Karena Birk is the Director of Dance Fremont. She received her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University (OSU). Her professional performance experience includes Colorado Ballet, Lehua Dance Theatre, ARC Dance, Catherine Cabeen/Hyphen, Redd Legg Dance, Seattle Dance Project, and works by Trisha Brown, Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, and Hannah Wiley. She has taught at Bainbridge Dance Center, UW Bothell, Cornish Preparatory Dance, Interlochen, and OSU.
Sylvain Boulet began his dance training in Yelm, WA. He joined the Evergreen City Ballet soon thereafter where he performed for one season before accepting an apprenticeship at Spectrum Dance Theater. He was a member of Coriolis Dance for several seasons and has been a featured guest artist with many regional ballet and contemporary dance companies. He has danced with Alana O. Rogers Dance Company since 2011. Sylvain performs regularly in the burlesque world under the alias Paris Original.
A North Carolina native, Kimberly Holloway received her BFA from Belhaven University. Her choreography has been commissioned by Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Störling Dance Theater, enROOT, Converge Dance Festival, and Abbey Grown, and has also been performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kim has performed with Michele Miller/Catapult Dance, Störling Dance Theater, Stone Dance Collective, Maureen Whiting Company, Shannon Stewart, Alana O. Rogers Dance Company, Maya Soto, and Tara Dyberg/Lotus Body.
Jana Kincl has danced through her life and enjoys every type of dance. Originally from Helena, Montana, she has now called Seattle home for many years. She has worked with several fantastic choreographers and companies including Veronica Mendonca/VAM, Michele Miller/Catapult Dance, Catherine Cabeen/Hyphen, Alana O. Rogers Dance Company, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann, Jason Ohlberg, Zoe Scofield, and ARC Dance Productions.
Philippa Myler is Associate Director of Ktisk Contemporary Dance and a company member of Karin Stevens Dance. She has worked with choreographers Anna Conner, Nathan Blackwell, Coleman Pester, Xaviera Vandermay, Sarah Kathryn-Olds, and Pat Graney in Seattle; Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi in Vancouver, BC; and VOU Dance in Fiji. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in English from Simon Fraser University. Myler shares her passion for dance by teaching students of all ages and is a staff writer with Seattle Dances.
Mariko Nagashima is a dance teacher, performer, writer, and general enthusiast of the art form. Since moving to Seattle in 2010, she has performed with Alana O. Rogers Dance Company, Lotus Body, Coriolis Dance, and Ashani Dances, among others. For several years, Mariko was the co-Editor at SeattleDances, a website which strives to increase city-wide appreciation of dance and act as a resource to the Seattle dance community as a whole.
Marissa Quimby began her professional training in Connecticut at the School of Performing Arts and FineLine Theatre Arts. Locally, she danced with Spectrum Dance Theater for three seasons and is currently a dancer with House of Verlaine, Alana O. Rogers Dance Company, and is a dancer and Executive Director of Coriolis Dance. She has also been seen at The Triple Door, NW New Works at OtB, Chop Shop, MOVE! Tacoma, Next Fest NW, the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Opera, and more.
Thomas Phelan is from Fort Collins, Colorado where he recieved his BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State University. He is a performer with Coriolis Dance, Alana O. Rogers Dance Company, and House of Verlaine. He teaches throughout the Seattle area and has performed with Whim W'him, Alaska Dance Theater, Khambatta Dance Company, The Can Can, Ballet Bellevue, Olympic Ballet Theatre, International Ballet Theatre, and The Robbie Turner Revue.