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.
In order of entry…
Company dancer, 1997
Kay Olges has been a part of Windfall since 1997. She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in ballet. She holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology and works 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. She’s studied ballet, modern, jazz, Bollywood, Kathak, ballroom, Scottish Highland, and more. Five years ago, Brynna stumbled upon the Windfall family and has been extremely fortunate to have become extensively involved in the organization. Brynna founded the Company’s annual ‘Cabaret Night’ fundraiser, in which other local dance and art groups are invited to perform for a night of community, movement, and entertainment. Brynna loves dancing with the Windfall Dance Company.
Karli Van Cleave
Company dancer, 2016 (on leave)
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 technique classes all four years, and taught dance to kids and high school students. 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. She has spent this semester studying abroad in Spain and is excited to return to the Company in Fall of 2019.
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 serve as the Interim School Director and be the Windfall Juniors Director briefly, 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. Follow her on instagram @aerialfaiiry for her movement endeavors.
Jessica has recently moved to Grand Rapids, MI, and is therefore no longer dancing as a Company dancer. While Jessica misses dancing with the Windfall Dance Company, she loves continuing to provide support for their artistry and passion through coordination.
Company dancer, 2017
Catie “Cat” Cobble 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. Cat 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, Cat 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, 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”. She has performed in various showcases, musicals, and ballets her roles as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and as one of the “eggs” in Chelsea Sherman’s The Arboretum). Outside of Windfall, Clarissa holds a BA in Gender Studies from IU, and works at the Kinsey Institute. You can, from time to time, catch her at The Back Door performing as “Lucy Dream”.
Company dancer, Aug 2018
Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Aran has been dancing for 12 years. She studied at IU’s pre-college ballet program, performed in countless Nutcracker productions, been a member of the Columbia University graduate student ‘Dance Crew’ and was a Junior Dancer at Windfall in her teens. Now that she has returned 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, Dec 2018
Reegan has been dancing for over 17 years, and is originally from Syracuse, Indiana. She trained primarily at the Lee Anne Stewart Dance School in ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. She was on the studio’s competition team and has performed in Indianapolis, Disney World, and New York City, among other cities. Reegan is currently attending IU pursuing a degree in classical studies in hopes of becoming a museum curator. She is very excited to be a part of the Windfall Dance Company and is eager to learn and grow alongside other members.
Company dancer, Dec 2018
Hayley is originally from Utah and is living here in Bloomington while her husband, Bruce, gets his MBA at IU. She studied Jazz, Ballet, Modern, MDT, Tap and Hip Hop at Diamond Talent Studios where she was a member of their Jazz and Ballet dance performance companies. She began her college career in the Modern Dance Program at the University of Utah but ended up changing course and holds a B.S in Psychology and a M.Ed in Instructional Design. To maintain dance as a part of her life she began teaching in 2008 and has taught ages 3 to adult in numerous dance styles. Recent performances include: The Nutcracker with Salt Lake City Ballet, A Diamond Christmas with Diamond Talent Productions and a 70’s performance parade at InstructureCon which she also choreographed. She is very excited to be a part of Windfall Dance Company which will allow her to explore more in the Contemporary style and collaborate with the other company members.