Converge Dance Festival is currently under the direction of Constanze Villines. Constanze brings a distinct vision to the festival, which she will be producing for the 2019 and 2020 season.
Constanze trained at SVN and Tanzprojekt in Munich, Germany, as well as The Bosl Stiftung, Munich Opera Academy until age eleven. She then expanded her dance training to tap, jazz, and contemporary/modern, and also spent several years on gymnastics and rhythmical gymnastics teams.
Constanze attended Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany for theater arts, and also studied at Santa Monica College and Dance Experiment in Los Angeles, CA.
Constanze has danced for Brigitta Toma, Tanztheater Salome, Marlo Ariz (Martin), Erin Nichole Boyt (Version Excursion), Sara Sader / Amy Weaver (Sapience Dance Collective,) Kimberly Holloway, Cyrus Khambatta, Maya Soto, Alicia Mullikin, Xaviera Vandermay (3rd Shift Dance,) Alethea Alexander, Alana O Rogers, Hayley Shannon, and Jaime Waliczeck (Jerboa Dance,) amongst others. She has had the pleasure of performing at The Munich State Opera, Tanztheater Salome, Tollwood Festival, Dance Experiment Los Angeles, Body Politics Tacoma, Converge Dance Festival, FullTilt, The Seattle International Dance Festival, and more.
Constanze’s work has been shown throughout Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, the Seattle International Dance Festival, The Pocket Theater, The Neptune Theater, and more.
Constanze is the managing director for the Seattle-based Khambatta Dance Company with which she has had the pleasure of touring worldwide. She is also a film & television professional with over 15 years of experience in film and video production, as well as live event producing. She owns her own production company in Seattle, WA and is presently working on finishing production on a new web series to be released in 2019. Constanze is also the producer for the Seattle International Dance Festival and co-producer of Evoke's Full Tilt Dance Festival.
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Prasti began her dance training at the age of five. She studied ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance program, the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards, and attended Sarasota Ballet's Summer Intensive Program. She received her B.A. in Dance and International Studies from the University of Washington. She was a company member with Deborah Birrane Dance (Seattle), and has also performed with Jerboa Dance (Seattle), Cameo/Carrabba Dance (Seattle), and Gravity 6 Dance Project (Cleveland). She has had the opportunity to perform in works by Eva Stone, Anna Mansbridge, Karn Junkinsmith, Rob Kitsos, Hayley Shannon, and Zsa Mae, among others. She is thankful for all the gifted dancers, past and present, who have made a deep impact in her dance journey.
Emily Curtiss graduated from the University of Montana in May 2016 with a BFA in Choreography and Performance. She performed with Headwaters Dance Company while in Montana and finished her time at the University by producing her own evening-length production of performance improvisation. Since moving to Seattle, Emily has performed with SeaBus Dance Company and JKLM Studios, shown choreography as a part of the I C O N I C Art Exhibit, and participated in the Bridge Project, Converge Dance Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, and Full Tilt Dance Festival. She has a passion for teaching dance and enjoys leading OULA dance fitness classes and Creative Movement for children.
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.