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Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Producer, choreography curation
Gabrielle is a multicultural artist and arts leader. As a professional dancer, she's performed in Seattle, Bellingham, and Eugene with groups including Bellingham Repertory Dance, the critically-acclaimed holiday show, Buttcracker, and currently with Hailey Burt / Inlay Dance. As a choreographer, she's collaborated with Seattle Kokon Taiko, presented her work at Wing Luke Museum and Seattle International Dance Festival's Sanity Cafe; and has additionally been awarded a SmArt Ventures grant from the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. In the past, she's also worked with The Cabiri, The Heavenly Spies, and with drag queen Miss Saigon Brown. The 2010 graduate of Western Washington University received her early training in ballet and classical modern techniques from Dance Fremont! Gabrielle's passions include mentoring emerging artists, building community, and creating racial equity in the arts, which she also actively works toward in her role as Media Relations Manager with Seattle Opera.
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.