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Nicki Beier

Nicki Beier (2008) - Adjunct Professor of Dance

Nicki Beier earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Master of Arts in Teaching from Lindenwood University where she has taught for over five years.  While teaching dance educational programs in public schools for MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) and teaching dance to autistic adults, she was inspired to share her passion with students and got her certification in Dance and Physical Education. She received the Dance Award for Lindenwood University’s dance program and studied on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School, the Edge Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles, the School of Hartford Ballet and the River North Dance Chicago. After performing for several companies locally and abroad such as the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and MADCO, she now shares her passion for dance with students at Grand Center Arts Academy.  Nicki is excited to share her knowledge with future dance professionals at Lindenwood University.

Scheidegger Center 2050B
(636) 627-2586

Betsy Brandt (2013) - Adjunct Professor of Dance

This is Betsy Brandt’s first year teaching at Lindenwood. With an interdisciplinary-focus, Brandt has worked professionally as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, dramaturge, and writer in the fields of Dance Studies, Film Theory, and Contemporary Art.  She received her MFA in Dance from University of Illinois: Urbana Champaign in 2012, where she was also served as Teaching Assistant and later as Adjunct Faculty.  Other current faculty appointments include Saint Louis University and Webster University.  She was the Co-Artistic Director of the aTrek Dance Collective from 2003-2009 and currently serves at the President of the Board of Directors for Leverage Dance Theater.  Brandt also worked in arts administration and program development with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Young Audiences of St. Louis. Brandt received her BA in Dance and Political History from Kenyon College in 2003.  She has worked with artists including Jennifer Monson, Tere O’Connor, Victoria Marks, Lisa Race, Kim Epifano, and Bebe Miller.  Her research and choreographic work has been supported by UIUC’s Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship (2009-2012), the Mary Elizabeth Hamstrom Award (2010), the Patricia Knowles Graduate Travel Award (2011), and the Moe Family Award (2012).  She has presented written and performance works for the Congress on Research in Dance 2013 Special Topics conference and the University of Illinois’s 2012 Beyond Utopia conference.

ebrandt@lindenwood.edu 
Scheidegger Center 2050B
(636) 627-2586

Kari Ann Davis

Kari Ann Davis (2012) - Adjunct Professor of Dance

Kari Ann Davis serves as an adjunct faculty member in dance at both the St. Charles and Belleville campuses. Kari Ann received both her BA in Dance and her MA in Teaching from Lindenwood University, and she is certified to teach dance in the K-12 setting. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Kari Ann spent two years performing professionally with the Modern American Dance Company where she had the opportunity to work with many nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers. Here, she also spent much of her time in the elementary education setting teaching children creative movement styles as part of MADCO’s outreach program. In addition to performing, Kari Ann has modeled for St. Louis Bride Magazine and Dancewear Solutions, and she has choreographed for regional dance conferences, local universities, industrial flash mobs, and television commercials.

kdavis2@lindenwood.edu 
Scheidegger Center 2050B
(636) 627-2586

Tracy Dupre

Tracy Dupre (2003) - Adjunct Professor of Dance

Tracy Dupre is currently an Adjunct professor at Lindenwood University and owner of Brookstone Video. She also served as Tap Dance Coordinator at COCA for ten years. Tracy has studied dance at Stephens College, earned a BA in TV/Video Production, MA in Mass Communications/ Digital Media and currently completing graduate courses in Dance. In 2013, Tracy earned the Adjunct Teaching Award at Lindenwood University. She teaches master classes and choreographs for corporate events and dance companies. She is a member of International Tap Dance Association (ITA), Wedding & Event Videographers Association (WEVA) and the St. Louis Videographers Association (SLVA).  She trained at Performing Arts Centre, was a member of the Dance Co. of St. Charles. She has taught at the American College Dance Festival and her choreography has won national titles and choreography awards. She has choreographed for the Bob Costas Benefit, 60x60 Project, St. Louis Bilikens, St. Louis Panera Bread Company & a piece for a Bobby McFerrin concert. In 2009, Tracy was interviewed by Dancer Magazine regarding the tap dance scene in St. Louis. She has danced in the Cotton Bowl Parade and attends National Tap Dance Festivals around the country where she has studied under Jason Samuels Smith, Diane Walker, Arthur Duncan, Bril Barrett, Lane Alexander, Diane Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Acia Gray, Savion Glover, Sam Weber, Henry Le Tang, Van Porter and many more.

tdupre@lindenwood.edu  
Scheidegger Center 2050B
(636) 627-2586

Janet Strzelec

Janet Strzelec (2005) - Associate Professor, Dance Department Chair

Janet Strzelec holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance with a minor in music from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing (Musical Theatre emphasis) from Lindenwood University.  She is a member of the National Dance Association and the American Alliance for health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Janet has an extensive history of teaching, directing and choreographing at institutions such as St. Louis University High School, SIUE, the Goldenrod Showboat, Alexandra School of Ballet, and Lindenwood University where she is in her ninth year serving as the Dance Department Chair. Her performance credits include musicals, television commercials, dinner theatre and Six Flags productions.

jstrzelec@lindenwood.edu 
Scheidegger Center 2050
(636) 949-4306

Tricia Zweier

Tricia Zweier (2011) - Assistant Professor of Dance

Tricia Zweier is an educator, choreographer, and performer with a cross-disciplinary interest in dance and kinesiology. After earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she relocated to Missouri and is in her third year as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Lindenwood University teaching mostly contemporary and jazz techniques, dance history, dance & technology, and dance science courses. Outside of LU, Tricia has been commissioned to teach master classes in Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas. She has also completed residencies as a Guest Artist at The Center for Contemporary Dance Pre-professional Student Intensive in Orlando, FL and as a choreographer for Texas Tech University’s production of The Funnies in Lubbock, TX. Tricia danced with the Atlantic City Ballet (formerly Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre), then toured internationally in the cruise line industry as a lead dancer and dance captain. Her modern dance performance credits include the works of Hanya Holm, Merce Cunningham, and Martha Graham. She has also had the pleasure of working with more contemporary artists including Sean Curran, Mark Dendy, and Nejla Yatkin. Most recently, she performed with Flatlands Dance Theatre in Lubbock, Texas, and with St. Louis’s own, Leverage Dance Theater in the Dance St. Louis production, New Dance Horizons II. Tricia is a member of The Dance Kinesiology Teachers' Group (DKT), The Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), and The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

tzweier@lindenwood.edu 
Scheidegger Center 2030
(636) 949-4547
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