Meet the Company

Artistic Director

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Danielle Kaiser (she/her)

Danielle brings over 30 years of experience to her work as Seiche Dance Collective’s founding Artistic Director. Her passion lies in educating the upcoming generation of leaders in the Arts, as well as creating choreography that connects dancers’ experiences with their minds and bodies. She remains focused on preserving the integrity of dance education by using her knowledge in the fields of education and dance, creating pathways for the future generation of dancers, choreographers, and dance educators. 

 

Her training supported a professional performance career during which she appeared on stage both nationally and internationally. Danielle’s professional performance credits began as performer and soloist with PGT Entertainment, onboard the Dawn Princess. She performed with Princess Cruises, Ltd. onboard the Dawn, Emerald, and Grand Princess vessels as an aerialist, ballet soloist, and Assistant Company Performance Manager. In addition to performing, Danielle managed the cast responsible for a six-show repertoire, including re-staging of shows and choreographing and preparing the onboard holiday spectacular. Danielle has also previously appeared as a company member with SoMar Danceworks, and served as Captain for the Erie Bayhawks AAA NBA dance team. 

 

Her choreography has been presented aboard the Dawn Princess with Princess Cruises Ltd., as well as with the Mercyhurst University Department of Dance, Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre, Erie Dance Theatre, and Seiche Dance Collective. Danielle’s choreography has been presented at the Northeast Regional Dance America Festival, where she was nominated for the prestigious Monticello Choreography Award in 2015.

Danielle graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2010 with a B.A. in Dance, as well as a B.A. in Secondary Education Mathematics. During her time at Mercyhurst, Danielle was the recipient of the Mercyhurst Egan Scholarship from 2006-2010, as well as the Etoile Leadership Award in 2010. Danielle recently earned her M.F.A. in Choreography with a Concentration in Practice as Research from Jacksonville University in 2019. She was honored with the Howard Gilman Fellowship Award through Jacksonville University’s M.F.A. program, and acted as the cohort and faculty liaison from 2017-2019. Danielle is both a PBT Certified Teacher, and an ABT NTC Certified Teacher for levels PP-L5. 

Danielle currently works as Adjunct Faculty and full-time Administrative Assistant for the Mercyhurst University Dance Department. She also currently serves as the Head Coach for the Mercyhurst University Dance Team, and as Faculty Advisor for the Dance Club. Danielle also currently serves as Ballet Advisor and Faculty at Little’s Dance Studio.

Danielle is a founding Board Member of Seiche Dance Collective, and is proud to serve as the organization’s first Artistic Director. Her vision is “to work with pre-professional and professional level dancers, both in an educational and choreographic environment.” She is passionate about “creating ways to offer dance to an adult audience who may otherwise lack the opportunity to train or continue training in an accepting and appropriate environment.” These are the reasons that Danielle gravitated to the other four co-founders of Seiche, in order to create this opportunity in our community. 

Company Manager

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Jo started dance lessons at the age of six, and began her formal ballet training at the age of 16 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. She has performed professionally with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, Texas, Ballet Theater of Ohio, Albany Berkshire Ballet, SoMar Danceworks, and Dafmark Dance Theater. Jo also has extensive teaching experience, and has worked with Linda Dies Dance Unlimited, Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, and Erie Dance Conservatory. Jo graduated from Mercyhurst University with B.A. as a Double Major in Dance and World Languages, and earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jo is a Partner at Amicangelo and Theisen, LLC, practicing Family Law. As a founding Board Member of Seiche Dance Collective, Jo is committed to working as a part of a like-minded community to elevate and expand dance opportunities for adults in the Erie area. Jo serves as Company Manager as well as a performing Company Artist.

Jo Theisen (she/her)

Production Manager

Kristen, one of the five founders of Seiche Dance Collective, is proud to serve as the company’s Production Manager. She has worked as a light designer and stage manager for the University of Akron Dance Company, stage manager for the Akron Institute, production manager for the 2017 Erie Festival of Dance, producer for the 2019 Erie Festival of Dance, and led the Erie Dance Consortium’s sponsor activities for Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival from 2018-2022.  Kristen earned her BA in Dance Studies with a Business Cognate and Theater Minor from the University of Akron. Kristen is currently the Dance Director at Northwestern Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. She has choreographed original work with Seiche Dance Collective, Collegiate Academy, Erie Dance Theater, Union City Schools, Firestone CLC Akron School for the Arts, and Villa Maria Cathedral Preparatory Catholic School. She has proudly performed as a Company Artist for Seiche Dance Collective during the company’s inaugural and subsequent seasons. Kristen loves that Seiche feeds her passions for learning and performance opportunities for adults in Erie. She takes great pride in bringing opportunities to the community to experience local professional dance performances throughout the year.

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Kristen Weibel (she/her)

Operations Director

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Andona took her first ballet class at the age of four, and has loved to dance ever since. She is an experienced performing artist and appreciates the artistry and creativity of dancing as well as choreographing. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in English and Philosophy, and minors in Religious Studies and Music. She earned her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Penn State University. Andona is an attorney, mediator, and collaborative professional. She is a founding partner of A to Z Law Erie, and she currently serves as a Public Defender for Erie County. As a founding Board Member of Seiche Dance Collective, Andona is excited and committed to being a part of creating a new community around dance for adults in Erie, and happy to continue to explore dance as an artform and means of self-expression. Andona serves as Director of Operations as well as a performing Company Artist.

Andona Zacks-Jordan
(she/her)

Company Artists

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Hannah is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University in 2021 where she earned a B.F.A. in Dance and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Business. She is the 2021 recipient of the Rose Vernick B.F.A. Choreography Award. Hannah grew up dancing with Sovereign Ballet, CADENCE Dance Company, Erie Dance Theater, and Mercyhurst University. She choreographed the one-act ballet “Kore,” debuted at Mercyhurst University, in 2016 and produced “Home of the Free Because of the Brave,” a dance fundraiser for veterans, at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in 2017. Hannah has presented work through the Erie Festival of Dance, and multiple dance competitions and conventions. Hannah worked as a Producer for the 2021 Erie Festival of Dance and the 2021 Lake Erie Ballet Nutcracker. Hannah is currently the Social Media Coordinator and Modern instructor for Sovereign Ballet. This is Hannah’s first season performing with Seiche Dance Collective as a Company Artist. 

Hannah Borczon (she/her)

Emma grew up dancing in multiple states (Missouri, South Dakota, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania). She received training at Mercyhurst University where she graduated with honors, attaining her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a minor in Photography while holding dance and academic scholarships. She has appeared with SoMar Dance Works, a contemporary dance company directed by Mark and Solveig Santillano and with Deos Contemporary Ballet, performing in their summer Collide series under the direction of creative director Tess Sinke. Emma has performed varying roles in classical ballets such as Giselle and Swan Lake, was a part of Gina Patterson’s We Are virtual residency and has appeared in many emerging choreographer projects. Emma also has an entrepreneurial business in dance photography creating commercial portraiture as well as fine art photography as displayed in her first book entitled “Progression” and her second book entitled “Vibrance.” During her time at Mercyhurst University, she held several leadership positions including co-president of the yoga club and vice president of the photography club. She aspires to dance professionally, teach, and choreograph, and is excited to be a part of Seiche Dance Collective for her first season as a Company Artist. 

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Emma DeVore (she/her)

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Emily Ferguson (she/her)

Emily is thrilled to join Seiche for another season. She performed with the Ballet Theater of Maryland as a demi-soloist and was featured in roles such as the Matting Eye Princess in Cinderella, Marie in The Nutcracker, and Aurora’s friend in Sleeping Beauty. Emily spent two seasons appearing with Lake Erie Ballet and one season with Ballet Concerto in Fort Worth, Texas. Emily began her training with Gennadi and Susan Vostrikov at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia where she was a member of Virginia Youth Ballet performing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and various roles in The Nutcracker including Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, and the Sugarplum Fairy. She is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where she earned a B.A. in Dance Performance and M.S. in Organizational Leadership. Emily currently works as a staffing specialist at the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center and is an instructor at Spotlight Dance Studio. Emily enjoys collaborating with a group of talented dancers who share her passion for bringing dance to the Community, and she is thrilled to join Seiche for a third season.

Lauren started dancing at the age of three and has over 25 years of experience. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Dance Theater, and Politics and Government, with an Economics Management minor. She earned her J.D. and M.P.A. degrees from Cleveland State University. Lauren is a labor and employment attorney at MacDonald Illig, where she helps a variety of public, private, and nonprofit employers develop mutually beneficial labor relations with employees. Her experience as a dancer taught her to facilitate resolution and collaboration among diverse populations. She uses creative problem solving methods to negotiate complex workplace relationships. Her post-grad credits as a dance professional include training at the American Dance Festival, dancing as a company member with MadJax Dance Company, dancing as a trainee with the Movement Project, and choreographing for Cleveland Dance Project. She has showcased her work throughout Cleveland and Columbus for five years under Expedition Dance, a project-based modern company that she started while living in Cleveland. Lauren moved to Erie from Cleveland in 2021 and she is eager to see and be a part of developing a more vibrant dance community here. She is excited to join Seiche in these efforts for her first season.

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Lauren Holler (she/her)

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Corinne Justine (she/her)

Corinne has actively pursued a professional dance career since the age of six. Growing up, she had the opportunity to work with Leslie Bories-Scalise, Nathaniel Johnson, Maryanne Dombrowski, and Elec Simon. Her hard work and dedication led her to The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance with an emphasis in composition and choreography. At The Conservatory, Corinne participated in residencies with Jessica Castro, Zoe Scofield, Jennifer Archibald, and Mark Morris Dance Company member Marjourie Folkman. Some of her favorite performances include the recreation of Beyonce and Bruno Mars super bowl, and dancing at the 2019 Berklee commencement for Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake and Alex Lacamoire. Corinne came home during the height of the pandemic and joined Seiche Dance Collective. She is now in her third season performing and choreographing with Seiche. Corinne has received multiple grants for short film productions in Erie County allowing her to create her film AVE MARIA in advocating for women’s reproductive rights. Most recently, she has refined her practice by working on the 2021 Erie Dance Film Festival, dancing in the Netflix film White Noise, and choreographing and directing her independent film, FUNERAL with John C. Lyons. 

Maya began dancing at the age of five and has over 18 years of experience as a dancer. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with her B.F.A. in Dance and her B.A. in Mathematics. In addition to performing, she is passionate about teaching. Maya recognizes the impact that one can have on others, particularly as a teacher. She loves seeing individuals learn, taking what she teaches and making it work for themselves. As a small dance company that utilizes a variety of styles, Seiche Dance Collective is exactly the type of warm and welcoming atmosphere that Maya is proud to be a part of. This is Maya’s first season with Seiche Dance Collective, and she strongly identifies with the collaborative efforts that are supported and celebrated at Seiche.

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Maya Richards (she/her)

Madison is a senior at Mercyhurst University, where she studies dance and accounting. Prior to college she trained at New Castle Regional Ballet for 15 years. During her time at NCRB, Madison studied under Leslie Bories, Elissa Cowher, Melinda Howe, Debbie Parou, Sarah Purvis, Pat Sorrel, and Megam Trambley. Her last four years at NCRB gave her the opportunity to perform two of her favorite roles, the Sugar Plum Pas de Deux and the Arabian Soloist, in The Nutcracker. Madison attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer intensive for eleven consecutive years. In addition to her dance training, Madison was awarded the Lawrence County Distinguished Young Woman talent award for her performance of the Kirti variation from Don Quixote. Madison has taught ballet and rehearsed at her home studio, and in Erie with Erie Dance Conservatory for the past three years. She loves seeing her students grow and being able to help them reach their goals, and continue with their journey in the dance world. She joined Seiche Dance Collective this fall to gain more experience and become a more versatile dancer. Her ultimate goal is to become a Radio City Rockette.

Madison Scheidemantle
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Alexis was raised in Erie, PA where she received her early training at Lake Erie Ballet, under the direction of Lesley Bories-Scalise. She continued her education at Erie Dance Conservatory under the direction of Sarah Purvis, where she joined the Erie Contemporary Ballet Theater company and performed in classical and contemporary works. She also had the opportunity to perform in Regional Dance America and received scholarships for Philadelphia Dance Theater and the Jose Limon summer intensive. Alexis attended Mercyhurst University, under the direction of Tauna Hunter and later C. Noelle Partusch, where she received a B.A. in Dance. While at Mercyhurst, she had the opportunity to work with student choreographers and many notable instructors. Some of her favorite performances include Concerto Barroco, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Stars and Stripes, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, On Broadway, and Odette in Swan Lake. Alexis is currently working at the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House as their Administrative Assistant, and enjoys sharing her love of the arts with at-risk youth in Erie. This is Alexis’ second season with Seiche Dance Collective. She loves that dance allows her to express herself without using words, and that dance is an art form that accepts all people. 

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Alexis Snedeker (she/her)

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Mary Joy White (she/her)

Mary Joy is a native of New Port, RI. She began her training at New Patlz School of Ballet under Peter Naumann and Lisa Chalmers-Naumann, and continued at Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh with Steven and Lindsay Piper and Lindy Mandradjieff. She has appeared in Giselle, Swan Lake, and Coppelia, and in Balanchine’s Serenade and Stars and Stripes. Mary Joy has attended summer intensives at The School of American Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She attended Mercyhurst University on dance and academic scholarships where she earned a B.F.A. in Dance and earned a place on the Dean’s List. She appeared with The Mercyhurst Dancers in leading roles including the title role of Giselle. She also worked with renowned instructors and choreographers, including Richard Chensee, Maria Caruso, Jeffrey Rockland, Tess hoekstra, Janet Strunkley-Dziak, Attlla Mosolygo, John Giffin and Ursula Payne. As a performer, Mary Joy loves to bring life to the stage. This is Mary Joy’s first season with Seiche Dance Collective. She enjoys the environment and the people she gets to work with at Seiche, where she truly feels safe, and gets to explore different styles of dance and creative movement. 

Madison started to dance at the age of five. She has performed with Erie Contemporary Ballet Theater, and some of her favorite experiences as a dancer included participating in the National Choreographic Intensives hosted by Regional Dance America, where she had the opportunity to perform new choreography by emerging and established choreographers. She graduated from Gannon University with a B.S. in Computer Science, and currently works as a System Engineer for mining vehicles. One of the aspects that Madison loves about dance is that it is both an art and a tool, and she recognizes that the lessons she has learned as a dancer continue to show up in all areas of her life. This is Madison’s second season as a Company Artist with Seiche Dance Collective, and she is excited to revisit dance with a new perspective as an adult, working alongside other adults who love to create and express themselves through movement.

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Madison Wieczorek (she/her)