ABOUT

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SUEMO: A DANCE EXPERIENCE

SueMo: A Dance Experience is a dance organization based in Milwaukee, WI that is committed to providing innovative performances, educational outreach, and a platform for emerging dancers and choreographers. Co-founders Melissa Sue Anderson and Morgan “Mo” Williams joined forces to fulfill their vision of a dance company that offers an impactful dance experience to audiences and dancers everywhere. The organization brings their ambition and passion to cities all over the country through works presented by SueMo and SueMo II Dance Company as well as classes through The Transformation Movement and 4 Kids by Kids. Each part of the organization serves a unique purpose: SueMo’s performing companies produce and execute unforgettable dance works, while the Transformation Movement and 4 Kids By Kids educate and reach young artists. Together they invite you to experience dance in a way that you will never forget.

 

SUEMO: CO-FOUNDERS

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Melissa "Sue" Anderson, (Brick, NJ)
Executive Director

Melissa Sue Anderson spent the first years of her training on the East Coast, at Standing Ovation School of Dance and The American Academy of Ballet. She spent her teen years as an assistant for Tremaine Dance Convention training with instructors like Liz Imperio, Keri LaGrand, Doug Caldwell, and Sylvia Rico. Upon completion of high school Melissa Sue moved to Los Angeles to complete the EDGE scholarship program run by Bill Prudich and signed with BLOC Talent Agency. After being signed Melissa Sue traveled to Japan to dance for Tokyo Disney. Melissa Sue has had a successful commercial dance career with highlights being a featured dancer in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, Nike industrials, music videos for up and coming artists, and promo work for American Idol. Melissa Sue has also performed with several contemporary companies including, BHUMN at the Ballet Austin, Seamless Dance Theater of Kansas, and JADD Co. in Los Angeles. Melissa Sue also spent years as an adjudicator for StarQuest Dance Competition and Celebrity Dance.  Melissa Sue developed a passion for education and choreography. She has traveled on faculty for in studio intensives specializing in contemporary, ballet, and lyrical. In 2014 Melissa Sue and Morgan “Mo” Williams created SueMo: A Dance Experience. SueMo: A Dance Experience in an umbrella company encompassing SueMo Dance Company, The Transformation Movement (an in studio intensive program), and the SueMo Open Class Series. Melissa Sue also works as Artistic Director of teams for Brookfield Center For The Arts in Brookfield, WI.

Morgan “Mo” Williams, (Chicago, IL)
Artistic Director 

Morgan “Mo” Williams is a Chicago native.  He attended Chicago Academy for the Arts where he had the pleasure and privilege of studying under Randy Duncan, Guillermo Leyva, and Anna Paskveska.  At 18 years of age he received his first contract with Dance Kaleidoscope; from there, he danced with numerous concert companies such as Momenta Dance Company, Cerqua Rivera, Joel Hall & Dancers, Chicago Dance Crash, Deeply Rooted, and Eisenhower Dance. Mo has also been featured on “SYTYCD” Season 10 and was an L.A Finalist Season 11. Additional performance credits include Detroit Opera House productions of Aida, Pearl Fishers, Carmina Burana, Mac Cosmetics, and ESPN Wisconsin Sports Awards.  In addition to his professional credits he has taught classes for many studios, dance conventions, and workshops across the United States. He is currently on staff at Studio One Dance Company as the Co-director of the Pre- Professional program.  Mo is also the proud co-founder of SueMo: A Dance Experience, Milwaukee’s newest contemporary fusion dance company. His choreography credits include music artists such as Ginuwine and Pretty Lights.  He has showcased his choreography at Motorcity Movement, Urbanite, Columbus Arts Festival, Milwaukee Fringe Festival, and most recently was appointed head choreographer for Purple Veins – The Essential Prince Tribute Band.

SUEMO: CREATIVE TEAM

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Christa Smutek
Associate Artistic Director

Christa studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and received her B.S. in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology graduating with distinction and University Honors. Christa has performed professionally with companies including ArtLab J Dance, Next Level Dance Company, SueMo Dance Company, and Danceworks Performance Company. 

In addition to dancing, Christa has been teaching and choreographing for 9 years. Her contemporary choreography has been showcased at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival 2014, 2015, Detroit Dance City Festival 2015, Detroit Dance Film Festival 2015, 2016, 2017, Motor City Choreographer Collective 2015, 2016, Brighton Dance Festival 2015, Dance Canvas 2016, RADfest Midwest 2016, Milwaukee Fringe Festival 2016, 2017 and Columbus Arts Festival 2017.   Most recently, she is the proud mother of Eli Antony born January 27, 2018. 

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Heather Mrotek
Creative Director

Heather Mrotek recently joined the SueMo organization as creative director. She has worked as a photographer with SueMo since its first season. As time passed, she collaborated on more photo shoots, worked on campaigns, created more designs and eventually was blessed with the opportunity to become creative director. 

Outside of SueMo, Heather works in Harley-Davidson’s internal creative agency, as well as runs her own business, Mrotek Media. She has more than 10 years of experience in photography, retouching, videography/editing, graphic design and web design. She graduated with a marketing degree with an entrepreneurship certificate from Lubar School of Business.

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Erin Halada
Communication Director

Erin Halada is a senior in high school and hopes to attend the College of Design at The University of Minnesota in fall of 2019. She has a love for all forms of art with interests in painting, drawing, interior design, music, writing, and dance. She is a former member of SueMo II and danced with the company for nearly five seasons. Although she is no longer able to dance, she is still passionate about the company and keeps her involvement in it as much as possible. She now works as the Communications Director of SueMo.