School of Dance Alumni
Our Featured alumni go on to perform at the highest levels with award winning dance companies and on stages around the world, they lead, teach, inspire, and transform their communities through dance and movement in a variety of ways.
Featured Alumni 2010 – Current
Lily Gelfand (BFA/HTC ’18) – is originally from Youngstown, OH and is a performing apprentice with David Dorfman Dance in NY. While at Ohio University, Lily has had the pleasure of performing in works by David Dorfman, Kyle Abraham, and Joanna Kotze. As a skilled collaborative musician, Lily has accompanied class and composed for Molissa Fenley, Giada Ferrone, David Dorfman, and Davide Di Pretoro.
Corrinne Baily (BFA ’17) – is originally from Columbus, Corrine is a first-year company member and teacher with MamLuft&Co. Dance (ML&Co.), a Cincinnati based modern dance company. Certified Pilates Mat instructor. Find out more about Corrinne and ML&Co. at http://www.mamluftcodance.org/
Trezon Dancey (BFA ’17) - is from Hartford, CT and is in his first season as a company member with Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. (DCDC), an Ohio based modern dance company rooted in the African-American experience. Find out more about Trezon and DCDC at https://www.dcdc.org/
Curtis Johnson (BFA ’15) - company with the West Virginia Dance Co. (WVDC), the only professional touring dance company in the history of the Mountain State. Also performed with Theatre West Virginia’s 2015 summer season. Find out more about Curtis and WVDC at http://wvdanceco.com/.
Kristopher Terry (BFA ’14) - is dancing professionally through GO 2 Talent Agency in Burbank, CA. Recently performed on the 2015 American Music Awards and touring with pop singer and actress, Ariana Grande. See Kris in action at
Michael O’Neill (BFA ’13) – Current company member with RE/dance group in Chicago, IL that is dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. Read more about Michael and the company at https://www.redancegroup.org/
Kimberly Murry (BFA ’13) - Artist Services Assistant at The Yard. Former company member with Mordine and Company Dance Theater in Chicago and in NY she performed in BodyStories with Teresa Fellion Dance and served as the Rehearsal Director of Bryce Dance Company.
Earlyn Whitehead (BFA ‘13) - is a movement artist residing in Chicago, IL. Currently, she dances and performs with Nico Rubio and his tap company, 333, and with Kelly Anderson Dance Theater. Earlyn is a teaching artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and on faculty at Dovetail Studios in Chicago, IL and SoleUnique Dance Complex in Aurora, IL. Find out more about Earlyn at https://earlynwhitehead.com/about/
Megan Lee Gargano (BFA ’12)– Founder, Director and performer for the Movement Project, a Cleveland based dance company. Learn more about the Movement Project at http://www.themovementproject.org/
Sammy Donahue-Roth (BFA ’11) – Performer and company manager for Nadine Bommer Dance Co., a NY based dance company founded by Israeli choreographer Nadine Bommer. The company performs both locally and abroad. Check out the company’s website at http://www.nadinebommerdance.com/
Madeline Shrock (HTC ’11) Managing editor of Dance Magazine and Pointe Magazine in NYC. As an avid dance videographer and editor, she has worked on video projects for Bates Dance Festival and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company in Southern California. She served as a marketing and education manager for Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and is a former assistant editor—research for DanceMedia's various publications.
Whitney Joseph - (BFA ’11) from Ohio enlisted the assistance of OU business majors to create a business plan for her dream to run a dance studio in Zanesville, OH. Their plan advised her to buy the building she had planned to rent in economically challenged downtown – which she did. Her business, Movement on Main, houses a thriving dance and fitness business, a community theater, and rental music studios.
Elizabeth Chestang – (BFA ’10) Instructor at SoulCycle; Dancer/Actor/Model with Bloc Talent Agency in NY. Former member of the Brooklynettes Dance Team, the official NBA dance team for the Brooklyn Nets. Check out Liz’s Dance and Performance Reel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_K40VpJDoE
Featured Alumni 2000- 2009
Jesse Keller - (BFA ’09) is a member of Stephanie Batten Bland’s Birdlegs Dance Co. a company supported by Michail Baryshnikov’s NYC Center for Dance. Resident Director of Island Programs and Education at The Yard, a contemporary artist residency, dance and performance center in Chilmark, MA. Find out more about Jesse and The Yard at http://www.dancetheyard.org/jesse-keller
Angela Nicole Patmon (BFA ’08) – Dancer at The Metropolitan Opera, Wideman Davis Dance, and dancer/model for MAC Cosmetics in NY. Former company member of Joel Hall’s Dance and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s second company.
Kelly Southall - teaches at George Washington University and is the Associate Artistic Director and performer for the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance company (DTSBDC) out of Washington DC with the company representing the USA on state department supported tours. In 2001 he won the U.S. Midwest Championships in Traditional Irish Dance and qualified for the 2002 World Irish Dancing championships. Find out more about DTSBDC at http://dtsbdc.org/
Jessica Burcham Fox (BFA ’04) – is from West Virginia and established the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center (’06) in Huntington, WV to serve as a hub of art activity in the tri-state area. The space incorporates classes, workshops and both community & in-house performances. JPAC’s dance school prides itself as one of the only non-competitive schools in the area that focuses on the process of creating in the arts.
Caroline Londergan (BFA ’04) – Owner of the White House Pilates Studio in Redondo Beach, CA. She was the first to introduce the amazing benefits of Pilates to The White House, the United States Secret Service, and the Washington D.C. SWAT Team. Over the two-year contract with The White House she designed personalized Pilates and Yoga sessions for the members of Capital Hill, CIA Agents, Secret Service Agents and White House Officials.
Anna Sullivan (BSS ’04) – is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the multi-media dance theater project, Anna and The Annadroids. Sullivan is originally from Columbus, Ohio and received a Bachelors of Specialized Studies in Choreography, Performance, and Cultural Anthropology from Ohio University. Find out more about Anna and the Annadroids at https://annadroids.com/
Megan Pitcher (BFA ’02) – Founder, Artistic Director, and Interdisciplinary Artist for Meglouise a collaborative movement and media-based performance group in Chicago. You can find out more about Meglouise at http://www.meglouise.info/
Joshua Dean (BFA ’01)-
is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Dance at Pace University in NY and is a performer, choreographer, and aerialist. He has danced for the legendary Twyla Tharp and several NYC dance companies. He is also the co-owner of Aerial Art NYC and has performed aerial dance around the globe. Joshua is also a member if 2 Ring Circus, a NY based Aerial dance and performance company.
Check out Josh’s website at http://www.aerialjosh.com
Featured Alumni 1990 - 1999
Nathan Andary (BFA ’99) – is an Associate Lecturer on the dance faculty at Ohio University and holds a M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland—College Park (2012). Nathan is a Laban/Bartenieff certified movement analyst and Somatic movement educator. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Ohio Dance
Christine Camper - earned four degrees from OU, starting with a BFA in Dance, an MA, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction all from the College of Fine Arts, and a MEd from The Patton College of Education. Former Arts Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education and Assistant Professor of Dance at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina.
Lesley Kennedy (BFA ’93) – 2013 School of Dance Outstanding Alum. Certified AcroYoga Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, Pilates instructor, Reiki Healer. Danced with Mikhail Baryishnikov and Azure Barton in NYC. Member Doug Elkins Dance Company. NY.
Suzi Shelton (BFA ’93) - is a children's music recording artist who has been performing music for kids around her home base in New York City for the past 10 years. Growing up in Chesterland, Ohio, Suzi studied early childhood education and dance. Find out more about Suzi at https://www.suzishelton.com/
Kristen Daley (BFA ’92)– Dance Department Chair and Professor at Sonoma State University. Toured and performed nationally and internationally with Doug Elkins Dance Company in NYC.
Regina Klenjoski (BFA ’92) - Founder and Artistic Director of Regina Klenjoski Dance Company (RKDC) based in Los Angeles.
“Regina Klenjoski (is one) of the most active and ambitious dance makers leading Southland contemporary companies”-Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times.
“A dynamic, graceful and indefatigable presence”- Victoria Looseleaf, Los Angeles Times.
Find out more about RKDC at www.rkdc.org.
Featured Alumni 1980 - 1989
Jane Weedon (BFA ’89) – Therapist at Work Space in NY, specializing in Physical Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Body, and Infant Massage. Arts Administrator for Hospital Audiences, Inc., an organization that brings the arts to the mentally ill and developmentally challenged.
Sarah Gamblin (BFA ’88) - Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Women’s University. MFA from University of Washington, faculty member Performed and toured internationally with Bebe Miller Dance Co. in NYC. Find out more about Sarah at https://sarahgamblindance.com/
James Adlesic (BFA ’86) - Location scout and manager for TV Show “Law and Order” in NYC. Recipient of a $7,000 grant for choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Touring North and South America with Merian Soto, Pepon Osorio and other NYC-based artists. Performer in independent films.
Nick Carlisle (BFA ’84) – Dance Faculty at Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH. His extensive performance career includes membership in the Tom Evert Dance Company, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels and MorrisonDance, as well as appearances with the Cleveland Opera, the Repertory Project and the Lakeland Civic Dance Company.
RoseAnne Spradlin (BFA ’83) - 2003 Bessie Award Recipient. Certified Movement Analyst, Body Mind Centering Practioner; Independent performer/choreographer, NYC, private movement therapist/educator. Former dance faculty at ADF in North Carolina and NYC.
Mimi Goese (BFA ’82) - 1990 Bessie Award Recipient. Currently recording with several composers and bands Hugo Largo and Delilah. Independent performance artist/singer, NYC.
Anne Lobst (BFA ’82)- 1989 Recipient of Bessie Award. Independent performance artist/actress; co-director DanceNoise, NYC.
Lucy Sexton (BFA ’82) - Producer of film and theatrical work in NYC. 1989 Recipient of Bessie Award. Independent performance artist, co-director of DanceNoise, NYC. See Anne and Lucy’s performance art work “King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut” in NY.
Featured Alumni 1969 - 1979
Vanessa Bell-Calloway (BFA ’79) – A 1994 Recipient of Ohio University’s Medal of Merit Award, Vanessa is a NY and LA based actress and dancer and has performed on stage, in films and for tv in productions like “Dreamgirls,” “All My Children,” “Coming to America” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It.” She has also starred in several NBC and CBS sitcoms. Find out more about Vanessa at https://vanessabellcalloway.com/.
John McLaughlin (BFA ’79) - Recipient of Bessie Award. Formerly member Douglas Dunn Co., Served as visiting faculty member at the University of North Carolina after returning from teaching at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts; founder of “Before the Dancing Company,” in Perth, Australia. Current faculty member in Mississippi.
Nancy Allison Smith (BFA ’76) – An award-winning director/producer, choreographer and performer based in New York and recipient of 2002 Ohio University College of Fine Arts Outstanding Alumna Award. In addition to extensive training in classical, world and modern dance techniques she is also certified in Laban Movement Analysis and ISHTA Yoga. Nancy’s award-winning films have screened at film festivals throughout the world. You can view a sample of Nancy’s work at https://vimeo.com/user7561544
Linda Sohl-Ellison (BFA ’75) - 2006 Outstanding Alum of School of Dance. MFA, UCLA; professor at Orange Coast College in La; director/choreographer/performer, Rhapsody in Taps, Los Angeles; former member Jazz Tap Ensemble. Recently finished choreography project with Gregory Hines. Performing in California, New York City and Europe. Stikato, her dance for BYU received commendation at American College Dance Festival, '97.
Thomas Evert (BFA ’73) - 2005 Outstanding Alum School of Dance, Dancer/Choreographer and Artist. Former soloist, Paul Taylor Dance Co., NYC; former faculty, Cleveland State University and director of Tom and Susana Evert Dance Co. of Cleveland. Find out more about Tom Evert at http://www.dancevert.org/
Deborah Riley (BFA ’72) - Currently artist-in-residence and administrator, The Dance Place, Washington, D.C. Recipient of 2001 Outstanding Alum of School of Dance. MFA, University of Illinois, former member Douglas Dunn and Dancers and Independent choreographer/performer working with Diane Frank.
Roger Preston-Smith (BFA ’72) – Performed on Broadway and in the touring companies for, “Peter Pan,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Served as assistant choreographer for CBS movie, “Gypsy,” starring Bette Midler.
JoAnn Fregalette-Jansen (BFA ’72)- Choreographer and performer in the movie “Michael” with John Travolta, other movie choreography credits include “The Astronaut’s Wife,” “Remember the Titans,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Lucky Number,” “The Mexican,” “What Dreams May Come,” “Rosell,” Target and the X-Files. Writer, producer and choreographer for “Dirty Dancing Havana Nights.” Former member Dan Wagoner Dance Company; guest artist teacher at California Institute for the Arts.
Diane Frank (BFA ’69) - Faculty at Stanford University MFA, University of Illinois; former member Douglas Dunn and Dancers; independent choreographer/dancer working with Deborah Riley; former teacher, Merce Cunningham Studio.