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Cassie Skye Howlett

Cassie has been dancing for over 10 years. 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. Cassie is also an instructor witt Harper&I Dance Center in Bellingham. This is Cassie's third year as a company member with BRD and she is pumped for all the exciting works that season 14 has in store!

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Caroline Schimdt

Caroline began her dance training at Arc School of Ballet in Seattle, Washington with a focus on classical ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. She is currently a student at Western Washington University pursuing her BFA in Dance and BS in Kinesiology Pre Physical Therapy. Her dance experience at Western has provided her with the opportunity to explore and perform a variety of dance styles and techniques. Caroline is currently a Zumba instructor at the WWU Rec Center and loves educating people about the importance of moving and staying active through personal training and instructing. This is her first season with BRD and she looks forward to a great year!

 

 

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Charlotte Stickles

Charlotte Stickles is a movement artist and pilates instructor based in Bellingham, Washington. She graduated from The Ohio State University Department of Dance in 2017 with a BFA in Dance and distinction in artistic research. Prior to OSU, Charlotte attended Manhattan Youth Ballet, and trained and interned at various festivals and programs including Bates Dance Festival, Dance Exchange, and at the New York State Summer School for the Arts. During her time at school, Charlotte performed, taught, choreographed, and received academic funding to conduct research and perform internationally. Through teaching, performing, studying, and creating movement, Charlotte aims to deepen the connection to our respective human bodies and environments. This is her second season with Bellingham Repertory Dance.

 

 

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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 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 second year dancing with Bellingham Repertory Dance, and she feels privileged to share the collective with such incredible women.

 

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Ellie Evans

Ellie began dancing at a young age in Bellevue, WA and has trained in many styles. She is currently a student at Western Washington University and is graduating in the fall of 2019 with a BA in dance along with a BS in psychology. Ellie has performed in various faculty & guest works in WWU performances, has been a part of Graffiti Dance Theatre 2017 & 2018, has been a guest dancer in Kuntz & Company and teaches at The Dance Studio. Outside of dance, she works as an applied behavioral technician for kids. This is her second season as a company member and cannot wait to dance alongside all of the powerful women that make up BRD!

 

 

 

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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 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 third season with BRD.

 

 

 

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Soleil Chappelle

Soleil has an eclectic range of performance experience, with venues spanning from the waters of the Boulder Creek in Colorado, to the Paramount Theater in Seattle. In her mother’s arms, she was danced onstage for the first time at six months old, and has performed every year of her life since. Versed in modern, post-modern, Bartenieff, contact improv, ballet, and butoh, Soleil has trained and worked with Anne Green Gilbert, Bill Evans, Kitty Daniels, Barbara Dilley, Kathleen Hermsdorf, and Sara Shelton Mann. Soleil was co-founder and co-artistic director of Language of Fish, a multi-disciplinary dance company in Boulder, CO. She received a BFA in Dance from Naropa University in Boulder and an MA in Philosophy from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In her graduate studies, Soleil explored philosophies of creativity, and today utilizes this passion to be an advocate for the arts in all she does. 

 

 

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Elli Madsen

Elli began her dance journey on beautiful Whidbey Island at the age of three where she fell in love with ballet, modern and jazz. While there she was also given the opportunity to join their pre-professional dance company, Whidbey Island Dance Theater. In 2013 Elli moved on to Western Washington University where she received her BFA in Dance in 2017. In the past two years Elli has had the wonderful opportunity of performing in Velocity's Full Tilt in works by Marlo Martin and Tint Dance Festival in works by Laura Smythe. In addition to this Elli has worked with many outstanding choreographers throughout her career such as: Eva Stone, Aaron Cash, Joshua Beamish, Liz Gerring and Doug Varone. Elli is very excited to be returning to BRD and can't wait to see what this season has in store!

 

 

 

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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 United States, 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 sixth 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. She has instructed for Whatcom Community College’s dance program and loves teaching occasional company classes for BRD. She collaborates often with other local arts groups including Kuntz and Company and Sylvia Center for the Arts.

 

 

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Marísa Fernandez

Marísa grew up in Monterey, California, where she trained in ballet and contemporary dance at SpectorDance studio for ten years. She moved to Bellingham in 2013, and graduated from Western Washington University in Spring 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Dance. In addition to dancing with BRD, she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Marísa is grateful to have had the opportunity to dance in works by WWU faculty, BRD members, and various guest choreographers. She looks forward to continuing her passion as she delves into her second 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.