This fall we are excited to announce Madelyn Burnham, Jesse Neumann-Peterson and Mary Willmeng as our Winter/Spring Zone Choreographers. In addition to providing an incredible opportunity to our students, the Zone Program is a platform designed to bring together dancers with local choreographers. Their residency will culminate in a showcase on May 15 & 16, 2020 at 7:30pm in Zenon’s Studio 4A.
This fall we are excited to announce Madelyn Burnham, Jesse Neumann-Peterson and Mary Willmeng as our Winter/Spring Zone Choreographers. In addition to providing an incredible opportunity to our students, the Zone Program is a platform designed to bring together dancers with local choreographers. Their residency will culminate in a showcase on May 15 & 16.
Madelyn Burnham is from Mayer, Minnesota. Before college, Madelyn attended PAC dance studio where she received her first modern dance exposure. She has received a Theatre and Dance Honors BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2019. At Gustavus, Madelyn had been exposed to multiple forms of movement including continuum, modern, jazz, ballet, and many more. Madelyn has been a musical theatre choreographer for 9 years while teaching modern dance within those years. She loves bounce back between show tunes and improvisation. Currently she teaches a creative movement, musical theatre, and modern class at Waconia Center for Dance Arts. She also has performed and shown work in the adjudicated concerts at the American College Dance Association festivals and at Gustavus Adolphus College, performed in Fringe, and has created a new emerging dance company called 8:20 Dance Company. Her company has performed at the Southern Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and at Fringe in The Ritz Theatre. Future performances for her company will be at the Southern Theatre in May and Theatre Elision in the Summer. Madelyn looks forward to working with Zenon and continuing her growth in dance.
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.
Mary Willmeng is an independent choreographer, teacher, and dancer. She danced professionally in Chicago with Mordine and Company Dance Theater, the 58 Group, Breakbone Dance Company, Adriana Durant Dance, and Ayako Kato before relocating to Colorado in 2009. During her time in Colorado, she performed with Cindy Brandle Dance Company, Mary Wohl Haan, and Rachel Oliver Young. Her own work has been presented at the Dairy Center for the Arts, the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, the Dance Center of Columbia College, Links Hall, the UIC Theater, and Stage 773. Her duet, Walk With Me, was chosen as a commissioned piece by Simantikos Dance Chicago and was presented in their company show in the summer of 2019. Most recently, she was chosen as a choreographer to collaborate in the creation of a new work with flutist Hope Rogers for Trifecta Dance Collective’s Summer Engage Artist Lab. Her work, Open Field, was chosen as a commissioned work by TDC and was set on their professional company. She is thrilled to join the incredible dance community at Zenon!