Artists

Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective is comprised of a dynamic group of movement artists.
  1. Guest Artists, both national and international, that provide the Indianapolis community with accessible, professional, and dynamic training opportunities.
  2. Movement Educators who create community through their intelligent and thoughtful movement classes each and every week.
  3. Makers Lab Artists who are creating new and interesting homegrown works.
  4. Artistic Partners with whom we collaborate to bring more movement opportunities to our growing movement community.
  5. Administrative Staff, all artists in their own right, are busy teaching, dancing, creating, and administrating.

Movement Educators

Deanna Garner

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Dancing since the age of four, Deanna enjoys being a tap dance instructor at IMAC and the assistant director and company member of Circle City Tap Company. An experienced performer, choreographer, and judge, who has studied tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance, Deanna earned a degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University. She danced and choreographed for IU Northwest Dance Company for 5 years while teaching at nearby studios before moving back to Indianapolis. Dancing is a passion that Deanna is thankful to be able to pursue in her spare time when she is not working as an Environmental Educator for the IN Department of Environmental Management.

Ethan Obenauer

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A practitioner of Capoeira for nearly 10 years under the instruction of Contra-Mestre Carcará of Capoeira Mandinga com Expressão in Rochester, NY, Ethan earned the status of Monitor, or senior student, in 2015. Since then, he has taught classes and workshops at various academies, college campuses, schools, and community events throughout Rochester and Indianapolis, including IUPUI, and IPS schools.
“Capoeira has opened my eyes to a wider world of movement. I have attended two workshops with renowned movement teacher Ido Portal, and am also an active practitioner of Parkour and indoor climbing. Movement is my passion, and spreading that passion by sharing it with others is my goal. While I still consider myself a student (and always will), I am humbled by the opportunity to share with you… Capoeira is for everyone and almost anything can be modified to accommodate different bodies and ability levels.”

Usha Sirimalle

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Usha began dancing in her home town in India at the age of 3, where through the years she continued her dance training in various styles of Indian dance and choreography. She moved to Wichita, Kansas to pursue her Master’s Degree and was part of the International Cultural Society choreographing and performing for university events. In 2004, she moved to Lafayette, Indiana and began her teaching career, and has been teaching at IMAC since 2016.

Idrienne Steiman, MA, CMA

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Idrienne Steiman, MA, CMA is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Master Pilates Instructor. Her early dance training was at the Joffrey Ballet School and The Juilliard School. She received her B.S. in dance from Skidmore College and an M.A. in dance from UCLA. She applied the Laban material in her Stage Movement for the Actor course at USC’s Drama Division. In 1989, Idrienne was hired as Assistant Professor for the Butler University Dance Department, where she taught numerous classes for dance majors, including Laban, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates and improvisation. Subsequently, she opened the first Pilates studio in Indy and served as the teacher training Certifying Studio for the Physicalmind Institute. She has had the opportunity to teach Pilates in Italy and Laban in Israel. She enjoys introducing the Laban concepts at the IU High School summer program. Idrienne is a board member of Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective.

Randy Talley

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Randy Talley is a dance and theatre artist with a BFA in dance from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UWM Randy trained in the classical Modern Dance techniques of Fall and Recovery made famous by the master Doris Humphrey. While at UWM Randy also studied Ballet, Partnering, Contact Improvisation, and created an unprecedented 5 new works. Randy continued after his time at UWM to work professionally as a principle dancer for 15 years with Wild Space Dance Company. As a professional dancer, theater artist, choreographer, and teacher Randy spent years working with students at all experience levels, instilling in them the many benefits the performing arts offer including team work, accomplishing a common goal, problem solving, conflict resolution, discipline, inventiveness, and the joy of performance.

Liz Wray

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Liz Wray, a passionate belly dancer driven to share the art with women of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, began belly dancing in 2003. An expert solo and group choreographer with training in Classical Egyptian Beledy and Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance combined, Liz specializes in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and adds hints of pop and modern dance to create an eclectic style. Liz’s years of experience encompass owning and operating her own dance studio, teaching at Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, and performing at countless events and venues throughout the Midwest. She continues her own dance education by attending intensive workshops and taking private lessons from other accomplished dancers. Liz teaches with patience, encourages positive body image and self-esteem, and always brings the fun!

Guest Artists

Jess Pretty, October 2019

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“As a black female dancing body I am constantly investigating different methods of world-building so as to have a self created limitless potential for possibility within a society where my body has been deemed one that is impossible. In navigating this possibility I am looking to re-claim the stakes attached to my dancing body which find their ways into my work by relentlessly going after feelings of the fantastic. Feelings of unbelievable swelling. Feelings of pleasure and multiple possibilities. I want many things therefore I feel my work is rooted in a constant friction; moving back and forth between variant ideas and placings of movement and knowing. Friction finds itself inside of rhythm and directionality – two foundational components to my making – because friction can lead to surprises. And I love surprises. A third foundational component is physicality which often finds itself serving as a reactionary tool to the rhythm and directionality. Physicality is valued in my work because of the ecstasy that it can build in the body. Ecstasy building is a deep part of my physical practice because of the myriad of states that can result from it. A swelling takes place in the body, in the mind, in the mood, in the meaning, in the relationships to other bodies and in the relationship to space. What is that feeling between moving bodies? That giving and taking of euphoria that is downright addictive to locate, tirelessly rubbing up against variant possibilities of the body as it folds into different times, spaces, and relationships to those around it. What I’m building for myself and others through my work is something of a survival strategy; something of a method to the madness.”

Molly Brennan, September 2019

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Molly Brennan, named “Chicago’s Queen of Mischief and Mayhem” by American Theatre Magazine, is a physical comedian who specializes in clown and devised performance. Molly has been teaching students the art of clown and devising for nearly 20 years at the University of Illinois Chicago, Actors Gymnasium, DePaul University, the University of Chicago and all over the U.S.

Madeleine Reber, June 2019

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Madeleine Reber, MFA, CLMA is a choreographer, dance educator, and Certified Laban Movement Analyst, as well as Artistic Director of SALTY LARK DANCE. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Reber began performing and choreographing professionally in Western Massachusetts after earning a BA in Dance from Bennington College. She is a former member of Amie Dowling’s inter-generational company, The Dance Generators and has danced for many independent choreographers along the East Coast. Reber has been teaching dance and movement at colleges and universities, and in the professional dance community for over fifteen years. Her knowledge of Laban/Bartenieff work, along with extensive experience in release technique, somatics, and contact improvisation allow her to convey a deeply embodied and clear conceptual understanding of the moving body in movement. Her choreographic work has been produced by: Links Hall; Minnesota Fringe Festival; Midwest RAD fest; Core Project Chicago; Milwaukee Fringe; The Kitchen Columbus; Columbia College Chicago; North Carolina Dance Alliance; and The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, among others. Reber has served on the dance faculties of East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Illinois State University. In Chicago she has also taught at Columbia College, DePaul University and Dovetail Studios. She regularly teaches workshops in modern release technique, contact improvisation, and somatics in the Chicago area and around the Midwest. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Embodied Education Institute Chicago.

Maayan Sheinfeld, May 2019

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Maayan Sheinfeld was born in Israel in 1992. She joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 2012 and has participated in the creation process for three of Ohad Naharin’s works: The Hole (2013), Last Work (2015), and Venezuela (2017) and has performed in many other works by Naharin. She has also participated in the creation process for Roy Assaf’s Adam (2016) and Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ Canine Jaunatre 3 (2017). In 2018, she received the Yair Shapira award for Excellent Dancer. Maayan teaches Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s repertoire, and improvisation and modern classes for various dance schools, studios, courses, auditions, and programs both for students and professional dancers. She was awarded the Outstanding Teacher prize in 2016 for her work with students in the semi finals of YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) competition.

Brandon Welch, February 2019

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Brandon Welch is a mover, teaching artist and creator originally from Indianapolis, IN. Brandon holds a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a semester on exchange at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts. His performance career includes being a company member of Momix Dance Illusionists, Doug Varone and Dancers and Gibney Dance Company. As a performer and educator, Brandon has shared dance in Armenia, Argentina, Peru, Singapore, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and across the United States. During his time with Doug Varone and Dancers, Brandon participated in Dance Motion USA’s cultural diplomacy program to South America and performed in Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, Brandon has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Lane Gifford, Hilary Easton, Reggie Wilson, Joanna Kotze and Ohad Naharin. Brandon is passionately committed to utilizing movement as a catalyst for social change. This has led him to work with survivors of domestic violence, incarcerated people and connecting artists across borders and cultures. He is the Founding Executive Director of Awakening Movement, a community of artists dedicated to bridging faith and the arts. As an emerging choreographer, his recent works have been commissioned by Dance Ensemble Singapore, Belhaven University and Awakening Movement.

JC, February 2019

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Jc is a settler, poet, educator, improviser, play therapist, and wild food enthusiast raised in Windsor, Ontario on the traditional land of the Objibwe, Odawa, and Potawatami people. They have traveled to the west coast and back sharing their work as a spoken word artist, and engaging in sustainable agriculture since 2014. They’ve now resettled with their cats and veggie garden in their birthplace on the south side of the Detroit River in so-called Canada. Their writing explores a myriad of subjects, frequently queer, often provocative, including gender, place, privilege, non-monogamy, mental health, nature re-connection, consent, decolonization, magic, bodies, vulnerability, erotica, love and heartbreak. They are a maker-of-zines and have self-published three chapbooks, one of which, “Soft Boi” is currently in its second edition, with 200 copies in print. Jc is a creator & curator of the only queer and trans open mic in south-western Ontario, QT HAUS, which is held monthly in Windsor and built upon the principles of Safer-Space and anti-oppression initiatives. An enthusiastic organizer within the Canadian poetry community, Jc has participated in the Canadian Festival of Spoken word in 2014 & 15, run & facilitated poetry writing workshops in over two dozen cities across Turtle Island (so-called North America), and performed on more than 150 open mic stages since the start of their career in 2010. Jc also finds great joy in collaborative projects with a slew of exceptional artists, poets, dancers and improvisers, experimenting with fusions of poetry, trip-hop, contact improvisation, clowning, and street performance. Jc likes the ocean and often compares themself to it. Such is the source of their acclaimed stage name: Jsea Like the Ocean.”

Gerry Trentham, November 2018

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Gerry Trentham’s art and art teaching stems from his interest in the transformative human body/mind as a primary source for creation and performance. His work organically developed from dance and theatre, founded in his advanced study of both disciplines, to performance/visual art that interlaces and layers written/spoken poetic text, dance, human gesture, sound, music, with visual and media art and teaching that transits disciplinary boundaries. Gerry is interested in the power of the collective to focus attention and breed deep consciousness in self and other. In his art works he invites his collaborators, with their histories and practices, into initial inquiries and creation processes where no one form or one person is in service to another. He is interested, with others, in exploring how the living whole reveals parts, selves or communities that are declared/become separate. His teaching and mentoring reflects his understanding of how the collective gathers moments of artful precision and range, and constructs and installs a conscious architecture that seamlessly transits, negotiates and houses contents, forms and perspectives. He is interested in how he and this team test presence and integrity in ways that speaks to a truly inclusive audience. His teaching is sourced in his art-making and his eternal interest in his own and other’s potential presence in performance.

The Makers Lab

The Makers Lab is an artist in residency program created by Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective in 2017. The Makers Lab serves as an incubator of ideas where emerging and/or seasoned local performing artists and organizations are provided with space and the time needed to learn, grow, get inspired, experiment, and create new work. Participants include NoExit Performance, Crossroads Dance Indy, Lani Weissbach, Elisha Movement Christian Dance Company, Bethany Wells Bak, Lauren Curry, Liz Wray, and Lauren Gendron. If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply, please email us at indymovementartscollective@gmail.com.

Artistic Partnerships

NoExit Performance

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Our very own Lauren Curry choreographed this feast for the senses, performed at Mesh as a benefit for NoExit Performance in 2018. But that’s not all! We continue to collaborate with NoExit Performance to bring world class performance artists to Indianapolis who provide opportunities for professional growth for the Indianapolis community through our OPEN Indy program, founded in 2018.

Indy Convergence

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In October 2017, IMAC staff transformed a vacant home as part of Indy Convergence’s Almost Home place making initiative.

Crossroads Dance Indy
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Crossroads Dance Indy has joined forces with IMAC staff for Pay What You Can Modern Technique on Monday nights. Experience a variety of approaches to getting grounded, moving big, finding dynamic contrasts, and all of the juicy phrase work we love in a good modern class. Visit the class page to see who’s up.