DanceSPEAK is a free program for youth ages 8-18 who want to explore contemporary dance as a medium for self-expression and connection. Spectrum Dance Theater artists will introduce essentials of contemporary dance. Youth will learn how to move skillfully, improvise using dance concepts, and collaborate to create original choreography. Participants will be split into two age groups for technique and some choreography. No prior dance experience required, we welcome students of all levels.

This project is made possible by support from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Jubilation Foundation.



Saturdays | October 12th – Dec 7th | 4:30 to 6:30pm | No Class November 30th | Community Sharing Dec 7th 4:00 to 6:30pm


Spectrum Dance Theater Company Artists Michele Dooley and Mikhail Calliste


Spectrum Dance Theater (800 Lake Washington Blvd. Seattle, WA 98122)


FREE. Consistent attendance encouraged. Snacks provided. 


communityengagement@spectrumdance.org or call 206-325-4161.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Please register by October 12, 2019


Mikhail Calliste, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, migrated to New York City at a young age and began his training at The Martha Graham School, later joining the professional training program at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. After graduating from Talent Unlimited High School, Mikhail received his BFA in Dance in 2018 from The University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield, as a full scholarship recipient. Mikhail has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Haim, Douglas Becker, and Netta Yerushalmy, among others, and worked with The Pennsylvania Ballet’s second company. Mikhail participated in the Ballet Preljocaj Professional Training Program, presented choreographic research at The National College Dance Festival, and continues indulging in movement creation. Mikhail is pleased to join Spectrum Dance Theater for his 2nd season.



Michele Dooley, a native of Philadelphia and began her dance training at The Institute of the Arts under the direction of Cheryl Gaines Jenkins. She graduated from the High School for Creative and Performing Arts under the direction of LaDeva Davis and earned a BFA in dance at The University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While earning her degree, she spent three seasons with Eleone Dance Theatre. Michele trained at Bates Summer Intensive, BalletX summer program, and DCNS Summer Dance Intensive, worked with choreographers such as Gary Jeter, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Dara Meredith, Milton Myers, Nora Gibson, and Ronen Koresh, among others. Michele is thrilled to return for her 2nd season with Spectrum Dance Theater.


Photo credit: Marcia Davis