The Windfall Dance Company is a modern dance collective. Dancers are chosen by company majority in open auditions. Dancers are versatile, positive, creative artists with strong collaboration skills. Company members are expected to take weekly company class and rehearsal as well as at least one additional technique class through our School of Dance. Members also participate in various outreach programs throughout Bloomington area, contributing to our mission statement of igniting a passion for dance in our community.
Company dancer, 1997
Kay Olges has been a part of Windfall since 1995. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in ballet. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology, working for The Stepping Stones Group as a traveling speech therapist. Kay is the founder and director of Windfall’s Reading Through Movement Literacy Project. She is grateful to her wonderful family, friends, and partner for all their support over the years. Dancing is Kay’s sanctuary.
Company dancer, 2014
Brynna started her dance career at the age of 2, and has since danced pre-professionally with Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, and Ballet Theatre of Carmel. Over the course of her dance training, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, Bollywood, Kathak, ballroom, Scottish Highland, and more. Three years ago, Brynna stumbled upon the Windfall family and has been extremely fortunate to have become extensively involved in Windfall’s endeavors. She loves dancing with the Windfall Dance Company.
Karli Van Cleave
Company dancer, 2016
Karli VanCleave is a student at Indiana University and has been part of the Windfall Dance Company since August 2016 after moving to Bloomington from Fort Wayne, IN. Karli has been dancing for over 15 years, much of which took place at Fort Wayne School of Dance where she was a competitive dancer in contemporary, hip hop, modern, jazz, and musical theater. At North Side High School, Karli took dance technique classes all four years. Additionally, she taught dance to kids and high school students for two years. She looks forward to dancing with Windfall throughout her time living in Bloomington to fulfill her passion for dance. Karli is studying broadcast journalism with minors in Spanish and International Studies, and hopes to become a multimedia reporter for a prominent news corporation in her career.
Company Coordinator, 2017
Jessica Ferguson comes from an education background, having received her BFA in Dance Education and Modern Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and primarily working with students in her dance career. She teaches ballet, jazz, tap and modern, as well as jump rope and aerial silks. Recently, Jessica founded the Performance Education program at Raffles American School in Nusajaya, Malaysia, setting up multiple levels of all dance techniques and aerial silks, integrating these forms into school curriculum and producing student shows. Jessica danced briefly with the Egyptian Modern Dance Company at the Cairo Opera House, and has worked as a choreographer and dancer on various dance and theater projects over the years in many countries. At Windfall, Jessica was thrilled to be the Windfall Juniors Director, working with the Junior dancers to develop their personal artistic voice. Jessica enjoys the creative process, and is driven to capture the more elusive emotions we experience as humans in her choreography.
Company dancer, Sept 2017
Catie started her dance career at the age of 3 and has been privileged to be a part of the Windfall Dance Company since September 2017. She is originally from Clinton, Indiana. She has studied ballet, modern, lyrical, and belly dance as well as hip-hop and pom during her time on her high school’s dance team. Catie is attending IU as a major in psychology and acquiring minors in dance and counseling in hopes of becoming a child psychologist. As well as being a member of Windfall, Catie is an IU Hoosierette dancer. She is excited to continue growing as a dancer in the style of modern and collaborating with the other lovely Windfall Company members.
Company dancer, Sept 2017
Katie Hodge has been a part of the Windfall Dance Company since September of 2017. She is also a student at Indiana University where she is pursuing a degree in Media Production and Theater along with a minor in Contemporary Dance. Katie is originally from Seymour Indiana and has been dancing for over 14 years. Most of her formal training took place at Dancers Studio of Columbus Indiana where she trained in classical ballet and modern dance. After moving to Bloomington for school she has continued to follow her passion for dance by joining the Windfall Contemporary Dance Company. She looks forward to improving her technique, choreographing for the company, and discovering new ways to express herself through dance.
Company dancer, 2018
Originally from Northwest Indiana, Clarissa has been dancing for approximately eighteen years. Studying primarily at Civic Dance Center, she trained in ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, musical theater, and contemporary. She is a three-time alumnus of Joffrey Academy of Dance’s “Summer Dance Lab”, and she has performed in various showcases, musicals, and ballets (most notably as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker). Outside of Windfall, Clarissa is a recent graduate of IU, holding a BA in Gender Studies, and is starting graduate school to pursue a Masters’ of Library Science. She works as a receptionist at The Kinsey Institute. A recent addition to Company, Clarissa is enthused about working collaboratively with other dancers and growing her skills as an artist.
Company dancer, Mar 2018
Christine has been dancing for 11 years and joined Windfall Dancers this February. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, Christine grew up dancing ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, and step. Christine recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Communications and is now a graduate student at IU Bloomington studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. Christine enjoys traveling, movie watching and of course dancing and choreography. She is so excited to be performing with Windfall for the first time this season.
Company dancer, Fall 2018
Originally from Bloomington Indiana, Aran has been dancing for 12 years. She has studied at IU’s pre-college ballet program, been a member of the Columbia University graduate student ‘Dance Crew’ and was a Junior Dancer at Windfall in her teens. After returning to Indiana as a Health Educator working with college students, she is excited to get back to her roots in dance. She is also dedicated to incorporating a combination of art forms with health initiatives in creative ways and already works with many community programs that incorporate her therapy dog “Hoosier” into stress reduction activities for young people.
Company dancer, Fall 2018
Tricia Petit is a new member to Windfall. Originally from Elkhart Indiana, she now resides in Bloomington. She is a junior at Indiana University studying Media Production. When she was little she danced all the time, everywhere she went. She first danced on stage in 2007 with Premier Arts. In 2013 she joined her high school colorguard and fell in love with dancing in a brand new way. Tricia marched with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and 2018, participating in their national summer tours. She has performed at the Rose Bowl, the Alamodome, Mile High Stadium, and Lucas Oil. Her other pastimes include: watching Netflix, biking on Delta Phi Epsilon’s little 500 bike team, running aspects of production for IU’s annual TEDx conference as assistant production head, being a Taylor Swift fan, teaching colorguard at Bedford North Lawrence High School and being the ultimate house decorator.
Company dancer, Fall 2018