*While we do our best to keep this class schedule updated and accurate, teachers may be substituted from time to time without notice. Class cancellations will be posted in advance, both here and on The Big Muddy Facebook page.
Geoff was born and raised in St. Louis. His journey to dance began with gymnastics, which he practiced from the age of seven to sixteen. During his sophomore year in college he began his dance training and in 2011, he earned a BFA in theatre and dance from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. After graduating, he worked as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor for aTrek Dance Collective and the Dance Co-op. Geoff was hired to perform with The Big Muddy in fall of 2011. He has choreographed on the Ashleyliane Dance Company, the SIUE dance department, and the Southeast Missouri State University dance department. Geoff currently works with the company's pre-professional training program by teaching, choreographing, and mentoring aspiring dancers.
Mr. Enos, artistic director of The Big Muddy Dance Company, trained primarily at Ben Stevenson's Houston Ballet Academy, and at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre. He then went on to dance for several years with the Houston Ballet, followed by eight years as a company member with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Mr. Enos is also an accomplished choreographer, having created more than 30 works on companies across the U.S., including the Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, and Grand Rapids Ballet, among others. His approach to teaching, in addition to emphasizing strong technique, places a heavy focus on artistry, musicality, and finding the individual voice of each dancer.
Christina Sahaida grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and began her dance training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Following high school graduation, she attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, graduating in 2012 with honors, a BFA in Dance Performance and a Secondary Major in Spanish. She moved on to dance with Ballet Quad Cities then joined Texture Contemporary Ballet as a resident dancer in 2013. She thanks Texture directors Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman for challenging her with the company’s diverse and demanding repertoire, while also nurturing her individual voice as an artist and pushing her into the realm of contemporary dance. During her time outside of the dance studio, Christina works at Trader Joe’s, enjoys doodling, writing, and thrift shopping. She is very excited to work with the Big Muddy Dance Company and bring exciting dance into the St. Louis community!
Dustin Crumbaugh (Houston, TX) began his formal dance training at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's pre-professional second companny, Houston Met Too. Since graduating high school, he spent two years as a dance major at Point Park University where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Robert Battle, and Harrison McEldowney. He completed his traineeship with Ballet Austin, where he performed works by Stephen Mills, Gina Patterson, Septime Weber, and Dwight Rhoden, and trained at LINES Ballet, where he studied under master teachers such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, and Amy Raymond. Dustin joined Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional company member in 2005, and in 2007 joined Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro, performing works by Edgar Zendejas, Alejandro Cervera, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. He then danced on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal, working with Jose Navas/Cie Flak and Julian Barnett. In 2009, he performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater until joining The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011, with whom he has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Lou Conte, Paula David, and Harrison McEldowney. As a member of The Big Muddy since 2011, Dustin co-directs the Convergence Trainee Program alongside Brian Enos.
Bryn’s class integrates principles rooted in classical ballet, contemporary and hip-hop techniques to facilitate playful, rigorous and technical investigation. Warm up begins with crafted and improvisational exercises that ground the body, center the mind and return to the self as breathing, living being not solely a being of virtuosity. We calibrate our systems by drawing upon alignment, weight shift, sequencing, momentum and morphing in and out of form to build a foundation from which to venture on a visceral adventure. The malleable, acute and architectural qualities cultivated provide a springboard to launch into dynamic - based, athletic and gestural vocabularies. Music sourced from electronic to trance to pop genres generate a pulsing, beat – driven auditory landscape to incite tangible ways of connecting to syncopation and rhythmic nuance.
Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice in Dance, performed for twenty years with such companies as American Ballet Theatre, the National Ballet, Dancers, and the Cincinnati Ballet. Dr. O’Neal danced in the film Turning Point, performed as Kristine in A Chorus Line, and toured with dancers to Italy’s Spoleto Festival. She was asked to perform Jennifer Medina’s Courtesan during the Spring to Dance Festival at the Touhill Center for the Performing Arts through Dance St. Louis in 2008. In addition, she was one of fourteen choreographers featured in Dance St. Louis’ Contemporary Moves concert in May 2004, premiering her work Black, Pearls, and Harry.
Dr. O’Neal has choreographed over fifteen works for Washington University Dance Theatre. Also, she has choreographed and performed in eight of her own works and the works of five international and regional choreographers in the faculty concerts,Dance Close Up. In addition, she has choreographed for the department’s musicals and theater productions including: Three Penny Opera (2010); Fiddler on the Roof (2006); Violet (2006); Much Ado About Nothing (2006); Into the Woods (2006); Hair (2005); The Awakening (2004); The Good Man from Szechwan (2004); All’s Well That Ends Well (2000); Shooting Magda (2002); and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2001).
Dr. Knoblauch-O’Neal participated in the panel discussion "Musical Theater as Liberal Inquiry: The Pathway to Craft" with colleagues Anna Pileggi and Lisa Campbell along with presenting her own research, "Welcome to the World of Parallel: A Journey from Ballet to Ballroom" at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii, January ’07. She co-presented with Jennifer Medina "The Mature Artist: An Embodied Story" at the CORPS de Ballet, International Conference, July ’09 in which she also performed Medina’s solo Courtesan. For the 2011 CORPS de Ballet conference, Dr. O’Neal presented her research on the work of the Répétiteurs of the Tudor Trust in restaging the ballets of Antony Tudor. Also, and as part of the Antony Tudor Dance Studies Curriculum Development Committee created by Sally Bliss, Executor of the Tudor will and Trustee of the Tudor Trust, Christine joined fellow committee members in presenting the newly designed curriculum during the 2011 CORPS de Ballet conference.
Dr. Knoblauch-O’Neal attended Smith College as an Ada Comstock Scholar graduating with an AB in theater. Her M.A.L.S. thesis from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, culminating with performances of As Is, a classical ballet, structured improvisation with the Webster Dance Theater at Webster University, St. Louis, MO, was featured in the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of Contact Quarterly.
Her awards include a bronze medal from the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, a State Department medal in recognition of her accomplishment in Varna, the Washington University in St. Louis’ ArtSci Faculty award, and, most recently, the 2009 CORPS de Ballet International Service Award.
Dr. Knoblauch-O’Neal successfully defended her dissertation: "Preserving a Legacy, Preserving Ballet History: Restaging the Ballets of Antony Tudor" on March 18th, 2013.
Mr. Erik Hoffman was born and raised near Baltimore, Maryland. He trained for a decade with the West Virginia Ballet, under the artistic direction of Carolou Brown Russell. Following high school graduation, Erik moved to New York City to train for an additional two years before transitioning into a trainee program with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and subsequently, with Ballet West in Salt Lake City. He had the opportunity to perform with both companies, in productions such as Lar Lubovitch’s Othello, Gerald Arpino’s The Nutcracker, and Adam Sklute’s The Sleeping Beauty. Erik also had the privilege to perform at the New York City Center, for the Career Transition for Dancers Gala.
Erik has spent his summers training with American Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Orlando Ballet. He also studied under the legendary ballerina, Suzanne Farrell. Erik danced with St. Louis Ballet from 2011-2016, and danced notable roles in a variety of ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Christopher D’Amboise, Brian Enos, Emery LeCrone, Adam Sage, Michael Uthoff, and former New York City Ballet principal, and St. Louis Ballet artistic director, Gen Horiuchi.
Erik is a House Manager at HavenHouse St. Louis, a non-profit organization in Creve Coeur, which provides a community of support, and the comfort of home, for those traveling to St. Louis for medical care. Currently, Erik is a BSN, RN student at Goldfarb School of Nursing, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Maggi is a St. Louis native and Summa cum Laude graduate of Webster University. While in school, she performed with Webster Dance Theatre, Webster University Dance Ensemble and as a member of the Equity Ensemble at the Muny. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago where she trained on scholarship with River North Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Center and Melissa Thodos and Dancers.
She performed regionally and internationally with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II. In addition, she performed as a freelance artist with Melissa Thodos and Dancers and Chicago Arts Project, among others. She taught dance at Northwestern University, Giordano Dance Center and at various studios throughout Chicago. She also worked for Royal Caribbean International and served as the Dance Captain to her cast.
Since returning to St. Louis in 2005, Maggi has served as an adjunct faculty member at Webster. She has choreographed for the Webster University Dance Ensemble and her choreography has twice been selected to appear in the Gala Concert for American College Dance Festival regional conferences. She also teaches at Renee Johnson's Dance Studio where she is the Assistant Director of the competitive team.
Robert Poe (Aiken, SC) began dancing at Crosby's School of Dance and later furthered his studies at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. He has studied with Robert Barnett, Stanislav Issaev, Sandra Neels and Banning Roberts, to name a few. Professionally he has danced with classical companies (Columbia City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Missouri Ballet Theatre) as well as contemporary companies (Nashville In Motion, Cedar Lake II, The Big Muddy Dance Company) and has guested with the Nashville Opera. Robert's choreography has been seen on Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet II Missouri Ballet Theatre and multiple dance studios from SC to Illinois. Robert has danced with The Big Muddy for 3 seasons now, serves as a member of the Senior Outreach team and the Board Nominating Committee.