Ellen Vierse (Guest Choreographer) graduated summa cum laude in 2012 from Texas Christian University (TCU) with Departmental Honors and a BFA in Modern Dance. While at TCU, Ellen performed choreography by Christian von Howard, Loretta Livingston, KT Niehoff, and Doris Humphrey. She has additionally worked intensively with Doug Varone, Michael Foley, Jon Lehrer, and Alicia Graf Mack. Ellen currently dances with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company in St. Louis, MO, under the direction of Jennifer Medina, where she has had the opportunity to perform works by Uri Sands (TU Dance) and Jennifer Huffman Olivas (Diavolo). She has also collaborated with various St. Louis-based choreographers and companies, including Leverage Dance Theater and ANNONYArts. When she isn't dancing, Ellen teaches at Arts in Motion School of Dance & Movement, where she enjoys sharing her passion with the next generation of dancers. Headshot by Bob Morrison.