Rachel Wrobel-Leath graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Dance and Arts Management; incorporating a dance and business major.
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She began dancing at the age of four, and has 20+ years of experience as a student, performer, choreographer, and instructor. She began competitive dance at the age of seven and was dancing with a male dance partner by the age of nine. She has competed with solo routines, but has experienced competition production routines with as many as 120 people on stage at the same time.
Rachel has had many opportunities, in dance, to travel all over the United States. At the age of fourteen, she participated in Dance Olympus Performer of the Year program that took her to Las Vegas. At the age of fifteen, she auditioned and became a Dance Olympus VIP. This gave her the opportunity to perform, assist dance convention instructors, and see the United States for the whole summer. She also attended many dance conventions, during that time, where she was taught by many contestants and choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance.
Rachel had advanced dance training with the Minnesota Ballet Company and with Larkin Dance Studio. She studied under many talented dance teachers that had amazing teaching styles and were incredible choreographers. She has a very diverse background in many dance styles including Ballet, lyrical, partnering, jazz, tap, musical theatre, pointe, and hip-hop. She also has studied ballroom dance at Arthur Murray and learned the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Rumba, and Mambo.
Emily Emerson grew up dancing and received her formal training at St. Olaf College, a school accredited through the National Association of Schools of Dance. With her B.A. in Dance, she studied several styles of dance, but specialized in ballet and modern. At St. Olaf, she was a member of CompanyDance for three years, and a member of Veselica for one year. There, she studied under several choreographers, and danced as part of the Northfield Project under the direction of Stephan Koplowitz. After graduation, she returned to Eau Claire and began teaching at Infinity in 2019, where she specializes in ballet, modern, and lyrical. She has recently started her own professional modern dance company in Eau Claire.
Torien is an AcroDance and Conditioning instructor. In high school and college, he was a part of the cheer team, learning under Christina Schroeder. He received a BA from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. His major in Psychology has included studies in child psychology, helping him understand how to develop classes for pre-teens, teens, and young adults. Additionally, he holds certifications in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. As an educator, he finds great joy in pushing his students to see how much growth they can accomplish through the season!
Stephanie began taking dance at the age of 3, and has not stopped since. She has danced in New York, Canada, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Iowa, and Virginia. She is thrilled to add Wisconsin to that list now! Stephanie graduated from UCLA with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in dance. She studied under Larry Rosenburg, of the Anaheim Ballet, and Maris Battaglia, of the Chautauqua Institution. She is trained in Ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, and modern.
Throughout her dancing career, Stephanie has been a part of several dance companies and performed at competitions and conventions, including LADF, Tremaine, and Showstoppers. She has also coached several dance teams, where the team has placed platinum and received several Judges' choice awards.
Alea's artistic career began as a competitive figure skater, and she joined a ballet class at the recommendation of her figure skating coach to increase balance, flexibility, and body awareness. It didn't take long for her to fall in love and she took on more classes in jazz and modern. She was a four year member of her high school dance team and as captain, led them to not only their first WACPC State Dance qualification, but also their first Top 5 finishes her junior and senior year. She went on to coach at her alma mater for nine years, growing the program from five dancers and one team to over 30 dancers and three teams: a middle school, JV, and varsity team. She lead those three teams to over 120 Top 5 finishes, including two Regional Championships in Division 2 Hip Hop and numerous Top 5 places at WACPC State Dance in pom, jazz, and hip hop. A number of her varsity dancers were on the WACPC All State Team throughout those years as well, and every alumnus from her program that auditioned for collegiate or professional dance teams made it onto those teams. Alea has been a member of the WACPC Board of Directors since 2012, representing District 1 first as an at-large member and now as an elected District Representative. She is the Dance Judge Co-Coordinator (since 2017), training and contracting dance judges all over Wisconsin, as well as acting as a head judge at competitions throughout the state. She is also the Exhibition Coordinator (since 2013) for collegiate performances at State Dance. Additionally, she serves on the Ethics, Music, and Dance Committees. She's been married for 9 years and has two daughters, ages 4 and 6. She works as a legal specialist in the Eau Claire County Clerk of Courts Office. She's also a full time student, working towards finishing her degree.
Katie started dancing at the age of 2 and danced competitively at the regional and national levels for 11 years. In high school, she spent a summer studying at Interlochen Center for the Arts strengthening her ballet technique and was exposed to modern dance and dance composition. She has also danced on Broadway and trained in NYC with the BeDiscovered! organization. Throughout studio dance during high school, she continued to practice various styles of dance and even choreographed award-winning, competitive routines. She received numerous awards for her solos and choreography, including being named Miss Midwest Starz, and holds the distinction of being the only dancer in Wisconsin state history to be a 4-time, Division 1 All-State Soloist while on her high school dance team.
Katie graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in Dance and Psychological Science with Honors. Her continued studies and research in the field of psychology include child development which enables her to better understand, connect and interact with children and adolescents. During her time at Gustavus, she served as the President of the Gustavus Dance Company and made structural and organizational changes so dance could be more accessible to the greater campus community, as she believes dance is for everyone. She also has had the opportunity to dance in 12 faculty and student works while also exploring her own choreographic voice and creating 4 dance pieces. Additionally, in 2020, one of her dance solos was featured at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and in 2021 she was awarded the Distinguished Dance Student Award which was awarded by the Dance and Theater Department faculty at Gustavus.
In addition to her extensive dance background, she has found a great interest in dance somatics and anatomical practices and uses Pilates to help inform and strengthen her movement practices. She has a passion for movement improvisation and loves to help other dancers explore and develop their own organic movement styles. She specializes in modern, lyrical, improvisation, contemporary, jazz, ballet, dance composition, and stretching and conditioning.
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