Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America certified to teach ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, Michigan Dance Council, and the National Organization of Dance Educators. Jodie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in dance in 2009 where she received department scholarships and had the opportunity to perform in faculty concerts, experimental concerts, and at the American College Dance Festival. While at EMU, Jodie studied under many notable artists including Joanna McNamara Julianne O-Brien Pedersen, Holly Hobbs, Frank Chavez, Pilobolus, and many others, She is a current MFA candidate at Jacksonville University where she is studying choreography under the direction Christina Teague-Mann and Kari Cobble with instruction by, Ana Sanchez-Cohlberg, John Paul Zaccarini, Mayra Morales and many others.
Jodie currently teaches ballet, jazz, modern, and improvisation to both professional and pre-professional dancers, serves as an adjunct lecturer of dance at Eastern Michigan University, and teaches master classes throughout the country. Jodie has taught for many notable companies, colleges, conventions, and festivals including Platinum Dance Experience, Versatile Dance Company, and Michigan Dance Project, Detroit Dance City Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, and Wayne State University. Her students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University.
As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized by dancers, directors, and adjudicators across the Midwest and she was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for Brighton Dance Festival, Dance Masters of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University. Jodie's work has presented at Biomorphic Dance Festival (NY), Brighton Dance Festival (MI), Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Detroit Dance Race (MI), Michigan Dance Festival (MI), and Oakland Dance Festival (MI).
As the Founder and Director of Pure Existence, Jodie aims to make professional dance accessible for audiences and artists in the Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit areas. Her vision is for a thriving professional dance community to take root allowing our extremely talented natives to make a home for themselves in MI while pursuing their artistic path.
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Megan has been dancing for 13 years. Her training includes ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. In her early training, Megan danced competitively for eight years and has been awarded many honors. In addition to her performing success, Megan has also been recognized for her choreography. She currently works as a tap, jazz, and contemporary instructor/choreographer at Dance Xplosion, in Milan and P & P Dance Centre, in Belleville. Megan also sets works for X2, Ann Arbor Dance Classics, and many young artists in Michigan. Megan recently graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan University earning her BS in Studio Management. Throughout her years at EMU, she received multiple University scholarships for both dance and academics, participated in the Dance Forum Club as an officer for three years, and performed in four faculty concerts as well as a ballet opera in 2013 directed by Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson. Throughout her college years, Megan has performed and trained under many notable choreographers such as Jodie Randolph, Kathy King, Erik Abbott-Main, Wendi Dubois, Holly Hobbs, Ali Woerner, Thayer Jonutz, Jillian Hopper, and Travis Staton-Marrero. Megan was fortunate to be selected every year of her college career to attend the American College Dance Association eastern conference's. At ACDA, she performed works by Lisa Renee, Kathy King, Abigayle Cryderman, and Wendi Dubois. Her senior year, Megan's work "Alluremen(o)t" was selected to perform at the adjudicated concert at ACDA. Megan's work was also performed as a solo for a dance film in 2016 titled "Conclave" directed by Joanna McNamara. Along with training and performing at EMU, Megan has performed with Pure Existence since it's premiere in 2012. Additionally, Megan serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the company and began directing the pre-professional company, X2, in 2016. Megan travelled with Pure Existence to New York City in 2015 to perform her solo work "A Time" choreographed by Jodie Randolph at the BioMorphic Festival. Megan has also performed at several Detroit Dance Races, Oakland Dance Festival's, and other various showcases throughout the midwest. Megan loves to see the dance community in Michigan thrive and enjoys being part of it. Performing is one of Megan’s greatest pleasures in life and she is excited to be dancing with Pure Existence for the fifth season!