The KSR Team
Ellen Keane is thankful for her life in dance and believes this gift of dance training should be accessible to everyone. She is the executive director of Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company and teaches at University of Minnesota Theater & Dance Department. Keane teaches beginning through advanced professional tap dance with a goal of using dance as physical and mental health for adults, kids and underprivileged youth.
KSR has performed for over 100,000 people, many of which were free to the public. From the street to the rooftop and from outdoor venues to professional theaters in Poland, China, Ireland, Canada have benefited from her artistry.
Choreography credits include 50+ musicals for high schools, community and professional theaters. Collaborations with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Misora Taiko, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s production of Tap Dance in Beijing, China.
Ellen is a producer Minneapolis Human Rhythm Projects, Fringe shows and National Tap Dance Day. For the past 10 years, her focus has been mainly rhythm tap — one Broadway gypsy claimed that every class with Ellen is a master class.
Ellen is most proud of the creation of the Youth Tap Ensemble in 2002. Dancers ages 8-18 audition for placement annually. She especially enjoys working with talented and passionate youth in master classes, workshops and residencies.
Cathy Keane Wind has performed with such great tap artists as Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and is a student of the Maestro Lane Alexander. Her passion for art has given her the opportunity to work with the Queen of Sweden, Dr. Maya Angelou, Regis Philbin, Garrison Keiller, Bill Irwin, the Umbilical Brothers, and the Boy’s Choir of Kenya. Cathy has taught dance classes at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota, as well as many reputable dance studios.
Cathy was nominated for a 2011 Minnesota SAGE Award for Outstanding Dance Educator, and for over 15 years she has choreographed musicals for Wayzata High School. Currently, Cathy is teaching inner-city youth in St. Paul, thanks to grants for KSR’s Community Outreach Program.
Cathy is the co-artistic director of Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company. KSR has performed around the US, Canada, and Europe, including performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the Minneapolis and Thunder Bay Fringe Festivals, as well as the International Dance Festival in Ladek Zdroj, Poland.
In 1997, the Keane Sense of Rhythm’s Youth Tap Ensemble was created to give gifted rhythm-tap students a chance to explore different aspects of the art form. Cathy leads that program inspiring youth to be the best dancers they can be.
Teaching Artist / Choreographer / Communications Director
Megan Wind is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and performer based out of Minneapolis, MN.
Megan grew up studying American tap dance with Keane Sense Rhythm, where she performed nationally and internationally at festivals, such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tappy Holidays in New York City and the Ladek Droj Dance Festival in Poland.
Megan is also a Company member with Kaleena Miller Dance out of Minneapolis. KMD has allowed her to perform at theaters such as The Cowles Center, The Southern Theater, and the Walker Art Center.
In 2014, Megan studied at the Institute for Rhythmic Arts under Nicholas Van Young, and for three weeks, she studied tap, body percussion, and drumming with Master Teachers, Jumaane Taylor, Lane Alexander, Doug Feig, John Angeles, and many more.
Megan graduated from the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities where she studied Strategic Communications with a minor in Design. She attended high school at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where she studied modern dance, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and African dance.
You can find her teaching, creating choreography, and performing with KSR as a faculty member while also using her strategic communication skills within the KSR Marketing Team and at Save the Boundary Waters in Ely, MN
Teaching Artist / Choreographer
Davon Suttles is an emerging performing artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Growing up performing in Keane Sense of Rhythm’s Youth Tap Ensemble, Davon developed a deep love for dance. This brought him to attend high school at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where he also discovered a passion for Musical Theatre. He’s considered what’s called a “Triple Threat” in the entertainment world, as he’s an accomplished actor, singer and dancer.
Over the past decade, Davon has had many opportunities to perform not only within the greater Twin Cities but also in the Chicago area. Davon was seen recently performing in the new hit adaptation of 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. He currently dances with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and performed in Juba Master of Tap with that ensemble. Davon is also a Member of the Professional Ensemble at Keane Sense of Rhythm.
As an actor, Davon has performed in productions at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minnesota and at Columbia College Chicago, where he majors in Musical Theatre.
Over the years, Davon has had the privilege to travel both nationally and internationally to teach and perform the art forms that he loves.
We are honored to have Davon return to Keane Sense of Rhythm as one of our distinguished Teaching Artists.
Teaching Artist / Choreographer
Noah Parker Brewington is an emerging tap, hip-hop and house dancer from Eagan, Minnesota.
Noah’s early dance training started at Nancy Raddatz Dance Studio and Turning Pointe Dance Studio. He continued to grow as a dancer performing in Keane Sense of Rhythm’s Youth Tap Ensemble, which led him to Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists where he attended high school.
While in KSR’s Youth Tap Ensemble, Noah was deeply involved in the KSR Outreach Program, teaching and inspiring youth of all ages and diversity. Noah loves sharing his passion for dance with all his students and for the last several years, Noah has taught at various dance studios around the Twin Cities.
Noah’s professional performances include the Twin Cities Tap Festival, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Rhythmically Speaking, the Minnesota State Fair, Hamline University and IFTRA, where he trained with Stomp performer, Nicholas Van Young.
Noah is currently a Company member of Keane Sense of Rhythm in St. Paul and Kaleena Miller Dance in Minneapolis. He performs in numerous productions and teaches all over the Twin Cities.
We’re excited to have Noah as a Teaching Artist in Residence at Keane Sense of Rhythm!