2017 Company Members
Anna Foshee (Artistic Director) , graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in dance from the University of Alabama with a minor in Social Work. After UA, Anna joined Sanspointe Dance Company and has been working with the company since 2009. In January of 2015, she was named Artistic Director for Sanspointe. Anna is an adjunct professor at UAB and Samford University, a teaching artist at The Dance Foundation and serves as a choreographer and senior team coach at the Centre for Performing arts in Prattville, Alabama. Anna resides in Bluff Park with her husband and two sons.
Sara Turney Wallace (Assistant Artistic Director) is from Toney, AL. She holds a BA in English and Dance from The University of Alabama. While at UA, she received the Edith Barnes Choreography Award and performed with the pre-professional company, Alabama Repertory Dance Theater, and the student-produced organization, Dance Alabama!. Sara is in her fourth season as a company member of Sanspointe Dance Company, where she regularly performs and choreographs. She was made the company’s Interim Artistic Director August, 2015 and now serves as the Assistant Artistic Director. She has been teaching with The Dance Foundation in Homewood, Alabama since 2012.
Meredith K. Cox, a native of Athens, Alabama, began dancing at age nine under the tutelage of Susan Fisher Nesbitt and Deborah Bailey. Upon graduating high school, she attended the University of Alabama receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Dance in 2009. While attending the university, she performed as a company member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and choreographed and performed for the student organized Dance Alabama. Meredith received the honor of the Edith Barnes Award for choreography during her time at Alabama. She has attended the American Dance Festival and participated in summer intensives with Margi Cole and the Florida Youth Ballet. Meredith last performed with Sanspointe in 2009 and is excited to be back with the company!
Michelle Knutson, native of Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated from the University of Alabama (UA) Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance and Minor in Psychology. While studying at UA, she was a member of the pre-professional company, Alabama Repertory Dance Theater and performed with the student-directed company Dance Alabama!. She received the Lou Wall Award from UA dance department faculty in 2000. Michelle’s professional training includes work with Celeste Miller, Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Dance Festival, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Michelle served as the Upper School Program Coordinator, directed the Student Ensemble program, and performed with the school-touring program; “Math in Motion,” at The Dance Foundation from 2001 – 2007. Michelle was an inaugural recipient of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham’s Grants to Individual Artists Award in 2007. She Directed the Bumpus Middle School Dance Team from 2014 – 2016 and taught Dance and assisted with the Physical Education and Special Education departments at Trace Crossings Elementary School (TCES) from 2008 – 2017. While at Trace Crossings Elementary, Michelle wrote, applied for and received the Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grant for $25,000 that was awarded to TCES and served as Project Director for grant implementation and the creation of a Dance Lab. Currently she serves as Co-Director and teacher for the dance magnet department at Booker T. Washington Performing Arts high school in Montgomery, AL. Five-time winner of the Panoply Arts Festival’s Best Modern Choreography Award, she is the founding Artistic Director of Sanspointe Dance Company and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors.
Stella Nystrom was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama and has lived in Birmingham for 7 years. She has danced with Alabama Contemporary Dance and The Down-Downs in Mobile, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Sanspointe, Corpus Euphonium ( an improvisational dance and music collective ), and Pyro-Salto a fire performance troupe. She’s trained in Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, Vaganova Syllabus, several styles of African Dance and modern techinque. Currently, she works at The Wine Loft as a Certified Sommelier and is working on the Advanced Sommelier Certification. Eventually, she would like to become a Master Sommelier because being a Master of anything is awesome.
Justin Wallace (Music Director) graduated from UAB with a Bachelor’s in Music Technology and a specialization in percussion. He is the co-founder/director of Iron Giant Percussion, a contemporary quartet focused on bringing percussion music to a wider audience. Justin began working with Sanspointe Dance Company in 2009 as a company artist before becoming the company’s music director in 2011.