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Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Producer, choreography curation
Gabrielle is a multicultural artist, arts leader, and a performer with the critically-acclaimed Buttcracker. Prior to Relay, she was a company member of Bellingham Repertory Dance, where she performed In works by Daniel Stark, Kate Wallich/Markeith Wiley, and Deborah Wolf. Currently, she has a strong interest in supporting emerging artists and building connections within the Seattle dance community. Relay has also been an outlet for her own creative works in dance/Asian American theater, including "The Machine" and "Farewell Shikata ga nai," presented in part at Wing Luke Museum. She's the recipient of a SmArt Ventures grant from The City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and collaborated with groups such as Seattle Kokon Taiko (live music) and Bellingham's On the Precipice Productions (multimedia). Gabrielle has also performed with The Cabiri, The Heavenly Spies, with drag queen Miss Saigon Brown; in Chop Shop: Bodies of Work; and in Dance in Dialogue in Eugene, OR. The 2010 graduate of Western Washington University received her early training from Dance Fremont!, and the American Ballet Conservatory (ABC Dance). In her personal life, Gabrielle is married to Casey G of The Bad Tenants, and enjoys her dogs and life in the awesome neighborhood of White Center, WA.
Rehearsal Director, Resident Choreographer
Austin Sexton has a diverse background in dance, music, and also works full-time as a dance teacher. She has choreographed for every Relay Dance Collective for all five of the group's seasons. She draws from contemporary ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and jazz. Austin's dance roots go deep at Spectrum Dance Theater, the company and school her mother, Jenny Hillock co-founded. It's here where Austin received the majority of her training. As a performer, Austin apprenticed and was promoted to company member in Xaviera Vandermay's company, 3rd Shift Dance, where she performed in Sam Remix and the International Dance Festival. Austin's choreography has also been shown at school performances of Rhythm and Soul Dance, Spectrum Dance Theater, Lake Washington Girl's School and Momentum Dance Academy, of where she is on faculty. Her work, Pour lâcher, was praised by Seattle Dances as "a beautiful character study on imagination, memory, and loss." In addition to Relay, she's looking forward to working with Holly Logan's Intrepidus Dance as a choreographer for their 2017 season. She holds a degree in classical vocal performance from Shoreline Community College.