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November 8, 2021 - 3:27pm
Congratulations to UW Dance MFA alum and former part time-lecturer Paula J. Peters for winning the New York State Dance Education Association’s Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award. This award recognizes an individual member who has made a unique contribution to the field of dance education through creative and/or scholarly research. The recipient of this award cultivates the importance of scholarly and creative research throughout the field of dance... Read more
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November 8, 2021 - 3:25pm
There’s a new dance studio in town! Started by UW Dance MFA alum Christopher Grant-Montoya and his husband, Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Josh Grant-Montoya, Dance Conservatory Seattle (DCS) boasts an incredible 2,700 square foot dancing space and offers training of all levels and ages in ballet, modern, and jazz techniques. DCS will be hosting an open house on November 14th.  Read more about the Montoyas’ journey to open the studio in... Read more
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July 16, 2021 - 9:12am
To celebrate and to recognize that the contributions of Black Americans should be appreciated beyond the month of February, the Department of Dance is using its website and social media platforms to spotlight a different Black dance artist in the greater Seattle area every month through 2021. February,... Read more
headshots of each invited Village Theater artist resident.
December 10, 2020 - 4:42pm
The inaugural invited residents of the Northwest Creator Residency Program include actor-writer-filmmaker Lauren Du Pree, multimedia journalist and dance artist Imana Gunawan ‘15, and designer Lex Marcos. Each creator will receive a $1,000 stipend residency to begin work on any new element of musical theatre to be developed in digital residence during the 2020-2021 season. Congratulations Imana!  ... Read more
Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby
November 4, 2020 - 12:36pm
Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby (MFA ’18) has been named Utah Higher Education Dance Educator of the year award from Utah Dance Educators Organization (UDEO)-- the Utah Chapter of National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO).  Alex has a way about teaching that allows the class environment to feel extremely inviting and safe. Along with being wise and having expertise about the body, Alex is always open to discussion and helping everyone with their own kinesthetic awareness in becoming smarter dancers... Read more
CN-H receiving the 2010 Astaire Award
October 20, 2020 - 4:32pm
Charlie Neshyba-Hodges is a dance and architecture alum who graduated summa cum laude, was a Mary Gates Research Scholar, and a Husky Promise Student. He is also a celebrated dance artist who received Best Male Dancer by the European Critics’ Choice Awards in 2003, and the Astaire Award for outstanding male dancer in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. After graduating, Charlie did a lot of work with underprivileged children  in CA and then entered the ArtCenter College of Design, majoring in product... Read more
Alice dances front of a wall that says, "I am an immigrant"
November 20, 2019 - 3:32pm
Alice Gosti, UW Dance alumni and guest lecturer, spent almost every night of November performing Where is home: birds of a passage at ACT Theatre. This three-hour durational performance of dance, art, installation, spoken text, written text, and audience discussion, explores the complicated topic of immigrant identity and self expression.  Alice Gosti is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since... Read more
Michael O'Neal dances on a small square stage
November 20, 2019 - 3:28pm
“...confidence and generosity is present in the work as Majinn moves through fully-embodied undulations, rhythmic footwork, and soft moments of symbolism, such as a fist held to his chest.” Last month two UW Dance lecturers, Michael “Majinn” O’Neal and Eteinne Cakpo, each presented work at On The Board’s 10 Tiny Dances. Founded by Mike Barber in 2002, Ten Tiny Dances is a performance series that challenges... Read more
Douglas Dunn jumping high infront of tree trunks
March 19, 2019 - 5:02pm
The Spring Quarter will start off packed with exciting events for the UW Department of Dance as it takes part in the international celebration of Merce Cunningham’s Centennial. In collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust, the dance departments of Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington will host a two-... Read more
bst Resident, sitting at a table outside smiles at the camera
March 19, 2019 - 3:29pm
Last winter, the Department of Dance hosted two dance artists, Ella Mahler and Erica Badgeley through the bst Residency. This Spring, the bst Residency is supporting two additional artists: Angel ‘Moonyeka’ Langley and Jessica Jobaris. bst is a residency offered by the UW Department of Dance designed to support local dance artist by offering the gift of space and time in our coveted spacious studios when formal classes are not in session. bst offers the opportunity to experiment, make mistakes... Read more