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Janet Strzelec

Janet Strzelec Professor and Chair of The Dance Program, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing with a Musical Theatre Emphasis. Strzelec is currently in her 21st year at Lindenwood University.

Tricia Zweier

Tricia ZweierTricia 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 ninth year as an Associate Professor of Dance teaching mostly contemporary and jazz techniques, dance history, dance & technology, and dance science courses.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Jessica Anthony - Contemporary, Composition - is a performer, choreographer, and educator who is interested in the ways that dance can empower us to tell our stories, create community, and practice new ways of being in the world. She considers herself a researcher of "circles," what can happen in these third spaces of creation and community building, and has been facilitating circles in rehearsals, classrooms, and diverse community settings. From 2004-2010 she performed nationally and internationally with Jane Comfort and Company (NYC) and presented her work at The Field (NYC) and The Invisible Dog Center (Brooklyn, NY). She received her MFA in Dance from The University of Iowa.

  • Diádié Bathily - West African Dance - is the artistic director of Afriky Lolo, a dance company based in St. Louis. Diádié has danced professionally for over 30 years on stages in Africa, Europe, and North America. He has conducted master classes and workshops throughout Europe and North America and has performed with, or choreographed, for such notable companies as The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, The Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts & Humanities, The School of Dance and Cultural Exchange with Ms. Marie Rose Guiraud, and Broadway Dance Center. Diádié is the recipient of the N’gowa Prize for dance in Ivory Coast and has performed at the United Nations, the Village of Arts and Humanities, and many other festivals and events around the United States.

  • Tracy Dupre - Tap, Jazz, Composition, History - has a cross-disciplinary focus in dance and digital media. She teaches at the Performing Arts Centre and has served as the Tap Dance Coordinator for COCA. In 2019, Tracy’s piece titled, “The Sweetest Sound,” was chosen to perform in a new choreographer’s showcase, “Something’s Afoot” produced by Brenda Bufalino’s American Tap Dance Festival in New York City. Choreography credits include the Bob Costas charity event, 60x60 Project, Spring to Dance Festival, Dancin’ In the Streets, St. Louis Billikens basketball team, St. Louis Panera Bread Company, the opening act for a Bobby McFerrin concert, as well as a Love & Unity town hall event here at Lindenwood University. She earned a Master of Arts in Mass Communication & Digital Media from Stephens College, where she also studied dance.

  • Weiwei Fu - Traditional Chinese Dance - is the founder of WeiDanceArts and The St. Louis Modern Chinese School. After graduating from The Shanghai Dancing Academy, she worked for New Shanghai Circus in Branson, MO as a choreographer, rehearsal director, and stage manager. She has danced with Lehrer Dance Company in Buffalo, NY and with Leverage Dance Theater in St. Louis, MO. Her choreography has earned awards at The International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention, Kansas City, MO and The International Acrobatic Competition in Paris, France.

  • Amy Gammon - Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop - is a performer and co-founder of MoSTLy TAP, a St. Louis based tap dance company. She has taught for Tap The Map, Greater St. Louis Cecchetti Committee, and has set choreography on several area dance teams. Amy is a member of Dance Masters of America, a graduate at DMA’s Teachers Training School earning the Bachna Scholarship, and serves on the board of directors for The DANCE CO. of St. Charles. She holds a BA in Dance and a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Dance from Lindenwood University. Most recently, she was also named director and convention teacher with Beyond the Stars.

  • Mariko Kumanomido - Contemporary, Ballet - Mariko, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, studied at Alexandra School of Ballet under Alexandra Zaharias. She earned a BFA in Dance from The University of Missouri–Kansas City, and then moved to New York City with a Fellowship at The Ailey School. In New York she danced professionally with Buglisi Dance Theater, Jessica Danser/Dansfolk, and C.Eule Dance. In 2010–2011 she studied at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, completed the Graham Teacher Training Program, and performed with Graham II. While in NYC, she also taught beginning ballet and creative movement at Ballet Hispanico.

  • Arianna Russ - Jazz - is a dance artist in the St. Louis area. Russ is entering her second season with the St. Louis based, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO), and performs in various independent projects throughout the city. She is originally from Milwaukee, WI, where she danced professionally for the NBA team the Milwaukee Bucks. She has performed as a professional dancer with the Cedar Rapids Opera and across the country in dance festivals in Chicago, New York, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has choreographed several independently produced works, and will be choreographing for MADCO’s second company this fall. Russ earned her MFA from the University of Iowa.

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