KAITLIN "SETZKE" BELL / TEACHING ARTIST
Kaitlin (Setzke) Bell is a native of Wisconsin, where she received her training from Lake Shore Dance, North Shore Dance Studio and Danceworks Milwaukee. In 2014, Kaitlin received her BFA in Dance from University of Minnesota Twin Cities under the artistic guidance and expertise of Ananya Chatterjea, Toni Pierce Sands, Linda Talcott Lee, Carl Flink, and Joanie Smith. In her final semester, she had the privilege of performing in the TU Dance 10th Anniversary concert and has been a company member since then. Kaitlin has re-staged TU Dance repertory for both local and international performers. Kaitlin is a teaching artist at The School at TU Dance Center where she teaches modern technique classes and TU Dance's company repertory to pre-professional students. Kaitlin has performed works by Uri Sands, Donald Byrd, Bill T Jones, Larry Keigwin, Dwight Rhoden, Katrin Hall, Gregory Dolbashian, Gioconda Barbuto, Kyle Abraham, Francesca Harper, Ronald K Brown, Stefanie Batten Bland, Marcus Willis, and Alvin Ailey. She most recently performed in TU Dance's collaboration with indie folk artist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver entitled “Come Through” at the Hollywood Bowl and the Kennedy Center.
LYNSEY DAVIS / CHOREOGRAPHER
Lynsey Davis began her dance training at Woodbury Dance Center on their competitive line and was the captain of the Woodbury High School Dance Team. She then went on to dance at the collegiate level at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska for two years before transferring to the University of Iowa where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.
Lynsey is currently becoming certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in relationship to their ballet technique. She is also the head coach of the East Ridge Dance Team where she teaches and choreographs for high school students.
Previously, Lynsey has taught and choreographed in high schools and studios such as the Pure Movement Dance Institute, Woodbury Dance Center and Delmonico Dance and has coached and choreographed for the Woodbury High School Dance Team and Hudson High School Dance Team.
STEPHANIE FELLNER GREY/ TEACHING ARTIST
Stephanie Fellner’s Minneapolis career now spans 3 decades. A member of The Ballet of the Dolls for 25 years, Stephanie originated numerous roles, including Rat Queen in “Nutcracker…Not so Suite”, the title role in “Cinderella”, Vicky in “The Red Shoes”, Coquette in “King of Hearts” and Grey in her solo show “Shades of Lady Grey”. Additional favorite credits to include: Ivy Award winning “Crime and Punishment”, the two time Sage Awarded “Test Pilot” choreographed by Penelope Freeh, and “Kom Hit” a collaboration with Sally Rousse and Noah Bremer at The Swedish Institute. Company work includes TU Dance (founding member), James Sewell Ballet, The Children’s Theatre Co., The Minnesota Opera, The Minnesota Orchestra, NorthStar Opera (Skylark) and The City Children’s Nutcracker. In 2005, she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and received the title of “Best Dancer in Minneapolis” from the City Pages. In 2008, she was presented with the Sage Award for “Outstanding Performer”. Her current ventures are with the newly formed immersive company, Strange Loop Productions. She is also on staff at Paragon Pilates and Physical Therapy in Edina.
JORDAN GARRISON / CHOREOGRAPHER / TEACHING ARTIST
ALEXIS HERUTH / CHOREOGRAPHER / TEACHING ARTIST
Alexis graduated cum laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While there she had the privilege of working with artists like Zenon Dance Company, Penelope French, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, and Gabe Anderson. While in college she received recognition for her choreography in the musical, 'Spring Awakening', and received the Bunny Just Theater Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. She has danced professionally for local dance companies such as Alternative Motion Project and Black Label Movement. Alexis has been teaching recreational and competitive dance for the past five years at Woodbury Dance Center and Northstar Dance Company.
LAUREN KAISER / TEACHING ARTIST
DEMETRIUS MCCLENDON / TEACHING ARTIST
Demetrius was born and raised in the south side of Chicago. He began dancing street hip-hop at age 15. Since graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2011, he has danced professionally with DanceWorks Chicago and TU Dance. He has also been a guest artist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Twin Cities Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Minnesota Opera, Seamless Dance Theater, and the Civic Ballet of Chicago, to name a few. He embraces dance as a spiritual practice and uses the arts in, conjunction with his passion for social justice to inspire revolutionary change.
ALAN "A+" MURE / TEACHING ARTIST
Alan "A+" Mure is an experienced dancer, performer and two Time Sage Award Nominee from the Twin Cities. Ranging from acting to choreography, Alan does it all. Dancing for over 15+ years, Alan has been sculpting his craft in multiple areas as well as others he's taken under his wing. He is the leader of Immortal Dance Team and Head Choreographer for LegacyLive Entertainment, presenter of the MJ themed production “LEGACY A TRIBUTE TO THE KING OF POP”. Mure is a Creative Team Member and a Choreographer for SHAPESHIFT Theatrical, choreographer for recording artist Anjanie and international recording artist RajiTheOne. His dream is to be one of the greatest entertainers alive, to pioneer and usher the dance movement and environment in Minnesota, and to change lives and help shift the arts culture in a positive manner. Hoping one day to become a revolutionary figure through his art, he looks to share his passion for performing with current and future generations.
SOPHIA YANEZ / TEACHING ARTIST
Sophia Yanez started dancing at five at a small competition studio in Oakdale, Minnesota. In order to push her art further, she continued her training at Saint Paul Ballet and later on Momentum Dance Project; strengthening her ballet, contemporary, and modern techniques. Yanez attended the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists pursuing the dance track expanding her versatility to many unique genres such as break dancing, West African, & Haitian, along with the classics of tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. Through SPCPA Sophia has worked with choreographers Elayna Waxse and Zoe Hernot in her annual J-term performances. Sophia was a company member of pre-professional contemporary dance company, Project III, under the artistic direction of Tara W F Cacciatore. This previous year, she spent her last semester finishing off her High School Diploma from Minnesota Online High School.
TYLER ZGODAVA / TEACHING ARTIST
Tyler began dancing at three years old. He has a passion for tap that started very young as he has always loved making music with his feet. His teaching style places emphasis on rhythm and focused beats overlaying the music when creating dances. He participated in competitive dance for ten years, accumulating insight and knowledge through performances, master classes, and his time training. When assisting or teaching, he most enjoys seeing rhythmic growth in students. Tyler is a student at the University of Saint Thomas, majoring
in Sociology and minoring in Criminal Justice.
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