Dance Cooperative Faculty, Staff, and Board of Directors

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Nancy Podrasky Carson, Co-Founder
Classes: Ballet, Modern

Nancy Podrasky Carson received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University and went on to perform and choreograph with many regional companies before moving to Syracuse, NY. Nancy taught technique classes at various performing arts schools while performing and choreographing with the Syracuse Contemporary Dance Company. She also taught Modern and Jazz classes at Syracuse University in both the Theatre and Health and Physical Education departments. Nancy currently teaches technique classes, dance history, and choreography and UNC-Wilmington. She is a founding member, teacher, dance, and choreographer at the Dance Cooperative. Nancy recently taught Modern classes for the Carolina Ballet’s summer residency program at UNCW.

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Sue Meier   |   Classes: Ballet

Sue Meier teaches all levels of ballet. She started her training in Midland, MI, studying ballet, jazz, and musical theater. Sue danced and taught in Sweden before continuing her training in ballet and modern at Michigan State University. Sue studied and taught in NY and NJ before moving to Wilmington.

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Kate Muhlstein  |  Classes: Modern, Jazz, Ballet

Recently nominated a Women to Watch by Wilma Magazine, Kate Muhlstein is the Board President of the Dance Cooperative as well as a choreographer, teacher, and performer with the company. Earning her bachelors of fine arts from Sam Houston State University in 2005, Mrs. Muhlstein danced for Rednerrus Fiel Dance Company (now Aimed Dance) during their inaugural season. Shortly after, Kate moved to Wilmington and began choreographing and performing for Dancealorus, North Carolina Dance Festival, Wilmington Dance Festival, and many commissioned works for corporate events and fundraisers. Mrs. Muhlstein has entered a new phase of her dance career and started teaching younger children and high school dance clubs in the last two years. A Renaissance woman, Kate dabbles in other art forms and particularly focuses on fashion/costume design and jewelry as well as painting.

Linda Ann Webb   |  Classes: Ballet, Modern, Jazz

Linda Ann Larson is a Dance Cooperative core member and an MS analytical chemist. Her dance background includes a BFA from SUNY Purchase and 20 years performing in NYC with various modern dance companies and recording artists. Eight years in Wilmington have provided her with unique opportunities to present her work including NCDF and Dance-a-lorus. Linda’s approach to choreography and teaching incorporates intricate timing and expansive use of musicality and athleticism to encourage the dancer to reach their peak potential. Her extensive background in Graham and Pilates has shaped her approach in how she guides an individual to physically achieve their goals as well as mindfully maintain a healthy approach to dance and a healthy body.

Lesa Rogers Broadhead  |  Classes: Ballet

Lesa Rogers Broadhead received a BFA degree in dance and drama from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, and a MFA degree in choreography and performance from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. In addition, she received a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in 2016. Professionally she has performed with The Cleveland Opera and The Atlanta Ballet, and has held teaching posts at Louisiana State University, Huntingdon College, Kent State University, and the University of Akron.

Mrs. Broadhead’s choreography includes reconstructing classical ballet favorites, and contemporary works on historical and societal issues, such as the Holocaust. In 1995 she was artist-in-residence at De Montfort University, Bedford, England, choreographing her first international Holocaust related dance work. In 1999 she presented three of her Holocaust related dance works at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by the museum and the Embassy of Israel. These dance works have been the stimuli for writing her first book ASHES AT THE ROOTS OF TREE: A Choreographic Journey of the Holocaust.

Currently she is the director of Dance Theatre of DREAMS, and teaches Dance Appreciation online at Brunswick Community College, as well as teaching for Foresight Fitness at Plantation Village, Wilmington, NC. She is excited to be sharing her love for the dance with the Dance Cooperative.

Qaadir Hicks | Classes: Children’s Ballet, Jazz

Michelle Lawson | Classes: Creative Movement

Our Board of Directors

Sue Meier, President; Kate Muhlstein, Vice President; Jane Bray, Secretary; Steve Miller, Molly Giffin, Abigail Beck, Katherine Arnott-Maheu

Wilmington, NC