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MEET THE DANCERS

Ally Paitl

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Ally (she/her) is a dancer and educator from West Dundee, IL. As a University of Minnesota Twin Cities student, she performed in works by several notable choreographers including Luke Olson-Elm, Michel Kouakou, Chris Schlichting, and Alito Alessi. After receiving a BFA in Dance summa cum laude, BA in English, and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Ally began teaching K-12 Dance with Chicago Public Schools. She is grateful to embark on her second season with NDE and excited for the chance to grow with other passionate artists!

Dare Wedgeworth

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Dare (they/them) is a multifaceted Dance and Theatre Artist–born and raised in Chicago. They have been dancing for over 15 years. Over the course of their dance career they have trained with the Joel Hall Dancers Youth Company, Mayfair Performing Company, and at their former institution, Skidmore College. Dare has also had the pleasure of dancing with After School Matters Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Karen Curin and Krissy Rybicki, and at Lindblom Math and Science Academy under the direction of Joy Gross. Dare’s training has not only landed them at Noumenon, but has also awarded them the opportunity to teach dance in Chicago Public Schools with Elevate Dance Arts. Alongside Nounmenon, Dare also dances with two other Chicago based companies: Such Creatures and Lucid Banter Project.

 

For their second season with Noumenon, Dare is excited to reunite with everyone on stage, especially new company member and dear friend Ruby Levin who they trained with in high school.

Faith Koleczek

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Faith (she/her) grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. She began dancing at the age of 8 and quickly fell in love with the artistry and athleticism of dance. She went on to receive her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in May 2014. Faith joined Noumenon Dance Ensemble in 2015. She has enjoyed growing her skills and artistry with the company, even making her professional choreographic debut in the Spring of 2019 with NDE. She looks forward to continuing to dance and perform with Noumenon this coming season!

Jackie Pitts

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Jackie (she/her) has been dancing for over 20 years. She received the majority of her ballet training at Ohio Dance Theater, in Oberlin, Ohio. Jackie received a minor in Dance at Oberlin College, where she trained in modern and contemporary with Holly Handman-Lopez, Leslie Dworkin, Nusha Martynuk, and Carter McAdams. She moved to the Bay Area in 2017, receiving modern and hip-hop training at Shawl Anderson Studios and In the Groove Studios. Jackie has performed at SF Pride, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Links Hall, and Cleveland Public Theater. From 2017-2019 she danced and performed with Groove Generation, an all-women hip-hop dance ensemble based in Oakland, California.

Kae Orgel

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Kae Orgel (They/She) is from the Chicago Northwest Suburbs and has lived in the Chicago area all their life. Kae received their BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and Dance from Northeastern Illinois University in 2017. They have studied and worked with several Chicago based companies such as Joel Hall Dancers and Center, The Cambrians, Rasa Dance Chicago, Avondale Dance Collective, and Such Creatures. Kae currently teaches and choreographs for schools, studios, and after school arts education programs. They are looking forward to their fourth year as a member of Noumenon, and their first year as NDE’s Engagement Manager.

Mash Bandouil

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Mash (they/them) is a queer mover, collaborator, and researcher based in Chicago. They received a BA in Dance and BS in Biology from Loyola University of Chicago where they performed works by Stephanie Martinez, Sandra Kaufmann, Doris Humphrey, and Jana Bennett. Mash has a passion for interdisciplinary work and has received several research fellowships to create dance films aiming to make scientific concepts more accessible. Alongside Noumenon Dance Ensemble, they have worked with Echo Modern Dance Collective, Gender Fucked Productions, and Meadows Dance Collective.

Ryan Dick

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Ryan (he/they) was was born and raised in Crystal Lake, IL. In 2018 Ryan and his family moved to Florence, Alabama, where he graduated from Florence High School in 2020. Since fifth grade Ryan has been in numerous musicals and plays such as Pippin, Peter Pan and The Music Man. Ryan started studying dance in seventh grade at Broadway Academy of Arts and Dance in Richmond, Illinois, and continued at Laura’s School of Performing Arts in Alabama. He has studied Irish step, hip hop, contemporary, tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet and has participated in numerous master classes, conventions and competitions. Ryan is also a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Avery Gingrich

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Avery Gingrich (they/them) aims to be an authentic mover and an honest artist. They obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in dance with a modern concentration at Point Park University in 2023. Avery also received a nonprofit business management minor with the hope to pursue grant writing and fundraising. Avery enjoys art of all forms as they have a background performing and choreographing with devised theater, dance for film and various forms of crafting and creating physical art, as well as live dance performance. They want to thank all of the artists that have supported them in their career thus far. They also want to thank their partner, Alexa.

Deirdre Dillon

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Deirdre Dillon (she/her) is thrilled to be back for her third season with the Noumenon Dance Ensemble! Originally from Leesburg, Virginia, she began dancing at an early age and never stopped. Deirdre has been an active member of the Chicago dance community since coming to the city in 2014. She has performed and choreographed for Matter Dance Company (2017-), Modern Marvels (2016, 2017), and Duncan Dance Chicago (2015-2016).

Emma Barnhart

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Emma Barnhart (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from and based in Chicago, IL. Her early dance training included the Chicago Ballet Center and Joffrey’s Exelon Strobel Step-Up Program. She went on to graduate from Hope College summa cum laude with a BA in double majors Dance Performance and Choreography and Sociology. At Hope, Emma was a member of the H2 Dance Company and Strike Time Dance Theater and was co-director of Hope’s Ballet Club. Emma previously danced and choreographed for, and was Managing Director of dollop dance theater, and was a cohort member of See Chicago Dance’s Dance for Camera Production Residency. Emma currently dances with Lucid Banter Project and is in her third season with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.

Julie Ferrell-Olson

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Julie Ferrell-Olson (she/her) holds a MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, UK (2019, with distinction), a BFA in Dance from the University of Kansas (2016), and is currently pursuing her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie danced with NDE from 2016-2018 and taught at several area studios, including Joel Hall Dancers and Center. Her choreographic repertoire was presented at Links Hall in Chicago, the University of Kansas, Anderson University, UIC, and was accepted to be presented at the EXCHANGE Choreography Festival in Tulsa, OK. Julie performed works by Melissa Thodos, Autumn Eckman, William Gill, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, Pat Graney, COHEN/SUZEAU, James Moreno, and Alia Simon-Montijo. Since leaving Chicago in 2018, Julie has trained, performed, and taught in London, UK and Detroit, MI. She is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and was awarded their Student Research Award in 2020 for her master’s dissertation work.

Nadia Cohn

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Nadia Cohn (she/her) is a Chicago native and has trained in various styles of dance for over eleven years. She started dancing under the tutelage of Homer Bryant at Chicago Multicultural Dance Company where she also danced competitively and earned multiple awards and recognitions for her achievements in performing. Nadia loves the aspect of being able to express her vulnerability and emotion artistically through dance.

Ruby Levin

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Ruby (she/her) is a passionate mover, and shaker! Born and raised on Joel Hall's Chicago Jazz, and trained and traveled in various genres from American Modern to Israeli Contemporary. Finding the highest joy in expressing, connecting, transmuting and sharing this life through art. Proud Nicholas Senn Dance Program Alumni, and Joel Hall Dancers Company Dancer!

Shaurice McCaster

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Shaurice (she/her) has been dancing for 20+ years. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL. She studied dance at Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, Deeply Rooted, Chicago High School for the Arts and University of the Arts where she received her BFA in May of 2021. Shaurice has performed works by Sarah Ford Thompson, April Lewis, Kim Bears-Bailey, Tommie Waheed Evans, Katie Swords Thurman, Gary Jeter and Kyle and Dinita Clark. Dance has grown to be a significant part of Shaurice's life and she's looking forward to dancing with all of the dancers. She's excited to be under the guidance of Erin and Nina again for her third season with the company.

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