Relay Dance Collective presents SHOWCASE Sept. 25, 2016 Dance Fremont! 4015 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
All tickets include performance and food. Cost: General $20.00; Admission + 1 free beverage $25; Patron (unlimited beverages, and preferred seating) $40.
By Gabrielle Gainor We want to make art. We want to support art. We want to support our community in creating art. That's why this summer, we asked some of the aspiring choreographers from within RDC to spend the warmer months, not playing in the sunshine, but creating a dance in the studio. We're so happy they were willing to make the sacrifice, as we're thrilled to now be presenting our first choreography showcase, featuring original work from current or former RDC members. Choreographers were allowed to choose whomever they wanted to work with from a pool of both Relay dancers, as well as artists from outside the group. In this way, we continue to strengthen the dance community, and help nurture artistic voices who may not yet be widely heard. Get to know some of the artists involved in Showcase below!
Though jazz dance was Diadra Smith's first love as a child, this Western Washington University alumni primarily teaches creative dance, ballet and modern these days. Performing has become less frequent since Diadra became a full-time dance instructor in 2011, so she treasures the time she gets in rehearsals. She danced with Relay Dance Collective in it's 1st, 3rd, and now 5th season. When she's not performing with RDC, you can always find her in the audience. The mutual respect among artists and high-caliber creativity keeps her coming back to RDC as either a performer or spectator. She loves being able to slip back into the shoes of a student and learn from talent that surrounds Relay Dance Collective. Hannah Rae grew up in a small town in Eastern WA, which she now believes was the catalyst for her need to indulge in wild creativity early and often. This impulse eventually led her to Seattle, where she has continued to explore life as a dancer, choreographer, Pilates instructor, and model. Hannah is currently in her 2nd season with the wildly hilarious and critically-acclaimed Buttrock Suites. This will be her first performance with Relay, and she is delighted to be dancing for Hailey Burt in Showcase (and Brenna Monroe-Cook for the annual spring performance). Hailey and Hannah met in the dance program of the UW, where they became fast friends and frequent collaborators.
My name is Lilli Clausen, I've been dancing most of my life and love being able to perform. I recently graduated from the University of Washington where I had the pleasure of meeting and dancing with Hailey Burt. It's great to be able to work with her, she's always upbeat and her process allows for both the choreographer's vision and for dancer collaboration. Working with the other dancers in the group is also a privilege, it's wonderful to work both with old friends and new.
Truong Nguyen is a Seattle artist who is excited to be involved with Relay Dance Collective! He's been dancing for 10 years, and graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Acting and Minor in Dance. His choreographer is Gabrielle, and the two of them met performing at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in M. Butterfly. "She always knows how to bring out the inner diva of a dancer!" Aside from running around catching Pokémon and walking his dog, Truong can be seen dancing for various venues and performers on Capitol Hill and doing modeling gigs. He says the highlight of this creative process has been "working on such a fun and light-hearted piece with Gabba and Austin!" Follow him on his modeling instagram: mundane.truong
I'm Annabel Webster and I'm 16 years old. I started dancing when I was 6 at Louisville Ballet School, but later turned to a more contemporary style when I moved to Seattle a few years ago. Lilia Deering and I danced in the Academy program at Spectrum Dance Theater together for two years. I just attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet intensive program this summer and I'm ready for my fourth year in the Academy program at Spectrum. This creative process has been amazing so far - Lilia is great at creating movement, making sure everyone understands the material, and she's capable of creating an amazing piece in just three short rehearsals. I am very thankful to be part of this show!
Megan Ess, a Seattle native, is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA degree with a major in dance and a BS degree with a major in biology. She began her training at Wendy’s School of Dance, now Washington School of Dance, and was an active member of their dance company for five years. She is currently faculty at Washington School of Dance, teaching creative movement and ballet. Megan has just recently attended Bates Dance Festival’s Professional Training Program summer intensive where she worked with choreographers Doug Varone and Kate Weare. During her time as an undergraduate at UW, Megan has performed in INFLUX, the Dance Majors Concert, and the Master of Fine Arts Concert. She has worked with Warren Woo on multiple occasions and loves creating work alongside him. She spends her time teaching, performing, and creating work in the greater Seattle area.
Anna Moretti will be a senior at the University of Washington this year, and she is beyond excited to start the last part of her undergraduate journey. She is a double major in Dance and International Studies. Anna's dance background is centered strongly in ballet but she has recently been studying jazz and modern as well. Choreographer, Warren Woo, and Anna met in the UW dance department in 2015. She has performed Warren's choreography before, in the UW Dance Majors Concert of 2016. Her favorite part of working with Warren is his ability to collaborate with dancers while also being very hands on about his projects. Anna teaches ballet for Seattle Community Centers and finds joy in helping children discover their love of dance.