Dance Faculty

Dr. Elizabeth Agre

Dr. Elizabeth Agre is a teacher, choreographer and performer who has danced in many ways throughout the world and is passionate about raising up artists and worshippers who love God.  She is a licensed physical therapist working at Johns Hopkins Health Systems with a certification in Performing Arts Medicine Rehabilitation.  She has served and toured with Arrows International since 2008, ministering in countries including Costa Rica, India, China, England and New Zealand, experiencing the power of art in countless settings, from inside church buildings to orphanages to the middle of the street.  She graduated from the Eagles International Training Institute and Leadership Institute, the Ballet Magnificat! Training Company and the Jubilee Worship Institute, receiving training in the Word as well as techniques including ballet, modern, jazz, tambourines, flags, streamers, mantles and Davidic dance.  While with the Jubilee Worship Institute in Costa Rica, she established a lyrical dance program, taught and ministered throughout the region and directed an original story ballet, El Gozo del Gran Rey, incorporating ballet with flags, streamers, tambourines and pantomime.  In 2010 she danced in the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Company for the Feast of the Tabernacles Celebration and ministered across Israel.  She co-lead and choreographed for Egeiro Dance Ministry at Immanuel’s Church (Silver Spring, Maryland), co-directed the dance ministry at Ridgeland Family Church (Ridgeland, Mississippi), and served in the Dance Expressive Worship Team at Church on the Rock (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).  She also instructed the Eagles International Pageantry Institute for the 2014-2015 year and has served as a teacher with the Eagles Network since 2014.  Performance credits include The Dreamer in The Dream by Jeff Lewis, Snow Queen, Chocolate soloist, Coffee soloist, Candy Cane soloist and Clara’s mother in Nutcracker, Coulante in Sleeping Beauty, Lucille Grahn in Grand Pas de Quatre and Josephina in Scoulo di Ballo. She gives her beloved Jesus all the glory. 

Alyce Andrews

​Alyce Andrews danced with the Nashville Ballet for three seasons before joining the Milwaukee Ballet from 1991-2002. She was trained by her mother, Pat Gillispie, with Classical Ballet Memphis. She studied at the ballet schools of Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet and received scholarships for San Francisco Ballet School as well as the National Academy of the Arts. In the summer of 1995, she completed the advanced examination for the Royal Academy of Dance and was one of two dancers in the United States to be awarded the coveted Solo Seal of the Academy. Recently, Alyce has joined dancers from all over the world to dance at the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel with the International Christian Embassy. Most recently, Alyce was the founder and director of the Steps of Grace Ballet from 2003-2018. Currently Alyce is on faculty of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.

Dr. Sharon Giacinto, Th.D, Ed.D.

Sharon and her husband were the co-founders of Grace Community Church in Streator where she has pastored for 36 years and has served as Director of the GCC Dance Troupe for 33 years.   During that time she has overseen 3 generations experience the dramatic resurgence of the Arts in the church and has a passion to see all aspects of it flourish.

Vantenia Kelley

Vantenia Kelley is a Chicagoland native, who received her B.F.A in Dance from Northern Illinois University. She has taught various dance teams and studios throughout the U.S and abroad. She has trained in various styles of dance such as; Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Step and African. Some of her performing credits include:

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards with recording artist "Charles Jenkins", Bollywood Movie Dhoom3, BET Celebration of Gospel with recording artist “Smokie Norful”,Steve Harvey “Coming to America -Halloween Special”, Windy City Live,“ Walk This Way Movement”, Oprah Winfrey’s Kickoff Party featuring the Black Eye Peas, Windy City Live with Gospel recording artist, “Charles Jenkins”, Grace music video. Vantenia is also a member of Dance Missions International. Vantenia has traveled to Uganda, Africa to teach dance and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ginny Ching-Yin Lo

Ginny Ching-Yin Lo is the founder and artistic director of the not-for-profit “Identity Performing

Arts” since 2014. “Identity” launched a free dance program in 2016 serving the underserved community with grants and fundraising events to present Christian theme performances. Her organization curates bi-annual public community performances showcasing Christian artists sharing the stage with non-Christian artists. She performed in Project Dance Paris 2018 among 40 international performers to amplify hope and peace. Ginny is hosting the first Project Dance Chicago 2020. It is always her passion to reach out to people beyond church goers.  

 

Ginny trained with the Hong Kong Ballet and Madame Boltsov in Chicago. She danced professionally

with Boltsov Classical Ballet and Illinois Ballet Theater. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia College and got M.A. in Communication and Culture from Trinity International University with a thesis project on “Art & Theology.” She was a guest faculty at Tongji University Dance Education in Shanghai for 2 years teaching ballet, modern, improvisation & choreography. Her choreography has been presented in the United States, China, France, and Germany. Some of her works were nominated for the Chicago Dance Achievement Award.

 

Ginny has broad experience teaching dance to professional dancers, youths, and adults. She actively serves in local churches in choirs and worship teams; she is also an adult Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible School dance instructor.

 

As a missionary in China for 4 years, she led a migrant performing troupe using performing arts to share the gospel, which brought thousands to faith. Ginny has served as the Dance Department Head of Karitos since 2015. For more information on Ginny, please visit:

 

www.ginnychingyinlo.com

www.identityperformingarts.org

https://www.facebook.com/identityperformingarts

Cynthia A. Newland

Ms. Cynthia A. Newland, earned her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University, with an emphasis on choreography and performance and BFA in Dance from George Mason University,Fairfax, Virginia.

Prior to her appointment at Belhaven University Ms. Newland served as director for New Field Dance Theater, East Bay of San Francisco.

 

For nearly three decades she has traveled nationally and internationally as a teacher, choreographer, and performer working with varied arts organizations and institutions such as Project Dance International, CCC International, ICE Jerusalem, Intervarsity, Operation Mobilization International, International Christian Dance Fellowship, YWAM, Dong Ah Institute of Media and Arts, Hang Yang University, ERICA University and FEBC. A portion of her work and artistic endeavors has been in the realm of inclusive dance where she has created numerous choreographed works for people with and without disabilities, which have been presented in the United States through VSA International and USA International Ballet Competition.

 

She has received recognition as a recipient of the Higher Education Awards from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Humanities Teacher Award by the Mississippi Humanities Council. At Belhaven University she has served on the Faculty Council and Education Advisory Council. She is a board Member of USA IBC (International Ballet Competition) and Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education, and member of ACDFA, Alabama Dance Council, CORD, Dance Camera West, NDEO, Performing Arts Medical Association and Screen Dance. Ms.Newland has also been a presenter for NASD's Annual Conferences. Currently she teaches part time at Belhaven while traveling nationally and internationally providing dance training, presentations and choreography, as well as offering equipping tools for all ages on “Nourishing the Body, Soul and Spirit”.

Glorielle Noel Niedfeldt

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Glorielle Niedfeldt trained at Studio One Dance Theatre (Pamela Avery), Dance Gallery (Marylee Sinopoli), and the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center (Homer Bryant), founder of the “Hiplet” dance technique.

Through God’s loving kindness, Glorielle has had the opportunity to work in various areas of the arts including live stage production, television, and film. She performed with Grammy Award winning artist Kierra Sheard and her dance crew Bold Right Life, worked with Academy Award winner, Lee Daniels; Tony Award nominee, John Caraffa; and Bollywood filmmaker, Vijay Krishnaack. Glorielle has also been featured as a guest artist in Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago’s performance “Live at the Pier” and has danced in music festivals including “Lollapalooza” and “Gospel Fest.”

Glorielle served as artistic director for Wave of Glory Dance Ministry in Chicago, IL, for over twelve years alongside her fun-loving family. Glorielle also, enjoyed working with former Luvabulls choreographer, Kim Keller Tyler and Endure Charities in their production of Misfits as guest artistic director. She recently, worked as choreographer for Alyce Roeder, Director of the Milwaukee Ballet school, in multiple productions including David’s Heart Beat, Moses, Unknown, and Unknown II . While Glorielle continues to travel as dancer, teacher, and choreographer she has made her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin loving her husband, Jeff Niedfeldt, and raising their sacred treasures, Judah and Hadassah. Glorielle currently teaches at the Acts 17:28 Dance school based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Her passion is to awaken identity in the next generation and inspire artistry that transforms lives and speaks to the transcendent beauty and glory of God.

Cecille & Michael Plurad

Michael was born and raised in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago. He has danced and performed his whole life.  His collective style of House, Hip House, Hip Hop, Flexing, Breaking and Techno was street acquired and not taught in a studio, in which he takes great pride. In 2010, Michael and his wife Cecille started and trademarked S.W.A.G. (Sweat With A Groove), a dance fitness format, which has allowed him to utilize his diverse street background. They have choreographed close to 200 fitness dance pieces which include several Christian hip-hop songs for their classes. Michael is a dedicated husband and a loving father of four children. He volunteers at church and enjoys leading an 8th grade boys small group at Willow Creek Community Church. He and his wife are also real estate agents. He strongly believes that dance, as a form of worship, should be given to the One who originally created us to dance and who blesses us with music that moves us. Michael encourages all to give thanks and start moving. It doesn't matter how... just get moving.

Pastor Cory E. Ratliff

Pastor Cory E. Ratliff, is the Founder and Artistic Director of ALATS Dance an outreach ministry of The Sign of the Dove Church where he is Senior Co-Pastor.. He began the organization in 2010 in response to a need for more intentional training towards children in dance theater performance. The program began with 12 children ages 6 -12, and has grown to 50 plus students from the all over the North Shore community. As a member of the Waukegan Arts Council, he has used ALATS Dance as an ambassador for dance in the Waukegan Community.

He has a BS degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Illinois, has taught in the North Chicago school district for 7 years and was the Head Administrator for Shelia Daniels Christian Academy for 2 years. He has dance training from North Shore School of Dance under Lisa Gold and training through college courses in modern dance technique.

Pastor Cory served as vocal coach, vocal director, producer, choreographer and orchestra maestro for several productions with Up and Coming Theatre Company of Rolling Meadows, IL

Pastor Ratliff began singing and dancing at an early age. He has performed as a soloist in several areas of music ranging from classical to musical theatre and opera. He has extensive experience in conducting choirs and coaching soloist. He has been a speaker and dance instructor at many workshops and conferences internationally. Pastor Cory is also a choreographer and stage director and has produced several original productions for the church that encourage the body of Christ. He is also a lyricist, composer and recording artist in worship with two CD’s to his credit entitled “Let Your Glory Return to this Temple” and “Fruit of My Lips”.

Pastor Cory Ratliff is married and has three children. He is a resident of Waukegan, IL and works as the Senior Co-Pastor of The Sign of the Dove Church. He is very passionate about His love for God and the use of the Arts to bring reconciliation to the community.

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