Missouri Valley College Repertory Dance Ensemble
The Missouri Valley College Repertory Dance Ensemble provides performance, choreographic and pre-production opportunities for our students throughout the year. The ensemble's broad repertoire consists of modern, jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop and ethnic dance works. RDE works collaboratively with musicians, guest artists and the community. Its mission is to give students an excellent concert dance experience and to bring dance to the local community. For information on upcoming performances see the Production Calendar.
Meet the Company - Click here to read bios on the 2013-14 Repertory Dance Ensemble.
2013-2014 Guest Choreographers
I began dancing as most little girls, in my local recreational studio in Kutztown, PA. With mentors leading my progress, I studied extensively for three years at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio with Susan Jaffe and Risa Kapolowitz. I performed in the studio’s most memorable performances The Nutcracker and The Dying Swan. In Seattle, WA I trained under full scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet in their Professional Division. Moving to San Francisco, CA I studied at San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Summer Program.
My professional performing experience started in San Francisco. I had the opportunity to work with two project companies, Labayen Dance/SF, with director Enrico Labayen, and Blue Scorpion Dance Theater, with director Frederick Gaudette. With Labayen Dance/SF, I was featured in a revival of Labayen’s Glass and Labayen’s world premiere work Kulang Ang Dasal (Prayer is Not Enough). While with Blue Scorpion Dance Theater, Gaudette created multiple works on the company, including myself, and grew the repertoire of the company while I was a part of it.
I have had the pleasure of performing as a guest artist with solo-artist Folawole. I had the opportunity to choreograph my first piece while in San Francisco, Fluid Interference, as performed by Regan Fairfield. Since that time, Princeton Dance and Theater Studio and Missouri Valley College have asked me to be a guest artist to choreograph for their groups. Now living in New York City, I am dancing primarily as a freelance dancer. I am also currently a member of Ballet Neo and working on multiple dance and choreography projects.
Sara Jean Malan-McDonald is a freelancing academic, teaching a variety of classes throughout the greater Phoenix area including Arizona State University, Scottsdale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College. She is the founding director of C3 Dance, teaching dance as a means of expression and healing to primarily under resourced youth. In addition to teaching Dance, Yoga and Pilates, Sara has also supervised and mentored student teachers at Arizona State University. Sara loves to perform professionally and most recently did so with A. Ludwig Dance Theatre.
Sara prefers interdisciplinary work to limiting herself to the dance community and is currently working with Texas A&M AgriLife on a project (melding of dance, lecture, video games etc.) to help middle school children understand photosynthesis intimately. She earned her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and two BFA degrees, in Dance and Art History, at Brigham Young University. Though Sara has been awarded a variety of accolades, scholarships and grants throughout her career, the most important title she holds is "mother" and "best friend' to her three young daughters, LolaBella, Penelope and Flowrence. She thanks her family and friends for undying support--particularly Aaron, her husband, whose selflessness makes it possible for her to do everything she is passionate about at the same time.
Past Guest Artists