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 was given a grant to produce 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 in July 2017. She has also served master class clinician at the Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. Her choreography has been selected for the 2018 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. In 2016, and 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 and her second year as the National “Elite Petite” Dance Company. 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.
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.
FELICITY LYON NICHOLSON
Rehearsal Director/ Dancer
Felicity Nicholson began her training at the Fort Wayne Ballet in Indiana and then went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. During her training she had the opportunity to perform works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Gerald Arpino, Paul Taylor, and David Ingram. After graduation she came to Chicago where she studied on scholarship at Visceral Dance Chicago and at the Lou Conte Dance Center. She has since been a freelance dancer in the city, doing performances like Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances and Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker. She is exited for the opportunities to come with Trifecta Dance Collective!
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!
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.
Originally from Park Ridge, Heather holds a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and both a 200 hour Power Yoga and Yoga Sculpt Certification from Corepower Yoga. She can currently be seen getting sassy onstage with the Joel Hall Dancers with whom she has danced with for the majority of her career. Heather has travelled both nationally and internationally with the company and has danced in many of Mr. Hall's world premieres. Other dance credits include Rasa Dance Chicago, Lucid Banter Project, Alliance Dance Company, Ballet Entre Nous, D. I. A. L, Paul Sanasardo and numerous independent choreographers and appearances in music videos. She is grateful to be directing, choreographing and teaching throughout both the city and the burbs when she is not performing. Heather is continually inspired by Joel, her fellow dancers, her students and the vibrant place that is the JHDC. She continues to train and develop her artistry at the Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and Visceral Dance Center in addition to sprinkling in some yoga for good measure. Heather is pleased to join the Trifecta Dance Collective and share the marley with some of her favorite people.