Originally from St. Paul, Jennie Becker graduated with a B.A. in Theater/Dance and Biology from Luther College. While at Luther, she was able to intensely study contact improvisation with Jane Hawley and Amanda Hamp. Jennie relocated to Chicago after graduation to explore her passion in dance. In Chicago, she was fortunate to work with Aerial Dance Chicago, The Massive, and The Monocle Eclectic Dance Company. She had the opportunity to work with directors/choreographers: Chloe Jensen, Kyle Vincent Terry, Kathryn Burrows, Karen Fisher Doyle, and Tracy Von Kaenel. Jennie is grateful for returning to such a welcoming and artistic community in the Twin Cities and is very excited for her third season with Alternative Motion Project!
Stav Comay grew up in the Twin Cities dancing ballet at the Minnetonka Dance Theater and the Academy of Russian Ballet. She dove into modern dance at the University of Iowa where she received her B.A. in Dance and B.B.A. in Marketing. While in school, she performed in many pieces, including works by Nick Leichter, Charlotte Adams, and Sean Thomas Boyt. She was also a part of the University’s Dancers in Company, where she enjoyed touring Iowa and Illinois performing at schools, theatres, and community centers. Since graduating, Stav has spent a summer working and dancing in Israel, began pursuing her 230-hour yoga teaching certification, and snagged herself a full-time job. Stav is excited to be performing with AMP for her first season!
Michelle DiMeo is originally from Milwaukee, WI where she received her BFA in Dance from UWM. She spent five seasons with Milwaukee's Wild Space Dance Company, performing, teaching and creating. She has also performed with Your Mother Dances, Foothold, and Danceworks Performance Company (guest artist for Simone Ferro). In addition to AMP, since relocating to the Twin Cities she has had the privilege of working with Off-Leash Area Contemporary Performance works, Sally Rousse and choreographing and performing for film director Ann Prim. Michelle is also a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor. She is excited to be performing in her fourth season with AMP and grateful to be apart of this talented and inspiring group of artists.
Stephanie Flanagan (Shirek) is elated to join AMP for a third season! She received her BA from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has performed professionally with and for many local artists, most recently; Live Action Set, Emily King, Jessica Briggs and Time Track Productions (Paula Mann). Stephanie is a massage therapist in the Twin Cities and a corgi enthusiast.
Alexis Heruth graduated from Mankato State University with the honorable distinction of cum laude. In the spring of 2014, She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While at MSU Alexis traveled to St. Olaf College, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee, and hosted the American College Dance Festival, where she was the assistant to the director. She performed in several Gala concerts, including Daniel Stark's Crash, which was selected for the Kennedy Center. During her time at school she had a opportunity to dance in works by Zenon Dance Company, Stuart Pimsler, Alan Sener, Mary Davies Stark, Jeffrey Petterson, Penelope Freech, Gabriel Anderson, Lynn Andrews, Dr. Julie Kerr-Berry, and Daniel Stark. At Mankato, she was the student choreographer for two main stage shows, the musical, Spring Awakening, where she received recognition from the Kennedy Center and Carmina Burana, the first collaboration between the theatre and dance department along with the music program. Alexis hopes to continue her journey creating other choreographic material. She received the Bunny Just Musical Theatre scholarship two years in a row, along with several outstanding performance awards. Alexis currently teaches at Woodbury Dance Center dance studio and is extremely excited to be dancing with AMP for their 4th season! (photo by Dan Norman)
Karin Jarvise is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she began her dance training at En Avant School of Dance. She also danced at various other studios including Diamond School of Dance, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet Arts Minnesota, and Minnesota Dance Theater. Karin attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she graduated with the distinguishable honor of Cum Laude and a B.F.A in Dance. During her time at Belhaven, Karin had the opportunity to work with numerous guest artists including Vincent Hardy, Whitney Dufrene, Steve Rooks, and Vincas Greene. She was also part of the Dance Ministry Ensemble for two years. DME is an outreach group that performs in numerous venues in the Jackson community including, churches, assisted living centers, and youth homes. Karin also acts as a substitute and occasional teacher of ballet and modern dance at En Avant. This will be Karin’s first season with AMP, and she is very excited to be dancing with this amazing company.
Sarah Johnson, , originally from the Twin Cities, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) from which she holds a B.A. in Dance. Sarah has an interest in art as a global form of expression and communication. She has trained, performed, and taught dance in Mexico, Costa Rica, China and India. Sarah has also performed in and presented her own work at the American College Dance Festival. Currently, Sarah directs and teaches at Celebrate Dance Academy, teaches at North Central University, dances with Eclectic Edge Ensemble and is a freelance musical theatre choreographer at various high schools. Sarah also performed in Singing in the Rain at BCT under Michael Matthew Ferrell. Much love and thanks to my David, friends, family and to God. This is Sarah’s fourth season with Alternative Motion Project.
Lydia Kantor danced as a youth at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theatre, and she continued her training at St. Olaf College. During her time as an undergraduate, she performed with St. Olaf Companydance and spent 6 months in Chile where she studied tango and ballet. Since graduating she has performed in companies such as Li Chiao-Ping Dance, a modern company based in Madison, WI, Curio Dance, led by Dario and Giselle Mejia, and Jolene Konkel Dance Collective. For her, dance is joy, and she is thrilled to join Alternative Motion Project for her first season. (Photo by Brian Kantor)
Erin Ross was born into a family of musicians. She began studying dance at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theater. At age 16, she became an Apprentice with the Minnesota Dance theater, under the direction of Lise Houlton, where she performed Nutcracker Fantasy, Swingin’ Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake. She spent summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she received the Fine Arts Award for Ballet, at ABT and Complexions in New York, Houston Ballet and the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project Professional Workshop in Denver. In 2012 she graduated from the Alonzo King Lines Training Program in San Francisco, and soon after moved to Miami to dance with the Dance Now Ensemble for a season. Since returning to the Twin Cities, Erin has danced at the 2013 Fringe Festival in Helen Hatch’s There is no Myth project, and is also pursuing a singing/ songwriting career. Her vocal work has been heard on ads for Minnesota Lottery, Khols, the Gap and her songs have been featured on MPR The Current. She works as an instructor at the Foss Swim School and is thrilled to be joining Alternative Motion Project for her 1st season.
Jesse Schmitz-Boyd lives in St.Paul and holds a B.A in Dance from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. At UWSP, he danced featured roles in Susan Marshall & Company's Other Stories and Billy Sigenfeld's God of Dirt. Jesse toured with Chicago based RE|Dance Company. Locally, Jesse has performed with Off - Leash Area and Time Track Productions. His choreography has been presented at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Ritz Theatre and Movement Arts Day (Eau Claire, WI). Currently he teaches at several area studios including Zenon Dance School, Children's Theatre Company and Ballare Teatro. In his free time, Jesse enjoys science fiction television, gummy worms and croquet. This is Jesse's fourth season with Alternative Motion Project.
Crystal Secor is a 2008 graduate of the University of MN where she received her BFA in dance. While studying at the U of MN she had the opportunity to work with Guest Artists Ananya Chatterjae, Bebe Miller, Sardono Kusumo, as well as local artists Jeffery Peterson and Karen Charles of the Threads Dance Project. Prior to here studies at the U of MN, Crystal completed a BS in Kinesiology from the University of WI, Eau Claire. While at UWEC she participated in the Concert Dance Company, a student organized dance group that presented choreography and participated in ACDFA. She is a current member of Eclectic Edge Ensemble, a Minneapolis based Jazz dance company, which aims to present a fresh perspective on Jazz dance here in the Twin Cities and has been a member since 2009. When she’s not rehearsing she teaches tap, jazz and ballet at the studio where she grew up dancing as a Senior Competition Assistant. She has also participated with the Lux Winterguard, an independent colorguard that provides educational and performance opportunities in the art of colorguard. She is thrilled to be a part of the AMP family. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support!
Bridgett Tegen began her professional dance training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women's studies with Honors. In Milwaukee, she performed with Gerald Casel (Stephen Petronio Company) and the site-specific company, Wild Space Dance. Since returning to Minneapolis, Bridgett has apprenticed with ARENA Dances in addition to participating in miscellaneous projects with Paula Mann, Mad King Thomas and BodyCartography. Bridgett is grateful to be performing in a thriving dance community and is excited to be back on stage with the AMP for her third season!
Lauren Vanchina received her BA in Dance and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2014. While at Iowa, Lauren immersed herself in several aspects of dance study: she taught the kiddos how to shuffle with the University of Iowa Youth Ballet, performed across Iowa as a member of Dancers in Company, and studied dance history and theory as an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow under the guidance of scholar Rebekah Kowal. She has performed in works by Gabriel Anderson, Charlotte Adams, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener, Lisa Gonzales, Ester Baker-Tarpaga, and Olivier Tarpaga. Lauren interned with Dance Magazine in the summer of 2013, and her contributions to the magazine appear in several issues from late that year. Since moving to Minneapolis, Lauren has continued teaching dance at Prairie School of Dance and at The Movement Lab, as well as integrating creative movement into her preschool classroom. She is excited for her first season dancing with the artists of AMP!
Morgan Elizabeth Veldhuizen is a Point Park University graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Modern. Most recent credits include: “Module” with Sidra Bell Dance New York, “The Dirty Ball” with Attack Theatre (Pittsburgh), “Hubbard Street: Fatum Inflictum” Terence Marling (Point Park University), and “Side Street Walk” Raphael Xavier (Point Park University). During her time in Pittsburgh she focused much of her energy on choreography and composition. Her most notable choreography projects: “Isn’t it Tactile” (SCP), “Enjoy Your Worries” (SCP), “No Bad Dreams, No Paranoia” (Point Park University Showcase), “Joyas” (Point Park University Showcase). Morgan could not be more excited to join Alternative Motion Project and would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for their unconditional love and support!