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BrianneVanHekkenBrianne VanHekken earned her B.A. from Hope College where she double majored in Dance and Psychology. During her senior year at Hope she was a member of the professional dance company, Aerial Dance Theater, under the co-direction of Linda Graham and Steven Iannacone. After graduating, Brianne choreographed and performed a Modern dance, Uetos, at Times Square in New York City through Project Dance. For several years Brianne had the opportunity to work with the program, Art for All, at the Holland Arts Council in Holland, MI, where she designed creative movement experiences for developmentally delayed and disabled adults. Brianne has taught dance classes locally at the YMCA in St. Joseph and South Haven, and the Salvation Army. Brianne has taught at the Citadel for five years She grew up in St. Joseph and is currently residing there with her spouse, Tom and her two children, Vivian and Miles. By day Brianne is a school social worker with Coloma Community Schools and works with students in grades third through fifth. Brianne is very passionate about movement and dance and is very excited to be a part of the Citadel family.