Deborah Goodman (Rehearsal Director) began her dance training at Northern Illinois University under the guidance of Randall Newsom. In 1990, she moved to New York to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she received a full scholarship and took part in the reconstruction of Ms. Graham’s original work, “Sketches from Chronicle”. From 1998-2005, Deborah worked with Yuriko as her assistant and demonstrator. In 2006, Deborah moved back to Chicago where she currently dances for MOMENTA, performing works by Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Randy Duncan and Sandra Kaufmann, among others. Deb is currently a modern dance instructor at Loyola University’s Dance Department and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She joined Winifred Haun & Dancers as an Advisory Board member in 2012 and was appointed Rehearsal Director in 2015.
Zada Cheeks (Dancer, Assistant Choreographer), a native of Aurora, IL, began his dance training at the age of 10. He was a member of “Especially Tap Chicago” and “BAM!” before graduating from West Aurora High School. Zada has also performed with dance companies such as: Chicago Dance Crash, Civic Ballet of Chicago, Corpo Dance company, Inaside Chicago Dance, and River North Dance Chicago Company. He has toured nationally and internationally to China, Spain, and Venezuela. Zada has performed with Winifred Haun & Dancers since January of 2010.
Timothy Bowser (Dancer, Assistant Artistic Director) hails from Atlanta, GA where he performed as a member of the Harambee Dance Company and taught at many dance facilities throughout the city. In 2006, the DeKalb County School System recognized Timothy for his work in the community specifically for his contributions to young people in the field of dance. Timothy attended Columbia College Chicago from 2010 to 2014. While at Columbia he performed and choreographed many student pieces. He represented the Dance Center of Columbia College at the 32nd Annual Black College Dance Exchange at Chicago State University. Timothy became a Company Dancer with Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2013. He currently also serves as Program Manager at the American Rhythm Center.
Sajen Banister (Dancer), was born and raised in Knoxville, TN, and graduated from George Mason University in 2014 with a BFA in Dance. After moving to Chicago, Sajen completed the fall scholarship program at Visceral Dance Center before joining Winifred Haun & Dancers in February of 2015. She recently performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Susan Stroman’s “The Merry Widow”.
Ariel Dorsey (Dancer), a native of Chicago, began dancing at age of 7 at the Southwest Fine Arts Academy (now known as Premier One Dance Academy). She began her formal training at Chicago Academy for the Arts under the direction of Anna Peskevska and Randy Duncan. Ariel went on to further her studies at SUNY Purchase College in New York where she graduated with a BFA in dance in 2013. While at SUNY-Purchase, she worked with Nelly Van Bommel, Pam Tanowitz Jonathan Alsberry, and Ori Flormen. Ariel currently teaches Ballet at PDA, and Hip Hop at Xilin Arts Academy. She has been performing with Winifred Haun & Dancers since 2013.
Rebekah Kuczma (Dancer) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she received the majority of her dance education. Some highlights of her career include: two European tours with The Pillow Project, performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow with REED Dance, and apprenticing with Chicago based company, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Rebekah recently moved to Chicago with hopes to be a part of the great dance community and to further her love for sharing dance with the youth. She joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2016.
Heather Marotti‘s (Dancer, Company Writer)
love of the performing arts began at a young age, singing and performing with Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale. With CSCC, she toured internationally, performing at the Sydney Opera House and at Japanese-American Festivals. She fell in love with modern, jazz, and ballet dance forms while training and performing with the Colorado Jazz Dance Company, directed by Zetta Alderman. While earning her BA in Creative Writing and Modern Dance at University of Arizona, she studied with James Clouser, Doug Neilson, Michael Williams, and Sam Watson. In Chicago, Heather has trained with Thodos Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studios, and on scholarship at Visceral Dance Chicago. Heather joined Winifred Haun & Dancers as an Associate Dancer in 2014 and was appointed Company Dancer in the fall of 2015.
Kaela Norwood (Dancer), is a graudaute of Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Dance Performance. She also trained for one year with the Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard St. Dance Chicago’s Scholarship Program. Kaela is currently working as a instructor throughout the Chicagoland suburbs. She joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2016.
For a list of past Company members, click here.