Sparks Dance Company

Sparks Dance Company (SDC) was founded in 1989 as Penn’s premiere dance company dedicated to both performing and community service. The company, managed by undergraduate students, maintains a high technical level of many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. In addition to weekly technique classes, each semester culminates with a self-choreographed show. Company members also perform at other popular campus events throughout the year such as the Emily Sachs Dance Benefit and Freshmen Performing Arts Night. Additionally, SDC members have the chance to share their love of dance at various Philadelphia locales, such as the Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald house, through our philanthropy program each semester.
 
At the beginning of each semester, Sparks admits dancers to the company through an audition process designed to examine both technical and performance experience. While not all members are required to perform all styles of dance, the audition process consists of a technical section and a combination section during which dancers are taught several short combinations of varying styles and then asked to perform them. Once admitted to SDC, dancers are expected to attend weekly technique classes in addition to rehearsals for the semester-end show. SDC seeks members with a passion for dance and performance, a commitment to our mission, and a desire to be part of a close-knit group of Penn students.




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Meet the Company

  1. Kristin Chow
    Kristin Chow
    Class of 2020 Digital Media Design San Diego, CA
  2. Sierra Mills
    Sierra Mills
    Class of 2020 Computer Science Doylestown, PA
  3. Christina Wei
    Christina Wei
    Class of 2020 Economics San Jose, CA
  4. Natalie Koch
    Natalie Koch
    Class of 2018 Biological Basis of Behavior Narberth, PA
  5. Sarah Organ
    Sarah Organ
    Class of 2018 Computer Science Milwaukee, WI
  6. Natalie Larkin-Gilmore
    Natalie Larkin-Gilmore
    Class of 2018 Visual Studies Philadelphia, PA
  7. Ashley Warner
    Ashley Warner
    Class of 2019 Political Science and Earth Science Basking Ridge, NJ
  8. Andrea Frost
    Andrea Frost
    Class of 2019 Economics Westport, CT
  9. Emily Smith
    Emily Smith
    Class of 2021 Economics Hillsboro, OR
  10. Lili Stoesser
    Lili Stoesser
    Class of 2021 Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics Arlington Heights, IL

Alumni


2017
Danielle Frost
Allison Langer
Rachel Orlinsky

2016
Allie Drabinsky
Isabel Miro


2015
Athena Petrides
Ilaria Caturegli
Elise Minkin
 
2014
Ariella Freund
Rebecca Rossi (Margolis)
Caroline Quigley
Jessica Warren
 
2013
Daria Gaut
Allison (Alli) Letica


2012
Brittany Colligen
Brittany Johansen
Anastasia Matijkiw
Callie Taylor
Jamie Wessels

2011
Jamie Acero
Adrienne Adler
Sara Berg (Farber)
Samantha Lexton (Greenblatt)

2010
Karin (Kari) Marton-Rollins
Amanda (Manda) Mundy
Amy Sherman
 
2009
Jacqueline (Jackie) Candido
Catherine Kane
 
2008
Juliette Alimena 
Kylie Gattinella
Stephanie Lichtinger​

Stephanie Majchrzak
Lindsay Menzer (Pordon)
Lindsey Sankin
 
2007
Lauren Le Vine
Allie Ritter (Schafrann)

2006
Michelle Kaufman (Goldwin)

Laura Holson
Shally Iyer
Renee Pristas

Adria Roode
Rong Rong Colpitts (Xu)
Julie Zhou​​​

2005
Nicole (Nikki) Caprio
Jacqueline Stone

2004
Meredith Jacobetz (Caldwell)
Anca Chung
Angela Irwin
Nicole Nurse
Carrie Pottker-Fishel

2003
Dayna Finkelstein
Kathryn (Kathey) Hague
Katarina Johnson
Alexis Stumm (Marchio)
Clare Arguedas (Wang
​​)

2002
Christina Crawford-Martin
Lori Weiss (Eisner)

Marissa Engel
Denise Pagliarulo
Judith Schapiro

Kristen Wozniak (Sheridan)
Lynn Wu​

2001
Jen Nevas (Cohen)
Renee Leta
Tamar (Tammy) Mirensky
Jenn Murphy (Orthmann)

2000
Maria Arbona
Janet Casamento

Charlesetta Redmond
 
1999
Jessica Alexander

Marlyn Mizrachi (Attie)
Rachel Jablon
Caryn Lazaroff
Rebecca (Becky) Griffith  (Perlis)
Leah Shaper​​

1998
Mary Carol Capbell
Lauren Navas (Feingold)
Rachel Cadan (Kutcher)
Christie Lucier
Meka Shroff (Millstone)
Michelle Mussafi
Bonnie Weisenberg (Siegel)

1997
Tonya Beteet
Sallilyn (Sallie) Schwartz (Brown)
Meghan Burns
Kristen Agami (Chasse)
Amy Kopelman (Richard)
Susan Johnson (Ruszala)
Christine Chorba (Tarr)
Kate Wasserman (Tract)
Crystal Lee (Uyematsu​​)


1996​
Donna Marie Caro
Gabriella Davi​
Andrea Scioli (Friedlander)
Christine Roberts

1995
Julie Chow
Deryn Crockett
Lori Sidman (Kessler)
Karen Oberthaler

1994
Jill Abrams
Tatiana Goldstein (Aizenberg)
​Gina Bloom
Sherri Cooper
Rachel Koss
​Jill Kottner

Marci Love
Sonita Bennitt (Midha)
Karen Swan (Pawlick)
Tessie Topol

1993
Amanda Kent (Dixon)
Robyn Katz (Glassman)
Jill Gallin (Hammer)
Jennifer MacDonald
Andrea Plevan

Melissa Rogal
Jennifer Shulman

1992
Rhonda Schnipper (Ebert)
Patrice Guitreau (Firpo)
Helaina Bardunias (Greenberg)
Adine Frank (Nahum)
Kimberly Pearson (Stone)

1991 
Rachel Schwartz (Harrison)

1990
Kimberly Feigin (Steinberg)