Artists

 

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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.


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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.

 

Guest Choreographer: Maggie Zepp

Maggie Zepp grew up in Stevens Point and received a BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in Minneapolis and has performed works by Morgan Thorson, Body Cartography Project, Chris Schlichting, and Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES. She has been making work and performing with the five-person collaborative group DaNCEBUMS since 2013. She teaches dance at Young Dance and Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.


Guest Choreographer: Angie Nyquist

Angie Nyquist has 20 years of experience teaching dance to children.  As 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.


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Guest Choreographer: Kayla Dziak

Kayla Dziak is a Stevens Point native. Dziak is a company member of the Transcribing Dance Company, under the direction of Charys Hess, and in her sixth season. Dziak continues to pursue dance teaching opportunities. Dziak received her dance training in Stevens Point and at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP) in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and tap. Dziak has performed in the UWSP student produced show Afterimages 2010, 2011,and 2012 and the faculty produced show Danstage 2011, 2012, and 2013. Dziak has also been involved in previous PDE productions as well as Toast to the Nutcracker.


Guest Choreographer: Amy Beversdorf

Beversdorf earned a BFA in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a MFA from UW-Milwaukee, and a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (CMA) from Columbia College Chicago. Before relocating to Wisconsin, she danced professionally. In 2004, Beversdorf founded Studio B Pilates, a bodymind fitness studio dedicated to addressing proper body mechanics and movement patterning for enhanced physicality. Beversdorf is an Associate Lecturer at UWSP for Dance. In addition she co-founded The Artist In Residence Project, a Wisconsin based non-profit organization producing collaborative and innovative performing arts programming.


Guest Choreographer: Colleen Coy

Colleen Coy is a Wisconsin native.  She graduated with a degree in dance from UWSP and danced for Madison based choreographer Li Chiao-Ping from 2001 to 2006.  For the past ten years she has resided in Dili, Timor-Leste where she owns Dili Wellness and the Upstairs Studio, the country’s only space dedicated to dance, theatre, and movement arts.  She teaches ballet, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Pilates, and yoga.  Occasionally she creates choreography both for live audiences and the camera, which she plans to do more of in the future.  A few of her projects in Timor-Leste include “ne’e ga?” (Oh yeah?) which was performed at the concept launch for the Academy of Arts and Creative Industries performance in 2011, and “Flocking” a dance piece created for the camera for untrained dancers and filmed in 2012 on the Dili International Airport runway.  Her dance for the camera piece, “Tebe Tasi” (Sea Dance) was selected and screened for the Shorts Program of Dance Films Association’s 44th Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, NYC in February 2016.  Colleen is happy to be ‘home’ with treasured dance friends and family.


Guest Choreographer: Tristan Koepke

Tristan Koepke is a dancer, performer, educator, and bodyworker based in Minneapolis and New York City.  He currently creates with and performs in the work of Doug Varone and Dancers, Chris Schlichting, Vanessa Anspaugh, and elephant JANE dance.  As a member of Minneapolis repertory-based Zenon Dance Company from 2011-2015, he created and performed new works with many artists, including Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, and Daniel Charon.  His past performance credits include luciana achugar, BANDportier, Red Dirt Dance, Morgan Thorson, Patrick Scully, ARENA Dances, Time Track Productions, and The Minnesota Opera. Tristan started his training as a member of Point Dance Ensemble from 2003-2007 before receiving his BA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010.  He is currently the Associate Director of the Young Dancers Workshop at the Bates Dance Festival, and is also studying Structural Integration at the Rolf® Institute in Boulder, CO.


 

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Puppetry: Pam Corcoran

Since 1983, Pam Corcoran has brought stories to life with her original hand-made puppets. Her shows use the art of puppetry to convey messages about character, literature, health, and nature topics. Pam brings puppet shows, hands-on workshops, and artist in residence programs to adults and children of all ages and abilities to museums, schools, art festivals and libraries.


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Composer: Stacey Berk

Her compositions have been performed in cities across the United States, in Europe and in Asia. She has received commissions for works from the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, the Point Dance Ensemble and many others. Her compositions often have a programmatic or literary reference, and her works cover a broad spectrum of styles, including humorous ensembles, exciting fanfares, challenging contemporary works, and serene lullabies. Her works are available through Cocobolo Music Press.  In addition to teaching and composing, Stacey Berk is an active performer. She currently performs as principal oboist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and with Trio Canna. She has been a recent concerto soloist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Wausau Symphony, the Marshfield Symphony, the UWSP Symphony Orchestra, the UWSP Wind Ensemble and the UWSP String Orchestra. She has performed as a member of the Fox Valley Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony and the Polaris Wind Quintet.


 

Conductor: Dr. Patrick Lawrence

Dr. Patrick Lawrence teaches low brass, conducts the Campus Band, and teaches music education classes at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  He holds degrees from Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Mary. An active performer, he is the conductor of the Wausau Symphonic Band, and principal trombonist with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. A passionate educator, he enjoys working with musicians of all ages. After teaching in the public school system in Tucson, Arizona, he joined the faculty at UWSP in 2010. Dr. Lawrence has articles and music reviews published in the International Trombone Association Journal, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal, and Wisconsin School Musician.