FREMONT – Midland University announced a new Director of Dance on Thursday after the previous one, Trish Ryan, left to pursue other opportunities.
Katie Speicher will be Midland’s new Director of Dance, leading the NAIA national dance champions as they begin defense of the inaugural title.
“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 has a very wide range of experience in dance and performing arts. Most recently, she was a dance instructor at Elite Dance Academy in Orange, California. It was here, where she taught jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, tap, tumbling, technique and kinder dance. She has also choreographed routines for recitals and trained students for competition.
Speicher was a company manager, stage director and casting director for the Young Americans International Outreach Tour for nearly four years. She was a co-captain on a nationally ranked dance team, and while at Coral Reef High School in Miami, she helped lead the dance team to four Universal Dance Association national championships.
On top of all this, 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.