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Annie Blankenship – Dallas, TX

Annie Blankenship began her training in Plano, TX, under Dance Industry’s owner and artistic director Christy Wolverton, where she spent seven years as a member of the performing company. After graduating high school, Annie was chosen as one of twenty dancers to participate in the Edge Performing Arts Center’s scholarship program in Los Angeles. While on scholarship she trained extensively with some of the biggest names in the dance world including Mark Meismer, Doug Caldwell, Bill Prudich, J.T. Horenstein, Scott Hislop, Harry Shum, Teri Best, and Mandy Moore to name a few. Annie has performed with Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, as well as in in the Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences TV MOVES! Live Show, Dancing Under the Stars Choreography Festival, Pasadena Dance Festival, and appeared in a season one episode of John Chu’s The LXD. She brings her knowledge of both the competitive world and the professional world to all of her classes and loves sharing the art of dance with everyone she teaches.

Katie Elliott – Boulder, CO

katie-hsKatie Elliott co-directs 3rd Law Dance/Theater with dance ethnologist Jim LaVita. Elliott has been creating original evenings of dance/theater, site specific work and installations for more than twenty years. Her works have appeared on the stage in Colorado, at the International Dance Festival in Hong Kong, in Taipei, Taiwan, and other festivals throughout the US including the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC.  Elliott’s wish to intersect with other communities has led to a variety of collaborations some of which include Art Lande, The Hannah Kahn Dance Company, an original piece made for the wearable “soundsuit” sculptures of visual artist Nick Cave, music collaborations with Zachary Carrettin, Mina Gajic, Marcia Schirmer and The Boulder Bach Festival, a site specific performance with digital media artist Darwin Grosse for the Henry Moore exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens and most recently an original evening-length work with composer Paul Fowler. Through residencies Elliott has set work on numerous university companies nationally and internationally. Most recently she taught at HUST University in Wuhan China through a program initiated by Beijing Dance LDTX. Some of her commissions include St. Paul Ballet, Ormao Dance Company, Nancy Cranbourne’s One Big Yes Productions, Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Colorado Repertory Dance, and Interweave Dance. In recognition of her body of work, she received a Neodata Endowment Fellowship for artistic excellence. Elliott has a BFA in dance from the University of Utah and an MFA from the American Dance Festival/Hollins University Program. Elliott has had the honor of dancing with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Colorado Repertory Dance and many other independent artists in Chicago, New York and Colorado before founding 3rd Law. This year 3rd Law received the “Living Legends of Dance in Colorado” honoring artists that have made an outstanding contribution to dance.

Erika Goe – Riverside, CA

Erika Goe is a native of Riverside, California, and has been dancing since the age of four.  Her 27 years of dance experience began at Just Plain Dancin’ of Riverside, where she trained for 12 years and then onto Riverside Ballet Arts, West Coast School of the Arts Irvine, EDGE Performing Arts Center of Hollywood, and Riverside City College.  Erika’s dance training includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and some modern.  Teaching dance is Erika’s true passion, and she has been teaching and choreographing for over fifteen years in and around the Inland Empire.  Her work has been seen at California Dancer, Riverside Ballet Arts, University Dance Company of CSUSB, A.B. Miller High School, John W. North High School, Martin Luther King High School, Cope Middle School, Cal State Fullerton, Dance Horizons, Chaffey Community College, Riverside City College, Arlington High School, Elevate Dance & Fitness, and Kristi’s Forever Dancin’.  Erika continues to work as a part-time faculty member at Riverside City College where she instructs beginning to advanced level jazz classes as well as Dance 6 within the dance department.  She is also a master teacher and judge for Kids Artistic Review and Rainbow Dance Connection. Erika Goe graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology May 2005 and her MS in Educational Counseling October 2011.

Izzy Contreras – Santa Rosa, CA

Izzy Contreras moved to Northern California 5 years, and started dancing at Santa Rosa Junior College 4 years ago. He is trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Contemporary. He choreographed the finale piece at that annual spring dance production show at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Izzy was a member of the SRJC’s touring dance company. He also taught a teen Jazz and Hip Hop competition team for 3 years. He is currently taking classes at the Movement Lab to freshen up his technique and is in a dance company through the Movement Lab called Urban Dance Collective.  He is currently teaching Jr. Jazz, Jr. Modern and co-choreographing the production companies. Hip Hop is his comfort zone but he has grown to really love Jazz.  He loves to teach a really funk sassy style of Jazz.

Kat Gurley – Boulder, CO

Kat 1Kat Gurley graduated with her BFA in choreography and performance from the University of Colorado.  She is the artistic director of Wild Heart, a contemporary dance company, based in the front range of Colorado.  Kat is currently on faculty at Naropa University teaching contemporary dance technique and ensemble work.  She is also the former director of the dance department at the Berkshire school in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Kat has been a guest teacher, choreographer and performer at various festivals and intensives throughout the United States.   Kat feels passionate and compelled to perform deeply, choreograph from a place of uncompromising truth and teach with an open heart.

Hannah Larson – Boulder, CO

hannah Larson headshotHannah Larson, originally from Houston, Texas, began her training at Rowland School of Ballet under the direction of Sheryl Rowland. From a young age, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. She trained with the pre-professional companies, Kingwood Dance Theatre and Kingwood Jazz & Co. There she worked with choreographers such as Jessica Hendricks, Peter Chu, Virginia Hendricksen, John Adamson, and Rob Davidson. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance, and a BA in Information Science and Arts. During her time at UA she worked with choreographers such as Sherry Zuncker of River North, Tammy Dyke-Compton, Sam Watson, Michael Williams, Douglas Nielsen, and Elizabeth George. She was also able to show her many of her own works at various shows featuring student choreography. During her time as an undergraduate, she joined Art.If.Act Dance Project in “The Great American Dance Tour of China”, where they traveled across China for five weeks, performing over twenty shows. She also performed in the winning dance of Jazz Dance World Congress 2012 in Pittsburgh. She has recently been chosen as a presenter for the Young Choreographer’s Festival 2016 in New York City. Hannah now lives in Boulder, Colorado and is teaching and choreographing at various local studios, and she has joined The Schiff Dance Collective and Rogue Co. as a professional company member. She also works as a freelance photographer and web designer.

Bryant Henderson – Eugene, OR

Bryant Henderson headshotBryant Henderson is originally from Sylacauga, Alabama. He has studied extensively as a dancer and choreographer in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, contemporary, and aerial dance.  He received his BA in Dance and Public Relations from The University of Alabama. Bryant has worked with the Miss Alabama / Miss America Pageant system as a performer and choreographer, served as a counselor for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at UA, interned at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and served as a guest artist at several studios and colleges. Bryant’s choreography has been seen throughout Alabama, appeared at the American College Dance Festival, and in New York City. His work ranges from concert dance to full musical productions. Bryant has choreographed for musicals such as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hair, and Wild Party. While residing in New York City, Bryant performed with SYREN Modern Dance, BEings Dance, DEMA Dance, and J. Chen Project in venues including New York’s City Center, The Joyce SoHo, NYC Times Square, and The Baryshnikov Performing Arts Center.  Also, Bryant toured the world as a dancer and aerialist for Celebrity Cruises and POET Theatricals, and was a guest artist for the Birmingham, Alabama aerial-ballet company, AROVA Contemporary Ballet. Bryant has been a guest-teaching artist for The University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College, and this last summer, Bryant served as the Assistant Director and Jazz Faculty member for The American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Bryant is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow and MFA candidate in the University of Oregon’s Department of Dance, and is also a Graduate Certificate Candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at UO.

Anthony Alterio – Lexington, KY

AAnthony photnthony Alterio is a choreographer, performer and an emerging dance educator.  Currently on faculty in the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Kentucky, he explores representations of effeminate gay men in pop culture as part of a larger interest in how dancers present themselves.  Alterio teaches a specialized class called “Transformation into Fierceness”, the course description of which states that “Alterio’s idiosyncratic movement showcases various styles of Hip Hop that involve smooth, sharp, sensual, and sexy movement.” As a teacher, Anthony creates a sense of community and challenges his students to move with intention and passion. His classes are a unique blend of studio hip hop, commercial dance and street dance. Anthony has taught master classes at Youngstown State University, American College Dance Association, Ohio University, Western Michigan University, Detroit School for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky University, Centre College, and The Schiff Dance Collective. Anthony is a native of Pittsburgh, and he began his professional dance training at The University of Colorado-Boulder, where he received a BA double-majoring in Dance and Psychology and went on to attain an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, he won the Maggie Allesee Choreography award and since has been showing work across the US. Anthony pushes extremes on stage as an artist, and brings that energy to his teaching hoping to create a sense of excitement and enjoyment for all who embody and view dance.

Allison Blakeney – NYC, NY

Allison Blakeney is a dancer, performance artist, and writer based out of New York City. She has trained, danced, performed, and taught for over 20 years in Colorado, Los Angeles, and now New York City. As a teacher she is interested in embodied movement that allows dancers to engage every part of their being in class and in performance. Her current work explores that which haunts her personally, socially, and politically. The performance of this is interdisciplinary; it utilizes dance, text, things, music, outbursts of noise, and anything else that helps her remember the erased histories and lives of queer people in order to imagine queer futures. Her most current movement experiment involves delving into this haunting through queerness, witchcraft, and the idea of becoming-wolf. She is also pursuing an MA in Dance and Queer Studies at New York University through the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

 

Brittney Kirkpatrick – Boulder, CO

heathergrayphotography.deshawnbritbfa-8008A native of Boulder, CO, Brittney grew up training in a wide variety of dance styles. She primarily took classes in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and hip hop at Dance Dimensions in Longmont, CO.  There, she was exposed to master classes taught by professional dancers from New York and L.A. Dance Dimensions also gave her the opportunity to teach dance classes and she found great joy in teaching kids as well as choreographing. Once she graduated high school, Brittney continued her dance education at The University of Colorado at Boulder.  There she was able to work with world-renowned artists such as Erika Randall, Michelle Ellsworth, Gabe Masson and Rennie Harris.  She graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance and choreography. Brittney was also a member of The Schiff Dance Collective, a contemporary dance company based in Boulder, for fours years while she attended college.  After graduating she lived for a year in Chicago, IL.  There, she completed a season dancing for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater as a member of their Emerging Artists Ensemble.  She also worked as a freelance dancer and taught an after school ballroom dance program for inner city children. While in Chicago, she has had the honor of training with artists such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Nick Pupillo, Jessica Deahr, and Karly Hansen.