WIDT Performances & Events

Island Dance Recital

Saturday, June 17, 2017

More info TBA

 

Benefit Dinner at the Roaming Radish

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6:00pm @ Roaming Radish
5417 Crawford Road, Langley

 

The Nutcracker

December 8-17, 2017

All showings at the Performing Arts Center
South Whidbey High School
5675 South Maxwelton
Langley, WA 98260
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Alumni

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre company members
who have continued on in the dance field, post-WIDT:


Sommer Albertsen (1998)-- has been dancing since she was three years old – ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, and musical theater. She always enjoyed creative movement. She was a Therapeutic Recreation major at Western Washington University, where she earned a BA. Roughly five years ago she found Nia in Susan Tate's class at The Dance Space in Seattle. That experience unveiled the real magic of dance, freedom, self love, and self healing. She knew immediately that she was born to share Nia! Sommer received her Whitebelt Nia Teacher certification in March of 2011 and has been loving teaching all over the wonderful community of South Whidbey Island and some in Seattle. She just received her Blue Belt Teacher Certification March 2012 in Honolulu, HI and moved to Pahoa , HI. She has since returned to Whidbey Island, where she began her own dream business, Island Joy Wellness.

Andrea Burr (2004) is passionate about dance and recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in it. Last summer while visiting LA, Andrea simultaneously made it to the end of the Lady Gaga auditions, and signed with MSA Agency! This past year, Andrea lived in China for 6 months teaching dance and performing. Upon return to the states, she co-directed a hip hop dance show in Seattle. Andrea is an established dancer in the Seattle community and looks forward to making a similar reputation in her new home! Some of Andrea's credits include: Cruz Control’s show at the Moore Theatre, Seattle Seahawks halftime show, guest performer in The Monsters of Hip Hop show in L.A., backup dancer for the Vietnamese Music Awards, and the Young Tanzsommer Austria Tour with Westlake Dance Center Performing Group. She has received scholarships to Steps on Broadway in NYC, Millenium Dance Complex in L.A., Debbie Reynolds in L.A. and various convention scholarships from Monsters of Hip Hop, Company Dance, Hollywood Vibe, L.A. Elite, Encore, and West Coast Dance Explosion. Along with dance, Andrea loves fine arts and foreign languages. She studied 3 years of hindi language and graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with a BFA in ceramics.

Karla (Gilbert) Crouch (2002) is thrilled to be returning to the stage on beloved Whidbey Island. Karla grew up on South Whidbey and her passion for dance and song was strongly supported in this amazing community. Karla earned a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Cal State, Chico. She then moved to Southern California and worked in professional theatre for the past six years. Karla landed leading roles in theaters such as Lawrence Welk, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Moonlight Amphitheater and the Starlight Bowl. Shows included CATS, Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Nine and Aida. Her favorite role was Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! under the direction of Dan Mojica who directed and choreographed the debut of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. Karla would like to thank Charlene Brown who helped shape her craft at a young age and for having her back for the 20th Anniversary of The Nutcracker. Karla would also like to thank her mom, dad and brother for their unending support and to her new Crouch family for all their love and cheers! A BIG thank you to her husband Michael for joining her in her dreams, front row that is. www.karlaruthgilbert.com

Brittany Falso (2008) was born and raised on Whidbey Island. She danced at Island Dance from age three through her senior year in high school. She graduated in 2008 from Bayview High School. After high school she studied dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Currently, Brittany dances with DASSdance, a company in Seattle, under director Daniel Wilkins. She is the assistant artistic director for WIDT. She is a mother to son Leo who inspires her every day to live and dance with a full, loving, and open heart.

Nicole Falso (2006) - began dancing at the age of 3 and has extensive, life-long experience in all forms of movement. Also an accomplished soccer player, she began cross training in Pilates in 2006. She joined Island Pilates Center as a full partner in 2008. In her spare time Nicole teaches creative dance to 3 year olds, and cares for her dachshund Louie and his fellow pets.

Ayesha Fuentes (1999) is one of the original members of Whidbey Dance Theatre, dancing with the group 8 years - from before WIDT’s incorporation in 1993 until 1999 when she graduated from SWHS.  She graduated from Williams College in 2003 with a degree in fine art and philosophy. She has lived, worked, and performed as a visual artist, curator, and dancer/choreographer in Scotland, France, China, New York, and California, and now lives in London, UK.

Leslie Larch began dancing at age 8. Her training and career is diverse, from studying with San Francisco Ballet to working with the Moulin Rouge in Paris, to opening for Ben Vereen and Joel Gray in Monte Carlo.  She earned a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts, and an elementary teaching certificate from Western Washington University. She worked in the Vancouver School District as a Creative Dance Specialist until an injury prompted study in kinesthetic education. She used to teach Stott Pilates at Island Pilates Center located on south Whidbey Island, but has now moved to the Big Island of Hawai'i.


Amy (Berto) Lehman (2002) graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. While at TCU, Amy performed in dance works by TCU faculty and guest artists from all over the globe. A highlight was performing at the American College Dance Festival Southwest Region Gala performance. After graduating from college, Amy choreographed (and performed) for WIDT's Nutcracker and Choreography Showcase. She performed as a dancer and magician's assistant, and was the dance captain for a grand illusion show in Baltimore, MD. She was a company dancer with Redd Legg Dance of Seattle for three seasons. She was the assistant artistic director for WIDT for two years. She most recently performed the title role in WIDT's 2014 collaboration with WICA of The Snow Queen. She co-owns CAL Septic, LLC, with her husband, and works for her in-laws' water utility company, Lehman Enterprises, Inc. Amy hopes to someday retire to a life of cows and Dodge Ram trucks! She is currently taking a leave from teaching ballet & modern classes at Island Dance to spend time with her daughter Kinley!

Katelyn (Candelario) Lodell (2005) grew up on south Whidbey Island and received most of her early dance training at Island Dance, while also attending several summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre, and Boston Ballet. She was a Principal dancer for Whidbey Island Dance Theatre until she graduated from SWHS in 2005. Katelyn then studied Dance at the University of Arizona and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009. Since graduating, Katelyn has moved back to the northwest and danced professionally in Seattle with DASSDance and 3rd Shift Dance. She is a Pure Barre fitness instructor. Katelyn married her high school sweetheart, Michael Lodell, and has a son, Benjamin. Katelyn teaches at Island Dance and choreographs for WIDT.

 

Jachen Mackner (2010) -- is a movement based artist, dancer, choreographer, and actress living in New York City. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) in May of 2014, earning a B.F.A. in Dance. She has performed dance works by Kendra Portier, Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Salthorse, Pat Hon, Susan Sandri, Eva Stone, Danielle Wilkins, Daniel Wilkins, Jamee Pitts, Andrea Burr, Aaron Cash and Joey Mckneely. More recent projects include dancing and choreographing in Seattle singer and songwriter, Maiah Manser’s music video “Hold your head up”. In May 2014, she worked with Corrie Befort, in a live restaging of a Daft Punk music video “Around the World”, for the opening of Spectacle: The Music Video at EMP, prior to Macklemore performing. She also performed with comedian Hannibal Buress at Sasquatch Festival, in June 2014. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is taking acting classes at the Anthony Meindl Actors Workshop and dance classes in the city. In June she will be performing in a dance piece at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater, choreographed by a fellow Cornish graduate and friend, Deborah Corrales. She is thrilled to be living in such an amazing, artistic city, continuing to grow in the performing arts, following her bliss.

Elli Madsen (2013) bio coming soon!

Chelsea Matthews-Jensen (2006) grew up dancing at Island Dance, performing and taking the stage at every opportunity. As a WIDT alumna and former dance major at CSU Long Beach, she returned to the island in Fall 2009 to create an emerging work for the company, her first since college choreography classes -- and loved it! Her appreciation of dance includes not only performance but choreography, stage lighting and the many different behind-the-scenes aspects of dance and dance production. Chelsea is thrilled to be dancing again following a lengthly injury. She has been performing with local contemporary dance companies as well as dancing and choreographing for WIDT.

Zoie Tingstad (2004) bio coming soon!