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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 

 

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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

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Kyra Hickey: Curatorial Assistant Intern

Kyra Hickey is ecstatic to be joining the RAD Fest team for its 10th anniversary celebration of dance-making and moving. Kyra is currently a sophomore dance major at Muhlenberg College. This past summer, Kyra worked as the Thesis Coordinator / Media Lab intern at Hollins University. In addition to serving as the curatorial assistant intern for RAD Fest this spring, Kyra is working as a writing tutor at Muhlenberg and will be performing original choreography by Randall Anthony Smith and Michael Nickerson-Rossi in Master Choreographers. radassistant@wellspringdance.org

Ashley Garcia: Artistic Intern

Ashley Garcia is a Michigan native who has been dancing for 19 years. Currently her dance training involves ballet, ,modern (Horton), and jazz under the teachings of Ingrid Bond. She is working towards her Associate of Arts degree while working on transferring to a college where she can major in dance. She spent one summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp before becoming a part of their International Ballet Ensemble for two years. Ashley returned to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 2018 as an International Assistant. During that summer she was a part of the Staff Dance Ensemble. She was granted the opportunity to choreograph for the Staff Dance Ensemble and co-choreograph with Cory Goei for the Summer Dance Ensemble. She enjoys choreographing as well as coaching young dancers. radintern@wellspringdance.org

 

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