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.
2016-2017 Guest Choreographers
Since graduating from Missouri Valley in May of 2013, Rebecca has been back in her hometown of Joplin Missouri teaching at Karen's Dance Studio. She teaches ages 2-18 in a wide variety of classes including creative movement, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, and tap. She is also one of the competition choreographers at KDS. Rebecca is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America and a member of Dance Masters of America. Through DMA she is certified to teach ballet and jazz. Rebecca is very grateful for the time she had at Valley and for the impact it has had on her success.
Tracey Wozny is the director and owner of Shapes Dance and Acro Studio in Carrollton, Missouri. Her studio has been in operation for over 20 years and she currently has 4 locations in the rural central Missouri area. As a former competitive gymnast and dancer, Tracey came back to her hometown to enrich the lives of children through the art of dance and acrobatics.
In 2011 Shapes Dance and Acro started training in the artistry of aerial silks under the instruction of Kate Wajda, a professional aerial artist attending Illinois State University who is a member of a circus and acrobatic production company. Tracey's daughter Savanah Wozny, age 18 started training on the aerial silks at age 11 and has performed in several live competitions and performances throughout the country. Savanah currently takes under the instruction of Liv Morrow from Quixotic Fusion Company in Kansas City, MO. Savanah is trained in aerial silks, lyra hoop, contortion acrobatics and ballet.
Tracey and Savanah have instructed aerial silk workshops and master classes throughout the country and are passionate about bringing this unique art to other schools, studios and their students.
Leslie Scott is the founder and AD of BODYART (www.bodyartdance.com) a NY & LA based multi-media contemporary dance theatre Company as well as an International producer for dance. Her work has been performed in notable venues from LA, NYC, Dallas, Edinburgh and New Zealand. The Decay Project, a dance film residency program, was created to partner with local communities and has just finished their third residency in Christchurch, New Zealand. The company is looking toward upcoming projects in Malaysia & Indonesia in June 2016. As a photographer, Scott worked for world-renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield and later became the Art Director for BODYART's collaborations with underwater photographer, Chris Crumley. As an International producer, Scott has organized festivals in NYC, Beijing, and Edinburgh, and locally works with Invertigo Dance Theatre. Scott holds a BFA in Modern Dance with an emphasis in photography from Texas Christian University and an MFA in Choreography from CalArts. Ms Scott is also certified sommelier and enjoys incorporating all five senses into her choreographic projects.