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Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

Artistic Director

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled, ebullient, and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. A native New Yorker, Ashley began her dance training at age 3.

Bodyvox

BODYVOX / TEACHER

Born & raised in Northern Michigan, Jillian works as both a dancer and circus artist. She has had the opportunity to perform with such companies as Ballet NY, Urban Ballet Theatre, AntiGravity Entertainment, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Quixotic Fusion, Boston Ballet, AcroBack Productions, Aerial Artistry, NYC Tranzformerz Breakdance Crew, AcroArts Productions, Rockit Aerials, & Rebecca Rice Dance amongst others.

Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

Artistic Director

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled, ebullient, and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. A native New Yorker, Ashley began her dance training at age 3.

BodyVox / Teacher

A native of Southeastern Virginia, Jessica holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology from NYU. Throughout her career, she has performed contemporary, opera, and dance theater works by Florian Bilbao, Reut Shemesh, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Zoe Scofield, among others. Training includes Elbert Watson, The School of Richmond Ballet, The Ailey School, Strictly Seattle and NYC Gaga Intensive.

BodyVox / Tour Manager

Although based in Portland Oregon, Daniel Kirk has extensive performance experience both nationally and internationally. His technique ranges from classical ballet to contemporary to innovative theatrical and aerial work.

Bodyvox / Teacher

Javan Mngrezzo is a company dancer at Bodyvox, a local dance teacher, and certified instructor of The Ellové Technique®. His dance journey began during his first year of college at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. He graduated in three years, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Dance and Sociology.

BodyVox Junior Company Member / Teacher

Jenelle Garerlan is a young dancer, choreographer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. She has danced with BodyVox’s Junior Artist Generator since the program began in 2013, training on full-scholarship for the past 5 years. In eighth grade Jenelle began finding her artistic voice through choreography, submitting pieces to local young choreographer competitions.

Brent fell in love with dance at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington, and worked with BodyVox for a year before he went on to attend Point Park University, where he graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance. While in college, Brent performed in works which include “Minus 16” by Ohad Naharin and “The Constant Shift of Pulse” by Doug Varone, among many other pieces and performances.

Theresa Hanson was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, where she grew up dancing at Pofahl Studios She began her professional dance career with Dance Alive National Ballet at the age of 15 as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2009.

Teachers

Casey Hess is a Portland native who trained with Metro Dancers, Columbia Dance, Portland Festival Ballet, and Jefferson Dancers. Hess received his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2017 and was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and Leadership. Hess was dancing with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in New York City pre-Covid.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Lee-Wei Chao started his ballet training with Ms. Xiao Lee,who brought from Russia the Vaganova ballet method to Taiwan.

Laure Redmond began her career in the fitness industry in the early 1980’s, eventually owning and operating one of New York City’s well-known fitness establishments. She has endorsed dozens of impressive wellness products and has produced and starred in popular DVD workouts, including Mary Tyler Moore’s Everywoman's Workout. With more than 30 years as a dynamic mind/body instructor, Laure has become one of the country’s most trusted experts.

 Zachary began his training with the legendary dancer George Zoritch in his native Tucson, Arizona. He continued his training as a full scholarship student with The National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario. He has performed a wide variety of principal roles as a dancer in Oregon Ballet Theater, Minnesota Dance Theater, and Ballet West. His repertoire includes works by Balanchine, Taylor, Van Manen, Tudor, and many others.

Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

Artistic Director

Ashley Roland is a true American original. With an unparalleled imagination and an acuity in both choreography and theatrical effect, she creates work that is unbridled, ebullient, and unabashed, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. A native New Yorker, Ashley began her dance training at age 3.

BodyVox / Teacher

A native of Southeastern Virginia, Jessica holds a BFA in Dance and a minor in Psychology from NYU. Throughout her career, she has performed contemporary, opera, and dance theater works by Florian Bilbao, Reut Shemesh, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Zoe Scofield, among others. Training includes Elbert Watson, The School of Richmond Ballet, The Ailey School, Strictly Seattle and NYC Gaga Intensive.

Bodyvox / Teacher

Javan Mngrezzo is a company dancer at Bodyvox, a local dance teacher, and certified instructor of The Ellové Technique®. His dance journey began during his first year of college at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. He graduated in three years, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Dance and Sociology.

BodyVox Junior Company Member / Teacher

Jenelle Garerlan is a young dancer, choreographer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. She has danced with BodyVox’s Junior Artist Generator since the program began in 2013, training on full-scholarship for the past 5 years. In eighth grade Jenelle began finding her artistic voice through choreography, submitting pieces to local young choreographer competitions.

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Jeff George trained with Ballet Arts of Minnesota and Broadway Dance Center in New York. He performed on the East Coast Tour of Sesame Street Live and then moved on to travel the world for the next six years performing on various Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

Elizabeth trained at the Princeton Ballet School and in New York at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and with Maggie Black and David Howard. She was one of the first recipients to win the Presidential Scholar in the Arts awards in 1980, going on to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of the awards ceremony.

Rachel Slater is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Modern Dance Performance. In Portland she has performed for Tracey Durbin, Carla Mann, Franco Nieto of NW Dance Project,Tere Mathern, and Sara Parker, among others. Rachel's previous work included performance engagements across the U.S. and Southern France.

Sara Parker holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City (2015) where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a recipient of the Dee Winterton Award (2015). Additionally, she holds a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (2009). Sara has most recently performed in works with artists such as Tere Mathern (PDX), Netta Yerushalmy (NYC), Pamela Geber-Handman (SLC), and Sharee Lane (SLC).

Teacher / Studio Class Manager

Heather trained on scholarship at Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and at 14 became a Ballet Major at the University of Utah where she earned her BFA. Heather has danced with Utah Ballet and Ballet West performing classic ballets as well as works by George Balanchine and Paul Taylor. Before leaving Salt Lake, Heather was an administrator and instructor at the School of Ballet West.

Vanessa Thiessen is originally from Portland, OR, and trained at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She has danced for ODC Dance, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Smuin Ballet, Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble, Amy Seiwert¹s Imagery, Tanya Bello's Project b. and Opera Parallele. She has most recently taught repertory for ODC Dance, Imagery and Smuin Ballet, and has frequently been Choreographic Collaborator for KT Nelson.

Sarah Fuhrman is originally from Portland, OR, and trained with The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under Haydee Gutierrez and James Canfield. She spent time in St. Petersburg, RU for additional training with the Mussogrsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. Sarah joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as a company member and danced corps and principle roles.

Collaborators

Artistic Director

For over four decades, Jamey Hampton has had a storied career in dance theater that is as varied as it is accomplished. He was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his dance training in the burgeoning modern dance scene of the early 1970's. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with a BFA degree in Drama, receiving the Marcus Hieman Award for Artistic Excellence.

MITCHELL ROSE (Filmmaker) is a frequent collaborator with BodyVox—they have now created nine films together. But prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell was a New York-based choreographer specializing in comedic work and was dubbed “the dance world’s Woody Allen” by The New York Times.