The Dance Waterloo Team

Morgan Teel

Founder | Artistic Director

Morgan Mackay Teel is the Artistic Director & Founder of Dance Waterloo. When she isn’t producing a new choreographic project for Dance Waterloo, you can find her working with an individual, partner, group, and business clients as a Certified Enneagram Coach, helping them find fulfillment and joy with how they spend their time in life. She is also a Recruiting Coordinator for a tech start-up. Morgan holds an MFA in Dance from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her artistic works have premiered nationally in Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Indiana, and New York as well as internationally in Italy.

Stephanie Albrecht

Executive Director

Stephanie Locklear Albrecht is an experienced leader with a diverse background in program management and digital strategy. Skilled in relationship-building, business management, and enhancing the customer experience, she is passionate about driving growth and innovation in the arts and education sector and thrives in creating meaningful and impactful experiences. Stephanie’s most recent role as the Director of Digital Strategy & Development at Dance Waterloo follows a decade-long tenure across various pivotal positions at Ballet Austin.

A native Austinite and proud Texas Longhorn, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, a testament to her deep connection with this community. As a new mom, Stephanie embarks on this new and thrilling chapter, cherishing the solid roots that have always grounded her.

Stephanie is eager and excited to contribute to the dynamic future of Dance Waterloo, and looks forward to working closely with the team to make a lasting impact on our community and the arts.

Mia Moi

Communications and Development Manager

Mia Moi was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she received professional classical ballet training and multi-disciplinary competition experience. Since moving to Austin, she has refined her training in tap, jazz, heels, hip-hop, and contemporary and performed with dance collectives like Ventana Ballet, ARCOS, Early Era Collective, Articulate Austin, and Tapestry. Mia continues to freelance with local Austin companies in performance, choreography, teaching, and film. From teaching at various studios to featuring in short films and commercials, Mia strives to grow her dance discipline in all areas. She also holds Bachelors’ degrees in Communication Leadership and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jessica Gray

Outreach and Operations Coordinator

Jessica Gray started dancing at the age of 2 in Rowlett, TX. She pursued dance in many ways as a young child and in her high school years. She competed with both her drill team and competitive studio teams and was also in theatre and musicals. She attended The University of Texas at Austin and received her BFA in August of 2015. While attending UT, Jessica had the pleasure of working with many current choreographers and with the classical works of choreographers, the late Robert Battle (Brooklyn) of BattleWorks, Paul Taylor (New York), Charles O. Anderson (Austin), Kate Watson-Wallace (Brooklyn), and her favorite Mark Morris (Brooklyn) of Mark Morris Dance Group. She also got to choreograph in many student-run shows as well as her final main stage show as a senior member of Dance Repertoire Theater. Upon graduating in 2015, Jessica auditioned for us and has been a season regular for 5 years. Jessica has taught dance all over Austin and is currently a teacher at Head To Toe and Dance Elements.

Matthew Sommers

Project Manager

Matthew Sommers is a dance artist currently residing in Austin, Texas, where he currently lives, dances, teaches and makes coffee. He’s performed in Austin with Early Era Collective, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Spaces of Fontana, and Dance Waterloo as well as premiering his own work which combine a sense of humorous storytelling while exploring the dynamics of physicality, suspension, and weight. Matthew’s choreography has been shown throughout both Florida and Texas with Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Moving Current’s Newgrounds, Austin Dance Festival, and Preheat Fest Austin. Matthew graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and then went on to study at the University of South Florida, where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. Matthew received the opportunity to work with a variety of choreographers during his time at USF including Charles O. Anderson, Alex Jones, Joshua L. Peugh, and Marc Brew.

Laura Merkel

Choreographer

Laura Merkel graduated with a B.A. in dance performance from Hofstra University, summa cum laude. After graduation, Laura lived in NYC for a couple of years, dancing in modern and jazz dance companies and training in yoga and Pilates. In 2016, she relocated to Austin, TX, and joined Dance Waterloo. In this company, she has the pleasure of working as a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and bodyworker. Outside of her work with Dance Waterloo, Laura teaches young dancers at Dance Xplosion and she started her own online fitness business, Laura Merkel Fitness. In 2019, she collaborated with fellow Dance Waterloo member, Rachael Hulse, to create a 2 hour-long dance installation, “Save/Reload,” as part of Revolve Austin. Laura is grateful to have found a home among Austin’s dance community!