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KAILEIGH


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KAILEIGH


 

Kaileigh discovered her love for movement when she started dance classes at age four. She continued training in various styles of dance before beginning her formal, classical training as a teenager at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet under Debra Rogo. Soon after, she became a member of Mid-Columbia Ballet, an honors company through Regional Dance America. She went on to earn her BFA in dance performance and choreography, graduating with honors from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Simultaneously she obtained her DK Body Balancing Pilates certification through the University. During her time at UNLV she was chosen to be one of four students to study abroad at the Korea National Sport University in Soul. She also had the opportunity to apprentice and perform with the Eric Hawkin’s Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Theater of Utah. Kaileighs professional performance career includes touring in Denmark and Israel as a soloist with the project based company, Ballet Mink. She was most recently the featured ballet dancer and magician’s assistant in the show Steve Wyrick Ultra Magician in Branson, MO. She is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, and is joining PDX Contemporary Ballet for her second season.

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Katherine


Katherine


 

Katherine Evans began dancing at a young age in Sparta, New Jersey. At the age of fifteen, she decided to begin her formal ballet training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she spent the next four years. During her time training she attended numerous summer programs, the two most notable being Hungarian National Ballet Summer International Intensive/Competition and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. It was there that she was exposed to, and fell in love with, the world of contemporary dance. The sense of openness and collaboration was completely new, foreign, and exciting to her. After graduating Nutmeg in 2011 with an award for “Most Outstanding Performance,” she spent the next few years as a nomad, dancing in companies around the country. These companies include Nashville Ballet II - where her love of contemporary movement was further intensified through work with Banning Bouldin - Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Neo, a project based company in New York City. While there, she had the opportunity to train at Manhattan Youth Ballet with Debbie Wingert and Brian Reeder. She also worked with Miro Magliore of New Chamber Ballet and participated in the Steps on Broadway Professional Training Program.  During her time at various ballet companies and projects, she realized that throughout the season, the programs she lived for were the ones with a basis in explorative movement. During her years of training and professional work, she has enjoyed dancing roles including Myrtha in Giselle, Dewdrop Fairy, Mouse Queen and Arabian in Nutmeg Conservatory's The Nutcracker, several soloist roles choreographed for her by Victoria Mazzarelli, Prayer from Coppellia, soloist roles in Kate Thomas's Measurement and Caution, and roles in Christopher Stowell's Swan Lake and Balanchine's The Nutcracker and Serenade. During her time spent outside of dancing, she loves to explore new ways of using her body. Her favorites are yoga, kayaking, hiking, biking, and, most recently, downhill skateboarding. This is Katherines second year with PDX Contemporary Ballet. 

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Sari


Sari


Sari grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and started training with Kathleen Callaghan and Barry Gager. She studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on scholarship and spent her summers training with the Joffery Midwest, UNCSA, Corella Ballet, Nashville Ballet and Magnus Northwest. Her professional career includes, Portland Festival Ballet under the direction of John Magnus and Vanderbilt Dancer Theatre under the direction of Jennifer McNamara. In Nashville, Sari had the pleasure of collaborating with visual artists and musicians, performing self-choreographed works at Ground Floor Gallery, The East Room, Fond Object, and Queen Ave Art Collective. This is Saris third year with PDX Contemporary Ballet.

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Victoria


Victoria


Victoria began dancing at the age of four in Carson City, Nevada. She studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern at Ayako's Dance Studio (formally Pinkerton Dance Academy) for fourteen years. Victoria continued her ballet training at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas under the direction of former ABT principle, Stan Rogers. While earning her BFA in ballet, she was featured in several of Stan's work including "Les Sylphides," "A Midsummer Nights Dream" as Titania, and "The Nutcracker" as the Dew Drop Fairy and Harlequin Doll. She was a soloist in Dominic Walsh's "Piano Works." After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015, Victoria moved to Portland and had the opportunity to perform with Northwest Dance Project in the world premier of  Yin Yue's "Distant Fold." This is Victorias second year with PDX Contemporary Ballet.