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Christopher Anderson

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Delouiso Spike


Christopher Anderson, Matt Meko, Michael Alia, Martin Abchetta, William Walsey, Doug Minor Christian Tan


Originally from Detroit, Christopher is a multi-talented individual who came to the Puget Sound area from Nevada, where hegraduated from the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Health Science and minoring in Music and Dance. Along with his Doctorate in cardiovascular Science, he has taught Jazz Dance at Spectrum Dance Studio, sings with the Seattle Mens Chorus, plays oboe, clarinet,saxophone and piano, and has served as Vice-Commissioner for the ECSA softball league for which he is also an All-Star, MVP shortstop. Along with being a past faculty member in the University of Nevada, Reno's Dance Department,

Christopher has choreographed for various City of Reno and City of Seattle events. Past credits include both choreographing and/or performingworks such as AIDA, Into the Woods, Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!, La Cage Aux Folles, Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie GetYour Gun, Damn Yankees, Music Man, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Die Fledermaus, Billy Budd with the Seattle Opera. Hehas also worked with Lula Washington, Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham Dance Ensembles through scholarshipped summerworkshops as well as working with the glitzy and glamorous casino shows of Las Vegas and Reno. A big "Hey Girl" to Vov, Futz, Schnekkin and Miss Price.

Donald Byrd

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Danny Boulet, Silvain Boulet

Jessica Markiewicz


Donald Byrd became Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle in December 2002. Prior to this, Mr. Byrd was the Artistic Director of DONALD BYRD/THE GROUP, a critically acclaimed and highly regarded contemporary dance company based in New York that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. Founded in Los Angeles in 1978, the company was based there until Mr. Byrd’s move to New York City in 1983, where it continued to operate until its closure in June 2002.

Prior to the company’s inception, Mr. Byrd studied at Tufts and Yale Universities, The Cambridge School of Ballet, the London School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and with Mia Slavenska. He danced with Twyla Tharp, Karole Armitage, and Gus Solomons Jr. among others. Since 1976, Donald Byrd has created over eighty works for his former company and for Spectrum Dance Theater, as well as for many major modern dance repertory companies including The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), Cleo Parker Robinson, and Dallas Black Dance Theater; and for classical companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Concordanse (Paris), MaggioDanza diFirenze, and Oregon Ballet Theater, to name a few.

He is probably best know for his reworking of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, into The Harlem Nutcracker, which received critical acclaim and toured nationally for 5 years. Other works of note created for Donald Byrd/The Group include Prodigal (a commentary on George Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son), The Minstrel Show (Bessie winner 1992), Drastic Cuts, Bristle, Life Situations: Daydreams on Giselle, The Beast, and his evening length explorations into jazz music and contemporary dance, JazzTrain and In A Different Light: Duke Ellington.

Donald Byrd has also choreographed for numerous stage productions including work at INTIMAN, Seattle Children’s Theater, Center Stage in Baltimore, the New York Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, San Francisco Opera, and New York City Opera, as well as collaborations with the contemporary theater artist Anna Deavere Smith Peter Sellars, and the jazz great Max Roach. Among his most production for Spectrum are Bhangra Fever, A Cruel New World, and Fado, Hip-hop& The Blues an evening of dances to music of the African Diaspora, Living in East Podunk for Koresh Dance Company (Philadelphia) and Longing for The Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Byrd has served on the faculty of the California Institute for the Arts and has taught at Wesleyan University, the School of Visual Arts, Harvard Summer Dance Center, California State University Long Beach and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance Theater Workshop in New York. He was for three years a fellow at The Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard. He was appointed to the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (Seattle Arts Commission) in July 2003.

Upcoming projects include choreography to Motown classic hits for The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, a work based on the paintings of Jacob Lawrence for Dayton Contemporary Dance, and the Broadway bound musical, The Color Purple.

Recent projects include choreography to Motown classic hits for The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, a work based on the paintings of Jacob Lawrence for Dayton Contemporary Dance, and the Tony nominated musical, The Color Purple.


Steve Casteel

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Scott Brfeitbarth, Alec Chupick, Christian Poppe


Kristine Carlton


STEVE CASTEEL has worked in the dance field for over twenty years.  His performing career ranges from classical ballet to contemporary work.  At age sixteen Steve was a member of Boston Ballet II.  From 1987 to 1997 he was a member of Houston Ballet where he was promoted to soloist.  In addition, he has performed with Diablo Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Next Stage Dance Theatre, and Spectrum Dance Theatre. Locally, Steve has danced in works by Kay Englert, Dominique Gabella, Amii LeGendre, Wade Madsen, Dale Merrill, Crispen Spaeth and Deborah Wolf. From 1997 to 1999 he worked for Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma as Assistant to the Director.

In 2001, Steve received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA. In 2004, he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ. From 2004 to 2006 Steve was the Public Relations Coordinator for Next Stage Dance Theatre.  Steve has taught at Bainbridge Dance Center (Bainbridge Island), Berkeley Ballet Theater (Berkeley CA), Cornish Preparatory Dance Program (Seattle), Dance Fremont (Seattle), Spectrum Dance Theater (Seattle), and The University of Washington (Seattle). 


John Dixon
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Lobbyists- "Preshow"

John Dixon, Scott Davis, Aaron Swartzman

John Dixon has been exploring dance via improvisation, choreography, teaching and performance since 1985. His choreography and collaborative projects have been presented at numerous venues throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as in Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. John has also performed nationally and internationally with Kei Takei’s Moving Earth, Stephanie Skura’s Cranky Destroyers, and the Seattle based dance-theater company 33 Fainting Spells, and locally with the collaborative improvisation ensemble, ROOM.

Most recently, he has been working collaboratively with Anna Dixon, co-directing 300 performers for the Qwest Field "Seeds of Compassion" event and performing their latest duet at On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival. John received his MFA in dance from the University of Washington in 2002 and is currently teaching at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington.

Dominique Gabella

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Missing Him,

Finding Her


Steve Casteel



DOMINIQUE GABELLA is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Next Stage Dance Theatre

Dominique Gabella is co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of Next Stage Dance Theatre.

Dominique has been choreographing for dance companies for the past 30 years in Europe and in North and South America.

She has taught ballet and Martha Graham style in various schools, to name a few: Maurice Béjart’s Mudra Belgium, Akar Modern Dance Studio, Académie de Ballet Hans Meister and Haute Ecole Pédagogique Switzerland, Centro Universitario de Arte Venezuela, and Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Colombia.

Originally from Switzerland, she has led an international career with the Zurich Opera under the direction of Nicolas Beriosoff, Rudolf Nureyev and Michel Descombey, with the "Tanz Forum" in Cologne, Germany, with the Ray Phillips Contemporary Dance Theater of Zurich, Switzerland, and with Anne-Marie Parekh's Akar, in Bern, Switzerland.

From 1985 to 1997 she co-directed and performed in her own company Dance Music Light, an internationally acclaimed modern dance company based in New York City, and was recognized by Jack Anderson of the New York Times as, "a strong, forthright dancer.”

In 1997 she moved to Seattle where she continues to perform regularly. In 1999, Dominique co-founded Next Stage Dance Theatre with Bridget Thompson.

Since 1993, Dominique has conducted seminars and workshops for non-dancers, at-risk youth, teachers of mentally and physically disabled children, challenged people and individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The primary focus of all her work is to open people to understand and embrace their differences while experiencing their deep connection to each other and our world.

In 2002 she received the GAP Award from Artist Trust for her project with Next Stage Dance Theatre (NSDT): "Embrace Wolf...return home".

In Seattle she has taught at The Washington Contemporary Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater and Washington Academy of Performing Arts. Currently she regularly guest-teaches ballet and modern-based Graham at Dance Fremont! and the University of Washington.


Brian Joe

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The Dying Swan

Yoko Moshi-Moshi

Kirk Ruben


YOKO MOSHI-MOSHII (a tired Prima Ballerina Assoluta) - Millions scream her name daily! Her infamous popularity is tantamount throughout Asia (so you've probably never heard of her!) Hailed for her friendly charm as the "HELLO" girl from Japan, Moshi-Moshii is happy to come out of her 3rd retirement to perform once again in Seattle. Her favorite coveted roles include the White Pussy in Sleeping Beauty, the Sleepy Wench in Le Spectre de la Rose, the not-so-ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, and her all time favorite
- Dying Swan (almost dead!)

Moshi-Moshii won critical acclaim for her special technique for perfecting
the 5 positions of the face.

She has inspired the lovely haiku below:

Japanese Dumpling
The Face the Music The Face
Flour of the Yeast

-an unbegrudging fan


Brian Joe (Choreographer) – Trained and danced with
Augusta Ballet (80-86) under the direction of Ron Colton .
Companies: Spectrum Dance Theater 89-2000, Ballets Grandiva 96-2007. Choreography: Fantastiks, Babes in Arm
s, Chorus Line, Industrials.
Brian has also performed with numerous companies throughout the world in operas, television shows, ballet companies, musicals and stage.

Jürg Koch

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The Printer's Tray



Jürg Koch




Jürg Koch (MA LCDS London, Faculty UW Seattle). Working with CandoCo integrating disabled and non-disabled performers and dancing in contemporary repertory including works by Bill T Jones, Javier de Frutos and Fin Walker informs Jürg’s artistic and pedagogic outlook. His choreography spans from solo repertoire (Printer’s Tray) to community ensembles and collaborations with new media artists.

Vicki Lloid

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Kevin Van Meter, James Most, Chris Hansen, Ian Beck, Osvaldo Angel and Brett Muckler

Lee Mills and Collin Shepley


A graduate of Empire State University in New York City, Vicki performed and toured with The Phoebe Neville Dance Company and The Mary Anthony Dance Company, both of New York City and The Bicycle Shop Dancers in Brooklyn. She moved to Walla Walla, Washington in 1991 and currently teaches modern dance at Whitman College and directs the Whitman Dance Theater. Vicki is especially fond of collaborations with other artists working in fields other than dance and most recently completed a dance theater adaptation of poet Tess Gallagher’s poem “I Have Never Wanted To March” using various theatrical elements, including film, masks constructed by local artist Amahra Leaman, moving set pieces and props as well as actors, dancers and an original score by Ivan Raykoff. Some other artists Vicki has collaborated with include Keiko Hara, Jack Yantis, Raymond Carver, Tania Cronin, Edward Dixon and currently Josie Gray.

Wade Madsen

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Merkeith Wiley




WADE MADSEN was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico where he attended the University of New Mexico. Wade has been in Seattle teaching, performing, and choreographing since 1977. He has toured nationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company (1978-1980) and with Tandy Beal & Company (1981 -1982}. He has performed with Amy O’Neal and Amii Legendre dance groups along with Dayna Hansen, A.C Petersen, and Long Nguyen. Since 1979 Wade has been producing work with his own company, ’Wade Madsen & Dancers’ along with various tours nationally and internationally.

Madsen has received grants and fellowships for choreography from King County and Seattle Arts Commissions, Bossak Heilbron Foundation, and Allied Arts. Madsen has twice been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer Fellowship (1996-98), along with various grants and a choreography fellowship from Artist Trust Wade has created more than one hundred and seventy works of choreography, ranging from shorter dance gems like “The Red Shoes", "Dress", "Flame" and "Unlucky” to several full evening suites including the acclaimed works "Vampire" "Salon" “Dons Party”,” In Search of Dulcinea", "The Waiting Line", and most recently “The Four Elements”.

Madsen's choreography has been commissioned by Spectrum Dance, Arc Dance Company, Dance Gallery, Co-Motion Dance, Rockhopper Dance Company, Third Avenue Dance Company, D-9 Dance Collective, Lehua dance theatre, and Bill Evans Dance Company, His work has been seen at the Seattle Repertory Theater, Act Theater, and Intiman Theater, Seattle Opera along with Cornish College of the Arts, the University of Washington, Riverside Community College, Bellevue Community College, Newcomb College, Cabrillo College, Mt Holyoke College, and University of California/Fresno. Wade is currently a professor of dance at Cornish College of the Arts, where he has been on faculty since 1985. Wade also has been teaching in the Seattle area in various studios since 1977.

Of “The Waiting Line” Mary Murfin Bayley in the Seattle Times wrote “(the work) is a beautifully realized vision of what it means to be human and vulnerable...’The Waiting Line’ is the work of a choreographer in complete control of his art.”
And Gigi Berardi of Dance Magazine offered: “Madsen makes good use of the burgeoning dance talent in Seattle, and showed that his dancers can act ---with tremendous focus...he showed his talent for highlighting the vulnerability of the human character be it embarrassingly inane (Don’s Party) or tragically beautiful (Dulcinea)”

Wade has also performed as the second half of the duo; Vic & Phoenicia in the seventeen-year running cabaret act ‘Phoenicia & Vic. at the Holiday Lounge’. He has also performed in Mary Zimmerman’s ‘The Notebooks of Leonardo de Vinci’ at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and has a of number film credits along with an appearance on ‘Star search’.

Benjamin Maestas |||

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40 Days


Benjamin Maestas III




Upon graduating in 2003 from Cornish College of the Arts, BENJAMIN MAESTAS has had the opportunity to dance with Spectrum Dance Theater, dancing in Donald Byrd's The Sleeping Beauty Notebook, Fado and the Blues, and Short Stories Little Dances. In 2006, Benjamin performed in mockumentary at On the Boards in Seattle with locust (music/dance/video), which culminated in a tour to San Diego and Missoula. He has danced locally with Wade Madsen and Dancers in the Four Elements, and has appeared as a guest artist in Pacific Northwest Ballet's Romeo and Juliet. In 2005,

Benjamin guested with Dance Kaleidoscope, a Graham-based company in Indianapolis, performing Carmina Burana. Most recently he was in a short film directed by Karn Junkinsmith. He is excited to be performing and will be performing again in February with locust (music/dance/video) at the Moore Theater.

Photo by Locust (Dance/Music/Video)


Jason Ohlberg

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For John

Jason Ohlberg


Originally from Fresno, CA Jason received his formal dance training at the State University of New York at Purchase. Professionally, Jason has danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jan Erkert and dancers, and Wade Madsen and Dancers. In 1997, Jason founded Same Planet Different World Dance Theater in Chicago where he acted as artistic director and head choreographer for four years.

Jason’s choreography has been seen throughout the country and locally on the apprentice company of Spectrum Dance Theater, Men in Dance, Lehua Dance Theater, Cornish Dance Theater, The Seattle Children’s theater, Arc Dance Productions, Dance Fremont! and Bouand Dance Theater in Portland.

Jason has been on faculty at Barat College, Jordan Academy, the school of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the University of Washington, Spectrum Dance Theater, Arc Dance Productions, Dance Fremont and the Y.A.I. program of the Seattle Children’s Theater. Jason is a certified authentic Pilates instructor with Metropolitan Pilates in Seattle. This fall Jason will be a visiting faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts.

Anthony Peters

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Dinah-Parts 1 & 2

Anthony Peters

Anthony’s earliest dance teachers were the dancers on the TV show “Where The Action Is”; he would copy their moves then perform them for his Mom and brother. His formal dance education started at age 18 with tap lessons. After performing in musicals and dinner theater in the Seattle area he moved to New York to study with tap dance icon Jerry Ames. Anthony danced in the Jerry Ames Tap Dance Company and the Gail Conrad Tap Dance Theatre, two companies that were important in the tap dance revival of the 1980’s. Since returning to Seattle he and his partner Cheryl Johnson presented hundreds of tap dance concerts featuring live music. Cheryl and Anthony are the creative team behind “A Tap Dance Christmas Carol” and run the Johnson and Peters Tap Dance Studio.


Stanley Perryman

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War Is Science/ Glory

- From "Pippin"

Pippin: Graeme Aegerter, Charlamagne: J. Stegar Thompson Lead Player: Stanley Perryman
Generals: Art Anderson, Christopher Anderson, Raymond Houle, Richard H. Jessup, Gary Reed,
Brooke Richardson

Sound Score:
Eric Chappelle

Musical Director:
Karen Harp-Reed

Bret Federigan


STANLEY WESLEY PERRYMAN, a native of Seattle, has toured the US and the world as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He was Principal Guest Artist in The Metropolitan Opera’s 1976 production of “Aida”, dancing as the Lead Gladiator for three seasons. He made his Broadway debut in 1975 as ‘Jesus’ in “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God”. His other Broadway credits include Bob Fosse’s “Sweet Charity” & “Dancin’”. He toured the US and Europe with Lena Horne. He also has many movie and television appearances to his credit.

Gary Reed

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War Is Science/ Glory

- From "Pippin"

Pippin: Graeme Aegerter, Charlamagne: J. Stegar Thompson Lead Player: Stanley Perryman
Generals: Art Anderson, Christopher Anderson, Raymond Houle, Richard H. Jessup, Gary Reed,
Brooke Richardson

Sound Score:
Eric Chappelle

Musical Director:
Karen Harp-Reed

Bret Federigan


GARY REED first appeared on stage in Guys and Dolls 34 years ago and has been involved with dance, movement education, and the theater eversince. He received a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah.He danced with Co Motion Dance in Seattle through the 80's and 90's. He has been a WSAC rostered Artist in Residence for over 18 years. He has performed for many local theaters, including The 5th Avenue.

He choreographs for Lakeside School and works with the nationally awarded family music group Tickle Tune Typhoon, as a dancer and choreographer. He is also a certified level 2 snowboard instructor.

Gary is proud to have been involved with Men in Dance/Against theGrain since its inception as a performer, choreographer, and producer

Christian Swenson

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This Body's Music

Christian Swenson

Marcus Roloson


CHRISTIAN SWENSON has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation. He is known for his pioneering work in what he calls "Human Jazz", a global fusion of dance/drama/music for body and voice.

In 1977 he received a BA in Theater from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Seattle to work with the Bill Evans Dance Company. Further training has included work with Tony Montanaro; Diane Schenker; Ruth Zapora; Korean shaman, Hi-ah Park, and with the late Pakistani master-singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has performed with Bill Irwin, The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and The Jay Clayton/Jim Knapp Collective and in Europe with Jim Nollman of Interspecies Communication Inc. He presently teaches in the Drama programs at Seattle University and Bellevue Community College.

For the past 25 years he has been performing creations for the body and voice searching for a more global aesthetic. Since 1980 he has been a touring artist visiting communities and schools in the Northwest and beyond. He has performed and taught throughout this country, as well as in Europe, Japan and Nepal. Christian released his first compact disc, “Off-Road Vocals” in 2000.

Christian has received Fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission and Artist Trust of Washington. He resides happily in Seattle with his wife, Abigail, and two children.

For more information check Christian's website at .

Pilar Villanueva
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Back and Forth

Timothy Lynch, Oleg Gorboulev, Joseph Anderson

Music arragements:
Miguel Lizarraga and Pilar Villanueva

Video artist:
Sofia Texeira-Gomes Costumes: Pilar Villanueva


PILAR VILLANUEVA completed her BFA in Dance/Choreography at Cornish College (Seattle, WA) with a Suma Cum Laude in 2006, after moving from Madrid where she did preliminary and advance studies in several dance techniques ( Ballet, Graham, Limon, etc) and was a member of Victor Ullate´s Ballet ( Giselle, Don Quijote). She had her own company of youth artists ( Grupo Comba) and created several choreographies: Victor Ullate´ School , Spanish TV, Marta de la Vega Company.

Pilar’s work has got several awards: “Aire y Agua – Coslada Dance Festival , “El Bosque Encantado” – Covivar Festival and “Sueño” – Fuenlabrada Dance Festival.

Since 2003 Pilar has been living in Seattle and her last works include performances for OtB 12 Min Max (April 2006, February 2007) and Men in Dance (October 2006) as well as several pieces part of her Cornish studies. After going back to Madrid in the summer of 2007 , she won a Creative Grant from the Madrid Federal Government and has premiered her last work, “Back and Forth” at the Madrid Dance Marathon (June 2008) .

She is currently working in 3 choreographies, with her new project called LAN1, for the “Getafe´s International Street Theater and Dance Festival” (FIEC September 2008) and in the all-male version of “Back and Forth” for Men in Dance ( Seattle October 2007).


Pilar's participation in the Men In Dance festival is partially funded by:

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Olivier Wevers

Photo Olivier Wevers


Charlie Neshyba-Hodges and Lucien Postlewaite


OLIVIER WEVERS is from Brussels, Belgium. He received his training at the Karys Dance Center with Nicole Karys, a former dancer with Bejart’s Ballet du XXieme Siecle. He was a Principal at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, dancing regularly with Evelyn Hart, prior to joining Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1997 where he is a Principal Dancer.

Mr. Wevers’ versatility as a dancer and actor accounts for his vast repertory. He has performed lead roles in all the major full-length classical ballets, as well as an extensive list of contemporary works by the world's most noted choreographers. He stands out in roles that require character development and intense emotional color.

His Repertoire includes leading roles in Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Swan Lake, The Merry Widow ; Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Ballet Imperial, Theme and Variations, La Valse, Violin Concerto, Agon ; as well as works by Ashton, Bournonville, Byrd, Caniparoli, Dove, Duato, Feld, Fonte, Forsythe, Hynd, Kilian, Limón, Martins, Massine, Neumeier, O’Day, Petipa, Robbins, Stowell, Tanner, Taylor, Tharp, Tudor, Van Dantzig, Van Manen, and Wright,...

Mr. Wevers performed the Divertissement pas de deux in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. He has performed as a guest artist with numerous North American ballet companies and the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company (Japan). He has appeared at Le Gala des Étoiles, Dancers for Life, The Millenium Gala (Japan), and the Aoyama Ballet Festival (Japan). In 2001, he toured Asia with Evelyn Hart, performing Van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet. In 2004, he performed as a guest artist for New York City Ballet’s Balanchine Centennial, and in 2005, he performed with Peter Boal and Company.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Wevers is an active choreographer. Since 1993, he has choreographed works for numerous companies and schools in Canada, Japan, and the United States, including: the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theatre and the Seattle Dance Project. In 2005, he choreographed an original one-act production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet in Japan. And in 2006, he was selected and participated in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.

Daniel Wilkins

Photo Daniel Wilkins


Ben Meersman, Dade Glazer

Daniel Wilkins


DANIEL WILKINS trained at School of American Ballet performing principle roles in the graduation Workshop at Lincoln Center, he then went on to perform professionally with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Donald Byrd –the Group and Complexions. Daniel is currently the Artistic Director of DASSdance, a multi-media contemporary dance company based in New York City since 2000 and Seattle since 2007. DASSdance has its New York home base at Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) – The Theater, NY, which has presented five full evening works by DASS with costumes designed by DVF. Additionally in New York, DASS has been presented by DanceNow, the d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, the JoyceSoho and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In Seattle,

DASS has been presented by On the Boards 12minMax, MOVE! Festival, ARTOPIA, as well as seasons at the Bagley Wright Theater and Velocity MainSpace. Daniel Wilkins has created works for international commission including the Chrysler Salon, Spectrum Dance Theater’s Northwest Best and Cornish College of the Arts. Daniel is currently partnering with Creative Director Rob Lee, Flux Laboratory in Switzerland and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to create a new interactive, multimedia performance about the life and work of Andy Warhol.

DASS has been featured in Fashion Wire Daily, Flaunt, Paper Magazine, Art News, W Magazine, New York Magazine, The Seattle Times, The Daily and the New York Times radio WQXR.

Deborah Wolf
  Photo Deborah Wolf

The Hipdeep Family

In Gin, Histoire de Kay, and the Weeping Chandelier

Steve Casteel, Roger Curtis, Geoffrey Johnson, Christopher McCallister, Michael Rioux, Sean Tomerlin, and Markeith Wiley

Martyn Jaques
( freely adapted from the works of Edward Gorey)


DEBORAH WOLF was Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer and dancer for Concert Dance Company of Boston, New England’s premiere modern repertory company performing in works by over 50 choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, Bebe Miller, Mark Dendy, and Mark Morris. A recipient of a MA Artist Foundation Fellowship and seven Finalist Awards in choreography, she has also received grants from the NEA, Boston Arts Councils, as well as Seattle’s Artist Trust. She’s created work for Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony, and numerous other companies. She’s been produced by Boston Dance Umbrella, Jacob's Pillow, Rockhopper Dance, Velocity’s Under Construction & Strictly Seattle, Composer/Choreographer, Lehua Dance Theater, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company and OTB’s 12 MinMax Mainstage & Northwest Newworks. Deborah is currently Professor of Dance at Cornish College of the Arts.


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