Artists

CORE ARTISTS

HeidiHeidi Keller-Phillips: Executive and Artistic Director

Heidi was born and raised in the Boston area, where like most childhood stories there was a tree and somebody was fat.  Only in this story there was a boatload of ballet which brought Heidi places like Boston Ballet, Butler University, and Laban Centre in London.  Enter love.  That force brought her back to Indianapolis after returning home to attend massage school and dance for several Boston-based choreographers.  Marriage, Motus, 2 kids, and 10 years later, she is home in Indy, kicking it whenever she can.  (Heidi would like to thank her husband and parents for their unwavering support over the years).

Michelle Buchanan

Michelle is a recent transplant to Indianapolis, and discovered Motus in 2009 when she performed in Broken Fragile Mind.  She moved here from San Diego, where she was a member of Butterworth Dance Company, and participated in various local productions including Trolley Dances.  She has also lived and danced in Hawaii where she was a choreographer and dancer for various local performances including Still Frame in Motion and The Boundless Tour, and Oregon where she found her love of modern dance at Oregon State University.  She began her dance training in ballet and performed with the Eugene Ballet Company.  Michelle is excited to be a part of such a dynamic group, and is eternally grateful for the love and unending support of her husband Sean and her son Dylan.

RachelRachel Higgins

Rachel grew up dancing at the Dance Company in Indianapolis and was a member of the Indianapolis Children’s Dance League under the direction of Diane Gudat.  She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance. While at Ball State Rachel was a member of Ball State Dance Theatre under the direction of Audra Sokol. As a member of Ball State Dance Theatre she had the opportunity to work with artists and choreographers from around the country that helped shape her as a dancer and choreographer. She has performed at the American College Dance Festival, the National American College Dance Festival in New York City, the Leo’s Choreographer Competition, and the Chicago Modern Dance Festival among many Ball State Dance Theatre performances and choreographer showcases. During the summer before her senior year she attended the CityDance Ensemble summer intensive in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduation Rachel returned home to Indianapolis where she found Motus. She has been performing with Motus since 2010. While at Motus she has performed in Cultivate, Paired Down, Pairings, IN and INside Out. She traveled with Motus to perform renditions of IN at Ball State University and the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. She is thankful for Motus and for all of the support of her friends and family.

1012472_10151851231908090_261619912_nSara Little

Sara is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living in Indianapolis.  Originally from St. Louis, MO, Sara moved to Indiana to attend Ball State University in Muncie, IN on a dance scholarship. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance performance and a minor in English studies. She was a member of Ball State Dance Theatre and had the opportunity to dance in New York City at the American College Dance National Festival. Her choreography has been featured in BSU showcases and was selected to perform at the American College Dance Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. She has studied at the North Carolina Dance Theatre Summer Intensive and the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive in Austin, Texas where she worked as a resident supervisor for the program. Upon graduation, Sara moved to Indianapolis and danced with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.  Sara has been dancing with Motus Dance since 2012. Sara also performs with Hasenpfeffer, the White Rabbit Cabaret’s in house performance group. Sara is on staff at Curtain Call Studio for the Performing Arts serving as Director of the Junior Performing Company and teaching ballet, modern, jazz and pointe classes.

Debra Silveus

Debra is an Indiana native dancer and choreographer.  She graduated from the Jordan College Academy of Dance and then moved to New York.  In New York she received a BFA in dance from The State University of New York at Purchase.  Some of her performing experiences include works from choreographers Neil Greenberg, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Larry Clark, Stephanie Tooman, Lin Hwai Min, and group and solo work by Shen Wei.  At Purchase she furthered her dance training and her choreographic voice.  Since returning to Indiana she has been choreographing her own work, and producing performances both independently and with Motus.  She has recently created and opened the White Rabbit Cabaret with her sister, Becky Silveus.  Debra also teaches modern technique and improvisation at Anderson University.

 

Katelin Ryan

Katelin was the recipient of a fine arts tuition scholarship in dance from Ball State University, and graduated in 2004 with degrees in dance performance and psychology, and minors in theater, educational dance, and women’s studies. She was a member of Ball State Dance Theatre, and was honored to receive the Lynette Jordan Schisla memorial scholarship. Katelin relocated to New York City in 2004 to pursue a MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. Taking full advantage of the vibrant and diverse NYC dance scene, she primarily studied at Peridance and Dance New Amsterdam, and was fortunate to have opportunities to dance on the stages of several community-supported venues including Galapagos Art Space and Triskelion Arts.  She moved back to the Midwest in the summer of 2007 and auditioned for her first Motus production, KIN, less than a week after moving to Indy. In recent years, Katelin has also performed with The (Re)Collective Company, Susurrus, and Kenyetta Dance Company. Katelin earned her 200-hour Hatha yoga instructor certification through Integral Yoga Institute in 2006 and teaches the yoga classes at MotuSpace.

Stefanie Squint

Stefanie Squint began her journey in the art of dance in her hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana at the age of 7.  In May of 2007, Stefanie received her degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University.  During her tenure at BSU she performed with Ball State Dance Theatre and was awarded several scholarships.  Through Ball State Dance Theatre she worked with several artists including David Wick, Bill Evans, Tobin Del Cuore and Sara Semonis.  In 2007 Stefanie was invited to perform in the American College Dance Festival in Athens, OH.  Her choreography has appeared in many Ball State student dance showcases including “Junior and Senior” Dance Showcase and “Summer Showcase”.  Following graduation Stefanie has performed with Wellspring/Cori Terri and Dancers, Motus Dance Theatre and The White Rabbit Cabaret’s in house performance group, Hasenpfeffer.  She currently teaches at Indy Dance Academy, and her choreography has been awarded special recognition for style at regional and national dance competitions.

Jenny Thomas

Jenny is happy to be back and dancing again in her hometown. She graduated from Jordan College Academy of Dance where she was the recipient of the Peggy Dorsey Memorial Scholarship and the 1995 Prelude Award winner in dance. After attending the Ohio State University on merit scholarships, she graduated with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance. She had the opportunity to perform with the Burklyn Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland and also performed work by Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall for the International Choreographers Program at the American Dance Festival. After she relocated to New York City, she studied and performed with various independent choreographers and with the Shadow Box Theatre. Jenny earned her Yoga teacher certification through the Yoga Zone (formerly BeYoga) in New York City. Upon her return to Indianapolis, she was one of the founding members, dancers, and choreographers for the (Re)Collective Company at the 2008 iNDYfRINGE Festival.

 

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Liz Wray: Belly Dance

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!

 

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