Who we are:
Relay Dance Collective was created by Tess Wendel, Gabrielle Gainor, Austin Sexton, and Jasmine Morgan in 2012. In addition to our diverse experiences as artists, Relay was created to perpetuate the values of community instilled in us from growing up dancing together at Dance Fremont! Since our first performance in 2013, Relay has mounted the work of established artists such as Wade Madsen, Diana Cardiff, Amy Johnson, Alana O Rogers, Markeith Wiley and Lauren Edson, in addition to providing opportunities for emerging artists and recent college dance graduates. Relay is proud to have provided the first Seattle choreography commissions for artists such as Cheryl Delostrinos, who has since formed Au Collective; Ella Mahler, recent choreographer for NW New Works; Jessica Zoller, now of Portland's Polaris Dance Company, and Hailey Burt, creator of Inlay Dance.
What we do:
We are creating a vibrant community for dance in Seattle where a spectrum of artistic voices are valued. We bring established and emerging artists together; we mount repetory and new works; and we create performances for everyone to enjoy. Like any art form, dance is meant to challenge pre-existing ideas and inspire conversation. It is also a vehicle for the thrill and magic of live performance.
Who's in charge:
The Relay leadership advisory board includes Kelsey Barrett, Lisa Harris, Gabrielle Gainor, Tsuki Nomura-Henley, Austin Sexton, and Tess Wendel