Teaches Adult Ballet
Jillian Godwin began dance training in Indianapolis at Dance Magic Performing Arts Center and graduated from Broad Ripple High School, Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has also trained at Chautauqua Institution School of Dance in Chautauqua, New York, and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive in Detroit. Jillian attended River North Chicago Dance Company’s summer intensive in 2010 and 2012, where she was accepted on scholarship. She trained with Frank Chavez, Sara Bibik, and Laura Wade. Most recently, she was named one of Indy's top ten most intriguing artists in 2012. She also had the honor of sharing the stage with Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, and Rita Moreno at the 2013 Encore Awards Celebration held at the Palladium. She has also spent time at the Graham School in NYC in 2015 and 2016 on scholarship during their winter intensives. Jillian's mother Donna, even in spirit, continues to feed her drive and passion for art, as well as her father Gregory, the DK family and David H. This is Jillian’s 15th DK season.
Try It!, Ballet 1, Company Class
Liberty Harriswas a DK dancer for fifteen years. In that time she realized her passion and gift for teaching DK repertory and for leading education programs. In her current position, she is in the studios with the company each day teaching and coaching the dancers as they rehearse. Liberty also helps shape and run DK’s education outreach programs, DK Kids and adult public dance classes. Liberty is thankful for this position to help take Dance Kaleidoscope to new heights and to share her passion for dance with younger generations.
Teaches Company Class
Now celebrating his 27th season with DK, Artistic Director David Hochoy is truly an international ambassador. David Hochoy was born in Trinidad, West Indies. After receiving a B. Sc. at McGill University in Montreal, where he began studying for a career as a doctor, he continued his graduate work in theatre earning an M.A. in directing from Penn State. It was there, at age 20, David took his first dance class and discovered his true love of dance.
In New York, he studied at the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham schools and danced with numerous national companies. In 1980, he was invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. Made a soloist in 1982 and rehearsal director in 1986, David toured the world with Graham until 1989. He has given master classes in Graham technique throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in 1990 was invited to Guangzhou, China, to teach the experimental troupe of the Guangdong Dance Academy for ten weeks.
David has been on the faculty of the Martha Graham School since 1982. In addition, he has taught at the American Dance Festival (ADF) held at Duke University, as well as ADF West in Salt Lake City and ADF Seoul in Korea. In 1991 he was invited to teach and choreograph at the Vienna International Dance Festival. He has given workshops in Quebec City, Tokyo, Oslo, Dublin and Rio de Janeiro.
David spent two years as a full-time faculty member at Texas Christian University. Since becoming DK’s Artistic Director in 1991, he has choreographed over 70 dances includingScheherazade, Carmina Burana, COLE!, The Planets, The Four Elements, El Salòn Mexico, Magical Mystery Tour, Rite of SpringandLes Noces. He has choreographedDaphnis et Chloéfor a collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as well as their New Year's Eve and Discovery Series concerts. He also has choreographed numerous productions at the IRT, includingA Christmas Carol, the Civic Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre,Salomefor the Arizona Opera andMiss Evers’ Boysfor Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and for Santa Fe Stages.
David co-directedAs You Like Itat the Indiana Repertory Theatre with IRT’s Artistic Director Janet Allen. He also was Artistic Director of The Green Shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for ten seasons. He has choreographedThe Beaton the Ball State University Student Dance Company. In 2009 he re-set sections ofFascinatin’ Rhythmon Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz of the New York City Ballet and Sarah Lane of American Ballet Theatre for the inaugural gala performance of Indianapolis City Ballet. He is the founder and co-artistic director ofSpotlight, an annual fund-raiser for the Indiana Aids Fund that has brought together the Indianapolis Performing Arts community since 1994.
David was a recipient of a prestigious Choo-San Goh Award for his choreographyRhapsody in Bluein 2006. He is a two-time recipient of a Master Fellowship in Choreography and an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission as well as a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He has been awarded the Key to the City by the City/County Council, the Distinguished Hoosier Award by the Governor of Indiana, and was honored by the Center for Leadership Development for outstanding achievement in the arts. In 2004, he was voted one of Indiana’s 25 Keepers – men and women working to make a difference in Indiana – by the readers of Indy Men’s Magazine. He has served many times as a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. On April 2, 2011, Mayor Gregory A. Ballard declared that date as David Hochoy Day in honor of his 20 years as DK’s artistic director and in recognition of his service to the arts in Indianapolis. In 2012 he was honored with the Creativity Award by University High School. In 2015 the Indiana Historical Society named him an Indiana Living Legend. Most recently, the Indiana Arts Commission presented David with a 2015 Governor’s Arts Awardand the Institute for Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. gave him the 2016 Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Teaches Beginning Ballet, Beginning Jazz, Ballet 1 Supplemental
Aleksa Lukasiewicz originally from Novi, Michigan began her serious dance training at Geiger Classical Ballet Academy. She continued her studies at Butler University where she graduated in 2011 with honors and a BFA in Dance Performance. Aleksa's training also includes summer intensives such as Hubbard Street and a two month study abroad trip to Lithuania. She also has a passion for teaching and loves educating the next generation of dancers through DK Kids. Aleksa would like to thank her family for their love and support, and she would also like to thank David for the wonderful opportunity he has given her. This is Aleksa's 7th season with DK.
Teaches Pre-Ballet, Adult Jazz
Missy Thompson began gymnastics training at age three, continuing for thirteen years as a competitive gymnast. She also studied modern dance, ballet and jazz at Rhythm Nations Studio in Euless, TX. Missy is a graduate of the Indiana University Modern Dance program and has attended the Martha Graham summer Dance intensive in New York. Through colorguard, she has performed with top organizations such as the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and Zydeco Color Guard. Missy also has choreographed movement and dance for the marching field for many programs in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, and a Junior Corps in Quiberon, France. This is Missy’s 5th DK season.