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'13: Amber Banks will be teaching second grade in the Spanish Immersion program at Northpointe Christian Schools.
'13: Elizabeth Bisinger will attend Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. in a program titled, "Spiritual Formation and Discipleship."
'13: Jillian Black will pursue a Master of Social Work degree at Loyola University of Chicago.
'13: Lydia Blickley is working for Hope Summer Repertory Theater this summer as a member of the professional acting company and as the season's resident choreographer. In the fall, she plans to move to New York City to pursue a career in the performing arts.
'13: Jessica Breslin is a mobilizing assistant intern with Sojourners in Washington, DC.
'13: Ariana Cappuccitti is dancing at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill.
'13: Rachel Cho has been accepted to Wayne State School of Medicine beginning fall 2013.
'13: Melissa Meyer will be student teaching in Naperville, Ill.
'13: Hannah Stewart will be interning at Massdi Community Church in Cairo, Egypt. In the fall she will be teaching dance classes at Wilton Dance Studio in Wilton, Conn.
'13: Erin Wilhelmi received a Fullbright award to teach English in Argentina.
'12: Ashley Burns was accepted as an apprentice for Inaside Chicago Dance, performing with them in December. Her choreographic work has also been performed by Inaside. She has also been performing with fellow-alum Zach Porter.
'12 Elena Caruthers received a pre-doctoral NSF graduate fellowship. She is continuing her studies in Dance and Engineering. https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do?method=sort&page=84.
'12: Hope Lofgren-Schmidt is full-time with Tomorrow's Children in Wisconsin, where she works with children with behavioral disorders.
'12: Michael Parmelee is living in Kalamazoo, MI, dancing profesionally with Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers.
'12: Jillian (Conner) Rice of Holland Michigan was among the presenterd during this year's Crititical Issues Symposium at Hope, which was held on September 25-26, and explored the theme "Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World." She presented "Ishta" in a session sponsored by the Dance Department.
'12: Helen (Gay) Zoerhof is dancing in Chicago with Perceptual Motion, Inc., Wake-up! Waltz, and dancing the role of Mama as a guest artist in Chicago Tap Theatre's summer show "Mama's Boy." #dancing the dream #it's a start! She was recently on the Chicago news for her Rooftop dance series-spring 2013.
'12: Jennifer Muisenga has accepted a full time high school dance teaching position in AZ.
'12: Linelly Olmeda-Santos will be continuing her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, towards her Master's in Dance Therapy.
'12: Molly Vass is currently teaching dance classes and substitute teaching in several school districts in NW Indiana as well as choreographing a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso. She is also a company member of a new tap company under the direction of Kendra Jorstad called jorsTAP Chicago (www.jorstapchicago.org), taking dance classes around Chicago, and will soon be featured on the blog page of Audible Odyssey.
Sarah (Stern) Brotherton lives
in Houston, TX, where she works with Ad Deum, serving as rehearsal
director and performer for Ad Deum
II Dance Company
'11: Mary Cantor is a character performer at Walt Disney World
'11: Kristin (Benner) Nelson is a member of Perptual Motion Dance Company in Chicago.
'11: Arye Shannon Carmichael is the new dance teacher at Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids, MI.
'11: Anne Willmert has been hired to teach dance at Warsaw High School.
'10: Casie Copeland is a full time first grade teacher in a small town just outside of Indianapolis. She also teaches dance 2 nights a week, and started a modern dance program at a studio outside of Indianapolis
'10: Colleen Creamer is performing and teaching with Vitorio Dance Company, a sacred dance company in Columbus, Ohio.
'10: Alissa (Gigler) Tollefson is dancing professionally with Thodos Dance Chicago, a contemporary dance company. She just finished playing Anne Sullivan in A Light in the Dark: the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.
'10: Katie Horton has accepted an apprenticeship with LehrerDance Company in Buffalo, New York.
'10: Jessica (Jeffery) Van Voorst is a dance teacher at the Academy in the Woods in Fraser mi. She is also Dance Teacher/Choreographer at Swing City Dance Studio and Dance Teacher/Choreographer at Theresa's Academy of Dance
'10: Katherine Moore continues to explore the dance community in New York and patch together a career. Performing with Naomi Goldberg Haas/ Dances for a Variable Population, including performing at Jacob's Pillow (summer 2012). She has been selected as one of 10 emerging choreographers for Legros Cultural Arts' Women in Dance project, for which she will present/perform a new piece in December at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. She is also performing with Teresa Felion/Bodystories, continue to dance for Jenny Rocha Dance Theater (they had a successful 5-night run at HERE Arts Center in April, 2012. She has started a nine-month yoga teacher training program, and continues still with the Joyce Theater, while also working front-of-house/box office at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater. "...my life is a scheduling nightmare :)"
'10: Ryann Norris has accepted a summer internship with American Dance Festival.
'10: Zach Porter serving as program director of dance for a local Chicago suburbs YMCA. He is also teaching dance to underprivileged children. He has also started his own business called "Dance Like Zach" , which helps bring clean water to Haiti and Honduras. For every (1) person that decides to join the movement and spread the love we send out one (1) water filter.
'10: Cydney Remy will continue student teaching with the Zeeland Dance Program and will teach at Zeeland Recreation this summer.
'10: Courtney St. Clair was accepted in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling graduate program at Columbia College, Chicago and received Columbia's Department Merit Award.
'10: Jessica Wagoner is dancing alongside alum Jessi Yokas in Poetic Rebound Performance Company, a small company in Iowa City, Iowa. "It is proving to be a wonderful and growing experience."
'10: Sarah Wander's Chicago internship with the Joffrey Ballet evolved into a full-time position upon graduation. She is doing administrative work in customer service and accounting for their Academy of Dance. "The joy of working in a small non-profit is that we all wear so many hats and can jump into almost any area at any point in time. The Academy is wonderful because I get to work with kids ages 3-21, and all of their parents of course, but it is such a treat for me to stay in an industry I love and watch these kids live out their passion."
'09: Karolyn Burke is living in Dayton, Ohio and performing with Xclaim dance company.
'09: Jennifer Fait will be a Radio City Rockette in Boston, MA beginning fall 2010.
'09: Lindsey Ferguson has been cast on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Line from September-arch and will be performing throughtout the Mediterranean as a dancer/trapeze/flying/silk work artist. She has also been cast in Naganuma Dance (naganumadance.com), under the direction of Darcy Naganuma and based in New York City. She is starring in Sesame Street's "What's the Word" segments throughout the coming year.
'09: Lauren (Keiser) Knowles is teaching dance in Midland, Texas.
'09: Laura Malpass has become a full company member of Moving Arts (San Francisco, CA), spring 2010.
'09: Emily (Mannenbach) Baker of Durham, N.C. is the residence coordinator of Duke University
'09: Shauna Masura of Rolling Meadows, IL, has left for the Philippines to begin preservice training for two years of service as an English-education Peace Corps volunteer.
'09: Anna Pillot is in training in Montreal on swinging trapeze as she prepares to audition for circus schools in February 2012. Swinging trapeze has a very small market, and the skill level is extremely high.
'09: Megan Pitzer is completing her first year of Clinical in PT in Corpus Christi, TX as she continues graduate studies at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
'09: Megan Probst is an intern with Holland Area Arts Council, planning summer classes, organizing their fall schedule and assisting with marketing.
'09: Sarah Williams spent a year as an English Assistant in Laval, France and is currently pursuing an MA in Dance History at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerue, NM.
'08: Carrie Brandis is performing with Nacre in upstate New York.
'08: Julie Marie Carrico has been accepted to Columbia College to pursue a two-year Masters program in Performing Arts Management. She is also teaching, taking classes and doing arts administration work at Joel Hall Dancers and Center.
'08: Prudence Dees has been accepted to the elevate dance company apprenticeship program course at Springs Dance Company in London, UK. Springs Dance Company is a London based contemporary dance company that tours nationally and internationally. They perform and teach original work which challenges people's perspectives on life and the way we live it.
'08: Kendra Helmkamp of Clermont, Fla. is teaching third grade at Oakland Acvenue Charter School.
'08: Kali Hess is a professional dancer for an NBA team, is performing with the Davis Contemporary Dance Company, a professional jazz and contemporary dance company, as well as teaching dance.
'08: Anna Jonkman is a member of Michigan National Guard's 1073rd Maintenance Company. She will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall for her Master's.
'08: Emma Rainwater is teaching English in Korea to 3rd through 6th graders.
'08: Pamela Rexius is teaching dance to 6th through 8th grade and P.E. to K-3 grader's at Orozco Community Academy in Pilsen, IL.
'08: Lindsay Roberts is currently living in New York City pursuing a career in performance and presentation in work.
'08: Emily Rose is currently a student at the Cortiva Institute Chicago School of Massage Therapy.
'08: Erin Schumaker is working for the Green Hills School of Dance in Nashville, TN.
'08: Ann Snow just completed her course work for Master in Dance Therapy at Columbia, in Chicago. She is currently working on her thesis: Discovering the Crossroads Between Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy Through the Process of Intentional Self-Reflection: A Heuristic Study. She also works with a children's musical theatre as choreographer and director.
'08: Lauren Sparks is dancing as a main character in the parades for Walt Disney World in Florida.
'08: Jenna Witten is working for Herman Miller as an Associate Product Manager in the Marketing Department.
'07: Sommer Amundsen is attending Kansas University in the Bioengineering graduate program. She is involved in multidisciplinary research developing effective physical therapies for people with Parkinson's disease, and she has helped design a tool to be used in spine surgery.
'07: Jennifer (Andrews) Blank is currently serving as Associate Director of Development at The Ohio State University.
'07: Rebecca Bombard is serving as the Secretary for the Dance Foundation (Barrington Hills, IL) and Gala Ball Committee Chair woman for their Tuscan Ball held at the Sanfilippo Estate.
'07: Joshua Cummings is working as a financial counselor and a graduate student at Loyola University in Chicago.
'07: Lauren Grumm is living in Washington, D.C. where she volunteers her time teaching tap classes to "at-risk" students at the Anacostia Gracious Arts Program.
'07: Sharon (Havens) Watson moved to Colorado with her husband for his schooling and taught pre-school for a while. She now have a 10 month old son that is home with full-time! She also leads a very small and informal dance ministry at her church. Her husband will be joining the Navy within the next month, so isn't sure where they'lll be off to after that. She hopes to continue being involved with dance wherever she goes!
'07: Laurie Parker has been accepted into the master's program for Occupational Therapy at Grand Valley University.
'07: Amanda Piagnarelli is co-director of Midwest Edge Dance Academy in Naperville, IL.
'07: Krista Stanton is furthering her education at Des Moines University for Osteopathic Medicine.
'07: Erin Whaley dances with "stbdance" and until recently with the Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company.
'07: Kristi "Joy" Wilkins of Holland, MI, opened Body and Soul Movement Arts in April 2011.
'06: Jillian (Koestner) Allen: of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the director of marketing for The Briad Group.
'06: Emily Ellis-Liang has been accepted to the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina- Greensboro! Emily is pursuing her graduate degree in Non-Profit Management. She is the Executive Director of rePUBLIC of daNCe.
'06: Jessica Mumford is a research assistant in the Arts Media Technology program at ASU.
'06: Peter Hammer is performing with Billy Siegenfield's "Jump Rhythm Jazz" in Chicago, IL.
'06: Paula Grahmann is working in Chicago performing with Joel Hall Dance Company.
'06: Amanda Gardynik is working at Battle Creek Central High School as their fine arts coordinator and elementary dance teacher.
'06: Ashley Perez is teaching english and Dance at the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY and working on her Masters in Education and Special Education.
'06: Jamie (Thompson) Ward is teaching dance at Hightower High School in Houston, Texas.
'06: Julia Wylie is presenting the 2nd annual Miracle Dancer concert on February 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ohio. It is a concert to benefit Ovarian Cancer.
'06: Sona Smith is living in Chicago, working for the non-profit organization After School Matters, and pursuing her Master's degree at Walden University.
'05: Madeline Crist is living in Chicago and working for the social service agency, Heartland Alliance. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
'05: Dawn (Flandermeyer) Koop of Seattle, Washington is currently a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. She was married to John Kopp on September 1, 2012 in Seattle.
'05: Sarah Gardner is in her 3rd year of medical school in Philadelphia.
'05: Amanda Gardynik received her MA in Education from Spring Arbor University and now serves as Dance Director for River Oaks Middle School-Dorchester 2, in North Charleston, SC.
'05: Clarissa Gregory is making stop-motion animation, performances, paintings, and installations in the interdisciplinary graduate program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. You can contact her at student.mica.edu/cgregory.
'05: Alison Rickey has been admitted into the counseling program at Northern Arizona University.
'05: Dolores Sanchez is performing in the Broadway bound "Imagine Tap"
'05: Teresa VanDenend Sorge is a full time visiting lecturer at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. She received for MFA from Temple University, 2010.
'04: Cynthia Bachhuber is Archivist for a major professional contemporary dance company in New York, NY.
'04: Kathleen Davenport has completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitiation at the University of Washington and has moved to New York City for a one-year fellowshop in sports and spine medicine at the Hospital for SPecial Surgery.
'04: Matthew Farmer is a faculty member of the Hope College Dance Department as of Fall 2011.
'04: Colette Harris performed professionally on European and Mediterranean Cruise Ships. She lived in Las Vegas wehre she spent a year in "Jubilee!" as a showgirl/dancer, was a magician's assistant/dancer in "Dirk Arthur: Extreme Magic," and now is dancing as a vampire in the show "Bite." She is currently planning to pursue her MFA.
'04: Jessica Honeysett is a Giving Assistant for an Education Network in New York, NY.
'04: Timothy Heck is with the cast of Sleep No More in New York CIty.
'04: Tara Mistry is living in Cairo, Egypt with her husband Clinton where she teaches first grade. She just finished her Master's in Teaching and Learning with specialization in Curriculum and Instruction at Nova Southeastern University.
'04: Lindsey Townsend is teaching high school mathematics in Aurora, IL and is the head dance team coach and musical choreographer.
'04: Abby Whitenight is teaching music and dance for an elementary school in Hudsonville, Michigan.
'03: Carla (Carrozziere) Prescott is dancing professionally with a project company in Calgary, Canada.
'03: Noelle Davids teaches in the North Carolina school system.
'03: Amanda Drozer is studying dance in New York City and performing with two small companies.
'03: Mary Dunlap is teaching Creative Movement for the Fine Arts PreSchool of a Performing Arts School in MI.
'03: Helen Meronek is teaching for a high school in Baltimore, Maryland.
'03: Amanda Olson is teaching dance in the Chicago school system.
'02: Misheaila Neil is Director of Performing Arts Programming for Elmira College, New York.
'02: Matt Stehle is dancing with a key professional dance company in Detroit, MI.
'02: Charlotte VanCoeverden lives in Brussels and is finishing up a masters in film studies at ULB (Free University of Brussels). She is also busy working on a musical as a choreographer and co-writer and teaching improvisation and composition dance classes to adolescents.
'02: Jennifer Yoh is performing professionally with a sacred dance company in Houston, Texas.
'01: Kelly Buwalda performs with professional dance companies in New York City.
'01: Laurie Chalifaux has been promoted to assistant professor of anesthesiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL.
'01: Anne Houseworth is teaching dance and music in the Chicago Public School System.
'01: Jodi (Kurtze) Wickersheimer of Chicago, Ill. has been promoted to assistant vice president for development and annual giving at Roosevelt University.
'01: Christy Lutz is a dancer for a professional contemporary dance company in Chicago, IL.
'01: Hilary Peterson received her M.F.A. from Arizona State University and is a dance instructor for Southeast Missouri State University.
'01: Emily Poel received a second Congressional Scholarship for participation in the Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, allowing her to live and study in Germany. She was an intern in the Tanzfabrik in Berlin and is currently performing professionally and working with key choreographers in Berlin, Germany.
'01: Amy Vertalka is teaching dance in the Ossoso Public School system in MI while completing her master's in Literacy.
'00: Angella Huddleston dances, choreographs, and is artistic director for a professional sacred dance company in Houston, Texas. She was recently awarded her MFA from the University of Maryland.
'00: Philip Leete teaches at West Senior High School in Traverse City, Michigan and serves as Artistic Director for Michigan Dance Collective.
'99: Caroline (Enos) June is currently the owner of Just Dance! Studios and the founder/director of Straits Area Dance Company in St. Ignace, Michigan.
'99: Jill Donehoo-Landes teaches dance at the middle school and high school in Zeeland, Michigan. She served as a song judge for the college's 76th annual Nykerk Cup Competition at the Holland Civic Center.
'99: Jennifer Karr is working with Jennifer Muller/The Works, a New York City based professional dance company, as well as other small companies around the city. She is a certified personal trainer working on specialty certifications in yoga and Pilates. She also teaches dance and choreographs throughout New York at several performing arts centers in Westchester County.
'99: Sarah (Snyder) Hegg is working as a clinical psychologist in Traverse City, Michigan.
'98: Melissa Altobelli teaches dance at Community College in Michigan.
'98: Erin Daly is working on her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in movement therapy, at a College in Boston, MA.
'98: Amand Fry Eldred is the new sales coordinator for the Kalamazoo County (Mich.) Expo Center and Fairground.
'98: Kirsten Heinrich is performing professionally with the San Diego Ballet in San Diego, California.
'98: Anna Resele is currently an English and Dance Teacher at Creative Arts ALC with the St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, MN
'98: Jessica VanOort is completing a Ph.D. in dance at a University in PA.
'97: Nathanael Buckley is working with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York. He and his wife Alison live in Astoria, Queens in New York.
'97: Sandra Federico is living in Alabama teaching dance in the Huntsville City Schools.
'97: Nicole Flinn created a K-12 dance program including curriculum for the Owosso school district in MI. She is currently on faculty at Hope College.
'97: Jonathan Fly of Long Beac, California, is partner in the law firm of Allmeroth, Garner and Fly. He practices criminal defense in Long Beach and Southern California.
'97: Jodi James is an Assistant Research Professor in Dance and Computation with the Arts, Media and Engineering program at Arizona State University.
'97: Ann Paeth passed away in Fall, 2004 while working on her Ph.D. in dance history for the University of California at Riverside. Memorial by Jack Ridl.
'97: Casey Slayton passed away Sept. 10, 2006 of injuries suffered in a car accident near Pedee Oregon. Memorial by Graydon Megan.
'97: Ellen Tomer for the past two years has been working full-tie for the Department of Veterans Affairs on the national caregiver support line, helping caregivers and veterans access support, services and benefits. She is also dancing with two modern dance companies in teh Rochester area: Biodance and Present Tense Dance.
'96: Jennifer Norder is the artistic director with the West Michigan Youth ballet in Ada, Michigan.
'95: Brenda Benedict Saban is living and working in Corona, CA.
'95: Kathleen (Dominiak)Treasure of Schereville, Indiana is the dance director at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Hammond, Indiana. She teaches and choreographs theater productions and APA Dance Ensemble.
'94: Katherine (Gaiser) Zink has been accepted into the Counseling Master's degree program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (2011).
'93: Elizabeth Gormly dances professionally and is finishing her Ph.D. in performance/choreography at a University in Texas.
'93: Katherine Vickers is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Washington, D.C.. Her clients include major political figueres and diplomats.
'94: Amy (Halaby) de Sa, lives in Denver, CO. She is the owner of Pilates Denver Studio and BASI Pilates faculty, teaches Pilates and Pilates Teacher Training courses in the US and abroad including China, Japan, Australia and Brazil. She has danced professionally and taught with modern dance companies in Chicago and Denver.
'92: William Crowley, of Bay Harbor Islands, FL, is the Artistic Director of his company, Next Step Dance. Next Step Dance launched Nexus: Educational Programming Series, offering master classes, intensives, guest artist residencies, and lecture/demonstrations focusing on contemporary dance within the context and tradition of the Graham Technique. In July, he will be the artist in residence at the CHipping Campden Contenporary Dance Festival in The Costswolds, United Kingdom. In August, he will return to the City of Light to teach a month-long Graham Technique Intensive at the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, France.
'92: Christy Guth-Ross is Co-artistic director and dance faculty for "Time to Shine" Center for the Performing Arts, located in Pent, FL (near Pensacola). The Center offers Dance, Music, Theater and Fitness classes.
'91: Heather (Blaukamp) Winia is the owner of +Fit 4 Life. She participated in the recent Children's After SchoolAchievement (CASA) program were she encouraged the young students to exercise and get creative in movement through three sessions of "Groovin" WIth Kids"
'91: Terri Filips, M.F.A., is a professor of dance at a University in Buffalo, New York.
'91: Patti Stegink-Villanueva has been named Ballet Mistress at the Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan. She has been the reptiteur and rehearsal assistant for CBT for the past nine years. She is also a prfessional member and teacher with Happendance.
'90: Stephanie Brooks of Evanston, Ill., has joined the Northeast Illinois Council of The Boy Scouts of America as associate developmetn I marketing director in Highland Park, Ill. The NEIC supports more than 17,000 youth in Northeast, Illinois.
'86: John North of Wakefield, R.I., recently returned to the East Coast, where his career in the arts began. He is assistant director for dance the The Hartt Community Division of the University of Hartford. He has worked in performance, choreography and arts administration since he graduated from Hope.
'86: Karen Wuertz-Bhaskar is a medical doctor in Beloit, Wisconsin.
'85: Kathy Kaehler is an aerobics instructor, choreographer, teacher, and private trainer for Hollywood and Los Angeles high society. She has a television show in the Los Angeles area and has made many videos, which have sold worldwide.
'85: Kim Karpanty is a performer, teacher, and choreographer across the United States and has a professional dance company called Traversity. She has finished her M.F.A. at Arizona State University and is an assistant professor of dance at a major University in Ohio. Kim was an award recipient in the professional division of the Arizona statewide choreographers’competition. She is an Associate Editor for The IADMS Bulletin for Teachers with International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
'83: John Fanthorpe has developed his own Farm Bureau Insurance agency in the Grand Rapids area. He has won many national sales awards from Farm Bureau of America.
'75: Rosemary Nadolsky of Chicago, Ill., recorded a CD of French children's songs, La Voix en Rose, available online and directly through her. She is also reconding a second one in French and a third in Spanish. The Chicago Tribune named Rosemary one of "Chicago;s 10 Best Children's Musicians."
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