FACULTY & ACCOMPANISTS

Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd is a TONY nominated and Bessie Award winning choreographer, and the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater (since 2002). Formerly he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group (1978 – 2002), a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured extensively both nationally and internationally. He is credited with over 100 dance works for his own groups and for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), among others; classical companies include the Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem. His awards, prizes, and fellowships include a Masters of Choreography Award (Kennedy Center), Fellow of The American Academy of Jerusalem, James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists, Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, and the Mayor’s Arts Award (sustained contribution to the City of Seattle); grants from many national foundations for his projects (Rockefeller Foundation, MetLife Foundation, New England Foundation, Map Fund, Altria, Jerome Foundation, and Seattle Foundation); support from local and national government agencies (4Culture, The Office of Arts and Culture and The National Endowment for the Arts).
La’Twon Allen

“Tap allows me to escape, inspires me to give to others, and to have no limits”.

La’Twon has been dancing all his life: 15 years Tap, 8 years Teacher & Choreographer. Born and raised here in Washington he has been to Chicago Tap Festival & LA Tap Festival and has received Master Classes Learning From: Savion Glover, Mia Jenkins, Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker, Chloe Arnold.

angie bolton
Angie Bolton

Angie Bolton, an ACE certified instructor, teaches Fitness for Living at Spectrum Dance, where she has worked since 1981. She developed Fitness for Living to work students aerobically, and with weights and rubber resistance bands. The class is focuses on people 40 years old and up. Some of her students are in their 80′s and many of them have exercised with her for over 10 years.

Marco Carrabba

Marco Carrabba has over 15 years experience as a professional artist and soloist with dance companies throughout Europe and the United States. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned a scholarship with the New York City School of American Ballet. His professional career began with the Stuttgart Ballet where he performed for and was presented to Queen Elizabeth (per her request). As a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet he performed the principal role of Prince Albrecht in Giselle and toured with Rudolph Nureyev. Marco has toured internationally with both the Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he performed Hamlet. Marco was a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and performed Siegfried in Swan Lake, and the Cavalier in the Nutcracker among many other leading roles. Furthermore, Marco was a soloist with Boston Ballet and has danced with many world-renowned ballerinas. He is a member of A.G.M.A. American Guild of Musical Artists and Screen Actors Guild. Marco has also added Artistic Director of Carrabba Dance School and Theatre Dance company to his resume – for which he has over 18 years experience teaching classical ballet to all ages and levels. As a choreographer, Marco has produced numerous traditional productions, excerpts and innovative original contemporary works.

Alex Crozier

Alex Crozier, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received his dance training from Wissahickon Dance Academy under the direction of Nancy Malmed. As a graduate of University of the Arts he received his BFA in Dance. Now in his fourth season with Spectrum Dance Theater Alex performs various lead roles as a senior company member. His featured roles include the Interlocketer in Donald Byrd’s The Minstrel Show Revisited and the Carnival Boy in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Carousel. He has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet as a guest artist, the Houston Grand Opera, and with Liz King’s Cie D.ID in Austria where he toured extensively throughout the country. Alex has had the opportunity to present work at the Austrian dance festival Ötanzt, Central District Forum’s Showing Out, and Seattle Men’s Chorus.

 

Joshua Crouch
Joshua Crouch has received training from some of America’s foremost modern dance and contemporary ballet schools including the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet.  While at Graham, he was offered a position with Graham II; to this day, he remains deeply connected with the work of the Graham Company and has a passionate approach to the traditions and legacy of the Graham Technique and its history. Recently, he completed additional studies at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance in the Teachers Training Program. Classical ballet training includes private coaching and a long mentorship with former Royal Ballet principle  Keith J. Martin (emphasizing choreography, batterie, and demi-caractere work), as well as studies with Elaine Thomas, Ashley Tuttle, Ilona McHugh, Patricia Barker, Carlos Carvajal, and Alonzo King to name a few.  Notable performances include soloist roles in “Signs and Wonders” by Alonzo King, the world premiere of “Thirst” by Yannis Adoniou (Artistic Director of Kunst Stoff), excerpts from “Clytemnestra,” “Dark Meadow,” and “Acts of Light” by Martha Graham (to name a few), as well as the title role in Mark Bush’s Peter Pan. Joshua currently continues to perform with Blackbird Dance from New York, teaches a free community Graham in the Park class during the summer, and teaches workshops nationally as well as for many Seattle studios including at The School of Spectrum Dance Theater where he has entered into the role of School Principal.
SuzAnne Duckworth
SuzAnne Duckworth trained at Cornish, began teaching in 1975, and quickly became one of the Seattle area’s most popular teachers of ballet and jazz dance for children and adults. As a founder of Spectrum Dance Theater in 1982, her contributions as a board member, dancer, and choreographer helped define the style and direction of the company’s early years. After dancing with Spectrum, SuzAnne continued to perform throughout the Northwest with the award winning vocal Trio “A Cappella-Go!” until 2006. She continues to teach her Tuesday/Thursday Jazz Class and has a long and dedicated following. In June 2007, SuzAnne, her students, and Spectrum faculty celebrated her 30 years of teaching at Spectrum Dance Theater’s home, the Madrona Dance Studio.
Blair Jolly Elliot
Blair Jolly Elliot, originally from Southern California, spent her childhood swimming, sailing, and climbing. She studied dance at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School (St. Petersburg, FL) with Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Patricia Paige-Parks. Blair received her BFA from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA). While she was there, Blair was an intern with Koresh Dance Company and trained extensively with Ronen Koresh and Melissa Rector. Along with dancing and teaching, Blair is also a certified personal trainer. As a dance teacher, Blair strives to get dancers fluent with her movement vocabulary and to create an environment in which students feel safe to explore movement and expression. This is Blair’s third year with Spectrum Dance Theater.
Camille Fujita
Camille Fujita was born in Seattle, WA and grew up immersed in Balkan folk dancing. She first performed with Radost folk ensemble in 2010. She started her formal training at Spectrum in 2009 and is now in her first year as an Academy student. She has had a diverse dance training including ballet, contemporary, tap, lyrical, balkan folk dance, salsa, bachata, and zouk. She’s worked with artists such as Donald Byrd, Eva Stone, William Vassili, Markeith Wiley, and Princess Grace award winners Andrea Parson, Franco Nieto, Ching Ching Wong, and Viktor Usov. She has performed excerpts of Malign Star by James Gregg in 2016 and Conjugations by Wen Wei Wang in 2015 at Northwest Dance Project’s summer dance intensive. She began teaching at Spectrum in 2014 with a focus in individuality and expression. She now teaches lyrical and tap and hopes to continue teaching along with becoming a professional contemporary dancer.
Carrie Goodnight
Carrie Goodnight is a Seattle-based dancer, choreographer, educator, and movement practitioner who brings a deep appreciation for kinesthetic awareness to her work in the healing arts. Carrie holds a bachelors degree from Carleton College, where she danced with Minneapolis choreographers as part of Semaphore Repertory Company. In New York, Carrie danced with Sapphire Moon and presented work in the White Room Series. She earned her MFA in dance at the University of Oregon in 2008, enjoying several years with the repertory company. Carrie was a founding member of the BareFoot Collective in Tacoma, WA and her resume includes extensive work in theatrical lighting and musical composition. In addition to her work as a Pilates instructor and somatic educator, Carrie is currently on faculty at Spectrum Dance Theater and Spotlight Dance Center. She frequently presents creative work with TRANSForm Dance Collective, but her latest productions have been a couple of amazing boys, who inspire and challenge their Mama to use humor and life lessons in her choreography.
Davione Gordon
Davione Gordon is a native of Fort Washington, Maryland and began to take his dance career seriously when he attended Suitland High School. Davione went on to study at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has worked with choreographers such as Roni Koresh, Zane Booker, and Christine Cox, to name a few. Davione danced in contemporary companies such as Eleone Dance Theater and Dance Spora. He moved to Seattle in the summer 2013 to start work with Spectrum Dance Theater as an apprentice. Since Davione has been in the city, he has also worked and guested with many dance projects including Tacoma City Ballet, Evergreen Ballet, House of Verlaine, and Can Can, and has worked with many other choreographers and music artists in Seattle as well. Davione is also a very promising teacher who enjoys working with outreach students. This will be Davione’s third year with Spectrum.
Heather Harris
Heather Harris has been teaching dance in our children’s division for over 15 years. She began her training at the Cornish School. She furthered her studies at the Joffrey School in New York City as well as at Complexions. She danced professionally with the Joffrey Concert Group, Ballet el Paso, The Aluja Dance Company, and was a member of the Spectrum Dance Theater for over ten years. Heather is the proud mother of two lovely daughters. She can be found teaching preschool at Madrona’s community dance school, teaching dance at the Lake Washington Girls’ Middle School, Madrona K-8, and in our own children’s division here at Spectrum.
Afua Kouyate

Afua Kouyate is a Graduate of Antioch University Seattle, receiving her Academic Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Afua’s inspiration and concentration is in Cultural Arts Leadership, Emphasizing Therapeutic Engagement. Her diversity in training with Cultural arts historians, masters and teachers from Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Liberia, NYC, Seattle, Congo, Trinidad-Tobago, California, and Guinea allows her to create and choreograph African dance and creative movements that spring from her magical ability to stimulate, excite and flow with the rhythms of the drums. The success of this is utterly African! In the past 30 years, Afua has been an integral part of keeping cultural arts and entertainment vibrant in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. She is dedicated to the community and viewed as a leader of cultural arts. In 1986 she co-founded the Adefua African Music & Dance Company, an intergenerational performance company that provides cultural entertainment to the general public. Adefua is known nationally for their gregarious rhythms rooted in African tribal and European court dances presenting traditional West African music, dancing and song.

 

 

Kabby Mitchell III

Kabby Mitchell III is a choreographer, educator and performer whose signature choreography has been seen in Black Nativity since 2000. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nederlands Dans Theater, Civic Light Opera, Oakland Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Kabby has been a dance instructor for more than thirty-five years, having taught ballet, modern, jazz and Afro- Haitian dance at schools and dance academies in Seattle, Iowa and Mexico. In Seattle, he has worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, DASS Dance, Spectrum and Ewajo Dance Workshop. His local choreography credits include work with Spectrum Dance Theater, The Group, Seattle Rep, Bathhouse Theatre, ACT and Civic Light Opera. His credits include Sankofa Theatre’s MAAFA Experience at the Moore Theatre: Flight, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton at ACT: Hamlet X, directed by Tyrone Brown: and his own piece, Beautiful/Ugly, at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

 

 

William Miglino
William Miglino has been teaching ballet for seven years. Spending three years on faculty at the School of Ballet Chicago, teaching for Chicago High School of the Arts, and as the primary instructor for Chicago’s SOAR program. He has taught kids from every walk of life. It is this type of diverse experience that has helped to define his holistic approach to ballet instruction. Since moving to Seattle, William joined the faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2013 and has taught for many other schools in the surrounding area. Including master classes at Western Washington University, Olympia Dance Center, InMotion Performing Arts, and had taught company class for Spectrum Dance Theater. It is his goal as a teacher to impress a high standard of technique while imparting work ethic and personal values that are intrinsic to success in all fields of life. William received his ballet training at the School of Ballet Chicago and was a corps member of Carolina Ballet, under director Robert Weiss. He has also danced in Chicago and on both the East and West coasts as a guest artist for many different companies. In Seattle he has collaborated and danced in independent works and for Coriolis Dance Company. William is excited to be joining the faculty here at Spectrum and is looking forward to a great year.
Victoria Pulkkinen
Victoria Pulkkinen was trained on Scholarship at the School of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Banff School of Fine Arts and was the Recipient of two prestigious grants from the Canada Council of the Arts. She has studied with David Moroni, Perry Brunson, Vera Volkova and Francia Russell. Miss Pulkkinen has been a guest teacher at the Goteborg Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet School and has guest taught throughout the United States. Victoria was a Principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, First Soloist with the Hamburg State Ballet, and soloist and Principal Character Artist with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her impressive teaching career expands two decades as a faculty member and Curriculum Supervisor at Pacific NW Ballet School and as a teacher for the Pacific NW Ballet. Victoria continues to teach at Pacific NW Ballet School, and teaches company class for Spectrum Dance Theater. The strongest influence on Miss Pulkkinen’s teaching career has been Francia Russell, founding Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and former Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
Hayley Shannon
Hayley Shannon migrated from Michigan to Seattle in 2013 after earning a BA in Communications and Dance from Michigan State University. She immersed herself in the Seattle dance community while completing Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers at the Creative Dance Center and Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Internship in Development. Currently, Hayley dances professionally with two Seattle-based modern companies, The Three Yells and SleepNod, is a faculty member at Creative Dance Center and Spectrum Dance Theater, and a faculty Teaching Artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is also the Development Manager at Spectrum Dance Theater. Hayley seeks to cultivate community and empower people of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages to celebrate their individuality through dance.
Lena Silverman

Lena Silverman  was born in Seattle, Washington. She began her formal dance training at Ewajo Dance Center and continued at The School of Spectrum Dance Theater (SDT). Lena has earned scholarships to and has trained at Joffrey Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Academy Program at SDT, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has had the honor of working with great choreographers such as, Donald Byrd, Dora Oliveira­ Newman, Eva Stone and Stephanie Baten Bland among others. In 2014, Lena began assisting with Ms. Heather’s ballet classes and has since found a passion for working with children.

 

 

 

Eva L. Stone

Eva L. Stone (B.F.A., M.A.)  received a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University.  After completing a Master of Arts Degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from the Laban Centre in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company.  Ms. Stone relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound.  Ms. Stone is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and for Spectrum Dance Theater Academy Division.  Ms. Stone has created commissioned works for Spectrum Dance Theater, South Bay Ballet (Los Angles), Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, NewDance Company (New York) and part of a collaborative effort with Seattle Dance Project on the critically acclaimed Project Orpheus at ACT Theater.  Her work has premiered in New York, London, Geneva, Montreal and St. Petersburg, Russia.  Ms. Stone also had the extraordinary opportunity to assist Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida.  Her other projects include choreographing over 25 musical theatre productions.  Ms. Stone is the producer and curator of Chop Shop:  Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue, Washington.  This highly anticipated event brings the best of local, regional and international contemporary dance companies together for a unique series of performances, lectures and master classes and has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Visit www.chopshopdance.org for more information.

 

 

 

Alfredo “Free” Vergara

Breakdance classes are taught by Alfredo “Free” Vergara. He was a founding member of Circle of Fire, a Seattle B-boy crew. With more than 10 years of experience, deeply rooted in B-boying (Breaking), he has gained the respect and admiration of his peers and his community. He has participated in various dance events and competitions locally and internationally, such as Freestyle Sessions (USA), Dance Delight (Japan), Red Bull: Lords of the Floor (USA), Juste Debut (France) and the International Battle of the Year (Germany), just to name a few. Internationally known for his charismatic style and finesse, Mr. Vergara has also starred in his self-titled solo DVD “A Beautiful One Man Show.” His knowledge and experience of Breaking and other dance styles such as Hip Hop, House Dancing, Freestyle and including the Brazilian martial arts/dance Capoeira, has led him to take part in judging competitions, discussion panels as well as teaching workshops all over the world. “Let your soul be free…DANCE!” – Alfredo ”FREE” Vergara

 

 

Jaclyn Wheatley

Jaclyn Wheatley, originally from Vancouver, B. C., Canada, received her early dance training under the tutelage of Kathryn Long, Rachael Poirier, and Li Yaming. Other training includes American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, C.P.Y.B., Dance New York International (Paris, France), and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. An alumna of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University B.F.A. program, Jaclyn graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with a major in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. As a member of the JUNTOS Collective, Jaclyn has travelled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to participate in dance outreach activities. She has performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Jennifer Archibald, Joshua Beamish, Ronald K. Brown, Francesca Harper, Dusan Tynek, and New York City-based Arch Contemporary Ballet. Now in her third year with Spectrum Dance Theater, Jaclyn has been honored to perform in many of Donald Byrd’s productions including Carmina Burana, Drastic Cuts, LOVE, The Minstrel Show: Revisited, and the 5th Avenue Theater’s production of Carousel. Jaclyn is currently on faculty at The School at Spectrum Dance Theater, and guest teaches throughout the Seattle and Vancouver areas.

 

 

Angela Rinaldi

Angela Rinaldi serves as Principal Accompanist at Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Musician at Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department since 1980. She has accompanied ballet and modern dance classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet, University of Washington and Whitman College for such notable dance masters as Patricia Barker, Debra Hadley, Magali Messac, Hillary Cartwright, Bill Whitener, Veronica Tenant, Kevin Kaiser, Elaine Bauer and Donald Byrd. She has an extensive dance background, as well, from Spectrum and Cornish College. Angela is currently a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children’s Theatre, teaching musical theatre classes, and has over twenty five years experience in the theatrical arts. Along with performing professionally as a singer and actor, she has composed over 125 songs for several original classic childrenʼs tales for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded in 1994 with her husband, Bob. www.varietyplus.org. She is also a corps member as an actor, writer and composer of Events on the Edge, performing Interactive Murder Mysteries, aboard the Royal Argosy Cruises as well as Meet the Biscotti’s, A Mafia Musical, and Caffeine, An Addictive Musical, both of which she composed the original music. As resident Music Director and Choreographer for the Spring Musical program at Bellevue High School for the past nine years, she is excited to announce that BHS has been selected to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2013. Angela is also currently promoting her Music for Ballet Class compact discs, available at www.balletmusica.com. She is a member of ASCAP and a proud member of The Musicians Association of Seattle- Local 76.

 

 

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook – Bio coming soon

 

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick – Bio coming soon

 

Art Koshi

Art Koshi – Bio coming soon

 

Marleen Land

Marleen Land is originally from Milwaukee, WI, and has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Andrews University in Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Converse College School of Music in South Carolina, both in Music Education. Marleen has over 20 years of experience, having begun accompanying for ballet classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in 1992. She has played for many area studios including Evergreen City Ballet in Renton, The Ballet Studio in Seattle, Definitive Dance Studio on Mercer Island, Seattle Civic Dance Theater in West Seattle, Peninsula Dance Theater in Bremerton, Cornish College of the Arts and several others. She has been a state certified music teacher in Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolina and truly enjoys working with children.

 

Avi Lasser

Avi Lasser – Bio coming soon

 

Ariana Storm

Ariana Storm was born in Pasadena, California and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in the composition and theory of music, where she also studied art. She has been a dance musician in the Pacific Northwest for the past 10 years improvising on piano, percussion and voice for Modern, African and Ballet classes. She is also a singer/songwriter currently producing her 2nd album, and an abstract painter. Her works have sold throughout the west coast. You may listen to her music and view her paintings at www.arielstorm.com.