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Neos Dance
39 S Main St, Ste 310 Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: 440-774-4079

Staff

DeMarcus Akeem Suggs

Director of Education & Engagement
Genres: Ballet, Contemporary, Conditioning, Jazz

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A Twin Cities, MN native, DeMarcus Akeem Suggs began his professional training under the tutelage of the late Marcus Sherman. He continued his studies at, Dance Central (Charlotte, NC), Masterworks Festival and the USA International Ballet Competition & School. In 2011, he received his B.F.A. in dance from Belhaven University (Jackson, MS) where he was a full-tuition scholarship recipient. While at Belhaven, DeMarcus was selected for the 2009 Bezalel Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement and was also a member of TALK Dance Company with whom he toured internationally. Upon graduation, Mr. Suggs joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where he danced for three consecutive seasons. During his tenure, he was honored by his colleagues with the Josephine (JOSIE) Schwartz Award for his pursuit of artistic excellence both on and off the stage. DeMarcus has had the pleasure of performing as a guest artist with Brown Dance Project, Crystal Michelle & Artists, Masterworks Festival, and most recently, Dayton Ballet.

In addition to performing, DeMarcus is a enthusiastic leader, passionate about cultivating environments for the holistic development of dance artists. As an administrator, Mr. Suggs has served as the Program Director of Victory Project (Dayton, OH), as well as Education & Engagement Coordinator with Victoria Theatre Association. A dynamic dance-educator, he has choreographed and instructed students of all ages for many organizations that include: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Professional, Pre-Professional companies, and school), Dayton Ballet School, South Dayton Dance Theatre, Sangro de Cristo Ballet, Stivers School for the Arts, Open Door Studios, and many more.

What he loves about teaching:

“It love to see a student progress both technically and artistically. Being part of that transition is an incredible feeling.”


Gwen L. Feldman

Administrative Assistant
Genres: Ballet Basics, Contemporary, Jazz

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Gwen L. Feldman is a teacher, choreographer and arts administrator originally from Southeast Ohio. She began her dance training at Factory Street Studio in Athens, OH with continued studies at Bates Dance Festival and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. In 2014 Gwendolyn received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Franklin & Marshall College, where she was awarded The Dance Award for Achievement in Choreography, the M. Munson Award for Dedication to Dance Education and the José Greco Summer Travel Award. Her performance credits include works by Jennifer Conley, Pamela Vail, Lyndsey Vader/Treeline DanceWorks, as well as a reconstruction of Martha Graham’s ‘Celebration’ at the Joyce Theatre in New York. Gwendolyn’s choreography has been presented at SUNY Brockport, Ohio University, Triskelion Arts’ Comedy in Dance Festival and the Ruby Slipper Fringe Festival. Prior to joining Neos Center for Dance, Gwendolyn taught, choreographed and served as Outreach Program Manager for Factory Street Studio.


Kassandra Lee

Genres: Jazz

Kassandra Lee began her training at SODT under the instruction of Nancy Brenstuhl and Denise Gula. Kassandra spent many years as a pre-professional dancing alongside Ohio Dance Theatre in annual productions of the Nutcracker. She also performed in many story ballets including Snow White and Peter & the Wolf. Kassandra took her studies to New York City to the Joffery Jazz and Contemporary summer intensive. Since joining Neos Dance Theatre Kassandra has performed in Count…the Legend of Dracula, A 1940’s Nutcracker, and Illustrious Disillusion choreographed by Robert Wesner; works by resident choreographer Mary-Elizabeth Fenn are Nothing In Particular and Nowhere; and guest choreographers work Flight by Penny Saunders.

What she loves about teaching: 

Teaching is so fun because as much as I can share with my students, I can also learn from them. We help each other grow! 


Ethan Michael Lee

Genre: Ballet, Pointe

Ethan Michael Lee is an Ohio native from North Canton and started his training at Canton Ballet under the artistic direction of Cassandra Crowley at the age of 12. He has also trained at schools such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua, and Joffrey Ballet to name a few. Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival 2013 was Ethan’s first performance with Neos Dance Theatre making this his fifth year with the company. He has performed roles in Bobby Wesner’s original Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale, Count: the Legend of Dracula, A 1940’s Nutcracker and an array of his other contemporary works. Penny Saunders, Mary-Elizabeth Fenn, Joseph Morrissey, Stephanie Martinez, and others have also featured Ethan in their works. Currently Ethan is the Artistic Director of A Time to Dance Junior Company, and over the years has choreographed numerous pieces including four ballets. When not performing with Neos or choreographing, Ethan also guests throughout North East Ohio to perform with local ballet schools, such as Ballet Theatre of Ohio, Canton Ballet, Great Lakes Youth Ballet, and many others.

What he loves about teaching:

"What I love about teaching is that every student is different. It's a great challenge to educate students of different learning abilities and technical strengths, but when you see a student have the 'Ah ha!' moment after getting a concept, there is nothing more rewarding"


Frances Purcell

Genre: Tap

Frances Purcell is a 4th year Oberlin College student from Boulder, Colorado. Growing up, Frances trained for 15 years in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and modern at The Colorado Conservatory of Dance. She has also danced at The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and as a trainee with Kim Robards Dance in Denver. At Oberlin Frances fell in love with tap dance, and the style is now a large part of her life. She currently is a dance minor at the college, directs ViBE Tap Dance Company, and teaches beginning tap to college students. Frances is excited to be a part of the Neos Center for Dance team, and share her love of tap with her students 

Why she dances: 

“I dance because it improves my life in ways that nothing else can. I am a huge proponent of kinesthetic learning, and dance allows me to engage my mind and body together, making unique connections between the two that I wouldn't be able to otherwise. I also dance because it is fun! This may sound simple, but being in the studio getting my groove on makes me happier than most anything else. I fully expect to be one of those awesome women still jamming out when I'm 90.”


Kaleb Reilly

Genre: Ballet

Kaleb Reilly started dancing at age 14 in Milford, MI, before moving to Jackson, MS, to continue his dance studies at Belhaven University. At Belhaven, Reilly received extensive training and performed choreography by Caleb Mitchell (Houston Ballet), Ravenna Tucker Wagnon (Royal Ballet), Stephen Rooks (Martha Graham Company), Durell Comedy (José Limón Company, Mark Morris Dance Group), and Vincent Hardy (Complexions Contemporary Ballet), among others. Reilly toured to South Korea twice as a part of the Bal Malhada dance ensemble (2014-2015) to perform in outreach and performance venues across the country. In Korea, Bal Malhada had the privilege of premiering two works by Sung Yong Kim. In 2015, Reilly made his debut with Neos Dance Theatre during their summer concert series in northeast Ohio, after which he returned to Belhaven to complete his BFA in dance performance, graduating magna cum laude in 2016. Since then, Reilly was a part of Launch: 11 with Northwest Dance Project in Portland, OR, performed as a company artist with Vivid Ballet (Hartford, CT) for the company’s inaugural season, and has now returned to Ohio for his first full season with Neos Dance Theatre.

What he loves about teaching: 

"One of my greatest joys is to observe the potential for growth and achievement in others, and thus it is my ever growing passion to play a role in seeing that growth realized. I think the art of dance has the capacity to help greatly develop a person in perseverance and self-confidence, and it is my honor to be able to participate in fostering an environment for that development to take place."


Matthew Roberts

Genres: Ballet Basics, Creative Movement (Mini Movers), Tap, Technique for Jumps & Turns

Matthew Roberts is an Ohioan who, at the age of 10, discovered he was bilingual and his real native language was dance. After studying at the Dance Institute and University of Akron, he moved to New York looking to become more fluent and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a  BFA in Dance and concentration in Choreography. There he performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Shen Wei and after graduating performed with Lustig Dance Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company, and Awakening Movement. He loves creating dances of his own to share with others and hopes to have a company of his own one day. After returning from New York he started working with Neos Dance Theatre and has been utilizing his skills as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. 

What he loves about teaching: 

I love sharing the wonder I find in dance with others, young and old, there is always something new to appreciate, experience and discover.


Deborah Reilly

Genres: Ballet Basics

Deborah Reilly, Originally from Cypress, CA, Deborah Reilly received her dance training from Long Beach Ballet (2005-2009) and Maple Conservatory of Dance (2010-2012), before going on to study dance at Belhaven University (2012-2016). In 2014, she was chosen to be an artist for the Belhaven Bal Malhada South Korea Tour, in which the ensemble engaged with individuals of all ages through many educational, outreach, and concert level performance events. During the spring 2016 season, Reilly partnered with Front Porch Dance (Jackson, MS) as a guest artist for the company’s educational and concert programs. Some of her other teaching experiences have included instructing for Catch the Vision School of the Arts, Cornerstone Academy of the Performing Arts, Connecticut Youth Ballet, and she has also enjoyed being a Preschool teacher for the I.S. Sanders Early Learning Child Enrichment Center. Most recently, Reilly served as the Administrative Manager of Vivid Ballet (Hartford, CT) until moving to Akron, OH with her husband during the fall of 2017. She is currently enjoying being an instructor for the Neos Center for Dance (Oberlin, OH) and serving the Cleveland area as a company dancer and the School Administrator for Dancing Wheels Company & School.


Katherine Tackett

Genre: Ballet, Pointe

Katherine Tackett is from Akron, Ohio where she trained at the Dance Institute with the University of Akron for 12 years. While at Dance Institute, Katherine trained under Christina Foise, Ana Lobe, Kay Eichman, Andrew Carroll and MaryAnn Black. She had the opportunity to perform in the Snow Maiden for many years, at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival and with the University of Akron Dance Company. After high school Katherine continued her training at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music under Jiang Qi, Michael Tevlin, and Deirdre Carberry. She spent summers training at the School of American Ballet, Dance Institute and the Cincinnati Ballet. While at a summer intensive at the Cincinnati Ballet, Katherine was asked to join the company as a trainee. She stayed for a year and had the opportunity to perform in their Nutcracker and various performances with the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company. This is Katherine’s second season with Neos.

What she loves about teaching: 

"One of the things I love about teaching dance is sharing my passion with students. It is very rewarding to watch students grow and progress."


Lynn Jiao

Genre: Hip Hop

Lynn Jiao is currently a student at Oberlin College, majoring in dance. She is a native of the suburbs of Cleveland and has been dancing since the age of 5. Her training includes ballet, Chinese dance, and urban dance/Hip Hop. At Oberlin, Lynn is a member of three of the college’s urban dance and hip hop troupes, currently serving as co-director and choreographer for the all-gender group: Koreo Urban Dance Team. She is excited to be teaching at Neos Center for Dance.

Why she teaches: She enjoys creating a fun and open environment for those who want to learn hip hop dance!

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