Current Omega Leadership
Katie Woehr, Director (2012 – present)
Katie has considered dance an integral part of her spirituality since first beginning her ministry as a liturgical dancer at St. Martin of Tours parish in San Jose, California at the age of nine. Along with her sister Becky, Katie directed the Movement Ministry at St. Martin’s from 1998 to 2006, and also offered liturgical dance at a variety of special events for the Diocese of San Jose. Katie furthered her exploration of dance as a sacred art at Santa Clara University, where she danced with the Grace Liturgical Dance Troupe, and directed Charisma!, a performing ensemble that sought to explore how art and spirituality collide in each person. She began her professional sacred dance career when she joined Omega Dance Company upon moving to New York in 2006, and has performed throughout the NYC area in a variety of settings, including her home parish of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Katie trained with the Fancy Dancers of Milpitas, California for 15 years, where she studied tap, ballet, jazz, and musical theater. She first encountered modern dance at Santa Clara University, where she earned her BA in Theater Arts, Dance Emphasis. She began her professional dance career in the San Francisco Bay Area with choreographer David J. Popalisky and HudsonDance, and currently dances with Laurie De Vito and Dancers and choreographer Diane McCarthy. When not dancing, Katie edits children’s books at Scholastic, Inc.
Martha Chapman, Director (2012 – present)
Martha performed with and choreographed for Omega Dance Company for almost 20 years before being named a Director in 2012. Her history with the company includes choreographing and setting works for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, as well as performing and setting works in multiple venues and sacred settings in the New York metropolitan area.
She also directs dance ministries with her home congregation, the Church of the Village, a progressive United Methodist Community where Omega is now an Artist-in-Residence. Through this and as a member of Omega, she is a member of the Sacred Dance Guild’s local chapter and participates in their local and national activities.
Martha Chapman performed with companies such as NYC Opera Ballet, NJ Ballet, Eugene Ballet in Oregon, Ontario Ballet Theater in Toronto, and Cork City Ballet in Ireland, as well as in productions such as the Edinburgh Festival and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. From her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy to performing “Shakers” by American modern-dance pioneer Doris Humphrey and works by Graham and Hawkins company members, Martha's career has covered both classical and modern repertory. She is a senior faculty member for the children’s program “The School at Steps” at Steps on Broadway, has conducted master classes and lecture demonstrations, and has been quoted extensively in The Pointe Book. She taught and served on the Board of Directors at Dance New Amsterdam for 17 years.
Margaret Elaine Plaza, Director (2013 – present)
Margaret is a professional dancer, educator and leader who’s had the honor of dancing with Omega Dance Company since 2000 as a sacred dance artist serving under the direction and leadership of Carla De Sola, Kara Miller, Mignon Gillen and Sandra Rivera. Margaret has performed, choreographed, reconstructed and directed sacred dance repertory for Omega in concert, liturgy and ceremonial services, most notably the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Washington National Cathedral, St. Ignatius Loyola, the Church of the Village and the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Margaret joined Omega’s leadership team in 2013, and as Co-Director, works collaboratively with leadership to advance the company’s mission and vision as a liturgical and sacred art.
Margaret, raised in the Catholic church, is a devout believer in God, the power of prayer, social justice and serving the underserved. With these principles deeply rooted in her heart, she has dedicated her 20-year teaching career to educating children in the public schools as a New York State certified PreK-12 dance educator and serves as educational leader, facilitator, mentor and guest lecturer in PreK-12 education, higher education and the performing arts. She is an award-winning artist, educator and published scholar currently pursuing her second Master’s in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy and certification in faith lay leadership.
Margaret trained professionally with the Ailey School; the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance; Dance June Lewis and Company; Danza Contemporanéa de Cuba in Havana, Cuba; and Off Jazz Dance Company in Nice, France and is technically versed in Graham, Horton, Dunham, Haitian, Afro-Cuban modern and jazz dance. She’s served as principal dancer of Agoci Dance Company and En La Brega Dance Company and has performed for Allison Oakes and Michael Leon Thomas and Noibis Licea of Ailey.
The Riverside Church in the City of New York is Margaret’s beloved faith home where she loves attending bible study and small group classes facilitated by the Ministry of Education and putting her faith into action as a member of Riverside’s Social Justice Ministry.
When not dancing, choreographing, teaching, or attending church, Margaret can be found somewhere in the world fighting for social justice and advocating for children, public education and the arts.
Rebecca Reuter, Director (2012 – present)
Rebecca (Becky) began her ministry as a liturgical dancer at the age of nine at St. Martin of Tours Church in San Jose, California. Stepping into a leadership role at the age of 15, Becky, along with her sister Katie, oversaw St. Martin’s Movement Ministry from 1998 to 2006, and served as Director of Grace Liturgical Dance Troupe at Santa Clara University from 2002 to 2005. Upon moving to New York in 2006, Becky was blessed to encounter Omega Dance Company and discover, to her delight, that she could continue her ministry as a liturgical dancer on a professional level. As a principal dancer with the company, Becky has performed throughout the New York metropolitan area in a variety of settings, most notably for various services at her home parish, the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue and 84th Street, where her husband Robert Reuter serves as Associate Director of Music. As Co-director, Becky seeks to broaden Omega’s reach and advocate for dance as a liturgical and sacred art.
Becky trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre for 15 years with the Fancy Dancers of Milpitas, California. She received her BA degree in Theatre Arts, Dance Emphasis from Santa Clara University, where she studied modern, ballet, and musical theatre and was involved in over 40 theater and dance productions. Beginning her professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area, Becky performed with HudsonDance and choreographer David J. Popalisky. She currently studies contemporary dance with Simonson teacher Diane McCarthy and serves as the Assistant Director of Community Engagement at The Juilliard School. Becky also sings with the Canticum Sacrum and Wallace Hall choirs at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and works with Charis NYC, a peer-led Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20's and 30's.
Carla De Sola, Founder & Director (1974-1989)
Carla De Sola, sacred dance pioneer and founder of Omega Liturgical Dance Company, served as Director from 1974 to 1989. She continues to serve as Director of Omega West Dance Company, offering workshops in the Bay Area and across the U.S. Carla travels east as often as she can to set repertoire on Omega Dance Company in NYC, and continues to serve as adviser to current company leadership. For a longer bio of Carla, visit the Past Leadership page.