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Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

Artistic Director

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled, ebullient, and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. A native New Yorker, Ashley began her dance training at age 3.

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MITCHELL ROSE (Filmmaker) is a frequent collaborator with BodyVox—they have now created nine films together. But prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell was a New York-based choreographer specializing in comedic work and was dubbed “the dance world’s Woody Allen” by The New York Times.

Emily Schultz began her formal dance education at age 16 in Oregon. She spent her summers training with American Ballet Theatre in New York City. In 2010 she joined Portland Festival Ballet under the artistic direction of John Magnus where she danced principal roles in the Nutcracker, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, and Alice In Wonderland. Her choreography was chosen two years in a row to be performed on stage by the Portland Festival Ballet.

BodyVox / Teacher

Jeff George trained with Ballet Arts of Minnesota and Broadway Dance Center in New York. He performed on the East Coast Tour of Sesame Street Live and then moved on to travel the world for the next six years performing on various Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

BodyVox / Teacher

Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Anna graduated with a BFA from the University of Utah's Department of Ballet, where she had the opportunity to perform internationally in Europe and Asia. Anna also dances with Éowyn Emerald and Dancers and several independent choreographers within the Portland area. A certified STOTT Pilates instructor, Anna enjoys climbing, the Blazers, hanging with friends and family, and lip synching in her car.

Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

BodyVox / Teacher

Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Classical Ballet and Jazz. Her previous training included scholarships at Hubbard Street Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater, and River North Dance Company.

Artistic Director

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled, ebullient, and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. A native New Yorker, Ashley began her dance training at age 3.

Brent fell in love with dance at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington and went on to graduate from Point Park University with a BFA in Modern Dance. He has since worked with The Pillow Project, as well as with Attack Theatre, both of Pittsburgh. Brent worked with Bodyvox for a year before attending college and is thrilled to be working with them again.

Artistic Associate / BodyVox / Teacher

Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Eric Skinner has been working on the West Coast as both a performer and choreographer for the past twenty years.

BodyVox / Tour Manager

Although based in Portland Oregon, Daniel Kirk has extensive performance experience both nationally and internationally. His technique ranges from classical ballet to contemporary to innovative theatrical and aerial work.

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Director of BodyVox-2 / Teacher

 Zachary began his training with the legendary dancer George Zoritch in his native Tucson, Arizona. He continued his training as a full scholarship student with The National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed a wide variety of principal roles as a dancer in Oregon Ballet Theater, Minnesota Dance Theater, and Ballet West. His repertoire includes works by Balanchine, Taylor, Van Manen, Tudor, and many others.

Teachers

ArVejon Jones is from Los Angeles, California where he grew up doing Tap, Hip Hop, and West African Dance. He later attended San Francisco State University where he majored in Dance Performance, and minored in Japanese Language. Through the National Endowment for the Arts, ArVejon was chosen to be a Student Apprentice with ODC Dance SF in his Senior year of college.

Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon. She trained with the Northwest Dance Project, Jefferson Dancers, and the Portland Ballet, and is an alumnus of the Juilliard School.

BodyVox / Teacher

Jeff George trained with Ballet Arts of Minnesota and Broadway Dance Center in New York. He performed on the East Coast Tour of Sesame Street Live and then moved on to travel the world for the next six years performing on various Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Dar Vejon holds a B.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a Minor degree in Japanese Language from San Francisco State University. While achieving his degrees, he concurrently received scholarships from the SFSU dance department that allowed him to continue his studies at Alonzo King Lines Ballet (San Francisco Dance Center).

BodyVox / Teacher

Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Anna graduated with a BFA from the University of Utah's Department of Ballet, where she had the opportunity to perform internationally in Europe and Asia. Anna also dances with Éowyn Emerald and Dancers and several independent choreographers within the Portland area. A certified STOTT Pilates instructor, Anna enjoys climbing, the Blazers, hanging with friends and family, and lip synching in her car.

Laura Haney attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance and music. She was a member of River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, toured nationally as a featured performer in the Broadway show “Fosse” and was a cast member of the Broadway musical ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Madison Square Garden for two seasons.

Abigail started dance at the age of nine when she enrolled in the Dance Center of New Jersey . Abigail attended various summer intensive programs including American Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet and Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet.  In 2013, Abigail was accepted into American Repertory Ballet's trainee program.

Sara Parker holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (2015) where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a recipient of the Dee Winterton Award (2015). Additionally, she holds a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (2009). Sara has most recently performed in works with artists such as Tere Mathern (PDX), Netta Yerushalmy (NYC), Pamela Geber-Handman (SLC), and Sharee Lane (SLC).

Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

BodyVox / Teacher

Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Classical Ballet and Jazz. Her previous training included scholarships at Hubbard Street Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater, and River North Dance Company.

Artistic Director

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled, ebullient, and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. A native New Yorker, Ashley began her dance training at age 3.

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(MPhil, BA Hons, RAD Teaching Certificate)

Josh began dancing at local studios on the Oregon coast when he was 12. As a teenager he studied at Milwaukee Ballet in Wisconsin and Joffrey Ballet in New York on full scholarship. He attended Brigham Young University on scholarship while being in their Theatre Ballet Company. After joining BodyVox-2 in 2009 then danced as  a full company member through 2015, touring internationally, and becoming one of the core JAG teachers.

Teacher / Studio Class Manager

Heather trained on scholarship at Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and at 14 became a Ballet Major at the University of Utah where she earned her BFA. Heather has danced with Utah Ballet and Ballet West performing classic ballets as well as works by George Balanchine and Paul Taylor. Before leaving Salt Lake, Heather was an administrator and instructor at the School of Ballet West.

Nicole McCall is the founder/director of DANCE YOUR HEART OUT® and a certified member of the Dance Masters of America. She has been teaching dance for over 15 years and is known for her energy and entusiasm in her classes. Former Director at Northwest Conservatory of Dance and artist in residence at Jackson Elementary School, Miss Nicole just returned from living in Ireland for three years.

Vanessa Thiessen is originally from Portland, OR, and trained at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She has danced for ODC Dance, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Smuin Ballet, Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble, Amy Seiwert¹s Imagery, Tanya Bello's Project b. and Opera Parallele. She has most recently taught repertory for ODC Dance, Imagery and Smuin Ballet, and has frequently been Choreographic Collaborator for KT Nelson.

Paris studied dance in Santa Cruz, California with small local studios as well as the Santa Cruz and San Jose Ballet. By junior high and high school, she was also varsity captain of the cheer team and a competition dancer. Training continued with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance until moving to Portland in 2010 where she continued her training at BodyVox and Northwest Dance Project.

Éowyn Emerald Barrett is a Canadian born choreographer, dancer and teacher, currently creating in Portland, Oregon who was recently selected by The Times of London as "a talent to watch." Her company Éowyn Emerald & Dancers are based in Portland, and recently returned from their second international tour to the Festival Fringe, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to rave reviews.

Sarah Fuhrman is originally from Portland, OR, and trained with The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under Haydee Gutierrez and James Canfield. She spent time in St. Petersburg, RU for additional training with the Mussogrsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. Sarah joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as a company member and danced corps and principle roles.

Jenelle Yarbrough - Is a partnering founder / Artistic Director of Urban Arts, Inc. and  Urban Arts Dance Company and has been performing and teaching professionally in the Portland area as well as Internationally for over 15 yrs. She is a former dancer for the Portland Fire Hip-Hop Squad, the Jammin’ 95.5 Jam Squad and the Portland Trailblazer's Hip-Hop Squad.

Rachel Slater is a Portland based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She trained at Portland Metro Arts and then continued on with the Jefferson Dancers and Northwest Dance Project. She received a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Locally, she has performed with Tere Mathern Dance, Eowyn Emerald & Dancers and Tracey Durbin among others.

Director of BodyVox-2 / Teacher

 Zachary began his training with the legendary dancer George Zoritch in his native Tucson, Arizona. He continued his training as a full scholarship student with The National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed a wide variety of principal roles as a dancer in Oregon Ballet Theater, Minnesota Dance Theater, and Ballet West. His repertoire includes works by Balanchine, Taylor, Van Manen, Tudor, and many others.

Laure Redmond began her career in the fitness industry in the early 1980’s, eventually owning and operating one of New York City’s well-known fitness establishments. She has endorsed dozens of impressive wellness products and has produced and starred in popular DVD workouts, including Mary Tyler Moore’s Everywoman's Workout.

Artistic Associate / BodyVox / Teacher

Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Eric Skinner has been working on the West Coast as both a performer and choreographer for the past twenty years.

Tracey Durbin - After studying years of piano, theater and ballet at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Tracey moved to Los Angeles. In LA, Tracey studied ballet with Stanely Holden, jazz with Luigi (the innovator of the worlds first jazz technique), and assisted Hama, Luigi's protege.

Teaching Artist

ELIZABETH BURDEN (Teaching Artist) began her dance training at the age of 7 with Joan Shelton Mason in Wenatchee WA.  Upon moving to Portland she continued her training with Jaqueline Schumacher, and then with Barbara Remington.  Elizabeth was granted a scholarship to study in New York with the Joffrey School, then was offered a job with Pacific Ballet Theatre as an apprentice.  Elizabeth danced with PBT, then became a founding member of Oregon Ballet Theatre where she danced for 12 years.

Teacher / Choreographer

One of the Pacific Northwest’s finest choreographers, Josie Moseley has captivated audiences for over 25 years with her solo performances and group pieces set on various artists and companies worldwide.

Collaborators

MITCHELL ROSE (Filmmaker) is a frequent collaborator with BodyVox—they have now created nine films together. But prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell was a New York-based choreographer specializing in comedic work and was dubbed “the dance world’s Woody Allen” by The New York Times.