ARTISTS' BIOGRAPHIES  (for Summer Dance Artist Bios, click here)

Li Chiao-Ping (artistic director, choreographer, dancer) was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to watch”. She formed Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 1990 and co-directed Dziga Vertov Performance Group from 1992-94. Renowned for her solo work, she is also well known for her multimedia and intergenerational productions. Her collaborations with Douglas Rosenberg include dance films such as “De L’eau,” “Residues,” “Periphery,” “Grace,” and a suite of dances made for the camera which were co-funded by Wisconsin Public Television and Bravo! FACT of Canada. A prolific choreographer of more than 130 works for stage and screen, Ms. Li’s dances have been shown throughout the world.  Ms. Li has received numerous awards, grants and honors, including several grants from the NEA and awards from the Asian Pacific Women’s Network, National Arts Association, and the Los Angeles Arts Council first prize awards for performance and choreography. She has also received choreographic fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. Professor Li is the recipient of the Romnes Award, the Creative Arts Award from the Arts Institute, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Wisconsin Dance Council Award in Choreography and Performance, and the Vilas Associate Award.  She was the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and has been commissioned by dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Ms. Li earned her Master of Arts degree from UCLA and has been on faculty at Hollins University, Mills College, and UW-Madison where she is Chair. The “Seven Solos: A Documentary”, directed by Douglas Rosenberg and made about her “Women Dancing” solo project, premiered in the 2012 Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York. She was recently been accepted as a Fulbright Specialist and honored with a UW System Woman of Color Award.

Douglas Rosenberg (director/visual artist) has shown his work in video and video installation both in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, on public television, and in festivals around the world. He has received numerous grants and awards including an NEA Dance/Film/Video grant (with choreographer June Watanabe), an NEA/Southeast Media Fellowship, two Zellerbach Foundation grants, a Painted Bride Art Center New Forms Grant (co-recipient with Li Chiao-Ping), a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, an IZZIE award for his work with Ellen Bromberg and John Henry on "Singing Myself A Lullaby," and a fellowship from The Project on Death in America for another project with Ms. Bromberg. His video dance, "My Grandfather Dances" with Anna Halprin, was awarded the Director's Prize at the Jewish Video Festival, Judah Magnes Museum, in Berkeley. He has been an artist in residence at The Institute for Studies in the Arts, Bates Dance Festival, and the International Festival of Video Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His writing on dance for the camera has been published in journals including LEONARDO. Recent shows include Dance on Camera Festival, New York; Video Festival Riccione Teatro Televisione, Riccione, Italy; The Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; and Mostra de Vídeo Dansa de Barcelona, Spain. He was the director of the American Dance Festival's video archival program for over a decade and continues to direct ADF's Dancing for the Camera Festival.

Cat Wilson (lighting designer) is pleased to be returning for her third year with the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company. She designs for dance, theatre, opera, and live events. Past dance credits include work with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Theatre Group's Dance This!, and Chicago Dance Crash. Other work includes Opera Theatre Pittsburgh, The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY), Hiawatha Project, Pittsburgh Symphony, Collective Theatre Company (Chicago), and The Den Theatre. She recently received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.


Katie Apsey is an art historian currently completing a PhD in Native American Art History at UW-Madison. Nevertheless, Katie Apsey has long had a passion for the performing arts. She has danced for multiple Drum and Bugle Corps and Winterguards across the U.S. and Canada since 1999, studying under choreographer Frédérick Marier of Montréal Danse while performing with Sonnor de la Prarie (Montréal, QC) and Blessed Sacrament (Boston, MA). Committed to the practice of Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), Katie studies and performs with the Raízes do Brasil cultural group led by Mestre Ralil of Brasília. She also studies Samba and performs periodically with Ótimo Brazilian Dance of Madison. Katie is very excited about the opportunity to return to contemporary choreography and performance with LCPD.

Janelle Bentley, a native of St. Paul, MN, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. She has performed in works by Kate Corby, Carrie Hanson/The Seldoms, Kun-Yang Lin, Susan Marshall Company, Marlene Skog, Scott Wells, Chris Walker, Jin-Wen Yu, and of course, Li Chiao-Ping. Following graduation, Janelle moved to northern Israel to study with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). In 2013 she was invited to join KCDC’s young company, KCDC 2 as the only non-Israeli apprentice.

Allison Espeseth began dancing at a young age and has continued this love nearly uninterrupted since that time. She was a member of Oberlin Dance Company while at Oberlin College in Ohio and later a member of Kanopy Dance Company in Madison. Allison received her M.S. in Consumer Behavior and Family Economics at UW-Madison and currently works with Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin, providing education and resources about public health insurance. She is happily testing the limits of balancing the pursuit of dance, her job and being a mom to her two young children.

Lydia Kantor recently graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College, majoring in Spanish and History. She spent six months teaching dance at a low-income Chilean elementary school in 2012, where she also studied tango; she has also taught dance at Creo Arts and Dance and Tonka Dance Works in Minnesota. 

Brianna Zahasky Kauer graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in dance from the University of Minnesota in 2006, she also studied a semester abroad at Middlesex University in London. In 2005, she received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grant to produce and choreograph a show of dance and multimedia. She has performed at the American College Dance Festival, and with Time Track Productions, Rosy Simas Dance and Li Chiao-Ping Dance. She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and works for Wisconsin Early Autism Project. Her greatest endeavor is being the mother of three lovely children.

Rachel Krinsky trained at the Wisconsin School of Ballet in the 1970s and ‘80s and was a member of Jazzworks in 1985 before leaving dance for other pursuits. She began dancing again in 2006 and became a member of Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 2007. By day, Rachel is CEO of the YWCA Madison, a non-profit organization working to empower women and eliminate racism. Rachel thanks her husband, Scott Titus and children, Kenna and Nathan, for their enthusiasm and encouragement.

Susan (Soukaseume) Neeley is a graduate of Winona State University in Winona, MN where she received her BA in Choreography and Dance Management and minored in Business Administration. While there, Susan performed featured pieces by Gretchen Cohenour, Wynn Fricke, Sharon Mansur, David Dorfman, David Marchant, Otto Ramstad, Olive Bieringa, and Joe Chvala. She performed three of these pieces at American College Dance Festivals, two of which were selected for the Gala Concert. Susan also had her choreography selected to represent Winona State University at American College Dance Festivals. Susan has been an active member of Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble since January 2009. More recently, she is a proud mother of two beautiful young girls.  After putting modern dance on hold for more than a few years, Susan is excited to pursue new opportunities with Li Chiao-Ping Dance.

Emilie Rabbitt holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  While there, she performed in works by Alwin Nikolais, Elizabeth Johnson, Janet Lily, Joel Valentin-Martinez and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner in addition to creating several works of her own. She also appears in the short film Missed Connections, which is shown at independent film festivals in the midwest.  

Liz Sexe received her M.F.A. in Dance from Mills in Oakland, CA. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Rachel Berman, Alyce Finwall, Lionel Popkin and, of course, Li Chiao-Ping. Sexe co-founded Dear Heart Dance in 2009 with a mission to create “fresh, local and seasonal dance.” Her own choreography has appeared with LCPD, at Danceworks and with Madison’s own Barebones Collective. Sexe teaches dance at UW-Madison and Studio 3-D. She also teaches Pilates at Capital Fitness. Sexe believes movement expression generates a fulfilling, healthy life.

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