Director of Education • Choreography Agent
McDonald/Selznick AssociatesWith an extensive background as a professional dancer, former agent with Twentieth Century Artists, published author of Making The Move and Brain Snacks, keynote speaker and business entrepreneur, Shelli brings a wide range of experience as the Director of Education and Choreography Agent to the McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) team. Being the first agency to represent commercial dancers, MSA has since grown to representing some of the finest stage directors, producers, and production designers in the business.
In 2008, Shelli continued to develop MSA’s innovative thinking by creating the first Education Department for dancers within an agency. As a professional dancer from a young age, to structuring, directing and producing several national and international dance conventions, Shelli’s broad range of creative and business knowledge is widely recognized within the entertainment industry.
Shelli co-wrote the Commercial Dance BFA curricula for Studio School, and is an international keynote speaker for numerous colleges and universities regarding the dance industry. She is on the Advisory Board for both the Contemporary Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance programs for the Studio School and judge for the Television Academy, the College Emmy’s and the Spotlight Awards, to name a few.
Chair • Commercial Dance & Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film
Studio SchoolMichelle Loucadoux-Fraser has performed in five Broadway musicals including playing Hope Harcort with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in the Tony award-winning "Anything Goes", originating the Broadway cast of "The Little Mermaid" as Adella and eventually playing the title role of Ariel, performing the role of Babette in "Beauty and the Beast", originating the Broadway cast of "Mary Poppins", and singing alongside Paul McCartney in "Chance and Chemistry". Previous to joining Broadway, she danced professionally for New Jersey Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and was a trainee at the Richmond Ballet, performing roles from the Sugar Plum Fairy in the "Nutcracker" to "Balanchine’s Serenade". She studied dance at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York and Nutmeg Conservatory and vocal performance at Virginia Commonwealth University.
On screen, Michelle starred in the film Across the Universe, has appeared on television in Criminal Minds, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, will be seen in the upcoming film "The Bounce Back", and is on the board of the Los Angeles film collective We Make Movies. In her spare time, Michelle runs marathons, takes trips to teach kids in Nairobi, Kenya, and studies Krav Maga.
Krissie Odegard Geye
Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director • Choreographer/Dancer
Trifecta Dance CollectiveKrissie has been on staff for Goliard Concerts in New York City, The Ethnic Dance Theatre in St. Paul, MN, as well as clinician at the ATDI “Spirit of Tap” Conference and a faculty member for the New York City Public School system. For the past three years, she has produced a full length work in Anita’s Way in Times Square. She was selected to be a conference presenter at the International Dance Pedagogy Conference and Performance Festival at New Mexico State University in July 2017. She will serve as the resident Guest Choreographer at the College of Lake County Dance Department in September, 2018. She has also served master class clinician at Peridance New York, CRU Dance Minneapolis, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. Her choreography has been selected for the 2018 Spring Choreography Showcase at Peridance in NYC, Jennifer Mueller’s “Hatch” series in NYC, the Detroit Dance Festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Big River Dance Festival, The Exchange Choreography Festival in Tulsa, OK. In 2016, and was selected as one of 3 National Choreography Competition winners sponsored by Ovation TV. She is the four-time recipient of a space in the Dance Chicago’s “Choreographer’s Showcase” performance. This will be her fifth year as the Director of the National “Heart and Soul” Dance Company for CRU Dance. She is currently the proud Owner and Artistic Director of the Dance and Music Academy in Chicago, the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Trifecta Dance Collective, and the Co-Founder of the Metamorphosis; Fearless Evolution Dance Convention and Showcase.
Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director • Choreographer/Dancer
Trifecta Dance CollectiveCarrie Patterson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, began her training with the Atlanta Ballet and continued training in the summers with Houston Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater. In 2011, Carrie graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Carrie spent the 2011-12 season dancing with the Louisville Ballet. In the summer of 2012, Carrie moved to Chicago where she spent 2012-13 season as a trainee with Thodos Dance Chicago. Carrie has also danced in Chicago with Rephrase Dance Collective, Project606 Dance, and Nomi Dance Company. She choreographed works for the Louisville Ballet in their new works show of 2012, Thodos Dance Chicago’s new dances, and Nomi Dance Company’s Instrumental. Carrie is also a judge for CRU Dance and has directed their Elite Petite and Heart and Soul National Companies. In 2016, Carrie co-founded Trifecta Dance Collective, where she is a Co-Artistic Director to the Chicago based professional contemporary company. With TDC, Carrie has toured nationally. Keeping the TDC mission to engage, empower, and expand the community experience through the arts, Metamorphosis; Fearless Expression Convention and Showcase emerged to encourage youth artistic expression and empowerment.
Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap & Composition
Northern Illinois UniversityPaula Frasz “has the talent and vision made infinitely clear in the sharpest and best-designed work” announced Sid Smith in the Chicago Tribune. Tribune critic Lucia Mauro calls her, “…a standout”. Her many achievements include: Mordine & Company featured dancer and featured dancer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has been named Resident Choreographer of the Bosphorus Dance Company in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, MA. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is one of the founding choreographers of Chicago’s Next Dance Festival, whose work has been called “powerfully modern” by Lynne Voedisch of the Chicago Sun Times. She received the 1999 Ruth Page Award for Artistic Achievement in Choreography from the Chicago Dance Coalition, and the 2002 Artists Fellowship Award in Choreography from the Illinois Arts Council. From 2002 to 2015 Frasz was the Artistic Director of DanszLoop Chicago, a professional dance company which the Chicago Tribune calls “…a driving force on the Chicago dance scene.”
Ms. Frasz was a faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College for eight years. She is currently Professor of Dance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Presidential Teaching Fellowship, this master teacher has also been in residence at many colleges and universities, including St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN., the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, Southern Illinois University, Winona State University and St. Mary’s College in Minnesota, Harper College and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 2002, she started DanszLoop Chicago (nfp), a theatrical modern dance company performing in Chicago and the surrounding Metropolitan area. They performed at nearly 50 venues in their first year. The company made its New York debut in September of 2012, where critics said “Frasz’s powerful choreography brought an intriguing twist to this, and left me wanting more.”
In 2013 Frasz made her acting debut in “The Chorus Girl Plays” at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Frasz also received the 2002 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Excellence in Choreography. After a broken leg sidelined her in 2015, she taught dance for 3 months on a scooter, recorded her learning experiences as a handicapped dancer and then presented the findings at the International Fine Arts Conference in Athens, Greece. Her article “How Injury Changed the Way I Teach” appeared in the March 2017 edition of Dance Teacher Magazine.
In 2018 Frasz brought her dance ENUF to the American College Dance Regional Festival. It was selected as best in the Midwest and will be performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC at the National American College Dance Festival. The adjudicators described the work in the following way:
"ENUF reflects on the present and imagines a future rooted in the long Civil Rights movement, from the abolishment of slavery to Black Lives Matter. Through urgent athleticism, it creates collective and individual bodies of protest and power."
Ms. Frasz holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Butler University. She graduated from the University of Illinois with an M.F.A. She is also a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has served several terms on the Illinois Arts Council Dance Panel. Ms. Frasz is an active and vital member of Chicago’s dance community. She has performed, choreographed and taught at several locations internationally. “A tongue-in-cheek choreographer with a spunky stage presence” as Lucia Mauro of the Sun Times insists, Paula Frasz continues to produce her work around the United States and abroad. As one critic wrote: “This review is full of superlatives, but she deserves them. Thank you, Paula Frasz!”
Coordinator • Ballet & Modern Dance (Horton Technique)
Northern Illinois UniversityJudith Chitwood is a professor of dance at Northern Illinois University. She began her dance training in the Chicago area. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music studying under David McLain, Oleg Sabline and studied the Horton technique under James Truitte. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she taught at the University of Cincinnati and Kansas State University.
Ms. Chitwood’s performing career includes member of the Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet Company, guest artist with MOMENTA Dance Company in reconstructions of Humphrey/Weidman choreographic works and guest artist in many performances throughout Chicago. Ms. Chitwood is also a certified Pilates instructor in Romana’s Pilates, working under the Master Teachers, Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, and Juanita Lopez.
Ms. Chitwood is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, American College Dance Festival Association and also serves on the board of directors for the Doris Humphrey Society.
Ballet, Male Technique, Partnering, Dance History, Dance Pedagogy
Northern Illinois UniversityRich Grund began his dance training at Northern Illinois University where he completed his theatre BFA in dance performance with minors in music and acting. He trained for two summers in London with Nancy Kilgour and Anna DuBoisson and performed the acclaimed Eater of Hearts solo for the American College Dance Festival before graduating as the Dean’s Award recipient for the School of Theatre and Dance.
Upon graduation, Rich joined the Dayton Ballet, ultimately performing principal and soloist roles in over forty ballets in the company’s repertoire, including works by Alvin Ailey, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Colin Connor, Dermot Burke, Stephen Mills, Christian Holder, Rebecca Wright, Christopher Fleming and many others. His most recognized performances include leading roles in "Romeo and Juliet, TOMMY, Dracula, The Nutcracker, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers and There Was a Time". In addition he was appointed Rehearsal Captain for the company and assisted in staging company repertoire. He received the Josie Award in Dayton in 2008 for outstanding artistry in dance.
Rich toured three years with David Taylor Dance Theater, now Zikr Dance Ensemble, performing throughout the United States and internationally. Other international credits include dancing by invitation with the Finnish National Ballet and performing in Cuba for two weeks in 2000 having been commissioned through a grant from the Harkness Foundation.
Following his dancing career, Rich accepted appointment with Ballet Nouveau Colorado, now the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, as director of the School, managing all aspects of faculty and curriculum. CCD is one of only two National Guild Schools of the Arts in the state of Colorado. He is a current candidate of the Royal Academy of Dance MAE dance program and is proud to come home to NIU as an assistant professor in Dance with emphasis in classical ballet training, male technique and partnering.
Chair • Professor
Ohio State UniversityProfessor Susan Hadley was a principal dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, with whom she performed numerous original roles in works such as L’Allegro, Dido and Aeneus, and Mythologies. She was a member of Senta Driver's company HARRY and she performed with Meredith Monk. As rehearsal director for Mark Morris she worked with Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, with Zivili's premier of The Office, and with the Royal Opera's production of Platee. Her own work has been performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Repertory Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ballet Memphis, Ballet Pacifica, The University Dance Company, CATCO, and Drums Downtown. Hadley's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Choo San Goh Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, OSU College of the Arts, and Wexner Center for the Arts. Hadley teaches contemporary dance technique, composition, music and choreography, repertory and pedagogy. She is the recipient of the 2002 Colleges of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2006 OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the 2014 Ratner Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Areas of Expertise
• Pedagogy and Professional Practices
• MA in Dance, The Ohio State University
• BS in Physical Education, University of Colorado
Associate Professor of Dance • Director of Dance
University of KentuckySusie Thiel is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Director of Dance at UK. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from the University of Michigan. Susie performed in NYC with several modern dance companies, including the New York Dance Collective, Genesis Dance Company, Sharon Fogarty Dance Theatre and the Impulse Initiative. Her work in concert dance, musical theatre and theatre has been presented at a variety of venues including, the University of Kentucky in Theatre, Dance and Opera Theatre productions, Green Space Studio (NYC), three seasons at the Seagle Music Colony (NY), The American College Dance Festival (GA, AR, MS, OH), the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conference in Miami, The Moving Collective (KY), The Cincinnati Fringe Festival (OH), Anne Bogart’s Barn (NY), the Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Inner Mongolia Arts College (China), the Hainan Normal University (China) Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts and most recently in "The Days of ’98 Show, With Soapy Smith" (AK). Susie received the University of Kentucky’s 2016 Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award and she will serve as the conference coordinator for the 2020 American College Dance Association Conference hosted on UK’s campus.
Giordano Dance ChicagoAt the helm for 35 years, Nan’s leadership of Giordano Dance Chicago began in 1985 as Associate Director, and in 1993 was appointed the title of Artistic Director. Nan was trained by her father and mentor, Gus Giordano, who created the world-renowned Giordano Technique. Developer of the Nan Giordano Certification Program®, Nan is the world’s preeminent authority on the essence, discipline, progression and continuance of the Giordano Technique; the vision of the NGCP® is to provide worldwide, ongoing, and in-depth access to this ground-breaking dance form. She had an extensive performing career in concert dance, as well as in the industrial and fashion worlds. Before taking the reins on the artistic side, her concert dance experience began with Giordano Dance Theatre, apprenticing and then joining GDC. With her father at the helm of the company, she traveled and performed extensively around the world; she also had the opportunity to perform in numerous WTTW dance television specials choreographed by her father including the Emmy Award winning "The Rehearsal". When an injury ended her performing career in 1985, Nan became Associate Director of the company and was instrumental in establishing a working Board of Directors, which has evolved into today’s three separate boards. In the last thirty-four years, under Nan’s direction, GDC has established a high profile reputation for excellence in the Chicago dance community, as well as in the national and international dance worlds.
Nan has guided the development of a large and diverse repertoire. Sid Smith, former dance critic of the Chicago Tribune in his glowing review of one new work, wrote that it was “further evidence of artistic director Nan Giordano’s shrewd instincts for choreographic talent and excellent dancers.” Nan’s concert choreography credits include five works in GDC’s repertoire. On the commercial side Nan has choreographed several television commercials. Nan teaches master classes throughout the United States, and has toured internationally as guest teacher in many countries including Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, and Israel. She is also the driving force behind "Jazz Dance/Science & Health", GDC’s outreach program in three under-resourced Chicago Public Schools. Nan received the Manford Byrd Jr. Wizard of Oz Award for Outstanding Service from Howland School of the Arts. Nan is Artistic Director of Jazz Dance World Congress (JDWC), an event that draws dancers, choreographers, and teachers from more than 30 countries. Nan served three years on the Illinois Arts Council Dance Panel and also served on the Community Arts Assistance Program Dance Panel for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. She currently serves on the International Ballet Competition, National Honorary Committee, and the Advisory Board for Dance Magazine. She’s recently been recognized as a cover story in Dance Teacher Magazine’s January 2018 issue. Nan was also honored by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who declared June 9, 2018, Nan Giordano Day for her leadership and contributions to the Chicago community. In August 2018, Chicago Dancers United honored Nan (along with Lou Conte) with the Dance for Life Impact Award, recognizing her contributions to the Chicago dance community and Dance for Life. In celebration of Nan’s landmark year, the Chicago Tribune released their “2018 Chicagoans of the Year”, of which she was spotlighted as the city’s “Dance” honoree. Most recently, Nan was honored with the Grace Wakefield Lifetime Achievement Award by Star Dance Alliance at the Circle of Excellence Gala.
UNLV Department of DanceRichard Havey comes to UNLV having been the artistic director of the Zurich Tanz Theater School in Switzerland. He began his dance training with ballet in Northern California. He attended the Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago on a full scholarship, studying all forms of dance. He later became a soloist for Giordano Dance Chicago, and was trained as a teacher in jazz techniques.
He has taught throughout America and performed with many contemporary companies around the world including Le Ballet “Why Not in Paris,” Danny Burczeski Dance in New York, Dance Kaleidoscope Indianapolis, and First City Dance Theater in Florida. Havey also taught an educational program on dance around America with Sam Watson called Jazz Tour. This program toured performing arts schools as well as private schools presenting master classes and a lecture demonstration on choreography and dance in the world today. Later this was funded to enter into university programs.
Havey went on to perform with the Watson Dance Company. He has also studied the art of Chinese Medicine in the form of body therapy, which he now incorporates in his teaching techniques. He is a certified Zen Shiatsu Therapist. To add to his credits in bodywork, he studied a form of three-dimensional movements called Spiral Dynamiks, which he practiced in Zurich, Switzerland.
Havey continues to teach master classes and choreograph around the world and is a guest teacher as well as performer at the University of Arizona in Tucson for the National Jazz Showcase. He is furthering his studies in body therapy with voice and movement as well as TCM.
UNLV Department of DanceDolly Kelepecz has been a member of the dance faculty since 1983. Her first love is teaching ballet and Pilates. She was a professional dancer for more than 30 years, and currently provides the educational materials for Pilates studios around the world including Japan, Mexico, and Korea. She has published a Pilates book in both Korean and Japanese that is in its third printing and includes an instructional DVD.
Kelepecz has developed the Pilates program for the dance department and has also developed a Pilates certification program and a minor degree. She had her own television show that aired five days a week in Las Vegas called Healthy Lifestyles and has produced seven Pilates DVDs for the U.S. Market.
Questions in regards to scholarships should be directed to Dolly Kelepecz, [email protected]