The Company

 

Director/Owner/Company Member/Choreographer

Lindsay Dighero

Lindsay Dighero grew up in Thornton, Colorado training in many styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and lyrical/contemporary. Lindsay enrolled in the Dance Division at Colorado State University where she has trained in ballet (Vaganova), modern, choreography, and dance pedagogy. Lindsay has had the opportunity to perform with CSU’s Tour Dance Company and served as the Technical Director and Assistant to the Director. During her time at CSU, Lindsay added a double major of Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine and served as a Student Ambassador for the College of Liberals Arts. Since graduation, Lindsay has worked as a Rehab Aide for Physical Therapy Clinics. She has also been certified through the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute as a Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist and ACSM as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Currently she is an instructor at Grace Studios School of Dance and working full time as a Personal Trainer, Cancer Specialist, Metabolic Technician, and Onboarding Specialist with Life Time Fitness.


Brittney Kirkpatrick

Director/Owner/Company Member/Choreographer

A native of Boulder, CO, Brittney Kirkpatrick grew up training in a wide variety of dance styles including jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and hip hop at her studio in Longmont, CO. Her studio gave her the opportunity to teach dance classes and she found great joy in teaching kids as well as choreographing. Once she graduated high school, Brittney continued her dance education at The University of Colorado at Boulder. There, she was able to work with world-renowned artists such as Erika Randall, Michelle Ellsworth, Gabe Masson and Rennie Harris. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance and choreography. After graduation, she completed a season dancing for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater as a member of their Emerging Artists Ensemble in Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, she had the honor of training with artists such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Nick Pupillo, and Jessica Deahr.  She also worked as a freelance dancer and, through her work ethic in class, was offered a work study position at Visceral Dance Center. Since moving back to her home state, she’s had the pleasure of teaching for many studios and workshops across Colorado. Brittney has also performed with many local companies including Interweave Dance Theatre, Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, The Schiff Dance Collective, and Rogue Co. Currently, she is a lead instructor at Grace Studios School of Dance, where she has taught for 4 years, as well as the manager at One Big Yes Productions. Most recently, she has started her own professional dance company, Industrial Dance Alliance with co-directors Lindsay Dighero and Jessica Pittman.


Jessica pittman

Director/Owner/Company Member/Choreographer

Jessica Pittman was born October of 1991 in Grand Rapids, MI.  Her first eleven years of dance were spent training at a competitive dance studio, Dance Dimensions, to be versatile in many styles including jazz, tap, contemporary, modern hip hop, lyrical and ballet.  Here is where she also developed her passion for teaching. She expanded both her technical and performance training by receiving a BA in Dance and a BFA in Painting in 2014 from Grand Valley State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Through the Grand Valley Dance Company she has studied with renowned guest choreographers such as Lauren Edson, Autumn Eckman, and performed with the Thodos Dance Company of Chicago.  Jessica has choreographed for various shows including Home presented by The Schiff Dance Collective, Open Space 2014-2016, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop Student Showcases, Denver’s Choreographer’s Collective, and countless undergrad shows. Along with dancing for Colorado Opera’s presentation of Aida, she has performed with Denver companies Louder than Words, Davis Contemporary, and Boulder company The Schiff Dance Collective.  Along with Industrial Dance Alliance she currently dances with Interweave Dance Theater, Maureen Breeze Dance Theater, Third Law Dance Theater and One Big Yes Productions.



Alison Fletcher

Company Member/Choreographer

Alison Fletcher has recently returned back to the states from North Africa, where she worked for an arts and culture organization that is designed to help university students express themselves artistically, as well as experience the creative process from other students around the world. Here she used dance to build their gifts and grow her students in leadership and communication. As the Artistic Director of Dance within that company, Alison developed dance programs for students at local universities. She offers them basic training in Contemporary, Hip Hop, Improvisation and Ballet, and taught them how to use dance to share personal testimonies of their lives. Independently, Alison developed a company of her own that was committed to using art for discovery, both internally and externally. Her company often collaborated with local artists to invite the North African community into these art forms through workshops, masterclasses, and exhibitions. Before Alison moved to Africa in August 2012, she was teaching Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip-Hop dance to students from thirty-eight different countries at an international high school known as Wasatch Academy located in Mount Pleasant, Utah. In 2011, Alison received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Education from James Madison University, where she was actively involved in JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Alison began formal dance training when she was eight years old, from Genia Johnson Dance Company, and has been falling in love with the art form ever since.

Guest Performers

 

Ayla Schuetz

Ayla Schuetz was born and raised in Thornton Colorado where she spent her time training in dance studios in the Denver area. She trained in many different styles of dance, which included ballet, modern, tap, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop and acro tumbling. Ayla is a recent graduate from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor in Accounting. While at Colorado Mesa University she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, dance pedagogy and choreography. Ayla also had the chance to dance on the dance team for three years in college with the Colorado Mesa University Mavettes Dance Team. Being a part of the dance team, she got the chance to perform jazz, hip-hop, and pom. Currently, Ayla is the dance instructor at Brighton Recreation Center and the Reunion Recreation Center, where she teaches ballet, tap, and hip hop.

Sarah P

Sarah has been dancing for over 20 years in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, ballroom, and hip hop. She performs and teaches throughout the Denver area as resident and guest faculty and has performed and taught across the country as guest faculty at tap festivals, and more. Her largest-scale adventures include competing in the World Wide Talent Search and on So You Think You Can Dance. She is certified through Dance Masters of America, has a Master's Degree in Physiology and Business Administration, and has been passionately teaching recreational, competitive, pre-professional, and professional dancers for over 10 years.

Katie Zezula

Katie Zezula has been dancing since the age of four in Colorado Springs, CO. She was part of Synergy Dance Academy's Elite Competition Company through grade school. By 2009, Katie started teaching tap and jazz and since has taught at many studios and schools across Colorado. After graduating High School in 2012, she joined The Damsels Dance Company in Denver, CO as Rehearsal Director, tap choreographer, and company member under Director, Katrina Lairsmith. In 2011, Katie was accepted into Tap Kids Summer Intensive and performed solo in the annual Showcase. In 2008, she tap danced on-board Carnival Cruise Lines for John Tesh's concert series. She currently teaches at Motion Dance Center and Millennium Dance Complex. August 2016, Katie graduated with her MBA from Johnson & Wales University in Denver, CO.

 

Emma Page

Emma Page, a Colorado native, graduated from Denver School of the Arts as a dance major under the direction of Michael A. O’Banion and Alicia Karczewski. She recently graduated from Point Park University receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Aside from the training Emma has received from Denver School of the Arts and Point Park, she has also trained at local studios in the Denver area, as well as summer intensives such as Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop and Lemon Sponge Cake. When Emma is not dancing she enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family as well as spending time outdoors. She looks forward to continue sharing her love of dance with future generations of dancers and young artists.

Diana Drummond

A native of Houston, Texas, Diana received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU she had the opportunity to perform in works by Austin Hartel, Derrick Minter, and Mary Margret Holt. She has spent summers training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, and the American Dance Festival. After graduation, she had the pleasure of working with Esoteric Dance Project in Chicago, IL and The Big Muddy Dance Company in Saint Louis, MO. Since relocating to Denver, she has had the opportunity to work with DAMAGEDANCE, Maureen Breeze Dance Theater, Chadsah Contemporary Dance Movement, Nosilla Dance Project, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, and Industrial Dance Alliance.

Alyssa Howell

Alyssa Howell is a Colorado native, who started dancing at the age of three. Alyssa received her BA in Dance, from Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she was awarded multiple merit scholarships. Upon graduation in May of 2014, she received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Metro State University of Denver.

Alyssa’s training includes numerous master classes and guest artists in residence at Colorado State University, Walnut Hill Conservatory of Dance Summer Program on partial scholarship, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Programs, and multiple dance studios within the Denver Metro area. She has had the pleasure of performing variations from Paquita, excerpts from Swan Lake, ensemble work from Don Quioxte. Some of her favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Clara, Snow Queen and Russian Lead in the Nutcracker, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.

Alyssa is thrilled to be once again pursuing her passion of dance. She is very excited for the many opportunities Industrial Dance Alliance has to offer, not only for herself but for the other dancers and the community.

Valarie Milner

Originally from St. Paul Minnesota, Valarie Milner and her parents moved to Erie, Colorado when she was three years old. Not long after the move she began her dance life at Dance Dimensions in Longmont, where her passion for dance grew quickly. For the next eleven years, she trained and competed in many styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical. When she was a freshman in high school she wanted to expand her talent and began dancing at A Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts (RMSD). Soon after moving to RMSD she became a member of a specialized group called The Silhouettes. The Silhouettes were first runners up on America’s Got Talent, season six, in 2011. As a Silhouette performer, Valarie traveled year-round, both domestically and internationally to countries like Poland, Mexico, Canada, Ireland to perform for various corporate shows and events as well as a nationally televised program for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Since the airing of season six, Valarie and the Silhouettes have returned to America’s Got Talent as guest artists for the finale of season 11 in August 2016 and then were special guests for the Holiday Spectacular Show in December 2016. Valarie is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be receiving her BA in Neuroscience in May 2018. After graduation, she plans to acquire clinical hours to apply for physical therapy school. She wants to become a pediatric physical therapist.

Emily Marberry

Emily is a Colorado native and has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She received the majority of her training as a teenager in jazz, lyrical, ballet and tap at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy in Denver. In high school, she was a member of Michelle Latimer’s performing and competitive company. She went on to attend the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she received a degree in Humanities, with an emphasis in English Literature and Music History. While there, she continued to dance, taking class at Dance West and was also a member of the Buff Gold dance team during their inaugural season.

She started consistently dancing again about 10 years ago. She began studying contemporary with Jacob Mora, ballet with Debbie Mercer, jazz with Terrell Davis, and tap with Mindy Marcus. More recently, Emily began attending the dance2b studio, taking ballet and lyrical/contemporary classes with Alexandra Bell and Phannie Haver, and tap with Claire Sheek. She was honored to be a performer in Jacob Mora’s Moraporvida Company show in March of 2018. Emily is in her second season of Rocky Mountain Rhythm, Colorado’s only professional tap company. She is thrilled to be a guest artist with Industrial Dance Alliance during their second season.

Sofia Avila-Brewster

Sofia Avila-Brewster has always had a passion for dance. At the age of 4, Sofia began her training with various ballet companies in the Denver area, including David Taylor Dance Theatre School of Ballet, Ascot dance academy, Littleton Dance Academy and The International Ballet School. It was not until she auditioned for and was accepted into the Dance Program at Denver School of the Arts, that she realized her love for modern and contemporary dance. Sofia began taking classes at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and quickly became a member of the Training Company. It was during her junior year at DSA that she met Jenny Schiff. Upon graduating from DSA in 2011, Sofia went on to study at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 2016. During this time, she continued her dance training with the Schiff Dance Collective. In 2015, she became part of the Schiff Dance Collective Professional Company. Sofia wouldn’t be the person she is today without the love, fulfillment and confidence she has gained being a part of the Schiff Dance Collective.

Guest Choreographers

 
 

Page Jenkins

Page Jenkins graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance. After graduating she danced for 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Interweave Dance Theatre, Louder Than Words Dancetheatre, and New Breed Dance Company. Page has taught for Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Colorado Ballet, National Ballet Academy Denver, and the Denver School of the Arts as well as teaching master classes and workshops throughout the region. She was also the Assistant Artistic Director of Colorado Youth Dance Theatre. Page spent several years in Beijing designing and running the dance program at Beijing National Day School as well as teaching master classes and workshops in Beijing and Wuhan. She is currently dancing with 3rd Law Dance/Theater and Wild Heart Dance as well as working toward her GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certification.


Hannah Larson

Originally from Houston, Texas, Hannah began her training at Rowland School of Ballet under the direction of Sheryl Rowland. From a young age, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. She trained with the pre-professional companies, Kingwood Dance Theatre and Kingwood Jazz & Co. Here she worked with choreographers such as Jessica Hendricks, Peter Chu, Virginia Hendricksen, John Adamson, and Rob Davidson. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance, and a BA in Information Science and Arts. During her time at UA, she worked with choreographers such as Sherry Zuncker of River North, Tammy Dyke-Compton, Sam Watson, Michael Williams, Douglas Nielsen, and Elizabeth George. She was also able to show many of her own works at various shows featuring student choreography. During her time as an undergraduate, she joined Art.If.Act Dance Project in “The Great American Dance Tour of China”, where they traveled across China for five weeks, performing over twenty shows. She also performed in the winning dance of Jazz Dance World Congress 2012 in Pittsburgh. Hannah continues to dance, teach, and choreograph nationally after graduating, and has recently returned from studying several months from various industry leaders in LA.


Kate Zezula

Katie Zezula has been dancing since the age of four in Colorado Springs, CO. She was part of Synergy Dance Academy's Elite Competition Company through grade school. By 2009, Katie started teaching tap and jazz and since has taught at many studios and schools across Colorado. After graduating High School in 2012, she joined The Damsels Dance Company in Denver, CO as Rehearsal Director, tap choreographer, and company member under Director, Katrina Lairsmith. In 2011, Katie was accepted into Tap Kids Summer Intensive and performed solo in the annual Showcase. In 2008, she tap danced on board Carnival Cruise Lines for John Tesh's concert series. She currently teaches at Motion Dance Center and Millennium Dance Complex. August 2016, Katie graduated with her MBA from Johnson & Wales University in Denver, CO.