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.
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.
Originally from Sidney, Ohio, Kim began her dance training at Sharon’s School of Dance and the Sidney Dance Company under the direction of Sharon Eikenberry. She graduated with honors from Indiana University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in dance and a minor in Exercise Science. She has attended summer intensives at Jordan Academy of Dance through Butler University, Cincinnati Ballet, American Dance Festival and the Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London, England on a summer study scholarship from the IU Hutton Honors College. Currently, she enjoys teaching and choreographing around the Chicago area and dancing for Project606 and Trifecta Dance Collective. She is thrilled to be joining the dancers at Trifecta for her first performance!
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!
Django Allegretti Originally from San Francisco, CA, Mr. Allegretti trained at the San Francisco Ballet School on scholarship for ten years. He studied with Jorge Esquivel, Parrish Maynard, Jeff Lyons and Jean-Yves Esquerre and attended numerous summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Chicago on scholarship. From 2010 to 2014, he danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a Principal and was featured as Cavalier and Snow King in the Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, and in Antony Tudor's Continuo. Mr. Allegretti served as an instructor for Ballet Theatre of MD for four years, teaching ballet, pointe, partnering, men's class and company class as well as coaching variations and pas de deux. He has been a guest instructor at Twin Rivers Dance Academy.
ALLI RILEY Dancer
Originally from Glenview, Illinois, Alli began dancing at Dance and Music Academy and continued her formal training at Chicago Academy from the Arts. While attending CAA, Alli performed as a featured dancer in the Repertory Dance Company under the direction of Randy Duncan, where she performed works by are Jonathon Alsberry, Autumn Eckman, Lizzie Mackenzie and Preston Miller. She graduated Cum Laude from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance, training under Kiesha Lalama, Jim Cooney, Mark Burrell, Kiki Lucas and more. Alli is very excited for her first season with Trifecta!