Performing Company

katieKatie Neumann – Principal & Guest Artist: has been featured in Paquita and the Sylvia Pas De Deux, Katie joined the company as an apprentice member in 2004 after performing for several years with the Jr. Dance Ensemble. She has performed the dual roles of Odette/Odile in DTNW’s SWAN LAKE, Princess Aurora in DTNW’s Sleeping Beauty Pas De Deux, Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy, Clara, Arabian and Russian, Chinese and Columbine Doll in DTNW’s Nutcracker. She has also been awarded The DTNW Student of the Year Award and multiple scholarships in Dance. Katie has participated in several summer dance camps and intensive training programs at DTNW and has also traveled with the company to New York for advanced training. She now visits DTNW to teach, train and to perform from her home in New York City.

Oceana Thunder – Advanced Jr Dance Company Member:  Oceana Thunder joined the Junior Company in 2012, and was promoted to Advanced Junior Company in 2014. Oceana has performed many featured roles in DTNW original pieces, as well as in the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, including the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Princess Aurora. She has also performed corps roles in Swan Lake. Oceana has attended DTNW intensives, and has traveled with the company to New York as part of their advanced dance education program. Oceana studied for and passed her dance captain and teacher assistant certification in fall 2014.  She has been the recipient of both May Bell Hansen and Joffrey Ballet Scholarships. Currently studies ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, tap, and musical theater.


Lauren Trodahl – Advanced Jr Dance Company Member:
 Lauren Trodahl joined the Junior Company in 2011 and was promoted to the Advanced Junior Company in 2012. She has performed many featured roles in DTNW original pieces, in Paquita, the Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and in multiple roles of the Nutcracker, including the Sugar Plum Fairy. She has also been the recipient of the May Bell Hansen Scholarship Award and a Joffrey Ballet Scholarship. Lauren has also attended DTNW intensives, and has traveled with the company to New York as part of their advanced dance education program. Lauren studies ballet, pointe, partnering, jazz, tap and musical theater.

Philandra Eargle – Advanced Jr Dance Company Member: Philandra Eargle has been performing with the Junior Company since 2010, and the Advanced Junior Company since 2016. She has been featured in numerous solos from DTNW original pieces and the Nutcracker. Philandra has also earned her teaching assistant certification and works frequently with Ms. Melanie and the students at DTNW.  She has traveled with the company to New York as part of their advanced dance education program, and has been the recipient of the Ellida K. Lathrop Scholarship Award and the May Bell Hansen Scholarship Award. Philandra currently studies ballet, pointe, partnering, musical theatre, tap, contemporary and jazz.