MEET THE DANCERS

Caitlyn Huynh (she/her) grew up in Central Illinois, where she began her training under Stacy Terry. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Contemporary Dance and a Certificate in Arts Administration. Upon graduation, Caitlyn moved to Chicago where she is currently a program coordinator for the Joffrey Community Engagement. This will be Caitlyn's 4th season with Noumenon. 

Heading 1

Emily (she/her) is from all over, but mostly South Dakota, and has found dance everywhere she went. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2020 with a BFA in Dance and a BA in English/Creative Writing. Emily is thrilled to continue growing and moving with NDE, and is most looking forward to the creative in person processes of rehearsals.

Heading 1

K Orgel (They/She) is from the Chicago Northwest Suburbs and has lived in the Chicago area all their life. K received their BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and Dance from Northeastern Illinois University in 2017 and has performed and choreographed for several theatres and performing arts education groups around the Chicago area. This is their second year as a member of the Noumenon Dance Ensemble. K is looking forward to stepping back into the studio and continuing to dance with the wonderful community that NDE has created. 

Heading 1

Madeleine Klein (she/her) is from Evanston, and has been dancing all her life! Most recently with Cocodaco Dance Project, under artistic director David Maurice. This season, she's excited to experience the unique energy of bodies dancing together, especially after many months of solos her bedroom; she can’t wait to perform alongside such incredibly talented artists. 

Heading 1

Masha (they/them) grew up in Dallas, TX but is a proud Chicago transplant. Masha 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. Masha has a passion for interdisciplinary work and has received several research fellowships to create dance films aiming to make science more accessible. Masha is passionate about empowering people through movement which led them to start up Rush Medical Center’s Dance with a Doc program. Currently, Masha is a member and co-VP of Community Engagement with Echo Modern Dance Collective and a work study at The Rooted Space. Masha is so excited for their first season with Noumenon and is really looking forward to performing live again!

Heading 1

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.

Heading 1

Ryan (he/him) 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.

Heading 1

Deirdre Dillon (she/her) is thrilled to be joining 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). She was also part of the Joel Hall Adult Scholarship program in 2018. Deirdre is excited to embrace a new opportunity to move with and get to know the other dancers in the company!

Heading 1

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!

Heading 1

Shanna A. Cruzat (she/her) is native to Chicago where she began her formal training with Homer Bryant at Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Shanna received her B.F.A in Dance and B.A. in English from University of Michigan under the guidance of Robin Wilson, Peter Sparling and Judy Rice. Since graduating, she has danced with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Cerqua Rivera Dance, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Theater 2. She has performed works by Kevin "Iega" Jeff, Gary Abbott, Diane McIntyre, Reggie Wilson, Wilfredo Rivera and Fana Tshabala for his work, Indumba, that was award dance of the year in the Chicago Sun-Times. Shanna enjoys sharing her love of dance through various teaching at various schools throughout the city. Shanna is excited to begin her first year with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.

Heading 1

Emma L Barnhart (she/her) is a Chicago native and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hope College in 2021 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. Emma also performed and choreographed for Student Dance Showcase each semester, and was co-director of Hope’s Ballet Club, which produces a ballet each spring. Before college, she danced with Joffrey CE’s Exelon Strobel Step-Up Program and at the Chicago Ballet Center, and she sang with various choirs and played and performed guitar.

 

This season Emma is most excited to perform live and get to know this lovely group of dancers! 

Heading 1

Shaurice McCaster (she/her) was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. She graduated from the Chicago High School for the Arts in 2017. In May 2021, Shaurice received her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Shaurice has been dancing for 19 years now and is looking forward to adding NDE as a part of her dance career/journey.

Heading 1

Keeley (she/her) started dancing when she was about 3 years old and has not stopped since. Her training includes the styles of Jazz, Modern, Ballet, and Hip-Hop, with a focus in Contemporary dance. She has performed for the past 5 years at a collegiate level for Illinois State University as well as with various different dance studios, competition teams, and pre-professional companies. Keeley is excited to return to the world of dancing and perform after having just graduated in 2021 from Illinois State University.

Heading 1

Keeley (she/her) started dancing when she was about 3 years old and has not stopped since. Her training includes the styles of Jazz, Modern, Ballet, and Hip-Hop, with a focus in Contemporary dance. She has performed for the past 5 years at a collegiate level for Illinois State University as well as with various different dance studios, competition teams, and pre-professional companies. Keeley is excited to return to the world of dancing and perform after having just graduated in 2021 from Illinois State University.

Heading 1