Alicia Cutaia earned her BFA with honors from Point Park University with a double major in Ballet and Jazz. Ms. Cutaia previously worked as Rehearsal Director, Costume Manager and Dancer with Eisenhower Dance, Dancer with Hubbard Street Dance 2 and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Ms. Cutaia is also a trained Fire Dancer and Harness Aerialist with performing and teaching credits. Her newly formed production company, ARC Productions, recently produced a show called "S7nners" with The Circus Project and EchoTheater Company in Portland,Oregon. ARC in Movement was formed by independent artists Alicia Cutaia and Russ Stark after collaborating for three years in a variety of performances. In the summer of 2014, Cutaia and Stark formed ARC in Movement as a company to present their work, teach, and create new works on others under an umbrella organization. ARC is a unique combination of three performance worlds (dance, fire, and circus) brought together by Cutaia and Stark's complementing artistry and joy of movement. Ms. Cutaia teaches all forms of dance along with Specialized dance and movement creation classes for Aerialists, Acrobats, flow artist, and figure skaters
Briley Neugebauer, originally from Seattle, grew up studying many styles of dance and was a graduate of the pre-professional program at International Ballet Theatre. Upon high school graduation, she received talent and academic based scholarships to study dance at the University of Arizona. In 2011 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. from the School of Dance where she performed roles such as Choleric in Balachine's Four Temperaments, Lead Female Daemon in Carmina Burana and was apart of commissioned works such as Bella Lewitzky's Recuardo, and Martha Graham's Panorama. During the summer of 2011 she joined ART-IF-ACT Dance Project for a five week tour in China performing numerous roles that showcased the history of dance in America. Upon returning to the states, she was accepted as an apprentice at Spectrum Dance Theater_Donald Byrd where she also has the opportunity to perform in the musical Oklahoma! at the 5th Avenue Theater. She then moved to Portland and was a company dancer at Polaris Dance Theatre for two years where she also created original works such as Derailed, Choice, and One of Everything. She afterwards became a Principle Dancer and Rehearsal Director for Moxie Contemporary Ballet.
In August of 2015, Briley was one of the founding members of PDX Contemporary Ballet and now serves as their Artistic Director. While at PDX Contemporary Ballet her choreographic credits include Colours of Black, Through This Existence, Incipio, Continually Beginning and many more. She also created Formless which was invited to serve as a discussion piece for Womens Empowerment at Mt. Hood Community College.
Ella was born and raised in Akron, OH, where she began her pre-professional dance training at the University of Akron Dance Institute. As a high school student, Ella performed at the collegiate level with the University of Akron Dance Company. She went on to pursue contemporary dance at The Ohio State University, in addition to a semester at Point Park University. In 2014, Ella graduated Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction form The Ohio State University, attaining a BFA in Dance and a minor in English. While living in Columbus, she also completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification from Yoga on High.
Ella has had the opportunity to perform choreography by José Limón, Ohad Naharin, Bebe Miller, Robert Moses, Susan Hadley, Abby Zbikowski, Melanie Bales, and other distinguished professionals. She has also furthered her dance education at summer intensives with Point Park University, Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Dance, and Limón Dance Company. Recently, Ella received a Project Plié scholarship to attend a Teacher Training Intensive with American Ballet Theatre and became certified to teach the ABT National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary-Level 5.
Currently, she is the Lead Teacher at Pure Barre Portland and the Program Coordinator at The Aspire Project, where she teaches ballet, contemporary dance, and yoga. Ella also teaches youth dance classes for Northwest Dance Project and volunteers for Living Yoga. In addition to her teaching career here in Portland, Ella has danced with Fault Line and Leoné Dance Theatre. She is very excited to begin her first season with PDX Contemporary Ballet.
Katherine Evans began her training at a young age in New Jersey. At age 15, she decided to further advance her training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she was a full time residency student. While there, she had the opportunity to attend numerous summer programs, including Hungarian National Ballet's Summer International Intensive/Competition, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, where she was first exposed to contemporary and explorative movement. After graduating Nutmeg with an award for "Most Outstanding Performance" she spent several years dancing with companies around the country including Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Nevada Ballet, Ballet Tucson, and some time spent in New York. While there, she continued her training at Manhattan Youth Ballet, the Steps on Broadway training program, and worked as a freelance artist. She finally settled in Portland and in addition to her work with PDX CB, she continues to explore contemporary and experimental movement, with a specific interest in dance for film. She is excited to continue her work with PDX CB for her third season.
Shannon Warner became a certified Pilates teacher back in 2010 after training under the Stott Pilates program in Oxford, England. After years of organized sports ranging from gymnastics to skiing to tennis to running, she realized that she needed something different that trained the body from the inside out. We are organisms,not mechanisms, so we should train our bodies as a whole. In Pilates she found a new world of movement, mindful movement, that afforded a balance between strength and flexibility. Most recently, Shannon completed an intensive 800 hour advanced classical Pilates training at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado in 2016.
Its all in the details she believes. So she will teach you the details.
Shannon works with clients of all levels to achieve their individual goals and develop their full movement potential.
Keylock is a performance-based artist, choreographer, dancer, and educator born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his dance training at Pacific University, where he received his B.A. in Dance and Art History under the tutelage of Jennifer Camp.
Keylock's movement research is rooted in contemporary performance that is at once both technically sound and radically subversive. His choreography has been presented at ACDA Northwest, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Ten Tiny Dances, and New Expressive Works.
Oregon ArtsWatch has noted Keylock's "bold movement and delicate intimacy."
Keylock has also taught dance throughout Oregon and Washington and has served as a guest teacher and faculty member at several universities and schools, including Pacific University, Center for Movement Arts, University of Oregon, The Portland Ballet, Columbia Dance, and BodyVox Dance Center. His classes and workshops pair classical vocabulary and modern technique, providing students with a unique approach to the principles of fall and recovery while emphasizing the expressive qualities of movement.
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 third year with PDX Contemporary Ballet.