Our contributors enrich the content at Dance Advantage. Each extends our vision and mission with his/her unique voice, expert knowledge, and experience in the field of dance.
Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance writer based in Chicago, and regular contributor to SeeChicagoDance.com, Windy City Times, and Chicago Magazine. Lauren is the creator of artintercepts.org, a blog committed to critical discourse about dance and performance, and has written for nationally reputed sites such as Dance Advantage and 4Dancers. An experienced educator, administrator, and producer, Lauren holds degrees in dance (BA) and kinesiology (MS). She is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM), and holds specialty certificates in Functional Training (ACE) and Sports Performance and Weightlifting (USAW).
Latest posts by Lauren Warnecke (see all)
- Foam Rollers: Flawed Fad or Functionally Fundamental? - March 11, 2016
- Dance and Weight Training: A Perfect Pas de deux? - September 2, 2014
- At Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Everybody Dances - April 30, 2014
Heather Vaughan-Southard MFA, specializes in connection and community building with an emphasis in movement. She has created a Movement-Based Self-Care curriculum which uses pilates and somatic dance experiences to address movement deficits and social-emotional skill-building. Heather has directed dance programs in Higher Education, K-12 and non-profit studio settings, and danced professionally in Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles, and Michigan. She is the Professional Learning Developer for the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment project (MAEIA), contributes to Dance Advantage, authors the blog EducatingDancers, and was invited to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Education. She is a national conference presenter in the fields of dance and movement pedagogy and is comprehensively trained in pilates through the McEntire School. Heather is married to author Scott D. Southard and has two children who seem to be in perpetual motion.
Latest posts by Heather Vaughan-Southard (see all)
- Break The Status Quo When Teaching Dance - July 28, 2016
- Laying The Path To Your Best Work in Dance And Education - February 19, 2016
- On Paths and Pyramids: Reshaping The Future of Dance - April 2, 2015
Rachel Hellwig is a dance writer/editor/blogger from Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys taking ballet classes, reading about dance, and attending live performances of ballet and classical music. She blogs at: http://clarascoffeebreak.wordpress.com. You can also follow her on Twitter: @ivyalso and Instagram: @rachelhellwig
Chelsey (Dahm) Bradley is a recovering attorney turned freelance choreographer based in Madison, Wisconsin, where she teaches contemporary at Monona Academy of Dance and serves as resident choreographer for Dance Wisconsin. She is a four-time Regional Dance America National Commissioning Award Winner, and has received commissions to choreograph contemporary works throughout the Midwest, as well as a full-length production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for Dance Wisconsin. Chelsey is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in dance composition. You can follow her work on, Instagram and contact her for new projects at www.chelseybradley.com.
Latest posts by Chelsey Bradley (see all)
- Stage Lighting Basics for Dancers and Choreographers - November 7, 2016
- 3 Ways To Find Unique Music For Dance - September 27, 2016
- Two Types of Corrections I Stopped Giving My Dance Students - July 12, 2016
Leigh Purtill is a ballet instructor and choreographer in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband. She received her master’s degree in Film Production from Boston University and her bachelor’s in Anthropology and Dance from Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of four young adult novels from Penguin and HarperCollins. She currently teaches all levels of ballet to adults. Zombie ballet is her passion. She is the artistic director of the Leigh Purtill Ballet Company, a nonprofit amateur ballet company for adults.
Latest posts by Leigh Purtill (see all)
- Getting Cozy with a Ballet Mystery - January 26, 2019
- Nicholson’s Action-Packed Retelling of the Nutcracker - November 26, 2018
- Book Review: “A Dancer’s Guide to Africa” & Interview with Terez Mertes Rose - September 6, 2018
Kathi Martuza is a former professional ballet dancer who spent 15 years dancing with the San Francisco Ballet as a Corps de ballet dancer and with the Oregon Ballet Theatre as a Principal dancer. Kathi holds a BA in Performing Arts with an emphasis in dance, is a Certified PEAK Pilates instructor, Certified Health Coach, and licensed True Body Project teacher. She is the owner-operator of Empowered Health and Movement, LLC- dedicated to empowering girls and women to feel great IN and ABOUT their bodies through nutrition, movement and self love. Kathi helps her clients with weight loss/management, improving self-esteem and body image, and body conditioning. Kathi believes wholeheartedly in the innate power girls and women possess and she hopes to empower them towards becoming their happiest, healthiest and most-fulfilled selves. Find out more about Kathi and her work at www.empoweredhealthandmovement.com.
Latest posts by Kathi Martuza (see all)
- What is Intuitive Eating and Why is it Good for Dancers? - April 4, 2016
- 8 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright - October 26, 2015
- 5 Simple Strategies for Improving Body Image (that you can start doing right now) - July 13, 2015
Jessica C. Warchal-King is a Philly-based performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. She is a member of Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers and Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet and has toured nationally and internationally. Jessica is co-founder and curator of the InHale Performance Series and she teaches at universities, studios, and arts centers. Jessica earned her MFA in Dance from Temple and her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. She is a trained instructor in Dance for PD, a program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group to bring dance to people with Parkinson’s Disease, and a Power Pilates Mat I & II Certified Instructor. The Embodiment Project is Jessica’s ongoing research project combining education, physical dance practice, and performance. Using dance as its medium, The Embodiment Project investigates the relationships between kinesthetic, somatic, and anatomical understanding, self-awareness, art-making, joy-creation, and social justice. www.jcwarchalking.blogspot.com
Latest posts by Jessica Warchal-King (see all)
- Embodying a Magic Spell: Pilates Cross-Training For Dancers - August 3, 2015
- 4 Dancer Hacks for Performances or Summer Training - July 6, 2015
- Alexander Technique: Connecting The Dancer’s Multi-Purpose Body - April 20, 2015
Elizabeth is a dance minor and journalism major at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. A dance student since the age of six, she has danced in the studio and on dance team, as well as at Radio City Music Hall as part of the Rockette Summer Intensive. She currently teaches at a studio in her college town.
Latest posts by Elizabeth Semko (see all)
- Tap Dance Legend: Eleanor Powell - January 11, 2016
- Jazz Dance Legend: Bob Fosse - December 7, 2015
- What I Learned About Auditioning From The Rockettes - November 30, 2015
A passionate advocate for early childhood dance education, Maria Hanley Blakemore teaches ages 18 months to 6 years, 6 days a week. Maria currently designs and implements ballet programs for the young families and after school division at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, Maria teaches creative movement, creative ballet, and parent/toddler classes at Dancewave Center and The Mark Morris Dance Group. Maria holds a Master’s degree in dance education from New York University (2007) and a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania (2005). She also serves on Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Maria is the founder of Maria’s Movers, a program that offers dance, movement and yoga classes to boys and girls in their early years. She authors the blog Move. Create. Educate. (www.mariasmovers.com), where she shares her creative ideas about teaching young dancers.
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Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world.
Latest posts by Nichelle (owner/editor) (see all)
- All Roads Lead to Dance for Billy Mustapha - October 30, 2018
- 5 Scholarship Opportunities for Dancers - July 28, 2018
- Dance Studio Owner: A Decade of Support for Business Owners - June 13, 2018