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.
Alicia Mullikin is a mover, choreographer and teacher in Seattle. She completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts where she received recognition as an Outstanding Dance Major. Her works have been presented in a number of west coast festivals and venues. Notable Seattle performances include The BOOST Dance Festival (2013 & 2016), The Bridge Project (2012) at Velocity Dance Center, 12 Minutes Max (2013) at On the Boards and two self-produced evening length works, Iron Daisies (2013) and Dust and Angels (2015). Her works have also been presented at Conduit Dance Inc. in Portland Oregon (2014), The American College Dance Festival in Utah (2009), Kinetic Conversations (2009) and Celebrate Dance (2016) at Riverside City College California. Alicia’s love of music led her to create ENTROPY, an ensemble interested in exploring the boundaries between music and contemporary dance. Her work is intrinsically linked to her memories, lived experiences and a need to explore and expand her reality. She is currently on staff at Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences and holds a teaching position at eXit SPACE School of Dance, Cornish Preparatory Dance and Bainbridge Ballet. She is excited and honored to be an eXit SPACE Artist in Residence this year and to have been commissioned to create a new work for the AU Collective, an ensemble focused on putting people of color at the forefront of artistic communities.
Michael O’Neal Jr. began dancing in high school as a self-taught Hip-Hop influenced dancer in Tacoma. He then received formal training in ballet and modern in the University of Washington dance program. He is a part of both Chapter1NE and Beat Hippies dance crews as well as Seattle’s Au Collecive.
Michael believes that to be the best dancer he can be, he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Through dance, Michael has grown to become a dancer who loves to teach others and to see their growth as well as grow with his students. Through his art, Michael hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams and continue to grow in everyday life. One of Michael’s biggest goals in dance is to bridge the gap between the ballet/modern world and the hip hop world, and to build a stronger dance community in his own city and afar. You can find Michael under the moniker Choreomike on Youtube and other social media.
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.
Alex Ung has been teaching dance for 11 years, getting his start with the ISU Dub H Dance Club and working with several high school dance teams. For several years he served as the lead hip hop instructor at Bainbridge Ballet, as well as the head coach of the Bainbridge Ballet Dance Team, winning several top overall awards for his choreography. He has also been involved with projects such as A Chorus Line at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Theater, Seussical the Musical at Seattle Children’s Musical Theater, The M.A.P. of the Snow Leopard with Director Steven Fogell and the Snow Leopard Trust Fund in conjunction with the Woodland Park Zoo, and several other smaller independent works. Since 2008, Alex has worked with Olympic Performance Group’s Nutcracker production as assistant artistic director, production manager, choreographer, and performer, creating unique, one-of-a-kind productions that bring originality to a classic story. He currently teaches at several different venues in Seattle including PNB Bellevue and Seattle Children’s Theatre, and is looking forward to performing with Jerboa Dance and other local companies.
Alex’s specialties include pop/lock, lyrical hip hop, and contemporary. He also plays several sports and rock climbs, and incorporates that into his choreography. Sharp, fast, strong, high energy: that’s the Alex way.