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 and 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 and 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 2011-2012 SEASON DANCING WITH THE LOUISVILLE BALLET. IN THE SUMMER OF 2012, CARRIE MOVED TO CHICAGO WHERE SHE SPENT 2012-2013 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.