Alethea Alexander received her BA in Dance with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. She began her dance training in Bellingham Washington, and has since studied in Washington DC, Maryland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. She moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 and is currently dancing her fourth season with Bellingham Repertory Dance. Complementing her work as a performer Alethea currently serves as Adjunct Dance Faculty at Whatcom Community College, and is on staff at Fidalgo DanceWorks (Anacortes) and Core Kinetics Movement and Pilates (Bellingham). She has also taught at the University of Washington, Hengda Dance Academy and Ballet Bellevue (Seattle), and at Children’s Dance Center, ODC, and LINES Dance Center (San Francisco). Alethea has danced professionally with the Chamber Dance Company, Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre, The Stone Dance Collective, and Ballet Bellevue (Seattle), and Unum Dance Company, Scott Wells and Jo Kreiter (San Francisco).
Tabetha has been dancing for the past 22 years. She started her training with dance companies in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area. After high school, she continued her training at the University of Central Oklahoma as a Dance Education Major. She continued her education studying and performing modern, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and tap at Grossmont College, where she received her degree in dance in 2008. She has attended Dance Master’s of America’s Teacher Training School where she has received her teaching certification in Tap and Jazz and the Dance Teachers Summit in New York, New York. Tabetha has been teaching full time for the past 11 years for schools such as California Ballet and The Academy of Performing Arts (APA). She has had the privilege to wear many hats at dance studios; Teacher, Choreographer, Competition Director, Youth Program Director, and Youth Summer Camp Director. She recently had the privilege to work with hundreds of students teaching at Dance Masters of America South Carolina dance convention and judging their annual competition. Tabetha has had the pleasure of performing in San Diego with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater – Invitation to the Dance and San Diego Trolley Dances. She spent five years studying rhythm tap and performing with the California Rhythm Project under the direction of Pam Thompson, working on original pieces as well as pieces choreographed by the likes of Eddie Brown, Honi Coles, and Fred Astaire. Tabetha is very excited to join the dance community here in Bellingham and is honored to be invited once again to dance with the Bellingham Repertory Dance for the 2016/2017 season.
Cara is currently a student at WWU and will be graduating in the Fall of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. At age eight she was introduced to ballet at British Dancing Academy where she soon became heavily involved in productions and additional classes including modern and jazz technique. She was very grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow as a dancer in Bellingham. She has enjoyed performing in a number of pieces through the Western dance program and was recently involved in Kuntz and Company’s 2014 production “Hide and Seek”. Now newly accepted into BRD’s 11th season, she is looking forward to the upcoming year knowing that dancing will continue to be a major part of her life.
Vanessa is thrilled to be back with Bellingham Repertory Dance!
Vanessa received her BFA in Dance Performance from WWU in 2008 and has performed with BRD since 2007. She has also collaborated and performed in many Kuntz and Company productions for the past nine years. Some of her past teaching experience includes WWU Dance Program & META. Vanessa believes dance is an opportunity to be your most honest self – free from what binds you. She is continually grateful for the opportunity to work with the phenomenal dancers and other artists in this community. Big hugs to her husband & amazing boys – for their unconditional love and support!
Brooke started studying ballet at the age of three in her hometown of Santa Fe, NM. Her dance education includes notable instructors such as Rex Bickmore and Daniel Catanach of Prince Ballet, Zola Dishong and Richard Cammack of The Contra Costa Ballet and under full scholarship with Gisela Genschow of The Santa Fe Aspen Ballet. Brooke has had the privilege of performing the works of many distinguished choreographers including Mark Haim, Michele Miller, and Colleen Mulvihill, and the solo choreographic works of Joshua Beamish, Alan Good, and Mary Sheldon Scott. Brooke has been part of the company since its inception in 2005, performing in over 20 different choreographic works. She is the Artistic Director of Opus Performing Arts and a regular ballet and modern guest teacher in the dance program at WWU. Her specialty is fast and complicated petite allegros along with the flight of grand allegro. She is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share her lifetime love of dance with this amazing collective of dancers. Brooke is the mom of two incredible boys and wife to a really awesome guy.
Juliette graduated from WWU’s BFA dance program in 2014, also with a Bachelors in Communication Studies. She was raised in Hawaii and has been dancing her entire life. She has trained extensively in ballet and modern dance techniques, and this is her third year performing with Bellingham Repertory Dance. Juliette works at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) as their Marketing Director and Program Coordinator for the after-school enrichment program, EduArts. Juliette is also a projectionist at the Pickford Film Center and managers her own video/photography business, JM Works. She collaborates often with other local arts groups including Kuntz and Company and On the Precipice Productions (OTP). Any extra free time she can scrounge up is spent watching movies, going to brunch, and making bad puns.
Elliauna is a current senior at WWU working towards her Bachelor of Fine and Performing Arts in Dance. She was born and raised on Whidbey Island where she got her start dancing at three years old at the Island Dance studio, where she trained extensively in ballet, modern, lyrical and jazz. Elli had the opportunity of being part of a pre-professional modern company (Whidbey Island Dance Theater) from 2007-2013. Here she had the privilege of working with many notable choreographers such as, Eva Stone, Aaron Cash, Lara Littlefield and Daniel Wilkins. She currently teaches dance at Britt Setter’s The Dance Studio. This is Elliauna’s first year performing with BRD and she is extremely excited to get to work with all of these amazing women!
Alexandra Morgan received a BFA in Dance as well as a BA in Wellness Education from Western Washington University. Her interdisciplinary concentration from Fairhaven college focused on Somatic psychology, embodiment through creativity, movement, and nutrition through sustainable food systems. Alexandra is also in the process of working on her Pilates certification through Balanced Body®. She taught at the Wade King Student Recreation Center during her time as a student.
She has been dancing for over 16 years and traveled to Montreal, Quebec to learn her BFA solo by Montreal Danse. She was also one of six dancers selected to work with the Liz Gerring Dance Company from New York to re-stage their piece “She Dreams in Code.” Alexandra has worked with Alonzo King, Bliss Kohlmyer, Risa Larsen, Alison Clancy, and Robert Moses. She has been in works by Jesse Beck, Jordan Isadore, Amelia Eisen, Hanna Hofmann, Yelena Holt, Theresa Gensler, Lovie Bucknell, Azriel LaMarca, Richard Merrill, Susan Haines, Penny Hutchinson, and Nolan Dennett.
Her interests in life include, but are not limited to: foraging, epic brunch and dinner parties, bicycling at night, shared experiences, mountains, and hand written letters.
Tatyana Stahler is a graduate of WWU with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While in school Tatyana had many opportunities to perform and worked with many choreographers including students, faculty, and a Martha Graham residency. Tatyana has also had the pleasure of teaching dance to both children and adults. As a new member of BRD Tatyana is thrilled to work with many talented women and choreographers.
Kate has been dancing her entire life, starting with ballet at a young age and continuing onto modern dance as an adult. She has performed in many student and faculty productions at Western as well as Pam Kuntz community dance projects such as “The Mom Project” and “Reporting Live from Crazy”. Kate graduated from WWU with a BS in Fitness and Exercise Science and was very active in WWU’s dance program. For 3 years Kate taught for Western’s dance program, teaching open modern and ballet and was actively involved with DanceMakers, an elementary school tour program. Outside of dance Kate works at WWU and teaches fitness classes at the Bellingham Athletic Club. Kate enjoys running, biking, mowing the lawn, and playing around Bellingham. Kate is so pleased to be back with BRD this season. Encouraged by her two fantastic kids and fun-loving husband, Kate could not be more excited to leap, shake, fall, or be lifted onto the stage.
Diane began her dance training at age five in Bellevue, WA. She went on to study dance at the University of Washington and later transferred to Western Washington University, where she was the recipient of a full-tuition Monica Gutchow Dance Scholarship. Over the past 10+ years, she has taught dance at WWU, The Firehouse, Pacific Danceworks, Northwest Ballet School, and now Opus Performing Arts School, specializing in modern, jazz, and contemporary. Diane also has a degree in Graphic Design from WWU and provides freelance creative, branding and design services for area businesses. As a co-founder of BRD, Diane loves being a part of the Bellingham community and is thrilled she can continue to pursue her lifelong passion for dance while living here. She is the mom of a beautifully spirited toddler girl, and wife to a wonderfully loving and supportive husband.