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.

Jolin Cramer: Administrative Intern   Jolin is a graduate of Brighton High School and is a BA dance major at Western Michigan University in the college of Fine Arts with a minor in Event Management. On top of performing in many of Western’s dance concerts, Jolin enjoys working with production and stage management. With a focus on school and Wellspring, she also teaches at Mosaic Dance Hall in Portage as well as serving at Anna’s House! Jolin loves dedicating her passion of dance to helping other students achieve their goals in leadership and movement.

Jolin Cramer: Administrative Intern

Jolin is a graduate of Brighton High School and is a BA dance major at Western Michigan University in the college of Fine Arts with a minor in Event Management. On top of performing in many of Western’s dance concerts, Jolin enjoys working with production and stage management. With a focus on school and Wellspring, she also teaches at Mosaic Dance Hall in Portage as well as serving at Anna’s House! Jolin loves dedicating her passion of dance to helping other students achieve their goals in leadership and movement.

JayLashay Young: Administrative Intern   JayLashay Young is a pre-professional dancer training in commercial jazz, street jazz, jazz funk, and hip hop. Through her studies at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, she was able to work with choreographers including, Debbie Wilson, Joy Carly, Chio, Robert Taylor Jr, and Stacie Webster. JayLashay graduated from Kalamazoo College earning her business degree in marketing/administration. During her time at K College, she directed the Frelon Dance Company and Kalamazoo Dance Team. Her ability to pick up on choreography and teach has given her the position as dance captain for the musical  In the Heights  directed by Ed Menta in the Playhouse Theatre. She plans to continue dance training to become a professional commercial dancer and expand her network by meeting new dancers and choreographers.

JayLashay Young: Administrative Intern

JayLashay Young is a pre-professional dancer training in commercial jazz, street jazz, jazz funk, and hip hop. Through her studies at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, she was able to work with choreographers including, Debbie Wilson, Joy Carly, Chio, Robert Taylor Jr, and Stacie Webster. JayLashay graduated from Kalamazoo College earning her business degree in marketing/administration. During her time at K College, she directed the Frelon Dance Company and Kalamazoo Dance Team. Her ability to pick up on choreography and teach has given her the position as dance captain for the musical In the Heights directed by Ed Menta in the Playhouse Theatre. She plans to continue dance training to become a professional commercial dancer and expand her network by meeting new dancers and choreographers.

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. Originally from Livonia, Michigan, 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. 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. She is fascinated by anything that can help bring patrons to the theatre and is excited to be working with such a wonderful group of people at Wellspring.

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. Originally from Livonia, Michigan, 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. 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. She is fascinated by anything that can help bring patrons to the theatre and is excited to be working with such a wonderful group of people at Wellspring.