MADELEINE REBER

Founding Artistic Director

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Madeleine Reber is an independent dance artist and educator and Certified Laban Movement Analyst (certified at Integrated Movement Studies). She holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and a BA in Dance from Bennington College.

Madeleine is a former member of Amie Dowling’s inter-generational company, The Dance Generators (Northampton, MA) and Brenda Divelbliss Dance (Boston, MA). Madeleine has performed works by many contemporary choreographers including Terry Creach, David Dorfman, Karinne Keithley, Claire Porter, Peter Schmitz, Christina Tsoules Soriano, B.J. Sullivan, and Tom Truss.

Making dances is at the center of Madeleine's life as a dancer. Her work has been produced by The Dance Generators; Core Project Chicago; Links Hall; Greensboro Fringe Festival; Minnesota Fringe Festival; Greensboro Cultural Center; North Carolina Dance Alliance; UNCG;  East Carolina University, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Improvisation was Madeleine's first avenue into dance, and continues to be integral to her creative work, her approach to performance, and her teaching. At Bennington College, Madeleine studied with Peter Schmitz, Terry Creach, Susan Sgorbati, and Arthur Brooks, all of whom had a strong impact on her ongoing improvisational practice/performance.

Madeleine has held full time academic positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University. She has been a guest artist/teacher at Smith College, Wake Forest University, and Marlboro College among other institutions. Madeleine is currently adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University. She teaches professional modern technique classes at Dovetail Studios and Lou Conte Dance Studio.  

NATALIA ALARCON
Performer
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Natalia Alarcón is an independent artist, choreographer and dance educator. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago where she obtained a BA in Dance Performance. Natalia began her training in ballet and modern in Orlando, FL under the direction of Eliza Harwood-Watson and Leah Marke. She is a founding member of The Coincidentals, a choreographic collective based in Chicago and has recently collaborated and performed with several Chicago dance companies including The Dance COLEctive and Khecari. Other recent performances include Mess Hall by The Coincidentals and works  by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Parijat Desai Dance Company and Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago. 


MEGAN BESETH
Performer
Megan Beseth is a dancer, choreographer and attorney eagerly blending these passions to generate dance in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University (2002) and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2008) where she served as an editor of the Law Review. She is a contributing choreographer and dancer with Shelter Repertory Dance Theater and was a founding member of Core Project Chicago, where she danced in national tours with the company for nearly a decade. Megan is a 2015 recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) 2015 Individual Artist Program (IAP) Grant for Professional Development. 


KELSEY HERBST
Performer

Kelsey is a dancer and choreographer originally from North Carolina. She graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Dance Science. During her studies at Elon she performed works by John Leher, Leslie Scott, Renay Aumiller, and Larry Keigwin. She performed and toured with Natalie Marrone and The Dance Cure during her time in North Carolina. Since moving to Chicago she has worked with Salty Lark, Jason Torres Hancock, and Brian Humpries. 



KATHRYN HETRICK
Performer

Kathryn began her pre-professional dance training at Oakland University. As a member of the Repertory Dance Company, she performed works by John Lehrer, Lori Eisenhower, Shane O’Hara, Michael Foley and Ginger Thatcher. Wanting to expand her dance training further, Kathryn transferred to Western Michigan University, where she worked with world-renowned choreographers including Arturo Fernandez and Jason McDole. Kathryn has performed for multiple choreographers, including a world premiere work by Rodney A. Brown as a member of the Brown Dance Project in 2008. Since moving to Chicago, Kathryn has worked with Esoteric Dance Project, assisting with their creative process during a Chicago Cultural Center residency, and performing for EPD’s winter concert Shift/Ed. As a member of Project Bound: A Limiting Value, she can be seen performing across the city of Chicago.



MEGAN RHODES
Performer
Megan Rhodes is a Chicago based dancer and choreographer currently performing, presenting work, and teaching throughout the Chicagoland area. She is originally from North Carolina where she received her BFA in Dance Performance as well as her BFA in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University. Her choreography has received awards and recognition from Rebel Arts Publication, Camp Kate, and the North Carolina Dance Alliance. Since moving to Chicago she has shown work at DanceChance, THAWX, and NewMoves. She currently performs with The Kate Jablonski Statement.



BONNIE CHRISTINE WILLIS (Christie)
Performer

Christie graduated from Illinois State University in 2011 with a BA in Dance Performance. She moved to Chicago in the fall of 2011 and began working as an independent dancer and choreographer, starting as a founding member of Salty Lark Dance. Since then she has performed with a Innervation Dance Cooperative, Christine Hands Choreography, Catherine Tiso, and Tiffany Lawson Dance.  She works as a PAI certified Pilates instructor at Harmony Mind-Body Fitness.