Dance Speak

DanceSPEAK is a free contemporary dance 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.


FALL SESSION: Oct 20 – Dec 15 (No class Nov 10 & Nov 24)

Time: 2-4PM

With teaching artists Fausto Rivera and Cameo Lethem

Location: MLK F.A.M.E Community Center 3201 E Republican St, Seattle, WA 98112

Cost: SPACE IS LIMITED. Please register by Oct 15. E-mail communityengagement@spectrumdance.org or call 206-325-4161.

Tuition: FREE

To get involved or register, e-mail communityengagement@spectrumdance.org or call 206-325-4161.

Consistent attendance is required. Snacks provided. Transportation from C.A.Y.A. available.

This project is made possible by support from Office of Arts & Culture.

Click link below to register online.

Consistent attendance is required. Snacks provided.

Nia-Amina Minor is a performer, teaching artist, and screen dance filmmaker from South Los Angeles. She began dancing at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and received her BA in Communication with a minor in Film and Media Studies from Stanford University. Nia-Amina received her MFA in Dance from the University of California. In addition to performing at RedCat and Jacob’s Pillow, she was a faculty member at Saddleback Community College and Cypress College and a former arts administrator with San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Nia-Amina is also the co-founder of a movement-based collective called No)one Art House based in South L.A. This is her second season with Spectrum Dance Theater.
Cameo Lethem is a Seattle-based choreographer and dancer originally from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Though a passionate dance-maker at the age of 5, her formative background began as a competitive gymnast until she was 14. Cameo then received her formal education at Skidmore College where she graduated with majors in Dance and Neuroscience. She’s had the privilege of sharing her work as part of Velocity Dance Center’s The Bridge Project Summer 2017, On the Boards’ Northwest New Works 2017, //TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY’s IOTA (2016), and Ellenore Scott’s The Breaking Glass Project (2015).
Fausto Rivera is a Chicano dance artist from the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where he was awarded the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship for artistic merit and promise. He grew up training in Mexican Folk Dance, and trained in ballet and modern dance in college. While at the UW, he danced with the Chamber Dance Company, performing work by Lar Lubovitch, Danny Shapiro/Joanie Smith, Bill T. Jones, and Doug Varone. He also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Northwest Dance Project’s Launch: 10, and, for a semester, at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. He is a founding member of Seattle’s Au Collective, a collective of dance artists highlighting the work of artists from marginalized communities. Fausto has been a company member of Spectrum Dance Theater since January 2015.
Photo credit: Marcia Davis
Dancers will enjoy class in the spacious Auditorium at MLK Fame Community Center (see below) and Spectrum Dance Theater.