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Beth Terwilleger’s passion has always lived in dance. At a young age she began her training at Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre and got her first job as an apprentice with Ballet Austin in 2003. She later joined the company in 2005 where she danced for eight season working with choreographers Stephen Mills, Thang Dao, Thaddeus Davis, Viktor Kabaniaev, KT Nelson, Dominic Walsh, Gregory Dolbashian, and Nicolo Fonte. She also performed works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, and Twyla Tharp. While in Austin Beth also created and directed an arts show called Califa Arts Collaborative featuring dance, music, and visual art. Califa saw two years of innovative art creation and sold out shows that lead to new audiences and greater audience support in Austin.

After leaving Ballet Austin, Beth moved to San Francisco, had her first son, and danced works by Robert Dekkers at Post Ballet. In 2016 Beth and her family moved to London where her second son was born and where she began her choreographic career in a mentorship program at Clarence Mews with Caroline Salem. Beth recently moved to Seattle to further pursue her choreographic career and had her first work performed at Velocity Dance Center in October, 2018. She is excited to be in the Seattle dance scene and has ambition to help the arts world thrive during a rapidly changing time.

Beth Terwilleger

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Leah Russell is a performer and movement artist with a background based in theater. She holds a BFA in acting from Cornish College of the Arts and is deeply influenced by the physical, emotional and compositional training she received. She spent three months as as a movement and acting teacher for Artmates Theater Group in Thessaloniki, Greece and the following year was spent immersed in training and research. In 2018, she appeared in The Winter Bridge Project (Luscaby Leslie Kraus) Converge Dance Festival (Decision Fatigue by Emily Curtiss), CLEAR: A New Improvisation(JKLM Studios) and joined The Gray dance company with the premier of The Midsummerchoreographed by Beth Terwilleger and is thrilled to be making her debut as a choreographer with Converge Dance Festival.

Leah Russell

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Caitlyn Lamdin is originally from Vermont, where she began dancing jazz, funk, hip hop, lyrical, and ballet at a young age.  She later joined the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, training under John Meehan of the American Ballet Theatre, Steve Rooks of Martha Graham Dance Company, Maureen Mansfield Kaddar of Paul Taylor Company, and Jill Echo of TAKE Dance, amongst many others.  During her time at Vassar, she was fortunate enough to perform in pieces set by New York artists Larry Keigwin, Takehiro Ueyama, and Tom Gold. Her choreographic background ranges from classical modern works to community theater musicals (and almost everything in between).

 

After living abroad in Morocco, teaching high school French in the Mississippi Delta, and completing her Masters in International Education Management, Caitlyn moved to Seattle where she works at an educational nonprofit and has (finally!) returned to dancing.  She is honored to participate in Converge Dance Festival and grateful for the opportunity to work amongst such talented dance artists.

Caitlyn Lamdin

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Peter Kohring (they/them pronouns) is an experimental artist, dancer, and choreographer. Dance to them is a channel to invest in the stories that need to be told, to capture attention and to promote well being through art. Peter graduated from The University of Washington (class of 2018) with majors in both dance and psychology and is currently working for the non-profit Solid Ground as a diversion specialist, specifically working with persons experiencing homelessness.

Peter Kohring

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Meredith Pellon is a graduate of the BFA program at the University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield where she performed works by artists such as Mark Caserta, Paul Matteson and Eiko Otake. Since relocating to Seattle, she has performed works by Zoe Scofield and Allison Burke. As a choreographer, Meredith has most recently presented work in Performance Lab at On The Boards. Her work has also been featured in Pennsylvania Ballet II's performance En Avant, and Koresh Artistic Showcase in Pennsylvania, as well as in Ballet Inc.’s The Series: Vol. II and HATCH Presenting Series in New York. In 2017, Meredith received a grant from the Corzo Center Innovation Lab to create a series of site-specific dance projects performed at different locations in Philadelphia. She has completed summer intensives at The Joffrey Ballet School, The Hartt School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and PHILADANCO. She has written dance reviews for Phindie and is currently writes for SeattleDances.

Meredith Pellon

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The newly formed Ellensburg Dance Collective was founded by Michael Blue and Gabrielle McNeillie. 

 

Gabrielle originally from Rochester, New York, received her early training at Brockport School of Dance and Performing Arts and the Rochester City Ballet. She graduated cum laude from The University of Akron with a BFA in Dance Performance. After working for almost a decade as a Dancer and Dance Captain for Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment, Gabrielle earned her MFA in Dance/Choreography from The University of Arizona.

Gabrielle is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Central Washington University where she teaches a wide variety of technique and theory courses. Her previous teaching and choreographic credits include private studios in New York, Washington, Ohio, and Arizona, as well as at The University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and Pacific Lutheran University. Her research has been presented as part of various conferences including; the National Dance Education Organization, the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and the Dance Science and Somatics Educators. Gabrielle is a licensed Fletcher Pilates® teacher.

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The newly formed Ellensburg Dance Collective was founded by Michael Blue and Gabrielle McNeillie. 


Michael Bluebegan his early training at the San Francisco Ballet School and Idyllwild Arts Academy. After being introduced to the Bella Lewitzky technique at Idyllwild he was prompted to further his exploration into Modern Dance at the Codarts University in the Netherlands. While there he studied the techniques of Graham, Laban and Horton, along with more Contemporary dance styles. He has worked with companies both regionally and nationally such as Khambatta Dance Company, Béjart Ballet, and the Limón Dance Company.  Additionally, he has performed commissioned works by prominent choreographers such as Wade Madsen, Bill Evans, and Michele Miller. 

 

Blue has choreographed professionally for over ten years. His efforts have spanned a wide array of styles, from contemporary dance to movement for actors. Among his more recent endeavors, Blue has engaged in choreographic and improvisational work with butoh dance artists in Japan, such as Mushimaru Fujieda and the Physical Poets. While in Japan, Blue also created a short butoh dance film with cinematographer Cintia Garai entitled “Forgotten Horizon”, inspired by the Salvador Dali painting by the same name. Through this work Blue explored the cultural effects of abandoned homes in the Japanese countryside. 

 

Blue is also a dedicated dance instructor, having taught modern, contemporary, and improvisational dance styles in local studios throughout Washington state, as well as Friday Harbor High School. Currently Blue is a Lecturer in the Dance Program at Central Washington University where he teaches Modern Dance and choreographs for the Orchesis Dance Company. Most recently, Blue co-founded the Ellensburg Dance Collective with colleague Gabrielle McNeillie of CWU. 

Michael Blue - Ellensburg Dance Collective

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