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Emmie Aldridge

Emmi Aldridge began dancing at age 10 under the direction of Amber EuDaly Eames and Rachel EuDaly.   She trained with the Heart of America Youth Ballet and Storling Dance Theater's Artist Development Program. She had lead parts in the Velveteen Rabbit, Helen Keller and Till We Have Faces, and performed with ADP at Kansas City Dance Day. She has performed choreographic works by Hannah Anderson, Alex Wilson, Mark Wayne, Margarita Diaz Lutz, Becky Rooney, Hanan Misko and Kim Holloway.

John Currey

Currey holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to his directing duties with the Caribbean Heart Steel Pan Band, Echoes of Africa Drum Ensemble, Marimba Sol de Chiapas Mexican Marimba Group, and as Facilitator for the WWM Drum Circles. Currey was an Original Cast Member for KC Union Station’s Sticks of Thunder, is Percussionist for the Kansas City Brassworks, the Flamenco dance and music ensemble: Flamenco de los Barrios, is a member of the Tri-Percussion group, he plays drums/percussion for the Steve Gray Band featuring Shannon Lipps on vocals, and, in Broken String -- a guitar and percussion trio putting a delightfully fresh twist on the fusion of Latin Jazz, Flamenco, the Pat Metheny songbook, and more.


Laura Fiatte

Is originally from New Harbor, Maine. She started dancing at a young age under the instruction of Faye Cain at Midcoast Dance Studios and Maine State School for the Performing Arts (MSSPA) under the direction of Linda Miele. During her years at Midcoast Dance Studios and MSSPA, Laura was casted in corps and leading roles for ballets such as Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, and Swan Lake.

After high school graduation Laura moved to Hartford, CT where she enrolled in the Hartt School at the University of Hartford as a Dance Pedagogy major. Here she was instructed by Peggy Lyman in the Martha Graham technique; Katie Stevinson-Nollet in Contemporary Dance forms; Hilda Morales, Susan Brooker, and Adam Miller in Contemporary and Classical Ballet. She danced in many pieces at Hartt including Katie Stevinson-Nollet’s World Premier of Bourbon Street, Alla Nikitina’s America Dancing, and also Romeo and Juliet directed by Denis Price.

Fiatte danced with Störling Dance Theater (Olathe, KS) for 7 seasons. While with Störling, her memorable roles include High Heel Shoe Blues, a Gypsy in Little Match Girl, the lead wife in Suspended Grace, soloist in Crossing the Line, and Corrie in Underground. She has also performed with Seamless Dance Theater (Overland Park, KS) in their productions of Rise and A Winter’s Tale and Looking Glass.

Katarina Fitzpatrick, Dance, A Tulip Unfolding, Ryanstrati

Katarina Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick is a member of the KACICO. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with dual majors in dance (with a choreography concentration) and anthropology/archaeology (with a sociocultural anthropology concentration). She is a Certified Scott Pilates instructor. A Kansas City, Missouri native, she trained at the Kansas City Ballet School where she was a member of the Kansas City Youth Ballet. James Jordan and Ballet Mistress Karen Brown cast Fitzpatrick in Todd Bolender's Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet. She has performed works choreographed by Lew Christensen,  Jennifer Owen, José Limón, Neta Pulvermacher, Melissa Bobick, Solveig Santillano, Mark Santillano, and Noelle Partusch. Fitzpatrick's choreographic works premiered at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.  She has attended summer intensive programs at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, The Ailey School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She is currently a company member of Kacico Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Kansas City, and is a guest teacher at the National Parkinson's Foundation.  In 2016 she had her Kansas City choreographic premiere, Feet to the Fire, in collaboration with choreographer Rachel Gnatowski. Fitzpatrick's work was called, "inventive, clever, and delightful" by KC Metropolis.


Naomi Holkeboer

Holkeboer is a member of Störling Dance Theater. Originally from Nebraska, she trained with Jean Lanphier and with Motion 41 DanceShe performed with Ballet Nebraska II and Motion 41/Ballet Nebraska Repertory Ensemble as a soloist.  After performing numerous accomplished roles, Holkeboer moved to Kansas City to pursue her dance dreams and career.  She was an apprentice with Dramatic Truth Dance Theatre, joined Störling’s Artist Development Program and joined Störling Dance Theater's professional company. She has performed choreographic works by Mona Störling Enna and Tobin James including Underground and Child of Hope.