Diana Barrios is the Artistic Director of Leverage Dance Theater (formerly aTrek Dance Collective). She has held this role since 2002. Diana has a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts and Dance from the University of California, Berkeley. Read more…
Keli Brook Hermes (Assistant Director) is from Dallas, Texas. She graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 2006 with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance. Upon graduation, Keli began dancing with MADCO completing tours to Michigan and Florida and performing in concert performances including a feature role in the the 2009 production of ‘Chimera’ by Todd Weeks. She also performed works by Robert Battle, Michael Foley, Jon Beasant III, and Cecil Slaughter. In 2009, Keli was hired as a teaching mentor for St. Louis Artworks and was also a guest artist with the University of Missouri-St. Louis dance program. Additionally, her choreography has been shown at 60×60 Dance, Cottey College, Lindenwood University, National Dance Week, and Creekview High School. Keli has performed with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company and Karlovsky & Company Dancers and teaches at Arts in Motion in Webster Groves, MO. Leverage has welcomed Keli since 2011!
Jenny Battenberg has trained and worked as a dancer, dance educator, model and actress throughout the St. Louis area since she obtained her BA in dance from LIndenwood University in 2009. She was a member of The Big Muddy Dance Company from 2011-2013, with whom she has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Lou Conte, Brandon DiCriscio, and Paula David. She has also performed with groups and festivals, such as aTrek Dance Collective, Turn of Change Dance Collective, IMPULSE Dance Festival, National Dance Week, and American College Dance Fetival. She teaches and has choreographed for several St. Louis and Illinois area dance studios and teaches Cardio Barre. She has been a member of Leverage Dance Theater since 2014.
Tricia Zweier is an educator, choreographer, and performer with a cross-disciplinary interest in dance and kinesiology. After earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she relocated to Missouri and is in her sixth year as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Lindenwood University Read More…
Martha Allen is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She began her training at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) under Amy Scheers and Lee Nolting. She received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. This is Martha’s first season with Leverage Dance Theater and is thrilled to be a part of this production and the company.
Carol Saint-Amour received her BFA in Dance from Southeast Missouri University. She was a trainee with The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2014. She started her working as an apprentice with Leverage Dance Theatre in September 2015 and enjoys additionally studying aerial dance and burlesque
Nicole Halama (Apprentice) danced for 15 years at Dance Center of Kirkwood and studied dance at Southeast Missouri State University, then Columbia College Chicago. She moved back to St. Louis in 2013 and trained with The Big Muddy Dance Company. Nicole now teaches at Dance Center of Kirkwood and is very happy to be training with Leverage!
Lauren Rabenold (Apprentice) is originally from Buffalo, New York where she studied dance under the direction of Michelle Spezio-Ferm. Lauren continued her education at Lindenwood University and graduated in 2015 with a BFA in dance degree. Throughout the past few years, Lauren has performed as an apprentice with LVDT.
Emilee Morton (Guest Artist) moved to St. Louis almost two years ago when she graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a BA in Dance and Arts Management. Since moving to St. Louis, she has danced with Leverage Dance Theater, Karlovsky & Company and is the company manager for MADCO (Modern American Dance Company). Emilee is also a certified Balanced Body Pilates instructor.
Heather Hindes (Guest Choreographer) danced with Leverage Dance Theater from 2014-2016. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Dance. While in college Hindes took an interest in choreographing. Her first choreographed piece, XYVideogameZZ, was chosen to close the 2012 Spring Gala at the Midwest American College Dance Festival. Hindes has since choreographed for LVDT and solo projects, and hopes to grow her choreographic and performance style through LVDT’s site specific improvisations and the explorative dance language of Gaga.