Alex Ung got his start teaching dance 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 dance team, winning several top overall awards for his choreography. He has also been involved with projects such as A Chorus Line, Elf and Xanadu 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. He also served as assistant director, production manager, and performer with Olympic Performance Group. He currently teaches at several different venues in Seattle including PNB Bellevue and Seattle Children’s Theatre. He formed The Guild, a collaborative dance company in 2018 www.theguilddance.com.
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.
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 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.