Award winning choreographer, Daniel Stark, presents provocative works to get you riled up and leave you wanting more. This is a preview of his full-length concert at O’Shaughnessy this October.
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Daniel Stark is a choreographer and dance educator. His choreography was featured in “Earth: Healing the Rift, ” a performance in Kenya and broadcast by the BBC involving collaborations between visual and performing artists form Africa, Russia, Italy, India, Greece, New Zealand, U.K. and the U.S. He has also created dances for the Beijing Dance Academy in China; Quad Cites Ballet in Illinois; the Aha! Dance Theatre in Kansas City; Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre in Chicago; 940 Dance Company in Kansas; Bellingham Repertory Dance in Washington; Vandance Inc. in Pennsylvania; and Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis. Additionally, he has had guest artist residencies, teaching and creating dances, at Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Winona State University. Five times his work has been selected for performance at the Kennedy Center as part of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) national conference, an honor only shared with one other choreographer in the history of the conference (2018 Peek; 2016 Television: Or (And now, Our National Anthem); 2012 Crash; 2010 Politics Religion Sex; and 2004 Diplomacy, by which he also received the outstanding performer award at the regional conference). He has also taught at the Beijing Dance Academy, Zenon Dance School, Carlton College, Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Olaf College. Daniel holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa, and is currently a Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Scott AndersonCostume Designer
Scott Anderson is a freelance costume designer who has worked in theatre, dance, and opera over the last 15 years. Scott has previously designed for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Ogonquite Playhouse, People's Light and Theatre, the Clinton Area Showboat, the Montgomery Theatre, the Sierra Repertory Theatre, the Monomoy Theatre of Cape Cod, and for a number of academic institutions. He currently holds the position of Costume Shop Manager at MNSU: Mankato and Resident Costume Designer for the Highland Summer Theatre. Before working as a designer, Scott was a professional ballet dancer and instructor. Scott Anderson was awarded his B.S. in Genetics and Embryonic Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 2003, his B.A. in Theatre Design and Technology from DeSales University in 206, and his MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University in 2009.
Steve SmithLighting Designer
Steven Smith is a lighting designer and technical theater educator at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 1999. He received his MFA in Technical Direction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since leaving graduate school he has served as lighting designer for over 200 productions, technical director for 60 productions, and served as resident scene designer with Torchlight Theatrics for three years. Eight times he has designed dance lighting for Choreographer Daniel Stark, including two Minnesota Fringe Festival Projects. He is a former member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. When Steven is not sitting in the dark programming light cues, he enjoys spending time at the Smithbar with his wife Christina and daughters Aria and Cadence.
Joe Crook graduated from MNSU where he was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center three times in his career as both an actor and dancer in KCACTF and ACDF. Since graduation, he has worked both on and off stage for Black Label Movement, The Minnesota Opera, Collide Dance, The National Theatre for Children, Off-Leash Dance, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, The Phipps Center, Old Log, Way Off Broadway, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Christopher Watson Dance, Continental Ballet, The Ames Center and Theater Latte Da. He is currently the Managing director of Starz Dance Competition. He has choreographed shows at St. Olaf, MCTC, The Children's Theater, a few local highschools In Twin Cities area. In his free time Joe is a plumber and active art maker.
Dancer and choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Recent graduate with a BS in fine arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Second year in a row performing in MN Fringe festival (Persephone 2017 at Ritz Theater). Actively involved in Twin Cities dance community. Seasonally performing with Curio Dance in Drop the Mic shows. As well as choreographing for Zenon Zone program and individual projects involving local artists.
Jennifer James is the Artistic Director for Dance Express and was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD where she trained and taught at Main Stage Ballet and Dance Academy. Jennifer received her B.S. in Dance and Sports Medicine from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2011 and while there she danced for 4 years on the MSU Dance Team, as well as performed and choreographed for several of the Dance Departments concerts and ACDFA festivals. Upon graduation, Jennifer has been a company member of Breaking Boundaries Dance, Threads Dance Project, has worked with The Ordway on their production of "Cinderella"; she currently also dances with Borealis Dance. Jennifer has won first overalls and Choreography awards at Masquerade Dance Competition, Triple S Dance Competiton, Magestic Dance Competition, Legacy Dance Championship, and Midwest Starz National Competition. "The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling" - Fabienne Fredrickson
Heather Klopchin is an Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Dance Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she teaches Modern dance technique, ballet technique, and Dance History. She holds a B.S. degree in Management and a Dance minor from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo and a MFA degree in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Heather is passionate about performing, choreographing, researching, and teaching dance. Highlights of her career to date include performing in works by Danny Buraczeski, Joe Chvala, Suzanne Costello, David Dorfman, Bill Evans, Penny Freeh, Karla Grotting, Judith Howard, Kristin Howe, Doris Humphrey, Mathew Janczewski, Walter Kennedy, Jonette Lancos, Joanna Lees, Linda Lehovec, Paula Mann, Gabriel Masson, Mark Morris, Peggy Paver, Jeffrey Peterson, Stuart Pimsler, Scott Ray, Anthony Roberts, Melissa Rolnick, Karis Sloss, Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro, Robin Stiehm, Deborah Thayer, Doug Varone, Renée Wadleigh, and Taja Will. She has also performed with Alternative Motion Project, ARENA Dances,Zenon Dance Company, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Linda Lehovec & Dancers,Joe Chvala Flying Foot Forum, Paula Mann’s TimeTrack Productions, andDancing People Company. Heather is currently a principal artist withStuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, a Minneapolis based modern dance and theater company. She has had her choreographic work commissioned and performed at Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, SUNY Geneseo, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and for Alternative Motion Project. Heather considers herself very lucky to be able to live life so immersed in dance and expression and appreciates the support of her loving husband Mark and the coolest cat ever, DJ (named after Derek Jeter).
Alexa Lautenbach holds a BFA dance degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her first time watching modern dance was in 2010 where she had the pleasure of being an audience member for Politics Religion Sex. She’s excited to be on the other side of this experience. This will be Alexa’s second time performing in the Fringe Festival.
Scott Mettille holds a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and dances with Shapiro and Smith Dance (2008) and Zenon Dance Company (2011). As a company member of Shapiro and Smith Dance, Scott also restages company repertory locally and across the country. In 2012 Scott was given the great honor of being a part of Shapiro and Smith’s Sage Award for Dance for Outstanding Performance and a second nomination in 2013 for Outstanding Ensemble. In 2013 he had the pleasure of being nominated along side the rest of Zenon Dance Company for a Sage Award for Dance for Outstanding Ensemble. In addition to dancing, teaching, restaging, Scott occasionally acts as rehearsal director and is the assistant technical coordinator for both companies. As a teaching professional, Scott regularly teaches intensives and master classes regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has also performed professionally with Black Label Movement, Nic Lincoln, the Minnesota Opera, and other local companies.
Regan O’Connor is a performer, instructor and choreographer. is a native of Sioux Falls, SD. She danced at Balleraena Dance Studio for 15 years. She was apart of their pre-professional dance company. While training at Balleraena, she danced with choreographers such as Eric John Campros, Tracie Stanfield, Mike Peele, Dana Alexa and Matt Steffanina to name a few. Regan performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Television; or (And Now, Our National Anthem) and Peak choreographed by Daniel Stark, as part of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) National Conference. Additionally, she was a company member of LiRa Dance Theatre Company, which is the first dance theater company of South Dakota, for two seasons.
Stephanie (Laager) Schroeder lives in Nowthen, MN with her amazing husband, 3 children, and variety of animals. She works as a pharmacist for Fairview and provides services for medical providers and patients in 3 different clinic locations. She has performed with many different dance companies in the Twin Cities, including ARENA Dances, Black Label Movement, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and as a guest artist for Zenon Dance Company. This is her first performance with Daniel Stark Dance. Her greatest accomplishments to date are her 6 year old daughter and twin 2 year old boys. They have truly changed her life.
Stephen Schroeder is a father, husband, dancer, dance educator, and horse enthusiast. When not caring for his daughter and twin sons he can be found teaching at Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, guesting with local dance companies, or tackling small home improvement projects. His dance career includes Shapiro and Smith Dance, Minnesota Dance Theater, ARENA Dances, Penelope Freeh, Nic Lincoln and 15 years with Zenon Dance Company. He received the McKnight Fellowship for Dancers in 2014. This marks his first performance with Daniel Stark Dance. Love fully and live inspired.
Mary Stark is a proud mother of two young kids and works full time at Target HQ while performing, choreographing, and modeling on the side. She has performed with Arena Dances, Borealis Dance, Duarte Dance Works, and with the MN Opera in Rusalka. She’s also appeared in various MN Fringe show performances over the years including Borealis Dance, Kayle & Co, and two fringe shows co-produced by Daniel Stark with Same Planet Different World Dance. Mary has had the honor of performing works by Joe Chvala, David Dorfman, Wynn Fricke, Gabriel Masson, Alan Sener, Janice Roberts, Anthony Roberts, and Daniel Stark. Mary choreographs Shakopee High School’s musical each fall and has choreographed over a dozen musicals throughout her career. Mary has an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa (‘06) and a BA in Dance and Political Science from St. Olaf College (‘03).