Heather Cadigan-Brockman

Heather Cadigan Brockman danced with Myron Johnsons’ Ballet of the Dolls for over 20 years. She is currently a member of Collide Dance Theater Company and serves as both faculty member and performer with Out On A Limb Dance School and Company. Heather is also enjoying work with various independent artists and choreographers in the Twin Cities. She has been seen on numerous stages throughout Minnesota. Heather is thrilled to be involved in her second original dance theater production with DanceCo.

Benjamin Johnson

Benjamin Johnson danced full time as a professional ballet dancer for twenty years, portraying characters and making abstract works come alive on a regular basis. He appeared as Jackson Wolf in DanceCo’s Wolftales in  2016.

He performed regular seasons with James Sewell Ballet, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ohio Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. His guest appearances stretched from Tampa’s Bay Ballet Theater, Fort Wayne Ballet, Lakeville City Ballet, Minnetonka Dance Theater, and Wisconsin’s East Shore Ballet Company to the Miss Kentucky Pageant, and performances with the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati Operas. He performed dance works by James Sewell, George Balanchine, David Parsons, Anthony Tudor, James Kudelka and others.

A ballet teacher as well, he has taught regular and master classes in ballet, modern, and juggling around the country, as well as regularly in the Twin Cities at various schools. He taught for two years at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in Saint Paul.

As a choreographer, he has had works performed at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Southern Theater, The O'Shaughnessy @ College of St. Catherine, Collective Soles Dance Festival in Tampa, Florida, the James Sewell Ballet Choreographic Workshop sponsored by the Jerome Foundation, and by ballet schools in Texas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

He is a licensed and certified Massage Therapist, and has a private practice focusing on injury rehabilitation and the particular problems of performing artists.

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Paul Howe - AKA Engineer Paul

Paul Howe, or Engineer Paul, studied music at Macalester College and sang under Dale Warland. Upon entering retirement, Engineer Paul commenced a regular performing schedule including a weekly storytime for children at Choo Choo Bob's Train Store in St. Paul and as one of the characters on the Choo Choo Bob TV show. With the train show he toured nationally with the show's band ("Choo Choo Bob and the Holy Smokestacks Review") for four years. He continues his weekly storytimes, church choir, and performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities at local daycare facilities, ECFE groups, birthday parties, and other special events.

Brittany Keefe 

Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe is currently a freelance dancer and teacher in the Twin Cities. Brittany has danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Terpsicorps Dance Theater, Terra Firma Dance Company, Chamber Dance Project, at the National Choreographers' Initiative, and with Morphoses. She performed in a solo improvisation show in Germany and Italy under the direction of Luca Veggetti, and was selected to be an American ambassador at the international dance festival in Cali, Columbia.

 Administratively, Brittany served two years as the School Coordinator of the Rockford Dance Company where she created and implemented a school wide syllabus, teacher training program, and programmed client management software.

Brittany is certified in the GYROTONIC® exercise system and runs a home based studio, My Spiral Motion, helping people to “live better in their own bodies!”  

Jennifer Pray

Jenn is a dance artist and yoga teacher who has performed throughout the United States, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Her professional performance credits include Dance & Other Behaviors, Loom Lab, Threads Dance Project, STRONGmovement, the Minnesota Opera, Ballet Minnesota, Live Action Set and Kinetic Evolutions, and as a professional guest artist with James Sewell Ballet and Iowa Dance Theatre. She is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Iowa and holds a B.A. in Dance & International Studies with Honors. Jenn’s choreography has been presented by Tanzwerkstatt Europa in Munich, at the Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, and the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. She has created commissions for Threads Dance Project, Iowa Dance Theatre, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. 

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Kim and Quillan Roe

The Roe Family Singers are a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife & husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll urgency and influence.

-2012 Named "World's Best" at the 30th annual Battle of the Jug Bands
-2011 Recipients of the prestigious McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Performing Musicians
-2010 Named "World's Best" at the 28th annual Battle of the Jug Bands
-2006 City Pages (Village Voice) Best Female Vocalist, Kim Roe

-"a surprisingly vibrant rendering of the old-time tradition" Kai Roberts, Americana UK
-"blends old-time music with modern indie folk to make sparse, subtly beautiful music" Greg Grant, Radio Free Americana
-"the Roe Family Singers are the new wave of old-time" City Pages

Photo by John Noltner

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Steve Schroeder

Stephen Schroeder is a proud father of three; a daughter that rocks and twin cool cat sons. He's danced professionally since 1996 during which time he danced for Zenon Dance Company for 15 years, has made numerous guest appearances with Minnesota Dance Theater, appeared in multiple shows created by Penelope Freeh, gained momentum with Nic Lincoln, shared the stage with Shapiro and Smith, danced around with ARENA Dances, TU Dance, and his wife, Stephanie. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and presently teaches at St. Paul Consevatory for the Arts. Live inspired.

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Brian Sostek

Since the late 1980's, Brian Sostek has parlayed his background in various dance forms, his life long experience with comedy, and his fascination with verbal and physical play, into a successful and constantly expanding career in the arts as a writer, director, choreographer, performer and teacher.

His exploits have ranged from acting in some of Hollywood's most quickly-cancelled sitcoms to touring internationally with percussive dance-theater company JOE CHVALA AND THE FLYING FOOT FORUM to staging the King Boreas coronation ceremony at the ST. WINTER CARNIVAL to teaching 3rd graders how to make puppets from the junk in their desks and BFA acting students at the University of Minnesota how to dance with a partner. 

He can frequently be seen on various stages in the Twin Cities including the GUTHRIE THEATERCHILDREN'S THEATER COMPANYORDWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS, and occasionally can be heard on TV and radio as anything from a gang of monsters to an upstanding announcer guy.  From the Edinburgh Fringe to the Sun Dance Channel, his award-winning work has earned him a reputation as a "brilliantly versatile."

In 2000 he joined forces with Megan McClellan to create Sossy Mechanics.

Brian is a recipient of a 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a 2005 SAGE AWARD for Performance and the 2010 MN BRIDE MAGAZINE award for Best Dance Instructor.

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Rebecca Surmont 

Rebecca has spent over 20 years in the dance, movement, theater and commercial acting space collaborating in the creation of new work. She worked as resident teaching artist for eight years, educating children and their teachers throughout the Midwest in the vocabulary of movement and in making aesthetic connections to theatrically-based theater/movement works. Her teachers include Marcel Marceau, Stefan Niezdialkowski, and Kari Margolis.

Rebecca is passionate about the role that the arts can play in transforming experiences, inciting motivation, and bringing people of diverse backgrounds together in shared experience. She believes that children who grow up with the arts have tools that enrich their lives, and enable them to use their brain and hearts more fully. Dance-theater is a powerful story-telling vehicle that goes beyond words and can inspire where words cannot.

As a business woman, Rebecca spent 14 years building a successful services company from start-up to 150+ full-time employees and acting primarily as its director of sales and marketing and second in command. Today she works as an Organization Development Consultant, coaching and creating interventions that promote greater human learning and development.