Alice Gosti is an Italian-American choreographer and hybrid performance artist working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies, including being a recipient of the 2013 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance Award, the 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, the 2015 inaugural Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program as a Director, the Bossak/Heilbron Award, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Award, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Gosti was also a two-time Cornish Artist Incubator Awardee, Velocity Dance Center’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence, is Seattle University 2016 Artist-in-Residence and University of Washington’s bst artist in residency.
Gosti’s work has been commissioned and presented nationally by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Art Museum, Intiman Theatre, Vilcek Foundation at the Joyce (NY), ODC Theater (SF) as part of the SCUBA national touring network, Risk/Rewards Festival (PDX) and Performance Works Northwest (PDX). Internationally, her works have been presented in Italy by Associazione Culturale Dance Gallery, Teatro Stabile Dell’Umbria, Premio Equilibrio Roma, Rassegna per la Giovane Danza D’Autore, Anticorpi XL, FAST di Terni, Verdecoprente/Associazione Ippocampo and Museo Civico di Palazzo della Penna. In 2015, Velocity commissioned, produced, and presented Gosti’s critically acclaimed 5-hour immersive performance How to become a partisan, a multi-disciplinary event inspired by the Italian Partisan Movement, and the unremembered women who changed the course of history and the concept of resistance. Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous“, and SeattleDances.org described How to become a partisan as, “hypnotic, meditative, and profoundly beautiful, it left you with a certain sense of calm despite the heavy issues at its core.”
Gosti has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy, Carolyn Carlson, Mark Haim, amongst others. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the world’s only festival dedicated exclusively to durational performance, through which international artists create original performances presented at at various sites throughout Seattle.
Thailand to Seattle. Margaret Hotchkiss started the down the dance path at age four. She is an artist, teacher, and performer. The eternal balance between tragedy and joy, coming from her own life experiences and others’ stories colors her work. She’s had the opportunities to study dance at California State University, Long Beach, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, American Dance Festival New York, and Strictly Seattle. She’s performed work by Christian K. Burns, Alex Ketley, Wade Madsen, Kate Wallich, Ohad Naharin (choregraphy set by Bobbi Jene Smith), and Elia Mrak.
Margaret graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance in 2012. She currently teaches at Rainier Dance Center, The American Dance Institute, and Bainbridge Ballet, specializing in jazz and contemporary technique. She has performed with contemporary dance company, Entropy, for two seasons. She is a fan of Pilates, pole fitness, and loves a good book of poems.
A Massachusetts native, Maureen MacNeill began her dance training at Boston Ballet at age 5. She studied with Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Jaques Cesbon at Indiana Universty where she recieved her Bachelor of Science in Ballet from the School of Music. In 2004 she accepted the postion of Ballet Director at Arabesque Dance Studio in Columbia, Maryland where she lived with her husband and 3 children. She and her family relocated to Bainbridge in 2016. While at Arabesque she choreographed and directed the studio’s annual performance of The Nutcracker for 12 years. In addition, she choreographed and directed a new Spring Ballet performance every year, some of which included Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, and the Wizard of Oz. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential in ballet and is thrilled to now be a part of the Bainbridge Ballet team.
Rebecca Smith is a Seattle-based dancer, performer, and choreographer. She received her technical training in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and afro-latin with Ewajo Dance Centre, Bainbridge Ballet, and the UW Dance Program. She has worked with many different choreographers and has performed in new works for choreographers such as Cheryl Delostrinos, Imana Gunawan, Veronica Lee-Baik and many more. Rebecca has had her own choreographic work produced at LAUNCH, LAUNCH 2.0 and LAUNCH 3.0 Choreographer’s Showcases at The Studios, as well as in Au Collective’s Gold&Skin 2015 and ReSET in October 2016 at 12th Ave Arts. She has also premiered Settlers, a film, at Strictly Seattle 2015 and is a member of Au Collective.
Rebecca has an immense passion for teaching and is thrilled to be able to share her love for dance with others. This is her first time choreographing for The Nutcracker and is excited to be involved in this OPG production once again.
Tess Keesling was born and raised in Metro Detroit where she grew up dancing at a small competitive studio. In 2016, she graduated from Oakland University with a BFA in Dance. Shortly after graduating, Tess transferred and found new roots in the Seattle art and dance scenes. She has experience teaching an array of dance styles (ranging from ballet to disco) to movers ages two to eighty-two. As a performer and choreographer her work has been presented in various performances and festivals internationally and across the U.S. Tess believes in building community, making art, and spreading kindness through dance.