Meet the Girls in the Band
Cast and Crew
Rachel Bonkoungou holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota. She has danced professionally for Eclectic Edge Ensemble and as a freelance artist with various choreographers. Additionally, she has performed with Imagine Ballet Company in California and internationally in France, Senegal and China. Rachel is a founding member of Concerto Dance and serves as the Director of the Waconia Center for Dance Arts in Waconia, MN
Morgen Chang is a Honolulu-born, Twin Cities-based theatre and dance artist. Since 2010 she has worked with local companies such as the Ordway Center, 20% Theatre Company, COLLIDE Theatrical, and Off-Leash Area, and has performed internationally with Folded Paper Dance and Theatre. Morgen also serves as Programs Manager for Theater Mu, where she delights in encouraging young artists and developing community-based creative experiences.
Malia Craft is originally from Hartwell, Georgia and is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a B.A. in dance, a minor in exercise and sports science, and a certificate in K-12 dance education. She has a strong passion for teaching as well as performing. Malia is a current company member with Threads Dance Project and is excited to be a guest performer with Concerto!
Jillian Ehlke is an actor and dancer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre with a minor in Dance from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul in 2019. Her past theatrical roles include: A Christmas Carol and 1984 at Open Window Theatre and The Importance of Being Earnest with Star Map Players. She is currently playing the role of Adeline in the upcoming web series, Hidden Falls. jillianmae.com
Lydia Kantor has had the honor of performing with Jolene Konkel since 2016 and is a founding member of Concerto Dance. She has also performed with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Alternative Motion Project, Curio Dance, and Eclectic Edge Ensemble. Her performance experience expands into the theatre, including the Guthrie Theater's A Christmas Carol. She trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and St. Olaf College.
Sara Karimi graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance Performance and BA in English. From 2010-2012, she performed and toured with 10,000 Feet Dance Company and Kayle + Co. before relocating to Minneapolis where she danced with Borealis Dance Theatre for eight years. She is currently a company member with Threads Dance Project, Rhythmically Speaking and Concerto Dance.
Helena Magalhães has been a dancer for 20 years and is trained in a variety of techniques including ballet, modern, improvisation, jazz, and more. Since graduating from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance, she has been living in the Twin Cities to further expand her knowledge as a dancer, performer, and collaborator. This is Helena’s third year with Concerto Dance.
Shannon Mulcahy holds a BFA of Dance from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. During her undergrad, she trained under Toni Pierce-Sands, Carl Flink, Ananya Chatterjea, Erin Thompson and Joanie Smith. Her professional credits include Rhythmically Speaking, Contempo Physical Dance, and Erin Coyne Choreography. Shannon teaches at Ballare Teatro and Prairie School of Dance as well as youth master classes throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Shannon is in her first year with Concerto Dance.
Betsy G. Nelson
Betsy (Gaasedelen) Nelson is a dance artist, educator, and proud Minnesotan. She earned her BA in Dance and Exercise Science from St. Olaf College and has performed professionally with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Minnesota Opera, Curio Dance, Rhythmically Speaking, and is a founding member of Concerto Dance. Outside of performing, Betsy teaches dance and serves as Office Manager at CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory.
Falicia Nichole has been performing live theatre professionally for 6 years and has recently switched over to screen-work. Some of her stage credits include but are not limited to: Park Square Theater, Flying Foot Forum, Women’s Theatre Initiative, and Bloomington Artistry. Currently, she is producing and staring in the High Fantasy Series “Hidden Falls". She consistently works in racial reconciliation in all of the spaces she creates in and holds community and connection above all else. SDG
FaliciaNichole.com | HiddenFallsFilm.com
Brenna Hay is a Twin Cities designer whose work includes “Marjorie Prime”, “Wizard of Oz”, “The Little Mermaid Jr.”, “A Christmas Carol Musical”, and various technical roles at Lyric Arts, Stages Theatre, and others. Find these and more at bmhay.wordpress.com
Amy E. Hill
Amy is a freelance costume designer and maker in the Twin Cities, working in theatre and dance. Her work has been seen at History Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Artistry, Rhythmically Speaking, Jolene Konkel Dance Collective, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Britta Peterson Dance, and 16 seasons on the Artistic team at Edina High School . Amy holds a BFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. It is a privilege to work along side of the creative mind of Jolene Konkel and the talented dancers of Concerto Dance.
Rebecca Tanner, originally from Fargo, ND, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance. Throughout her time in Minnesota Rebecca’s focus has been on choreography and the production side of dance shows. She loves working and collaborating with the vibrant dance community in Minneapolis.
Assistant Stage Manager
Alita Robertson is currently a Theatre and Computer Science major at the University of Northwestern Saint Paul. While attending the University of Northwestern Alita has served as Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, Scenic Designer, Assistant Technical Director and Assistant Stage Manager. Alita recently received the Don Child Cross-Discipline Collaboration Recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her collaborative work on The Marvelous Wonderettes ‘58.