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About the company

 
 

Fischer Dance, founded and directed by Hannah Fischer, is a dance theater company based in South Bend, IN. The company just wrapped up their fourth performing season and is preparing for a leadership shift and name change. Hannah Fischer prepares to leave South Bend with the company in the hands of senior dance artists Anna Greenawalt, Joanna Whitmyer, and rising director Chloe Woggon. A new name will be released in July 2018.  


The company brings contemporary dance and dance theater to undiscovered audiences through public performances and education programs for ages K-12. The company is committed to a rich collaborative process, ongoing community engagement, and utilizing a wide array of public spaces. Through movement laboratories, audience engagement, and community casts, the company asks questions surrounding the complexities of human relationships in our contemporary world. 

The performing company consists of performers with diverse backgrounds, often recruiting a community cast to work with the company. If you are interested in participating in a project with us, visit our Work With Us page. 

 

Artistic Director / Hannah Fischer
Company Composer / Patrick Quigley

Collaborators include: 
Saint Mary's College / Southold Dance Theater / South Bend Seamstress / The Birdsell Project / In the Mix Audio / Greg Fox / Lena Polzonetti / Luke Fischer / Ridge Alencar / Joel Fischer/ Susanna Frusti / Chris Arrowsmith / Sophia Zovich / Johan Godwalt / Chloe Woggon / Anna Greenawalt / Eric Souther / Frank Perri / Alyssa Neece / Joanna Whitmyer / Nick Dolezal / Lisa Hayes / Sharon Sims / Maia Sutter / Mallory McAfee / Michelle Wiltgen

 
 

meet the company

 

 
 
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Hannah Fischer, artistic director

Hannah Fischer launched Fischer Dance in 2014 to create space for contemporary dance-making in South Bend, IN. Before launching Fischer Dance, she spent three years in St. Louis, MO with Leverage Dance Theater as their assistant director and production coordinator. Thanks to Leverage, Hannah has experience working in public schools with arts-integration, as well as working with underserved youths in the juvenile system and residential care. 

Hannah has had the pleasure of working closely with some of her modern dance-making heroes; Victoria Marks, Susan Marshall, David Dorfman, Kim Epifano, Jane Comfort, Bridgman|Packer, Angie Hauser, KJ Holmes, Nancy Stark Smith, and Chris Aiken. In her dance-making, Hannah is collaborative and inter-disciplinary, believing firmly that dance has the power to transform a community. 


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Patrick Quigley, company composer

Patrick Quigley has been making music for over 15 years. From ska to punk rock to looping instrumentals, he can create any atmosphere with sound. In addition to creating music, Patrick also creates space for other musicians in the South Bend community. He runs an underground venue in River Park, The Well, and helps spearhead River Lights Music Festival each year. You may know Patrick through Analecta, Boy Rex, or Sailbear, to name a few other projects. Patrick and Hannah have been collaborating for 9 years.


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nick dolezal, dancer

Nick started dancing as a little kid in his bedroom. A true self-taught dancer, Nick is a proficient stepper, breaker, and liquid dancer. Nick became first exposed to modern dance as a participant in the Movement Lab with Fischer Dance. He adapts modern dance movement and structures to his style, and contributes his personal aesthetic to company rehearsals.

This is Nick's second season with Fischer Dance. Nick sends love to Emma, his daughter and forever dance partner. 


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Anna greenawalt, dancer

Anna Greenawalt is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Anna comes from a diverse background of movement experience. Anna’s focus is dance, but the aperture of her interest ranges from movement to writing, travel to photography, and all things in between, converging at moments of motion and stillness. Born and raised in South Bend, Anna is familiar with the simplicity and complexities that envelop the Midwest. Her personal work is to identify and interpret social inequality in order to catalyze a cohesive future that finds pleasure in community. 


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JOANNA WHITMYER, dancer

Joanna is a Michigan native and began her training in ballet dance at the age of six. Throughout her youth she studied ballet, jazz, and ballroom, and was introduced to modern dance while in high school. Joanna has been in love with the movement form since then. She has been choreographing and performing her own works since 2006. This is Joanna's second season with the company. 

 


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Chloe woggon, dancer

Chloe Woggon was born in Memphis, TN where she began her training in ballet and tap. After relocating to Indiana, she took a five year hiatus from dance. Returning as an adult, dance transformed from mere rehearsal and performance to true artistic practice. For the past five years, Chloe has been training in a wide variety of dance styles, but her heart lies in the training of Ballet and the expression and performance of African and Modern. She recently received her B.A. in Anthropology and French with a minor in Dance from Indiana University South Bend. She has danced and choreographed work for IUSB Dance Company and is now a happy, second-year company member. 

 


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SHARON SIMS, DANCER

Sharon Sims is a South Bend native who believes strongly in the city's rapidly growing art scene. Her hope is to see dance become a more accessible and predominant art form in the community. Sharon has studied various types of dance, ranging from ballet to Middle Eastern belly dance, but her favored medium of movement is hoop dance. She believes that through movement, we can discover more culturally, psychologically, and physically about ourselves and those around us. This is Sharon's first season with the company. 


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MAIA SUTTER, DANCER

Maia Sutter began dancing in creative movement classes as a small child and fell in love with the potential that lay in movement. While modern remains her first love, she began her ballet training in Israel and has since explored a number of other styles, including tap, swing, ballroom, and jazz. For the past two years, she has also added aerial arts into her repertoire, training on both silks and lyra. Maia is currently a senior at Indiana University South Bend, studying French, Dance, and Computer Programming. This is her first season with Fischer Dance.