Adrienne Ansel is a second-year Graduate Student at Bowling Green State University working toward a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. Adrienne was an involved dancer as a BGSU undergrad as an active member, performer, and choreographer for University Dance Alliance, and was an active performer for the BGSU Dance Repertory Ensemble since 2014. Adrienne's choreography has been featured across the BGSU campus in more than fifteen productions. Adrienne is currently developing a dance work for the Dance Repertory Ensemble Winter Dance Concert (2020). Adrienne taught two master classes at American College Dance Association East-Central annual conference in 2019. Adrienne has been dancing for 21 years and has been teaching dance at The Beat Dance Company for four years. Adrienne also teaches and choreographs for her home studio when she visits loved ones in her hometown. Her interests in dance revolve around emotive performance, dynamic group work, and artistic exploration within contemporary dance. As an instructor, Adrienne aims to develop a positive work ethic in her dancers while building their self-esteem and confidence both on and off the stage. Adrienne wishes to encourage love for movement in an educational, dynamic and team-centered atmosphere.
K. Miranda Calhoun is a 2015 graduate from the University of Missouri where she received her Masters in Education with a Psychology, Counseling focus and a 2012 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Dance Education. She was a four-year member of the Bowling Green State University Dance Team and received honors as Rookie of the Year, Leadership Award and Best Dancer of the Year. Miranda has two years faculty experience with the Universal Dance Association (UDA) and is in eighth year being certified judge for UDA. She is a 2014 and 2017 Master Instructor for the OhioDance Festival. Miranda has been teaching dance for the past 10 years and currently teaches at Toledo School for the Arts where she is the Director and Choreographer of The Graffiti Project. Miranda is also the Head Coach for the Bowling Green State University Dance Team and a teacher at The Beat Dance Company. She has been dancing for the past 26 years in the areas of Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. She competed all across the United States winning numerous National Titles and Overall Awards. Miranda has had the opportunity to study with the Paula Abdul, Lori Ann Gibson, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Kassidy Bright, George Jones, Tony Cast, and many others.
Shannon Cleary is a recent graduate from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) where she received degrees in both Dance and Public Relations. She was trained at Marquette School of Dance in Stow, Ohio where she also served as an instructor for 3 years, and she has been dancing for 20 years. Shannon was the President of BGSU University Dance Alliance from 2018-2019, coordinated the BGSU Dance Team social media and danced in over 16 BGSU performances throughout her undergraduate career. In the summer of 2017, Shannon served as an intern for Ballet in the City, a performing arts non-profit organization. She gained valuable experience and was able to network with many professional dancers from around the world, including The New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and The Scottish Ballet. Upon graduation in May of 2019, Shannon accepted a role in the BGSU Office of Admissions as an Enrollment Communication Coordinator. She hopes to foster the art of dance with her public relations skills in the future as well as continue to foster young dancers' growth and passion for dance.
Elise Hanson graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Education with a Dance Major in 2008. While studying at BGSU, she was a two-year member of the University Performing Dancers Program, where she studied and performed modern, tap, ballet, jazz, Balinese, and Korean dance. She has an extensive background as a competitive dancer with the former Dance Reach Studio in Columbus, Ohio, having received numerous titles and overall placements as a soloist and group dancer. Elise has performed in the American College Dance Festival at Western Michigan University and also had the privilege of being selected to dance in the gala performance at the Ohio University conference. Elise has also performed with Tammy Metz Starr's Open Window Dance Company and has studied with world renowned instructors such as Buster Brown, Barbara Bufalino, Sarah Reich, Chloe Arnold, Gregg Russell, and many more. She currently teaches dance at The Beat, Viva Dance Company in Monroe, MI, and at the University of Findlay. She also serves as choreographer for the Perrysburg Junior High School Show Choir and their annual musical. Elise loves teaching all ages and levels and strives to make dance accessible, engaging, and fun for all of her students.
Colleen Murphy holds a B.S. in Education with a dance major from BGSU, and a M.A. in Dance Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a dance major at BGSU, Colleen performed with the University Dance Alliance and University Performing Dancers, received the Dance Talent Scholarship, and participated in multiple American College Dance Festivals. As a graduate student in Hawaii, Colleen studied on a full tuition scholarship. She performed with the UH Dance Ensemble, Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Convergence Dance Theatre. She initiated the rhythm tap program for the University of Hawaii Outreach College. Colleen currently serves as a fulltime faculty member and Dance Program Coordinator at BGSU. Colleen has taught at Toledo School for the Arts, Owens Community College, and in multiple private dance studios across Ohio, Michigan, and Hawaii. She has served as a national dance competition adjudicator and master class instructor for Rainbow Connection, a Las Vegas-based company, and Shine of Toronto, Ontario. Colleen specializes in tap dance choreography, and has won numerous awards across the dance competition circuit including Teacher of the Year at the Kids Artistic Revue national competition.
Torrance Nowden has been teaching dance for a total of 10 years. His background includes dancing with several dance teams throughout the state of Ohio and traveling with the Dance Repertory Ensemble throughout his time at Bowling Green State University where he majored in Dance and Marketing. Torrance has been involved in the competitive world of dance for the same amount of time he has taught dance. He has choreographed award- winning routines in the genres of hip hop and jazz, and continues to travel to set choreography on students across Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Torrance currently teaches full time at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, which is a charter school located in the greater Cleveland area. He also works at a total of 4 dance studios throughout the week. His mission is to inspire as many dancers as possible to be the best that they could possibly be. Torrance has recently started to embark on a new journey, which is helping those less fortunate. He will be teaming up with several shelters across the city of Cleveland in order to fulfill his desire to make a difference.
Alexa Piccirillo received a Bachelor’s degree in dance from Bowling Green State University in 2018. She has been dancing since the age of 3, with her favorite styles being jazz and contemporary. Alexa was a member and president of the University Dance Alliance organization during her time at BGSU. She has trained at studios in Perrysburg, Findlay, and even The Beat for her last two years of high school. Alexa has been a dance instructor for 6 years, with experience in all levels and styles of dance. The beginning of 2019, Alexa started working for Turn it Up Dance Challenge, a competition company, serving as a backstage crew member as well as assisting with social media posts throughout the season. Alexa strives to continue her passion for dance by dancing professionally and to share her love for dance with people of all ages.