Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Choreographer
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.
Business Director; Co-Founder; Choreographer
I grew up studying dance, performing and choreographing throughout Perrysburg and Maumee, Ohio. I 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. In high school, I was captain of the Maumee Panther Junior Varsity Cheerleading team and also choreographed award-winning routines there. When I found how much I enjoyed choreography, I worked as the assistant choreographer for the high school musical my senior year and moved on to more opportunities to share my passion and creativity with all age groups since then. While enrolled in nursing school, I began teaching ages 5-18 years old at Mini Motions Dance Center. I implemented a new class structure for the intermediate and advanced Tap, Jazz and Lyrical students and grew my arts family of whom I am still working with, creating and choreographing. I really enjoy teaching lyrical pieces that help students explore their emotions and feelings through movement. My 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. I’ve found my profession as a nurse has allowed me the opportunity to present dance/movement as an additional platform for the health and wellness of my patients. I have learned even more anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology after becoming a Jazzercise instructor - something my mom and I have shared while growing up. I am now a franchisee and class owner. Some of my favorite memories were at Aegela’s Studio for Middle Eastern Dance where I was first a student, then teacher of a collaborative Hip Hop Belly Dancing Fusion class and a Lyrical Belly Dancing class. I also love learning new genres of dance and my latest obsession is bollywood dance! I enjoy every aspect of movement...yoga, dance, aerobics, stretching with my kids playing a game of clue, taking a walk around the hospital just to get a break, and even ferociously scouring the house. Each moment of our day I see as an opportunity to keep moving and keep learning. Lately I have been studying yoga and tai chi and their unique aspects of wellness. I stay busy between nursing, teaching and other various jobs and I love to volunteer for worthy causes. But I enjoy the overlap. They all fit together in a way that makes me unique. I am able to present my three plus years of aerobics knowledge, with my ten plus years of nursing knowledge, with my 14 plus years of dance-teaching and choreographing experience, with my fifteen plus 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.
2019 Vice President, Instructor, & Choreographer
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 the Broadway Boys monthly intensives and adult contemporary classes with THE Modern Dance Company.
2019 Treasurer & THE2 Young Artist Director
2018, 2019 Company Member
"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."
Join Rapheal on Friday evenings beginning August 2nd from 6-7pm, for a ballroom class. All levels of dancers welcome!
2018, 2019 Company Member
My world of dance started 16 years ago as a bouncing toddler watching my sisters dancing. During my 15 years of growing as a dancer involved learning ballet, tap, yoga, hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, belly dancing and pointe. My favorite forms are Modern and Pointe which allows me to focus and relax at the same time. Expressing myself through dance has been a very big part of my life until I broke my femur in 2015. Being a spirited individual, by keeping music in the forefront of my recovery and tapping into my passion for dance these helped me to get back to the barre! Music has always been my first love and has been entwined with being a violinist with the Toledo International Youth Orchestra and TSA Advanced Orchestra. I have been able to enjoy being in a few Toledo Rep musicals such as Fame, A Christmas Carol (twice) and Sweet Charity dancing and singing with my friends. A Toledo School for the Arts graduate and will be attending college in the Radiology program. I am excited to be continuing my love of dance with T.H.E. Modern Dance Company.
Two quotes that inspire me: "Dancing is my obsession. My life." ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov and
"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
ANTONIO "HALO" WINFREE
2018, 2019 Company Member; Soloist
Antonio "Halo" Winfree is a dedicated and passionate dancer who started dancing at 13 years old and has been dancing for 11 years, teaching for 5 years in all styles of dance. He specializes in Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Lyrical. He has performed and trained all over the country like New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Miami, etc. He has trained at locations like Millienum Dance Complex in L.A. and Alvin Aliey in NYC. While directing his home church's youth and dance department he spends his time teaching at multiple studios and performing shows. Most recently working with the Toledo Ballet company, he has been seen in multiple shows like Alice in Wonderland and starring in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz as the Tin Man. He has also auditioned for NBC World of Dance, America's Got Talent, and making an appearance on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance.
2018, 2019 Company Member
Hi! I’m Emily Gunner. I’ve danced since I was eleven years old, beginning with Julie’s School of Dance and continuing on throughout college at Bowling Green State University. During my time at BGSU, I participated in the dance program as well as the student organization, University Dance Alliance. While having danced in many styles, my favorite styles include ballet, rhythm tap, and modern. One dancer I admire is Misty Copeland, for both her strength and elegance, and also how she acts as a role model on and off stage to young dancers.
I’m very excited to be joining THE Modern Dance Co for this upcoming season, and to be able to dance with others who celebrate the artistry and community of dance!
2019 Company Memeber
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 currently studies Art History at the University of Toledo and aspires to be a museum curator. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, and creating art of all kinds.
2019 Company Member
Ever since Arlinda was five years old, she has had a passion for dance. When she was younger she performed for Woodward High School in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from Springfield High school and dancing through her youth, she moved from state to state and performed for many different studios and companies. As a dance major at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan she concentrated on ballet, jazz, and hip hop. From there she went to New York City and had a dance internship with The Alvin Ailey Dance Academy. She also is a certified fitness Zumba instructor. Over the past seven years she has taken some time off of dance to start her family. She has three children, a dog, three fish, and is married to her best friend and love of her life. She is excited to ignite her passion for dance again with THE Modern Dance Company and is anxious to get back to the studio to teach on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm a hip hop/jazz fusion class. All levels of dancers are welcome in her class!
2019 Company Member
Ama has been dancing since the age of 8. She began her journey in dance performing with an African dance troupe. She later would further her love and appreciation for dance in high school when she began taking ballet and jazz at the age of 14. That same year her true dance love made itself true. She fell in love with modern dance. Though she took some time off from dance in years past, it has always been a place for her to come back to. THE Modern Dance Company is the first professional dance company she has been a member of. This for her, is the beginning of a new journey in dance. She is excited to extend her artistry and knowledge of jazz, ballet, modern, and african dance with our community.
2019 Company Member
Kelsey has been dancing since the age of two. She spent fifteen years studying various styles of dance at The Dance Factory in Perrysburg, Ohio. Kelsey is a recent graduate of The University of Toledo where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. While studying at UT, Kelsey was involved in many organizations. She was a member of RockeTHON Dance Marathon executive board and served as the committee member development chair. Kelsey loves music and was a two-year member of The University of Toledo Symphonic Band. She also was a member of The University of Toledo Dancing Rockettes and performed at university athletic events as well as competed at UDA Nationals. During her third year as a part of The Rockette Team, she served as the team captain. In her last year, she had the opportunity to serve as a competition judge for OASSA. She judged on regional and state-level competitions offering feedback for Ohio high school dance teams in the styles of jazz, pom, and hip hop. Now that she has graduated, Kelsey plans to attend graduate school at The University of Toledo to earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Human Donation Science. Her goal is to work as a organ transplant coordinator. Though her time as a member of UT’s dance team is over, she still has a passion for the art and wants to continue to be a part of the dance community in any way possible. She is looking forward in extending her craft with THE Modern Dance Co.
Company Member 2019
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!