Co-founder and Co- Artistic Director/ Choreographer


Krissie Odegard Geye is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the Expand Community Arts Alliance; a nationally recognized group of arts organizations dedicated to igniting community dialogue through an artistic lens. The alliance consists of three organizations that she operates; The Dance and Music Academy, The Trifecta Dance Collective, and the Metamorphosis; Fearless Evolution Convention and Showcase. She was selected to be a Conference Presenter at the International Dance Pedagogy Conference and Performance Festival.  She has also served as a master class clinician at Peridance in NYC, the Big River Dance Festival WV, 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. For the past three years, she has produced a full length work in Anita's Way in Times Square. She was selected as one of 3 National Choreography Competition winners sponsored by Ovation TV.  She is the five-time recipient of a space in the Dance Chicago's "Choreographer's Showcase" performance. She is the co-director of three National Youth Companies that offer opportunities to hundreds of students each summer: The CRU Dance Heart and Soul National Company, the United States Tournament of Dance National Contemporary Team, and the Metamorphosis Performance Ensemble. Krissie has also 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.


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

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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 third season!




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.




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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 returning with 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.

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Maxine Patronik is a dancer and choreographer currently based in Chicago, who has been dancing since age three. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a dance major and creative writing minor from Dominican University of California, under the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program in San Francisco. During this time, she was able to work with various teachers and choreographers including Maurya Kerr, Amanda Miller, Amy Seiwert, Gregory Dawson, and Alivia Schaffer, among others. She also had the wonderful opportunity to teach and perform internationally with JUNTOS Collective, an organization committed to intercultural exchange. Since moving back to Chicago, she has danced with Cocodaco dance project as an apprentice and part of their Mezzo company, as well as working as a freelance dancer. She is a certified trainer in the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, and teaches at Chicago Center for Body Movement. Maxine is thrilled to be joining Trifecta for her first season!

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