Director

Barbara Craig

Dance

     Barbara Craig holds a BA degree in English from Webster University with a lifetime teaching certificate from the state of Missouri for grades K-12. Barbara has a lifelong passion for increasing the awareness, inclusion, and value of children in arts education.

     Her early training in dance was with Alexandra Zaharius. At Webster, she continued her dance studies with the master teacher, Michael Simms and performed extensively during her time in college. She opened her school of dance upon graduating from Webster University in 1969. 

      Her beloved legacy of students have performed all over the world in professional companies, international theater venues, cruise ships, national festivals, and universities. Over 40 of her students  have received college scholarships for dance and have been accepted into internationally respected programs such as the Joffrey School, American Ballet Theater, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.

Locally, her students have performed her conceptually integrative artwork in iconic venues such as: The St. Louis Art Museum. The Foundry Arts Center, The  City Museum, The City of St. Louis Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting  Ceremony, the St. Louis Dance Festival, and  Judevine Center's Festival of Trees.  In 1997,  her youth performing company performed a full-length concert on the newly commissioned ship, Ecstasy, for Carnival Cruise Lines, and in 2001 they held a benefit for Comfort Zone Camp’s September 11th fund. 

     Barbara is passionate about traditional training for dancers. As such, she believes that there are other modes of performance practice that students can participate in (outside of the competition dance paradigm) to create wonderful experiences not just for the performers, but for their supportive family members as well. Nationally, Dance Project (now SkyStone) student dance companies have performed and developed relationships with professional theaters, outdoor venues, etc in other parts of the United States. Barbara's dancers have performed at the historic Arneson Theater on the famous Riverwalk in San Antonio, The Island and Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the base of the Smokey Mountains, the Muny Preshow, the Darren Romeo Show, the Tony Orlando and Lennon Sisters Christmas Show, The Haygood's, and Dixie Stampede in Branson.

      For the past several years, Barbara has coordinated and hosted the local children’s cast rehearsals for Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker" at the Fox Theater. She also conceptualized, designed, and created a signature new treatment of the traditional Nutcracker " The Endless Forest Nutcracker" which is inspired by her love of the Smokey Mountains. Endless Forest Nutcracker will be in its 5th year this season and premiering at the Edison Theater  (for the first time)  in December 2017. 

     

Co-Director

Jennifer Medina

Dance

     Jennifer holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and an MFA in Choreography from the nationally ranked University of  Iowa. Jennifer is an alumni of Dance Project, as well as being the daughter of her first teacher, Barbara Craig. 

     Her performance career spanned 20 years. Notable teachers of impact include Basil Thompson,  Paula Weber, David Berkey, Leni Wylliams, and Mary Pat Henry. Most of her career was spent in Kansas City with the Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Theater. In her time with WHCDT, Jennifer was privileged to perform choreography by masters such as:

David Parsons, (Bachianna, Sleep Study) Bill T. Jones, (Havoc) Sean Currán, (Abstract Concrete, Symbolic Logic) Keven Iega Jeff (Church of Nations) William Whitener, (Patsy Cline Tribute) Milton Myers, (Variations) Fred Benjamin,(Ice Fire)  and Rod Rogers (Percussion Suite)  to highlight a few. 

     As a choreographer and guest teacher, Jennifer has been fortunate to work with wonderful programs across the country, both in Universities and in private schools. She has guest taught or held faculty positions with respected organizations such as The Virginia School of the Arts, Washington University, the Kansas City Ballet, the Southeast Regional Ballet Association, and American Dance Center

     Since 2010, Jennifer has been working alongside her family at Dance Project St. Louis, and directing her own company, SkyStone Contemporary Ballet (Formerly, Common Thread.) While she has held full time faculty positions at UMKC Conservatory, Webster University, and UMSL, Jennifer enjoys a career that encompasses giving back to the school that gave her the opportunity to enjoy an expansive career in dance for nearly 30 years.