Resident Choreographer & Co-Artistic Director. [ Bio here.]
Imana is a Texas-born Indonesian journalist and dance artist currently based in Seattle. She is a member of Au Collective and works at Humanosphere and Breaking News (NBC Universal). Since graduating from the University of Washington in 2015, she has been produced by the American Dance Guild in New York City, Velocity’s Next Fest NW, Full Tilt, the UW, The Studios' Launch 2.0, and Boost Dance Festival. She reports on national and international relations, social justice, and the intersection between policy and culture—issues which often seep into her dance works.
Anna Krupp is a Seattle based dance artist hailing from a suburb of Chicago. Anna received her BFA in dance and an Entrepreneurial Certificate from the University of Iowa in 2015. Since moving to Seattle in January 2016, Anna’s work as a performance artist includes Ella Mahler’s This and This Too (Seattle Dance Crush Recipient) for Relay Dance Collective’s Prime, Lauren Linder’s Underscored Proscenium Grind in Converge Dance Festival, Alice Gosti’s Bodies of Water at Bumbershoot, Alana O Roger’s evening length work Into Ice, and Ella Mahler’s dance film, it can also be this (audience choice award winner). Anna is currently working with Ella Mahler and Kaitlin McCarthy on pieces that will premier in June at On the Boards for Northwest New Works. Anna’s choreography was selected for HHII Dance Festival, Relay Dance Collective’s Passage, and later this year, she will premier a new piece for Velocity Dance Center’s Bridge Project.
Brenna Monroe-Cook is originally from Oak Park, Illinois. She began her dance training at The Academy of Movement and Music and The Ruth Page Foundation. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkavy. From 2002-2007 Ms. Monroe-Cook was a dancer with the Limón Dance Company. In 2011 she earned her MFA from the University of Washington. She rejoined the Limón Dance Company in 2013 and now divides her time between New York and Seattle. She continues to teach Limón technique and ballet, and stages Limón repertoire for companies and schools internationally. Locally Ms. Monroe-Cook teaches at Cornish, Dance Fremont, PNB School, and UW and has performed with Ashani Dances, Catherine Cabeen & Company, Seattle Dance Project and the Chamber Dance Company. She is a certified Pilates instructor and a licensed GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® instructor
Sara has produced and co-produced work at the Merc Playhouse Theatre and with Methow Arts Alliance in the Methow Valley. She recently produced Ten Tiny Dances 2015 in Seattle. Sara is also the Production Assistant to acclaimed choreographer Heather Kravas. As a performing artist, Sara has been a member of Pat Graney Company since 2000 and danced extensively with Crispin Spaeth Dance Group and d9 Dance Collective.
Amy Johnson has been dancing in her living room, her car, and while walking down the street since 1992 (age 3). You may remember her from her memorable performance as ‘Snow Flurry #6’ in the Vancouver Dance Theater’s production of The Nutcracker.
Since obtaining her BFA in Dance Choreography from Cornish College of the Arts, Amy has been working as a dancer, performer, and choreographer all over the Seattle area. You might have also seen her working as one of the collaborators ofThe Eternal Glow Project or dressed as Charlie Chaplin. She is the director of AJnC Dance; a Seattle based dance theater company that takes its stimuli from literature and historical research. Director/choreographer Amy Johnson strives to make work that combines strong dance aesthetic with the principles of fine art and live performance. Their goal is to make work that is intriguing and compassionate for both the performer and the audience. [Read more...]
Holly is the founder and artistic director of Intrepidus Dance, as well as a a dance educator in the Seattle area. She began her dance training at 13 years of age where she studied Ballet under Elena Dominguez-Bartley, Luis Dominguez, and Nancy Dominguez-Cole at the Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo. At PAMT she also trained in Jazz (Giordano Based), Tap, and a continued studies in Ballet; and also has extensive training in Musical Theater. Holly went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a Minor in Theater, where her studies not only included daily technique classes; but also classes in dance composition, dance pedagogy as well as dance mechanics and anatomy. Since her graduation in 2009, Holly has has worked as a performer with companies such as Verlezza Dance (Cleveland, Ohio), and here in Seattle with Sixth Day Dance as a Performer, Choreographer, and Instructor. She currently teaches dance in Seattle at the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance where she instructs Ballet, Jazz, and Tap for all ages.
Mark J Kane
Mark J. Kane is the creator of Body Balancing by Mark J. Kane, a therapeutic exercise studio located at 1910 E. Prospect St. on north Capitol Hill. He has a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse U., an MFA in Dance from the U. of Washington (specializing in anatomy and kinesiology), and attended the Juilliard School Dance Program. Mark has taught and performed nationally and internationally for the past 30 years. While living and working in Montreal Mark danced for a 17 year old Celine Dion. In New York, Mark taught at Dance Space Inc. and worked for the Humphrey Dance Co. In Minneapolis Mark danced for the Zenon Dance Co. and Jazzdance by Danny Buraceski. In Seattle Mark danced for Spectrum Dance Theater and has taught on the faculty of UW Dance program and taught Anatomy at Cornish School of the Arts Dance program. Some may know him as the choreographer for the infamous "Hunchback/the Musical," or dancing on Star Search '95 with Wade Madsen.
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