Patchwork Dance Company serves the Michiana community and beyond through the efforts of our dedicated directors, choreographers, dancers, sponsors, volunteers and audience members.
Debbie Werbrouck MDE, founder and artistic director, holds her Master Certification in dance from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. From 1992-1997 she hired the international faculty for the organization. She has served as Education Director, Principal, and Board Member and recently completed a three-year term as President of this one hundred year old organization. She has structured and implemented dance classes for area nursery, elementary and secondary school and has developed the curriculum for Academy Arts Preschool. She has served as guest artist for several national dance organizations and private dance schools throughout the Midwest. She has been an adjudicator and choreographer for national scholarship pageants, colleges, civic theaters and high schools. Ms. Werbrouck directed Patchwork’s performance tour of England and Scotland in 1992. She also served as faculty member of the Department of Communication, Dance and Theatre at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN from 1992-1994. She currently co-chairs the New York based coalition of dance education organizations, UNITY.
Julie Werbrouck Bodle MDE, assistant director, holds her Master Certification in dance from Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and has served as Board Member, Sergeant-At-Arms, Treasurer, Fifth, Fourth and Third Vice-President. In her five-year term as Principal she was responsible for hiring the national faculty including during the 100th Anniversary. She currently holds the position of President-Elect. Literally “growing up in the studio,” Mrs. Bodle took advantage of the tremendous artistic and educational exposure and has utilized this knowledge in her own dancing and teaching. A member of Patchwork Dance Company since its inception, Julie has been called, “an outstanding performer” by critics. She assisted with Patchwork’s performance tour of England and Scotland, the school performance tours both here and abroad and directs the performing group of the school, the Apple Corps Dancers. She heads the half-time performances of Notre Dame Women’s basketball for both the Irish Superstars and Irish Silver stars. In addition to studio classes, she is Assistant Director of Academy Arts Preschool.
Jenn Wolfe, MDE holds her degree from Indiana University and her Master Dance Educator certification from CNADM. She is the primary resident choreographer for Patchwork Dance Company. She has studied extensively with a range of guest artists and participated in the performance tour of Europe in 1999. She has performed the works of most of the guest choreographers and danced the title role in “Christopher’s Christmas” for many years.
She teaches dance at Penn High School where she also choreographs for the show choir and the musical as well as teaching at the Werbrouck School. She was instrumental in coordinating an outreach program with the level III dance class at Penn High School for the opportunity to make an appearance with Patchwork Dance Company at their spring concert.
Jaci Mullins MDE holds her title of Master Dance Educator from CNADM and regularly contributes choreography to Patchwork Dance Company. She studied with and performed the works of many guest choreographers. She has been a member of the Werbrouck faculty since 1996. Her own choreography includes work for the Apple Corps and Notre Dame Irish Superstar dancers through the Werbrouck School and also for numerous area high schools. She danced in Walt Disney World, Florida during the summers of 1994 and 1997 and was a faculty member of the 2000 NYC school tour.
Denise Honaker, MDE holds her degree from Indiana University. She teaches dance at Penn High School and has been a member of the Werbrouck School faculty since 1993 where she specializes in the school’s Early Childhood Program. Denise received her early training at the Werbrouck School and has worked with and performed the work of numerous choreographers. She is a Master Dance Educator of CNADM and has received recognition through scholarship awards. She has been dancing for more than thirty years and has toured with Patchwork in Chicago.
Lea Thomas holds her Bachelor of Arts in Dance as well as Film, Video and Media Studies from Western Michigan University. She also holds her membership in CNADM. Growing up in Stevensville, MI, Lea had the opportunity to perform pieces by Randy Duncan, John Lehrer and Jump Rhythm Jazz Dance Company and appeared as The Little Mermaid in Walt Disney World. This is Lea’s second year performing and choreographing for PDC and teaching at Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance where every day she shares her passion for dance.
Molly Sheets is a member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and is on faculty at Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance. Starting as an apprentice, Molly is a long-time performer with PDC and has worked with both resident and guest choreographers. She has performed the works of Julie Cartier, Jeremy Plummer and Donna Ziegler, to name a few. In addition to her training at the Werbrouck School, she participated in an educational performance tour in Italy and regularly attends continuing education through CNADM
Brittany Masters has been a performing member of Patchwork since 2009. She has danced a variety of roles with Patchwork from “Christopher’s Christmas” to “In Concert” presentations and she participated in an educational performance tour in Italy. Brittany received her early training at Debbie Werbrouck School of Dance where she is currently a substitute faculty member. She attended various workshops through Chicago National Association of Dance Masters where she has worked with numerous master teachers and choreographers.
PDC II Dancers