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Midland University names new Director of Dance

Midland University names new Director of Dance

Jul 13th , 2017

Midland University today announced Katie Speicher as the new Director of Dance. She will lead the NAIA national dance champions as they begin defense of the inaugural title.

Speicher succeeds Midland’s first Director of Dance, Trish Ryan, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

“We are pleased that we have found such a quality instructor to lead our nationally recognized dance program,” said Jessica Janssen, Midland’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Trish did an outstanding job of building this program from the ground up, and we are confident Katie will build upon that strong foundation.”

Speicher comes to Midland with wide-ranging experience in dance and performing arts. Most recently, she was a dance instructor at Elite Dance Academy in Orange, California, where she taught jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, tap, tumbling, technique and kinder dance. She also choreographed routines for recitals and trained students for competition.

For nearly four years, Speicher was a company manager, stage director and casting director for the Young Americans International Outreach Tour. In producing and overseeing the music outreach tours, she inspired more than 20,000 students of all ages with instruction in dance, music, acting and improv.

Speicher’s experience also includes being a co-captain on a nationally ranked dance team. While at Coral Reef High School in Miami, she helped lead the dance team to four Universal Dance Association national championships.

Additionally, Speicher has served as the volunteer Dance Ministry Coordinator and Middle School Worship Leader for a congregation in Costa Mesa, California, and led mission trips to an orphanage in Guatemala.

“I am looking forward to using these experiences in leading the talented dancers we have at Midland,” Speicher said. “It is an honor to step into a program that has developed such a strong tradition in a short period of time.”

Speicher holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration from Chapman University, where she was a member of the Chapman Dance Alliance and the a Cappella group SoundCheck.

Midland added competitive dance during the 2010-11 academic year and quickly became a national competitor. The team captured a fifth-place finish in its first year, a third-place finish in its second year and a national championship in its third season.

Competitive dance is one of 31 varsity-level sports offered at Midland University. In addition to having more than 800 student-athletes on campus, the university offers more than 250 scholarship opportunities in the performing arts.