Noelle Chun '05 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.
Fatima Quander '02 is an accomplished professional actor, proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). She has performed with FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company, DC Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage Education, Theater of the First Amendment, the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Discovery Theater; she has also performed in the house and on tour with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, she has appeared in a number of national and regional commercials including Toyota, Under Armour and Dick's Sporting Goods, DC Health Link, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Navy Federal Credit Union (among others).
A native Washingtonian, she received her MFA from Actors Studio Drama School in NYC and her BA in Theatre performance from Beloit College. She works with the Griot Girls teenage social activism ensemble of FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company in Anacostia, DC. FRESHH is a grassroots Hip-hop theatre whose objective is to cultivate and celebrate the voices of Black women and girls in theatre. Through this programming, girls use Hip-hop theatre to create and present devised performances that depict their own struggles and stories of resiliency.
Daniella Weiser '99 graduated with degrees in Theatre and Psychology. Immediately after graduation, Weiser began to work professionally as a stage manager and free-lance scenic designer and scenic painter. After many years working in professional theatre and attending graduate school, she works as an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut Department of Dramatic Arts as their Scenic Charge Artist for Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
Joey Hernandez ’11 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. He relocated to Oakland, CA from the Midwest and will graduate in 2021 with his M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. Before his move to the Bay Area Joey was adjunct dance faculty at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin Madison, and Carthage College. Prior to his collegiate teaching positions he was on faculty at Millennium Dance Complex Chicago. Performance credits include: Carnival Los Angeles & Chicago, The Millennium Experience, The Miss Illinois Pageant, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), Wisconsin Sports Awards, and Legends in Concert (Las Vegas, NV).
Joey has had the privilege to set pieces for: Chicago’s Choreographers Carnival, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and The Milwaukee School of the Arts. Joey has contributed guest classes at DePaul University (Chicago, IL), Athletic Garage (Pasadena, CA), East Coast Edge (Boston, MA). In addition to instructing for Dance Masters of Wisconsin Inc, Southern Association of Dance Masters, and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Joey has the great fortune to be a judge for Applause Talent and StarQuest International for almost a decade.
Stay up to date on Joey’s recent work on social media via Instagram: joey_hernandez23.
Dance Students travel to Berlin for immersive dance study
On May 15, shortly after the 2022 commencement, nine dance students departed for Berlin, Germany to participate in a Beloit College Global Engagement Seminar of immersive dance study, creation and performance. The seminar was conceived of by dance Professor Chris Johnson in collaboration with dance alumna Zee Hartmann’04, and had been in the works since the fall of 2020. The long planning period was partly due to the extra travel restrictions COVID-19 had caused, but additionally they knew funding would be a challenge. Fortunately, with the help of the Career Channels program (specifically the Arts Channel), the Global Engagement Office and alumna Nor Hall’69, the trip was made possible.
Gabe Gonzalez’20 Fulbright Scholar and Dance Artist
Gabe, who graduated from Beloit in 2020, where he double majored in dance and sociology identifies himself as a Mexican, Chinese artist who enjoys mixing artistic mediums, and finds playing with drag, video, and photography to be an important part of his process. We are thrilled to see all he has already accomplished since graduating.
Talents can appear in many facets and forms and sophomore Quynn Evans is an example of extraordinary talent at Beloit College. A dance major on the pre-med nursing track, Quynn comes from a dance background and realized her interest and enthusiasm for the art form even before coming to Beloit.