NMU Dance Concert 2018


An Annual Dance Showcase

Northern Michigan University's Dance Minor offers a mixture of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and other forms of choreography for the community surrounding NMU. This concert, choreographed and performed by students and faculty, displays the different dance styles and talent offered by NMU's Dance program. 

Thursday, February 22nd at 7:30pm

Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm

Saturday, February 24th at 1:00pm

Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 pm


Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.


Cast List


Rolling in the Deep

Music: Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Choreographer: Lari Wendt

NMU Dance Association: Braily Blackmun, Taylor McGowan, Julianna Moscato, Destiny Partin, Lari Wendt


Hip-Hop Dance Crew

Music: Hip Hop Mix (Better Have My Money, Humble, Strip That Down, Swish Swish)

Artist: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Liam Payne, Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj

Choreographers: JJ Bailey, Charlie Edwards, Faith LeRoy, Miranda Straka

Dancers: Maggie Aartila, JJ Bailey, Liz Caputo, Leah Christensen, Breanna Demaline, Haley Dobbs, Emily Driesenga, Charlie Edwards, Gracie Fries, Lisa Gentry, Emily Grzesiak, Jenae LaFleche,  Miranda Straka


Word Up

Music: Word Up by Little Mix

Choreographer: Charlie Edwards

Dancers: Maggie Bohm, Emily Burbey, Abbey Heinonen, Ellen Rapp, Maddie Rayner



Music: Revolver

Artist: Madonna and Lil Wayne

Choreographers: Julianna Moscato & Lari Wendt

Dancers: Braily Blackmun, Liz Caputo, Olivia Cobb, Hannah Cormier, Emily Driesenga, Taylor McGowan, Regan McKay, Julianna Moscato, Destiny Partin, Lari Wendt



Choreographers: Maggie Barch, Maria Formolo, Marissa Marquardson, assisted by Kristen Halsey

Music: Excerpts from Akhnaten: an Opera in Three Acts, composed by Philip Glass, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and performed by the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, 1987


The First Day

The First Day could be one sunrise, it could be a hundred years, or it could be a millennium. Like a plant in dark earth, we reach for the light, our bodies creating the landscape. The section ends with us all standing for the first time.

Celeste: Maggie Barch

Dancer Ensemble: Laith Crow, Ella Bartlett Filipowicz, Maria Formolo, Steinunn Franz, Niikah Hatfield, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Jessica Pesola, Paige Spisak, Hannah Syrjala, Shannon Whitehouse


On the Wind

On the Wind opens with exuberant and simple movements.  On a deep base note, an ominous change pulls us out of innocence.  Without any specifics in mind, we feel the darker aspects of fear, anger, confusion, and then a final acceptance of inevitable changes.  In this section, the dancer in blue symbolizes Bird as a universal symbol for Spirit Messenger.  She escapes all confinement to uncover the light within us.

Bird: Maria Formolo

Dancer Ensemble: Maggie Barch, Laith Crow, Steinunn Franz, Kristen Halsey, Niikah Hatfield, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Jodi Payne, Jessica Pesola, Paige Spisak, Hannah Syrjala, Kerry Yost


Sacred Earth

The Sacred Earth is a breathing presence of forgiveness and regeneration.  After emergence into the light we dance in quiet joy.

Gaia: Marissa Marquardson

Bird: Maria Formolo

Seeds: Maggie Barch, Tara Middleton, Shannon Whitehouse


Fill the Land

Fill the Land exuberantly shatters the quiet with a community of busy and sometimes eccentric energy.

Dancer Ensemble: Maggie Barch, Hannah Cormier, Laith Crow, Ella Bartlett Filipowicz, Maria Formolo, Jay Foy, Kristen Halsey, Niikah Hatfield, Scott Knaffla, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Pamela Monroe, Jodi Payne, Jessica Pesola, Paige Spisak, Hannah Syrjala, Shannon Whitehouse, Kerry Yost, Hannah Lynne Zick


The Moon Remembers

The Moon Remembers is a vesper, an evening hymn of gratitude to the beauty and fertility of nature.  The Daughters of the Moon delight all with their beauty and grace, spreading light in the darkness.

Daughters of the Moon: Maggie Barch & Maria Formolo

Dancer Ensemble: Niikah Hatfield, Marissa Marquardson, Tara Middleton, Hannah Syrjala, Shannon Whitehouse, Kerry Yost


TaMaMa Dance Company

(TDC) was founded in 2016 by Artistic Directors Tara Middleton, Maggie Barch, and Marissa Marquardson. As a professional modern dance company, TDC's goal is to create innovative movement based art and integrate it into the community that they love. TDC is constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional dance, often bringing their performances out of the theatre and into surprising and more accessible venues.  Costume design and construction is also a large part of the company’s identity, and is used to create an entire visual experience. TDC has performed for a variety of community events around the Upper Peninsula, including the City of Marquette’s Halloween Spectacle and Harvestfest, the MACC Art Awards, Art Week, U.P. Art Prize Reception, and Northern Michigan University Dance Concerts. Some of the TDC dancers are currently acting as Artists in Residence in local schools as part of VSA Michigan. In June of 2017 TDC, in collaboration with local dancers, directed and produced a full length dance performance, Double Doors of the Horizon: Visions in Light and Dance. Horizon comes from that performance.



Creative Team

Director Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designers Victor G. Holliday, Lily Howder
Sound Designers Bill Digneit, Dan Zini
Projections Designer Dan Zini
Technical Director David Pierce

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† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Additional Artistic Staff

Light Board Operators Victor G. Holliday, Lily Howder
Sound/Projections Operator Jacob Stipe

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Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Emily Baker, Marissa Bekkering, Helen Boburka, Hannah Cormier , Keegan Downey, Nathaniel Langlie, Emmett Long, Audree Stephens, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van’t Hof, Taylor Wilcox

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Managers Lily Howder†, Lilith Kontos
Box Office Staff

Sam Cole, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Emily Kendall, Regan McKay, Heidy Paz, Amber Urban, Nathan Zaremba

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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.