Co-Founder | Corresponding Secretary Ashley Hill (Nowak) was raised in Maumee, Ohio. Her love of dance, music, theater and art was nurtured by her family and mentors from a young age. Ashley believes as the motto of her mom and aunt’s performing arts studio - OnStage - stated, “... that every child is a developing artist” and thought it natural then to open a company that nurtures the adult artists in the community! Ashley studied music and writing in college and at one time was in both Opera-Vocal Performance and the Musical Theatre programs simultaneously at Bowling Green State University. She traveled and worked in theaters acting, choreographing before wrapping up a Liberal Arts degree in 2011 from BGSU. Dance was always her first love and basically her after-school program growing up with a mom who choreographed and taught… everywhere! Ashley was able to learn on the job how art impacts lives through an informal then formal apprenticeship in performing arts education and the business of creative collaboration. Some of her favorite roles on stage have been: Velma Kelley, “Chicago”, Reno Sweeney, “Anything Goes” (Croswell Opera House, Adrian, MI); Sara Brown, “Guys & Dolls” (Valentine Theatre, Toledo, OH) Belle, “Beauty and the Beast”, Ulla, “The Producers” (Oregon Community Theatre, Oregon, OH). Ashley has choreographed for her own classes at OnStage Studio and for her Showcase Company that performed additional shows throughout the season with guest artists at the Valentine Theatre’s Studio A. She held her own vocal studio and led a musical theater class that performed with the National Touring Company of “The Wizard of Oz” along with other students from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. The last musical she choreographed was in 2018 - “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” for Oregon Community Theatre. She loves writing cabarets that fuse various art forms and collaborating on projects that uplift the community. Ashley lives in Maumee with her husband and two daughters.
Co-Founder | 2021 Treasurer Allie (Schiavone) Batey grew up studying dance, performing and choreographing throughout the Toledo area. She took classes in Tap, Jazz and Ballet and eventually joined a competitive dance team that trained together and performed numbers in Contemporary, Kickline, Pom and Jazz for adjudication. Throughout High School and College she frequently choreographed for musicals, cheerleading squads, and dance teams. While enrolled in nursing school, she began teaching ages 5-18 years old at Mini Motions Dance Center. She implemented a new class structure for the intermediate and advanced Tap, Jazz and Lyrical students. She grew her arts family of whom she is still working with. She really enjoys teaching lyrical pieces that help students explore their emotions and feelings through movement. Her philosophy regarding movement is simple… "Just be. Be within yourself at that moment in time. Feel what you are feeling that day, in that moment and present it to the universe. I try to connect each movement with my purpose of the day/ hour/moment." She has found that her profession as a nurse has allowed her the opportunity to present dance/movement as an additional platform for the health and wellness of her patients. Over the years she has enjoyed teaching at many different places including Jazzercise and Aegela's Studio for Middle Eastern Dance. She loves learning new genres of dance and enjoys taking class from her fellow company members. She is able to present her years of aerobics knowledge, with her many years of nursing experience, her 17 plus years of dance-teaching and choreographing experience, with years of yoga practice, and thirty plus years of dance performance; with confidence, strength, and pride. "My hopes for this company are to share dance as a platform for wellness, change, love, and acceptance. I want T.H.E. to connect dancers and like-minded individuals to share this conversation of movement and all art forms for a larger purpose."
2021 President | Choreographer 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Company Member Domonique Glover began his dance career in Atlanta, GA with the Spelman Dance Theater student company, studying ballet, modern, and contemporary. After returning home to Toledo, he has taught at numerous dance studios from the Toledo area to Cleveland. Dom has choreographed local performances, including Hairspray, Ragtime, and West Side Story. He spent several years as a principal company member with the Toledo Ballet, and performed on stage at the Stranahan, the Valentine Theater, the Toledo Rep, the Ohio Theater, Maumee Indoor, the Croswell (Adrian, MI), the Fillmore (Detroit, MI), and the Knight Theatre (Charlotte, NC). Dom is excited to teach and choreograph for THE Modern Dance Company.
THE2 Artistic Director 2021 Vice President Company Memeber 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 "Dance keeps my soul searching for innovative ways to choreograph, collaborate and collectively unite dancers that share a passion for movement. Dance is what sets my soul on fire when I move through any space. After twenty plus year of teaching, dancing, and choreographing, my passion for movement has moved, inspired, and uplifted so many people. I remember walking into my first dance class at BGSU, overwhelmed by my pre-law major, I took a modern dance class. After moving through the studio space and learning how to articulate my body in such a way that I could have ever imagined, i knew I was meant to dance. After taking many genres of dance classes, performing in the university’s pre-professional company University Performing Dancers, I completed my undergraduate degree in dance with an emphasis on dance education. Wanting to further my creativeness in dance that had ignited my life, my path lead me to my graduate work at the University of Michigan. While there I had the opportunity to perform and be a part of Ann Arbor Dance Works, the resident dance company of the University of Michigan. I received a full tuition scholarship from the university of Michigan and now hold a Master’s of Fine Arts in choreography and performance. Receiving this scholarship has lead me to so many opportunities to teach, dance, collaborate and simply share my love for the art of dance. Some of those opportunities include teaching dance at Owens Community College for the past fourteen years, teaching and choreographing for various dance studios throughout northwest Ohio, and collaborating with various artists on dance projects within the community. My continued goal in life is to keep the unprecedented interest in dance soaring across our community."
2021 Treasurer Company Member- 2019, 2020, 2021 Lisa stepped foot into the dance world at four years old, taking classes at Marie McCullough’s Dance Studio in Richmond, TX, The Dance Centre in Wapakoneta, OH, and then Wittenberg University in Springfield,Ohio. She has studied several different styles of dance extensively. These styles include tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. Lisa was extremely involved in the world of competitive dance from 9-17 years of age, where her love for the stage and performing truly blossomed. She received multiple scholarships and awards, and held several leadership roles throughout the years. Lisa was the president and treasurer of the Wittenberg Student Dance Company and graduated with two degrees. She earned a bachelor's degree in dance and theater as well as a bachelor's degree in physics. She currently is employed as the secretary for The University of Toledo’s Department of Art. While not at work, she enjoys going to the gym, playing roller hockey, travelling, and snuggling her five cats. Dance is her passion and she is thrilled to be involved with THE Modern Dance Company. She is excited to expand and improve her skills, and become more actively involved in the arts community in Toledo!
Laura Jane Moser
2021 Recording Secretary Company Member- 2020, 2021, 2022 Laura Jane Moser has studied multiple styles of dance for over 20 years and continues to work as a young artist to explore movement and interdisciplinary creative mediums. Her passion for the arts has grown into a lifestyle that blossomed at a very early age. Raised in the rural parts of Northeast Pennsylvania, Laura Jane grew up dancing at local studios where she was a competitive group dancer and soloist in many styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and Irish step. Laura Jane pursued an education in Dance at Cedar Crest College located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. While at Cedar Crest, she focused her studies and research on modern dance and human movement experiences. Laura Jane was extremely active in the Dance and Theatre programs at Cedar Crest and performed in many stage productions including; Legally Blonde, Once On This Island, Nunsense the Musical, Peter Pan, Cowgirls, and many more. Laura Jane was also a dancer and company manager for the Cedar Crest College Meraki Dance Company and performed in the ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary ensembles. In 2017, Laura Jane was awarded the Carol Welton Kelly Dance Award for Movement Studies from Cedar Crest College for her work and dedication to human movement exploration and scholarly research in dance. After college, Laura Jane performed as a singer/dancer with JRW Productions at Knoebel's Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA. After her contract, Laura Jane moved back to Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she continued to teach technique classes and choreography at the Conklin Dance Academy in Conklin, NY, as well as work with the dancers at Cedar Crest College as a guest choreographer. After relocating to the Toledo, OH area in the Fall of 2019, and is ready to continue creating and dancing in Northwest Ohio with THE Modern Dance Company.
Art and Development Chair 2019, 2020, 2021 Company Member Hannah began studying classical ballet at the age of three, and upon entering high school, began studying modern dance. She has been in many performances including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, An American in Paris, Carnival of the Animals, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Toledo School for the Arts’ Kaleidoscope, and many more. Hannah later became a dance educator at multiple institutions while earning her undergraduate degree. Ms. Kramer is a recent graduate from the University of Toledo with a degree in Art History and aspires to be a museum curator. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, and creating art of all kinds.
2021 Company Member Tessa has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has danced at various studios throughout the years, getting training from various people in many different styles of dance. She was in competitive dance for several years. She's a former member of a ballet company, there she was trained en pointe. She is also skilled in aerial silks, lyra, and pole. She occasionally performs in theater productions put on by the oldest theater in Michigan. Tessa's passion is dance, however her biggest love is her son, Linken.
2021 Company Member Marisa Dickens began her dance training at Daryl Jervis Dance Studio in Sylvania, Ohio. She is a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor's degree in dance and a minor in film and digital media production. She has experience in both competition and concert dance and specializes in modern, postmodern, and floor work techniques. Throughout her studies, Marisa has performed both regionally and nationally with Loyola University Chicago, Mandala Dance Company in Rome, Italy, and the American College Dance Association. She is a 2017 recipient of the Provost Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Dance and was an intern for In/Motion Chicago's International Dance Film Festival. As an artist, she celebrates authenticity and believes in collaboration, risk-taking, and inclusion. Through pursuits like performance, choreography, teaching, and filmmaking, Marisa strives to create meaningful work that both challenges and entertains diverse audiences.
2021 THE Company Member, 2020 THE2 Dancer Megan began dancing at the age of three at Central City Dance in Canton, Michigan. Over the years, she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and pointe. She joined the competitive team at Central City Dance when she was nine which allowed her to experience both the artistic and competitive aspects of dance. As part of the dance team, she won numerous awards and had the opportunity to perform at many community events. Megan performed in the Christmas Broadway Spectacular in Canton, Michigan for ten years, including various featured roles. Wanting to share her love of dance, Megan volunteered as a teaching assistant for the past five years and hopes to teach dance in the future. Megan is currently studying Pharmacy at The University of Toledo and has been a part of THE2 during her college years thus far. She loves being a part of the company, and cannot wait to further improve her dance education as a part of THE Modern Dance Company.
Gwenivere A. Durand
2021 Company Member I am Gwenivere Durand and I am from Toledo, Ohio. I have been dancing Ballet since I was 3. I have gone to some of the greatest ballet academies such as, Pacific Northwest Ballet, BalletMet, Pittsburgh Ballet theatre, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Royal Danish Ballet, Masterclasses of Prague, and so much more. I have done some modern works throughout the years with Rasta Thomas (the founder of Bad Boys of Dance), Irma Cardano (Graduate of Accademia Nazionale di Roma for Modern Dance), Dor Mamalia and Dariusz Nowak (founders of the Human Fields Collective), Cyril Baldy (danced under the Forsythe Company), and Matthew Dibble (Stager of Twyla Tharp). I am also fluently trained in Hip hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and character. I have been in numerous professional productions to list, but here are a few of my Favorites, Seasonal Nutcracker, Napoli, Don Quixote, La Esmeralda, and Lew Christiansen’s Beauty and the Beast. I have also went to Toledo School of the Arts from 6th to 10th grade and I graduated from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. I have gotten my dance Degrees in Progressive ballet Technique and Character Dance.