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2:15 | Musical Theatre| with Randy Davis

Randy has been in the following Broadway shows: Guys & Dolls, Peter Pan, All Shook up. He has toured nationally with: Cats, Peter Pan, All Shook Up. He is currently on staff at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Polaris Dance, Northwest Academy, Dance Fusion.

https://www.randyadavis.com/

2:15 | Weight Bearing and Sharing | with Adrianna Audoma and Lauren Smith

Adrianna attended Idyllwild Arts Academy as a dance major for four years and went on to attend the University of California, Irvine as a dance major. After a year, she chose to withdraw and was accepted into a five month training program in Jerusalem, Israel where she studied with Vertigo Dance Company, as well as former members of Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company.

Lauren is a graduate of the Cal State Long Beach Dance Department and has been teaching and coaching dancers for over 9 years. Lauren began her dance training at the age of three and has participated innumerous National Competitions where she earned national titles and scholarships to Broadway Dance center and the Edge Performing Arts Center. Lauren has served as the assistant for renowned commercial artists for Company Dance Convention.

Adrianna and Lauren are company members with Tongue Dance Project and instructors at FLOOR Dance Center. https://www.floorcenterfordance.com/

 

3:30 | Modern | with Beth Whelan

Beth Whelan is a movement-based artist, choreographer, teacher, writer, and yoga practitioner. Here in Portland, she has presented work through the Regional Arts and Culture Council's Night Lights, Downright Productions' Amorphous, Polaris Dance Theater's Galaxy Festival, and at Performance Works Northwest in a shared evening of dance with Trevor Wilde. Beth freelances in local projects, dancing with Dillon & Wilde + Artists, Alexander Dones and Kristalyn Gill Early. Prior to Portland, Beth graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in where she studied modern, ballet, and choreography. Beth has performed alongside The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in their production of Swinging Through the Sky, Robert Battle’s Mass with the GMU Percussion Ensemble, freelanced with D.C.-based Company E at the Kennedy Center in their work (In)Security and The Jungle Books, as well as with Putty Dance Project in Philadelphia. Her writing on dance has been published in Philadelphia's The Dance Journal and Oregon Arts Watch, and she continues to use dance writing as a way to better understand her art while creating another avenue of communication between artists and audience members.
Website: https://elizabeth1028.wixsite.com/whelan

3:30 | Contemporary | with Lex Dones

Alexander (Lex) Dones is a freelance artist & arts advocate. Based out of New York & Portland, Alexander travels nationally & internationally to contribute his skill sets as a performer, choreographer, educator, youth development specialist, and activist to various organizations/causes/persons in need. As a freelance performer he has worked with numerous companies & artists including doug elkins choreography, etc., MOMIX, NW Dance Project, Chase Brock, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and more, all with whom he has toured & performed to prestigious venues and festivals throughout the United States, France, Spain, Germany, and beyond. As an educator & choreographer, Alexander has been commissioned by colleges & youth programs around the country and his choreographic works & workshops have been presented in South Korea, England, France, and throughout the United States including New York, Portland, Seattle, Detroit, Los Angeles, and others. Current projects include continued creations with Doug Elkins, traveling vocationally to give assistance to others, and his own ongoing multi-media work in process under the name of soothsayer. For more information about upcoming events including performances, workshops, community events, etc., please come and say hello—or, if you’re shy—go to www.AlexanderDones.com

4:45 | Structured Improv | with Jessica Zoller

Jessica Zoller received her MFA in dance from the University of Oregon where she was also a graduate teaching fellow from 2012-2015. She earned her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Western Washington University in 2007. Professionally she has performed and collaborated with Pam Kuntz, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Portland Opera, Lane Hunter Dance, Lauren Edson, Wanderlust Circus, Pelu Theatre, Shannon Mockli, AWOL Dance Collective, Polaris Dance Theatre, Katie Scherman and Trevor Wilde. Jessica has choreographed for Sojourn Theatre's How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, Relay Dance Collective, Cirque Love Love, Pacific Lutheran University, and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company. In 2018, Jessica performed and choreographed a piece for Ten Tiny Dances in collaboration with musician Jana Crenshaw. Jessica teaches dance at Saint Mary's Academy.

4:45 | Urban Dance | with Barbara "Babi" Lima

Barbara Lima, “Babi,” was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Babi graduated from Angel Vianna University, one of the most acclaimed dance schools in Brazil. Throughout her career she performed and taught in over 10 countries around Europe, North and South America. She was part of the Contemporary Company Grupo Tapias, run by Giselle and Flavia Tapias, and Grupo de Rua (also known as GRN), run by artistic director, Bruno Beltrão. She has performed and taught at Theatre De La Ville (FRA), Hellerau (GER), Kunsten Dance Festival (BEL), Rio H2K (BRA), World of Dance (ARG) and other festivals world wide.

Barbara was part of the professional dance team during the Olympics in 2016 in Brazil and was one of the entertainment leaders during the games at the Volleyball arena. Currently, she's one of the Artistic Directors at Polaris Dance Theatre and the Artistic Director and Choreographer of her collective, ELa FaLa. Since 2015, The ELa FaLa Collective, (which means ‘She Speaks’), has sought to create bridges between art, technology, culture, education and science, through a holistic vision of the world. She is one of the Dance Ambassadors for the Dance Wire Community in Portland. http://www.elafala.com/

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