Off Center Dance

Zachariah Mulberry began dancing in the Spring of 2015. He needed to take a class that would fulfill a P.E. credit for the biology degree he was pursuing. After attending his first dance class under the instruction of Cindy Jones, he signed up for every dance class that he could! Shortly following that first semester of dance, Zachariah graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with an associate’s degree of dance in May 2016. He is currently instructing aerial silk classes in Twin Falls Idaho and is planning on continuing his education at BSU in the field of his first love, science.

Andrea started her dance career locally at Center Stage Studios, which later became Impulse Dance Academe. She was captain of Columbia High School and later captain of the Boise State Mane Line dancers.  Performing with FUSE, Stampede and other local companies and events she cannot wait to see what Off Center Dance has to offer!  

Aria Faddis is thrilled to be joining Off Center Dance for her first of what she hopes will be many seasons. Aria is a native of Boise, recently returned after receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Montana. In her time there she had the pleasure to work with many wonderful choreographers including, Nicole Bradley Browning, Heidi Eggert, Stevie Teran, Michelle Antonioli, and Brian Gerke. Aria is happy to be back in her home city and excited to be performing again alongside the brilliant company members of OCD.

Amanda Bromund was born in Sacramento California, she moved to Idaho at the age of the 3, where she also began her dancing career. She studied at Kennedy school of dance in Nampa from the ages of 3-19, she was a member of multiple competition routines including the blue angles dance team of sky view high school.
Amanda shares a passion for theatre of well. She was a performer with The music theater of Idaho for over 20 seasons and has performed in over 30 shows. Some of her roles include Charity in "sweet charity", "Victoria" in cats and Amber Von Tussel in "hairspray". In 2009 Amanda took over the role of choreographer for the company and held the position for 6 years, then choosing to step down to start a family and further her education.  Amanda is excited for another season with Off Center, she has been performing with the company since the beginning. Outside of performing Amanda teaches dance at the Idaho arts charter school in Nampa, where she is also the head dance team coach for the platinum dancers. She is also attending CWI to further her teaching degree.  Amanda currently resides in Nampa with her husband Nicholas, their pup and 1 year old son Desmond. 

Rachel Lyons is enjoying her 5th season with Off Center Dance after taking some time off. Rachel grew up dancing with Kathy Lee School of Dance. Her senior year she danced with Pat Harris School of Dance and taught for Pat Harris. Rachel continued her dancing journey at Boise State majoring in Elementary Education and later receiving her Masters in Education from NNU. Rachel continued her dancing under Marla Hansen and was an apprentice for IDT. Rachel currently lives in Boise with her husband and 3 kids.  

Samantha Buckmier was born and raised in Portland Oregon. She attended Western Oregon University and earned a degree in Forensic Chemistry and a minor in Dance. She studied jazz, hip hop, aerial and modern. She has traveled all over the U.S., Mexico and China dancing with Rainbow Dance Theatre for 5 years, was an  apprentice with A-Wol aerial dance company for 2 years, and danced for local Portland shows with Subrosa Dance Collectives and Pure Dance Company for one year. She continues to teach at Thunderbird Dance Camp every summer for last ten years. Thunderbird teaches over sixteen hundred middle and high schoolers each year. She moved to Boise in September of 2013 and immediately started dancing with the Stampede Spirit and Off Center Dance company. She was the director of the Stampede Spirit for 2 years and has coach multiple dance teams in the area.

Taylor Wilson she was born and raised in Santa Clarita, California. When She was two years old my parents put me in my first dance class. I danced for the Santa Clarita Stars and was apart of their first “Mini’s” competition team. We competed at competitions all over. She moved to Idaho when She was 14, and joined the Meridian Stars. After one year then stars was no longer so  joined Studio C where i competed throughout high school. When I graduated I decided to try out to be a Maneline Dancer for Boise State. I did that for three years and then i joined the Idaho Stampede Spirit Squad. I danced for Idaho Stampede for three years. I am currently dancing for Off Center Dance. I have enjoyed dance 

Arianna Christiansen, Originally from Boise, ID, has been dancing since she was three and has been competing since she was six years old! She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballroom Dance. Currently, she is coaching and teaching at Backstage Dance Center, and previously danced on the Extreme Staffing Stampede Dance Team for The Idaho Stampede basketball team. This year she is so excited to be representing and performing with Off Center Dance Company. 

Kelli Brown- Founder


Kelli Brown is the founder and past Artistic Director of Off Center Dance.  While AD for OCD, Ms. Brown choreographed over 30 works and 5 short dance videos. She is an adjunct professor Boise State University and a dance educator at Idaho Arts Charter School.  Ms. Brown has performed with groups including, Off Center Dance, MahaVia, Flux, Boise Dance Co-op, Drop Dance Collective, and Idaho Dance Theatre. In addition to her performance work, she has choreographed for Alexa Rose Gallery, Drop, College of Southern Idaho and University of Texas, PanAmerica.  She obtained her Master of Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Ms. Brown has been the recipient of Fund for Teachers Grant (2015), Boise Arts and History AiR Award (2009) and project grant (2010, 2015), Idaho Commission on the Arts Awards (2010), a Surdna Foundation Fellowship (2010), Bates Dance Fellowship (2011, 2013),  and was awarded NW Dance Educator of the Year 2009.

 

Lisa Whitwell- Managing Director/dancer


Lisa Whitwell, was born to Boise native parents Monty and LeAnne Fleenor in 1978. She began dancing at age 4 with Georgia Listen of Timestep Dance Studio where her love of dance and passion for performance became evident. She danced with Dance Dimensions, Pat Harris and Dance Pros before continuing her training with Marla Hansen of Idaho Dance Theatre. After graduating from Eagle High School, Lisa continued to dance at BSU while earning her degree in Horticulture. For two years she danced with Nissa Toreon of Flamenco Fire. Her dance career includes multiple years of The Nutcracker with American Festival Ballet, dancing with Opera Idaho, and numerous student showcases at BSU. Lisa’s first season with Off Center Dance Project (2009-2010) brought her back to the stage after an almost decade long hiatus.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Business from Boise State University in 2016 and stepped into the role of Managing Director of Off Center Dance.  Lisa has written and was awarded 3 grants since 2015 that have helped fund Off Center Dance’s amazing performances, including the original works Folding/Unfolding at the Boise Art Museum in conjunction with the origami exhibit.  She continues to dance with Off Center Dance, with the upmost gratitude for Founder, Kelli Brown and Artistic Director, Katie Ponozzo who have renewed her love of dance and passion for performing.

Katie Ponozzo- Artistic Director

Katie was born and raised in northern Idaho, and studied dance at the University of Idaho with Festival Dance Academy. She moved to Boise to attend Boise State University, where she graduated with a BA in Theatre with dance emphasis, Cum Laude.  While attending Boise State she spent two years performing with Idaho Dance Theatre, one year with Stampede Spirit Dancers and two seasons with Drop Dance Collective. As an original member of Off Center Dance, Katie has danced and choreographed many works throughout the years and is excited to take over as artistic director for the 2016/2017 season.  Along with her role in Off Center Dance, Katie teaches ballet at Boise State University and is head of the dance department at College of Idaho, teaching jazz, ballet and rhythmic skills.  She also directs the high school dance department at Idaho Fine Arts Academy, a public arts school in Eagle, ID.  In 2012 she was the recipient of the independent artist grant from Idaho Commission on the arts for her dance piece "Ball Change".  

Teresa has spent her entire life dancing, teaching, choreographing and judging.  For 25 years (1982-2007) she was Co-owner/Director of Dance Dimensions studio in Boise where she trained hundreds of Treasure Valley dancers.  Her passion for performing did not diminish over the years,  and after retiring from the studio,  Teresa returned to her first love-performing-with Off Center Dance where she has continued to perform and choreograph into her 60's.

 

About the Artists

Libby was born and raised in the lovely city of Boise, ID. As a young girl, she studied ballet and jazz at Dance Pros as well as gymnastics at Gem State Gymnastics Academy. After about 10 years of doing dance and gymnastics simultaneously, Libby chose to dedicate herself to dance. Under the direction of Leah Stevens, she joined Balance Dance Company where she stayed for 9 years. The scope of Libby’s dance training comes from the University of Utah where she attended as a modern dance major. A few years after college Libby decided to pursue the emergency medical field and she is currently studying to be an Advanced EMT, eventually to go on to Paramedic school.  Libby is thrilled to be back in Boise and dancing for her 2nd season with Off Center Dance! 

Savannah Sanderson  has trained in the areas of tap, modern, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, ballet, pointe, and aerial arts  Savannah was first introduced to tap and ballet classes from Dance Arts Academy in Caldwell, Idaho, under the direction of Pam Levi.  Later after moving to their Boise location, she began jazz, modern, and pointe under Chris Lameroux. Savannah then trained at Centre Stage Studios under the direction of Jessica Ruffell and became part of their company and musical theatre teams for seven years. During this time she competed at numerous competitions, danced on a Carnival Cruise, and performed at various community events. She has been a part of E-Emotion dance company in N. Carolina as well as the UNCC Gold Dusters.  She has also been a team member of the Maneline dancers at BSU, the former Boise Burn Dancers, and former Stampede Spirit Squad. Other work includes coaching the dance team at Idaho Arts Charter School. She currently is pursuing a degree in Construction Management with Boise State University.