Alumni News

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Rain Stippec (13) After dancing on tour in China, Rain was appointed to the newly established position of Department Assistant for the Department of Dance at Webster University.

Hannah Grigereit (13) is a performer and choreographer at Song & Song Music Lounge in Haikou, Hainan, China.

Ashley McQueen (13) is a company member with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company.

Paige Walden (13) is a company member with Leverage Dance Theater and Karlovsky & Company Dance.

Hope Harl (12) is a company member with Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH.

Sam Mitchell (13) is a company member with Modern American Dance Company and performs with Karlovsky & Company Dance.

Raii Morehead (13) is an apprentice with Modern American Dance Company.

Julianna "Jules" Appleby (Fitts) is Aquatic Coordinator and dance/fitness instructor at the Meyer Center, Cox Fitness Center in Springfield, MO. 

Summer Beasley is Head of Dance at Mary Institute Country Day School and performs with Leverage Dance Theater and Karlovsky and Company.

plankMary Lorraine (M.L.) Benschoter-Miller created Mid-America Theatre Dance Companyis the director of Mary Lorraine's Dance Center in Omaha, NE and a Choreographer and Artist in the Schools. 

Amy Bishop is a senior yoga teacher at PURE Yoga in New York City (Pure Yoga was voted "Best Yoga" in 2009 and 2010 by New York Magazine). She also works as a free-lance personal trainer. 

Loryl Breitenbach performs with ANNONYArts and Turn of Change Dance Collective

Heather Brown is a principal company member with Chicago Human Rhythm Projects' performing tap ensemble, BAM! 

Sandy Buskenlives in New York City and dances for Carnival Cruise Lines. Along with teaching and mentoring students at University of the Arts and at Marymount Manhattan College,

Tymberly Canale continues to perform with New York City-based Big Dance Theater in a new piece--Man in a Case, alongside Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Stacey Carlson is freelancing with aerial arts, pilates and modern dance in South Africa. 

Margie Charmette is the co-owner of Charmette Academy of Dance & Acrobatics, Inc. with Angie Klevorn, a Webster alum.

Cornelius Carter is chair of the Dance Department at the University of Alabama. 

Kait Coats is pursuing her Pilates certification for both mat and reformer at Smart Workout in Manhattan. 

Elizabeth Conway is the owner and director of DanceStation. 

Valerie Cortier, while dancing with Eidolon Ballet, is on faculty as well as the Director of the Summerdance program at Ballet Academy East in NYC.

Maggi Konkel Dueker teaches as an adjunct at Webster University and at Renee Johnson's Dance Studio. 

Amanda Edgar teaches at MICDS and is a founding member of En L'air Aerial Dance Company.

Amanda (Eresh) Farrar is Executive Director of Barrel of Monkeys Productions in Chicago.

Amber Franek is a company member and outreach director of Advocate Arts in Atlanta and teaches at Lifetime Fitness and Dance Warehouse. 

Dana Fykerud is the owner of Lift Pilates Studio, Inc. and Lift Girl Online Pilates in Seattle. 

Dianna Andrews Gaither is an adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, owner of Turning Pointe Academy of Dance in Maryville, IL and co-founder of Turn of Change Dance Collective. 

Mallory Gittemeier is a member of Kacico Contemporary Dance Company, Voler Aerial Ensemble, and Gurukul Indian Dance Company in Kansas City, MO. 

Jamie Graham, a New York-based freelance dancer and Pilates Instructor, is one half of the dance theater/comedy improv duo, The Raving Jaynes with Amy Larimer; performs regularly with Jenny Rocha's Painted Ladies; is involved in weekly workshops and performances at senior centers throughout Manhattan with Dances for A Variable Population;and is in rehearsals with Barbara Mahler for a Judson Church performance in January. 

Jennifer Haberberger is the owner and director of Villa West Dance. 

Lorianne Hagan is adjunct faculty in dance at Webster University. 

Hannah Haidar teaches and performs at Studio A Dance in LA.

Stephanie Betz Hansen owns a studio in Rolla. 

Isaac D. Hester is pursuing a career in performance and choreography in New York City.

Claire Hilleren performs with Modern American Dance Company.

Jennifer Huffman is touring internationally with Diavolo Dance Theater based in Los Angeles, also teaching and setting works across the LA area and Orange County. 

Ashley Humphrey is working in fundraising, teaching dance at Renee Johnson's Dance Studio, and coaching the Junior Varsity dance team at Westminster Christian Academy. 

Ellen Isom is adjunct faculty at Webster University and works with Stages and Visitation High School. 

Natasha Jansen and Tanya Shea are owners and directors of Motion Express. 

Alicia Rehahn Jonas is the owner and director of Arts in Motion, also a freelance dancer/choreographer in St. Louis.

Sarah (Keating) Oates performs with THE MASSIVE.

Kelsey Keil is training and choreographing in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lauren Kelly freelances in St. Louis. 

Kelly Kirkpatrick is the owner and director of On Your Toes. 

Jillian Lange performs in Acapulco, Mexico. 

Regina Laughlin is a dance project coordinator for Princess Cruise Lines. 

Tara Webbe Filomena Cacciatore is working for Common Thread Contemporary Dance, Dawn Karlovsky & Dancers and choreographing under prOject: le.Lux

Mark Lusk is a physical therapist. 

Rachael Malone is Event Planner for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce in CO, teaches private and group yoga and volunteers for Second Wind Fund of Boulder County and StandUp 4 Kids. 

Andrea Miller Manfrede teaches for Motion Express. 

Eve Mason is performing with Solevita Dance Company in Los Angeles, working with Daniel Bedingfield and in several commercial gigs, including television shows such as MTV's MADE. 

Katie Martin is author of The Midwesterner's Guide to Living in L.A. 

Dina Ballard Maticiuc is Core Dancer and Community Program Assistant with Aerial Dance Chicago. 

Ashreale McDowell is a dancer with Beyond Measure Dance Theater Company, and a teacher's assistant at Jefferson Elementary's after school program through COCA.

Kirsten McKeown teaches and freelances in St. Louis. 

Katelyn Minnick works in NYC at Truce Fitness and Nutrition Center, a part of Harlem Children's Zone. 

Miranda Miller is a company dancer for Big Muddy Dance Company.

Leslie (Dannewitz) Murphy is Director of the Performance Team at Renee Johnson's Dance Studio and is also creating her own aerial and tap show in April through ANNONYArts entitled Elements

Kristen Nordstrom is Store Manager of Crate and Barrel, NYC, and is a freelance choreographer. 

Angela Fleddermann Miller is assistant professor at Millikin University.

Julie Opiel is dancing with Ballet Memphis. 

Janele Oros is a company member with Common Thread Contemporary Dance, and works as a dancer and choreographer with Dawn Karlovsky and Dancers.

Carolyn Pautz, who received an MA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from NYU, has been organizing, performing and working in the Afro-modern and Afro-Latino community in NYC and owns OAK Performance and Development, an athletic training and rehabilitation company.

John Payne is Furniture Manager of Crate and Barrel in Calgary Canada. 

Sheila Rabbitt directs Sheila Rabbitt and Dancers

Kathleen Radke teaches at COCA. 

Kimberly Revie-Buchheit is the owner and director of Dance Class, based in two locations. 

Margie Rowe is the first Owner/Director of Charmette Academy of Dance & Acrobatics, Inc. in Webster Groves.  

Margaret Sarmiento is performing with Sesame Street Live and She-Figured Dance Company in Martha's Vineyard and receiving her pilates certification. 

Sherry Schmidt directs dancers at Harrah's. 

Laura Shelton is freelancing in Europe. 

Tyne Shillingford is teaching at Visceral Dance Center, Co-Founder/Assistant Artistic Directorfor Chicago Verge Dance Theatre.

Amy Shure is a freelance aerial artist. 

Alexandra Smith teaches at Dance Floor. 

Lindsay (Kelly) Stewart is co-founder of Turn of Change Dance Collective, is a lecturer at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and teaches for the Center of Creative Arts.

Heather Sultz is director of SultzDance and Keyhole Residencies, based in Los Angeles, and continues to choreograph, dance, act, and educate

Nicki Tipton Tallent performs with ANNONYArts and teaches at Visitation Academy. 

Matthew Schmitz is a founding member of Ashani Dances and is touring nationally with Eisenhower Dance Ensemble as well as teaching in the metro area of Detroit.

Audrey Simes is artistically directing her own choreographic/performance art work and teaching with Leverage Dance Theater.

Traci Tibbets Soule is a free-lance dance educator in St. Louis.  

Lara Turek is Manager of Donor Relations at STAGES St Louis.

Melissa Turvey is performing with Common Thread Contemporary Dance

Kacy Voskuil owns and directs St. Louis Academy of Dance, directs the company Pazazz and is a regional director of National Dance Week.

Tara Webb is the Youth Program Administrator for Paul Taylor Co and a freelance teacher in NYC.

Gretchen Wiedt is artistic director at Renee Johnson's Dance Studio. 

Leigh-Anne (Wencker) Stump is living in Portsmouth, RI and is a guest teacher at Main Street Dance in Hammond, LA.

Jessica Williams coaches a Color Guard and Winter Guard team at Windsor High School in Imperial, MO. 

Rachael Beach Woerther teaches at On Your Toes.

Joselyn Renae Simms is interning with the Big Muddy Dance Company.