Real Time Bios

Andrea Chastant Burkholder and Daniel Burkholder arrived in Milwaukee last August, after being performers, choreographers, teachers, and arts activists in the Maryland/DC region's dance scene.  Andrea founded and ran Arachne Aerial Arts in Washington, DC for over 10 years, teaching and performing aerial arts across the city.  Daniel ran Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround for 12 years, bringing a new understanding to improvisational performance to the area.  Their companies have performed at, among many more venues and events, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and outdoors at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

Both Andrea and Daniel are certified somatic practitioners, Andrea in Pilates and Daniel in Feldenkrais.  Andrea owns and has taught at her two studios, Pure Joe Pilates in DC and Virginia since 2000, and Daniel directed The Integrated Body in Maryland from 2005-2014.

The two then created Movement Arts, which aimed to combine their Feldenkrais and Pilates with their disciplines in teaching and performing.  Daniel is now an Assistant Professor of dance and Andrea teaches aerial dance at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The Burkholders strive to find ways to allow for open access to the arts, through events such as Real Time and are excited to have an artistic home here in Milwaukee.


Maria Gillespie is Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. She is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, artistic director of Oni Dance and was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch". Gillespie's choreography has been presented nationally at venues including The Ford Amphitheatre, The Getty Museum, REDCAT, UCLA, CalArts, Joyce SoHo, and Counterpulse. She performs and teaches internationally in Mexico, Japan, and China. A four time Lester Horton Award winner, Gillespie received grants from The Durfee Foundation, The Irvine Foundation, UWM Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for International Education, and Office of Undergraduate Research.