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Expose the Eastside Dance Collective All Day Workshop
Ballet Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
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Expose the Eastside Dance Collective All Day Workshop
Expose The Eastside Dance Collective (a project of Ballet Bellevue), is offering a new opportunity  to five young choregoraphers who believe our community can be brought closer together by combining the talents they have to offer with the great dance talent they see on the Eastside of King County.  Their new works, which are currently being set on aspiring young dancers of the Puget Sound region, will be performed at The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center on Sunday, June 16th at 7:00 PM.  The purpose of the WORKSHOP is to introduce Expose the Eastside to our dance community by enabling dancers of all ages and styles to be inspired by each other and to explore dance with their equally talented community members.  The five choreograhers, all coming from very unique dance backgrounds, are each teaching a 1.5 hour class of various styles, including ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, social dancing and jazz. Each classe will begin with movement basics and understanding and gradually become more challenging, enabling accessibility and benefit for all levels. You may purchase a ticket for any and/or all of the classes, and are encouraged to bring your friends and family.

11:00-12:30 Ballet
12:30-2:00 Hip-Hop
Break 2:00-2:30
2:30- 4:00 Contemporary
4:00-5:30 Social Dancing
Break 5:30-7:00
7:00-8:30 Jazz

Class descriptions:

Ballet:This will be a classical ballet class beginning at barre, and moving through to centre. It will focus on basic technique, while inviting the dancer to express themselves through this style. While ballet can seem challenging, focusing on the basics enables all levels to participate and benefit from this class.

Hip-hop:This style of hip hop concentrates on the release of emotions. Whether it be the kind of emotion that's made you feel like you never want to wake up again, or the kind that happens when you realize that a special someone loves you back, this style does it's best to allow you the freedom to translate them in to physical movement in whichever way you see fit.

Contemporary: This style of contemporary does not focus on flexibility or perfect technique, but strength through movement. A hip hop background will help, but any dancer who is willing to learn should be able to connect to this style of dance.

Social Dancing: This class will focus on some of the basic ballroom steps such as salsa, tango, and waltz. Perfect for any age, couples and singles, and useful for all levels. This is class not to miss!

Jazz: This class will explore self expression and physical awareness through high energy, full-bodied movement, as well as isolations and an emphasis on musicality. It is an upbeat style which encourages personality in the movement and a daring to be unique.  

Teacher Bios:

Byanka Larkins- Ballet
Byanka Larkins has lived in Washington her whole life. Since the age of six she has performed in over 23 productions with Ballet Bellevue including their productiosn of the Nutcraker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppellia, Les Sylphides and many more. She has also been very active in Seattle Theatre Groups "Dance This" performing under the instruction of Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo , Jamel Gaines, Daniel Cruz, Kabby Mitchell, Dora Oliveira, and Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye as well as studying in the Young Choreographers Lab. She has studied African dance for 5 years with Lora Lue and modern dance with Vania Bynum and Sonia Dawkins and performed for 2 years in Black Nativity directed by Kabby Mitchell. Byanka has been teaching Hip-Hop and Ballet at Ballet Bellevue and the Bellevue club for 5 years and as of April of 2012 she is an official Zumba Instructor.

Ulyber Mangune - Hip-hop
Ulyber's passion for dancing was apparent even as a kid from his hyperactive nature. Growing up in Lynnwood, he first became involved within the art when his friends and cousins started teaching him the basics of breakdancing in middle school. When he moved away from them his freshman year to his new habitat of Duvall, dance became an outlet he couldn't live without. He saw dance in a more serious light and became a self-taught dancer by learning new moves from YouTube. Starting off performing these moves at the Cedarcrest High School talent show in '07, he has now performed in several concerts, musicals, a TV show, a music video, and T-Mobile's latest advertisement for GooglePlay. Currently, he is studying all other disciplines of dance at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle to one day further share his passion with others by opening his own dance studio.

James Matthew Johnson - Contemporary
Matt has only been dancing for around 3 and a half years, but in that short amount of time he has gotten a lot done.
Born and raised in Sammamish, Washington, Matt first discovered his interest in dance when he attended the Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning when required to do a graded performance. Looking for more to satiate his hunger for dance, he began taking classes at the nearby Highland Dance Academy, where he trained under Victoria Hunt for one year.
After a short break due to injury, Matt began taking classes at Westlake Dance Center in Northgate, Washington. Training under the various Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz Funk, and Lyrical teachers, Matt increased his ability in different styles before attending the Young Choreographers Lab with Seattle Theatre Group (STG) where he learned choreography and dance techniques from Amy O'Neal (Velocity Dance Center, Amy O/tinyrage).
Through STG, Matt has performed at the Moore Theatre twice, once with Young Choreographer Sabina Moreland-Smith, and once with Sonia Dawkins (Prism Dance, Alvin Ailey, PNB). The piece with Sabina resulted in a photo of Matt that has been used in national magazines and advertisements for STG.
His other work includes benefit performances for En L'air, performing at half time for the Seattle Seahawks, dancing in flash mobs for professional venues, and more recently co-founding, producing, and choreographing for Expose The Eastside, a dance collective based in Bellevue.

Rodney Young - Social Dance
Hello. My name is Rodney Young and I have been a performer/choreographer for 15 years. I have worked as a model, character, and choreographer for Disney in there Original Movie turned video game "The Cheeta Girls One World." I have also been fortunate enough to do commercials for Lifewise Insurance, part of Blue Cross. In my years of performing I was part of a critically acclaimed local team called Kontagious Movement, where we were blessed enough to open for ABDC tour, and also be the first team ever to be awarded Seattle World Of Dance Champions. I am trained in Hip Hop, Step, Cheer, musical theater, and Ballroom from one of the best, and famous Aurthor Murray School Of Dance. Doesn't matter if your goal is working out, training in dance, performance, building confidence, acting....I'm your guy.

Alexandra Wheelwright - Jazz
Alex is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She started her dance training at the age of three, focusing in ballet, modern and jazz, as well as acrobatics. She has a certification from A.F.S.A. Acrobatics (Acrobatics Federation of South Africa) where she was a student for 10 yrs. In 2006 she moved to Seattle and joined the academy program at Spectrum Dance Theater, where she was given the opportunity to work with Donald Byrd and his company for three years. During that time, she also worked with well-known choreographers including Jamel Gaines and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In 2008, she was accepted into the dance program at Cornish College of the Arts where she worked with local choreographers including Steve Casteel and Jason Ohlberg. Alex has also been teaching acrobatics, jazz and ballet since 2005 and is a faculty member at Premiere Dance Center as well as Dance Premier in Issaquah. She is currently a dancer with 3rd Shift Dance in Seattle and just graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in dance December 2012.



Ballet Bellevue (View)
204 100th ave n.e
Bellevue, WA 98004
United States

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Arts > Dance
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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