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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About the Artistic Directors

Charlene Brown, founder and artistic director, is also the co-owner of Island Dance in Langley, WA. Charlene brings nearly 40 years of dance experience to her studios and to WIDT. Charlene studied with Ray Bussey and other nationally known teachers, and was a member of the Tacoma Performing Dance Company under the direction of Jo Emery. Her choreography has been seen in numerous Seattle area musical and dance productions.

Charlene Brown began her dance studios, Island Dance, on Whidbey Island in 1987.  She is committed to offering the highest possible level of dance education and professional instructors to her students. Through many years of perseverance, Charlene has provided the opportunity for thousands of dancers to further their education.  Many of her students have gone on to college and received degrees in dance, while many more of her students have won individual titles and honors in dance.  Charlene has also worked extensively in musical productions and in directing them with children.  She is an artistic advisor to Whidbey Children’s Theatre. 

In 1993, extending her commitment to the art of choreography, Charlene's dream of a pre-professional dance company became a reality in Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. As co-artistic director and production manager, she has overseen all 19 (going on 20) productions of The Nutcracker, both productions of The Snow Queen and all annual WIDT spring concerts. Charlene also choreographs for The Nutcracker and is advisor to the WIDT Board of Directors.
Brittany Falso, assistant artistic director, 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 a mother to son Leo who inspires her every day to live and dance with a full, loving, and open heart.


Choreographer Biographies - The Nutcracker 2016

Bojohn Diciple is a native to Portland Oregon and received his early training at the Jefferson Performing Arts High School in Portland, the Oregon Ballet Theater School, and Northwest African America Ballet Theatre. He received a BFA in dance in 2006 from one of the Northwest’s top performance arts schools, Cornish College of the Arts, as a Kreielsheimer artistic merit scholarship recipient. He has performed with Spectrum Dance Theater, Fusion Dance Theatre, Seattle Opera, 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and the Intiman Theatre, and has performed set pieces by Andrea Woods, Luis Garay, Nicholas Leichter, and Bill T. Jones. Diciple has served as Assistant Choreographer for Black Nativity and his original works of choreography have also been featured at American Dance Festival, Cornish New Moves Concert, and Anonymous Dance Company in Portland. Bojohn is in his sixth season with DASSdance.
Katelyn Lodell is a South Whidbey native and alumni of Island Dance and Whidbey Island Dance Theatre. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona School of Dance, one of the top programs in the nation. She danced with their performance ensemble and performed featured rolls in Serenade, Swan Lake, and several original works.  She graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2009. She then moved back to the northwest and performed with local companies such as DASSdance, 3rd Shift Dance, and as a guest artist with WIDT. Her background also includes 4 years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer and barre fitness instructor, which gives her dance teaching curriculum an athletic edge. She is excited to be back on Whidbey Island and bringing her experience to the dance community she calls home.

Chelsea Matthews-Jensen (2006) grew up dancing at Island Dance, performing and taking the stage at every opportunity. As a WIDT alumna and a 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.

Jamee Pitts was a student of Island Dance since she was three. Jamee now teaches her own very popular Lyrical classes. Jamee has performed in many WIDT Spring Concerts, Nutcracker productions, as well as The Snow Queen. She performed in several group and solo jazz competitions, winning high silvers. In 2003, Jamee's choreography was chosen to be performed at Regional Dance American/Pacific in the emerging choreographer category.  Since then she has choreographed extensively for the Island Dance Performing Team and has choreographed for many WIDT productions.  Jamee is currently the Artistic Director and head choreogrpaher of the Island Dance Performing Team and has been for the past 5 years. Pitts holds dear to her heart, the leader in her support system husband Stafone Pitts and daughter Taylor. 
  Graham Vanderwood grew up on Whidbey Island. He began tap and jazz at the age of six, and hip hop when he was twelve. He has performed across the west coast with groups including Potion, Cruz Control, Butch Queens Entertainment Group, and is founder and choreographer of his own group Solid. Graham performed in Whidbey Island Dance Theater's The Nutcracker as the Nutcracker and the Prince. He has worked with choreographers such as Cameron Lee, Daniel Cruz, and Ivan Koumaev. Graham has taught since age fifteen at Island Dance, Omeara's Dance Studio, Westlake Dance Center, and the HUB. He choreographed for the Nutcracker, the Rocky Horror Show, Island Dance Competition Team, and directed and choreographed Other Moves in 2009.
Susan Vanderwood has studied and performed in Boston, New York, Dallas, Lake Tahoe, L.A., and Eugene.  She studied jazz with Phil Black, Chuck Kelly, Luigi and JoJo Smith. She has studied ballet with Finis Jhung, Nadine Ravine of American Ballet Theatre, and Stefan Wenta of the Royal Danish Ballet. She performed in the 2nd and 3rd Annual disco awards shows, the Riverside Dance Festival, Oregon Dance Theatre, and a nightclub tour.  She has spent the last ten years raising seven children on Whidbey Island, teaching dance, and choreographing for Whidbey Dance Theatre, musicals, and jazz dance competition teams.
  Zane Vanderwood - bio coming soon!

Past Choreographers

Vera Altunina is a renowned choreographer and ballet master from St. Petersburg, Russia.  She graduated from the Vaganova School in 1981. She went on to the Leningrad College of Cultural Education earning degrees Performing Arts Direction and Pedagogy.  While dancing professionally, she continued graduate studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory earning an MA in Choreography and Ballet Direction.  Her extensive performing credentials include both classical and character dance, choreography, and new stagings of Giselle, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Raymonda both in Russia and the United States.  Coming to the US in 1993, she became lead choreographer and ballet mistress for the Washington Academy of Performing Arts, and has been a guest teacher for Cornish College of the Arts, Ewajo Dance Workshop, and the Olympic Ballet School. In 2001, she founded the International Ballet Theatre and the International School of Classical Ballet, where she teaches classical dance, pointe, variations, and character dance in Kirkland, WA.
Laurentia Barbu  By the age of 9, Laurentia was practicing and studying dance theory 30 hours per week. She completed her training by graduating from the National School of Choreography and from the National University of Drama and Cinematographic Arts (Bucharest, Romania) where she also worked as assistant professor of dance composition in the undergraduate department. As a dancer, Laurentia performed with both classical and modern dance ensembles including Bucharest National Opera (Bucharest, Romania), Ajkun Ballet Theatre (Mantova, Italy) and the Moving Academy for Performing Arts (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).  Her works as choreographer or dancer received recognition in major dance and theater festivals in Romania, Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and the Netherlands. In Romania, Laurentia also created choreographies for film and television, worked as music videos producer and hosted a television show focused on performing arts. Her work has been qualified by the media as unique, innovative and daring. Laurentia recently immigrated to the United Sates. She continues to follow her dreams as dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher in the great Pacific Northwest area.
Andrea Binder’s love of dance began at age five when she put on a tutu and refused to take it off! Ever since then her life has been filled with dancing. After many workshops at the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Bill T. Jones, David Parsons, and Alvin Ailey, she moved on to Chicago where she trained on scholarships with Joseph Holmes and Hubbard St. before going on to perform with Touch Ensemble Dance Company. In Portland, Oregon, she taught jazz, modern, hip hop and funk at many studios. Her next passion became combining all these styles of dance into one and forming a dance company called Dance Groove.  Her classes are a fusion of jazz, hip hop, modern and funk with unique, athletic choreography to all sorts of music.
Jennifer Bondelid began her dance career studying ballet with Alexandra Zacharias at the Alexandria School of Ballet in St. Louis.  She continued with ballet as well as tap, jazz, lyrical, and character at the Krupinski Academy of Dance.  She studied flamenco dance in Spain, and was awarded a full merit scholarship to the St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society, where she became a company member, performing there for two years.  At Principia College, Jennifer was a student teacher under Joy Baker of the St. Louis Ballet, and she studied dance history and teaching methodology.  After graduating, she taught at the St. Louis Ballet's company school under Gen Hiroshi and Antoni Zalewski.

William Ernest D. Burden is a young talent that trained at some of the best dance schools in the world. He brings his fun, jazzy edge to 2 works this year. One company piece that will keep you smiling and a special Alumni piece which will include appearances by our stellar alum.

Burden, a native of Philadelphia, PA, began his training in middle school at the Rock School of Dance Education and later attended Creative and Performing Arts High School. William was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre from 2011-2013 and Carbon Dance Theater in 2013 and a member of Spectrum Dance Theatre in 2013-2014. Most recently William joined DASSdance.

  Aaron Cash, originally from Brisbane Australia, is a multitalented performer and one of the original Tap Dogs.  Early in his career, world renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing and High School Musical 1 & 2) cast Aaron in Cher's Love Hurts tour.  This opportunity culminated in an impressive 10 year touring relationship as Cher's lead dancer. His amazing talent grew the attention of many high profile artists in the industry. In the early 1990's, Twyla Tharp hand picked Aaron to become her personal Pas De Deux partner and the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov added Aaron to their world tour. His innovative and creative skills as a performer, choreographer, and artistic consultant are now highly sought the world over. He has consulted in varied mediums, from his work with Wet Design (the company responsible for the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas) on their fountain at Steve Wynn's latest luxury hotel in Macao China to serving as the personal Tango coach for Jolie Richardson on Nip/Tuck. Aaron is the face of Johnny Walker's worldwide advertising campaign "Human - Keep Walking" and recently completed the role of the Matador in the Los Angeles Opera's production of La Traviata starring world-renowned soprano Rene Fleming. He has been featured in films such as Titanic, Hook, Bolden, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons.  His T.V. credits include Scrubs and Nip/Tuck and the series debut of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, just to name a few. He travels the world extensively hosting, coaching and teaching choreographic and dance seminars. His latest choreographic endeavor has been the world premier of Ballet Revolucion.
  Leigh-Ann Cohen-Hafford received her early training in Johannesburg, South Africa from where, at age 14, she debuted her dance career with a tour to Europe and the Middle East. She earned her Advanced Diploma in Spanish dance from the South African Spanish Dance Society. She later received a diploma in Dance Training from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Cohen was Artistic Director of Conservatory Ballet of Washington and Director of the Ballet Department at Washington Academy of Performing Arts for several years as well as a ballet and Spanish dance instructor. Prior to this role, she served as a dance faculty member at Oakland University, Michigan. Ms Cohen's teaching experience was enhanced by her role as assistant coach with Ballet British Columbia where she danced for many years. She has had the privilege of teaching student and professional dancers in Canada and the United States. She has a Diploma in Dance Training and an Advanced Diploma in Spanish dance. Cohen has performed and toured internationally with a number of companies in North America including Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Jurgen, Metropolitan Ballet Theater, and Pennsylvania Ballet.  Her performing career included principal roles in several Balanchine ballets, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, a Midsummer's Night Dream and works by some of the most eminent contemporary choreographers such as Ashton, Butler, Cranko, Tetley, and Forsythe.  In 1989 she was honored to be chosen for the lead role in the Canadian premiere of William Forsythe's "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated."   Ms. Cohen has choreographed numerous pieces including works for Ballet British Columbia's Choreographic Workshop and for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Choreoplan. Her works have been performed at RDA festivals including Gala Night performances in 1994 and 1999.
Rainbow Fletcher is a hip Seattle choreographer who has a new contemporary company in Seattle entitled “HyperNova”. Rainbow’s work is sharp, edgy, and dramatic.
  Ayesha Fuentes 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 currently resides in California.
Scott Heinzerling, formerly a dancer with Dennis Wayne’s DANCERS in New York and with the Ohio Ballet, is currently a professor of Dance at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  As a professional dancer he performed classical ballet and modern dance repertoire by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Pilobolus, Anna Sokolow, Laura Dean, Heinz Poll, Ruthanna Boris, and John Taras.  His choreography has been performed throughout southern California, and in  France: in Paris, at the Festival of Theatre and Dance in Avignon, and at the Montpellier Festival of Dance in Montpellier, France. 
Dee Anna Hiett is a seasoned professional, having danced professionally with such companies as Alvin Ailey she is now on the dance faculty of University of Missouri- Kansas. We are very excited to see her Martha Graham style
transposed with her own East coast attitude.
  Wendy Johnson-Casper has been involved with dance for 25 years.  She was an original member of Olympic Ballet Theatre in Edmonds, Washington.  She trained with John & Helen Wilkins, Dorothy Fisher, Nelle Fisher, Flemming Halby and Libby Nye. Three of her works, including Hoe Down, were presented in the Emerging Choreographers Division at the Pacific Regional Ballet Festival for three consecutive years. She won the Monticello Scholarship for Choreography at the PRB Festival in 1984 and attended the annual Craft of Choreography Conference in Geneva, New York.  Ms. Johnson-Casper attended Scripps College in Claremont, California and twice was the recipient of the Lucile Morrison Dance Award.  She graduated with a BA in Dance Choreography & Performance.  She has worked in the administration of Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle for the past nine years.   Ms. Johnson-Casper was first introduced to WIDT in spring of 2002, assisting Philip Laue with the staging of Nelle Fisher’s "Songs Along the River".

Jenna Kantor, was born in Petaluma, California, and entertained her parents and dinner guests by improvising dance routines to classical music in the living room. She attended the University of California, Irvine, where she signed up for her first musical theatre class. In order to build her resume and experience during college, she continued her journey performing in professional musical productions throughout Orange County, California. After graduating with a BA in drama and a BA in dance, Jenna hailed to New York and was honored to book her first gig with Disney Cruise Line. She remains grateful for her continuous work in inspiring  musical productions throughout the US and strives to pass on the inspiration to future performers. Jenna Kantor choreographed "Walka Talka" on the company in 2007.

Philip Laue is from Edmonds, Washington. He began his ballet training at Olympic Ballet Theatre and from there was awarded a scholarship to San Francisco Ballet School. He started his professional career as an apprentice with Oakland Ballet in 1985. From there he became a company member with Ballet Michigan and Ballet Idaho, performing a variety of classical and modern ballet repertoires for several years. He has also been a guest artist with Seattle Opera, Dance Detroit, Oregon State Ballet and the Rougue Music Theater and others. Philip created several original modern ballets for OBT for their choreographer's showcase. He also became a founding member of Ballet Bellevue in 1995 as a dancer and choreographer, performing numerous full-length classical ballets, as well as original productions.
Amy Jo (Berto) Lehman is a native Whidbey Islander and has been dancing since the age of three. She received her early training from Island Dance and was a member of WIDT since its starting year, where she performed pieces by choreographers including Asharaine Machala and Susan Campbell Sandri, and performed leading roles in The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen. Amy graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, where she had the opportunity to study and perform works by artists from all over the globe, including the late Fernando Bujones. Dancing highlights for Amy include performing as a guest with Peninsula Dance Theatre (Bremerton, WA) during a dance tour of France, and performing with other selected dancers from the Regional Dance of America/Pacific Region at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. After college she performed as a dancer & magician's assistant in Baltimore, MD. Amy performed with Redd Legg Dance of Seattle from 2008-2011. She has worked extensively with WIDT, choreographing for Dance & Choreography Showcase and The Nutcracker. She has been the rehearsal director for nearly six years, for the numerous pieces set on the company by guest artists Aaron Cash and Jenna Kantor. She served two years as the Assistant Artistic Director, from 2012-14. Amy now teaches at Island Dance, co-owns CAL Septic, LLC with her husband, and works for her in-laws' water utility company, Lehman Enterprises Inc. She hopes to someday retire to a life of cows and Dodge Ram trucks.
Asharane Machala retired from the dance community in 2003. She danced professionally in the 1970's with Loyce Houlton's Minnesota Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been nationally recognized by the RDA (formerly NARB) in the east, and represented Olympic Ballet Theatre, Edmonds, at the RDA Pacific Festivals in the 1990's, including at the National Festival in Houston. She co-founded Whidbey Dance Theatre with Charlene Brown in 1991 and was co-artistic director from 1991-2000, training dancers and choreographing over 50 ballets, including her original production of The Snow Queen on the WICA stage in 1996. After choreographing and developing The Nutcracker from 1991-1999, she created an original Act II for the SWHS stage, inspired by the Pacific Northwest wilderness.
Susan Campbell Sandri has danced and choreographed for ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom, tap and musical theatre companies, and for stage, television, video and film. Trained in California, her most influential teachers were Bella Lewitzky (Horton), Tim Wengard (Graham), Jeanne Isaacs (Nikolai), Mangrove (contact improvisation), Sally Streets (Balanchine), Margaret Hills (Cecchetti), Jeanne Flood (Loring), and Ron & Carol Montez (ballroom and latin). She holds a PhD in Dance Sciences and Administration of Higher Education, a Masters degree in Dance Education and Kinesiology, and a BA in Physical Education with a Dance specialization. She is also certified in Pilates dance conditioning and rehabilitation by the Center for Sports Medicine at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Sandri moved to Whidbey Island in 1999 having retired early from the tenured faculty of the College of the Arts at San Francisco State University. She has also taught for multiple dance companies and schools, and for 7 other universities and colleges including UC San Diego, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Northern Virginia at Annandale, and the University of Southern California where she was Director of Dance Education. Dr. Sandri has directed several college and professional dance companies, including her own San Francisco area pick-up company for 10 years. She began working with Whidbey Island Dance Theatre during Nutcracker in 2000. Sandri' s choreography has been selected for performance at the RDA Festivals in Salt Lake City in 2001, the 2002 Festival in Torrance, CA., the 2003 Festival in Everett, the 2004 Festival in Tuscon, AZ, the 2007 National Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, and the 2008 festival in Long Beach, CA.  Sandri's choreography has also been seen in multiple venues in and around San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Oakland, CA, and the Puget Sound.
Dean Speer, a ballet major and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle from which he holds a B.F.A. degree, has pursued training in Cannes, Paris, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Canada in addition to studying in the Seattle area and at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance in NYC. He has performed with Repertory Dancers Northwest, A.T.M.A. Dance Company, and the Seattle Ballet Ensemble of which he was a founding member, plus numerous guest appearances.  Mr. Speer originated, directed, and produced the dance series SPOTLIGHT: Seattle Dance! for three seasons, and coordinated all nine of Chehalis Ballet Center's annual regional workshops for dance teachers. Mr. Speer was a pre-registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing in London, England, qualifying him to teach the Pre-Primary through Grade VII Children's Syllabus.  He has taught extensively for both children and adults and has created and written his own graded syllabus of classical ballet study and teaching guide, Notebook II Dance Teachers. He has been a guest master teacher throughout the NW including Dance Masters of America, Cranbrook & Victoria (British Columbia), Chehalis Ballet Center (of which he is the Founding Director), and was Artistic Director of Chattanooga (TN) Ballet.
  Eva Stone received a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University under renowned instructors such as Daniel Nagrin, Renee Wadleigh and Mel Wong. After graduation, she was awarded a scholarship from DanceMagazine to study choreography at Harvard University with David Gordon. Ms. Stone continued her training at SUNY Purchase, The Ailey Studio in New York and danced professionally in Boston and Los Angeles. She continued her education in the United Kingdom and earned a Master of Arts degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from the Laban Centre in London. Ms. Stone then formed the Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company, and began teaching at various colleges in and around London. Ms. Stone came to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound area. Some highlights have included presenting work at On the Boards, Bumbershoot and Broadway Performance Hall, as well as premiering an original work at Lincoln Center in New York City. Ms. Stone has appeared as a guest teacher at Western Washington University and has been a faculty member of both Olympic Ballet School and Washington Academy of Performing Arts. Her love of teaching and passion for choreography has resulted in the creation of over 50 original dance pieces.
  Sharon Tyers, performing artist and teacher for over twenty years, numerous credits including opera, musical theatre, television and concert dance in companies including the Seattle Opera Ballet, the Los Angeles City Ballet, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.  Sharon appeared in national broadcasts of "Dance in America" and "In Performance at Wolftrap" for PBS, in addition to regular concert seasons on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera House.  She has worked with such artists as Liza Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, and Agnes de Mille, who selected Sharon to perform de Mille's solo dances from Brigadoon at the American Dance Festival.  Guest teaching credits include the Julliard School, UCLA, Arizona State, and Universities of Texas and Florida.  Dance faculty positions include Sarah Lawrence College, and the Martha Graham Center.  She frequently serves as guest teacher at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Daniel Wilkins began training at Olympic Ballet in Seattle, going on to attend the School of American Ballet where he danced principal roles in works by Balanchine at Lincoln Center in the graduating Workshop. For 2 years he danced under the direction of Patricia Wilde at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Returning to NYC, Wilkins joined Donald Byrd/The Group, performing featured roles in Life Situations, the Harlem Nutcracker, and Carmina Burana. Daniel danced principal roles with Complexions during its first international tour to Brazil. For 4 years he has worked with the Outlaws under the direction of NYCB's Melinda Roy. In 2000, Daniel was chosen to join Suzanne Farrell Stages Masters of the Twentieth Century Ballet, which performed at the Kennedy Center, the New Victory Theater NYC, and other locations. Mr. Wilkins currently performs as a guest artist with Spectrum Dance Theater directed by Donald Byrd, and with Olympic Ballet where he is currently Associate Artistic Director. Daniel is in his 4th season as Artistic Director of a NYC contemporary dance company, danielandsomesuperfriends Inc. To find out more about this company visit www.dassdance.org.
Danielle Wilkins, assistant artistic director, is from Kentucky where she trained for ten years at the Louisville Ballet. She received her BFA degree from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, during which she performed at the Kennedy Center as a soloist in Jean Grand Maitre's Uroborus. Danielle has worked professionally in New York with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Mimi Garrard Dance Company, and Steven Koplowitz, and in Seattle with Marco Carrabba, Seattle Jazz Dance, and Spectrum Dance Theater, in which she performed in PNB's Celebrate Seattle Festival at McCaw Hall and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Most recently Danielle appeared in the 5th Avenue Theater's production of West Side Story and The Seattle Opera's production of The Pearl Fishers. Danielle has danced with DASSdance for eleven seasons performing several times at Diane von Furstenberg-The Theater and in many Festivals including the D.U.M.B.O Dance Festival NYC and Dance Now at the Joyce Soho. Danielle served as assistant artistic director for WIDT for the 2014-15 season.
Helen Wilkins - After thirty years as the Founder and Artistic Director of Olympic Ballet Theatre with her late husband, Wilkins, now retired, is working as a freelance consultant, master teacher, and choreographer in the greater Seattle area. After a professional career in ballet and musical theatre, Wilkins was Ballet Mistress of Fort Wayne Ballet, Assistant Director of Delaware Regional Ballet, and School Director of Canton Ballet before coming to OBT. At OBT she established a graded syllabus utilizing her advanced degree from the Royal Academy of Dancing, London, and introduced master teachers, summer school programs, emerging choreography workshops with classical, contemporary, and dramatic ballets. As well as many other choreographies, she commissioned a score from the late composer, Michael Cava, with new sets and costumes for her premiere of “Eleutheria” in 1996 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Wilkins was Treasurer for Regional Dance America, taught at three RDA Festivals, and directed the 2003 RDA / Pacific Festival in Everett. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and was honored by a Proclamation from the Mayor of Edmonds for her work in the performing arts.