KRISSIE ODEGARD GEYE
Co-founder and Co- Artistic Director/ Choreographer
KRISSIE HAS BEEN ON STAFF FOR GOLIARD CONCERTS IN NEW YORK CITY, THE ETHNIC DANCE THEATRE IN ST. PAUL, MN, AS WELL AS CLINICIAN AT THE ATDI “SPIRIT OF TAP” CONFERENCE AND A FACULTY MEMBER FOR THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, SHE HAS PRODUCED A FULL LENGTH WORK IN ANITA'S WAY IN TIMES SQUARE. SHE WAS SELECTED TO BE A CONFERENCE PRESENTER AT THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE PEDAGOGY CONFERENCE AND PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY. SHE HAS ALSO SERVED MASTER CLASS CLINICIAN AT PERIDANCE IN NYC, THE BIG RIVER DANCE FESTIVAL IN WEST VIRGINIA, THE CRU DANCE REGIONALS IN MINNEAPOLIS, AND THE US TOURNAMENT OF DANCE NATIONAL FINALS IN ATLANTIC CITY. HER CHOREOGRAPHY HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE SPRING CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE AT PERIDANCE IN NYC, JENNIFER MUELLER'S "HATCH" SERIES IN NYC, THE DETROIT DANCE FESTIVAL, THE MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL, THE BIG RIVER DANCE FESTIVAL, THE EXCHANGE CHOREOGRAPHY FESTIVAL IN TULSA, OK. SHE WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF 3 NATIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS SPONSORED BY OVATION TV. SHE IS THE FOUR-TIME RECIPIENT OF A SPACE IN THE DANCE CHICAGO'S "CHOREOGRAPHER'S SHOWCASE" PERFORMANCE. THIS WILL BE HER FIFTH YEAR AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL "HEART AND SOUL" DANCE COMPANY, CREATING ORIGINAL WORKS FOR 70 DANCERS FROM AROUND THE NATION. SHE IS CURRENTLY THE PROUD OWNER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE DANCE AND MUSIC ACADEMY IN CHICAGO AND THE CO-FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE TRIFECTA DANCE COLLECTIVE AND THE METAMORPHOSIS; FEARLESS EVOLUTION SHOWCASE.
Co-founder and Co- Artistic Director/ Choreographer/Dancer
Carrie Patterson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, began her training with the Atlanta Ballet, and continued training in the summers with Houston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Luna Negra Dance Theater. In 2011, Carrie graduated cum laude from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Carrie spent the 2011-2012 season dancing as a trainee with the Louisville Ballet.. In the summer of 2012, Carrie moved to Chicago where she spent 2012-2013 season as a trainee with Thodos Dance Chicago. Carrie has also danced in Chicago with Rephrase Dance Collective and Project606 Dance. She choreographed works for the Louisville Ballet in their New Works show of 2012, Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances, and Nomi Dance Company’s Instrumental. She has also assistant directed the Heart and Soul and Elite Petite National Dance Companies at Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance. Along with being the co-artistic director of Trifecta, Carrie is currently is also a dancer with Nomi Dance Company and Co-Company Director with Dance and Music Academy.
Associate Artistic Director/ Choreographer/Dancer
Joanna Paul began her training in Indiana with Patti Plascak Willey at the Terre Haute Academy of Dance, and continued training in the summers with Cincinnati Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, American Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers and the Trinity-Laban Conservatory in London. Joanna received degrees in Dance and Kinesiology from Indiana University. While attending IU, Joanna performed in works by Elizabeth Shea, Selene Carter, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and had the privilege of recreating works by Martha Graham. After graduating with highest distinction, she relocated to Chicago. In addition to Trifecta Dance Collective, Joanna currently performs with Esoteric Dance Project and Project606 Dance. Further performance experience includes Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater and Tapestry Dance Company. In 2015 her work Trio for the Waiting was chosen for the emerging choreographer showcase Dances in the Hall at Joel Hall Dancers & Center as well as Going Dutch Dance Festival and as part of the Awakening Movement Project Midwest Tour. Currently, she is setting work on Esoteric Dance Project as a part of their Choreographic Mentorship Program, as well as creating a piece for Project606 Dance, both to be premiered in May 2016. Ms. Paul is also a certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor and is thrilled to be joining Trifecta for their inaugural season!
Beth Netzly was born and raised in Holland Michigan. She began her training under Rick and Lara Faucher and performed many lead roles with the Turning Pointe Ballet Ensemble for seven years. Her technique advanced as she attended various summer intensives across the country including JHD II, Ad Deum and Paul Taylor. Beth attended Grand Valley State University and was selected as a freshmen to to perform in the ensemble. In addition to college classes Beth trained under James and Lucia Martin and performed as a guest artist throughout west Michigan. Beth was asked to join Rasa in 2008 under the direction of Van Collins. She later trained with Joel Hall, Betsy Herskind and Nick Pupillo. She has performed works by many independent choreographers as well as John Lehrer, Lizzie MacKenzie, Elijah Gibson and Autumn Eckman. She has enjoyed being rehearsal director at Illinois Youth Ballet producing Nutcracker and the Little Mermaid. Beth continues to dance professionally and is thrilled to pass on the knowledge she has learned over the years with the talented trifecta collaborators.
Cayla Roberts began her training in Sidney, Ohio. While in Sidney Cayla attended multiple intensive receiving training from Dayton Ballet, Ballet Met, Point Park University and Butler University. After high school Cayla went on to receive her B.F.A in dance from Wright State University where she not only took part in student and faculty concerts but musicals as well. After graduation from Wright State University Cayla moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she danced with the Fort Wayne Ballet before moving to Chicago to pursue dance in a bigger city. Since moving to Chicago Cayla has had the opportunity to dance with The Chicago Honey Bears, Tapestry Dance, Project 606 and Esoteric. Cayla is very excited to be joining Trifecta this season and work with such a dedicated group.
JENNIFER SARSFIELD GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA IN MAY OF 2015 WITH A B.F.A IN DANCE WITH AN EMPHASIS IN CHOREOGRAPHY, A MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY, AND A PERFORMING ARTS ENTREPRENEURIAL CERTIFICATE. AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA JENNIFER PERFORMED WORKS BY SEVERAL RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHERS SUCH AS DEANNA CARTER, ELOY AND SARAH BARRAGAN, KRISTIN MARRS, ELEANOR GOUDIE-AVERILL, MELINDA MEYERS, AND NICHOLAS LEICHTER. JENNIFER WAS ALSO SELECTED TO BE A PART OF THE UNIVERSITY'S PRESTIGIOUS DANCE COMPANY, DANCERS IN COMPANY, WHICH TOURED THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST PERFORMING REPERTORY. IN CONTINUATION OF HER TRAINING, JENNIFER HAS BEEN A SCHOLARSHIP DANCER AT BOTH MILWAUKEE BALLET’S SUMMER PROGRAM AND INASIDE CHICAGO DANCE COMPANY’S PROFESSIONAL SUMMER PROGRAM. POST-GRADUATION, JENNIFER HAS ENJOYED BEING A DANCER WITH PROJECT606 DANCE AND ARDENT DANCE COMPANY AS WELL AS A CURRENT COMPANY MEMBER WITH TRIFECTA DANCE COLLECTIVE. CURRENTLY, JENNIFER TEACHES ALL AGES, LEVELS AND STYLES OF DANCE THROUGHOUT CHICAGO AND THE SURROUNDING SUBURBS AND IS EXCITED FOR ALL THAT IS TO COME THIS SEASON WITH TRIFECTA DANCE COLLECTIVE.
Shannon began her dance training at age four with Mim Eichmann at Midwest Ballet Academy in Downers Grove. Her passion for dance then took her to Northern Illinois University where she received her B.F.A. in dance performance. In 2007, Shannon joined NoMi Dance Company as a founding member and has continued to perform with them since. From 2014 to 2017 Shannon had the opportunity to work withWinifred Haun and dancers as a company member, and she has also had the honor of working with choreographers such as Paul Christiano, Ahmad Simmons, Joshua Blake Carter, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Lizzie MacKenzie, Nick Pupillo, and Autumn Eckman. When not performing Shannon shares her love of dance with her students as a teacher at numerous dance studios throughout the Chicago metro area. She has also had the opportunity to set 2 new choreographic works on Merkai Dance Company. Shannon is very excited to perform in her first show with Trifecta and is so grateful to her friends and family for their continued support.
A Chicago native, Stephanie graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in Dance from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. Postgraduation, Stephanie has performed professionally with Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) in St. Louis, the Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble as a guest artist, Laboratory Dancers, Rephrase Dance Collective, Thodos Dance Chicago, Project 606 Dance, and is currently in her fourth season with Nomi Dance Company. In addition to performing, Stephanie has been sharing her passion for dance through teaching in the Chicagoland area for the past eight years, as well as choreographing. She has had the pleasure of creating works for Nomi and Project 606 Dance, as well as numerous student pieces. She is thrilled to be joining the Trifecta this season!
Sarah O'Keeffe is originally from Boulder, Colorado where she began her dance training with Reverence Academy of Dance. Sarah continued her dance training at the University of Kansas where she earned her BFA degree in Dance. While at KU Sarah was honored to perform works by Melissa Thodos, Regina Klenjoski, Lane Gifford, David Justin, Talia Beck, and Autumn Eckman. During her time at KU Sarah was appointed president of the University Dance Company as well as being honored with the Lee Family scholarship, the Kick-start award, and the Elizabeth Sherbon Award for Dance. Since moving to Chicago Sarah has worked as a performing apprentice with Inaside Dance Chicago under Robert Mckee as well as working as a free-lance dancer and choreographer. When not dancing herself Sarah is sharing her passion for dance with her students around the Chicagoland area. Sarah is thrilled to be joining Trifecta Dance Collective for her first season.