The Chance to Dance Foundation has been fortunate to collaborate with several Ballet Professionals.
Judy Reading, danced professionally with the Deutsche Oper am Reihn in Germany, Boston Ballet, Ohio Ballet and has also freelanced in festivals throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Since her retirement from dancing she has taught at the University of Akron, University of Toledo and Heidelberg University. She is currently the resident professional at the Findlay Academy of Ballet.
Robert Wesner, Robert began his career as a professional dancer with Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Michael Uthoff (now Ib Anderson). Independently, Wesner has traveled and performed with companies all over the northeastern US and Italy. As Director and Co-Founder Bobby has choreographed four evening-length ballets for Neos Dance Theatre and produced an additional ballet by resident choreographer Mary-Elizabeth Fenn. Bobby and his wife Brooke live in Ashland with their four daughters: Genevieve, Ella, Mekah, and Arowyn.
Brooke Wesner, Co-Founder, Neos Dance Theatre, started dance at age five and began her professional career with the Milwaukee Ballet. With Ballet Arizona she performed choreography by Balanchine, Paul Taylor and Jose Limon. She performed with Momix in an international tour where she danced for the President of Italy and shared the stage with James Taylor. Brooke has appeared many times with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist and with the Arizona Opera in Aida. She is the co-founder of Neos Dance Theatre with her husband, Robert, and they are the parents of four daughters.
Mary-Elizabeth Fenn, Resident Choreographer, Neos Dance Theatre, is a Wisconsin native trained at Milwaukee Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School-NYC, BalletMet, and Point Park University. She was a featured soloist in the DVD live performance of “Unwigged and Unplugged” with Spinal Tap. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Anna Trumbo, a Seattle native, trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Her most noted performance while at Joffrey was as “Cowgirl” in Agnes De Mille’s “Rodeo,” of which The New York Times referenced her performance saying, it was “danced with verve, with [Anna] as an appealingly wistful Cowgirl...” After receiving her BFA from the New School University she danced with the Oakland Ballet. Anna moved to the area in order for her husband to study at Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music.
Kathy Miller, is the Instructor of Movement and Dance and choreographer for Heidelberg University and a Co-Founder of trideaDANCE, the Tiffin Ritz Theatre’s resident dance collaborative. Additionally, she is a ballet instructor with Dance Unlimited, Tiffin and a guest choreographer/instructor with the Findlay Academy of Ballet.
Brian Murphy began dancing professionally with Nashville Ballet, BalletMet, New Orleans Delta Ensemble, Fairfax Ballet and Richmond ballet in 1992. He moved back to Northeast, Ohio in 1995 to dance with Heinz Poll in Ohio Ballet and Cleveland/San Jose Ballet until 2005, and later danced with Verb Ballets until 2015. He has performed with local companies including Groundworks Dance Theatre, NEOS Dance Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Ohio and Ohio Dance Theatre.