Welcome to USTD Connects U, the first ever college and entertainment recruiting platform for the Dance Industry! Modeled after the college athletic recruiting process, USTD Connects U will provide aspiring dancers ages 13 & up with the tools necessary to get noticed, get known, and get on track to a career in the ever expanding commercial dance industry! Please meet our partners below and get connected today!

  • Shelli Margheritis
    Shelli Margheritis Director of Education
    Choreography Agent MSA
    McDonald/Selznick Associates
  • Michelle Loucadoux-Fraser
    Michelle Loucadoux-Fraser Chair
    Commercial Dance & Contemporary Musical
    Theatre + Film
    Studio School
  • Krissie Odegard Geye
    Krissie Odegard Geye Co-founder & Co- Artistic Director
  • Carrie Patterson
    Carrie Patterson Co-founder & Co- Artistic Director
    Choreographer & Dancer
    Trifecta Dance Collective
  • Paula Frasz
    Paula Frasz Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap & Composition
    Northern Illinois University
  • Judy Chitwood
    Judy Chitwood Coordinator
    Ballet & Modern Dance
    (Horton Technique)
    Northern Illinois University
  • Richard Grund
    Richard Grund Ballet, Male Technique, Partnering, Dance History, Dance Pedagogy
    Northern Illinois University

 * Additional Entertainment Industry Partners and Dancer Opportunities to be Announced *


USTDconnectsU.com is a unique service offered exclusively to USTD competitors and was developed to provide dancers the opportunity to build a relationship and share their Portfolio & USTD Performance videos with industry leaders in Agency Representation, Entertainment, and Higher Education. Here’s how it works…

➤ Simply fill out your online Dancer Portfolio and instantly connect with USTD partners; MSA Talent Agency and Studio School’s BFA in Commercial Dance!

Once your Portfolio has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from our partners letting you know that you are now a part of the network. Your Portfolio is the first opportunity to develop a relationship and help our partners learn more about you.


This is your chance to put a face to your Portfolio and get to know our partners and what they are looking for in an artist. ID Camps and other Special events will be offered exclusively to dancers that have submitted their Portfolio. These events have been designed to sharpen your skills and introduce you to many other aspects of the industry as well as the best path on how to get there. ID camps will include seminars for the parents as well as evaluations of your performance at the camp.  Evaluations will be shared with your studio director.

➤ USTD Performance Observations & Referrals

USTD Connects U partners have provided USTD judges with specific criteria and/or qualities they typically look for in an artist and will use observations and referrals made by the judges at USTD competitions as yet another tool to get to know our dancers better. Dancers must have submitted a Dancer Portfolio in order to be observed and potentially referred to USTD Connects U partners as part of this program. Observations and referrals will not be be based on scores and/or medal standings at the competition nor will it have any impact with regards to competition results.

➤ USTD Performance Video Accessibility

Dancers that have successfully submitted their Dancer Portfolio and have agreed to the consent allowing USTD Connects U partners to view their competition videos, will provide industry partners the opportunity to view their competition solos following each event. Videos may be reviewed based on; portfolio details submitted, USTD performance observations and referrals, and/or as a result of attending an ID camp or other special event. In addition, DRC Video (USTD Video Partner) will be offering dancers the opportunity to enhance their Dancer Portfolio with custom USTD video highlights to be securely shared with our industry partners (fees for this service will apply). Stay tuned for updates!!!

Take advantage of these tools to get noticed and start building the bridge to your future today!


Contact / Personal Information

Date of Birth

Academic Information

Dance Information

Additional Information

Do you currently have industry representation? If so, who are you represented by:

I consent to share the above information with any and all CRU Dance partners and affiliates (both now and in the future) associated with the USTD Connects U program as well as any USTD Solo competition videos I may appear in to be shared as part of and within the guidelines this program.

Today's Date

Audition Dates/Upcoming Events

Northern Illinois University

November 20-24, 2019
Fall 2019 Dance Concert

Saturday, November 30, 2019
Art for Life

February 17, 2020 (President’s Day)
Talented Student Scholarship Audition

April 22-26, 2020
Spring 2020 Dance Concert

May 2, 2020
Student Choreographed Showcase

Trifecta Dance Collective

October 18-20, 2019
Metamorphosis Fearless Evolution – Chicago, IL