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Heather Trommer-Beardslee

Heather Trommer-Beardslee is an educator, choreographer, dancer, interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator, and scholar. She is the Coordinator of the Central Michigan University Dance Program,
Artistic Director of the University Theatre Dance Company, and author of a textbook and journal articles. Heather’s dance works have been performed regionally and nationally and her choreography was featured in Eric Limarenko’s film, Waiting in the Rain. Current choreography projects include two short dance films and interdisciplinary projects bridging the gap between biology and the performing arts. She has had articles published
in the Journal of Dance Education and Dance Education in Practice and she is currently under contract with the University Press of Florida to co-write the book,
Getting Down, Going Forward: Jump Rhythm Technique. In addition, she is an arts administrator with significant experience in performing arts management. For ten years, she worked for the Emmy-Award winning, Chicago-based dance company, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project as their Booking Manager and Executive Director. She managed
development campaigns, booked national and international performance tours, developed and managed public relations and marketing initiatives and managed the administrative office. Heather used many of these experiences and her work as a manger and teacher
at two dance studios in writing her textbook,
Dance Production and Management
(Princeton Book Company, 2013). For additional information, please visit www.trommerbeardslee.com


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Team Hyena Puppet

Team Hyena Puppet is a collaborative group of teaching artists from Central Michigan University including Jay Batzner (music composition), Ann Dasen (costume design) and Heather Trommer-Beardslee (choreography). Their dance works, which have been performed regionally and nationally, primarily focus on social behaviors and the intersection of biology and the performing arts. One of their recent works, "Clans" integrated large-scale hyena and lion puppets, costumes, music, and dance to depict Dr. Wiline Pangle's behavioral research on spotted hyenas. www.trommerbeardslee.com www.jaybatzner.com www.ann-dasen.squarespace.com