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  (Gordon Randall Gandolfuss)

Benjamin Johnson started ballet at age fourteen, and quickly found his niche in the dancing world; hats.  He has spend the past thirty five years specializing in and performing roles with hats.  

Hats that look like mouse heads, hats with viking horns coming out of them, straw hats, railroad worker and conductor hats, and bright blue hats made to look like sailing ships have all graced his head as he has danced across stages across the country and in several foreign countries.  In this performance,  Mr. Johnson will be the guy onstage with the Fedora hat. 

He is excited to return for these performances with DanceCo, after previously performing in Expectation Station and Wolftales. He has previously danced and worn hats for James Sewell Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Dayton Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Bay Ballet Theater, and Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota.  

Outside of the dancing world, he is a Massage Therapist and ballet teacher.

Brittany Keefe           

 

(Polly Wallywampus)

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!”  

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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.