Annmarie Carlson Drake, Director

Trained in Chicago with Ed Parish and Larry Long and at the legendary Stone-Camryn School of Ballet, followed by study in NYC (Finis Jung, David Howard, Maggie Black), London (Anna Northcote) and Paris (Raymond Franchetti, Gilbert Mayer).  She has a BFA from Butler University with a dance major, music and theatre minors. After dancing briefly with Ruth Page’s Chicago Ballet, like many of her contemporaries she turned to Europe for a career, dancing in the German opera companies of Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Hagen, and Kiel .

Annmarie taught in leading dance academies in Frankfurt, Germany and Graz, Austria.  In Minneapolis, she was on the faculty of the professional division of Northwest Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre.

As a flutist, Ms. Drake studied with Francis Fitzgerald of the Indianapolis Symphony and André Salm of the Bamberg Symphony. She has performed with the Municipal Orchestra Trier, Frankfurter Orchester Werkstatt and the Mankato Symphony. She was very proud to have been part of the grand opening in 1983 for the reconstructed Frankfurt Opera House (Alte Oper), playing in a quartet.

Theatre

David Loudermilk

Acting, Contemporary and Jazz dance

David T. Loudermilk is currently a first year MFA Directing student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He received his BFA in Directing, with a minor in dance from Catawba College. He has performed both regionally and internationally at theaters, theme parks and on cruise ships. He has also served as an educator, artistic director and producer/investor (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Tuck Everlasting; West End: Memphis). Some of his favorite shows he has worked on include: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Green Day's American Idiot, Cats, A Chorus Line. He has received theatre awards from the American College Theatre Festival, North Carolina Theatre Conference and Star News Media.

Michelle Sedivy

Voice

Michelle Sedivy has a BS in vocal music from MNSU under the tutelage of Prof. Diana Moxness. In college she was a member of the MNSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Professionally she has sung with the  MN Valley Chorale and in Minneapolis the vocal groups One Voice and Calliope. Michelle works with both trained and untrained singers using a variety of techniques including vocal imagery and body movements. She has served as music director of the Mankato Unitarian Universalist Fellowship..

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Dance

Mary McNulty Hayes

Permanent Master Teacher Ballet

Mary’s early training was at the Dallas Civic Ballet with former dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: Natasha Krassovska, George Skibine, and Marjorie Tallchief. At age 12 she received one of the first Ford Foundation Scholarships to study at the School of American Ballet followed by summers at  the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School and Harkness Ballet. Mary’s professional career began at the Chicago Opera Ballet directed by Maria Tallchief.  She was invited to Paris at age 18 to join the Ballet Populaire du Reims. Mary remained in Europe for over 8 years dancing professionally in Kassel, Kiel and Frankfurt, Germany. In summer she continued to train with in Paris with Raymond Franchetti and Gilbert Mayer, and in New York with David Howard and Finis Jhung. She has had the fortune to work with some of the greatest 20th century choreographers such as Peter Wright, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe. Mary has served as Assistant Artistic Director of Kingwood Dance Theatre, Assistant Director of Tyler Ballet Company, and taught and choreographed for Litchfield Dance Arts near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her students have received scholarships for summer workshops at the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Joffrey, North Carolina School of the Arts, Lines Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Ted Sothern

Ballet, Men's Class, Pas de Deux

Ted began his 30 year performing career with Minnesota Dance Theater and went on to dance principal roles with North Carolina Dance Theater, American Repertory Ballet, and  Atlanta Ballet. A noted ballet pedagogue, Ted has been on faculty at the schools of Minnesota Dance Theater, Princeton Ballet and St. Paul City Ballet. He has also been a guest teacher at Louisville Ballet, Mid Atlantic Ballet and Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka.   Ted was artistic director of the St. Paul City Ballet for eight years and is currently artistic director of the Rochester Dance Company.

Sam Budzinski

Jazz and Tap Dance

Sam began her training in the Metro Detroit area in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap; summers training at SUNY Buffalo with faculty and guest teachers at the Dance Masters of America's Student Honors Intensive. She continued her training at Wayne State University in Detroit; while there she worked with world renowned choreographers Ralph Lemon and Karen Prall, and companies such as People Dancing and ArtLab J. Transferring to Minnesota State Mankato to finish her degrees in History and Dance she has been able to work with guest artists Giselle Mija, Allison Daugherty and Shapiro and Smith Dance. Recently she has had her piece Superior performed at the Minnesota State University, Mankato's Department of Theater and Dance Fall Dance Concert.  

Leah Sophronia Lunstrom

Hip hop, Contemporary

Leah received her early training at Core Kinetics Dance Studio in Redfield, and Living Arts Dance Studio in Aberdeen, South Dakota .  As a dancer, Leah has been trained in modern/contemporary, classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and Afro-Cuban. She has worked with choreographers Daniel Stark, Julie Kerr-Berry, Melissa Rosenberger and Marciano Silviano dos Santos and performed at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (choreography  Daniel Stark). Leah is currently receiving a BFA degree in Dance with a minor in Marketing at MSU, Mankato and is expected to graduate in the fall of 2019.

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