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(L to R, back to front) Rebecca Goes, Yoav Kaddar, Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby, Bruce McCormick, Jason Ohlberg, Dale Merrill, Adele Nickel, Duanne Zimmer, Matthew Henley, Barbi Powers, Paula Peters
Last week, UW was well represented by 11 of our alumni and MFA candidates at the 2018 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in San Diego, California. The NDEO Conference is an annual three day event of workshops and presentations that concentrate on how to foster connection, knowledge, and leadership in dance education.    Left to right, back row: Rebecca Gose (MFA '01), Yoav Kaddar ('00), Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby (MFA Candidate), Bruce McCormick (MFA '15), Jason Ohlberg (... Read more
CDC Pursued notation (photo: Warren Woo)
In July, certified notator Leslie Rottman worked with the Chamber Dance Company to notate Joseph Gifford's The Pursued. The notation project was made possible with a generous grant by Lois Rathvon, making it possible to have the dance notated and preserved forever. The work will be performed in the Chamber Dance Company’s October concert. The Pursued was staged by artists Catherine Cabeen and Matthew Henley upon whom Mr. Gifford set the work in 2009. In her over twenty years... Read more
Shannon Barnes
The board of Dance Educators Association of Washington announced the recipient of the 2018 Dance Educator of the Year Award: Shannon Barnes.  Shannon Barnes is a dance teaching artist and arts administrator with over twenty years of experience in dance education. Shannon has worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Community Education Programs since 2002 and is currently the Community Education Programs Curriculum Manager and a teaching artist for the programs working primarily in Seattle Public... Read more
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 Meany Center for Performing Arts—home to some of his performances as a student. In 2008 he began... Read more
Jiaqi “Kyki” Li
Watch Kyki Li move across a dance floor and you know you’re seeing something special. An international student from China, Kyki brings power, grace, and thoughtful reflection to her art—and all other parts of her life. During her time at the UW, Kyki has completed two majors, pursued dance research, been a writing tutor, participated in study abroad programs, and performed in many dance concerts. Li graduated in June 2018 with a BA in Dance and Anthropology. “Everything I learned over the past... Read more