Ronelle Jock Eddings, co-founder and co-director of Elledanceworks, earned a BFA in Dance Education and an MEd in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. In Arizona she was Assistant Director, a contributing choreographer, and performer in The Movement Source Dance Company, Inc. Since coming to Dallas in 1996, Eddings has been a vital participant in the dance community.
She has served on the executive committee of the Dance Council as Vice President of both Membership and Volunteers. Locally, she has performed as a company member of NOVA Dancing Company and as an independent artist. Eddings’ choreography has been commissioned locally by Collin County Community College, Cara Mia Theater, R. L. Turner High School, Lewisville High School, and Repertory Dance Theater of Texas.
Other works have been invited to and presented by The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival, the Nasher Sculptural Center, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, The University of Texas at Dallas, Collin County Community College, Arizona State University, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, NOVA Dancing Company, The Movement Source Dance Company (AZ), Dance for the Planet Festival, Richardson Dance Festival, Texas Christian University’s Women’s Resource Center, and Mesquite Civic Ballet.
Eddings’ teaching credits include University of Texas at Dallas, residency at Collin County Community College, Dallas Independent School District, Peoria Unified School District (AZ), South Mountain Center for the Arts High School (AZ), and the Demi-Dance Workshop presented by the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet (NM). Eddings currently directs the dance program and Moving Ground Dance Company at Creekview Highschool and is the Fine Arts Department Manager.
Michele Manley Hanlon received her BFA in Dance form the University of Arizona and MFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. She has been a performer, choreographer, and teacher in the Metroplex since 1988. Before coming to Texas she performed with Orts Theater of Dance and Tenth Street Danceworks in Tucson, Arizona. In Texas, she has danced as a company member of the Dance Consortium, Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company, and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth.
Among organizations who have commissioned or purchased her works are Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Collin County Community College, Pieces Dance Company, Newman Smith High School, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Hip Pocket Theater, and The Dance Consortium.
Her work has been presented by The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival, the Nasher Sculptural Center, Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, Dallas Dance Gathering, Dance for the Planet Festival, The Movement Source Dance Company (AZ), New Arts Collective, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Christian University, Mesquite Civic Ballet, The Phoenix Museum of Art (AZ) and in many independently presented dance concerts.
Hanlon has served on the executive committee of the Dance Council as Vice President of Development. Her teaching credits include University of Texas at Dallas, TCU, Collin College, Dallas Independent School District, residency at Collin County Community College, workshop for Las Cruces (NM), Chamber Ballet School, and company classes for local dance companies. Michele is a Professor of Dance at University of Texas at Dallas.