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Nancy Evans Doede


Nancy Evans Doede studied with and danced for modern dance pioneer, Hanya Holm, and then danced with the Nancy Hauser Dance Company under the direction of Nancy McKnight Hauser. She also taught and choreographed while with the company, and her choreography was included in the Hauser Company repertory. She conducted the pilot program for the Minneapolis performing arts high school and produced work with her own dance company while in Minnesota. As an original member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Nancy was an actress and the company’s first female director. In Los Angeles, she was an assistant director at the Taper, Too, and a directing intern at the Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival. She was a producer of the Children of the World Project which received a Grammy nomination in 1985. Nancy was Managing Director, producer, director and actress with the Actors’ Company, as well as a founding member of Outpost Theatre Ensemble where she also wrote and produced her own plays. Nancy has been commissioned as both a master teacher and choreographer by various studios and companies nationally and internationally, and her choreography has been showcased in various regional and local festivals. Nancy’s teaching includes being a member of both dance and theatre faculty at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, head of dance faculty at La Salle Preparatory High School, and master teacher of modern dance technique, improvisation and dance composition classes at the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany, National High School Dance Festival in Miami, FL, Pasadena Dance Festival, and local colleges. Nancy has also been featured in Emmaly Weiderholt’s book “Dancing With Experience.” Nancy is a certified instructor of Zena Romett Floor-Barre™ Technique. Developed by ballet dancer Zena Rommett in the late 1960’s, this technique addressed helping ballet dancers to avoid injury, recover more quickly from injury, and realign their bodies while using the floor for support.  The technique is now a world-wide, multi- disciplinary training that benefits athletes, non-dancers, mature adults, and all styles of dancers. Nancy received her first certification in 2016, and has maintained it yearly. She teaches an online class, which can be accessed at “The beauty of Zena’s technique is that it is a concentrated approach without inducing strain or stress on the body, and allows each individual to apply it best to their own body needs and skills.” Nancy launched Nancy Evans Dance Theatre in June of 2010, and the company has been producing and performing steadily since. The company has been commissioned twice by the Norton Simon Museum, and has garnered critical acclaim for its work. Visit our website at, or our Facebook page. Nancy also trained with Murray Louis, Alwin Nikolais, Gladys Bailin, Daniel Nagrin, Billy Siegenfeld and Valda Setterfield. She graduated with honors from Illinois State University, with a degree in Acting/Directing.

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