Zenon Dance is excited to announce Madelyn Burnham, Jesse Neumann-Peterson and Mary Willmeng as the Fall 2020 Zenon Dance Zone Choreographers. The Zone Dance program is designed to join Zenon’s community of dancers in a shared dance experience with local choreographers. The Fall 2020 residencies have been uniquely designed to follow COVID19 precautions and procedures with the health and safety of the artists and dancers as the first priority. This season will culminate in a virtual dance performance sharing Zenon Dance Zone screen dances on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7pm.
Madelyn Burnham is from Mayer, Minnesota where she attended Mayer Lutheran High School. Before college, Maddie attended PAC where she received her first modern dance exposure. She currently has a Theatre and Dance Honors major from Gustavus Adolphus College. At Gustavus, Madelyn has been exposed to multiple forms of movement including continuum, modern, jazz, ballet, and many more.
She has had many opportunities to create work. She is currently teaching at Waconia Center for Dance Arts for their musical theatre and modern courses and is an assistant dance club coach at Holy Family Dance Team this year. She has created her own company, 8:20 Dance Company, that has been a very strong outlet to create work amidst the current circumstances. She is thrilled for this new endeavor with Zenon Dance Zone and creating a screen dance performance.
Jesse Neumann-Peterson is a dancer, theater performer, choreographer, and visual artist residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has performed with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater (SPDT) for eight seasons as a touring repertory dancer and teacher, including community outreach. He began his dancing career at sixteen years old as an apprentice with Duluth Ballet under company director Nancy Gibson. He has studied dance at the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before joining SPDT he was a company member, performer, and teacher with Intergenerational dance company Kairos Dance Theater (Kairos
Alive!) As an independent dancer he has performed with Flying Foot Forum, Christopher Watson Dance Company, Minnesota Opera, Zenon, Rosy Simas, Vanessa Voskuil, Sharon Picasso, Offleash Area, and many others. He has choreographed for Sally Dixon, 16 Feet, 9X22 in collaboration with Matthew Smith and Aby Wolf, and Cities Ballet. He has spent the last year developing movement material and is ready to bring this work to audiences. Jesse is a 2014 Sage Award Recipient for Outstanding Dance Performer.