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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.

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BO BRINTON was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He began his training at Arizona Ballet Theatre under the direction of Cecily Bressel and Norman Walker, and was awarded scholarships to attend summer programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York City and Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco.

SKYE STOUBER is a native of Portland, Oregon. He began dancing at The Portland Ballet before moving on to train with Houston Ballet Academy and San Francisco Ballet School. A knee injury paused his career for 5 years, before he returned to the stage with Skinner|Kirk Dance Ensemble in 2018, and eventually joined the corps de ballet at Oregon Ballet Theatre later that year.

ANNA ELLIS excels at portraying bold, athletic and theatrical roles. At age seven she began dancing at Maranatha School of Dance in Fort Myers, Florida. After graduating from high school, she performed and toured with multiple companies in Texas, Mississippi, Illinois and California from 2011-2017. A few of those years were spent traveling around the country, creating dance films and performing in the music video SOS by Joseph.

ALICIA CUTAIA is a celebrated dancer, instructor, choreographer, fire performer, and harness aerialist. She earned her BFA as a double major in Classical Ballet and Jazz with honors from Point Park University in Pennsylvania. Cutaia’s training was furthered as a scholarship recipient at Hubbard Street Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater and River North Dance Company.

THERESA HANSON was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, where she grew up training in ballet and jazz 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.

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.

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.

Teachers

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

At the age of three, Andrea began dance training in Hillsboro, Oregon. She studied at Northwest Conservatory of Dance under the directorship of Anita Mitchel. She continued to train at the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Loyola Marymount University, where she received a BA in dance in 2009. After graduating she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon.

TEACHER / Education Programs Manager

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).

Teacher / JAG Director

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.

Elizabeth Bressler was born in Portland, OR. She trained at Oregon Ballet Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and with Tracey Durbin. In 2012 she studied with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. During her four years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance she trained closely in Ballet, Improvisation, Contemporary, Modern, and Gaga with Summer Lee Rhatigan, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Christian Burns.

Jenelle Gaerlan is a multi-disciplined creative and freelance dancer from Portland, Oregon. Her dance training consists of contemporary, jazz (Luigi-style, afro-jazz, industry), modern (Horton, Counter-technique), ballet, and improvisation under BodyVox's Junior Artist Generator (JAG) program. Through JAG, Jenelle has worked for Nike, DarVejon Jones Dance Ensemble, and BodyVox Dance Company.

Laura Haney's performing career spanned concert dance (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Company, BodyVox), theatre ('Fosse'First National Tour, 'A Christmas Carol' at Madison Square Garden), and commercial/industrial shows, amongst others. Laura is a certified Pilates, Ellové Technique®, and BeMoved® instructor, and has been teaching, choreographing, and administering in dance programs for over 20 years.

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.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Lee-Wei Chao started his ballet training with Ms. Xiao Lee,who brought from Russia the Vaganova ballet method to Taiwan.

Casey Hess is a Portland native who trained with Metro Dancers, Columbia Dance, Portland Festival Ballet, and Jefferson Dancers. Hess received his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2017 and was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Leadership. Hess was dancing with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in New York City pre-Covid.

Nicholas Le-Jurica (he/him), did most of his growing up in Beaverton Oregon. Always a mover as well as many other things, it was his love of wiggles and his mother enrolling him in a free ballroom class that led Nicholas to start dancing at a local dance studio. In highschool he spent nearly all of his time studying formalized dance techniques at Arts and Communications Magnet Academy (ACMA) as Well as The Portland Ballet.

Originally from Portland, OR, Amelia trained at The Portland Ballet and completed summer programs at Ballet West. She continued studying dance at The University of Oregon. Throughout her training she has performed works by George Balanchine, August Bournonville and Bella Lewitzky. Amelia had the opportunity to perform with Éowyn Emerald & Dancers at J.A.W. at Portland Center Stage.

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. With more than 30 years as a dynamic mind/body instructor, Laure has become one of the country’s most trusted experts.

 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Collaborators

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.

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.