Maggie Fleita | Apprentice
Maggie is from the Chicagoland area and is a recent college graduate from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Dance minor. Growing up in Niles, IL, Maggie primarily danced at Virtuoso Performing Arts (VPA) under the direction of Carrie Bohlmann, Annie Conway, Margaret Thompson and Laura Thurston. At VPA, she served as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She continued her dance career in to college where she was a Grace Keenan scholar at Creighton University. Under Patrick Roddy, Patti Zukaitis and Nichol Mason Lazenby, Maggie has danced and choreographed in various shows with Creighton, such as The Nutcracker and A Nightmare's Holiday, both of which she danced in lead roles. She has also danced with tbd., a modern dance collective in Omaha. Maggie's choreography has been showcased in the 2013 Illinois High School Dance Festival, various Chicagoland shows, Creighton Dance Performances, Still Inspired (?), Future Artist Showcase and Nebraska in Motion Choreography Showcase. In Omaha, she taught at the Omaha Academy of Ballet and as a volunteer dance teacher for Dancing Beyond Limits, an organization that offers dance classes to children with special needs. Along with teaching dance, Maggie is also a group fitness instructor, certified in Barre Intensity.
Maggie is currently in graduate school at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. For her doctoral project, she is interested in studying the effectiveness of dance as an intervention for people with Parkinson's Disease in improving their daily functioning abilities. She is thrilled to continue dancing and eager to work with CKDC.