Meet the Artists Behind January 2019’s Get It Out There


Get It Out There

January 26, 2019
4pm, 6pm & 8pm
at Danceworks Studio Theatre, 1661 N. Water Street


Danceworks Artistic Director Dani Kuepper will present the latest installment of Get It Out There, a twice yearly concert of works in progress by emerging and established artists through the Danceworks DanceLAB. This Get It Out There‘s three distinct shows will feature new work created by local performing artists from various disciplines, ranging from contemporary to Irish dance to a blend of hip hop and classical Indian dance, and will also feature several of Danceworks’ performance workshops.

Colin GawronskiLighting Designer & Stage Manager


Colin Gawronski is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s Theatre Program and Milwaukee native. Colin currently works as the master electrician in the Studio Theater at Skylight Music Theater. He has worked with such local companies as Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Renaissance Theaterworks, Optimist Theater, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, UWM Dance, Danceworks Inc., Next Act, Chamber Theatre, Kohl’s Wild Theater, PrideFest Milwaukee and Bard and Bourbon. Colin has also worked with the Sacramento Music Circus, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and with the Indianapolis and Chicago Fringe Festivals. Favorite productions include: Russian Transport, Frankie and Johnny, Stories From a Life, The Glass Menagerie, SerendipityMauritius, Thrill Me, In A Black Mood, Gruesome Playground Injuries, My Fair Lady, Lamps for My Family, and Vagabondare. Give Love Always.

Katelyn Altmann: on the lip of my lung; what determines change


Katelyn Altmann is a movement artist, collaborator and improvisor in her final year of study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee currently pursuing her BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. Looking back at her time at UW-Milwaukee, she has worked closely with various International artists, Milwaukee-based artists, faculty members and guest artists. Collaboration with these artists and community members is key within her curation and creative exploration processes.

Emily Bolwerk: I am woman, hear me


Emily Bolwerk has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from UW-Milwaukee. She has performed in faculty and student performance while at UWM and created work for two student showcases as well. She is trained in modern technique and has most recently performed with Liz Sexe Dance Company in Madison, WI.

Emily, Emily Bennett, and Amy Sutheimer went to UWM together and are now excited to collaborate and make art again.

Fusion Dance Collective: We Can Start Again


Fusion Dance Collective is a group of Milwaukee dancers who are passionate about dancing, choreographing and collaborating. We all danced in college and wanted to continue dancing after college.

Gabrielle Rose Garcia: Entropy

Gabrielle Rose Garcia is an artist from Saint Paul, Minnesota whose choreography has been chosen from workshop form for multiple encore performances in Beloit College’s Cheloina. Their work also has received a Student Choreography Award in Cathy Roe’s Dance Competition in 2013. Their education has centered around dance since the beginning of their high school career at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Garcia has performed in multiple touring works such as Faux Fur by Gina T’ai in the World Dance Alliance, Held Accountable by Chris Johnson at the White Privilege Conference and Social Construction also by Chris Johnson at the Going Dutch Festival, the World Dance Alliance, and the Detroit Dance City Festival where they were awarded with artist exchange to DUMBO Dance Festival in fall of 2019. Garcia’s most recent work-in-progress stems from a combination of knowledge learned in their undergraduate degree at Beloit College where there is a mixing of concepts learned in geology and dance to create an organic and grounded composition.

Alisha Jihn: wǒmen


Alisha Jihn is a mover and licensed dance/movement therapist. From the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy to the American Dance Festival, she developed her passion for movement and studied dance and dance/movement therapy at St. Olaf College and Columbia College Chicago respectively. Alisha Jihn was a 2017-2018 U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Taiwan focusing on cross-cultural dialogue on dance/movement therapy.

Molly Kiefer: Stories about my oatmeal bowls and other life events


Molly Kiefer is a movement artist and researcher currently working in Milwaukee, WI.  She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with degrees in dance and psychology. She currently teaches with Danceworks’ Generations community program. Her movement and research interests focus largely on the primacy of movement, embodiment, and how the physical and theoretical notions of Somatic practices explore these concepts. Choreographically, Molly explores the mundane and draws from sensorial aspects of everyday life.

Dani Kuepper: In this thing together


Dani Kuepper is the Artistic Director of Danceworks and has been a member of the Danceworks Performance Company since 1998. As a Danceworker, she has enjoyed the opportunity to choreograph on every DPC season in her tenure and to collaborate extensively in the Milwaukee community with established organizations as well as independent artists. Dani received both her BFA and MFA from UW-Milwaukee, where she has been a faculty member of the UWM Dance Department since 1999. As an undergraduate at UWM, Dani choreographed and performed the solo, Mrs. Schultz, which was selected to be presented at the national American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She was honored in 2009 as a “Forty Under 40” recipient by the Business Journal of Milwaukee, received the UWM Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award for non-tenure track instructors in 2010 and was awarded with the Outstanding Perforamance & Choreography Award from the Wisconsin Dance Council in 2018.

Amanda Laabs: the beginning of the end


Amanda Laabs is a mover, an artist, and an art-maker. Laabs is currently a fourth-year undergrad at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance and Choreography and a minor in Somatics. Her emphasis is in modern, contemporary, and improvisation. At UWM she has performed works by faculty, Simone Ferro, Maria Gillespie, Dani Kuepper, and guest artists, Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Holly Johnston. Most recently she has performed with WildSpace Dance Company and Hyperlocal MKE.

Gina Laurenzi: alam; Ombra dell’illusione


Gina Laurenzi graduated from the University of WI – Milwaukee (UWM) with a BFA in Dance – Choreography & Performance. Currently Ms. Laurenzi performs with Danceworks Performance Company, serves as the Artistic Manager for Danceworks Youth Performance Company (DYPC), is a guest choreographer for the Makaroff Youth Ballet (Appleton, WI), and an associate lecturer at UWM. Creator of the Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, Ms. Laurenzi looks forward to bringing new works of dance to life in 2019.

Jacqui Lefebvre: Havana


Jacqui Lefebvre joined the Danceworks faculty in 2006 when she began teaching Ballroom and Latin dance classes for both children and adults. She is also the lead ballroom teacher for the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program. Originally from England, Jacqui has been in the United States for 20 years.

Catey Ott Thompson: Yesterday’s Tomorrow


Catey Ott Thompson, director of Catey Ott Dance Collective since 2005, has a BFA and MFA in dance from UWM under the direction of Ed Burgess, Marcia Parsons, Janet Lilly, and Simone Ferro. Catey now resides in Milwaukee after dancing in NYC for 14 years for Soundance, Heidi Latsky, Allyson Green, Sean Curran, Bill Young, Li Chiao-Ping, Eun Jung Choi, Aviva Geismar, Chris Ferris, Shannon Hummel, Carrie Ahern, and many others. She toured to Slovakia and Budapest with Allyson Green and to France with Carrie Ahern. Catey studied ballet with Christine Wright for 12 years at Gibney Dance Center in NYC. In Milwaukee, she danced for Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and others. She has been a personal trainer (AFAA), yogi, and Pilates (Kane School of Core Integration) instructor since 2000, and worked for Park Slope Yoga Center/Devi, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Brouk Moves in NYC for many years. She worked at INVIVO in Milwaukee and currently teaches contemporary modern, ballet, dance history, composition and choreography, and repertory as Marquette University, Milwaukee Ballet, and Danceworks, is a guest artist at Pius XI High School, and directs MKE Dance Theatre Network.

Nikki Platt: Uptown Funk


Nikki Platt has been dancing since the age of two at many of the most prestigious dance studios around the mid-west and east coast. Nikki attended Columbia College Chicago, where she studied musical theater and dance. In 2001, she made her way to NYC under scholarship and attended Broadway Dance Center where she obtained her expertise on the Broadway stage. She had the honor and privilege to work and dance with some of the hottest choreographers in “The Big Apple.” Nikki credits her tap skills to Lane Alexander, Mike Minery, Savion Glover, Michelle Dorrance, the late Gregory Hines and many more! Nikki has also directed and choreographed numerous musical productions with local groups in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, and the Chicago area.

Jenni Reinke: on the lip of my lung


Jenni Reinke is a performing artist working between dance, theater and music. She is a founding member of award-winning, critically acclaimed Quasimondo Physical Theatre and has presented her work in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York and Vermont.

Debrasha Greye Rogers: Indelible


Debrasha Rogers currently serves as Danceworks’ Office Manager responsible for coordination of finance and human resource tasks. She is returning to the dance community after a 6 year hiatus, with local training from a variety of dance instructors in the Milwaukee area including Deva Houston at Art in Motion and Shirley Gilbert at Lincoln Center of the Arts. As a locally raised and trained dancer, she intends to continue her exploration of dance while giving back to the community that she loves.

Rachel Samett: Negotiations


Rachel Samett received her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College with honors in Dance and English. She has been dancing all her life and has always leaned towards choreography, whether it be classical ballet, musical theater, contemporary, or even performance art. After a year teaching English abroad in Paris, Rachel is on faculty at Liberty Dance Center teaching ballet, pointe, acro, tricks, and jazz.

Devin Settle: Logic and Resonance


Devin Settle has lived in Milwaukee for the past ten years. She graduated in 2015 with a BA in Dance from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, during which she was an intern for Wildspace Dance Company. She worked closely with Maria Gillespie and was fortunate enough to travel with her in 2014 to the Beijing International Dance Festival. Since graduating, Devin has performed with Hyperlocal under the direction of Maria Gillespie, Danceworks Performance Company, Catey Ott Dance Collective, and is currently a company member with Panadanza dance company.

Kanchana Srinivasan: Interfuse


Kanchana Srinivasan has been dancing Indian classical dance from the age of 9 and has experience and interests in performing various dance styles – samba, bomba, salsa, sente (African style), middle eastern, Indian classical and Indian folk.  She has performed in the past two Get It Out There events at Danceworks and also in the Danceworks On Tap concert this year.

Gabrielle Sustache: Vibe; Interfuse


Gabrielle Sustache is a currently a junior at UW-Milwaukee, where she is studying dance. She began dancing at the age of three and continues training in contemporary, tap and hip hop dance. She is also on faculty at Danceworks, where she teaches youth and adult hip hop classes. Gabi’s choreography has been featured at many events, such as half-time performances for Milwaukee Bucks games.

Gina T’ai: New Year, New You?


Gina T’ai is a dance-maker, performer, and educator. She earned her B.A. and M.F.A in Dance from Hollins University. She has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally for almost 20 years. She is on faculty at Beloit College.

Cyenthia Vijayakumar: Sufi Kathak; Solo Kathak – Bho Shambo


Cyenthia Vijayakumar is a trained Kathak (Indian classical dance) dancer and is been performing and teaching the art form for several years. She has performed all over India and America in many platforms. She has performed in various prestigious platforms like Hampi Utsav – India, Mustard Seed Festival- US, etc. She is been selected as an IndianRaga fellow for the year 2018. She is trained in Kathak from her Gurus Murari Sharan Gupta and Gurus Hari and Chetana from Bangalore, India. She is currently pursuing her Bharatanatyam training under Guru Kripa Baskaran from Milwaukee. She is 2018 Indianraga fellow.

Hannah Voelkel: Still Alive


Hannah Voelkel has been thrilled to be a part of the competitive Irish dance scene for the past 18 years. In addition to competing she enjoys sharing the fun of Irish dance with others and has been running the Irish Dance Program at the Schauer Center (Hartford, WI) for the past 7 years. She is excited to be presenting this work that showcases the choreography of Irish dance in a new style.

Jimmi Weyneth: do you have answers?


Jimmi Weyneth is a human with a passion for moving and creating. Jimmi received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the spring of 2018. During her time at UWM, Jimmi performed in pieces choreographed by Simone Ferro, Maria Gillespie, Holly Johnston, and Daniel Burkholder. Since graduating, Jimmi has performed with Wild Space Dance Company, as well as performed a work by Maggie Seer.

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