Dance




Faculty/Staff

Assistant Professor of Dance - Modern

Carrie Brueck Morris, originally from Minnesota, graduated cum laude from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Dance and earned her M.F.A. in Dance at Temple University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University. Prior to her time in Michigan, Ms. Morris taught at Western Kentucky University, University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, and Temple University. She has been fortunate to work and perform with choreographers such as Lou Antonini, Marianela Boán, and Meghan Durham Wall, performing in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. Carrie has also produced her own choreography professionally in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia and, most recently, had her work presented in Civitavecchia, Italy.

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ADJUNCT - Ballet

Mary Lohman

Mary Lohman began her dance training with the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet under the direction of Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner. Her continued studies took her to the Joffrey, Boston, and Cleveland Ballet Schools, culminating as a scholarship student of David Howard in NYC.  Ms. Lohman has danced professionally with the Hartford Ballet, CT., Kintz Ensemble, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company and UICA Dance Collaborative. With the Grand Rapids Ballet, she was privileged to perform principal roles in many premier ballets, including Our Town with Phillip Jerry, and Mien Himmel with Winthrop Corey.

In musical theatre, Ms. Lohman has contributed as a dancer and choreographer at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Circle Theatre, Actor’s Theatre and Opera Grand Rapids. She was privileged to recently portray “Cassie” in A Chorus Line at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. She currently teaches ballet and yoga and does freelance work as a model and commercial talent.

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ADJUNCT - Jazz

Sarah Magoon is a dancer and choreographer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University, specializing in Jazz. During her time as a Professor she has created numerous works for the Dance Ensemble. She has also taught at Michigan Dance Day, The American College Dance Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, Brookwood Camps in NY, and Universities and Studios Nationwide. She has recently completed a Residency with Texas Tech University where she produced original work and taught classes. In the summer of 2011 Sarah choreographed, danced, and produced Shattering Limits a Professional dance showcase. In 2009, Sarah also graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A in Dance. In her time as a student Sarah had the opportunity to perform works by Battleworks, Peter Sparling Dance Company, Thang Dao Dance Company, Pascal Rioult, and many other companies from around the nation. Sarah also works as a teacher/choreographer at Dance Dimensions in Grand Rapids. Her choreography has received regional and national awards from numerous talent competitions. Most recently her work received the People’s Choice Award from the Federation of Dance Competitions. Sarah will be traveling to Mexico in September 2012 to receive her award. She has a tremendous passion for teaching, choreographing, and performing.

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ADJUNCT - Modern

Amy Wilson joined the Dance Faculty at GVSU in Winter, 2011. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University (WSU) with a BFA in Dance. Upon graduating, Amy moved to New York City and trained in the work-study program at Merce Cunningham Studio and at various New York City studios, including Dance Space, Peridance Center, Alvin Ailey, Limon, and Steps on Broadway. Moving to Grand Rapids in 2001, Amy began work with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) Dance Collaborative. She began instructing dance at city studios while forming Pick-Up Dance Project, choreographing and performing in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2008, Amy co-founded Dance In The Annex (DITA) a Grand Rapids local modern dance collective. DITA hosts Master Classes regularly throughout the year - with intensive sessions in the summer. DITA also produces bi-annual original and live events: including "Salmagundi" (annual Fall event) and "Trip The Light" (every spring.) DITA regularly performs at institutes and cultural centers throughout the city, including every ArtPrize, while classes and major performances take place at Wealthy Theatre.

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Adjunct - Ballet

 

Stephen Sanford joined the faculty of GVSU in the Fall of 2013.  Stephen trained and danced with Ballet Chicago Studio Company under the direction of Dan Duell and Patricia Blair, and with North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Duncan Noble. He has also trained with the School of American Ballet and Houston Ballet. Stephen has performed as a guest artist with Tulsa Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Geiger Ballet and Ballet Chicago. This is Stephen's twelfth season with the Grand Rapids Ballet. He is also a teacher at the SGRBC. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Julia and Elena and a son, Andrew.

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ADJUNCT - Costume Designer

Cat O'Callaghan joined the GVSU Dance Program as Costume
Designer in 2010. She studied millenery and dress making at London
College of Fashion and pattern drafting at Grafton Academy of Fashion in Dublin, Ireland. After living and working in Dublin theatre and
film for a decade, Catherine returned to the United States. She continued working in wardrobe and costume at Miller Auditorium, DeVos Concert Hall, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and Grand Rapids Ballet.   Cat is dedicated to community outreach and teaches costuming to Boys and Girls Club of America.  Cat has also worked with Cindy Lauper, Tom Wombat, Beauty & the Beast, Garfield, Disney On Ice, Edinburgh Film Festival, Samuel Beckett Trinity College Dublin, IRMA Awards shows, Theatre and Fashion shows in Camden Market London, Ireland, The Lion King, Mama Mia, Riverdance, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Grand Rapids Ballet, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College.

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Dance Musician

Alex Hamel is a multi-instrumentalist working professionally throughout West Michigan. He studied classical percussion and jazz drumset at GVSU, and middle eastern percussion and Balinese gamelan while working at Cornell University.
Alex's history with GVSU dance goes back almost ten years, when he began accompanying classes while still a student. In addition to dance accompaniment, he performs extensively in theatre pit orchestras throughout Grand Rapids and beyond, gigs locally with several bands in the area, including Pangea Steeldrum Band, and tours the country with local troupe Super Happy Funtime Burlesque. He fills the rest of his time recording many local acts live in concert, and in his studio in Grand Rapids.

 

 

 

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Dance Musician

Margi Derks Peterson has been accompanying for ballet since 1976. She has played for numerous teachers from Grand Rapids, as well as guests and visitors from all over the world, including Edward Villella, Charles Askegard, Patricia Barker, Tom Gold, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, and Mario Radacovsky. She has written a 35-minute ballet for the story of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, which has been recorded and subsequently performed several times by Grand Rapids’ Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble, with choreography and direction by Judy Genson. Margi works as a freelance musician, currently directing adult and children’s choirs at East Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, accompanying at Grand Rapids Ballet, and teaching private voice lessons. She also directs a middle school choir for the Vocal Music Workshop. She composes and arranges for a variety of musical soloists and ensembles, and performs as a church soloist and in musical theatre. Margi also music directs for local theatres, including Circle Theatre, Robeson Players, Actors Theatre, and various high schools.

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