Beth Engel started dancing when she was three at a small studio and at the age of eleven continued her intense training at the Milwaukee Ballet School under the instruction of Bobby Ball, Jeanette Makaroff, Jeannine Granger, and Phyllis Coffey. She attended the University of Maryland-College Park for Dance, where she trained passionately while developing her maturity of movement and grew a wide ranged sense of many styles of dance. She was blessed to work with and learn from such instructors as Alexander Gish, Alcine Wiltz and Anne Warren. She has performed for and worked with many well-known artists on the east coast throughout her undergraduate career and beyond. She was recruited to teach at the University of Maryland for non-dance majors and at studios around the DC area and has continued to teach and choreograph all over the United States. While venturing into creating her own studio she still performs actively under the direction of Elizabeth Johnson and Luc Vanier with a modern dance company out of Milwaukee called ‘Your Mother Dances.’ Dancing outside of the studio brings freshness to her instruction as any dancer knows is necessary in keeping their art alive and new. Constantly learning and working with other artists keeps Beth’s repertoire endlessly growing and maturing as her studio embarks on its second year! Her love for dance and for teaching is wide spread throughout the United States and she would love to thank every student and mentor that has brought her to this place in her life.
"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by
practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are
the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts,
physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of
one's being, and a satisfaction of spirit. Practice means to perform, over and
over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of
desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired."
Steven Michael LaFond is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. He has choreographed and performed for Masquer’s Inc. and Peter Quince Performing Company (Manitowoc), Danceworks/Art to Art, UWM's New Dancemakers, Gerald Casel Dance, and Next Act Theatre/Next Actors (Milwaukee).His work 'The Thousand Yard Stare', was one of two works selected to represent UWM at The American College Dance Festival 2012 in Madison. Steven is currently performing with Milwaukee Modern Dance Company Your Mother Dances directed by Elizabeth Johnson and Luc Vanier. Steven has trained with Heidi Latsky, Janet Lilly, Simone Ferro, Dani Kuepper and the late Ed Burgess.