Renee has performed in many productions with Collide including Lot of Livin' To Do, The Belmont Hotel, Romeo & Juliet, Class of '85, Zoot Suit Riots, C.L.U., Dracula, The Café, and WonderLand. She has also performed at The Guthrie, The Ordway, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and The Old Log Theater. Renee loves teaching at the Cowles Center for Dance and at Ashley Ballet Arts Academy. Renee is lucky enough to spend her life with her dance partner and husband Rush Benson.
Patrick has appeared in more than 5 Collide productions including The Great Gatsby (Gatsby) and Wonderland (Mad Hatter). He has also performed on Carnival Cruise Lines and for Black Label Movement, The Ordway and Zenon Dance Co. Patrick has enjoyed growing as a performer and building friendships in Collide that will last a lifetime. The past eleven years have been fantastic dancing in the Twin Cities, and he is hopeful to continue dancing as well as pursuing a new career path of becoming a pilot.
Betsy (Gaasedelen) Nelson is a dance artist and educator based in the Twin Cities. She earned her BA in Dance and Exercise Science from St. Olaf College and has performed professionally with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Concerto Dance by Jolene Konkel, Minnesota Opera, Curio Dance, Rhythmically Speaking, and more. Outside of performing, Betsy teaches dance and serves as Office Manager at CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory. She is thrilled to be working with the talented artists of Collide!
Brian is an AEA actor-singer-dancer, rapper, choreographer/director, emcee, international teaching artist, and creative consultant who is considered one of the “Faces to Watch in Arts” by the UT San Diego. Brian received a Double BA in Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego. He also trained with the British American Dramatic Academy, Steppenwolf West, and CSULA Academy of the Dramatic Arts. His deep resume includes performing and/or choreographing at The Ordway, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things and Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. Brian is a proud Teaching Artist for Upstream Arts Inc. & Guthrie Theater Education, where he also hosts his own class: the SLAY WORKSHOP.
Grace grew up dancing in Minnesota through a competitive dance studio and a performing arts high school. She received her BFA in Dance from University of Arizona along with a minor in business. Following graduation Grace was a dancer and aerialist with Royal Caribbean. Grace has appeared in several Collide Productions including The Great Gatsby, Picture of Dorian Grey, and Romeo & Juliet.
Megan Carver graduated from UW Stevens Point with degrees in Dance and Business Administration. This is her first season with Collide. Some of Megan’s credits include Valleyfair’s Grand Carnivale, Artistry Theater, Spamalot at UW Stevens Point, and the Curtain Call Ball at Children’s Theatre Company. Megan also is currently choreographing and teaching at DanceXcel and River Valley Dance Academy.
Jayson Douglas is from Paterson, NJ where he began his training at Dance World Academy. He went on to further his training in NYC and Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Jayson has danced for several renowned ballet companies including Company C Contemporary Ballet, named top 25 companies by Dance Magazine, where he was featured in Twyla Tharp’s “Surfer in the Styx. He has toured Paris, France with Sarah Berges Dance and with James Sewell Ballet to Cannes, France to perform in the Cannes International Dance Festival. He currently resides in the twin cities, where he is vibrantly active in the dance community as a performing artist, instructor and choreographer.
Katie Taintor is a passionate performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. After graduating with her BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, she has worked in musical theater as well as contemporary dance, and has worked commercially on music videos and industrials for local and international artists. Katie has performed in numerous Collide shows including Le Petit Moulin, Dracula, and Dance 'Til You Drop and is so excited to be dancing with Collide this season!
Rachel Seeholzer was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she first began her classical dance training at age nine. Rachel began dancing professionally in 2014 and has had the pleasure of working with the Charlottesville Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, RVA Dance Collective, Oakland Ballet, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Stavna Ballet, and Ballet Co.Laboratory. Rachel has been teaching for over a decade in California, Virginia, and Minnesota, working with students (ages 3-adult) at more than a dozen dance studios, schools, and academies.
Originally from Fargo, ND, Grace has performed with Collide in several shows, including The Great Gatsby, Romeo & Juliet, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. She received a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University, where she performed with the American Spirit Dance Company. In addition to performing, she teaches and choreographs for Moore Than Dance and The Dance Factory.
Heather has appeared in Collide productions of Dorian Gray, Le Petit Moulin, Dance 'Til You Drop, Romeo & Juliet, and WonderLand. A 20-year veteran of Ballet of the Dolls, she has created choreography and direction for numerous Collide productions and events.
Chelsea has appeared in Collide's Romeo & Juliet, Picture of Dorian Gray, Great Gatsby, Dance 'Til You Drop, Dracula, and WonderLand. Other credits include Ordway, Sesame Street Live and numerous commercials and music videos.
Arcelia Y. Rivera graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2021 with a BFA in dance. While attending MSU, Mankato, she received numerous scholarships and awards for her performance and choreography. Recently, she has performed as a dancer at Valleyfair in their dance show Neon Nights.
Ben, originally from Mason City, IA, is a recent graduate of Minnesota State Mankato’s BS Dance program with a minor in theatre. At MSU they participated in many faculty and student dance works along with multiple musicals exploring their craft as a storyteller. Ben would like to thank their dance educators for introducing them to the world of dance in college. They are grateful and eager to start their apprenticeship with Collide!
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