Shelli Margheritis

Director of Education | Choreography Agent
McDonald/Selznick Associates

With an extensive background as a professional dancer, former agent with Twentieth Century Artists, published author of Making The Move and Brain Snacks, keynote speaker and business entrepreneur, Shelli brings a wide range of experience as the Director of Education and Choreography Agent to the McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) team. Being the first agency to represent commercial dancers, MSA has since grown to representing some of the finest stage directors, producers, and production designers in the business.

In 2008, Shelli continued to develop MSA’s innovative thinking by creating the first Education Department for dancers within an agency. As a professional dancer from a young age, to structuring, directing and producing several national and international dance conventions, Shelli’s broad range of creative and business knowledge is widely recognized within the entertainment industry.

Shelli co-wrote the Commercial Dance BFA curricula for Studio School, and is an international keynote speaker for numerous colleges and universities regarding the dance industry. She is on the Advisory Board for both the Contemporary Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance programs for the Studio School and judge for the Television Academy, the College Emmy’s and the Spotlight Awards, to name a few.

Michelle Loucadoux-Fraser

Chair | Commercial Dance & Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film
Studio School

Michelle Loucadoux has performed in five Broadway musicals including playing Hope Harcort with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in the Tony award-winning Anything Goes, originating the Broadway cast of The Little Mermaid as Adella and eventually playing the title role of Ariel, performing the role of Babette in Beauty and the Beast, originating the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins, and singing alongside Paul McCartney in Chance and Chemistry.  Previous to joining Broadway, she danced professionally for New Jersey Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, Lexington Ballet, and was a trainee at the Richmond Ballet, performing roles from the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker to Balanchine’s Serenade. She studied dance at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York and Nutmeg Conservatory and vocal performance at Virginia Commonwealth University.

On screen, Michelle starred in the film Across the Universe, has appeared on television in Criminal Minds, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, will be seen in the upcoming film The Bounce Back, and is on the board of the Los Angeles film collective We Make Movies. In her spare time, Michelle runs marathons, takes trips to teach kids in Nairobi, Kenya, and studies Krav Maga.

Krissie Odegard Geye

Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director | Choreographer/Dancer
Trifecta Dance Collective

Krissie has been on staff for Goliard Concerts in New York City, The Ethnic Dance Theatre in St. Paul, MN, as well as clinician at the ATDI “Spirit of Tap” Conference and a faculty member for the New York City Public School system. For the past three years, she has produced a full length work in Anita’s Way in Times Square. She was selected to be a conference presenter at the International Dance Pedagogy Conference and Performance Festival at New Mexico State University in July 2017. She will serve as the resident Guest Choreographer at the College of Lake County Dance Department in September, 2018. She has also served master class clinician at Peridance New York, CRU Dance Minneapolis, the Chicago Cultural Center, and  the Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. Her choreography has been selected for the 2018 Spring Choreography Showcase at Peridance in NYC, Jennifer Mueller’s “Hatch” series in NYC, the Detroit Dance Festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Big River Dance Festival, The Exchange Choreography Festival in Tulsa, OK. In 2016, and was selected as one of 3 National Choreography Competition winners sponsored by Ovation TV. She is the four-time recipient of a space in the Dance Chicago’s “Choreographer’s Showcase” performance. This will be her fifth year as the Director of the National “Heart and Soul” Dance Company for CRU Dance. She is currently the proud Owner and Artistic Director of the Dance and Music Academy in Chicago, the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Trifecta Dance Collective, and the Co-Founder of the Metamorphosis; Fearless Evolution Dance Convention and Showcase.

Carrie Patterson

Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director | Choreographer/Dancer
Trifecta Dance Collective

Carrie Patterson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, began her training with the Atlanta Ballet and continued training in the summers with Houston Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater. In 2011, Carrie graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Carrie spent the 2011-12 season dancing with the Louisville Ballet. In the summer of 2012, Carrie moved to Chicago where she spent 2012-13 season as a trainee with Thodos Dance Chicago. Carrie has also danced in Chicago with Rephrase Dance Collective, Project606 Dance, and Nomi Dance Company. She choreographed works for the Louisville Ballet in their new works show of 2012, Thodos Dance Chicago’s new dances, and Nomi Dance Company’s Instrumental. Carrie is also a judge for CRU Dance and has directed their Elite Petite and Heart and Soul National Companies. In 2016, Carrie co-founded Trifecta Dance Collective, where she is a Co-Artistic Director to the Chicago based professional contemporary company. With TDC, Carrie has toured nationally. Keeping the TDC mission to engage, empower, and expand the community experience through the arts, Metamorphosis; Fearless Expression Convention and Showcase emerged to encourage youth artistic expression and empowerment.

Paula Frasz

Paula Frasz

Modern Dance, Jazz, Tap & Composition
Northern Illinois University

Paula Frasz “has the talent and vision made infinitely clear in the sharpest and best-designed work” announced Sid Smith in the Chicago Tribune. Tribune critic Lucia Mauro calls her, “…a standout”. Her many achievements include: Mordine & Company featured dancer and featured dancer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has been named Resident Choreographer of the Bosphorus Dance Company in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, MA. Her choreography has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is one of the founding choreographers of Chicago’s Next Dance Festival, whose work has been called “powerfully modern” by Lynne Voedisch of the Chicago Sun Times. She received the 1999 Ruth Page Award for Artistic Achievement in Choreography from the Chicago Dance Coalition, and the 2002 Artists Fellowship Award in Choreography from the Illinois Arts Council. From 2002 to 2015 Frasz was the Artistic Director of DanszLoop Chicago, a professional dance company which the Chicago Tribune calls “…a driving force on the Chicago dance scene.”

Ms. Frasz was a faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College for eight years. She is currently Professor of Dance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Presidential Teaching Fellowship, this master teacher has also been in residence at many colleges and universities, including St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN., the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, Southern Illinois University, Winona State University and St. Mary’s College in Minnesota, Harper College and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 2002, she started DanszLoop Chicago (nfp), a theatrical modern dance company performing in Chicago and the surrounding Metropolitan area. They performed at nearly 50 venues in their first year. The company made its New York debut in September of 2012, where critics said “Frasz’s powerful choreography brought an intriguing twist to this, and left me wanting more.”

In 2013 Frasz made her acting debut in “The Chorus Girl Plays” at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. Frasz also received the 2002 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Excellence in Choreography. After a broken leg sidelined her in 2015, she taught dance for 3 months on a scooter, recorded her learning experiences as a handicapped dancer and then presented the findings at the International Fine Arts Conference in Athens, Greece. Her article “How Injury Changed the Way I Teach” appeared in the March 2017 edition of Dance Teacher Magazine.

In 2018 Frasz brought her dance ENUF to the American College Dance Regional Festival. It was selected as best in the Midwest and will be performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC at the National American College Dance Festival. The adjudicators described the work in the following way:

ENUF reflects on the present and imagines a future rooted in the long Civil Rights movement, from the abolishment of slavery to Black Lives Matter. Through urgent athleticism, it creates collective and individual bodies of protest and power.

Ms. Frasz holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Butler University. She graduated from the University of Illinois with an M.F.A. She is also a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has served several terms on the Illinois Arts Council Dance Panel. Ms. Frasz is an active and vital member of Chicago’s dance community. She has performed, choreographed and taught at several locations internationally. “A tongue-in-cheek choreographer with a spunky stage presence” as Lucia Mauro of the Sun Times insists, Paula Frasz continues to produce her work around the United States and abroad. As one critic wrote: “This review is full of superlatives, but she deserves them. Thank you, Paula Frasz!”

Judy Chitwood

Judy Chitwood

Coordinator | Ballet & Modern Dance (Horton Technique)
Northern Illinois University

Judith Chitwood is a professor of dance at Northern Illinois University. She began her dance training in the Chicago area. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music studying under David McLain, Oleg Sabline and studied the Horton technique under James Truitte. Prior to her appointment at NIU, she taught at the University of Cincinnati and Kansas State University.

Ms. Chitwood’s performing career includes member of the Cincinnati/New Orleans Ballet Company, guest artist with MOMENTA Dance Company in reconstructions of Humphrey/Weidman choreographic works and guest artist in many performances throughout Chicago. Ms. Chitwood is also a certified Pilates instructor in Romana’s Pilates, working under the Master Teachers, Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, and Juanita Lopez.

Ms. Chitwood is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, American College Dance Festival Association and also serves on the board of directors for the Doris Humphrey Society.

Richard Grund

Rich Grund

Ballet, Male Technique, Partnering, Dance History, Dance Pedagogy
Northern Illinois University

Rich Grund began his dance training at Northern Illinois University where he completed his theatre BFA in dance performance with minors in music and acting. He trained for two summers in London with Nancy Kilgour and Anna DuBoisson and performed the acclaimed Eater of Hearts solo for the American College Dance Festival before graduating as the Dean’s Award recipient for the School of Theatre and Dance.

Upon graduation, Rich joined the Dayton Ballet, ultimately performing principal and soloist roles in over forty ballets in the company’s repertoire, including works by Alvin Ailey, Gerald Arpino, Septime Webre, Colin Connor, Dermot Burke, Stephen Mills, Christian Holder, Rebecca Wright, Christopher Fleming and many others. His most recognized performances include leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, TOMMY, Dracula, The Nutcracker, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers and There Was a Time. In addition he was appointed Rehearsal Captain for the company and assisted in staging company repertoire. He received the Josie Award in Dayton in 2008 for outstanding artistry in dance.

Rich toured three years with David Taylor Dance Theater, now Zikr Dance Ensemble, performing throughout the United States and internationally. Other international credits include dancing by invitation with the Finnish National Ballet and performing in Cuba for two weeks in 2000 having been commissioned through a grant from the Harkness Foundation.

Following his dancing career, Rich accepted appointment with Ballet Nouveau Colorado, now the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, as director of the School, managing all aspects of faculty and curriculum. CCD is one of only two National Guild Schools of the Arts in the state of Colorado. He is a current candidate of the Royal Academy of Dance MAE dance program and is proud to come home to NIU as an assistant professor in Dance with emphasis in classical ballet training, male technique and partnering.

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