Alumni News

James Vamenta Fesalbon
As a UW freshman, James Fesalbon opted for what he considered a practical course of study: pharmacy. When the stress of his coursework left him in need of an outlet, he signed up for a dance class. And then another, and another. By 1994, he had declared a dance major and performedin several UW concerts. After graduation, Fesalbon worked as a professional dancer. He later joined the staff of UW’s... Learn more»
Dr. Matthew Henley
Dr. Matthew Henley, MFA Dance alumnus and Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman's University, is gathering data to advocate for the value of dance as an intellectual practice—and build a framework for how to describe dance intelligence to non-dancers. His work was recently mentioned in Dance Magazine. Dr. Henley completed the M.F.A. in dance at the University of... Learn more»
Limon (Cook), DFC
Alia Swersky and Michael O'Neal are b-s-t winter residency guests for Dec. 16-23, 2017. Leslie Kraus is the UW Alum Bridge Project recipient for Winter 2018. UW Alum Michael “Majinn” O’Neal is a Bridge Project recipient as well. About the Residencies: body–space–time This Department of Dance program is designed to support local dance artists by offering the gift of space and... Learn more»
Assistant Professor Bruce McCormick
The moment Bruce McCormick was first moved to dance, the dancers hardly moved at all. “I remember just looking up and all the dancers all looked so tall and were smiling and I was completely in awe,” McCormick says, recalling the feeling of standing at the foot of the stage as a 7-year-old during a dress rehearsal for his sisters’ recitals. “I knew I wanted to be up there.” Today, McCormick is an... Learn more»
Lincoln and Seiters, "an attic an exit"  photo RJ Muna
Here at SeattleDances, we want to do everything we can to support dance happening in Seattle. We write previews, reviews, and editorials. We host the most comprehensive dance calendar in the city. Last year we organized a free press workshop for artists and began our monthly Dance CHAT program to facilitate dialogue around Seattle dance. We see it, write about it, and talk about it. It seems fair... Learn more»
Dance Alum Monique Courcy is Executive Director of TeenTix
Today we are so thrilled to share that Monique Courcy will join us in October as our new Executive Director!  Monique grew up in the Yakima valley before earning a BFA in Dance from the University of Washington and an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. She has spent the last six years working at TeenTix partner organization On the Boards, where she manages Digital Media and... Learn more»
UW Dance Alum, Gabri Christa is a BUSY woman!
Happy Summer, Hope this finds you well and that you and yours are healthy and happy. I recently promised a dear friend to send out more newsletters as she is not on social media. So here some hight lights of 2016 at this mid point, and some upcoming events in the near future.  I try to keep it short, but it has been a full year already. FILMWe, my collaborator Hester Jonkhout and myself are... Learn more»
MFA Alum Amy Chavasse
Hometown: Raleigh, NC Current city: Ann Arbor, MI Age: 50s College and degree: University of North Carolina School of the Arts - BFA Graduate school and degree: University of Washington - MFA Website: and ChavasseDance Facebook page How you pay the bills:... Learn more»
Alice Gosti
They have been awarded our “bst” residency in March. What is bst? It stands for” body-space-time.” During the week of March 19-26 Alice and Coleman and his collaborator Ethan will be working in our studios for free to develop ideas and new works. In exchange, they will offer something (TBD) to our undergraduate program at a later date.  See you in the studio! Coleman Pester is a... Learn more»
Dancers from all over the country are returning to Seattle this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their alma mater, the University of Washington dance program. “We wanted to showcase the broad range of people and what they’re doing with their degrees,” says program director and associate professor Jennifer Salk. “Some people are in dance. Some people are in academia. Some people are... Learn more»