Alexandra is in her third season with BRD and is thrilled to perform among such talented, wonderful dancers! She has been dancing for over 18 years, receiving a BFA in dance and a BA in wellness education from Western Washington University. Her interdisciplinary concentration from Fairhaven College focused on somatic psychology, embodiment through creativity and movement, and nutrition through sustainable food systems. She was one of six dancers selected to work with the Liz Gerring Dance Company from NYC to re-stage their piece “She Dreams in Code” and also traveled to Montreal to work with Montreal Danse for her BFA capstone. She is the lead modern dance instructor at Fidalgo DanceWorks in Anacortes and recently implemented an after school dance program at the public school where she works in the special education department. She can think of any excuse to throw a tasty dinner party, or travel to the San Juan Islands.
Cara is currently a student at WWU and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2018. Having earned her B.S. in Environmental Science last fall, she has decided to continue her schooling as a post-baccalaureate to earn her B.F.A. in Dance. 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. Upon moving to Bellingham, she was greeted with many incredible opportunities to explore dance from new creative perspectives. She has enjoyed performing in a number of pieces through Western’s dance program and was involved in two of Kuntz and Company’s most recent works, “Airings, voices of our youth” and “Hide and Seek.” With immense gratitude and inspiration, she is excited to continue breaking new ground for herself as an artist.
Cassie Skye Howlett
Cassie has been dancing for almost 10 years. She recently just 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 onto ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and is trying her hand (or feet) at tap! When she’s not dancing with BRD, she performs for “Sugar! A Cabaret,” choreographed by former company member Tabetha Clark and director Brie Turoff Mueller. This is her second year with BRD, and she’s moved from apprentice to company member. Cassie’s loves include cats, movies, and pie. She is pumped for all of the challenges and excitement season 12 will bring!
Cecelia Hanford (apprentice)
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 Western and most recently worked 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 recently graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. 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. As an apprentice with BRD, she excited to act as understudy for the company.
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 performed in excerpts from Don Quixote, La Bayadere, and rep from 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, studying 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.
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 is returning to the stage after 10 years in her first season with BRD.
Hannah Andersen, MFA, is a dance artist, educator, and Pilates instructor. 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. In addition to being a Season 8 Bellingham Repertory Dance alum, she has performed with It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions, University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company, Michelle Boulé (NY), the Seattle Opera, Susan Haines, Wade Madsen, and Kraig “Bopi” Patterson. After receiving her BFA in Dance at WWU, she served on faculty at Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University from 2010-2014 before attending graduate school as a Teaching Fellow in the University of Oregon Department of Dance from 2014-2017. Recently, she has served as guest artist at Gonzaga University, Allegheny College, and the North Star Ballet, AK, fully grant funded by Alaska State Council for the Arts and the NEA. Upon receiving her MFA, Hannah was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Dance at University of Oregon. She also received the 2015-2016 UO Georgianne Teller-Singer Dean’s Fellowship for an Outstanding Dance Graduate Student with additional support from the UO Dance Research Fund, and the 2015 National Dance Education Organization’s Graduate Student Award. She is returning to Whatcom to teach this fall, and thrilled to rejoin the Bellingham dance community!
Hannah was born a mover. At the age of 12, she traded in her gymnastics leotard for some sparkly hip hop shoes and the rest was history. Hannah was trained at Backstage Dance Studio in Bellevue, WA in a variety of styles. She attended Western Washington University, where she danced with the WWU Dance Department and led the Hip Hop Dance Team during her four years in college. Hannah holds a degree in Outdoor Education, and serves as the Girls Program Coordinator for the wonderful Bellingham nonprofit, Wild Whatcom. Hannah is super excited to keep moving and grooving her wiggly self with BRD this season!
Hannah is currently a student at Western Washington University, 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. Here she was part of a competitive company for eight years. Hannah is starting her third year as a dance instructor at Brittany Setter’s the Dance Studio in downtown Bellingham, and her fourth year as a member of Western’s hip-hop dance team. She is beyond excited to start her first year as a member of BRD!
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 fourth year performing with Bellingham Repertory Dance. Juliette is a pro at keeping busy and also works at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) as their marketing director and after school enrichment program coordinator. Last year 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 On the Precipice Productions (OTP). Any extra free time she has is spent watching movies, going to brunch, and making bad puns.
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. During her time in BRD, Tatyana has appreciated working with amazing choreographers and dancing alongside many talented women.