RDC3 7:30 p.m., April 3-5, 2015 Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Contemporary, Seattle-based dance company Relay Dance Collective presents "RDC3," an evening of vibrant, powerful and diverse dances. is happening April 3-5 at Velocity Dance Center featuring a special guest performance by ARC Dance Company.
By Gabrielle Gainor I didn't think that running Relay Dance Collective with three of my childhood best friends: Austin, Jasmine and Tess, could get any better. Until more of our original tribe showed up to dance. One of those people was Kelsey Barrett. We hadn't seen Kelsey for a couple years; her degree in international studies, plus her compassionate heart (and pure awesomeness) had taken her to Africa to work in nonprofit development and across various parts of the world to travel and explore. Originally, Kelsey trained with us at Dance Fremont! until her beautiful classical lines and strong dedication drove her to seek more intense ballet-specific preparation at Pacific Northwest Ballet School: Here, her long limbs would find a new home in Balanchine technique, which she would continue to use as a dancer at Ballet Chicago later, performing in "The Nutcracker," "Concerto Barocco," and "Agon." Now, Kelsey's back in her native Seattle having been a ballerina on both coasts, and carrying wisdom from the cultures and people she met in her time abroad. For RDC3, Kelsey has hung up her pointe shoes to roll around on the floor barefoot with us. While her tutu is gone for this show, her precision, strong technicality and beautiful smile remain. This is Kelsey’s first year with Relay, and she says she's "thrilled to once again perform alongside lifelong friends and reinvigorate her passion for dance." We all feel the same way; it's like our family is back together again on stage. See Kelsey dance in new works by Fiona Vigdor, Alana O Rogers and "End of a Year" by Eva Stone in RDC3. Proudest accomplishment as an artist. My proudest moments are always when I have succeeded at something completely out of my comfort zone. Dancing with a women’s group in Senegal is up there! Laughing and building community, that’s what makes dance so special. Most humbling moment as an artist. There are many of those, but watching Carla Körbes in the wings of McCaw Hall as a PNB student really stands out. What's your spirit animal? North American River Otter.
What's your guilty pleasure? The stinkiest camembert around, saucisson sec, a baguette, and some cab sauv on a rainy night. If you were a color, you'd be: Mimosa yellow. Three things in life you love are: Friends and family. Voracious learning. Sincerity. What's next for you? Delving deeper into world dance. I was also really inspired by getting to experience the choreographic process firsthand in Fiona Evans and Alana O Rogers’ pieces! Challenging myself to choreograph would be an exciting goal for 2016!