Summer at SAM: Sculptured Dance Bios
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES + DANCERS
Au Collective develops relatable and engaging dance art that reflects our multi-faceted family of dancers. We highlight the creative perspective of all our members including people of color, queer people, and women.
Cheryl Delostrinos is a Filipino American born and raised in Seattle. She is the Artistic Director of Au Collective. Delostrinos began her training at Kathy’s Studio of Dance, The Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Cornish College of the Arts. She has had the privilege of studying with the American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, ARC Dance Productions, the American Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers, and the Alvin Ailey School in New York. In 2013, she graduated with a B.A in Dance from the UW and was awarded the Evelyn H. Green endowed scholarship for artistic merit and promise. As a professional movement artist, she has worked with Prism II under the direction of Sonia Dawkins, the Chamber Dance Company under the direction of Hannah Wiley, and collaborated and toured with the Pat Graney Company. Delostrinos has presented work at the Contemporary Jazz Dance Festival, Relay Dance Collective’s annual performance Beginnings and RDC2, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, The CHIN Project at the 92nd St Y, the UW’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, the NW New Works Festival, Mighty Tieton Block Party presented by the UW Alumni Association, and SAM Remix.
Imana Gunawan A Texas-born Indonesian, is a Seattle-based multimedia journalist and dance artist. She trained at the Sumber Cipta Ballet School and GIGI Art of Dance in Jakarta, Indonesia. She also studied at the University of Washington, from which she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism and dance. At the UW, she received the Pioneer Newsgroup Excellence in Journalism Award and the Dance Program Scholarship for recognizing the art as the confluence of theory, practice, and creativity. She has worked with the Chamber Dance Company, GIGI Dance Company, Jennifer Salk, Amy O’Neal, Mary Sheldon Scott, Rachael Lincoln, and Bruce McCormick, among others. Her work has been produced in Seattle and New York at American Dance Guild Festival, Velocity’s Next Fest NW, Full Tilt, Launch 2.0, the UW, and Boost Dance Festival, among others. Outside of dance, Gunawan’s journalism work focuses on international politics, underrepresented communities, and arts and culture—issues which often seep into her dance work.
Hallie Scott Is a choreographer, artist, and environmental activist. Using dance, film, visual art, woodcarving, and storytelling, she creates work in many mediums. Scott Grew up in Yakima, WA, and has lived and worked as an artist in Seattle since 2008. In 2012 Scott Graduated from the University of Washington with Degrees in Dance, International Studies, and History. Influential mentors and technical trainers include Hannah Wiley, Brenna Monroe-Cook, Stephanie Liapis and Jennifer Salk. She has performed for these mentors and others including local choreographers such as Alice Gosti and Erica Badgeley. Scott has presented her own work at galleries and festivals including The Georgetown Art Attack, Next Dance Cinema, Strictly Seattle 2014, NEPO 5K, The Artery, The Georgetown Carnival, and 12 Minutes Max at On The Boards. For more information, visit her website at www.halliemscott.com
Michael O’Neal is a self-taught Hip-Hop influenced dancer from Tacoma, WA. Now a UW graduate, he has also trained in ballet and modern techniques, O’Neal believes that to be the best dancer he can be, he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Since being in Seattle, O’Neal has danced for Chamber Dance Company, Jennifer Salk, Jürg Koch, Bruce McCormick, Erin Cardinal, and is currently dancing for Seattle choreographer Amy O’Neal in her latest work Opposing Forces. Michael O’Neal is a dance instructor at University of Washington’s IMA. He will also be subbing at Amy O’Neal’s Street Style class from August through the fall at Velocity Dance Center. Along with Au, Michael O’Neal is also a member of Chapter1NE and The Beat Hippies dance crews. you can look him up under the moniker Choreomike on Youtube. “Always a student, never a master.”
Rebecca Smith Is a local dancer, performer, and choreographer. Born and raised in the Seattle area, she received her technical training ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and afro-latin with Ewajo Dance Centre, Bainbridge Ballet, and the UW Dance Program. Smith is dedicated to continuing her training and education in dance post-university and does so by attending workshops such as Strictly Seattle 2015 and the Doug Varone and Dancers Winter Workshop 2015. Over the last 5 years she has had the pleasure of performing works by mentors and choreographers such as Larry Sousa, Cheryl Delostrinos, Megan Brunsvold, Bruce McCormick, Christy McNeil Chand, Paula Peters, and Jurg Koch among others. Smith has had her own choreographic work produced at LAUNCH Choreographer’s 2015 Showcase at The Studios. She has also premiered Settlers, a film, at Strictly Seattle 2015. Rebecca is thrilled to be performing, collaborating and creating with Au Collective.
El Nyberg is a queer, femme, mixed-race artist, dancer, and shape-shifter based in Seattle. They are a graduate of the University of Washington, where they received their B.A. with a double major in Dance and Communication. Nyberg is committed to creating space in the dance community for those who have historically been pushed out and excluded. They believe that the art we create is inherently activism, that dance has the power to transform lives, and that by creating work together we are reclaiming space in a world that was not always made for us. In their time at UW, Nyberg worked and trained with many artists including Hannah C. Wiley, Brenna Monroe-Cook, Jen Salk, Christy McNeil, and Natalie Desch, all of who were instrumental in fostering Nyberg’s passion for the power of movement. More recently, Nyberg has danced for local artists including Hannah Simmons, Coleman Pester, and Alyza DelPan-Monley and is currently doing project-based work with Karin Stevens Dance. They are humbled and honored to be a member of the AU Collective and are grateful to have joined a group of artists who not only see and affirm all parts of them, but also hold infinite space for learning and growing together.
Lorraine Lau Has been living and dancing in Seattle since 2007. She lovingly works and performs with the following entities on an ongoing basis: Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, The Royal Society, Alyza DelPan Monley’s DeadPan Monkeys, Alice Gosti, Amy Johnson’s AJnC, Curran Foster’s Marvelous Good Fortune Productions, and the musicians of Bad Luck. Lau began her training at Peninsula Dance Theatre in Bremerton, WA, and studied dance, gender/queer studies, and American ethnic studies at the University of Washington. She feels a strong affinity for working with children and this consistently balances and informs her life as an artist. For Lau, exploring movement has become a way to access and renew joy independently and within community. She deeply believes in the magic of collective imagining and is honored to be a part of this new Au family.
Randy Ford Born and raised in Seattle, Ford grew up dancing in front of his t.v. learning choreography from recording artists such as Aaliyah, Usher, Beyonce, and Michael Jackson. At 17 he began his career in dance at the University of Washington studying Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. He choreographed musicals Including Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Ford also traveled to Ghana where he studied the African dance forms Kpanlago and Pacha. Ford works as a Recreation Leader for Seattle Parks and Recreation where he teaches beginning level dance classes at the South Park Community Center. With the City of Seattle, Ford Also works as a performer and a mentor with the Bearing Witness Project, a performing arts program for LGBTQ teens of color. Along with Au, Ford continues to perform at community and private events and is currently working with Seattle teens to perform a social injustice piece through the lens of the youth. He also enjoys collaborating and performing with other local artists such as Dezmond Garcia and the Artisans Movement. You can find Ford under the moniker randyBABY11 on Instagram and Youtube.
Fausto Rivera is a Chicano dance artist from the NW. He graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington (UW), where he was awarded the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship for artistic merit and promise. He grew up training in Mexican Folk Dance with Joyas Mestizas, and discovered ballet and modern dance in college. While at the UW, he danced with the Chamber Dance Company under the direction of Hannah C. Wiley, performing work by Lar Lubovitch, Danny Shapiro/Joanie Smith, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. He has also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Northwest Dance Project’s Launch: 10, and a semester abroad at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. Other credits include performing original work by Bennyroyce Royon, creating work with Cheryl Delostrinos, that has been presented in Seattle & New York City, and performing in Seattle Theater Group’s 2011 production of Black Nativity and the 5th Avenue Theater/Spectrum Dance Theater’s production of Carousel, both with choreography by Donald Byrd. Fausto has also been a company member of Spectrum Dance Theater since January, 2015.
Jordan Rohrs is a local dancer, classical musician, and technology consultant in the Seattle area. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration – Information Systems, with minors in Music and Dance. He has had the wonderful opportunity of working with several individuals within the Seattle community that have cultivated his passion for dance, including Natalie Desch, Wilson Mendieta, Jason Ohlberg, and Karen O’Branovich. Rohrs has been involved with classical music ensembles for over 15 years, highlighted by his position as a section leader of the UW Husky Marching Band and scholarship recipient of the ensembles’ Alumni Association. Collecting experiences from various business capacities, including national service organizations, local startups, and delivering projects as a consultant, Rohrs is humbled to be a part of AU to help guide in the ultimate goal of realizing the collective’s vision.
Angel Alviar-Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a young Filipina-American street dancer who received her Honors Dance Studies degree at the University of Washington. Her current projects include “WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!” an ethnographic research project and community event series focused on the female popping experience. Crowned “BUTCH KWEEN” at Midnight Mecca Ball. Moonyeka has organized with Youth Speaks Seattle, Moksha, Arts Corps, Anak Bayan, and the greater Seattle Dance Scene. She has been a teaching artist (ballet/modern/hip hop) at Rainier Dance Center, Remix Dance Team at My World Studios, and Arts Corps as a resident artist at Mt. View Elementary and other Seattle Elementary Schools. When not teaching or training with her dance crew, Shadow Shifters, or dance partner, Robin Rojas (aka Protoman), Langley also teaches at D&G Dance Studios, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and Massive Monkees: The Beacon Studio serving youth of color in the Seattle area.
Megan Erickson is a Seattle-based dance artist with a BA in dance from the University of Washington. As Manager of Au Collective, she has had the opportunity to take on many roles including producer, stage manager, choreographer, and tour manager. Erickson has a strong passion for working with youth, and is currently choreographing for The Music Project (a youth music program run by Bernadette Bascom), and recently was the director of a movement based intergenerational women’s empowerment group called The Brave Girls Group. From 2015-2016 Erickson choreographed and danced with Relay Dance Collective. In 2013 she Stage Managed and designed lights for Seattle Contemporary Jazz Project. Other performances include UW’s MFA concert, Westlake Dance Center’s Sign of the Times, and the American College Dance Festival. Erickson has trained with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Academy, The University of Washington, the Limón Summer intensive in NY, the American Dance Training Camp, and All That Dance.
Founded in 1972, Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States. Led by Peter Boal since 2005, the company of nearly 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances of full-length and mixed repertory ballets each year at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, and on tour.
PARTICIPATING PNB DANCERS
Madison Rayn Abeo is from Seattle, Washington. She studied at Cornish Preparatory Dance Program and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at American Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Summer Dance Lab, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Abeo joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016.
While a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ms. Abeo performed corps de ballet roles in Company productions of George Balanchine’s Coppélia and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Crystal Pite’s Emergence, Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, and Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. She performed leading roles in School productions of Balanchine Serenade; Doug Fullington’s Le Corsaire: A Pirate’s Tale; Bruce Wells’ Hansel & Gretel, Pinocchio, and Snow White; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes de Ballet. She also originated roles in NEXT STEP ballets by Chelsea Adomaitis, Kyle Davis, and Sarah Pasch.
Ryan Cardea is from New York, New York. He studied on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at American Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua School of Dance, Miami City Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where he was a 2009 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. Mr. Cardea joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2010.
Dammiel Cruz is from New York, New York. He studied on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School,and he attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Boston Ballet. He was the recipient of the Mae. L. Wien Award and Danish American Nationals Cultural Exchange (DANCE) scholarship. Mr. Cruz joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet later that year.
Elle Macy is from Huntington Beach, California. She studied at Orange County Dance Center and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet
School. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Macy
joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2012 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2013.
Ms. Macy has won awards from several competitions, including the Youth American Grand Prix, Spotlight Scholarship Competition, and Dance Masters of America.
Angeli Mamon is from Seattle, Washington. She trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, beginning as a DanceChance student in 2003. She attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. In 2014, Ms. Mamon participated in PNB School’s exchange with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, where she also was a guest apprentice with Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Ms. Mamon joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2015, becoming the first female DanceChance student from Pacific Northwest Ballet School to join the Company. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 2016.
Amanda Morgan is from Tacoma, Washington. She studied at Dance Theatre Northwest and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She participated in PNB School’s exchange with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, where she also performed with Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Ms. Morgan joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016.
While a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ms. Morgan danced in Company performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Crystal Pite’s Emergence, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. She also performed in School productions of George Balanchine’s Serenade and Doug Fullington’s Le Corsaire: A Pirate’s Tale, and she originated roles in NEXT STEP ballets by Ezra Thomson.
Sarah Pasch is from Dublin, California. She studied at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Lines Ballet, the Kirov Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Pasch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012.
Ms. Pasch also has performed with Houston Ballet.
Miles Pertl is from Seattle, Washington. He trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, International Ballet Academy in Kirkland, Washington, and the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, and he attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School. Mr. Pertl joined Stuttgart Ballet as an apprentice in 2010 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2011. He next joined Het Nationale Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2012 before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2015.
In addition to his PNB repertory, Mr. Pertl performed leading and featured roles at Stuttgart Ballet in Bridget Breiner’s Double Bass Concerto, Marco Goecke’s Black Breath, and Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. At Het Nationale Ballet, he performed leading and featured roles in Juanjo Arques’ Roulette; Frederick Ashton’s The Dream (Lysander); George Balanchine’s Agon, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Jorma Elo’s Shape; Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Marius Petipa’s Giselle (Peasant pas de deux) and Raymonda; and Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty.
In 2007, Mr. Pertl won the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in San Francisco and Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York. He also has performed as a guest artist for gala performances in England, Italy, Moscow, and New York. He has choreographed works for the Noverre Society in Stuttgart, Danza Estate in Gubbio, Italy, and New Moves in Amsterdam.
Christian Poppe is from Lake Stevens, Washington. He studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Cornish College of the Arts Preparatory Dance, as well as the Dance School in Everett, Johnson and Peter’s Tap Dance, Ballet Bellevue, and Betty Spooner’s Creative Arts Foundation. He attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, National Ballet School (Toronto), Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and Goh Ballet Academy, and he was a 2013 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. Mr. Poppe joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2014.
In addition to performances with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mr. Poppe has performed for Dance! Fremont and the Men in Dance Festival—Against the Grain.
Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied on scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education and School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and she attended summer courses at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Ellison Ballet, the Rock School for Dance Education, San Francisco Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Ryan joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in 2014 and joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016.
In addition to her PNB repertory, Ms. Ryan danced leading roles at Pennsylvania Ballet II in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (pas de deux), Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake (Black Swan pas de deux), and Jerome Robbins’ In the Night, and she originated roles in works by Shelby Glidden, Wendell Gray, Shamari Savannah, Durante Verzola, and Francis Veyette, as well as Colby Damon’s The Jungle Book (Bagheera). Ms. Ryan performed in Pennsylvania Ballet productions of works by Balanchine, Angel Corella, Matthew Neenan, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon, and she originated roles in works by Justin Allen and Verzola. She also performed in the corps de ballet of Balanchine’s Diamonds for the PBS broadcast of Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 and toured with the company to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Leah Terada is from Dallas, Texas. She studied at Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and she attended summer courses on full scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and Boston Ballet School. Ms. Terada joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2015 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2016.
Ms. Terada was the recipient of the Danish American Nationals Cultural Exchange (DANCE) scholarship.
Dylan Wald is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He studied at Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute, where he became an apprentice in 2012, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet, the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Mr. Wald joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2014 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2015.
In addition to his PNB repertory, Mr. Wald danced works at Minnesota Dance Theatre by Lise Houlton, Loyce Houlton, and Emery LeCrone.
SONGWRITER / VOCALIST, NEW TIRRELL
Kelle J. Brown, pastor of Plymouth Church United Church of Christ, is a woman convinced that the world can be transformed by intentional acts of compassion. She brings a wealth spiritual leadership, business acumen, inclusion education and community building. Graduating with a BA in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Kelle earned her Master of Divinity from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, and is completing her Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
She has a heart for the most vulnerable, for those whose voices have been muted by privilege and oppression. Kelle considers herself a woman struck by wonder, beauty and creativity, and uses her singing, writing, and preaching as ways to honor the divine in every person. Where there is opportunity, she works to place her weight on behalf of righteousness, as she desires to lift up and empower others.
Music is food for the soul, and Kelle shares her voice as a gift of authenticity and transformation and lives according to the wisdom of Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world need. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” You are invited to come alive.
COMPOSER, NEW SUDDARTH
William Lin-Yee is from San Francisco, California. He trained at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre, San Francisco Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. In 2004, he joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice and also was a Mae. L. Wien Award recipient. Mr. Lin-Yee joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008 and was promoted to soloist in 2014 and principal in 2016.
In addition to his PNB repertory, Mr. Lin-Yee performed leading roles at New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus), Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty (Asia, King, Cavalier), and Richard Tanner’s Sonatas and Interludes.
In 2011, Mr. Lin-Yee composed the score for Kiyon Gaines’ A Piece in P-I-E-C-E-S for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEXT STEP. www.soundcloud.com/williamlinyee
Kate Wallich — Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Educator
Kate Wallich is a Seattle-based choreographer, director, and educator – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2015. She received her training from Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts. Kate’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by leading dance companies, performance institutions, universities and galleries including On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Whim W’Him, RAWdance, Northwest Dance Project, University of Utah, Springboard Danse Montreal, Toes For Dance, The Frye Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery among others. She was a Visiting Artist at University of Washington, University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Utah. She has created three evening-length works with The YC: Super Eagle(Velocity Dance Center, 2014), Splurge Land (On the Boards, 2015) and Industrial Ballet (Velocity Dance Center/Seattle Theater Group, 2016) in addition to short-form site-specific works On Perspective (Seattle Art Museum/Olympic Sculpture Park 2014), Tennis Court Ballet (Rauschenberg Residency, 2015) and Peach Lawn Chair (Belltown Seattle Rooftop, 2016). Kate has received awards, grants, and support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, The Rauschenberg Residency, MANA Contemporary, and Seattle Magazine’s “Spotlight Artist Award”. As a performer, Kate has worked with Zoe Scofield, Danielle Agami and KT Niehoff. Kate is among Seattle’s top contemporary dance teachers, leading packed classes through her own brand of movement technique.
Lavinia Vago — Co-Founder, Director and Dancer
Lavinia Vago is a dance artist from Italy, based between NYC and Seattle. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts, under the mentorship of Pat Hon, Wade Madsen and Tonya Lockyer. She has worked with Zoe Scofield, Kt Niehoff, Anna Conner & Co, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Korhan Basaran and Dancer and Vim Vigor Dance Theater Company . She currently performs & tours internationally with Montréal based Rubberbandance Group; she creates and performs with Loni Landon Projects and is assistant to the choreographer in commissions; She is a performer and assistant to the choreography for Saint Genet , performing at Wien Festowochen in Vienna and Holland Festival in Amsterdam. She has been co-directing, creating, collaborating and performing with Kate Wallich/The YC since 2010. Lavinia was a creative residence at Velocity Dance Center, where she continued to develop her solo work to be further researched and presented in the future. She, along with Kate, was a Pilot artist at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, where she recently returned with the same wonderful group of artists as Residency 16.
Thomas House — Dancer
Thomas was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA where he trained in dance primarily with Denise Wall. He began his formal training at Purchase College, SUNY where he graduated in 2014. While in school he performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Doug Varone, Twyla Tharp and had the opportunity to study dance abroad for 4 months in Taipei, Taiwan. Thomas recently moved to Seattle from Brooklyn where he worked as a freelance dance artist. He joined Kate Wallich + The YC in January 2016. Along with performing with The YC, his most recent performances include an 8 city international tour with Abraham in Motion, shows with Aszure Barton & Artists at the NY City Center “Fall for Dance” festival and the premiere of KT Neihoff’s Before We Flew Like Birds. We Flew Like Clouds. Thomas has also worked and performed with Loni Landon Dance Project, LoudHoundMovement, TOES for Dance and Zoe|Juniper. In 2014 and again in 2015, he presented his own work “to see. [arena] reaction to you” in NYC.
David Harvey — Dancer, The YC
David Harvey was raised on Bainbridge Island, WA. He studied dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, and the Alonzo King Lines Ballet School, where he was awarded the Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship by the San Francisco Foundation. He then joined Alonzo King Lines Ballet in 2008, as the first student from the school to be offered a position in the company. During his time at Lines, he contributed to the creation of 12 new works, and danced soloist roles in almost 400 performances in 140 cites across the globe. David has been teaching and choreographing for the Lines Ballet preprofessional education programs since 2009. He has also been working as a dancer for Bobbi Jene Smith since 2010. He retired from Lines in 2014, and is currently a freelance teacher, dancer and choreographer.
Tom Weinberger — Dancer
Born in Israel in 1987. Tom graduated from the Amal School of Arts and Sciences and upon graduation joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2005. He continued to the Batsheva Dance Company from 2008 to 2011, where he worked with Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. In 2012, Tom began freelancing and worked with Barak Marshall, as well as Company E in Washington, DC, where he set both Ohad and Sharon’s work and served as rehearsal director. Tom was a founding member of Sharon Eyal and Guy Behar’s Company, L-E-V, and danced with the Gothenburg Ballet where he performed works by Peeping Tom, Marie Chouinard, and Alex Eckman. He was a guest artist with Michael Keegan Dolan’s-Fabulous Beast Dance Theater (2013), with the Batsheva Dance Company (2014) and with the Forsyth Company (2015). He has been teaching Gaga for the past 9 years, and has taught Gaga, Ohad’s repertoire, Sharon Eyal’s repertoire as well as creating his own work in schools such as the Netherlands Dance Theater Summer Program (2010 – 2014), the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Taipei National University of the Arts, Springboard Dans Montreal and more. He began creating his own work through Batsheva Dancers Create during his time with the Company. In 2014 he won the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival with his solo work, which toured in Brazil and Germany. Most recently, Tom was a guest artist at SUNY Purchase University through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation residency program.
Jenna Eady — Apprentice The YC, Dancer YC2, Sculptured Dance Understudy
Jenna Eady began her training under the direction of Susan Thompson at Bainbridge Dance Center. She recently graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in dance. While studying at CalArts she had the opportunity to perform in works by Sidra Bell, Bessie Award winner Julie Bour, and was selected to work closely with Kate Weare during the Evelyn Sharp Choreographic Residency. Most recently she performed with New York based company BODYART at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Jenna has returned to Seattle as a freelance performance artist dancing with Anna Conner and Kate Wallich/The YC.
Tariq Mitri — Dancer YC2, Sculptured Dance Understudy
Tariq Mitri was born in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, and raised in Portland, OR. He received a BFA in Dance Performance from California Institute of the Arts in 2015, and has received supplemental training from San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and LINES Ballet. Tariq is a freelance artist and has worked for The Des Moines Metro Opera, Julie Bour, Colin Connor, Rosanna Gamson, Andrea Gise, and Rebecca Lemme. He’s performed works by Sidra Bell, Christian Burns, Jonathon Fredrickson, and Ohad Naharin.