Erin Alverado

Lubbock, TX

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Kelly Berheide

Elkhart, IN

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Kelly Berheide (Elkhart, Indiana) is a former high school dance team and winter guard director.  Her dance teams and winter guards have been state and national champions.  She has served on the board of directors of the Indiana High School Dance Team Association, Indiana High School Color Guard Association, and the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association.  Kelly has been the choreography for the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl halftime for the past 28 years.  She has also been the choreographer for the Alamo Bowl, Gator Bowl, and National Special Olympics.  Kelly is currently the Head Judge and Judge Coordinator for the Indiana High School Dance Team Association and Head Judge Trainer for the National Dance Team Coaches Association.  In addition to judging for IHSDTA she travels nationally and judges for DTU and numerous state organizations.  In real life she is the Vice Principal at Elkhart Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana.

Robert Berheide

Elkhart, IN

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Donnette Cannonie

Chicago, IL

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Laurie Copeland

Indianapolis, IN

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Laurie Copeland is a dance instructor and choreographer.  She specializes in the dance styles of Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre.  She is the founder of Curtain Call Studio for Performing Arts. The studio is celebrating its 24th season.  She has been teaching and judging for more than 25 years.  Laurie also choreographed the Wayne Township production of the “Music Man” and the Ben Davis High School productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Seussical” and “Cinderella.”  She also works with many High School show choirs throughout the state.  Laurie’s passion for dance takes her to local schools where she is a guest speaker promoting dance and the performing arts. Laurie has also served as judging coordinator for the Indiana High School Dance Team Association and is a current judge for the association. Laurie’s additional judging experience includes Cheersport Nationals, NDA Nationals, Jamfest Cheer and Dance competitions, AmeriCheer and AmeriDance, various Sunburst Pageants and local dance competitions.  Laurie is thrilled to be a part of this year’s IHSDTA State judging panel and wishes each dancer the best of luck for a fantastic weekend of dance!

Amanda Crothers

Chicago, IL

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Amanda Crothers dancing roots & traditional ballet, tap, & jazz studies trace back to Studio ML in Crown Point, IN beginning when she was four years old. She made the switch over to M2 Dance Center at age 12 where she continued her studio studies & added contemporary & competitive pom & jazz training in preparation for the competitive high school dance team realm. Amanda spent her high school years on the Lake Central Centralettes, adding senior year captain to her resumé in 2008.  She was a member of the Indiana DanzForce Senior Allstars as a sophomore through her senior year, & she has also danced on the Indiana DanzForce Pro Team. Her competitive dance experiences at M2 earned her many a title regionally & nationally. Amanda’s love for dance followed her down to Bloomington, IN where she earned her Contemporary Dance Minor. While a student at Indiana University, she danced with the InMotion dance company & was a member of the Hoosier Dance Team.

Amanda graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising, along with Marketing & Dance Minors in 2012. Currently, she is with Crate & Barrel/ CB2 Corporate as an Executive Assistant in downtown Chicago, IL & resides in the Old Town neighborhood. Previously she has been with Anthropologie, Kate Spade New York, & Nordstrom.

Reyna Crothers

Indianapolis, IN

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Melanie Dailey

Kansas City, MO

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Melanie Dailey made her first dance team 30 years ago and since then she’s never stopped dancing, teaching, choreographing, and staging productions.  As an instructor, choreographer, and director for Dancz America’s national camp, private clinic and instructional video program, Melanie has taught over 10,000 dancers.  She has choreographed for and judged competitions at the local, regional, and state level for the Missouri Dance Team Association, Indiana High School Dance Team Association, Oklahoma Dance Team Directors Association, Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival and Headliners Dance Competition.  She has had success in the commercial dance arena, choreographing and dancing in performances with country music artists Toby Keith, Emerson Drive and Jack Ingram, appearing in commercials, movies and television shows, and performing, choreographing and staging national industrials for Silpada Jewelry, Phillip Morris and the School Nutrition Association.  She works with many dance teams on choreography, instruction and perfecting routines for competition.  Her company, Larkspur Dance and Choreography, hosts The Kansas City Classic, a regional dance team competition in Missouri.

Holly DeWitt

San Diego, CA

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Holly DeWitt, a native of Kansas City, grew up dancing at DanceWorks Conservatory in Leawood, KS. Holly received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While attending UMKC, her choreographic works were selected to go to ACDFA and be adjudicated. After graduation, she went on to train at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as a scholarship recipient. Other training includes Jacob’s Pillow, ADF, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Alvin Ailey. Holly’s professional credits include Kansas City Ballet, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Owen/Cox Dance Group, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has extensive training in aerial work and is an avid yogi and fitness fanatic.

Alisha Dugger

Danville, IL

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Alesha Dugger is originally from Danville, Illinois. She has been a judge with IHSDTA since 2014-2015 and became an NDCA judge in 2018. She began dancing at the age of 4 with a private dance studio in Danville, Illinois. Alesha competed in ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical/contemporary at many regional and national dance competitions through the private studio with Star Systems, Regency, and Showstoppers. She was also a member of the Danville High School (Illinois) and Terre Haute North High School competitive fall guard and winter guard teams throughout high school. Alesha continued her dance career in college while performing with the Sycamore Guard and Sparkette Dance team. After graduating from Indiana State University with a degree in English Literature and minors in Dance and History, she continued on to Southern Illinois University School of Law earning her Juris Doctorate. After law school, Alesha returned to Indiana and became the colorguard director at Beech Grove High School and Silver Creek High School, as well as an assistant director/dance technician with several area high schools. Currently, Alesha lives in Indianapolis with her husband and is an office manager/paralegal with Severns & Howard law firm in Carmel. When she isn’t judging she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, baking, and reading.

Jenny Eustice

Iowa City, IA

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Jenny Eustice is finishing her 9th season as the dance team coach for the University of Iowa. She has taken the Iowa dance team to UDA College Nationals every year. In 2017, the Iowa dance team placed 3rd at Nationals in the pom category, tying their highest ever placement at the national championship. The 2018 season the Iowa dance team brought home 4th in 1A pom. Eustice is a former Minnesota Vikings cheerleader and a Minnesota Swarm Performance Team member. She is a former dancer (captain) and assistant coach of the University of Minnesota dance team that won four UDA National Championships during her tenure. Her coaching background also includes the multiple state champion Wayzata High School dance team. Eustice was the Universal Dance Association(UDA) ESPN dance analyst for the National High School Dance Team Championship for nine years. She is a former head instructor/choreographer for UDA summer camps.  Eustice has 15 years of studio training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and modern from the Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, MN.

Shawna Graves

Indianapolis, IN

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Shawna Graves did her early training at various studios around the Indianapolis Area.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University.  During which time got married and now has 2 kids.  She has been teaching and doing choreography in Central Indiana since her graduation.  This is Shawna’s 15th year judging with IHSDTA.

Carlee Green

Indianapolis, IN

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Mishra Harris

Chicago, IL

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Liz Hathaway

Indianapolis, IN

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Liz Hathaway lives in Indianapolis. She began dancing at the age of 4. She competed through IHSDTA at Mitchell High School. After high school, she worked as a UDA instructor and judge for three seasons. She attended Ball State University, where she danced on the Code Red Dance Team. She has judged for IHSDTA for the past 11 seasons.

Cassidy Howell

Indianapolis, IN

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Cassidy began dancing at the age of 3 in studio classes and joined her middle school and high school performance teams and dance classes. In high school, she competed with the Indiana High School Dance Team Association and earned a state championship with her team. Cassidy has served as a studio instructor for ballet, jazz and hip-hop and previously coached a middle school dance team in her hometown of South Bend, IN. She was a dance minor in college prior to graduating from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a Certificate in Events Management. Cassidy held a professional internship with the Walt Disney Company where she assisted with the coordination of youth programming for the Disney Performing Arts and Festival Disney while having the opportunity to learn from Disney performers. She has served as a judge with the IHSDTA for 4 seasons. Cassidy now resides in Indianapolis, IN and when she’s not dancing, enjoys long-distance running, exploring her neighborhood and volunteering with local organizations.

Alivia Huffine

Columbus, OH

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Kari Jensen

Frankfort, IL

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Kari Jensen, with a B.S. in Kinesiology from Northern Illinois University and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Capella University, has been a judge with IHSDTA for five years. She co-directs and teaches at the Braemar Dance Center in Frankfort, IL and choreographs and instructs at Donna Brum Dancers in Schererville, IN. With Dancewerks, a multi-dimensional dance organization based out of Barrington, IL, she teaches workshops for competition and concert dancers around the country.  Her past includes being an adjunct faculty at Prairie State College, the dance coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, dance teacher at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts and preschool director/superintendant of recreation at Salt Creek Park District. As a dancer, Kari has competed and performed with DanzElite, Mordine and Company Youth Dance Company, Empire State Ballet, Dancewerks and Rhythm Nation Dance Team.

Kayla Kernel

Kansas City, MO

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Taylor Pacovsky Klienschmidt

Carmel, IN

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Taylor Pacovsky Kleinschmidt is in her 3rd season as a judge for IHSDTA. Taylor had much of her dance training in the Indianapolis area and at competitions and conventions in the surrounding states. At Purdue University Taylor was the Head Choreographer of Higher Ground Dance company, a member of the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company, and received a Dance Minor. Taylor continues to instruct dance for all ages at local studios.

Nina Koehler

Indianapolis, IN

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Kali Lighty

Indianapolis, IN

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Kali Lighty is originally from Avon, Indiana. She received her training with the Avon Color Guard from 2005-2011. While performing in the Avon Color Guard, she was honored with winning three Grand National Championships in Marching Band and one World Championship in Winter Guard. She was also a part of the dance program and Avon Dance Company her senior year of high school, under the direction of Jennifer Hinshaw. Once she graduated in 2011, she continued to teach with the Avon Marching Black & Gold for two years. She attended Anderson University to pursue a nursing degree while furthering her dance education in the Anderson University Dance Program. Kali has studied under many choreographers including Oybek Tashpulatov, Debra Silveus, and Ariana Debose. She joined IHSDTA in 2014 to give back to the dancing community, and is privileged to be a part of this wonderful program.

Sara Little

Indianapolis, IN

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Lindsey Lococco

Chicago, IL

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Lindsey Lococo is in her tenth year as Spirit Coordinator and head coach of the University of Illinois at Chicago,  Dancing Flames.

Lindsey previously danced with UIC Dancing Flames, Hip Hop Connxion – Elite,  Design Dance Company, Work In Progress and was the Director of the dance team for the MISL Chicago Storm. She is a former UDA staff member and judges for Varsity All-Star Brands, UDA & the NDTC, IHSDTA, IHSA  and was the founding President of the Alliance of Illinois Dance Adjudicators (AIDA).  Her choreography has won awards locally and nationally with DTU,  NDA, UDA High School and College Nationals, TDI, IDTA, and IHSA.

Lococo’s other professional experiences include appearances on “Oprah”, including the 24th Season Premiere ft. Black Eyed Peas,”and the “Country Stars Show” ft Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney and performing with Beyoncé for the Oprah Farewell Spectacular. Lindsey has had the opportunity to travel to India for the IPL Cricket Championships and China for the Baoshan International Arts Festival.

Aretese Low

Chicago, IL

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Joni May

Scottsdale, AZ

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Joni May is an Advertising Professional with a varied background in Dance Team Judging and Coaching.  She is the current Co-Director of the Judging Credentials Program for the National Dance Coach Association. She was a founder and former Executive Director of Team Dance Illinois, a competition and education circuit that served youth through collegiate teams from 2007-2013. Joni is also one of the co-founders and managers of Circle Up Leadership, a non-profit that provides dance students leadership training and networking. Prior to starting CUL, she and a business partner started a dance team consulting business that works with competitive teams helping them train, choreograph and enhance their competition performances. Joni has served as a dance team judge, official and trainer for over 20+ years, judging for Dance Team Union, multiple state and for-profit circuits. She worked as part of a TDI team that developed and managed a comprehensive judge training academy and certification program. Additionally, she received Illinois Dance Team Association Hall of Fame recognition for her work as a judge. During this tenure, she coached for two top-tier competitive high school programs and has choreographed for teams in Ohio. Joni and her husband live in Scottsdale, AZ. She is the mother of four sons and enjoys boating and college basketball. She feels it is a privilege to work with the student dancers, coaches and supportive families, schools and organizations who all do their part to bring these performances to each competition.

Melissa McGhee

Columbus, OH

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David Moore

East Hampton, NY

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Bailey Orander

Indianapolis, IN

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Dr. Chelsea Pierotti

Erie, CO

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Dr. Chelsea Pierotti is a psychology instructor at the University of Colorado and a Mental Performance Coach for dance teams through her organization, Passionate Coach LLC. In the classroom, Chelsea specializes in developmental, personality, and sport psychology.  As an independent consultant for dance coaches and teams, she works in many areas of mental skills training including mental toughness, confidence, anxiety control, motivation, team building, and leadership. Chelsea spent her childhood at the ballet barre, training with top studios in Colorado, as an apprentice with the American Reparatory Ballet in New England, and finished her performance career as a professional ballet dancer in Colorado.  Chelsea was a nationally recognized high school dance team coach for over 10 years and left the day-to-day of coaching in 2016 to start a new venture as a teacher and private consultant. Chelsea often judges, speaks, consults, and hosts events all over the country while working for multiple associations including National Dance Coaches Association, Colorado Spirit Coaches Association, Varsity Brands, Dance Team Union, and as the founder of Passionate Coach. For more on mental skills training developed specifically for dance coaches, please visit her website: www.passionatecoach.com

Chrissy Rodefer

Memphis, TN

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Chrissy Rodefer Chrissy has been dancing since the age of three and competing since the age of six at Hermitage Dance Academy, just outside of Nashville, TN. There, she trained for 15 years in styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Pointe, Ballroom, etc.  After graduating high school, Chrissy went on to dance at the University of Memphis where she received a full athletic scholarship to be a part of the 14-time national championship team, Memphis Pom. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, she was then hired by the NBA to dance for the Memphis Grizzlies as a Grizz Girl. She continues to train in hip-hop and jazz with the Grizzlies and is currently in her third season with the franchise. Aside from her performance career, Chrissy is a judge for the Universal Dance Association. She travels all over the country for regional and state competitions for middle and high school dance teams. In addition to dancing and judging, Chrissy choreographs for multiple dance teams from middle schools up to colleges. This includes choreographing for the high school dance team that she coaches all year long, Center Hill High School. Center Hill is 11x State Champions in Mississippi. They are also a top 10 team at NDTC year after year. You may have seen Chrissy on Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance as well as dancing back up this past year for New Kids on the Block and Vanilla Ice. Chrissy is looking forward to her first appearance at the IHSDTA fall conference this year.

Megan Quiring

Indianapolis, IN

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Megan Quiring is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana where she grew up training and dancing competitively with her local studio and high school. Immediately after high school Megan performed professionally with Paramount Parks. She continued on to Indiana University where she was the director of In-Motion Dance Company for two years and earned her BA in Arts Administration and Dance Performance.

After graduation, Megan moved to Indianapolis where she spent some time teaching at a local studio before joining Motus Dance as a Core Artist and administrator from 2007-2012. She currently performs as a member of the White Rabbit Cabaret’s in-house performance group Hasenpfeffer, and is an instructor at Indy Dance Academy in Indianapolis, IN. Megan is thrilled to come full circle with the IHSDTA family after having been a student competitor, scholarship winner, and team choreographer.

Teri Rowe

Walla Walla, Washington

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Jeff Storey

Kansas City, MO

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Jeff Storey’s love for the pageantry arts can be traced back to childhood when he looked forward to watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  He often times felt that TV coverage was lacking in coverage of the marchers and dancers so he was thrilled when his parents began taking him to halftime performances of the marching band, twirlers, and dancers.  Once his sister began teaching him tap basics learned in dance class, he was hooked.  Jeff is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has been involved in the pageantry arts as a performer, choreographer, clinician, instructor, director, and judge for over 40 years.  He has judged marching bands, drill teams, and color guards in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.  Jeff is the founder and past-president for Mid Continent Color Guard Association.  He has directed and instructed several award-winning color guards and drill teams in the Midwest.  Jeff has served as a judge for Iowa State Drill Team Association solo/team events and has judged for the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for several years.  Jeff is a high school administrator in the Shawnee Mission Schools (KS).  He attributes his expertise as a judge to the years of Kelly Berheide’s tutelage, in-depth philosophical conversations with the IHSDTA judging community, and exposure to the arts including painting, prop creation, and kabuki theatre.

Nicole Vanek

Indianapolis, IN

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Lisa Schreck

Indianapolis, IN

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Lisa Schreck graduated from Ball State with her BFA in dance. Since then she has been sharing her love of dance throughout the Indianapolis area. She teaches at Indy Dance Academy to students from 4 to 15 years old. Throughout Indianapolis, Lisa has performed in the IPL Yuletide Celebration the last two years as well as at The District Theatre and at the White Rabbit Cabaret in “Flourish- A Modern Dance Showcase.”

Courtney Severin

Chicago, IL

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Melanie Stise

Indianapolis, IN

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Jessica Vaughn

Indianapolis, IN

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Courtney Vanderheiden

Louisville, KY

Biography

Courtney Vanderheiden is originally from the Chicagoland area but currently resides in Kentucky and is the All-Star Dance Specialist in the Varsity Louisville office.  Her office produces Dance Summit and Dance Worlds bid events such as the JAMfest Dance Super Nationals, Coastal Battle at the Capitol and GLCC The Showdown Grand Nationals.

She has judged for TeamDance Illinois, IHSDTA, UDA and the Illinois High School Association where she is currently serving as President of the Alliance of Illinois Dance Adjudicators, a non-profit Officials organization that provides additional educational opportunities for IHSA Competitive Dance Officials.  And, in 2019, Courtney was recognized as the “Official of the Year” for the IHSA!

Courtney is a judge and state association member of the National Dance Coaches Association and is also a USASF-certified Legality Judge.

As a former teacher, continuing to provide educational experiences for children (particularly through dance) is very important to her!  She enjoys traveling with friends and family, trying new restaurants, and loves supporting the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs!

SCHOLARSHIPS

Since 2003 the IHSDTA has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to outstanding seniors from our membership schools.

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