Julie Kerr-Berry, Director of Dance; Daniel Stark, Dance Faculty
Julie Kerr-Berry has a Ed.D. from Temple University. As Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance, she teaches both dance technique and theory and is the coordinator of the dance minor program as well as the University Dance Ensemble. As a Fulbright Scholar, she traveled to Indonesia in 1993 to study the indigenous dances of Bali and Java. Her interest in world dance includes a summer teaching, dancing and conducting research in Nigeria, West Africa. She has been named assistant editor of the Journal of Dance Education.
Daniel Stark, Assistant Professor of Dance, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa. As an instructor he has taught at the Beijing Dance Academy, Zenon in Minneapolis and most recently at the University of Iowa for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He will teach Introduction to Dance, contemporary dance technique, ballet, jazz, conditioning, dance improvisation, dance composition and dance in technology.
Allison Doughty and Giselle Mejia, Dance adjunct
Allison is a proud Twin Cities native. A diverse performer, Allison’s stage experience ranges from principal ballet roles to dancing alongside comic Louie Anderson in musical theater review. After spending years training and performing in New York City and Chicago, she returned to Minneapolis to continue her performing career, and earn her BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Locally, Allison was a founding member and principal dancer of the Saint Paul City Ballet Company from 2007-14, and served as Interim Artistic Director in 2012/13. She has also been a soloist with Eclectic Edge Ensemble, a Minneapolis-based jazz company, since 2006.
As a dance educator, Allison is blessed to have taught and choreographed both nationally and internationally. In 2010, she spent 8 months working with the Chiang Mai Ballet, and was honored by the U.S. Consulate in Thailand for her choreographic work. In addition to being adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato since January 2014, she also currently teaches in the Twin Cities.
In 2013, Allison completed an MA in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. She balances her time spent in the dance studio with her work as a holistic nutrition and health coach, and has a passion for working with dancers and other inspired movers to create balance and wellness through whole foods and other holistic modalities. She will be teaching Beginning and Intermediate Ballet classes.
Giselle Mejia began learning traditional dances of Latin America from her family of Ecuador and by literally standing on the toes of her father the "Salsa King." She followed her heart through rigorous training at Larkin Dance Studio of Maplewood, MN and pursued a career in dance performance after earning her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York.
After traveling internationally to perform in styles of Jazz, Tap, Modern, Latin, Contemporary and Hip Hop, she co-founded Curio Dance to fulfill her purpose as an Artistic Director and Choreographer, most recently establishing Team iLuminate, as seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. She continues to curate and direct the show Drop The Mic, an all-styles dance production, which is in it’s 5th season at the The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Giselle recently returned from performing in New York City in the off-broadway "iLuminate." She will teach Tap and Beginning Jazz classes as an adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato.