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Meet the Summer 2023 Interns

ElleAnna Casterline - Marketing Intern
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ElleAnna is a Detroit-based performer and choreographer. A recent graduate from the University of Michigan, she received a BFA in Dance and a BA in Communication & Media Studies. Additionally, ElleAnna serves as the Director of Programming for We Are Queens, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on empowering college-aged dancers towards sustainable trajectories through leadership training, professional development, and community-building. Inspired by the rise of tech in artistic spaces, specifically Screendance, ElleAnna’s media background informs her passion for the performing arts. She’s excited to intersect these two worlds through marketing and creative expression at NDEO. She/Her/Hers

Alicea "Ali" Chludzinski - Marketing Intern
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Alicea “Ali” Chludzinski is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography as well as a minor in Film and Media Studies. Throughout her time at SRU, Ali developed a passion for screendance and studied Gene Kelly’s impact on choreography and cinematography in the Hollywood Movie Musical. She prides herself on being awarded the Outstanding Dance Service Award in 2023 and being selected as SRU’s Student Employee of the Year in 2022 for her work for the Department of Dance as an office assistant, student ambassador, and the student social media coordinator. She started dancing at age 2 at Spotlight Dance Studio by Stacey Kabasinski Inc. and has experience in performing and teaching various styles of dance. Currently, Ali is working as a Marketing Intern for the National Dance Education Organization and is enjoying dancing with Seiche Dance Collective in Erie, PA. She/Her/Hers.

Sophia Perone - Conference Book Editor Intern
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Originally from New Jersey, Sophia Perone began her dance training and choreographic journey at Washington Rock Dance. She is continuing her studies at Johns Hopkins University and The Peabody Institute, where she is currently obtaining a B.A. in Political Science and a B.F.A. in Dance. Sophia has performed choreographic works by Danielle Agami, Sorah Yang, Diedre Dawkins, Yoshito Sakuraba, Christian Denice, Mike Esperanza, Madi Hicks, Stephanie Zaletel, danah bella, Kelly Hirina, and Christopher Pennix. She has also choreographed works that have been performed at Baltimore Theater Project, The Peabody Institute, and Palm Springs International Dance Festival. Sophia believes that dance is not simply a performing art, but a segue into political discourse, social work, societal development, community building, and cultural preservation. She/Her/Hers

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