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.
Co-Artistic Advisor: Amy Sutheimer-Barnes
Amy Sutheimer-Barnes received her BA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where she specialized in contemporary dance practices in the modern tradition, somatic body knowledge, and community art. Amy has enjoyed working with Danceworks, a Milwaukee based company, doing intergenerational art programs and exploring dance in senior citizen communities through a Student Artist in Residence Program. Amy has shared her passion and knowledge for community dance through keynote presentations at national and international conferences, including Imagine America and The Eden Alternative. At the studio level, Amy has shared her knowledge and passion by teaching at Bella Via Dance, LLC (Mequon, WI), Dance Dynamics, LLC (Plover, WI), and Forthcoming Danspace (Stevens Point, WI). She has also shown her love for performance through numerous castings at UWM, MAM After Dark, and Get It Out There!. To continue to build upon her understanding of movement, Amy will be receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy in May 2022. This addition to her repertoire will allow her to help dancers grow in their body awareness, as well as help individuals through the age spectrum move and groove for as long as possible. Amy is a proud alumna of Point Dance Ensemble and has been a guest artist setting her work “In the Eye of the Mind” (2019) on company members. She also set and performed in “As Timely As Ever” (2020) with fellow alumni during the 20th Anniversary Celebration. Amy is delighted to take on the new role as Co-Artistic Director for PDE starting in the 2021-2022 season.
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: Julie Baird
Julie is proud to be the director of Dance Dynamics, now in its eleventh year! She has been teaching and choreographing all ages and disciplines of dance for the past 23 years. For five of those years, she was also the assistant director for Turning Point Dance Academy. It gives her great pleasure to share her passion for dance with eager students and help them become the people that are going to be. She has also done choreography for Point Dance Ensemble and the Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, with a B.A. in both Dance & Interior Architecture. She performed in Danstage and Afterimages while at the university. She also had choreography featured in several Afterimages performances. While in college, she also performed and attended ACDFA workshops and performed in several student productions. She is an active member of the dance organizations Dance Masters of Wisconsin (DMW) and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM). She has attended numerous workshops and studied with many great instructors with these organizations. She also became a certified dance educator (CDE) through them. She is originally from the Madison area where she danced in Wisconsin Dance Ensemble’s semi-professional Nutcracker for 10 years in several different roles. Her early training was at Virginia Davis School of Dance. There she learned several dance styles, taught classes, performed at competitions, and was highlighted as a soloist in the annual recital. Julie also performed and choreographed for several high school musicals.
Guest Choreographer: Constance Anderson
Constance Anderson is a BA Dance Graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a minor in Philosophy. She has continued into the professional world by dancing with the Li Chiao Ping Dance Company and making solo freelance work with local artists and musicians. She formed her own company in 2019 “Sock Opera Dance,” and produced her first full evening-length show “Like Me”. She has also served as a choreographer for the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point’s theatre department and as a Li Chiao Ping Dance repertoire instructor at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
She has performed all over the country and for many different choreographers, such as Alice Gosti, Wade Madsen, Eddy Ocampo, Max Pollak, Michael Estanich, Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, and now Li Chiao Ping. The choreography has included site-specific, durational, film, repertoire based, and new works. In addition, she has created several of her own pieces which have been shown in state-wide venues.
Anderson enjoys academic work as well. At a University of Wisconsin Symposium, she presented a seminar entitled “Choreography as a Form of Phenomenology: Communicating through Experience-Choreography, Performance and Philosophy”. At the seminar, she presented her piece “Through the Proscenium Arch” as a part of her thesis. She has also taught interactive classes for the community about documenting movement execution physically in space.
Most recently she has been teaching community ballet classes and setting her new work, “Kaiju”
Juliann studied dance at Turning Point Dance Academy for 11 years and was a member of Point Dance Ensemble for three years. Her performances included collaboration with UW-Stevens Point in the 2003 production of ‘The Nutcracker’, as well as being a guest performer for the Air Project’s Dance For Cancer benefit in 2004. She was an active member of her school’s music program, performing in many concerts and musicals. In 2003 she had the pleasure of performing as Fantine in her high school’s production of “Les Miserables”.
After graduating from high school, Juliann attended UW-Milwaukee and graduated in 2008, with honors, from UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While in Milwaukee, she studied under UWM’s outstanding faculty, as well as numerous companies including the Milwaukee Ballet Company, Danceworks, Your Mother Dances and Wildspace Dance Company.
While attending UWM, Ms. Engum performed in many student and faculty choreographed productions, including work set by Luc Vanier, Janet Lily, Ed Burgess, Simone Ferro and Darci Wutz. Ms. Engum was cast as Rosalia in the university’s production of “West Side Story”, and Liz in “Cell Block Tango” from the musical “Chicago”. Juliann’s talents were further recognized as she was cast to perform in New York contemporary choreographer Ron K. Brown’s premiere piece, and in Laura Dean’s recovered production of ‘Skylight”.
Juliann has attended two American College Festival conferences, on scholarship, while attending UWM and attended the Dancelife Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2009. She has been teaching dance and theatre since the age of 15 at numerous dance studios and high schools statewide, and continues to work with local company Point Dance Ensemble. Julie fell in love with the Wisconsin Rapids community, and is thrilled to share her love of the performing arts with all of her students. She can’t wait to watch them grow into incredible artists and young adults.
Guest Choreographer: Maddie Prokop
Maddie Prokop grew up dancing in Stevens Point, WI, where she learned the importance of art as a vehicle for conversation and expression. She began her artistic career at the age of three in music and movement classes, and for the next 15 years, she studied ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, improvisation, and choreography. This led her to study with UW-Milwaukee’s eclectic dance department to pursue a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance and Choreography, and later in her academic career pursue a BA in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies.
Throughout Maddie’s dance career she has focused her work in movement media, site-specific dance, and community engagement. Maddie’s work is often centered around interpersonal relationships and spirituality. Currently, her work is informed by post-modern movement, infused with somatic practices and laban movement analysis (LMA) technique. She has performed with companies and collaborators such as Point Dance Ensemble, Black Market Dance and Film, and Dance Waterloo, along with performing in numerous UW-Milwaukee student and faculty-led pieces. During her undergrad, she studied as a research fellow under Dance Department Chair Simone Ferro, exploring ways to make dance accessible to underrepresented communities.
You can find Maddie teaching and performing in the Milwaukee area, as well as supporting local
nonprofits and government agencies through her full-time career in Advertising. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with her two pets – a ball python named Danger Noodle and a cat named Luna. She is also an avid rock climber, hiker, musician, and sci-fi enthusiast.
Guest Choreographer: Kayla Dunn
Kayla Dunn is a BA graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She has studied under the direction of Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Michael Estanich, Pamela Luedtke, and Jodi Flatoff. While attending UWSP she performed in a number of faculty choreographed pieces for Danstage as well as student choreographed pieces for Afterimages, one being her own. She also performed in an excerpt from Bob Fosse’s “Rich Man’s Frug” choreographed by Jeannie Hill for a UWSP outreach concert, Arts Bash. She took many master classes offered at UWSP from choreographers Andrew Murdock, Bob Audy, Eddy Ocampo, Luc Vanier, and Mindy Meyers.
Throughout college she worked outside of the studio, choreographing competition routines for high school dance teams in the style of Pom, Jazz, Kick, and Hip Hop. She also choreographed Musical Theatre pieces for her high school’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” in 2014 including “The Telephone Hour” and “The Shriner Ballet.” Along with these choreographic experiences she was asked to create a hip hop piece for Point Dance Ensemble in 2014 and again for the 2018 production.
During her senior year of college she was asked to be a member of the Transcribing Dance Company, under the direction of Charys Hess, and is now in her sixth year with the company. She has performed with the company annually as well as at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Air Project’s Project Dance Them Free 2013, and Saint Michael’s Hope is Building campaign.
Recently, she co-directed The Nutcracker, Jazzed Up and has been asked to accept the title of Director for future Nutcracker productions.
Guest Choreographer: Lindsey Ruenger
A Wisconsin native, Lindsey Ruenger has been engaged in the art of dance for as long as she can remember. Lindsey has been privileged to dance for artists and companies throughout the midwest including Wild Space Dance Company for over 6 seasons, De Facto Dance, The Coincidentals, and alongside Rapper/Artist Kanye West. Her creations, which weave together pedestrian post-modern movement with a sensible grooviness, have been seen at MKE Follies, MAM After Dark, Links Hall: THAW, MKE Fringe Festival among others. Lindsey graduated with a BFA in dance from UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in 2011. Currently, she is a practicing Registered Yoga Instructor and is a Graduate student in Leadership for Creative Enterprises at Northwestern University.