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Ms. Faulkner has worked as director and choreographer for numerous projects. Most recently she conceived and produced Something to Talk About - an evening length work incorporating dance and theatre. She recently graduated from Bowling Green State University where she obtained her B.S. in Dance Performance and B.A.C. in Theatre: Acting/Directing. She has been accepted into the graduate program at SUNY Brockport where she will begin in the fall to earn her MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance. She has studied various dance forms over the last 18 years including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Korean, African, Balinese, and Dunham Technique. While at BGSU, Ms. Faulkner performed as a member of the University Performing Dancers in addition to her appearances in productions with the Dance Program, the Department of Theatre and Film, and the College of Musical Arts. In 2005 she served as the Assistant Director of the East Central Region American College Dance Festival at BGSU. Ms. Faulkner has also worked with the First Steps program through the Toledo Ballet, using creative movement lessons for kindergarteners in an effort to promote literacy.
Ms. Given recently returned to Cleveland from Washington, D.C., where she choreographed, directed, and performed with the jazz company N.Y.X. Ms. Given has additionally performed with The Blue Man Group, has danced in classics such as Cabaret and Carmen, in the Baroque Ballet Valentine as Harlequin, and has choreographed and performed in Fruit Salad for URDC. Her early training was at Tracy Vedda Studio and with Kay Eiechman of the Cleveland Ballet. She went on to obtain her B.F.A. from the University of Akron in Dance & Musical Theatre, continued training in New York at Steps and Broadway, and has participated in the B-Boy summit. Ms. Given has studied various forms of dance throughout her years consisting of Ballroom, Swing, Breakdancing, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet, Copoeira, and Baroque. She is now happily growing as a guest dancer with Morrison Dance Company.
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Ms. Kocik recently received her B.A. in theatre and dance from Baldwin-Wallace College, where she performed in the BW Dance Concert annually and choreographed original pieces Like a Pill, Roxie's Suite and Romance, culminating into her full-length concert entitled Dancing Through Life. Ms. Kocik spent a semester abroad studying Contemporary Dance Theatre Practice at the University of Hull in Scarborough, England. In addition to dance, Katie has performed in theatres in the Cleveland area in roles such as Demeter in Cats at Cassidy Theatre, Charity in Anything Goes and the Ensemble of Chicago at Huntington Playhouse, and the Mute in The Fantasticks at Clague Playhouse. She has also choreographed the musicals Gypsy, Black Patent Leather Shoes
and Oliver, and participated in a Salsa/Line Dancing team at the OAHPERD convention instructing Physical Education teachers how to teach dance in their school's curriculum. Katie is thrilled to be performing for the first time with MorrisonDance
CARLI TAYLOR MILUK
Ms. Miluk received a B.A. in dance and a B.A. in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College, where she performed and choreographed annually for the B-W Dance Concerts. She has performed on professional stages with MOB Inc. Murder Mystery Co., Great Lakes Theater Festival, and will be seen in the production of Sweet Love Adieu with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival across Northeast Ohio this summer. Ms. Miluk also teaches dance at Jete Dance Centre and Brecksville Center for the Arts, and has choreographed student musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Once Upon A Mattress, Little Shop of Horrors, and Cinderella with school children. She additionally choreographs for Olmsted Performing Arts and is in rehearsals for West Side Story, opening on August 4.
Chelsea Shump, only fifteen years old, has already been performing for many, many years. Currently a member of NorthEast Ohio Dance's Senior Company located in Wadsworth, Ohio, she has performed in their annual Nutcracker, and has been featured in the parts of Clara and the Snow Queen. Since the age of seven, Ms. Shump has performed and choreographed for Theatre 8:15, a community theatre located in the City of Green, since she was only seven. Next fall she will be choreographer for Norton High School's show choir. This is her first performance with MorrisonDance.
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