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.

Marisa Bianan:  Company Member & Instructor   Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Marisa Bianan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University. Through her studies, Marisa had the privilege to work with choreographers including Jeremy Blair, Monique Haley, and Carolyn Pavlik. She also had the pleasure of working with Brendan Duggan, the co-founder and co-director of LoudHoundMovement. She has also studied in various fields related to dance including Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Lighting and Staging, and Kinesiology. While at Western Michigan University, Marisa also performed with the Western Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company, from the years of 2015-2016 under the direction of Whitney Moncrief. Marisa is very eager for the opportunity to perform with Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers for the 2018-2019 season.

Marisa Bianan:
Company Member & Instructor

Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Marisa Bianan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University. Through her studies, Marisa had the privilege to work with choreographers including Jeremy Blair, Monique Haley, and Carolyn Pavlik. She also had the pleasure of working with Brendan Duggan, the co-founder and co-director of LoudHoundMovement. She has also studied in various fields related to dance including Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Lighting and Staging, and Kinesiology. While at Western Michigan University, Marisa also performed with the Western Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company, from the years of 2015-2016 under the direction of Whitney Moncrief. Marisa is very eager for the opportunity to perform with Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers for the 2018-2019 season.

Dasan Mitchell:  Company Member & Instructor   Dasan Mitchell has trained and studied at Wayne State University, receiving his bachelor of science in dance. He has worked with many artists / companies nationally and internationally for over eight years. Some of these include Bakalama Dance of Senegal and Deeply Rooted Dance Company. He is currently studying the philosophy, pedagogy, and theories of Katherine Dunham, and is in the process of receiving the Katherine Dunham certification. Along with dancing with Wellspring, he is a director of a teen dance company, continuously collaborating with Mad Shak (Molly Shanahan) and a teaching artist for EFA (Education for the Arts) in Kalamazoo, MI.

Dasan Mitchell:
Company Member & Instructor

Dasan Mitchell has trained and studied at Wayne State University, receiving his bachelor of science in dance. He has worked with many artists / companies nationally and internationally for over eight years. Some of these include Bakalama Dance of Senegal and Deeply Rooted Dance Company. He is currently studying the philosophy, pedagogy, and theories of Katherine Dunham, and is in the process of receiving the Katherine Dunham certification. Along with dancing with Wellspring, he is a director of a teen dance company, continuously collaborating with Mad Shak (Molly Shanahan) and a teaching artist for EFA (Education for the Arts) in Kalamazoo, MI.

Carolyn Rabbers:  Company Member & Instructor   Carolyn Pampalone-Rabbers joined Wellspring in 2017. She graduated from Western Michigan University with her BFA in Dance, and was awarded Presidential Scholar in 2010. Carolyn’s has worked in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles, dancing for The Union Project Dance Company, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Clairobscur Dance Company, Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera, LA Unbound, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company. Past projects include dancing for music videos including Coldplay and Omi, acting in national commercials for Starbucks, Kaplan University, and Jockey Bra, and dancing for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Poet Theatricals. Carolyn can been seen dancing and acting as "Abby" in the film  Moondance ( 2018) by Squatchagawea Films. Carolyn has trained at The American Dance Festival and studied under the instruction of Tere O'Connor, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Randy Duncan, John Lehrer, Jen Nugent, Jessie Zarrit, Pamela Pietro, Jerri Houlihan, Miguel Guiterrez, Theresa Graziano, and Dolores Shearer. Carolyn teaches Yoga, and is an American Ballet Theater National Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level V.

Carolyn Rabbers:
Company Member & Instructor

Carolyn Pampalone-Rabbers joined Wellspring in 2017. She graduated from Western Michigan University with her BFA in Dance, and was awarded Presidential Scholar in 2010. Carolyn’s has worked in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles, dancing for The Union Project Dance Company, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Clairobscur Dance Company, Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera, LA Unbound, & Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company. Past projects include dancing for music videos including Coldplay and Omi, acting in national commercials for Starbucks, Kaplan University, and Jockey Bra, and dancing for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Poet Theatricals. Carolyn can been seen dancing and acting as "Abby" in the film Moondance (2018) by Squatchagawea Films. Carolyn has trained at The American Dance Festival and studied under the instruction of Tere O'Connor, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Randy Duncan, John Lehrer, Jen Nugent, Jessie Zarrit, Pamela Pietro, Jerri Houlihan, Miguel Guiterrez, Theresa Graziano, and Dolores Shearer. Carolyn teaches Yoga, and is an American Ballet Theater National Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level V.

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.

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 sons.

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 sons.

Katherine O’Donnell: Program Assistant and Box Office Coordinator   Katherine is in her third year at Western Michigan University and her second year in the Arts Management program under Emily Duguay. She started in theatre from the age of six and has grown up always having some art form in her life. She sang in choirs , played oboe in school bands for nearly 8 years, and recently has taken up painting. She’s always found the arts and the art community fascinating, particularly the community that forms around them. Her dearest friends are all ones that she’s made through the arts community. That is what drew her to arts administration as a career path; being able to provide for and give back to the communities that helped to shape her. As she grew older, however, she realized she had less of an "artist" brain and more of a business brain. She is fascinated by anything that can help bring patrons to the theatre.

Katherine O’Donnell: Program Assistant and Box Office Coordinator

Katherine is in her third year at Western Michigan University and her second year in the Arts Management program under Emily Duguay. She started in theatre from the age of six and has grown up always having some art form in her life. She sang in choirs , played oboe in school bands for nearly 8 years, and recently has taken up painting. She’s always found the arts and the art community fascinating, particularly the community that forms around them. Her dearest friends are all ones that she’s made through the arts community. That is what drew her to arts administration as a career path; being able to provide for and give back to the communities that helped to shape her. As she grew older, however, she realized she had less of an "artist" brain and more of a business brain. She is fascinated by anything that can help bring patrons to the theatre.

Katherine Kennedy: Administrative Intern & Instructor   Katherine Kennedy is thrilled to join the Wellspring team as an intern and Dance Camp Instructor! She is currently studying at Western Michigan University, and she plans to graduate with a BFA in Dance and a BBA in Management in the spring of 2019. Katherine grew up just outside of Madison, Wisconsin and extensively studied the dance styles of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and contemporary. During her time at WMU, she has been lucky enough to perform in works choreographed by Monique Haley and Christian Denice, as well as other great professional works! Katherine began teaching in high school, working with students ranging in age from 3-18, and has continued to teach in the Kalamazoo area. Katherine is incredibly passionate about dance and the arts, and she believes in spreading the joy that art can bring!

Katherine Kennedy: Administrative Intern & Instructor

Katherine Kennedy is thrilled to join the Wellspring team as an intern and Dance Camp Instructor! She is currently studying at Western Michigan University, and she plans to graduate with a BFA in Dance and a BBA in Management in the spring of 2019. Katherine grew up just outside of Madison, Wisconsin and extensively studied the dance styles of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and contemporary. During her time at WMU, she has been lucky enough to perform in works choreographed by Monique Haley and Christian Denice, as well as other great professional works! Katherine began teaching in high school, working with students ranging in age from 3-18, and has continued to teach in the Kalamazoo area. Katherine is incredibly passionate about dance and the arts, and she believes in spreading the joy that art can bring!