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rachel miller:

rad fest curator

Rachel Miller just retired from performing with Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, a professional modern/contemporary company in Kalamazoo, MI, after a 17-year performance career in the company. She curates the internationally recognized Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest), is on faculty at Grand Valley State University, is the Dance MFA Thesis Coordinator for Hollins University, and is the Co-Chair of the Dance Department at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Miller 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. She has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented in the Midwest RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Detroit Dance City Festival in Detroit, Big River Dance Festival in Huntington, South Bend, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Fringe Festival Praha (Prague), Indianapolis, and she has had a piece of choreography commissioned as a work of study for the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education Kalamazoo Chapter. Miller is a 2005 recipient of the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and a 2010 recipient of the Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative Grant. She has also sat on the adjudication panels for the Motor City Dance on Film Festival, Screen. Dance. Now., Screendance International, and the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award. rachel@wellspringdance.org

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Kate yancho:

executive director

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

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Asia Glenn:

curatorial assistant intern

Asia Glenn is a senior BFA Dance Major at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. Asia has studied and taken numerous classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Aerial Arts, Afro-Cuban, and Tap. She has performed in multiple guest artists works including: Sunu by Julie Bata, Out of Pocket by Taylor Mitchell, You Go, I Go by Autumn Eckman, and I See Me by Kristopher Estes-Brown. Asia has performed in multiple productions of Southeast’s Fall For Dance and Spring Into Dance Concerts. Asia also performed in the second stage concerts: Movement Perspectives and Southeast Dance Project created by faculty members and some student choreographers. She presented her first choreographed work entitled Rituals of Air in May 2019 for Movement Perspectives. She attended Blue Lake Fine Arts camp as a unit counselor and Health and Fitness Instructor, while also working with guest artists from around the states in their dance program. She has also performed at National Dance Week in St Louis Missouri and attended the ACDA conference at ISU in Spring 2017. Asia is also the President of University Dancers United at Southeast and a part of the National Society of Leadership and Success. radassistant@wellspringdance.org

2020 Adjudication Panel