Carrie Goodnight, Seattle-based choreographer, teacher and performer, earned her MFA in dance at the University of Oregon. She holds a bachelors degree from Carleton College, where she danced with Minneapolis choreographers as part of Semaphore Repertory Company. Carrie has also danced professionally in New York, Oregon and Washington and was a founding member of the BareFoot Collective. Her resume includes extensive work in theatrical lighting and musical composition, and she is currently on faculty at Spectrum Dance Theater. Her latest productions have been a couple of amazing boys, who inspire and challenge their Mama to use humor and life lessons in her choreography as a member of TRANSForm dance collective.
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Valerie Ifill is an artist, educator and researcher of dance based out of Philadelphia, PA. With interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement at the heart of her work, Valerie has been involved in multiple educational and creative projects including the development of a dance program at the urban extension center, The Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships, in West Philadelphia. Valerie’s current research is centered on understanding and addressing power dynamics and creating reciprocal learning spaces where university students and community members can develop a deeper understanding of a diverse range of perspectives through movement, dialogue and shared experiences. Her past research as been presented at the National Dance Educators Organization conferences, Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts Lunch and Learn series, and in the Journal of Dance Education. Valerie’s dance studies include undergraduate work at Kent State University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Independent Studies Program, and graduate work at the University of Oregon. Valerie is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Dance Program Director at Drexel University in Philadelphia. valifilldance.com.
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Amanda Herman Records is a dancer, choreographer and educator based in the greater Seattle area. Upon completing her B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in NY where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major in Dance and Movement Science and a minor in Science and Society, Amanda embarked on a professional career as a dancer, performing in a variety of venues in AZ, CT, NC, NY, OR, WA, WY, Italy and Austria. She has danced with such companies as Center Dance Ensemble (soloist) in Arizona, Co-Art Dance, University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company, and Joint Forces Dance Company (Oregon), as well as Walrus Dance Company, BQ Danza, and the Barefoot Collective in Seattle. Amanda holds an M.F.A from the University of Oregon where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow instructing students in modern, ballet, jazz, and tap dance. Amanda is also a certified DanceAbiltiy (dance for people both with and without disabilities) teacher, has presented research at annual Int’l Assoc. of Dance Medicine and Science conferences, and is published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science as well as the Journal of Dance Education. Though she spends the majority of her time these days serving as Owner at Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center and Artistic Director SDPAC’s 3 youth companies, she remains active in her home dance community performing with the Stone Dance Collective, and is thrilled to be welcoming her first child June 2013!
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Alexandra Taylor currently resides in New York City working as a dancer and choreographer for (Alex)andra Taylor Dance, while freelancing with other dance artists. Alex has performed in works by Alexandra Beller, Martha Graham, George Faison, Dianne McIntyre, Carolyn Pavlik, Esther m Palmer, SINedoche Dance Company, Valerie Ifill, Ann Thomas Moffett and Erin Cairns Cella. Currently a member of the Queens Council on the Arts, Alex was also a participant in the 2013 Peer Leadership Circle for Performing Artists. After receiving her BFA in Dance at Western Michigan University in 2007, she moved onto complete her MFA in Dance at the University of Oregon in 2010 where she held a teaching fellowship teaching modern, jazz, ballet, tap, improvisation and hip hop. During her tenure at Oregon, Alexandra’s research focuses included open collaboration methods in composition and the prevention and recovery of dancer injuries in the hip and low back. Among her vast network of art makers, Alex also works very closely with her close friend, Ari Denison, on various photo-based projects both in and out of the traditional studio setting. (See their work and more at www.aridenison.com.)
Alexandra’s choreographic work has been seen in multiple venues in New York, Oregon, Michigan, California, North Carolina and Minnesota. She has also taught in various locations around the U.S. including New York, San Diego, North Carolina, and Michigan.