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alyssa wilking

Katie McGarry-Director Alyssa Wilking Amber Gilsrud Amber-Rose Sutton Ayumi Hori-Shafer Bradley Pierson Fanaka Ndege Hannah Kahle Jessica Bratkov Kara Krueger Kristina Monsen Nic Kolodziej Renee Benes Sarah Cooley Stacy Schmidt

Alyssa's dance training started at a tiny studio in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She eited the stage after her first performance saying, "I WANT TO DO THAT AGAIN!"  At age 11 she was introduced to competitive dancing at Stage Door of Performing Arts and continued training at Northern Force Dance Company.  During those years she worked with Mandy Moore, whom you probably know from "So You Think You Can Dance", won multiple national titles in lyrical, jazz, and tap, and earned a scholarship to the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City.

Alyssa graduated in 2012 from Gustavus Adolphus College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and Sociology/Anthropology.  In college, she was a member of the Gustavus Dance Company and was recipient of the Evelyn Anderson Theatre/Dance Scholarship.  With an emphasis on both performance and choreography, Alyssa was involved in student and faculty shows on campus, and at the annual American College Dance Festival.    

Alyssa also was captain and choreographer of the Gustavus Dance Team. In some of her free time, she helped to start up a local high school dance team program.  Her favorite college dance eperience was a month-long workshop with internationally renowned site-specific choreographer, Stephan Koplowitz.

Recently, Alyssa has performed in professional modern dance shows in the Minneapolis area, including venues such as Patrick's Cabaret, Intermedia Arts, and the Bedlam Theatre.  She has been etensively trained in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, and lyrical/contemporary.

Alyssa is thrilled to be part of the JDC community. She brings a combination of eperience, training, enthusiasm, and passion for working with our students.


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