Stevie Peterson, Director
Stevie Peterson grew up in Pocatello, Idaho she began to find her passion for dance in high school. As a dedicated member of the Indianettes Drill Team, she quickly realized her love for dance and enrolled in studio classes as well. She chose to attend Montana State University to be a Bobcat Dancer, and immediately found Bozeman to be an amazing community. After a few years of dance hiatus, she auditioned for the very first IndepenDANCE production. She went on to join the production committee in its second year, and then choreographing for the production in its fourth year. The IndepenDANCE Project has been extremely inspiring to her, and has given her countless friends, numerous luminaries, and wonderful community connections. She is constantly reminded of the valuable resource IndepenDANCE has provided our community, and is extremely thankful that she has been a part of such a talented and wonderful group of people from the very beginning!
Erin started training with Dulce Anaya, student of Alicia & Alberto Alonso, in Jacksonville, Florida. Starting in 1992, her summers were spent training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) with Marcia Dale Weary and staff in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for their 5 week summer intensives. Her Junior year of high school, training continued at Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in their 4 year pre-pro program, while continuing the summer program at CPYB. She danced with Eglevsky Ballet & Blue Muse Dance Project (Semi-Pro NY dance companies), as well as taking class from various well known teachers, at Steps on Broadway through their work study program. She has an Associates Degree in Jewelry Design from FIT in New York and a BFA in Metalsmithing with a Minor in Small Business/Entrepreneurship from Montana State. Another talented production committee member, Erin currently teaches Ballet at Bozeman Dance Academy and is the manager of Riddle's Jewelry of Bozeman.
Rachel started dancing at the age of five and has loved it ever since! She has had the pleasure of participating in IndepenDANCE for the last three years and this year is excited to be more involved as a new member of the production committee. A woman of many talents, Rachel is a 5th grade teacher in Belgrade and as well as a cosmetologist on the side. She can't wait to see what this year's IndepenDANCE brings!!
Lottie has been dancing passionately since she was 13. She was a member of the Montana Ballet Company from 2010-2013, dancing such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Rat Queen in the Nutcracker, and the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She has continued her love for dancing by participating in IndepenDANCE as a dancer for the past several years. She is currently an English teacher at Bozeman High School and is looking forward to her new role as a committee member this year.
Madeline Barth has been dancing since the age of four. In her junior high and high school years she was a member of the Tucson Regional Ballet Company with whom she performed locally as well as regionally. Upon high school graduation Madeline relocated to Southern California to pursue a career in dance. While studying dance at California State University Long Beach, Madeline worked as a dancer/performer at Disneyland. During her 6-year employment with the company she performed in various shows, parades, commercials, and TV specials. After graduating college, Madeline relocated to West Yellowstone, Montana and started a dance program for dancers ages 3-adult. She taught about 8 dance classes a week of various styles and her dancers performed locally as well as traveled to Bozeman to perform. Madeline has since moved permanently to Bozeman and has been a member of IndepenDance since 2013. When she is not dancing, Madeline teaches 5th grade and loves spending time with her husband and daughter.
Kelly Beiswanger grew up dancing in Kendallville, a small town in northeast Indiana, performing locally and participating in regional and national dance competitions throughout high school. She later returned to her hometown studio to teach for a short time. Upon moving to Bozeman in 2012, Kelly was thrilled to find IndepenDANCE! She loves the feeling of family that comes along with being a part of the dance community and is so glad to be performing, creating, and sharing movement.
Elle Winchester started her dance career at the age of 3 with Morita's School of Dance in the small town of Hermon, Maine. Over her nearly 20 years studying at Morita's, Elle was fortunate to participate in many competitions, workshops, and performances all over the country meeting an array of wonderful teachers and fellow dancers. She continued to pursue her passion for dance into her collegiate years as a member of the University of Maine Dance Team in 2005-2006 as well as a member of the Montana State University Spirit Squad from 2007-2009. In addition to performing, she has also spent time partnering with the Bozeman School District and Livingston Recreation Department creating and directing several youth dance programs and performances during her time in Montana. Currently, Elle resides in Berkeley, CA with her husband and cat, Milton, and feels so fortunate to maintain a strong connection to the Bozeman Community through her work as a remote fundraising professional for Yellowstone National Park and current Board Member, Fundraising Chair, and unofficial PR/website consultant for Independance. Don't be surprised if you see her volunteering with her #1 Dance Mom, Janet, at the next show!
Megan is a true Bozeman native! She began dancing when she was 5 years old; at the same time she also took gymnastics classes. Because of her family's busy schedule (3 daughters all participating in after school activities), Megan had to choose between dance and gymnastics a few years later. Megan started out taking ballet classes, but quickly added jazz and then hip hop to her repertoire. After taking a break from dance to focus on tennis her junior and senior year of high school, Megan returned to the studio in 2008 and began performing in studio recitals. In 2010, Megan participated in her first IndepenDANCE and she was hooked! Since her first IndepenDANCE, Megan has danced in the show every year and in 2015, she joined the committee where her favorite annual project has been the Wild Joe's Window display.
Bio in the works!
Bio in the works!
Nina Tucciarelli, also known as Damsel in the Dollhouse, is a dancer, choreographer, photographer, electronic music artist, costume designer, visual media artist, and cabaret/burlesque performer. Throughout her career she has performed in theaters and nightclubs in New Jersey, upstate New York, New York City, and most recently Bozeman, Montana. Since 2011 she has choreographed and performed locally in the annual Independance Community Dance Performance. She holds a BA from Bennington College in choreography and video production and has shown her work at the Dance on Camera Festival and the Empire State Film Festival in New York, and the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video in Canada. She currently resides in Bozeman with her husband, Rob, and their two felines. You can view Nina's artistic portfolio at www.damselinthedollhouse.com.