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UW Alumni posing at the National Dance Education Organization Conference
November 20, 2023 - 4:25pm
The UW Department of Dance was well represented at the 2023 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in Denver, Colorado last month! Alums of the UW Dance MFA program Kelly Knox '03, Brian Lawson '19, Bruce McCormick '14, Adele Nickel '18, Jason Ohlberg '14, Barbi Powers '18 (pictured above) were reunited at the conference, as well as current MFA candidate Jeremy Yuan '24. The NDEO Conference grand... Read more
Graduation photo of Helene Tsutsumoto Yorozu
May 9, 2022 - 2:18pm
The UW Department of Dance is delighted to announce that Mr. Arthur Yorozu has created a new fellowship in the Department of Dance. The Helene Tsutsumoto Yorozu and Arthur S. Yorozu Endowed Fellowship in Dance will support graduate students who perform in the Chamber Dance Company. Helene Tsutsumoto Yorozu was an accomplished modern dancer, actress, and Japanese classical dancer. A 1955 graduate of the University of Washington, she served as the president of... Read more
nysdea logo
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
Dance Conservatory Seattle Logo
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
majinn mike leaning back
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 different Black dance artists in the greater Seattle area throughout the year of 202. Former features include:  Kine Camara,... 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