Rachel Miller: Festival Curator

Rachel Miller is a company dancer, instructor, choreographer, and Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) Curator for Wellspring. She attended The Ohio State University as a Dance Major, holds a BA in Creative Writing through Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Dance through Hollins University in partnership with the former Forsythe Company of Frankfurt, Germany. Miller has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented nationally and internationally. She has taught in the Western Michigan University Dance Department and was the 2018 MFA Thesis Coordinator for Hollins University. In addition to her duties at Wellspring, Miller is also currently on faculty in the dance department at Grand Valley State University and is the Co-Director of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Dance Department. rachel@wellspringdance.org 



Kate Yancho: Wellspring Executive Director & Instructor

Kate joins the Wellspring family as an administrator and an artist. Originally from northeast Ohio, Kate is the oldest of four girls, all of whom danced. Her parents are artists at heart and made sure that artistic endeavors were always available to their children. Though theater took a hold of Kate for many years, dance was always where her passion to perform was rooted. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from Kent State University in 2005 then took a turn in a new direction and embarked on a career as a higher education administrator for over 10 years. After receiving her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2008, she began working for Kalamazoo College as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement. While at the College, Kate advised the student dance company, Frelon, while also teaching dance classes in the physical education department. She also choreographed Into the Woods and Carrie: The Musical for the College while there. In addition to her roles with Wellspring, Kate also teaches group fitness classes at The Fitness Spot, makes delicious, healthy meals in her kitchen with her husband, and chases around her young sons. kate@wellspringdance.org


2019 Adjudication Panel