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Cassie Skye Howlett

Cassie has been dancing for almost 10 years. Last year, she received her BFA in Dance from Western Washington University with minors in Theatre and Psychology. Originally from Maple Valley, WA, her love for dance started with jazz and hip-hop and then she quickly moved on to ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. When she’s not dancing with BRD, she performs in Sugar! A Cabaret, choreographed by Tabetha Clark and director Brie Turoff Mueller. This is Cassie's second year as a company member with BRD and her other interests include cats, movies, and pie. She is pumped for all of the challenges and excitement season 13 will bring!

 

 

 

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Cecelia Hanford

Cecelia has been dancing on and off for the better part of two decades, starting out at age eight with jazz and gymnastics in little Moscow, Idaho. She enjoys all forms of dance including but not limited to modern, ballet, hip-hop, tap, gaga, salsa, swing, parkour, dansketball, hula-hoop-hippie-folk, and booty-shaking. Cecelia performed faculty and student choreography throughout her time at WWU, including her work with Juan Carlos Claudio for Graffiti Dance’s 2016 season. Her love of dance extends beyond performance as she is a talented choreographer, as well. Like many Pacific Northwesters she also enjoys hiking, kayaking, cloud gazing, and jumping from tall heights. Cecelia graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Dance. Although these subjects seem unrelated, her hope is to continue bridging the gap between science and art by supporting the creation of dance works made within and about our environment.

 

Celeste Hartsook

Celeste trained in classical ballet and modern dance at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, WA. From 2005-2008 Celeste was a member of a regional company, Theatre Ballet of Spokane, in which she performed original works by Ballet Arts faculty and an original work by Charles Askegard (New York City Ballet). Celeste participated in workshops and dance classes through Whitman College, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Western Washington University. She's performed in excerpts from Don Quixote, La Bayadere, and repertory by Paul Taylor and Martha Graham. Celeste graduated from Western with a degree in Sociology with a Spanish minor. While studying at Western, she continued her dance education in modern, improv, and ballet under Cher Carnell, Susan Haines, and Rick Merrill. Celeste is currently a ballet instructor at Opus Performing Arts and a para-educator at Harmony Elementary. When she’s not working she keeps busy enjoying the beauty of Washington, envying other people’s dogs, and driving around in her shiny, red Mini Cooper.

 

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Charlotte Stickles

Charlotte is a movement artist and pilates instructor with a BFA in Dance from Ohio State University. Originally from Irvington, New York, She began her dance training at local Hudson Valley studios before eventually enrolling as a student at Manhattan Youth Ballet. Under this classical training regimen, Charlotte developed an interest in choreography and improvisation, which led her to the Department of Dance at Ohio State University. At OSU, Charlotte found the breadth that she sought in dance theory, interdisciplinary studies, and in design and computing practices. She studied under Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Eddie Taketa, and more. Charlotte also spent time at Bates Dance Festival in Maine training with Nancy Stark-Smith and Kathleen Hermesdorf, and as a communications intern at Dance Exchange in Washington D.C. As a human and artist, Charlotte loves reading and writing, hiking and exploring, Wes Anderson movies, and swimming in the ocean!

 

 

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Elizabeth Belyea

Elizabeth is a born and bred Canadian having grown up in small town Ontario. As a teenager she trained intensively at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and spent her summers at the Banff Center for the Arts and the School of Alberta Ballet. Her pursuit of a career in ballet brought her stateside, where she had the good fortune to dance with BalletMet Columbus, Ballet Idaho, Eugene Ballet, and Alaska Dance Theater. Elizabeth relocated to Western Washington to complete her BFA in dance at Cornish College of the Arts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her time in the Pacific Northwest she has enjoyed working with various local companies and artists, including Redd Legg Dance with Kristen Legg, Ashani Dances with Iyun Harrison, and Vytal Movement Dance Company with Vincas Greene. This is her first year dancing with Bellingham Repertory Dance, and she feels privileged to share the studio with such incredible dancers. When Elizabeth isn’t dancing you can find her working at Gateway Middle School or lurking in coffee shops with a book.

 

Ellie Evans

Dance has been a part of Ellie's life for over 15 years. She grew up dancing in Bellevue, WA and has trained in many styles. She is currently a student at Western Washington University pursuing a BA in dance along with a BS in psychology. After graduation, she hopes to earn a MA in counseling and to incorporate movement into therapy for adolescents. Ellie has performed in various WWU performances, has been a part of Graffiti Dance Theatre 2017, has been a guest dancer in Kuntz & Company, and teaches dance at Brittany Settler's The Dance Studio. This is her first season with BRD and she couldn't be more excited!

 

 

 

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Emma Harvey

Emma began training and performing in classical ballet and contemporary dance at a young age with Dance Ensemble Northwest in Kitsap. She performed extensively with the company in original works including Michael Falotico’s “in the Company of Women,” Christina Miglino’s “Bedsheets of Paper,” and David Harvey’s “Mozart’s Requiem.” She has received additional training in classical ballet in at the National Ballet of Canada and the Kirov Academy in Washington DC, as well as contemporary training at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. Emma took a break from performing to complete her veterinary degree, but returned to the stage after 10 years and is now entering her second season with BRD.

 

 

 

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Photo by Jason Ruvelson

Hannah Andersen

Hannah Andersen, MFA, is a dance artist, educator, and Pilates instructor. She received the 2017 "Doug Risner Prize for an Emerging Researcher" in the Journal of Dance Education. Her research, teaching, and choreography are recognized by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, Dance Science and Somatics Educators Group, and American College Dance Association. Performance credits span regionally and nationally and include It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions, University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company, Michelle Boulé, the Seattle Opera, Wade Madsen, and Kraig “Bopi” Patterson. After receiving her BFA in Dance at WWU, she served on dance faculty at Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University from 2010-2014 before holding a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the University of Oregon Department of Dance from 2014-2017. Guest artist residencies include Gonzaga University, Allegheny College, and the North Star Ballet, and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Hannah was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Dance at University of Oregon, the 2015-2016 UO Georgianne Teller-Singer Dean’s Fellowship, and the 2015 National Dance Education Organization’s Graduate Student Award. She is thrilled to be a part of thriving Bellingham dance community!

 

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Hannah Rothschiller

Hannah is graduating with her BFA in Dance and minor in Psychology in the spring of 2018. Dance has been an important part of her life for fifteen years and she has developed a deep passion for performing. Hannah grew up in Kent, WA and trained at Allegro Performing Arts Academy in many styles including ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. There she was part of a competitive company for eight years. Hannah is starting her fourth year as a dance instructor at Brittany Setter’s the Dance Studio in downtown Bellingham. She is beyond excited to enter her second year as a member of BRD!

 

 

 

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Juliette Machado

Juliette works, dances, and makes movies in the rainy but beautiful Bellingham. Her short films have been selected to screen at festivals throughout the U.S. as well as internationally in Vancouver, Scotland, and Portugal. Juliette earned her BFA in Dance from Western Washington University and received the Outstanding Graduate Award in 2014. She has trained extensively in ballet and modern dance techniques, and this is her fifth year performing with Bellingham Repertory Dance. Juliette also works at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) as their marketing director and after school enrichment program coordinator. In winter 2017, she instructed for Whatcom Community College’s dance program, and Juliette loves teaching weekly company classes for BRD. She collaborates often with other local arts groups including Kuntz and Company and Sylvia Center for the Arts. Any free time she has is spent watching movies, going to brunch, and making bad puns.

 

 

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Marísa Fernandez

Marísa’s passion for dance began at the age of seven when her family lived in Barcelona, Spain for one year. She took her first ballet class there, and was enamored by beautiful flamenco dancers. After moving back to her hometown in Monterey, California, she trained in ballet and contemporary dance at SpectorDance studio through her elementary and high school years prior to moving to Bellingham for college. She graduated from Western Washington University in spring 2017 with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Dance. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to teach, perform, and train with other dancers, faculty, and guest choreographers since moving to Bellingham. She looks forward to continuing her passion as she delves into her first season with BRD!

 

 

 

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Tatyana Stahler

Tatyana Stahler is a graduate of WWU with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a focus in Health and Fitness Specialization. Currently, Tatyana is an adjunct faculty for Western teaching both Pilates and Mod-Hop. As an instructor at Opus Performing Arts, Tatyana enjoys teaching multiple disciplines of dance to a wide range of students. Tatyana is also a Pilates instructor at Core Kinetics. Throughout her time in BRD, Tatyana has appreciated working with amazing choreographers and dancing alongside many talented women.