BDC AIR: Artists in Residence

BDC Air is a program that provides opportunities for BDC Students and the Community to interface with professional artists while providing artists rehearsal residency time in our studios to create new work. These professional artists from all over the country work in the studios rehearsing with their companies, offer masterclasses for young dancers, and present informal showings of their work as part of our BDC In-Studio Performance Series which is open to the public.

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BDC AIR - May 2019 + September 2017

Molissa Fenley first came to BDC in September 2017 when she helped set Energizer (1980) on the BDC Advanced Repertory dancers. She will return in May 2019 for a co-residency at the Bloedel Reserve and Bainbridge Dance Center. During her residency she will be creating the fifth section of her work The Cosmati Variations, a work set to the third and final Construction by John Cage inspired by the Cosmati mosaics in Rome. During her time at BDC she will be working with Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Jonathan Poretta and BDC Director Christiana Axelsen.

Molissa Fenley, founded her dance company in 1977 and has created over 85 dance works during her continuing career. Her work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Molissa is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Bogliasco, Djerassi and Yaddo Foundations, a recipient of two Asian Cultural Council residencies in Japan and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is Danforth Professor of Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California in residence each spring semester. Rhythm Field: The Dance of Molissa Fenley, a series of essays by Molissa and her colleagues is available from Seagull Press/University of Chicago.

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KIM LUSK (SEATTLE/bainbridge)

BDC AIR - Spring 2019 + November/December 2017

Kim Lusk (BDC Alum & Current BDC Faculty!) is an award winning choreographer and performer based in Seattle. Her choreography has been presented at On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival, Velocity Dance Center, Bumbershoot, Vashon Center for the Arts, Trigger. New Dance Happenings., and Seattle International Dance Festival. Her most recent evening-length work Dance for Dark Horses was supported by Velocity’s Creative Residency program and won a 2018 Dance Crush Award. Kim has performed with zoe|juniper, and serves as Rehearsal Director + Choreographic Assistant to the company setting zoe|juniper's work around the country. She currently performs with Peggy Piacenza and Britta Joy Peterson. She holds a degree in dance from Connecticut College.


Randall Anthony Smith (PENNSYLVANIA)

BDC AIR - January 2019

We are delighted to welcome Randall Anthony Smith to Bainbridge Dance Center for one week this January 2019. As the répétiteur and assistant to the late choreographer Donald McKayle, Smith is coming to BDC to set McKayle’s Rainbow Etude on our most advanced dancers. Smith will teach master classes to further immerses our students in the movement language and artistic ideas of one of the most important, impactful and renown black American choreographers.

Randall Anthony Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA). While teaching, Smith balances and informs his creativity and scholarship by performing for acclaimed national dance companies: Armitage Gone! Dance (NYC), Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre (NYC), and the Megan Flynn Dance Company (Philadelphia).  He currently serves as a répétiteur and assistant to choreographer Donald McKayle, having performed for McKayle’s Etude Ensemble for four years. Smith earned his MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. He maintains a practice of performing, restaging, and interpreting McKayle’s repertory, creating his own dance works, and teaching dance nationally. He performed with acclaimed ballerina and choreographer Jodie Gates in “Mein Zimmer” (2012). Other recent performances include works by Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Shen Wei, and zoe|juniper, as well as WOW (2014), an experimental opera created by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and Adam Levin. Smith’s recent credits include a restaging of McKayle’s “The Fight” (from the musical Golden Boy, starring Sammy Davis, Jr.) for the American Dance Machine of the 21st Century (2015). Last summer Smith performed in Philip Glass’s opera "Witches of Venice," commissioned by Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, New York. On May 12, 2016, Smith received a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 46th Annual Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Irvine. Smith is currently working on his 500 hour Yoga certification in Hatha and Asthanga Flow. Recently Smith was spotted performing for Jeffrey Peterson Dance in Rochester, NY for the Somatics Dance Conference and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis as a guest company dancer and soloist.  He currently is working towards building more creative partnerships in the Lehigh Valley, PA with community festivals, high schools, dance companies and other academic institutions. Randall Anthony Smith recently earned his Pilates Method Certification, under the direction of Diane Diefenderfer Master Pilates instructor for the Pilates Method and Ron Fletcher Work.



BDC AIR - December 2018 + September 2017

Zoe Scofield is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle Washington since 2002. In 2005 Zoe began working with video and visual artist Juniper Shuey on video, photographic and dance collaborations shown in visual art galleries, museums and theaters. They have been commissioned and presented by national and international arts centers such as, On the Boards, PICA, Trafo House of Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, NYLA, Spoleto Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Body Festival (New Zealand), Yerba Buena Center, Columbia College Chicago, DiverseWorks, The Frye Art Museum and many more. They have taught workshops and given lectures on dance, photography, collaboration and installation throughout the US and internationally.

Throughout her career Zoe has been awarded residences, awards and grants from 4Culture, Alpert Award, Artist Trust, Case Van Rij, City Arts Magazine, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, MAD Air, MAP Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, On the Boards, Princess Grace Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The Stranger Genius Award, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Velocity Dance Center, among others. Zoe has taught at Velocity Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Gibney Dance Center, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College, University of Utah, University of Colorado at Boulder, and served as a guest panelist for Dance Critics Association, PICA’s Educating Dance Audiences, gloATL Tanz Farm, and Cornish College of the Arts. Zoe and Juniper are the co-founders of Lo-Fi Annual Arts Festival and What We Talk About… an in-process feedback session for artists of all disciplines.

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BDC AIR - August 2018

A North Carolina native, Kimberly Holloway is a creative soul who likes rich depth of connection, spontaneity, and adventuring to new places. This led her to earn her BFA at Belhaven University, then on to Kansas City where she spent three seasons with Störling Dance Theater, and finally westward to beautiful Seattle.

Kimberly is passionate about conveying specific narratives abstractly enough to allow audiences to translate the work through their own experiences. She pairs emotionally visceral movement with technical articulations, her movement infused with quirkiness and virtuosity. She desires to be part of seeing people become themselves fully. Her work has shown at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Folly Theater (Kansas City), Out on a Limb Festival (Olympia, WA), Waterfire Arts Center (Providence, RI), and in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, Fremont Abbey, Studio Current, and Seattle International Dance Festival. Kimberly loves how collaborating can bring even more richness and life to a project, and has collaborated with artists including Pepper Proud, Zach Holmes, Calvin Arsenia, Caleb Talbert/Luna God, Janelle Abbott, and Nico Tower. Kimberly is the recipient of grants from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Artist Life Guild, the Cornish Arts Incubator Residency, and is an artist in residence at the Fremont Abbey. She has been honored to perform with artists including Michelle Miller/Catapult Dance, Störling Dance Theater, Stone Dance Collective, Shannon Stewart, Alana O Rogers, Maya Soto, and Ashleigh Claire Miller/Faunix.

She enjoys teaching and sharing movement through classes, and intensives. She teaches for workshops and intensives in NYC, Kansas City, Colorado, Bainbridge Island, and Seattle. She received a grant from Artist Life Guild for her workshop Bodie Make Tales, exploring holistic wellness through movement. In 2015, she co-founded Class Exchange in an effort to provide teaching opportunities for less established artists and create affordable professional level classes. Kimberly currently teaches at Velocity Dance Center, Bainbridge Dance Center, Dance Fremont, and Fremont Abbey. When not dancing, teaching, or working on artistic endeavors, she likes to swim, play games, climb trees, drink coffee, throw children into the air, and make things – earrings, cards, origami dinosaurs, videos, and quirky collages.


SHANNON STEWART (new orleans)

BDC AIR - August 2018

Shannon Stewart is a choreographer who was born in the south, raised in the Pacific Northwest and is currently based in New Orleans.  She works with people and bodies of all kinds to make dances for stages, films, galleries, parades, music clubs and any other places of intervention. Her work has toured and screened internationally and she has danced professionally for Deborah Hay, tEEth, zoe|juniper, Salt Horse, Dayna Hanson, and many others.  Shannon’s composition strategies are inspired by a lifetime of cross training in ballet, contemporary, breakdancing, yoga, Gyrotonic® and intensive study with Crystal Pite, Meg Stuart, Ralph Lemon, and Tere O’Connor, but are also informed by the natural and built environments, being an activist, a writer, and having an intense period as a caregiver.  Shannon co-founded Seattle’s Vera Project and wrote a book documenting effective strategies for youth-led art spaces in the US. She has a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Dance from Tulane University.  She currently teaches internationally at festivals and universities. Shannon is a certified Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic® instructor and is a teaching artist with the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program for people living with Parkinson’s disease.


Eric Wright (NYC)

BDC AIR - August 2018

Eric Wright's performance credits include: The Soldier’s Tale (Bushwick Starr), What Are You Eating? (The Tank), The Firebird (City Center), Alice in Wonderland (New York City Opera), P.S. Jones and the Frozen City (New Ohio Theater), Compulsion (Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, The Public), Disfarmer (St. Ann's Warehouse), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), Peter and Wendy (Arena Stage), Powerhouse (Fringe Festival NYC), Petrushka (Lincoln Center), La Bella Dormente… (Spoletto Festival), Hiroshima Maiden (St. Ann's Warehouse) Don't Trust Anyone over 30 (Art Basel Miami). He is an Associate Artist of Sinking Ship Productions, and regular performer in Puppet Playlist. Mr. Wright is one of the co-founders and 'Head Chef' of the Puppet Kitchen, which provides puppetry services for stage and screen productions worldwide.



BDC AIR - July 2018

Britta Joy Peterson is a dance artist who choreographs, performs, designs, and collaborates on contemporary dance works. A native of the thriving Minneapolis arts community, BJP is now a DC-based creative, working locally, nationally, and internationally, with recent work shown at Triskelion Arts—Brooklyn, NY, Goldsmith University—London, UK, Tempe Center for the Arts—Tempe, AZ, and the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre—Washington, DC. As a dance maker and educator working primarily in contemporary and jazz forms, BJP’s current research interests includes the prioritization of macro structure in the choreographic act, design integration, intersections of responsive media and movement, and curricular design for the dynamic arts environment. Her work has been recently supported by the Mellon Fund, the Sweetwater Board of Education, [nueBOX], and Middle Circle. BJP also specializes in dance for the theatrical stage, developing fresh material for classic plays and musicals, and devising choreographies and movement languages for new theatre works. Currently, BJP is choreographing several new works, regularly teaches across the nation, and is the Director of Dance at American University in Washington DC. She holds her BA in Dance and Communications, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University.

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Christopher Williams (NYC)

BDC AIR - Spring 2018

Christopher Williams, dubbed “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (The New York Times) and “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker), is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer who has made over thirty original and collaborative movement-based works in NYC and abroad since 1999. His work has been presented internationally in France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Russia, nationally in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Princeton, Carlisle, Interlochen, and Kalamazoo, as well as in local venues including City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, the 92nd Street Y, and La Mama. His collaborators have included renowned directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau, conductor Raphaël Pichon of Ensemble Pygmalion, members of the Anonymous 4 and Lionheart, as well as critically acclaimed composer Gregory Spears and visual designer Andrew Jordan. He is currently working on commissions from Wanderlust Dance Project and 10 Hairy Legs, and has previously been commissioned by the Opéra National de Bordeaux, English National Opera, Teatro Real, Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, Interlochen Center for the Arts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, the Chadwick School, the Harkness Dance Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and through HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program. His awards include a 2005 New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award, fellowships from The Center for Ballet and the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bogliasco Foundation, as well as residencies via the Robert Raushenberg Foundation, at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, the Harkness Dance Center, the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, Movement Research, Joyce SoHo, Djerassi, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, Yaddo, and The Yard.