Artistic Director




Cassie Nordgren

Artistic Director and Founder of ThruLines
Cassie was the 2017 recipient of the Danza Debuts commission from the United Palace of Cultural Arts. She is a two-time finalist for the Capezio A.C.E. Awards for Choreographic Excellence and was the SDCF Observer for Josh Bergasse for the 2014 Broadway Revival of On The Town. Her choreography can be seen in two feature films: Waiting in the Wings, the Musical (featuring Lee Meriwether & Shirley Jones) and it’s sequel, Still Waiting (featuring Bruce Vilanch, Seth Rudetsky, & Chita Rivera). A California native, Cassie has remained bi-coastal and from 2011-2016 she was the director/choreographer for the Miss California Pageant. Other favorite credits include BC Beat, the Neighborhood Playhouse, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, Cabrillo Stage, and the NY Theatre Barn. Cassie is currently the Artistic Director and Curator of the Danza Highbridge Festival, an annual event where members of the Washington Heights Community are treated to a professional dance performance in a drained Olympic size wading pool. As a lifelong advocate for arts accessibility with a true passion for storytelling, Cassie started ThruLines, a dance initiative dedicated to reaching those who may not have regular access to theatrical experiences. Through her work in Washington Heights, she continues to explore how narrative dance and movement can be used as a tool to unify isolated audiences. For more information about Cassie, please visit To reach out to her directly, email