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Professional Company

Professional Company 

 

THE PROFESSIONAL COMPANY IS THE PERFORMING FOUNDATION OF COCODACO. AT COCODACO, WE BELIEVE THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR ROOTS. THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ARE THE MENTORS OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE CHALLENGE THEM TO EXPLORE HOW THEY CAN CREATE POSITIVE IMPACTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. WHILE ENLARGING THE YOUNGER DANCERS’ HORIZONS, PROFESSIONAL DANCERS GAIN INVALUABLE LEADERSHIP SKILLS.

 
  Quincie Bean   Quincie Bean trained at Provo Civic Ballet (now Ballet West Academy) in Utah. At PCB she danced original pieces by Garrett Smith, Victor Plotnikov, and Brian Reeder. She spent summers training at Gelsey Kirkland and NW Dance Project. Quincie moved to Santa Fe, NM to study at Modas Dance with Layla Amis, Duncan Cooper, & Robert Moses. In 2016 she moved to Chicago and accepted a performing apprentice position with Cerqua Rivera and a position with Cocodaco’s Mezzo Company before joining the Professional Company

Quincie Bean

Quincie Bean trained at Provo Civic Ballet (now Ballet West Academy) in Utah. At PCB she danced original pieces by Garrett Smith, Victor Plotnikov, and Brian Reeder. She spent summers training at Gelsey Kirkland and NW Dance Project. Quincie moved to Santa Fe, NM to study at Modas Dance with Layla Amis, Duncan Cooper, & Robert Moses. In 2016 she moved to Chicago and accepted a performing apprentice position with Cerqua Rivera and a position with Cocodaco’s Mezzo Company before joining the Professional Company

  Zac Bigbee   Zac Bigbee was born and raised in New Mexico. A series of coincidences influenced him to take his first ballet class as a senior in high school. He went on to study Russian language and Mathematics at the University of Arizona, while training in dance domestically and abroad. He is returning for his second season with CoCoDaCo.

Zac Bigbee

Zac Bigbee was born and raised in New Mexico. A series of coincidences influenced him to take his first ballet class as a senior in high school. He went on to study Russian language and Mathematics at the University of Arizona, while training in dance domestically and abroad. He is returning for his second season with CoCoDaCo.

  Katie Carey   Katie Carey co-director of Purus Motus, found her love for dance at the age of 8 at Marjorie Jones Schools Inc. She trained at Ballet Met; was awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. Katie continued her education at The Ohio State University with a focus on dance performance. In 2009 she moved to Chicago to study with the Giordano Dance School, performed with Nomi Dance Company and is one of the house choreographers. Katie has performed in Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, Arts Midwest, New Voices, j e l l o and  the opportunity to compete in the all-styles battle at World Of Dance. Katie has been teaching all over the Midwest and recently traveled to Costa Rica to choreograph for Dansteps.

Katie Carey

Katie Carey co-director of Purus Motus, found her love for dance at the age of 8 at Marjorie Jones Schools Inc. She trained at Ballet Met; was awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. Katie continued her education at The Ohio State University with a focus on dance performance. In 2009 she moved to Chicago to study with the Giordano Dance School, performed with Nomi Dance Company and is one of the house choreographers. Katie has performed in Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, Arts Midwest, New Voices, j e l l o and  the opportunity to compete in the all-styles battle at World Of Dance. Katie has been teaching all over the Midwest and recently traveled to Costa Rica to choreograph for Dansteps.

 
  Kristen Donovan   Kristen Donovan, originally from Pinckney, Michigan, began her dance training with Performing Arts Dance Theater. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and studied with faculty members such as Peter Sparling, Rodger Behlman, Julie Tice, and Amy Chavasse. Kristen also serves as Rehearsal Director of Cocodaco Dance Project, performs with a 90s hip hop cover band, Too White Crew, and was a cast member in Chicago Dance Crash's 2015 remount of "Cotton Mouth Club".

Kristen Donovan

Kristen Donovan, originally from Pinckney, Michigan, began her dance training with Performing Arts Dance Theater. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and studied with faculty members such as Peter Sparling, Rodger Behlman, Julie Tice, and Amy Chavasse. Kristen also serves as Rehearsal Director of Cocodaco Dance Project, performs with a 90s hip hop cover band, Too White Crew, and was a cast member in Chicago Dance Crash's 2015 remount of "Cotton Mouth Club".

  Jeff Ewing   Jeff Ewing is from Torrance, California, he began dancing at the age of six at Fusion Dance Studio. He has attended the Juilliard Summer intensive, the apprentice program at The Chautauqua Institution, and assisting Cathy Young at Bates Dance Festival. He earned a BFA magna cum laude in dance performance at Boston Conservatory. In college, Jeff has worked with Danny Pelzig, Cathy Young, Gianni DiMarco, Diane Arvanites, Doug Elkins, Adam Barruch, Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista. He danced with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, as well as Charlotte Ballet where he performed the works of choreographers: Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden and David Ingram, and Lucky Plush Productions

Jeff Ewing

Jeff Ewing is from Torrance, California, he began dancing at the age of six at Fusion Dance Studio. He has attended the Juilliard Summer intensive, the apprentice program at The Chautauqua Institution, and assisting Cathy Young at Bates Dance Festival. He earned a BFA magna cum laude in dance performance at Boston Conservatory. In college, Jeff has worked with Danny Pelzig, Cathy Young, Gianni DiMarco, Diane Arvanites, Doug Elkins, Adam Barruch, Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista. He danced with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, as well as Charlotte Ballet where he performed the works of choreographers: Mark Diamond, Dwight Rhoden and David Ingram, and Lucky Plush Productions

  Madeleine Klei   Madeleine Klein began her training in Giordano's pre-professional program. She went on to study Dance and English at Oberlin College, where she later performed as a guest artist. She danced with Aerial Dance Chicago before joining Cocodaco's Mezzo company and accepting an apprenticeship with the profetional company. This is her first season with the company. 

Madeleine Klei

Madeleine Klein began her training in Giordano's pre-professional program. She went on to study Dance and English at Oberlin College, where she later performed as a guest artist. She danced with Aerial Dance Chicago before joining Cocodaco's Mezzo company and accepting an apprenticeship with the profetional company. This is her first season with the company. 

 
  Maura Naughton   Maura Naughton studied dance at The American Dance Festival as a scholarship student, Illinois State University, The Cambrians Summer Intensive and Foster Dance Studios. She is inspired and reinvented by Ronn Stewart's imagery based improvisational technique; MoPeD, tap dance, pirouettes, off centered-ness, honesty and sarcasm.

Maura Naughton

Maura Naughton studied dance at The American Dance Festival as a scholarship student, Illinois State University, The Cambrians Summer Intensive and Foster Dance Studios. She is inspired and reinvented by Ronn Stewart's imagery based improvisational technique; MoPeD, tap dance, pirouettes, off centered-ness, honesty and sarcasm.

  Ella Olarte   Ela Olarte originally from Davao, Philippines received her BFA in Choreography from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Training credits include Visceral Dance Professional Scholarship Program & summer intensive and intensives at River North Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and The Dance COLEctive. Ela has performed with Thodos Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago as a guest artist. Her choreography has premiered at HarmonyFestival, Emergence Festival, Dance Chance and was recently awarded First Place at The College of DuPage Choreography Competition and Showcase. Ela’s interest in dance for camera has led her to choreograph dance films: SHIFT and BENIGN.

Ella Olarte

Ela Olarte originally from Davao, Philippines received her BFA in Choreography from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Training credits include Visceral Dance Professional Scholarship Program & summer intensive and intensives at River North Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and The Dance COLEctive. Ela has performed with Thodos Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago as a guest artist. Her choreography has premiered at HarmonyFestival, Emergence Festival, Dance Chance and was recently awarded First Place at The College of DuPage Choreography Competition and Showcase. Ela’s interest in dance for camera has led her to choreograph dance films: SHIFT and BENIGN.

  Jana Schneider   Jana is a founding member of Cococaco's professional company. Throughout her career, Jana has worked with choreographers; Francisco Avina, Kanji Segawa, Christian Von Howard, Sam Watson, Susan Douglas Roberts and Ronn Stewart. She has performed at Dance Chicago, Harvest Dance Festival, Stage 773 and The iO Theater. Jana has also collaborated with Wild Goose Chase Dance, John Sabine and Claudia Wallace of The Second City and professional photographers Peter Hinsdale, Moe Martinez and Eddie Eng. She was 2015 Dance Magazine’s "#dancemagme" photo winner. Jana works closely with local musical theater productions; the Gray Talent Group, Thin Ice Ensemble Theater and Northwestern University. Jana is a 2013 B.F.A. graduate of the TCU School for Classical and Contemporary Dance as a John V. Roach Honors Laureate. Jana now serves as the interim artistic director of Foster Dance Studios

Jana Schneider

Jana is a founding member of Cococaco's professional company. Throughout her career, Jana has worked with choreographers; Francisco Avina, Kanji Segawa, Christian Von Howard, Sam Watson, Susan Douglas Roberts and Ronn Stewart. She has performed at Dance Chicago, Harvest Dance Festival, Stage 773 and The iO Theater. Jana has also collaborated with Wild Goose Chase Dance, John Sabine and Claudia Wallace of The Second City and professional photographers Peter Hinsdale, Moe Martinez and Eddie Eng. She was 2015 Dance Magazine’s "#dancemagme" photo winner. Jana works closely with local musical theater productions; the Gray Talent Group, Thin Ice Ensemble Theater and Northwestern University. Jana is a 2013 B.F.A. graduate of the TCU School for Classical and Contemporary Dance as a John V. Roach Honors Laureate. Jana now serves as the interim artistic director of Foster Dance Studios