DANCERS

2017/2018 DANCERS

Rebecca Abroe (Dracula, Dance ‘Till You Drop) 

Rebecca Abroe has been fortunate/blessed/lucky to have taken part in Collide’s original “Dracula”, “Le Petit Moulin” along with many seasons with  Ballet of the Dolls and “Visions of Sugarplums”. When she is not rehearsing Rebecca simply adores The Firm, any type of yoga, never attending neighborhood book club, Hawaii and her glorious family that joins her in this circus; Penelope, Eloise, Matthew, Mary and Janet. Thanks to Regina’s vision for including families, whether it’s a show or a rehearsal. 

Hannah Albers (Company Apprentice, MOA Fright Lights)

Hannah Albers is originally from Saukville, WI and is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance and a Business Management degree. While at the U, she’s trained under Toni Pierce-Sands, Carl Flink, Ananya Chatterjea, Joanie Smith, Erin Thompson, among others and has had the opportunity to perform works by Shapiro & Smith Dance, the Martha Graham Dance Company (2015) and the Brian Brooks Moving Company (2017) on the Northrop stage, Wynn Fricke, and other notable artists. She was a company member and often toured with Warped Dance Company, a modern aerial-silks dance company of WI. Albers was a guest artist with Collide Theatrical in their production of “Romeo & Juliet” in  2014 and is excited to dance for Collide again this season!

Rush Benson (Dracula)

Rush Benson has been Flying his feet with the Foot Forum since 2013. Inspired by funk and unlocking the human potential to groove, he teaches tap and jazz at Zenon School of Dance. Rush has performed at the Guthrie Theater (“The Music Man”), Bloomington Civic Theater (“La Cage Aux Follies”) as well as with James Sewell Ballet and Collide Theatrical Dance Company (“Romeo & Juliet” and “Zoot Suit Riots”). He choreographs for Washington High School and Ramsey Middle School. For information on upcoming projects or past works, visit rushbenson.com.

Heather Cadigan Brockman (MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop)

Heather Cadigan Brockman has been dancing since the sweet age of seven. Originally from Colorado, she is a graduate of Macalester College. Heather had the privilege of studying, dancing and performing with the Ballet of the Dolls company for nearly 20 years. She is grateful and excited about the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with COLLIDE this season and to share the stage with another amazing group of talented performers. As always, she thanks her husband John and her girl gang for their constant love and support.

 

Meredith Casey (Company Apprentice, MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop)

Meredith is a recent graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, where she studied classical theater. Meredith most recently was the dance captain to “The American Clock” in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, choreographed by Michael Gruber. Regionally, Meredith has performed with Hope Summer Repertory (MI), Shakespeare on the Sound (CT), BARd Shakes, The Playwrights’ Center and Interact Center for the Arts. Her choreography has also be seen at River Valley Theatre Company and many productions through the UofMN Theatre Department. She is so excited to work and train with Collide! 

Renee Guittar (Dracula, MOA Fright Lights)

Renee Guittar is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and lover of the MN arts community. Renee has performed at The Guthrie, The Ordway, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and The Old Log Theater and has been a company member of Collide Theatrical Dance Company since 2013. Renee produced the MN Fringe Festival Productions “CLOCKED” and “CIRCULATE” as well as an interactive dinner theater, “COOKED” which were all co-directed by Renee, Benjamin Kolis and Sarah Jabar. Renee teaches at numerous dance schools including Zenon Dance School and Ashley Ballet Arts Academy. Renee received a B.A. in Dance with Honors from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Ronin Holley (MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop)

At 8 years old, Ronin found passion for dance and began training at a competitive studio in Anoka. He has since continued his dance training at Northland School of Dance and TU Dance. In 2017, he graduated from Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists where he studied various styles of dance, including ballet, modern, classical jazz, composition and West African. 

 

Erik Hunder (Company Apprentice, Dracula, MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop)

Erik recently received his BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. During his time at the U of M, he served 2 years as the artistic director of MinnesoTap, a student-run tap dance ensemble.  Erik has also performed locally with Philly Productions LLC (“Philly” the musical), Artistry Theatres (“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”), MinnesoTap, Jeremy Bensussan Dance Company, Kaleena Miller Dance, Keane Sense of Rhythm, and in various independent dance projects.  Additionally, Erik teaches at several dance studios around the Twin Cities area and works as a character performer at Nickelodeon Universe.  He is excited for his first season dancing with COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company! 

Patrick Charles Jeffrey (Dracula) 

Regional Tour: In the Heights Ordway: In the Heights, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Minnesota Opera: Orpheus and Eurydice, Hansel and Gretel; Cargill Stage at the Children’s Theater: Journey; The Lab Theater: Collide Theatrical: Romeo and Juliet; The Southern Theater: Collide Theatrical: The Belmont Hotel, Black Label Movement: The Woyzeck Project. Directing: Aldersgate Community Theater: Beauty and the Beast. Training: Black Label Movement, Zenon Dance Company, BA in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College

 

Lydia Kantor (MOA Fright Lights)

Lydia Kantor currently performs with Alternative Motion Project and has performed with companies such as Curio Dance (Drop the Mic 2015), Jolene Konkel Dance Collective (Life, Beautiful), Li Chiao-Ping Dance (Rise Over Run), and Eclectic Edge Ensemble (Music that Moves). She received her dance training as a youth at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theatre & School, and she studied voice and drama at Lundstrum Performing Arts. For her, dance is joy, and she is thrilled to be a part of COLLIDE this season. 

Jennifer Mack (MOA Fright Lights)

Jennifer Mack previously performed for 16 years principal and soloist company roles with St. Paul City Ballet, Continental Ballet, Alternative Motion Project and Szeged National Ballet (Hungary) including as a guest artist & choreographer with numerous companies, choreographers, musicians & schools in the US and abroad. Highlights include: Dwight Rhoden, James Sewell Ballet, Jodi Melnick, MN Opera, commercial work w/Aveda, Best Buy, Cost Cutters & Sherwin Williams Paint. She graduated Magma Cum Laude from UW-Stevens Point (BFA-Dance, BS-Arts Admin & international Studies) and also enjoys teaching, biking, canoeing, camping, reading and by far, being a mom.

Cameron Meilicke (Dracula, MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop)

Cameron moved to the Twin Cities after he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Viterbo University. He is supremely grateful for the community Collide offers and was lucky enough to work on “Le Petite Moulin” this last spring. Cameron splits the rest of his time traveling to La Crosse, WI where he works with the La Crosse dance Centre as a choreographer and educator. Other theatrical credits consist of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “A Chorus Line” at the Ordway Center, as well as collaborations with Taja Will, Curio Dance, and SANDBOX Theatre. He is infinitely grateful to all his dear ones for their unending love and support.

Andrea Mislan (Dracula, MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop)

Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, Andrea has performed for more than two decades throughout North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Stage credits include: Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis,” “Chicago” International tour (June/Velma and Mama Morton understudy), Celine Dion’s “A New Day,” “White Christmas” (Judy Haynes/Ensemble/Dance Capt), “Peter Pan” (Tiger Lily). Royal Winnipeg Ballet: “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “La Bayadère,” “Nutcracker,” “Serenade,” “Don Quixote.” Television: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Oprah,” “Ellen,” “World Music Awards,” “A&E Biography,” “The Toy Castle.” She currently teaches at St. Paul Ballet and most recently performed as Juliette in Collide’s “Le Petit Moulin.”  Every second on stage is for you Mom.

Chelsea Rose (Dracula, Dance ‘Till You Drop) 

Chelsea is a native of Minnesota where she started training at a young age and competing all through high school. She relocated to Las Vegas where she performed around the area until beginning her first national tour as Elmo in Sesame Street Live! After moving to Los Angeles post-tour, she continued her training at Millennium Dance Complex and under the tutelage of Debbie Reynolds. She also became a part of and began performing with the burlesque group Cherry Poppins. While studying acting and performing around the LA area she was lucky enough to be involved in movies, television commercials and music videos. Some of her favorites include Snoop Dogg, NIKE and the hit TV show Glee. Chelsea is excited to be doing her first performance in her hometown with Collide since returning from the West Coast!

Katie Taintor (Dracula, MOA Fright Lights, Dance ‘Till You Drop) 

Katie is so excited to be dancing in her second season with Collide! Having danced around the Twin Cities and tri-state area, favorite past credits include: A Chorus Line (Cassie), NY Couture Fashion Week, The Mandatory World Tour with “Weird Al” Yankovic (State Theatre), The Blue Jar (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Spandex the Musical (Minnsky Theatre). katietaintor.com

 

 Allyson Tolbert (MOA Fright Lights)

Allyson holds a BFA in Musical Theater performance from the University of Florida. National Tours include: Mel Brooks ‘The Producers’; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; and Catch me If you Can. Off B-way: Wonderful Town. _Favorite Regional credits: Portland Center Stage; The Guthrie Theatre; Westchester Broadway Theatre. After recently relocating from NYC, Allyson is thrilled to be dancing with Collide this season. As always she is grateful for the support from all of her friends an family special thanks to her Mom, Eric, and her pup Rubio.