MEET THE DANCERS

Caitlyn Huynh

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. 

Emily Buttolph

This is Emily's (she/her) first season with NDE. She made the leap to Chicago this summer after graduating from the University of Iowa where she earned a BFA in Dance, focusing on pedagogy and choreography, and a BA in English and Creative Writing. Outside of dance, Emily is beginning work as a paralegal in preparation for law school. She is excited to see where this next chapter of life takes her and is thrilled that Noumenon will be a part of it.

K Orgel

K. Orgel (They/She) is a performer, choreographer, and dance teacher native to the Chicago area. K received their training primarily through Northeastern Illinois University where they graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and through Joel Hall Dancers and Center (JHDC) where they have been a part of the JHDC Adult Scholarship Program. Recent performances and choreography credits include Carnal Inferno (Choreography by Luke Greeff) at Yes Ma’am Circus’ Happy Hellidays Cabaret, Shakespeare in Love at Harper College (Asst. Choreographer), and Amygdala: Wad of Electric Bacon at Dances in the Hall: Generation Fierce (Choreographer).

K is excited and grateful to be performing with Noumenon Dance Ensemble’s 2020/2021 season. They are looking forward to being a part of Noumenon’s mission to elevate dance artists of varying genders/ethnicities/physiques!

Camille Nichols

This is Camille’s (she/her) first season with NDE. She has been dancing for nearly 14 years, starting her training at Hyde Park School of Dance and then Chicago Multicultural Dance Company. For Camille, dance has always been a way to communicate what words often cannot.

 

Camille is excited and grateful to be a part of NDE this season and gain meaningful experiences.

Faith Koleczek

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!

Shanna A. Cruzat

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.