Founding Co-Artistic Director
graduated from Northwestern University majoring in theater with a concentration in dance. She has choreographed for numerous professional companies, including the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago
Opera Theatre, and Light Opera Works. In 1994, Béa opened Dance Center Evanston, and in 1997 started the Ensemble. Béa has collaborated with composer and husband, Steve Rashid, on numerous projects, including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and “Leonardo” from Body of Work. Béa and Steve recently opened Studio5, Evanston’s newest performing arts venue. Béa is the recipient of the 1999 Evanston Mayor’s A ward for the Arts, and the 2017 Nonprofit/Public Service Person of the Year Award from the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. Béa is the Chairman of the Midwest Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds the highest level Diploma certificate.
began her dance career in Switzerland and performed with the Zurich Opera. She studied in Europe as well as at the University of Illinois, received a full scholarship with Merce Cunningham in NY. She has developed choreography for numerous companies, including Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope, Chicago Opera Theater, Piven Theatre, and the Goodman Theater. She has received grants for her choreography from the Illinois and Evanston Arts Councils, Chicago Artists Abroad, and won the Seven States Choreography Competition. She was Co-Director of ernst-watson dance, an international touring company, and a member of Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble. Christina spent 20 years as an Artist-in-Residence with Urban Gateways, has taught extensively at area dance schools, colleges, and universities. She teaches workshops with a focus on wellness and creativity.
Allison Kurtz Volkers
ede2 Artistic Director
is a Northwestern grad, a mom, and Associate Program Director of Dance Center Evanston, where she has been training young dancers since 2003. Ms. Volkers has collaborated with a number of organizations as a performer and choreographer, most notably as a founding member of Striding Lion where she also served as Education Director. The Cecchetti Council of America has certified Ms. Volkers as a Grade IV Teacher of Classical Ballet Dancing, she serves on the board of the CCA’s Midwest committee, and she has led workshops for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Ms. Volkers is a frequent choreographer for the Evanston Dance Ensemble and is the founding artistic director of ede2.
ede2 Assistant Director
is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer based in Evanston. She is an alumna of EDE and Dance Center Evanston, where she studied for five years prior to attending The Chicago Academy for the Arts and the University of Utah (from which she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English). Kara has danced and choreographed professionally with the Charleston City Ballet, Ruth Page Civic Ballet, the Evanston Dance Ensemble, and Fleetwood-Jourdan Theatre. She is currently on faculty at Dance Center Evanston and the Assistant Director of ede2.
has been working in the nonprofit world for 40 years. She was the Executive Director of Gaia Theater, a touring children’s theater, for ten years and the Managing Director of CircEsteem, Chicago’s Youth Circus. She has worked as a freelance grant writer and nonprofit consultant for
many organizations including Little City Foundation, ArtsConnect, and Health Connect One. Most recently, she created a new arts organization, Vaudeville Chicago, which serves medical institutions with entertainment. In addition, Paula is an actor, director, and acting teacher and
co-founded Thin Ice Theater, a theater company for homeschooled youth.