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  • LACDC | Kate Hutter

    Kate Hutter

    Artistic Director | Co-Founder | Chairman of the Board

    Kate Hutter is co-founder and Artistic Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC).  Kate is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School and a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatrical Design.  Kate also holds an MFA in Dance / Choreography from Purchase College, SUNY.  Kate has presented her choreography at prestigious venues throughout L.A. including the Broad Stage, Celebrate Dance at the Alex Theater, Ford Amphitheatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Theatre Center, Diavolo Dance Space and Highways Performance Space.  Kate was also the movement director for the band Foster The People on their 2013 Summer Tour and part of the Move campaign by indie clothing retailer Alternative Apparel.  Kate has been a visiting artist at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, Ohio State University and Wayne State University where she has taught and/or set new work. Kate continues to create dance experiences for LACDC, choreograph for theater and commercial productions, and teach at the Brockus Project Space in downtown L.A.

  • Michelle Jolly

    Co-Founder | Secretary | Board Member since 2005

    Michelle Michelle Mierz is co-founder and previous Executive Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company. She trained as a dancer herself since the age of four through college. Michelle combined her passion for dance and her business background to create LACDC. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the USC Marshall School of Business Honors Program/ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with a BS. Her professional credits outside of LACDC include work with the consulting firm, CounterIntuity, as a Project Manager, interim operations manager for the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Associate Producer with LA Stage Alliance for the 2004 Ovation Awards, and Associate Producer for the Choreography Media Honors 2008-2009. In 2011, Michelle graduated from Yale University's School of Management with her MBA. She now resides in her hometown of West Seattle, WA and is a Senior Product Manager at

  • Casey Cowan Gale

    Treasurer | Board Member since 2006

    Casey Cowan Gale's extensive experience ranges from co-designing the lighting for the world premiere of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches to designing the architectural lighting for ABC's Nightline offices in Washington D.C. Her most recent work includes the lighting designs for The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Mame, Camelot and The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, all directed by Gordon Hunt. For her work she has received a Dramalogue Award, the L.A. Weekly Award, and awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. She served for 6 years as a lighting designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed the lighting for various attractions at Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Walt Disney World. She spent an additional 5 years at Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development researching and evaluating lighting technology for any and all branches of the Walt Disney Company. Casey was the Director of Lighting Design for the University of Southern California School of Theatre for 8 years, and is currently a free lance Lighting Designer.

  • Jennifer Aleman Hutter

    Board Member since 2011

    Jen joined the board of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company in 2009. She is one of LACDC's biggest fans, and has yet to leave a performance without feeling inspired by the energy and passion that the artists bring to LACDC. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BBA, where she also spent a semester at the Universidad Jose Ortega y Gassett in Madrid, Spain, studying Spanish language, history and art. She began her career at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette ("DLJ") in New York in the real estate finance division, and later became a founding member of DLJ Strategic Partners, L.P., a private equity fund created to purchase interests in leveraged buyout, mezzanine, venture capital and real estate funds in the secondary market. After three years at DLJ, Jen earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she continues to be involved in alumni fundraising initiatives. In 2004, she joined General Electric for a year long stint in a sales and marketing leadership program where she was instrumental in strategizing on new business opportunities to achieve revenue growth for two business units. In 2005, Jen joined Credit Suisse where she was most recently a Vice President in the Alternative Investments division, responsible for raising capital from endowments, foundations and pension plans for private real estate managers globally. In 2009, Jen co-founded the KAP Group, a strategic marketing firm that advises real estate private equity managers seeking institutional capital. She enjoys travel, yoga, adventure, and flying, and is an active member of the Bay Cities 99s and Women in Aviation International. Jen hopes to bring her fundraising experience and business acumen to LACDC as the company continues to flourish.


  • Eva Angeloff

    Company Manager

    Eva Angeloff is an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart who has been dancing everywhere in between for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Indiana University, spent four years as a principal dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company, and received a Masters of Arts in Dance and Dance Education from NYU in 2006. Her passion is movement, and she has taught Modern Dance and Dance History as an Adjunct Professor at Long Beach City College and has performed at a numerous venues around Los Angeles and the country with Ptero Dance Theatre. In 2009 she became a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga in studios, community centers, at festivals, and high in the Himalayas ever since. She currently teaches therapeutic dance and movement to cancer patients and survivors in partnership with Elizabeth's Canvas in Santa Monica. Eva remains dedicated to honoring the community, craft, and the art of dance. She is thrilled, thrilled and honored, to be part of LACDC and is truly inspired by the mission of this company and the members and supporters who believe in the power of movement and community.

  • Jamila Glass

    Social Media Coordinator

    Jamila Glass is a founding company member of LACDC and a graduate from the University of Southern California's prestigious film school with a minor in Advertising. She is the owner of The Cutting Room where she produces and directs films and does freelance film and video editing. Glass has worked with clients worldwide for national radio spots, short films, television pilots, and more. She is currently the lead editor for the popular and award-winning Black and Sexy TV, an online television network with over 100,000 subscribers and recently directed a pilot for a new show called School of Pop Dance.  She attributes her keen eye, creative streak, and rhythmic sensibilities to her immersion in the performing and visual arts from a very young age and her secondary career as a professional dancer. As Social Media Coordinator for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, Jamila created a successful Facebook campaign that resulted in a fan increase of over 150%, produced a series of behind-the-scenes videos that received thousands of views and several YouTube honors, and currently generates daily content that keeps their supporters excited, informed, and actively involved in the community. Additionally, her work with LACDC garnered requests to lead multiple Social Media Panels for the LA County Arts Commission. Committed to always giving her clients more than they envisioned, she is intent on discovering new ways to innovatively engage the LACDC audience and to expand their reach around the world. (


  • LACDC | Eric Mason

    Eric Mason


    Eric Mason is a SoCal native and multi-dimentional music man. He has performed as principal cellist for several orchestras, as well as being a member of the SCSBOA All-Southern and CODA/CMEA California All-State Honor Orchestras. He is an alumnus of UCLA with a B.A. in Business and Economics with a Minor in Music and New Media, where he performed as a member of the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra. Eric currently works as a Flame Artist / Technical Director for Imaginary Forces ( On his own time, he continues to create art and music, and enjoys the serendipitous results that collaborative works provide.

  • LACDC | Mecca Vazie Andrews

    Mecca Vazie Andrews


    Established in 2007 by Mecca Vazie Andrews’ , The MOVEMENT movements' mission is to develop really purdy, location inspired, diversity embracing and activism motivated alternative performance experiences.  Mecca v.a and The MOVEMENT movement has performed at various museums galleries and artful happenings including Pacific Standard Time, REDCAT NOWFEST, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Departments Tongva after Dark, 356 Mission Rd., LACE, LACMA, and Hammer to name a few.  Mecca Vazie Andrews is also an instructor committed to instilling resilience and confidence thru dance to all ages and capabilities.  Commercially Mecca has choreographed for Walk the Moon, Daft Punk, Papercranes, MEN, Toro y Moi, Nostalghia, Wild Belle, Ali Helnwein, Ariana Delawari, Scarlet RabeRicki Lake, Basement Jaxx free city and bess clothing company and many more.  Additionally, Mecca is co lyricist and co vocalist in post punk band Sex Stains.

  • LACDC | Rosalynde Leblanc

    Rosalynde Leblanc


    Rosalynde LeBlanc holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University.  She was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002), and the Liz Gerring Dance Company (2003-2006). In addition, LeBlanc has performed the works of Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, John Jasperse, Yvonne Rainer, Charles Moulton, Kristen Smiarowski and Keith Johnson among others. She has also danced with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, and was invited to perform at the 2006 Salzburg Opera Festival. She has worked in front of and behind the camera with filmmakers, Tom Hurwitz, A.S.C., John Turturro, Burt Barr, Gretchen Bender and Matthew Rolston. LeBlanc has had her writing published in the leading, international dance periodicals, Dance Magazine and Ballettanz, and her choreography presented in venues around the country. She continues her work with Bill T. Jones in the preservation of his legacy and pedagogy by restaging his pieces at universities around the country. She spearheaded the 4-year educational partnership presently happening between his company and Loyola Marymount University Dance Department where she is a full-time faculty member. Current projects for LeBlanc include the documentary film project entitled, D-Man, which she is currently producing and co-directing with Tom Hurwitz, A.S.C. The project received the 2013 Graves Award in the Humanities.

  • LACDC | Becca Lemme

    Rebecca Lemme


    Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Thematically and physically, Acts of Matter engages with work grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in the work.  Rebecca was a finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago and has been commissioned and presented by California Institute of the Arts, California State University Long Beach, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos' New Dances, Columbia College, Loyola University, Grand Valley State University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Chance and Instruments of Movement. Additionally, she has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and Hedwig Dances. She teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique for which she has created a unique movement style that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Currently an Assistant Professor at California State University Long Beach and formerly a full-time faculty member at CalArts, she has additionally been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Rebecca holds a BA in English and Theater from Princeton University (2002) and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (2013). For more information please visit

  • LACDC | Laurel Jenkins Tentindo

    Laurel Jenkins Tentindo


    Laurel Jenkins Tenitndo (b. 1979) is a choreographer creating new dance theater works.  As a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, she created original roles in Brown's four final works.   In her youth, Tentindo and her peers founded the Vermont Fairytale Theater and cooperatively devised original plays.  After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she danced with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and was certified in the Skinner Releasing Technique.  She went on to dance with Vicky Shick, and Sara Rudner, and to perform in plays directed by Nick Olcott and John Jesurun, and to choreograph for Elise Kermani's performance films.  Tentindo was a member of the Puppet Lab at St. Anne's Warehouse in NY.  Her work has been shown in NY at: Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Dixon Place and the NY Fringe, and in LA at: Automata, Highways, Pieter, the Fowler Museum, and the Hammer Museum.  Internationally, she has been presented at the Prague Fringe, Decoda at Coventry University, U.K., Tanz im August: Berlin International Dance Festival, and Improvisation Xchange, Berlin.  Tentindo has taught at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Tilt in Milan, and Independent Dance in London.  Tentindo set Trisha Brown's work in Switzerland for Le Mouvement: Performing the City/Biel Bienne, in Nashville, and in France for Ballet de Lorraine.  In 2015 she received her MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and an Asian Cultural Council Grant to develop a new piece with Chey Chankethya, Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts in Phnomh Penh, Cambodia.  She is thrilled to be working with LACDC!  

  • LACDC | Erik Speth

    Erik Speth

    Projection Design

    Erik Speth holds a MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from California Institute of the Arts.  He was a founding member of Ledges and Bones Dance Project under the artistic direction of Holly Johnston. Erik was selected to partake in the Music and Dance Exchange (MADE) 2006 at Darting Arts College in England and has also worked with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Los Angeles Movement Arts and project-to-project with other LA based choreographers. In addition, Erik is the co-founder of the dance department at Renaissance Arts Academy as well as a co-collaborator of The Rock Collective.