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Margaret Behm

MARGARET BEHM
Happenstance

Margaret Behm (she/her) has made a life in dance in Seattle since 2016. Most recently she taught at Pacific Lutheran University, was on faculty at American Dance Institute for six years, and choreographed for Kaleidoscope Dance Company and Mayfield Senior School (Pasadena, CA). Margaret has also served on the Dance Educators Association of WA Board. She performs with Kinesis Project (SEA/NYC) and has danced with Amy J Lambert/AJnC Dance-Theater, along with many other Seattle artists. Before moving to WA, Margaret danced and taught for Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM). Originally from Colorado, she holds a BFA in Dance from CU Boulder. 

Artist Statement
As a mover, I have an affinity for improvisation and believe that dance is a tool to create meaningful community as well as empower us to take up space in the world. As an educator, I take pride in facilitating students’ discoveries of their dancing bodies and how they relate to the world around them. As a choreographer, I am most interested in seeing performers share their authentic humanity. My work is a collaboration with the dancers to access their creative expression. I strive to showcase the pleasure in human connection, and in embodying our shared human experiences through dance.  

DELIA BLACK
HOUNDS OF LOVE

I'm 17 and a junior in high school. I have been dancing at Dance Fremont since I was seven. I have always had a strong interest in choreography so I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to choreograph and hope to continue dancing and choreographing in the far future.

 

KARYN BRACLIANO
Jazz Playground

Karyn Bracilano is the Faculty Director at All That Dance and since 2004 has taught jazz, tap, lyrical and preschool classes.  Karyn graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Point Park University, has received  certification to teach Tap, Jazz, and Ballet from Dance Masters of America and has been a member of NDEO since 2014.

 

LIZZY BRINZA
the cavity by my side

Lizzy Brinza is a junior at Lincoln and has been dancing for over a dozen years. She finds joy in getting lost in movement and using dance to express a variety of stories. When choreographing, she uses primarily relationships in space and movement dynamic to express a theme.

Nicole Cardona

NICOLE CARDONA
What must fall will rise again

A Chicago Native, Nicole holds a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Upon Graduation, Nicole received Secondary Training from the American Music and Dramatics Academy in Los Angeles. While living in LA, They performed with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance, and Psychopomp Dance Theater. Nicole has been a co-facilitator for The Psychopomp Summer workshop in 2021 and 2023. Now in Seattle, They have created works for Bridge Project, Wielding Forms Dance Festival, and BOOST Dance Festival. Nicole is currently on Faculty at Dance Fremont and eXit SPACE and is so excited to be sharing work at Impact Dance Festival. 

Artist Statement
Inspired by Greek Mythology, specifically The Clash of the Titans, this work takes you through a tale of awakening, battalion, destruction, and rebirth. As the dancers navigate through their journey, they encapsulate their narrative with ferocious ballet technique as their armor. With determination in their eyes, they fight to keep order as the world crumbles away around them. From the ashes, they arise allowing the world to continue to live and breathe as it is meant to be. 

BRYCE HANEWALL
Wander the Earth

Bryce Hanewall is a fifteen-year-old dancer at Dance Fremont in Seattle. She has been dancing for twelve years in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and other styles of dance. She has performed with Dance Fremont throughout her time dancing, most recently at BOOSTmeUP with the eXit space dance company. Her most recent choreography is Wander the Earth, a solo piece about accepting that some dreams will never come true. She hopes that you enjoy the performance!

 

SALLY HOLLOMAN
A Change is Gonna Come (solo)

United in Grief (group work): “If I’m going to fall, I don’t want to fall back on anything except my faith. I want to fall forward.”  -Denzel Washington 

My name is Sally Holloman, I’m a senior in high school, and I have been dancing at Dance Fremont since I was 4. My greatest passion is choreography and contemporary dance. I aspire to create pieces that move people and tell stories on stage that people can see themselves in or connect with. 

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GABRIELLE KAZUKO NOMURA GAINOR
Sadako and the Cranes

Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor is a Japanese-Filipina American activist and dancer. Classically trained in ballet, Gabrielle studied dance and journalism in college—later getting involved in racial justice work and community organizing. Today, Gabrielle leads an intergenerational group of Asian American dancers (Tsuru Ko) and has been featured in NW Asian Weekly, The Seattle Times, and KUOW. While studying at Dance Fremont from ages 10-18, Gabrielle had the great honor of performing in works by Kabby Mitchell III, Marie Chong, members of the José Limón company, among many others. It is a dream come true to return to DF nearly two decades later as a choreographer. Learn more at GabrielleKazuko.com 

Artist Statement
My piece honors Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955), a young girl who folded 1,000 origami cranes and wished for peace before passing away due to radiation from the Hiroshima bombing. Today, almost 80 years later, more than 30,000 people have died in Gaza, and I am reminded of Sadako’s wish: that no more children would have to die from war or violence. This piece is about honoring the creative spirit inherent in Sadako, and in all children—who deserve to live; to grow up in peace and safety. Special thanks to Ayako Shapiro and Hailey Bortel for helping me bring this piece to life with a new group of dancers. In light of this year’s awards season and “Oppenheimer,” I am reminded of the importance in seeking out the stories of Japanese people impacted by or killed by the atomic bomb (look up the term “hibakusha”). In recent months, I have learned more about the histories of Black scientists, Hispanic/Latino workers, tribal nations, and other People of Color whose stories are inherently woven into the Manhattan Project for better or worse. 

Explore the links below to learn more:
How Paper Cranes Became a Symbol of Healing in Japan (nationalgeographic.org)
The Story of Sadako Sasaki (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Margaux Gex

MARGAUX GEX
Hypnotic Pulse

Margaux Gex, originally from Switzerland, moved to Seattle in 2018 to attend Cornish College of the Arts, from which she graduated in 2021. Margaux is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has co-produced two evening-length performances with Lael Battiste, is a company member with Malacarne, and is currently an artist in residence for the James Ray Residency. Margaux recently performed in the Bridge Project, has created a new work for PROPEL, and is working on a new work for Full Tilt in May. Margaux is dedicated to continuing to push her creativity! 

Artist statement
I am deeply passionate about making detailed, visceral, athletic, dynamic, musical, and intricate work. Hypnotic Pulse is a work I first created in 2021 and have reset on Dance Fremont’s students. This work looks at how individual drive can create collective momentum. Supporting one another on our journeys helps keep our determination, pulse going. I am very interested in building relationships between the dancers in various ways, sometimes through touch, sometimes by simply dancing side by side, feeling each other’s blood pumping through our veins, and feeling how exhilarating that is! 

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CHRISTINA KENNEDY
Evergreen

Christina began dancing very young and was formally trained in the Cecchetti Method of ballet. Her performing years were spent dancing for choreographers in Baltimore and Seattle, often doing ballet and modern work. She teaches ballet to all ages and works in Seattle Public Schools during the weeks. While she doesn’t perform anymore, she stays active with rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and yoga. 

Artist Statement
As a choreographer, I want to create movement that feels good on the body. I want dancers to feel a natural flow to the movement in my work. It’s often responsive to the music, and I will have the dancers really use the music to guide movement quality. The piece for this program was choreographed to complement the different movement styles of the dancers. 

KIM LUSK
Sleeping Beauty Variations - Restaging

Kim Lusk is descended from a hearty line of cowboys, homesteaders, and mountaineers. A performer and choreographer based in Seattle, her choreography has been presented at On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival, Velocity Dance Center, Bumbershoot, Vashon Center for the Arts, Trigger. New Dance Happenings, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Her work is supported by Velocity’s Creative Residency program. Kim has performed with zoe|juniper, and serves as Rehearsal Director + Choreographic Assistant to the company setting zoe|juniper's work around the country. She currently performs with Peggy Piacenza and Britta Joy Peterson. She holds a degree in dance from Connecticut College.

Robbi A Moore

ROBBI A. MOORE
In the End, We Begin

Robbi A. Moore from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. They are an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, and Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program. Robbi graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Khambatta Dance Company, and Spectrum Dance Theater. Robbi has choreographed for Village Theatre, Ballyhoo Theatre, and Westside Drama at West Seattle High School.   

Artist Statement
I am an artist who has grown to value my versatility and my ability to blend into different styles. Creating my own work and educating students ranging in age and experience has shown me the importance of leading by example and being my authentic self. I enjoy choreographing work that is open to interpretation, but narratively clear. I believe the arts are the closest human beings can get to divinity and that any dance I make does not come from me but has been passed through me. It is my duty to keep the channel open.  

MARIUS PETIPA
Sleeping Beauty - Original Choreography

Marius Petipa (1818–1910) was one of the most influential figures of classical ballet. His choreography forms the basis of The Royal Ballet’s productions of The NutcrackerThe Sleeping BeautySwan LakeGiselleDon QuixoteLa Bayadère, and Coppélia, among others.

 

KELSEY REYNOLDS
Dracula

Kelsey Reynolds is a 17-year-old high school junior at Holy Names Academy. Their training began 12 years ago and they are so proud of how far they have come and thankful for the unending support of friends and family on their dance journey. Kelsey is in their third year of composition class where they have honed the practice of choreography and development of dance works. They are so excited to share their most recent composition, Dracula, at this year's Impact Dance Festival. Thank you for your support! 

LONDON SCOTT
my love mine all mine

KARINA SMITH
Found Heaven