Instructors

  Remi Harrington: Instructor   The daughter of a retired Air Force officer, Remi has traveled extensively throughout the world. Born in Merced, California, she began performing at the age of three. Having received sporadic formal dance training throughout her life as a result of attending six schools by the time she was 14, Remi has gone on to perform professionally for Sankofa Dance Theater of Virginia State University and Walt Disney World Entertainment. She is a veteran teaching artist and has worked for AGW Conservatory of the Arts, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo and Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Remi is graduate of Western Michigan University and the proud mother of four-year-old daughter Tegan.

Remi Harrington: Instructor

The daughter of a retired Air Force officer, Remi has traveled extensively throughout the world. Born in Merced, California, she began performing at the age of three. Having received sporadic formal dance training throughout her life as a result of attending six schools by the time she was 14, Remi has gone on to perform professionally for Sankofa Dance Theater of Virginia State University and Walt Disney World Entertainment. She is a veteran teaching artist and has worked for AGW Conservatory of the Arts, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo and Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Remi is graduate of Western Michigan University and the proud mother of four-year-old daughter Tegan.

  Rachel Miller: Company Member & Instructor   Rachel Miller is a company dancer, instructor, choreographer, and Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) Curator for Wellspring. She attended The Ohio State University as a Dance Major, holds a BA in Creative Writing through Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Dance through Hollins University in partnership with the former Forsythe Company of Frankfurt, Germany. Miller has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented nationally and internationally.  She is also a certified Pilates instructor, has been an Aerial Artist for ZFX Flying Effects in Louisville, and has taught in the Western Michigan University Dance Department. She is also currently on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and teaches in the dance department at Grand Valley State University.

Rachel Miller: Company Member & Instructor

Rachel Miller is a company dancer, instructor, choreographer, and Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) Curator for Wellspring. She attended The Ohio State University as a Dance Major, holds a BA in Creative Writing through Western Michigan University, and an MFA in Dance through Hollins University in partnership with the former Forsythe Company of Frankfurt, Germany. Miller has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented nationally and internationally.  She is also a certified Pilates instructor, has been an Aerial Artist for ZFX Flying Effects in Louisville, and has taught in the Western Michigan University Dance Department. She is also currently on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and teaches in the dance department at Grand Valley State University.

  Jasmine Statzer: Company Member & Instructor   Jasmine Statzer started dance at a young age studying ballet, modern, jazz and African with Southold Dance Theaters pre-professional training program. After graduating, she started teaching at Southold while furthering her training at Lou Conte in Chicago, Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, and an intensive with Like Water Drum & Dance of Ann Arbor. In 2006 she traveled with Magbana NY to Guinea, West Africa to train in traditional African drum and dance. Jasmine joined Wellspring in 2009, now dancing and teaching for the company. Recently she toured to New Orleans as part of Jonathan Brown and Rachel Miller's "Love After Love", which was also performed in Kalamazoo.

Jasmine Statzer: Company Member & Instructor

Jasmine Statzer started dance at a young age studying ballet, modern, jazz and African with Southold Dance Theaters pre-professional training program. After graduating, she started teaching at Southold while furthering her training at Lou Conte in Chicago, Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, and an intensive with Like Water Drum & Dance of Ann Arbor. In 2006 she traveled with Magbana NY to Guinea, West Africa to train in traditional African drum and dance. Jasmine joined Wellspring in 2009, now dancing and teaching for the company. Recently she toured to New Orleans as part of Jonathan Brown and Rachel Miller's "Love After Love", which was also performed in Kalamazoo.

  Michele Vanderbeek: Instructor   Michele M. Vander Beek, will graduate with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in December 2017 from Western Michigan University, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance/Choreography and Minor in Spanish from Hope College in Holland, MI.  Michele has been a dance educator in the Kalamazoo area for the past 18 years teaching dance technique classes and encouraging students to think in new ways, explore their own movement styles, problem-solve, and collaborate with peers.  She has taught children of all ages and levels in dance education through Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts program.  Michele has written and received several professional development grants to further her education with a focus in brain compatible dance.  

Michele Vanderbeek: Instructor

Michele M. Vander Beek, will graduate with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in December 2017 from Western Michigan University, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance/Choreography and Minor in Spanish from Hope College in Holland, MI.  Michele has been a dance educator in the Kalamazoo area for the past 18 years teaching dance technique classes and encouraging students to think in new ways, explore their own movement styles, problem-solve, and collaborate with peers.  She has taught children of all ages and levels in dance education through Kalamazoo RESA’s Education for the Arts program.  Michele has written and received several professional development grants to further her education with a focus in brain compatible dance.  

Administration

 
  Cori Terry: Artistic Director & Founder   Cori Terry, Wellspring's Artistic Director, was born in Brooklyn and attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook before moving to New York City to complete her dance training. In 1974, she joined the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, performing and teaching throughout the US and Europe. She moved to Kalamazoo as Artist-in-Residence at Western Michigan University in 1980 and founded Wellspring in 1981. In 1987, she received Kalamazoo's coveted Community Medal of Arts. She completed a BA in dance from WMU in 1989 and has taught master classes there as well as throughout Michigan and the Midwest. In 2006, Ms. Terry was honored by Kalamazoo College as recipient in the first-ever Women In Town Awards, recognizing the achievements of local artists. Ms. Terry was awarded the 2008 Community Dance Advocacy Award from WMU's Partners in Dance for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Kalamazoo community, advancing the art of modern dance. She was a finalist for the 2008 Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award. To date, she has choreographed more than 70 major works for Wellspring. Ms. Terry is a certified advanced Rolfer®, in practice since 1996.

Cori Terry: Artistic Director & Founder

Cori Terry, Wellspring's Artistic Director, was born in Brooklyn and attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook before moving to New York City to complete her dance training. In 1974, she joined the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, performing and teaching throughout the US and Europe. She moved to Kalamazoo as Artist-in-Residence at Western Michigan University in 1980 and founded Wellspring in 1981. In 1987, she received Kalamazoo's coveted Community Medal of Arts. She completed a BA in dance from WMU in 1989 and has taught master classes there as well as throughout Michigan and the Midwest. In 2006, Ms. Terry was honored by Kalamazoo College as recipient in the first-ever Women In Town Awards, recognizing the achievements of local artists. Ms. Terry was awarded the 2008 Community Dance Advocacy Award from WMU's Partners in Dance for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Kalamazoo community, advancing the art of modern dance. She was a finalist for the 2008 Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award. To date, she has choreographed more than 70 major works for Wellspring. Ms. Terry is a certified advanced Rolfer®, in practice since 1996.

  Kate Yancho: Executive Director & Instructor   Kate joins the Wellspring family as an administrator and an artist. Originally from northeast Ohio, Kate is the oldest of four girls, all of whom danced. Her parents are artists at heart and made sure that artistic endeavors were always available to their children. Though theater took a hold of Kate for many years, dance was always where her passion to perform was rooted. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from Kent State University in 2005 then took a turn in a new direction and embarked on a career as a higher education administrator for over 10 years. After receiving her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2008, she began working for Kalamazoo College as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement. While at the College, Kate advised the student dance company, Frelon, while also teaching dance classes in the physical education department. She also choreographed  Into the Woods  and  Carrie: The Musical  for the College while there. In addition to her roles with Wellspring, Kate also teaches group fitness classes at The Fitness Spot, makes delicious, healthy meals in her kitchen with her husband, and chases around her young son.

Kate Yancho: Executive Director & Instructor

Kate joins the Wellspring family as an administrator and an artist. Originally from northeast Ohio, Kate is the oldest of four girls, all of whom danced. Her parents are artists at heart and made sure that artistic endeavors were always available to their children. Though theater took a hold of Kate for many years, dance was always where her passion to perform was rooted. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from Kent State University in 2005 then took a turn in a new direction and embarked on a career as a higher education administrator for over 10 years. After receiving her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2008, she began working for Kalamazoo College as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement. While at the College, Kate advised the student dance company, Frelon, while also teaching dance classes in the physical education department. She also choreographed Into the Woods and Carrie: The Musical for the College while there. In addition to her roles with Wellspring, Kate also teaches group fitness classes at The Fitness Spot, makes delicious, healthy meals in her kitchen with her husband, and chases around her young son.