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Expose the Eastside Dance Collective Summer Workshop
Ballet Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
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Expose the Eastside Dance Collective Summer Workshop
Expose The Eastside Dance Collective (a project of Ballet Bellevue), is offering a new opportunity to four young choreographers who believe the Eastside Community can be brought closer together by combining their passion of creating movement 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 Holiday Bash performance on Sunday Dec 14th at 7pm at Redmond Senior Center. Choreographers include: Ahmen Taplin. Byanka Larkins, Lauren Thomas & Natasha Keeley. Expose The Eastside Dance Collective Summer Workshop is a fundraiser for our Holiday Smash Performance in December that will also give dancers of all styles and background an opportunity to explore new movement styles in a fun and non-competitive environment. The four teachers, all coming from very unique dance backgrounds, are each teaching a 1 hour class of various styles, including contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and salsa. Each class 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.

Schedule and Teachers:
3:00-4:00 Jazz with Alex Wheelwright
4:00-5:00 Contemporary with Lauren Thomas
5:00-6:00 Hip-Hop with Ahmen Taplin
6:00-7:00 Salsa with Byanka Larkins

Class descriptions:

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.  

Contemporary: This style of contemporary is inspired by both modern beliefs as well as balletic movement and fluidity. The class will encourage movement exploration as well as technique and physicality within the movement.  

Hip-hop: This style of hip-hop focuses on both the sound and image of the movement. You will learn to create a variety rhythms within your body while also playing with high-intensity and explosive movement.

Salsa: This is a unique salsa class infused with high energy African movement and fun rhythms. From the basic salsa foot-work, to high-energy hip movements, you will get super fun class & a fantastic work-out!

Teacher Bios:

Alexandra Wheelwright - Jazz

Alex Wheelwright 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. She is currently a faculty member at Premiere Dance Center as well as Dance Premier where she works with all age groups and is especially passionate about working with her young students.

She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in December 2012 and has since participated in performances all over Seattle such as Full Tilt, Strictly Seattle, Folklife and participated in Bates Summer Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine.

Alex's choreography has also been performed in Seattle performances such as Expose The Shift, Rellik Dance Winter Concert, All-For-One Danceapalooza, Roosevelt Dance Presents: For You & as an opening performance for Seattle Storm. On the Eastside, her choreography has been performed at Expose The Eastside Dance Collective Premiere Performance, and at The Bellevue Strawberry Festival.

Alex has most recently been a 3 season Seattle dance company member of 3rd Shift Dance, performed with the Seattle dance company Relay Dance Collective & performed in the world premiere of Dante's Inferno - The Ballet. She is also currently a co-producer of Expose The Eastside Dance Collective which is a project of Ballet Bellevue.

Lauren Thomas - Contemporary

Ahmen Taplin - Hip-Hip

Byanka Larkins- Salsa
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 production 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. She is also the founder and producer of Expose the Eastside Dance Collective.



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

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Other > Fundraisers

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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