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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.

Bodyvox

Bodyvox / Teacher

Javan Mngrezzo is a company dancer at Bodyvox, a local dance teacher, and certified instructor of The Ellové Technique®. His dance journey began during his first year of college at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. He graduated in three years, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Dance and Sociology.

A native of Southeastern Virginia, Jessica holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology from NYU. Throughout her career, she has performed contemporary, opera, and dance theater works by Florian Bilbao, Reut Shemesh, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Zoe Scofield, among others. Training includes Elbert Watson, The School of Richmond Ballet, The Ailey School, Strictly Seattle and NYC Gaga Intensive.

Theresa Hanson was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, where she grew up dancing at Pofahl Studios She began her professional dance career with Dance Alive National Ballet at the age of 15 as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2009.

BodyVox Guest Artist / Teacher

Darvejon Jones holds a B.A. in Dance Performance & 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), ODC, and City Ballet.

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.

BodyVox Junior Company Member / Teacher

Jenelle Garerlan is a young dancer, choreographer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. She has danced with BodyVox’s Junior Artist Generator since the program began in 2013, training on full-scholarship for the past 5 years. In eighth grade Jenelle began finding her artistic voice through choreography, submitting pieces to local young choreographer competitions.

BODYVOX / TEACHER

Born & raised in Northern Michigan, Jillian works as both a dancer and circus artist. She has had the opportunity to perform with such companies as Ballet NY, Urban Ballet Theatre, AntiGravity Entertainment, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Quixotic Fusion, Boston Ballet, AcroBack Productions, Aerial Artistry, NYC Tranzformerz Breakdance Crew, AcroArts Productions, Rockit Aerials, & Rebecca Rice Dance amongst others.

Andrés Peraza is a graduate of Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) in Beaverton, where he discovered his love for dance. He continued his studies at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, under the direction of Seán Curran. Additional training includes: Nashville Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Brent fell in love with dance at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington, and worked with BodyVox for a year before he went on to attend Point Park University, where he graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance. While in college, Brent performed in works which include “Minus 16” by Ohad Naharin and “The Constant Shift of Pulse” by Doug Varone, among many other pieces and performances.

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.

Bodyvox-2

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

Bodyvox / Teacher

Javan Mngrezzo is a company dancer at Bodyvox, a local dance teacher, and certified instructor of The Ellové Technique®. His dance journey began during his first year of college at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. He graduated in three years, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Dance and Sociology.

BodyVox Guest Artist / Teacher

Darvejon Jones holds a B.A. in Dance Performance & 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), ODC, and City Ballet.

Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon. After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015.

Eric Stucky, originally from Portland, OR started dancing at the age of 10 doing competition dance and dance team. It wasn’t until high school that he made the choice to train at BodyVox Dance Center in the JAG program. He had the opportunity to perform with BodyVox Company in the show called The Spin as well as several public performances of Psycho Killer.

Éowyn Emerald, currently based in Aberdeen, Scotland, is a Canadian born choreographer, dancer, and teacher. She was hailed by The Times as "a talent to watch." A classically trained dancer with extensive experience in contemporary and jazz, Éowyn's work is physical, technically demanding, and places a strong emphasis on partnering and performance. Her teaching experience is diverse in ages and levels as well as dance styles and techniques.

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.

BodyVox Junior Company Member / Teacher

Jenelle Garerlan is a young dancer, choreographer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. She has danced with BodyVox’s Junior Artist Generator since the program began in 2013, training on full-scholarship for the past 5 years. In eighth grade Jenelle began finding her artistic voice through choreography, submitting pieces to local young choreographer competitions.

Laura Haney grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, and 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, was a featured performer in the First National Tour of Fosse and a cast member of the Broadway musical A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden for two seasons.

BODYVOX / TEACHER

Born & raised in Northern Michigan, Jillian works as both a dancer and circus artist. She has had the opportunity to perform with such companies as Ballet NY, Urban Ballet Theatre, AntiGravity Entertainment, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Quixotic Fusion, Boston Ballet, AcroBack Productions, Aerial Artistry, NYC Tranzformerz Breakdance Crew, AcroArts Productions, Rockit Aerials, & Rebecca Rice Dance amongst others.

Elizabeth (Elle) Crowley was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii where she began her dance training at a young age with Dance Spectrum Hawaii and Hawaii State Ballet. She attended Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts, where she was in the International Bachelorette Program in Dance, graduating with a diploma in 2009.

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.

Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Ballet and Jazz. She previously worked as Rehearsal Director, Costume Manager and Dancer with Eisenhower Dance, Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance 2 and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. She is currently in her 3rd season with BodyVox performing nationally and internationally. Ms.

Elizabeth trained at the Princeton Ballet School and in New York at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and with Maggie Black and David Howard. She was one of the first recipients to win the Presidential Scholar in the Arts awards in 1980, going on to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of the awards ceremony.

Paris studied dance in Santa Cruz, California with small local studios and trained with the Santa Cruz and San Jose Ballet. By junior and high school, she was 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.

Lisa Buchmiller began dancing at an early age at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet in Richland, WA. Classically trained in ballet, tap and jazz she performed with Mid-Columbia Ballet under the artistic direction of Debra Pearse Rogo. In college, Lisa discovered her true passion - teaching movement.

Rachel Slater is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Modern Dance Performance. In Portland she has performed for Tracey Durbin, Carla Mann, Franco Nieto of NW Dance Project,Tere Mathern, and Sara Parker, among others. Rachel's previous work included performance engagements across the U.S. and Southern France.

Maria has been performing, teaching, collaborating, and creating for more than 20 years. She received scholarships to Gus Giordano Dance Chicago and the University of Arizona School of Dance. In addition to the Giordano technique, she has studied the styles of jazz dance greats such as Luigi, Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett and Patsy Swayze.

Shaun Keylock is a performance-based artist, dancer, and educator born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his formal dance training at Pacific University, where he received his B.A. in Dance and Art History. While at Pacific, Shaun was a member of the Pacific Dance Ensemble and performed original works by many faculty and guest artists, including Jennifer Camp, Mary Hunt, Lauren Edson, Josie Moseley, and Rachel Slater.

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).

Thorey Mountain
(MPhil, BA Hons, RAD Teaching Certificate)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.