Providing a platform for choreographers to present their work, DDCF’s choreographers showcase is an opportunity to bring together artists and dancers from around the world to exchange ideas and share what they have been working on. pieces ARE thoughtfully SELECTED TO showcase a wonderful representation of regional, national, and international work.



COnteXture danceDetroit / Tracy Halloran

Link School of the Arts / Caleb Mitchell

Alexandra Stilianos

Chavasse Dance & Performance

Alexander Dones

Rebecca Wright

Alyssa Brutlag

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre


forward. the movement / Kaytee Cox

Christa Smutek

Dance Cat-alyst

Maxine Patronik in collaboration with Christina Morrison

Suttle Dance / Sylvia Suttle

Grand Rapids Dance Ensemble / Allyson Lowis

Sydney Leatherberry

Momuro Movement Lab


Alexandra Stilianos

Alexandra Stilianos is a multidisciplinary dance artist, choreographer, and educator. Her research contains intersecting strands of contemporary and commercial dance, immersive and interactive theatre, technology, and women’s studies. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University. Alexandra has presented original work at RAD Fest, Mix-Match Dance Festival, Choreographers Carnival, American College Dance Festival, and RAW Artists. She has been a guest teacher and choreographer at Wittenberg University, Ohio Northern University, and Bowling Green State University and is Faculty in the Dance Programs at Harold Washington College and College of DuPage.

Dance Cat-Alyst

Choreography: Cat Manturuk

Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. DANCE CAT-ALYST seeks to motivate and educate audiences about health, dance, and fitness with dance pieces and outreach programming. DANCE CAT-ALYST has created their unique style of movement, "MOD-HOP-JAZZ." A dynamic approach to movement that incorporates elements modern, hip-hop and jazz with a strong ballet base.

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright is a versatile dancer interested in various fields of dance. In 2019, she will receive a BFA in Dance and a minor in business from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She’s performed in works directed and choreographed by Robert Battle, Bobbi Jene Smith, Milton Myers, Sidra Bell, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Jesse Zaritt, Mark Morris, and Gary Jeter. Alongside these performance opportunities, she has attended the Gus Giordano Company’s professional intensive, LA Contemporary Dance’s pre-professional workshop, as well as Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensives. Since 2015, she has had the privilege of working alongside apprenticing with the Powerpak Dance intensive every summer. As an apprentice, she works with top commercial dance choreographers including Marinda Davis, Sky Hoffman, and Marty Kudella with master classes and choreography.

Maxine Patronik, in collaboration with Christina Morrison

Maxine Patronik is a freelance dancer and choreographer currently based in Chicago, IL. She graduated with BFA in Dance from Dominican University of California in 2017, under the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program in San Francisco. Since moving back to Chicago, she has danced with Cocodaco dance project as an apprentice and part of their Mezzo company. She currently is a company member and choreographer with Trifecta Dance Collective. She is also a certified trainer in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, and teaches at Chicago Center for Body Movement. Maxine creates work for both stage and for film, collaborating with other Chicago artists often to create video projects.

COnteXture danceDETROIT

Choreography: Tracy Halloran

COnteXture Dance DETROIT is a non-profit dance company based in Detroit, that was founded in 2014 by Artistic Director, Tracy Halloran. It is a contemporary modern dance company that is interested in exploring cultural identity and the relationship between artistic expression and the human condition. Its concert works examine themes within human relationships in order to begin a dialogue on why and how we are connected to each other.

Christa Smutek

Christa studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her B.S. in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology graduating with distinction and University Honors. Christa has performed professionally with companies including ArtLab J Dance, Next Level Dance Company, SueMo Dance Company, and Danceworks Performance Company. Her contemporary choreography has been showcased at numerous notable festivals and dance competitions throughout the United States. Christa has also taught master classes and set choreography in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, and the Virgin Islands. She was the former Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI. In 2016 she established herself as Christa Smutek LLC. Christa is now the Artistic Director of Artistic Edge Dance Centre and Co-Director of the Collective Movement.

Grand Rapids Dance Ensemble

Choreography: Allyson Lowis

Grand Rapids Dance Ensemble is a contemporary dance company founded in 2017 by Sarah Bethel. GRDE seeks to cultivate and encourage creativity through choreography and movement. We strive to create thought-provoking art that is inspired by the human experience. GRDE seeks to educate our audience and to encourage a broadening of worldview, to recognize our common humanity, and be to able interpret life through new perspectives. We believe this is achieved through the medium of contemporary dance.

Sydney Leatherberry

Originally from Leslie, Michigan, Sydney Leatherberry began her dance training as a sophomore in high school. Today, Sydney is a student in the Department of Dance at Western Michigan University. Here she studies ballet, modern, jazz, and various other theory courses including multiple levels of choreography. Her first work "Passing" was selected to be shown in Orchesis Dance Concert 2018.

Suttle Dance

Sylvia Suttle began her dance studies in Regensburg, Germany at the Tanzschule Krippner wit Eva Eger primarily focusing on Modern Dance and Choreography. Mrs. Suttle has worked with Robert Wechsler, Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Palindrome and Motion Composer in 2007; studied with Andrew Palermo, company and owner and Director of Dre. Dance in 2009 and Portia Field-Anderson, Instructor and Choreographer at Oakland Community College. She also joined the Full Circle Dance Company, directed by Diane Mancinelli from 2011 to 2012. In early 2013 Mrs. Suttle founded Suttle Dance Company in the metro Detroit area. She has choreographed works that were performed in Germany for the University of Regensburg and in Michigan for the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Henry Ford College ( Full Circle Dance Company), Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Sidewalk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dance at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, NewDANCEFest with Eisenhower Choreography Showcase, Regeneration, Assemble, and Women’s Work with Kristi Faulkner Dance, 2015-2016 Best of The 17th Detroit Dance Race, Summer Stage & Detroit Dance City Festival - Detroit Dance Races hosted by Artlabj, Koresh Dance Company Black box in Philadelphia, and Going Dutch Festival in Elgin Illinois. Her choreography “Obscure Sorrows”(2017) and “Seeking”(2018) both placed 2nd overall at Youth America Grand Prix and both were performed at the New York Finals Youth America Grand Prix Finals(2017-2018). Recently Mrs. Suttle won a Bronze (3rd Place) Choreographer Award and Gold (1st place) Ensemble Award with "Moment of Tangency" from Indianapolis City Ballet and ADC IBC – Youth International Ballet Competition and a Choreographer Award at Celebrity Dance Competition.


Choreography: Amy Chavasse

Amy Chavasse, choreographer, performer, educator, improviser, and Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance is currently a Professor at the University of Michigan. She’s also been guest artist/ faculty at Wayne State University, Bennington, Middlebury, Arizona State, UNC-Greensboro, and UNCSA. Her work has been presented throughout the U.S. including premieres of new work at Triskelion Presents in Brooklyn in June 2015 and 2017, earning the comment- “Amy Chavasse is a continual surprise, solo or ensemble. Her dances are simultaneously absurd, smart and disturbing, and she chooses her collaborators well.” (Quinn Batson- OffOffOff). Her work has also been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Links Hall, Chicago, The Dance Complex- Boston and other venues. Internationally, she has taught and her work has been presented in Uppsala, Sweden, Cuba, Lithuania, Vienna, Vancouver BC, the American Dance Festival/ Henan (China) and The Beijing Dance Festival. She has taught at Duncan 3.0 in Rome, and at ResExtensa’s Instituto Vittoria in Giovinazzo, Italy. Touring throughout the US in 2015-16 with Sola, Dances by and for Women, she performed a solo Conspiracy Going, Amy Needs A Lot of Empathy, prompted Melanie Wiesen of the Tampa Art Breaker to write: “The most polarizing of the six pieces, Amy Chavasse’s (University of Michigan) “Conspiracy Going,” seemed to be a rejection of the easy, digestible portrayal of contemporary dance on television. A mix of spoken word and dance, Chavasse, with no musical accompaniment, performed the intensely personal piece with incredible athleticism and passion. Her verbal commentary on sadism and authority, matched by her powerful and aggressive physicality, was the most provocative piece of art I have seen in the past year.” She presented improvisation workshops at the International Society of Improvised Music in Chateaux D’Oex, Switzerland in June 2015, and at The University of Valetta, Malta as part of the Dance Studies Association conference in 2018. She has taught at and collaborated with members of Tanz Tangente in Berlin.since 2015, and teaches at The American Dance Festival as part of their WFFS series.

Alyssa Brutlag

Alyssa Brutlag is an award-winning choreographer based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University where she performed works by Aszure Barton, Rennie Harris, Kate Skarpetowska, Joshua Manculich, and Jeremy Blair and was a company member in Western Dance Project under the direction of Whitney Moncrief. Creatively, Alyssa holds special interest in choreography. In 2018 she was awarded the Maggie Allesee Choreogaphy Award through the Michigan Dance Festival for her work “Do Us Part.” Alyssa was also commissioned by Jean Ann Ryan productions to co-choreograph their recent production of Curtain Up! on Broadway. Her work has been presented at RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, MI, Gibney Dance Center in New York City, ACDA East-Central Regional Conference in Athens, Ohio, and the Dance Shorts: College Film Festival at Arizona State University. Most recently, Alyssa co-choreographed and directed Wisteria, a full-length, multi-disciplinary production exploring the unconscious mind through the eyes of surrealists, which was awarded a grant and presented by Western Michigan University.

Momuro Movement Lab

Kyum Ann has founded MOMURO MOVEMENT LAB with Choi Won-seok and Joo Ha-young after graduating from Hanyang University. It is aimed at art activities that people who live in the same period can consider, not personal arts activities that only artists themselves understand and have meaning. Gayoung Lee is a member of MOMURO MOVEMENT LAB after graduating from Kookmin University. Inspired by photographs, exhibitions and other arts, seeking to share with people after reinterpreting their own images.

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre

KELLY ANDERSON DANCE THEATRE is a Chicago-based dance company inspired by variety, theater and comedy. KADT’s most recent works include: THE END IS HERE and that's ok. for Links Hall 40th Anniversary Season (2018), Skits and Pieces, presented in Steppenwolf's LookOut Series (2017), "In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleonora Duse Story," a co-creation with Writer/Director Olivia Lilley (2017), “Livin’ the Dream" (2017), VAUDEVILLE! (2015) and the Chicago company debut, Message Me If... in 2014. Anderson’s choreography has been commissioned and performed since 2001 in NYC, Milwaukee, WI, Portland, OR, Detroit, MI, Minneapolis, MN and Missoula, MT. Chicago credits include: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Women in Response (2018), D49 Festival (2014), Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival (2014), THAW (2013-2018) and Links Hall/Constellation’s It’s Happening (2016 & 2017) and Mediums (2016).

forward. the movement

Choreography: Kaytee Cox

forward. the movement is an upcoming contemporary dance company focused on developing individuals and community through movement. forward. the movement has had the opportunity to create a full length evening work and dance for film, as well as perform at The Cleveland Dance Fest in Cleveland, OH and Creative Collective in Chicago, IL. forward. the movement is looking forward to growing and reaching a wider range of audiences in 2019.

Link School of the Arts

Choreography: Caleb Mitchell

Caleb Mitchell was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he started his serious early ballet training at the age of 16 under Rose Marie Floyd. After graduating cum laude in 1998 with a BFA in dance from the University of Arizona, Caleb joined the Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.-emeritus and later Stanton Welch, Artistic Director.

Alexander Dones

Alexander (Lex) Dones is a freelance artist & arts advocate. Based out of New York & Portland, Alexander travels nationally & internationally to contribute his skill sets as a performer, choreographer, educator, youth development specialist, and activist to various organizations/causes/persons in need. As a freelance performer he has worked with numerous companies & artists including doug elkins choreography, etc., MOMIX, NW Dance Project, Chase Brock, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and more, with whom he has toured & performed in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world including the Joyce Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Fall for Dance at City Center, Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Vilar, tours throughout Spain, Germany, France, and others. As an educator & choreographer, Alexander has been commissioned by colleges & youth programs around the country and his choreographic works & workshops have been presented in New York, Portland, Detroit, London, Paris, Seoul, Vancouver BC, and throughout the United States. Current projects include continued creations with Doug Elkins, traveling vocationally to help others, and an ongoing multi-media work in process under the name of soothsayer that explores Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy unpacked through dance, film, text, visual art, and more. In 2018 Alexander became certified with YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) and is currently one of the organization’s ambassadors and volunteers. For more information about Alexander please come up and say hello, or—if you’re shy—go to: and then come and say hello!



One Choreographer will be selected to participate at the Dumbo Dance Festival in NYC.

One Choreographer will be selected to perform at Detroit Dance City Festival 2020


One Choreographer will be selected to participate at the New Dance Festival International Festival in South Korea



DDCF 2018