Jaime (Scott) McDowell'04
Since graduating from Beloit in 2013 Claire has performed in Europe (with Chelonia Dances), lived in New York City, and worked at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. Currently she lives in Washington DC, works at the United States Botanic Garden, teaches dance to elementary students, and is an active part of the DC dance scene. Claire is ever thankful for all her experiences at Beloit, and for the daring, supportive, and vigorous Dance Program. She has performed, and presented her choreography in both New York and DC and is excited to see how the future unfolds.
Nora is living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has taken advantage of its fantastic artist community. She teaches modern dance to middle schoolers, and is in a dance company affiliated with the studio where she teaches. She has had the opportunity to perform under various artists on professional stages such as the O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine's University, and The Southern as part of the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. When she is not in rehearsal or taking class, she works at a dance supply store and takes pictures of her cat.
[Mika Banks]Mika Banks'05
Major: Theatre Arts - Dance and Acting
Clubs/Activities: HRA/RA, Geology Club, Hot Mic Night, Chelonia, Theater Productions
Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador
Mika Banks graduated from Beloit College in 2005 with a major in Dance, Acting and minor in Geology. Since graduating Mika has danced for companies in Quito, Ecuador; Chicago, Illinois; and performed for various choreographers at American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
During a break from dance Mika became a licensed massage therapist and through close work with her colleagues in the Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Pilates and Eastern Medicine realms she developed and executed seminars in Injury Prevention and Recovery for Dancers and Injury Prevention and Recovery for Runners. These programs have thus far been taught at Beloit College along with varying athletic institutions in and around the Chicago-land area as well as San Francisco.
Mika is currently living in San Francisco, California where she continues her work in Injury Prevention and Recovery, massage therapy, and dances for Palanza Dance as well as Rhythm and Motion. She teaches for Rhythm and Motion Dance Program©, a 35+yr San Francisco tradition of dance and conditioning classes based on the idea “Everyone can dance.” She is “Oh so thankful” to everything she gained from the Beloit College dance program and community, and could never have made it this far without them. THANKS!
Sandy Bogar'10[Sandy Bogar]
Major: Health & Society
Minor: Political Science
Clubs & Activities: Dance, RA, Class Officer, Phi Beta Kappa
Study Abroad: Prague, Czech Republic
During her four years at Beloit, Sandy developed a strong interest in the intersections between dance and social change and dance and progressive politics. During her senior year, she had the rewarding experience of choreographing a dance (and later presenting a symposium) based on interviews she conducted abroad, of three generations of Czechs who lived under communism. Chris Johnson, Marion Fass and Ann Davies served as mentors to Sandy, encouraging both the activist and the artist in her. After graduating, Sandy interned with the National Women’s Health Network and the progressive Center for American Progress. She has also continued to find ways to merge dance and social justice, most recently choreographing and leading a 100+ person flash mob on the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Equal Pay Day!
Majors: Anthropology and Theatre Arts - Dance[Heather Budd]
Clubs and Activities: Dance Club, Woman's Center, Snowboard Club.
Study Abroad: Zanzibar, Tanzania.
While at Beloit, her choreographic work Sunken Flight was selected for the gala concert at ACDFA 01. More information...
Since her 2001 graduation from Beloit College Heather has been seen dancing on bean bags in tennis courts, in the pitch black through night vision goggles, in town parades, front yards and on rooftops. Dance has brought her to Portland, North Carolina, Seattle, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Chicago, New York and Japan. Dance has led her to collaborate with film makers, composers, play [Heather Budd2]writes, children's book writers, anarchist marching bands, doctors and children. She was a co-creator of the Seattle collective Left Field Dance which later became the duo Left Field Revival. LFR was welcomed to dance at the Pacific Northwest Ballet and On the Boards in Seattle and the Joyce Soho in New York. Currently Heather works and dances with children and intends to pursue a masters in Occupational Therapy. She is unimaginably thankful to Beloit for providing a supportive environment filled with endless possibilities.
Major: Health and Society[Lynsay Bush]
Clubs and Activities: Dance, Volleyball, Phi Beta Kappa
After graduating Lynsay headed to North Carolina where she attended ADF for the summer while working at a canoe and kayak company. She also had the opportunity to perform for Renay Aumiller while in NC. Lynsay then moved to Earthdance, a dance workshop and retreat center, in Western Massachusetts. While there she was able to spend time working on and performing contact and solo improvisation along with dance for the camera. Currently, she is working for North Carolina Outward Bound and happily dances outside with the trees and bugs.
Major: Theatre Arts - Dance
After graduating from Beloit College in 2000, Brad continued to study dance at North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended ADF at Duke University. He had the good fortune of taking class from many talented instructors, including a master class with Twyla Tharp. In January of 2001, he had reconstructive surgery on his shoulder and hasn't returned full-time to the dance studio since then.
Brad has been living and teaching in Milwaukee for the past 4 years. He teaches 2nd grade at La Escuela Fratney – a unique dual-language (English and Spanish) elementary school in Milwaukee's river west neighborhood. Last year he was honored by his school and students as they chose him to be included in the book entitled, Men We Love, which "celebrates men throughout the community who make us better people." The book was published by the Alma Center, a community based non-profit agency in Milwaukee dedicated to eliminating violence and abuse in intimate relationships, families and the community. Brad is involved in Fratney's professional development, active on committees and serves as team leader for all primary teachers at Fratney.
Outside of his professional life, Brad is involved in a number of things. He volunteers and coaches, 7th grade youth football in Brookfield, WI -- with a great group of kids. To stay involved with and around the arts Brad supports Milwaukee Ballet and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He began his own business, bccworks, in the summer of 2002, through which he sells his own artwork – paintings, hand-stitched journals and photography. (Still very much in the early stages of growth.) His pieces have been displayed at the East Side Open Market and Bucketworks.
Currently, Brad is in the process of completing his Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University and is set to graduate in December 2006. He is also staying active physically by attending yoga and spin classes, and training for next year's season of triathlons. Brad still feels very young at heart (the students help!) and hopes to one day get back into dance in some way.
Noelle Chun'05[Noelle Chun]
Major: Anthropology and Theater Arts - Dance
Activities: Varsity Volleyball, Track & Field and Chelonia
Noelle first started her movement studies as a gymnast. At Beloit, she participated in athletics and was curious to investigate how her physical knowledge could transfer to dance. Inspired by her Beloit dance colleagues and mentors, Chris Johnson and Margaret Rennerfeldt, Noelle immersed herself into the dance community. Since graduating in 2005, her performance and choreography has been presented across the Mid-Atlantic through her own independent work, with the improvisational trio Like You Mean It, and through site-specific events with Foreground Dance. Past projects have been supported by grants and fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council. She has served on faculty at The Ohio State University and Ohio Wesleyan University, teaching improvisation and technique courses. Currently, she works as a community organizer and administrator with VSA Ohio and as a member of They Might Be Dancers. In 2008, she earned her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University.
[Cayte Connell]Cayte Connell'04
Major: Theatre Arts - Dance
Cayte lives in Washington, DC, where she does political fundraising and enjoys the occasional yoga class. Cayte has worked on campaigns in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Missouri. She also spent six years on the permanent staff of the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. Cayte held a number of positions at the ADF, including Special Projects Coordinator and Marketing & Communications Associate. Favorite projects included coordinating logistics for the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance Criticism and managing an annual performance series for local artists. Cayte's first experience with the ADF was during the summer of 2003, when she served as an administrative intern in the Festival's School Office.
[Agnotti Cowie]Agnotti Cowie (www.agnotti.com) uses the knowledge she learned at Beloit College by continuing to explore the intersection of social justice, community dialogue and performing arts. This summer she will be traveling to Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Toronto, Boston, and Minneapolis to facilitate Art & Social Change workshops for Millennials. She facilitates workshops employing a variety of pedagogical techniques such as InterPlay, Theatre of the Oppressed and Devisi[Agnotti Cowie]ng to engage cross-cultural narratives. She has been a member of the national InterPlay Board of Directors for three years as well as being a certified InterPlay leader. Currently, she is working with a number of a non profit organizations, facilitating workshops in drama, spoken word, storytelling and movement. Recently, she has taken her work around the globe teaching workshops in Vietnam and India.
[Kate Corby]Kate Corby'99
Major: Theatre Arts - Dance and Women's Studies.
Clubs and Activities: Beloit College theatre productions, Chelonia, Women's Center.
Study Abroad: Budapest, Hungary.
Kate Corby began choreographing and dancing as a Beloit College undergraduate in 1997. Since then she has shown her work in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Madison and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Taiwan and Hungary, where she carried out choreographic research as a Fulbright fellow. From 2007-08 Ms. Corby presented work in Chicago with the LIVE ANIMALS Performance Collective (Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, Link's Hall and Around the Coyote Gallery). She completed her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2007, where she received a University Fellowship and the Wanda M. Nettl Award for outstanding student choreography. In addition to pursuing choreography at the UIUC, Ms. Corby was also an instructor from 2004-07 and performed with numerous faculty and student choreographers.
Ms. Corby is the director of Kate Corby & Dancers (KC&D), a contemporary dance organization based in Chicago and Madison, WI. Committed to producing innovative dance theater works that push the aesthetic boundaries of concert dance, the company works both regionally and nationally. KC&D was based in San Francisco from 2001 – 04, where they performed in many Bay Area venues including: the Cowell Theater, ODC Theater, Dance Mission, Venue 9, 848 Community Space, Zeum Theater and Shotwell Studios. The company's recent national projects include: The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago at the Dance Center of Columbia College, the World Dance Alliance Global Dance Event at Dance Theater Workshop in New York, the Wave Rising Series in Brooklyn produced by the White Wave Dance Company, and their Chicago season at Links Hall in May of 2011. Ms. Corby has served on the faculties of Beloit College, the Dance Center of Columbia College and the Pedagogy Department of the Hungarian Dance Academy. Her work has been called "ingenious" by the Chicago Reader and "haunting and memorable" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. You can read more about Ms. Corby and her company at www.katecorby.com.
[Erika Curry-Elrod]Erika Curry-Elrod'08
Majors: Theater Arts - Dance and Physics, graduated with departmental honors.
Clubs/Activities: Breakdancing club, Chelonia, DJ club, Dance Costume Supervisor
[Curry]Since graduating Beloit College in 2008 Erika performed in Chelonia Dance in Chicago with Beloit College students and alumni, spent two years working for the US Geological Survey as a geophysics intern, and one of those years dancing for Kim Robards Dance company, both in the Denver area.
She got to travel all over the US performing surveys with the USGS seeing places such as Truckee, CA, pretty much the whole state of NE, Gallup, NM, the Nevada National Security Site in Mercury, NV, Ft. Yukon, AK, were just a few places. After two years however she decided to switch gears completely and get back into dance. She is now working as a Physical Therapist Aide and dancing for a company in Boulder, CO called Evolving Doors Dance, and another company in Denver, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company. She is so very happy to be dancing again and looks forward to where her future will take her.
Cameron Growden'[Cameron Growden]07
Major: Theater Arts - Dance and Creative Writing
Clubs/Activities: Beloit College Theater Productions, Chelonia!
In the Uhaul on his way to California, Cameron Growden wondered if San Francisco was the right choice. The past four years have been great. Cameron just finished his third home season with Scott Wells and dancers and is a founding member of Hope Mohr Dance. He has also worked with dance theater/shannon and numbernine dance. Last year he had the pleasure of taking part in his first full evening site-specific work with Lizz Roman and dancers and hopes to continue exploring this intriguing form. Aside from his onstage work, Cameron is also a freelance lighting designer/theater technician thanks to his training in the Beloit College scene shop.
[Zee][Zee Photo]Allisa-Zee Hartmann'04
Majors: Theatre Arts - Dance and Acting
While at Beloit her choreographic work Get in the Ring was selected for the gala concert at ACDFa '04 and chosen as alternate for the national festival.
Allisa-Zee Hartmann is a teacher/choreographer/costume designer from Cape Town, South Africa. She received her BA in Theater Arts and Dance at Beloit College, where she had the opportunity to dance in original dances by the faculty, as well as by guest artists Jin Wen Yu, Erica Wilson Perkins, Linda Lehovec, Aiko Kinoshita, Edisa Weeks and BJ Sullivan as well as debut a variety of her own choreographic works, two of which were adjudicated at ACDFA and one (“Get In The Ring”) that was invited to the National festival in Washington D.C in 2004 as a runner-up. She also traveled to Moscow, Russia, with Chelonia Dance Company as a soloist to perform in the “Festival of Choreographic Collectives”, for which they received grand prix accolades. In 2007 she received her AAS in Fashion Design at IADT Chicago. Allisa-Zee is currently working on her MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College, NY. She has worked with esteemed choreographers Deganit Shemy, Rachel Thorne Germond (RTG Dance), Atalee Judy (Breakbone Dance), Kate Corby (LIVE ANIMALS), Johanna Wininsky and Christine Betsill (Thread Meddle Outfit) and co-directed the Space/Movement Project in Chicago for two years. She recently traveled back to Cape Town to teach a series of choreographic workshops for the South African Department of Education.
Major: History and Theatre Arts - Dance
Marcus Hayes is Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance program at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He received a dual Bachelors of Arts in History and Dance from Beloit College and his Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Marcus danced and choreographed with the Without Shoes Dance Company in Rockford, IL and has taught various dance techniques at the School for the Rockford Dance Company, Rockford College, the University of Wisconsin Extension, and the Chicago Park District. Marcus has studied with and performed the works of Chris Johnson, Margaret Rennerfeldt, Anne Westwick, Kathleen McCormick, June Watanabe, Michelle Shear and Molissa Fenley. Marcus joined the faculty of APSU in Fall 2006 and can be reached at email@example.com.
Joey Hernandez is a member of the National Dance Association, and artistic director of Resilience Dance Company (Rockford, IL) a pre-professional mentorship program. He is a first generation college graduate receiving his B.A. in Dance and Health & Society from Beloit College where he has been privileged to return as a visiting instructor for the Dance Department and Upward Bound Program. Joey has studied under the direction of Chris Johnson, Robert Lewis, (Xtreme Dance Force, America’s Best Dance Crew), Cedric Gardner (So You Think You Can Dance, Step Up 3-D), and many others during his career.
On Scholarship he has studied with Inaside Chicago Dance, Urban Jamm Dance Convention and Dupree Dance Tour.
Performance credits include: The Miss Illinois Pageant, Beth Fowler Dance Co, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival Gala, Chelonia Dance Co, Madison Contemporary Vision, and Legends in Concert (Las Vegas, NV).
[Joey Hernandez'11]Joey has had the privilege to set pieces for: Chicago’s Choreographers Carnival, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, SueMo: A Dance Experience, Madison Contemporary Vision, and Beloit College’s Repertory Dance. Joey as contributed guest classes and award winning choreography for many dance studios and high school dance teams across the United States. He has had the great fortune to be a judge for Applause Talent, StarQuest, and Raw Energy Dance Talent Competitions as well as an internatinoal convention instructor for KickStart and Solid Ground Inc. In his most recent venture Joey has started an open class workshop series titled “Dance-4-Change”, to promote advocacy, awareness, and raise donations in support of the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America. (CCFA.Org)
Stay updated with his work on social media. Instagram:joey_hernandez23 Twitter: @jhernandezdance
Majors: Spanish and Theatre Arts - Dance.
Clubs and Activities: Dance Club, International Club, Chelonia.
Study Abroad: Spain
Clare Hogan graduated from Beloit in 2003 with a B.A. in Spanish and Theatre Arts (dance), receiving departmental honors in dance. She has since danced and performed in Seattle with Pablo Cornejo and KT Niejoff, and in Madison, WI with the Li Chiao Ping Dance Company. In 2013 Clare complete a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University, with a concentration in bilingual speech-language pathology. She currently works with young children as a bilingual speech-language pathologist. She deeply values her dance education and experiences at Beloit.
Majors: International Relations and Theatre Arts - Dance
Samantha currently works in Environmental and Product Liability Litigation for an economics consulting firm in Washington, DC. Due to the lack of free time (80 hr work weeks largely responsible), she hasn't been dancing since she left Beloit, but has attempted to substitute her inactivity with monetary contributions to various arts programs in the DC area (i.e. Shakespeare Theatre, Kennedy Center, DCWit etc). She is well on her way to having enough cash saved up to open her own dance studio in 2010 (location yet to be determined), which is why she is working in the first place. Because of this plan and her current work-related professional development, she enrolled part-time in business and law classes at Georgetown University, beginning in the winter of 2005.
Majors: Psychology and Dance, Graduated with Departmental Honors, Summa Cum Laude
Before graduating from Beloit, Ma[Maggie Koller]ggie was awarded the Chavey Family Endowed Award in Dance, the Delta Psi Delta Prize for Outstanding Female Theatre Students, and the Martha Peterson Prize for Best Exemplar of Beloit’s Liberal Arts Tradition. Since graduating, Maggie has danced for companies Khecari, The Dance COLEctive, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, The Space Movement Project, The Inconvenience, and The LIVE ANIMALS Performance Collective, in addition to performing in works by noteworthy dance makers Shirley Mordine, Liz Burritt, Colleen Halloran, Jeff Hancock, Kate Corby, and Erin Carlisle Norton. Maggie was recently recognized as one of “5 Chicago Dancers to Observe in 2015”. Currently living in Oak Park, IL, Maggie serves as the Studio Coordinator for OuterSpace Studios in Wicker Park. After working for seven years in creative, strategic, and management capacities for a Chicago-based advertising agency, Maggie will be pursuing a Masters of Science in Child Development at the Erikson Institute starting in the fall of 2015. (Photo by Ryan Bourque.)
[Benjamin Law]Benjamin Law'05
Majors: Theatre Arts – Dance, Psychology
Benjamin Law has been a member of Instruments of Movement (http://www.instrumentsofmovement.com/), a Hip-Hop/Modern dance company, since 2005. In January of 2006 he joined Mordine & Co. Dance Theatre (http://www.mordine.org/), another Chicago-based modern dance company. Since moving to Chicago, he has also performed with the Dance COLEctive and Hedwig Dances, as well as doing performance work for artist Nick Cave. While an undergraduate, his choreography was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2004 and 2005. Upon graduation from Beloit in 2005 he was awarded the Beloit College Department of Theater Arts Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Choreography.
Major: Theatre Arts - Dance
Sarah McCalister, is currently Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Communication Arts at Valdosta State University. While at Beloit she served as both dancer and choreographer for Chelonia Dance Company and was honored to be a McNair Scholar, receiving support and funding to conduct independent psychological research at the Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center, which she presented at the University of California, Irvine.
[sarah]Ms. McCalister received her MFA in Contemporary Dance at Case Western Reserve University. She has taught Modern Dance at Case, and co-directed and choreographed two seasons of Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) productions. During her tenure at Case, Ms. McCalister was honored to receive a Baker Nord Center for the Humanities Research Grant to study in Turkey. She also received a School of Graduate Studies Faculty Mentor Grant. With this funding, she co-presented on the integration of Dance and Technology at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Italy with Professor Gary Galbraith. Their co-authored paper has been accepted for publication into the International Journal of the Humanities. In addition, she received scholarship monies from Friends of Mather Dance Center and Non-Solo Danza to participate in a dance workshop in Milan, Italy.
Prior to teaching at VSU, Ms. McCalister taught and Modern, Jazz, Tap, Choreography, Improvisation, and Ballet in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and California. Her teaching style of any technique incorporates both classical and contemporary forms, with a focus on proper alignment, kinesthetic awareness, and a clear sense of space, time, energy, and dynamics.
Ms. McCalister's Modern Dance training has focused on the techniques of Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Jose Limon, Lester Horton; her ballet training was primarily in the Vagonova school, with influences from Laura Alonzo and the Cuban school. She studied the jazz and musical theater styles and techniques of Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordano, and Bob Fosse; her Tap studies were influenced by Al Gilbert, Freddy Finn, and Gil Stroming. Somatic studies include Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban Movement Analysis, and Alexander Technique. She has performed the works of Martha Graham, Pascal Rioult, Gary Galbraith, Richard Dickinson, Judith Moss, Chris Johnson, Jane Hawley, Augustine Bolanos, Linda Kahn, Paloma McGregor, and Liz Young.
In addition to teaching, choreographing, and performing, Ms. McCalister has a great passion for research. She is currently studying the relationship between depression and disordered eating in college-level dancers, and will present this research at the Conference for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Stockholm, Sweden.
[Crystle Mercer]Chrystle Mercer'08
Majors: Theatre Arts - Dance, Psychology, graduated Summa Cum Laude
Clubs and Activities: Dance Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi
After graduating from Beloit College in May of 2008, Chrystle went on to study physical therapy. She was able to continue her jazz dance training at Mesa State College in Colorado while completing her prerequisite coursework for graduate school. Chrystle then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Pacific University in 2012. During her time at Pacific, Chrystle danced and choreographed for Winter Physical Therapy Comedy performances each year, and took a variety of dance classes at Vega Dance Lab in downtown Portland, OR in her free time. In addition, Chrystle studied abroad at Universidad Autònoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico during the summer of 2010. There she continued her coursework and clinical studies in physical therapy and medical Spanish, while also having the opportunity to study Latin rhythms such as salsa, bachata, reggaeton, cha-cha-cha, and merengue at the university. Currently Chrystle is working as an outpatient physical therapist at Coal Creek Physical Therapy in Louisville, CO. In her spare time, she dances at Streetside Dance Studio in Boulder, CO. She has been involved with two performing troupes with Streetside in the past year. Most recently, Chrystle was able to perform at Boulder Dancing with the Stars with her Groovalicious dance troupe to help fundraise for the YWCA, an organization whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women, children and their families within the Boulder community. As Chrystle continues to practice dance and physical therapy, she has discovered that her studies of movement through dance have given her intuition when practicing physical therapy, and she is excited to see where her passion for dance and physical therapy will take her in the future!
[Sally Murphy]Sally Murphy'09
Majors: Political Science and Theater Arts - Dance
Minor: African Studies
Clubs/Activities: Chelonia, Dance
Study Abroad: Senegal
After graduation, Sally spent two years working as an AmeriCorps member with a non profit called EMERGE Community Development. She spent her first year marketing employers to hire previously incarcerated individuals in order to reduce the amount of recidivism in the community. She spent her second AmeriCorps year working with refugees in the Minneapolis community to help them find and secure employment. In her spare time, she performed choreography by Sharon Varosh in Minnesota's annual Fringe festival. She has also performed works by local artists; Jennifer Mack, Jamey Garner and Carrie Landing. She notes that although not a lot of her post graduation experience has been dance related, a lot of of her dance experiences at Beloit can easily be transferred to life post graduation. At Beloit, Sally had the opportunity to adapt to multiple roles and responsibilities in the dance department. She was able to choreograph, dance in both faculty and student pieces and collaborate to direct a senior dance show. She has found that the ability to adapt to different roles, think broader and tie in multiple perspectives is not only incredibly helpful in life but a lot of fun!
[Rachel Oliver]Rachel Oliver'07
Major(s): Biochemistry, Theatre Arts - Dance, graduated with departmental honors, magna cum laude
Clubs and Activities: Dance Club, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa
Rachel couldn’t be more pleased with her experience at Beloit and in the dance program. During her time there, Rachel had the opportunity to dance in original works by Chris Johnson, Margaret Rennerfeldt, Aiko Kinoshita, Kirby Reed and Gabriel Masson as well as to debut a variety of her own choreographic works, one of which was selected to be adjudicated at ACDFA.
[Rachel Oliver]Rachel recently completed an MFA in Dance, focusing on Somatics and Dance Wellness, as an Arts and Sciences Fellow at CU-Boulder. Rachel has danced professionally with Chicago based company, ecnDanceworks (now The Moving Architects), San Francisco based companies Double Vision, Dance Theatre/Shannon and Presidio Dance Theatre; and West Virginia Dance Company, among others. Rachel’s choreographic work has been presented in many settings, including being commissioned by Longmont Dance Theatre and Bare Bait Dance Company, selected for performance at Performática in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, México, and presented at Between the Bones Studio Collective, the ATLAS Institute, WaxWorks at Triskelion Arts, and the Philly Live Arts & Fringe.
Now based in NYC, Rachel is currently an adjunct instructor for the Continuing Education department at CU-Boulder, while working with Tough Cookie Dance, Avodah Dance, choreographing for Democracy Prep’s spring musical, and producing her own work. She is an interdisciplinary choreographer who often explores autobiographical stories, teasing out facets of each experience to shape a persona based on biography. To learn more, please visit racheloliverdance.com
Jeanne Pfeffer'07[Jeanne Pfeffer]
Majors: Dance, Sociology
Jeanne Pfeffer is a performing arts manager and fundraiser. She has worked coast-to-coast in arts administration, beginning her career in 2006 as an intern at the AmericanDance Festival (ADF). She worked with ADF again in 2007 and 2008, and made the move to San Francisco in early 2009. Jeanne joined FACT/SF in March 2009 as a Marketing Intern, and quickly advanced to her current role as Company Manager. Also in 2009, she held an executive internship at CounterPULSE which segued into a position as House Manager for events and performances in early 2010. In 2011, Jeanne joined Quinn Associates as a fundraising and PR consultant. She serves on the Host Committee for the 2012 DanceUSA Conference in San Francisco, and volunteers for the Emerging Arts Professionals – Bay Area. Jeanne holds a double B.A. in Theater and Sociology from Beloit College (Beloit, WI).
[Leah Raffanti]Leah Raffanti'05
Majors: Theatre Arts – Dance, Women's and Gender Studies
Study Abroad: Ghana
After graduating from Beloit in 2005, Leah has worked with a variety of Chicago dance artist but has found her home with The Space/Movement Project. For five seasons she has worked closely with other members of the company to share the role as artistic director and fearlessly explore collaborative choreography. In addition to providing an excellent dance education, Beloit also taught Leah the importance of continued academic and social justice pursuits. Leah completed a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 2009 where she studied social welfare policy, community organizing and the low-wage labor market. She currently works as an organizer for the American Federation of Teachers.
Jaime (Scott) McDowell'04
Majors: Psychology and Theatre Arts-Dance.
Study Abroad: Morrocco-Estonia
Jaime Lynn McDo[Jamie Scott McDowell]well makes her home in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina where she has been a member of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre for nine years. She has toured with this company all around the southeast, as well as in Merida, Mexico. Most recently she has had the honor of performing the role of Frida Kahlo in ACDT's most well-known work "Looking for Frida."
Jaime's own choreographic work is often based in dry humor and improvisation, and she has recently started her own improvisational public art collective, The Accidentals, with four other Asheville based dancers. When Jaime is not dancing, she works as a Children's Librarian for the county public library system - a career she discovered while performing in a public library with her dance company 6 years ago.
Minor: Performing Arts
Clubs/Activities: Theta Pi Gamma, Chelonia
After graduating in 2002, Heather put her dance aspirations on hold to secure a job in the pharmaceutical industry. Upon completion of that goal, she has spent most of herfree time continuing to dance wherever she can. At first that was as a guest artist with a small school in Warwick RI. While there she also started taking open ballet classes in Narragansett and Newport. After getting to know some of the teachers she was able to audition for Nutcracker with Island Moving Company of RI in 2004 and has been performing as a guest each season since. In the spring of 2007 she was asked to jump in last minute to a productionof Princess and the Pea with Spindle City Ballet of Fall River MA. This experience opened up a new set of regular performance opportunities and has allowed her to start creating works as well. Most recently her piece BEING was performed by Spindle City Ballet dancers at "Arts around the Block" an outdoor artsfestival in downtown Fall River. She hopes to continue dancing and developing her choreographic voice for years to come.
Majors: Theatre Arts: Dance, Biochemistry graduated with departmental honors, summa cum laude
Clubs/Activities: HRA/RA, Mortar Board, Chelonia, Theta Pi Gamma, Phi Beta Kappa
Durin[Larissa]g her time at Beloit Larissa balanced many hours in Chamberlin Hall (RIP) with dance courses, rehearsals, choreography and performance. Her piece LyOuVE was performed for adjudication at the American College Dance Festival in 2006.
[larissa2.jpg]After leaving Beloit, Larissa performed with Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement and Chimene Pollard in San Francisco and New York City. She simultaneously put her kinesiology and anatomy skills to use as a physical therapy aide at Presidio Sport & Medicine (also in San Francisco) before moving to New Orleans to attend Tulane University School of Medicine. In 2009 Larissa was honored to participate in dance workshop at Peace House Africa in Arusha, Tanzania with some of her Beloit family (alumni, students and the inspiring Chris Johnson). For that workshop she choreographed a short solo, "Down the Rabbit Hole", an early performance of which can be seen here at one of Tulane's Music and Medicine concerts. While dance is not currently a consistent component of her life she continues to be active with running, completing her first marathon in Little Rock, Arkansas in March 2011. After graduating in May 2012 she hopes to pursue a Family Medicine Residency on the west coast and to land in a place with a vibrant modern dance community (if there isn't she plans to start one).
Majors: behavioral biology and theatre arts-dance.
Clubs and Activities: Chelonia, softball, resident assistant.
Study Abroad: Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Post-College she has performed and choreographed professionally in Phoenix, Tucson, and Seattle, WA with companies and choreographers such as Alexandra Bellar, Guido Tuveri, Garner/Guittierez Dance, Robin Prichard, Cheronne Wong, Pablo Cornejo, Collabolab, New ARTiculations, and other independent projects. Liz's work has been presented in Seattle by Velocity Dance Center, Open Flight, Rockhopper Dance Company, On the Boards, Seattle Fringe Festival, and has been funded by Allied Arts of King County, Rockhopper Dance Company, and IBM. Her work additionally was selected as runner-up for The Field Seattle/Chicago/ New York Tri-city Exchange in 2003. Liz is thrilled to present work at the American College Dance Festival in 2005 and also remains active in the professional community in both Tucson and Seattle.
Liz will complete her MFA at Arizona State University in May '06. She continues her artistic curiosity and growth through her new Dance for the Camera and animation creations and is further exploring collaborative arts investigations, community exchange, and theoretical research. ASU awarded Liz the Eireen Peggy Lamb Graduate Fellowship, the Katherine Herberger Fellowship, and a Graduate Tuition Fellowship for artistic excellence. Liz has presented theoretical research in Florida at Congress on Research in Dance 2005 (CORD) and will be presenting and publishing the work at CORD in Montreal in Novemeber 2005. Liz is further inspired by her community dance involvement as she works with Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART), a community based company and the Phoenix Arizona Survivors of Torture (PAST) program, and in teaching and learning at ASU.