel Osman
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)

Liz Sexe
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Liz Sexe is the choreographer/artistic director of Liz Sexe Dance Company established in 2014. She is described as a “clean and efficient mover,” and having “toughness under her grace.” In her processes, tasks inspire poetic movement, game theory finds logical, yet often unexpected phrasing, and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Danceworks in Milwaukee, WI, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, WI, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she was an artist in residence. Currently, Sexe is a lecturer in UW-Madison’s Dance Department. She performs both regionally and nationally with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company and Marlene Skog and Dancers. She received her B.A. from St. Olaf in 2007 and has an M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Mills College. When Sexe is not dancing, she is a Pilates instructor at Pilates Central right on the square in Madison, WI. (Update: May 2016)


Julia Langenberg
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: and you can follow the San Antonio aerial community through our Facebook page: (Update: October, 2013)

Marit Sletten Green
After graduating from St. Olaf with my B.A. in Dance and Economics, I went on to pursue my M.A. in Leadership at Augsburg College. I am currently the Business Director and a teacher at Prairie School of Dance in Eden Prairie. I am also the Head Coach of the Hopkins High School Dance Team.
I always knew that dance would be a part of my life, but never knew that I would be able to find a career in the field that I love. I do all things dance and enjoy every minute of it!
I live in Robbinsdale with my husband Matt and our two kitties. I am a proud aunt to 2 nieces and 3 nephews. I can’t believe that I celebrated my 10 year reunion at St. Olaf this summer! Um Ya Ya! (Update: October, 2016)


Berit Ahlgren
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.

Kristin Demanett
After working for 10 years backstage in professional theatre I went back to school and procured my master in science of nursing. I am now a perinatal nurse at a hospital in Madison, WI. I keep in touch with my dance friends from college, practice ballet when I can and try to see as many live dance performances as possible. (Update: March 2017)

Eliza Larson
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I moved back to the West Coast in 2015 and am currently based in Portland, Oregon where I am a resident artist at FLOCK. I just finished performing with Tahni Holt in a newwork commissioned for Portland’s White Bird Series, and am about to premiere my new evening-length work In Circadia in March, 2017 with my company, Fault Line Dance. I also continue to collaborate with the Mountain Empire Performance Collective, which I co-founded in 2013 after finishing my MFA from Smith College. I also recently returnedfrom a to study piso movil (mobile floor technique) under Omar Carrum at EPDM in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Thanks in part to double majors in Dance and English at St. Olaf, I have been working across disciplines. As a writer/scholar, my dance writing has recently been published in DanceUSA, Contact Quarterly, Kinebago, the Journal of Dance Education, and the 2017 book Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach (University Press of Florida). Concurrently, I am also the Marketing Director for Klarity Medical Products and am getting married in August, 2017. (Update: March 2017)

Maija Saulitis
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)


Kate Bronson
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)

Elise Ericksen
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)

Denise Gagner
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I’m currently living and working in Minneapolis. I teach for Young Dance, run my massage therapy practice Taking Root, and am raising my two little dancers at home. I have also taught for Zenon and several Montessori preschools and was the School Coordinator at Zenon for several years as well. (Update: November, 2016)

Michelle Kinney Reinink
I am a physical therapist with a clinical specialization in orthopedic physical therapy and special interest in treating performing artists. I recently moved to Minneapolis and am excited to have access to so many wonderful dance classes and performances in the Twin Cities! (Update: April, 2016)

Ingrid Pharris
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!


Mary Davies
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)

Nicole Habberstad
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)

Miranda Jirik
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)

Emily Judd
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)

Madelyn Pearson
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)


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)

Katherine Blackwell
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)

Stephanie Laager
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)

Nellie Rainwater
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)


Laura Fillingame
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)

Erica Riedesel
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
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
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 (, a writing, editing and translation company. Jen also enjoys working as a travel writer for Global Woman Magazine and Europe Up Close ( a convenient excuse for traveling during the summer months with the love of her life, Michael Bouchard. (Update: May, 2009)


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)

Tia Fink
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)

Dustin Haug
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)

Elizabeth Hein
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
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)

Emily Stein
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.