Meet the Artists

Cathy Wind - Co-artistic director of Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company

Cathy Wind

founder, artistic director

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.

Ellen Keane

founder, executive diretor

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.

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.

Davon Suttles, Teacher and Choreographer

Davon Suttles

teaching artist, choreographer

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 a “Triple Threat”, as he’s an accomplished actor, singer and dancer.

Noah Coon, teacher and choreographer

Noah Coon

teaching artist, choreographer

Noah graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in musical theater and an emphasis in dance. He has studied dance under the mentorship of Jane Lanier, Jumaane Taylor, Sarah Reich, Tammy Mader, Cathy Wind, and Ellen Keane and is currently teaching dance and choreographing across the greater Twin Cities area.

Carla Bode - Keane Sense of Rhythm Tappy Hour instructor

Carla Bode

teaching artist

Carla Bode has duel degrees in Dance & Theater Education and English Education and a Holistic Health Studies Master’s Certificate from Saint Catherine University. She teaches creative movement at several early childhood schools in Minneapolis and is thrilled to be teaching Tappy Hours and community education classes for Keane Sense of Rhythm.

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Jensen Freedman

teaching artist, choreographer

Jensen Freedman, LA native, has been enjoying the art of tap dance since the age of 3. Jensen has been training for 15 years with Tap Into The Network/ TITN Intensive, working with Gregg Russell, Angela Carter, and Ryan Lohoff. She teaches Dance Fit, Footworking and Tap 4 / 5 on Tuesday evenings.

Board of Directors

Dennis Anderson, President

Ann Mockovak

Mary Helmin

Maggie Brickson, Financial Officer

Sara Schreier

Shonni Krengel, Secretary

Rev. Dr. Darcel Hill