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Director of the Indiana University Northwest Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ellen has focused her work on facilitating and supporting collaborative initiatives that improve the region’s quality of life including economic, cultural and environmental collaborations. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D. from the University of Iowa.
Executive Director and Founder South Shore Dance Alliance
B.S. Communications/Sociology St. Joseph College Calumet. Studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and West African Dance at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and Dance Theater of Harlem, The Alvin Ailey School, and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Company in New York. Since 2000, he has been a full-time dance instructor at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Gary, teaching ballet, modern dance (Horton Technique), jazz, and West African dance. Brewer recently received the Quality of Life Council Sustainability Award (2009) and was an Education 2010 finalist in the College Mentors for Kids: Inspire/Power of Mentoring Awards.
South Shore Dance Alliance is designated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
SSDA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of many organizations and individuals, the John S. and James L. Knight Donor Advised Fund administered by the Legacy Foundation; South Shore Arts with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; LOK Wishing Tree Foundation; Unity Foundation of LaPorte County; Sheila Fortune Foundation; Kappa, Kappa, Kappa; Miller Community Fund; Accucraft Imaging; Office of Community and School Partnerships Indiana University Bloomington; The Dean and Barbara White Foundation; Bauer Latoza Studios; and Lee Construction, Inc.
ssda BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Advisors to the BOARD
School Director, South Shore Dance Alliance
Peggy Glennie is a writer, published author, and lifelong Region Rat. A longtime educator throughout Northwest Indiana, Peggy directs community theatre productions throughout Northwest Indiana. She is a board member of Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, a Regional Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, and former State Secretary for Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators.
Melli Hoppe has a B.A. in Dance from Columbia College in Chicago and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. She was the Artistic Director of Susurrus, an Indianapolis based not-for-profit performance group, from 1993-2013. She has choreographed and directed performances in Indiana, New York and L.A. Melli taught stage movement at Butler University and Columbia College in Chicago and taught dance at Butler University, Broad Ripple High School and Shortridge Middle School in Indianapolis. She is a Teaching Artist with Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences. Melli was the vice-president of the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, on the board of NoExit Performance and on the program committee of Young Audiences of Indiana before moving from Indianapolis to Michigan City. She is currently on the board of Save the Dunes and is on the education committee of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
Nancy Niequist Schoon
Marketing Director, South Shore Dance Alliance
Founder and Creative Director, Creatives for Good
B.S. Business (Marketing/Advertising) Indiana University. Former Sr. Creative Director, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and owner of Creatives for Good, a creative partner for small and startup nonprofits, and Miller Beach Creative, a freelance design company in Gary. Nancy manages print, social, and online communications for SSDA. Email her at email@example.com.
Artistic Director and Studio Manager, South Shore Dance Alliance
Employment Specialist/Facilitator, Workforce Development Services
B.S., Continuing Studies, Indiana University Northwest. Experienced in instructional design, curriculum development and teaching job training and readiness skills to diverse populations in the community, Nina has also been involved in dance and the arts for many years.
B.A. Social Services Indiana University. Dance instructor at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts from 1986 - 2013. Studied ballet, modern, and jazz at Indiana University, ballet at The Ruth Page Dance Center, Horton and Graham technique at Joseph Holmes in Chicago.
Creative Director, Subtle Changes/Principal Dancer, Metropolitan Opera Ballet
Roger C. Jeffrey was born in New York City where he began his training at Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center. A graduate of Performing Arts High School, he received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. Jeffrey performed in the companies of Bernice Johnson, Martial Roumain, Kevin Iega Jeff, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner and with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.
Martha C. Bohn
Professor Emeritus, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Martha has served on many advisory boards for scientific societies, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and was President of the Society for Neural Therapy and Repair and the Chicago Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience. She is co-founder of the biotechnology company MedGenesis Therapeutix. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Connecticut.