Meet our wonderful support team, and amazing faculty. 

 

 

Alyssa Gunsolus- Assistant Technical Director

Alyssa Gunsolus graduated with a BS in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started her formal training with Ms. Jill Kragie in 1996 and with Madison Ballet in 2000 under the direction of W. Earle Smith. She has performed corps and soloist roles in Madison Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Cinderella as well as other area productions. From 2001-2005, she trained with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and the Sarasota Ballet in Sarasota, FL on full scholarship. Ms. Gunsolus has studied under Dorothy Lister, Cheyhun Ozsoy, Francesca Corkle, Deborah Dawn and Pavil Fomin. She lived in New York City for several years where she attended school at Fordham University and studied dance at STEPS on Broadway with Alexander Tressor and Wilhelm Burmann. Ms. Gunsolus has also spent many years dancing and choreographing on the competition circuit, competing in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta. She has had the privilege of working with world renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels and Tyce Diorio. Ms. Gunsolus has been a faculty member with Madison Ballet since 2011 were she has had the pleasure of creating the curriculum for the Wiggle Worms program and has introduce the Jazz/Contemporary class in the Open Division. Ms Alyssa will be on sabbatical this season as she spend some time with her growing family! Her and her partner Nick are welcoming a baby boy this January and we can’t wait to meet him!


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Lucy Williams - Assistant Choreographer 

Lucy is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she studies Social Work. In her free time she enjoys painting, making music with her friends, and riding her bike. Her love for dance began when she took her first Hip Hop class at the age of nine, and it has only grown since. She began choreographing pieces for herself, her classmates, and her high school's varsity show choir when she was 16. Her favorite styles are contemporary and hip hop, because she feels like they allow her to fully invest in the movement. Her favorite thing about dance is that it is one of the most organic forms of art, and it calls for one to become truly connected to their pieces. She is extremely honored to be working alongside Jess Duplessis in sharing their passion for dance with others, and she can't wait to be apart of the Raw Inspirations Dance Company family. 



Emma Holtan- Assistant Choreographer  Emma Holtan is a freshman at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She is going for a major in Water Science and a minor in Sociology and Social Justice. Emma has danced since she was three years old. She was one of the original members of RIDC. She only had a chance to be a part of the company for two years before graduating. Emma was also a part of her high school’s show choir for three years, her senior year she was a dance lead and got to choreograph and teach the choir. Emma still dances whenever she can in her free time. Emma really values the time she got to be a part of RIDC and is very thankful for Jess’s constant guidance and support. Emma also travels and assists our director in traveling classes including the east coast and locally. Emma will be debuting her own choreography this year on the season 3 dancers and looks forward to continuing her connection to RIDC moving from member, to alumni, to choreographer.

Emma Holtan- Assistant Choreographer

Emma Holtan is a freshman at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She is going for a major in Water Science and a minor in Sociology and Social Justice. Emma has danced since she was three years old. She was one of the original members of RIDC. She only had a chance to be a part of the company for two years before graduating. Emma was also a part of her high school’s show choir for three years, her senior year she was a dance lead and got to choreograph and teach the choir. Emma still dances whenever she can in her free time. Emma really values the time she got to be a part of RIDC and is very thankful for Jess’s constant guidance and support. Emma also travels and assists our director in traveling classes including the east coast and locally. Emma will be debuting her own choreography this year on the season 3 dancers and looks forward to continuing her connection to RIDC moving from member, to alumni, to choreographer.