Artistic Director: Pamela Luedtke
Pamela Luedtke is the founder and artistic director of Point Dance Ensemble (PDE) which was established in January 2000 as a 503(c) non-profit dance company for young dancers, 11-18 years of age. Pamela’s repertory with PDE includes “Babar, The Elephant”, “The Circus”, “Coppelia”, “Rodeo” and “Alice in Wonderland” choreographed to the original commissioned music score by Stacey Berk Professor of Oboe at UW-Stevens Point. Pamela also instructs dance throughout Central Wisconsin and is currently an Associate Lecturer instructing ballet with the dance department at UWSP. Her work “Mad Rush” (2007)(2010) was performed as part of the faculty presentation Danstage. Pamela is also a certified in Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym©) as an instructor and a consultant for schools in Wisconsin and assists in curriculum integration of neuro-muscular movements. She is also currently completing her certifications towards becoming a certified Pilates Instructor through Balance Body Institute.
Artistic Advisor: Nerissa Nelson
Nerissa Nelson is an Artistic Adviser for Point Dance Ensemble, and served as Co-Artistic Director for several years with Pamela Luedtke. She danced professionally and performed with the Chicago City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Some of her performances include “The Four Temperaments,” “The Firebird,” “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo & Juliet,” and “Swan Lake.” Her ballet training is grounded in the Balanchine Technique, and she teaches on occasion at various studios in Central Wisconsin. Nerissa serves on the Board of Directors for the Arts Alliance of Portage County as its Legislative Liaison and is on the Board of Directors of the Stevens Point Arts Council. She has an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison, and an M.A in Communication from UWSP. Nerissa is a Librarian/Associate Professor at the University Library at UWSP.
2019-2020 Featured Guest: RE|dance
Creative partners Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich established RE|dance group in 2009 as a means to explore long-distance collaborations. We are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world. We ground our artistic philosophy in creative exchange, seeking to expand our voices as contemporary artists. We (along with a growing number of collaborators) enjoy an open process where all ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. Our work reflects a rigorous inquiry into the body’s capability for expression through motion and movement—from the subtle to the immense. The winding path from imagined concept to physical reality to audience experience intrigues us and grounds our process. The creative process is an ever-evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition, and play.
Though we call Chicago home base for RE|dance group, the partnership rests on a unique long-distance collaboration. Estanich lives in Stevens Point, WI, while Riner is a Chicago based independent artist. We became fascinated with the idea of creating work in a new way—generating movement material while we were together and developing characters or deepening our personal understanding of ideas while we are apart. Through conversation and dialogue, we establish physical memories that enrich our dancing and the relationships created in the works.
Guest Choreographer: Angie Nyquist
Angie Nyquist has 20 years of experience teaching dance to children. As the owner of Learn & Love It Dance Classes, she makes dance accessible to kids of all abilities in Central Wisconsin by offering high quality yet low-key class options. Her creative movement programs have been showcased at Minnesota Children’s Museum, Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, and Royal Family Kids Camp. For the past 15 years, she has worked with VSA Wisconsin to bring dance into the lives of children with disabilities. Besides dance, Angie loves homeschooling her two boys and joining her husband in developing their family farm.
Guest Choreographer: Lucy Riner
Lucy Vurusic Riner is the co-founder and executive director of RE|dance group. She and Michael established the company in 2009 as a means to explore long distance collaboration. Lucy’s had a long lasting career in Chicago for more than twenty-five years. She was a member of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, RTG Dance Company, and Matthew Hollis’ “The Power of Cheer.” She has presented and performed her solo work at various festivals throughout Chicago and all across the United States. She has also performed in the community casts of White Oak Dance Project and David Dorfman Dance. Lucy received her BS from Illinois State University and her MA from National Louis University. In 2005, Lucy received the Midwest Dance Teacher of the Year award and was the youngest of four finalists in the running for the National Dance Teacher of the Year award. She was the Director of Dance at Oak Park and River Forest High School for fourteen years before joining the faculty at New Trier High School where she now teaches and leads the Northfield Dance Ensemble.
Guest Choreographer: Michael Estanich
Michael Estanich is a Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he teaches contemporary modern dance, composition, dance pedagogy, movement analysis, and dance history. He earned his MFA from The Ohio State University and his BFA from Denison University. Michael’s creative research currently examines the intersection of dance and theatre as powerful tools for corporeal expression. His work asserts value in a multidisciplinary creative approach, relying on movement, voice, sculpture, and dramaturgy to create intimate works of human folly. He formed RE|dance group (redancegroup.org) in 2009 with Chicago artist Lucy Vurusic Riner as a means to explore long distance collaboration. RE|dance group has presented work regionally, nationally, and internationally, recently at the New Dance For Asia International Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael and Lucy have presented their research on the collaborative creative process at various conferences hosted by the National Dance Educator’s Organization. Michael’s performance credits include Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Cerulean Dance Theatre, Rebecca Rosen, Melanie Bales, Bebe Miller, a reconstruction of Mark Morris’ All Fours, and Susan Marshall’s acclaimed ARMS. He is the resident choreographer and dance chair at Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead, MN and serves on the Executive Board of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) as Vice President for Nominations and Elections.