Ella Matweyou

Born and raised in Akron, OH, Ella Matweyou has been a dancer since the age of eight, studying primarily ballet, modern, and jazz at The Dance Institute of the University of Akron. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance (concentrating on Performance & Education) and a minor in English.

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Lindsey McGill

Lindsey McGill was born in Houston, Texas. She began her formal dance training under Elizabeth and Rosemary Molak in Orange County, California and continued training at the Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of…

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Morgan Moore

Morgan Moore brings over 25 years of experience in movement. She started dance training in high school and trained actively until completing a BA in Dance and Arts and Letters from Portland State University in 1991.

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Faith Morrison

Faith Morrison was born in the tundra of Alaska and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She received her MFA in Dance at the University of Oregon in 2015, and her BA in Dance and Mathematics from the University of Montana in 2010.

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Thorey Mountain

Thorey Mountain danced professionally in London for many years, appearing in the original West End productions of Applause, which starred Lauren Bacall, Pippin, and A Chorus Line.

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Franco Nieto

Franco Nieto was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. Franco was an athlete playing football for seven years before making his choice to dance. Franco began his training at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, and…

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Andrea Parson

Andrea Parson began her early dance training in Hillsboro, Oregon, at Northwest Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Anita Mitchell. She received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2008. Andrea has…

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Nicholas Petrich

Nicholas Petrich was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. At four years old, he joined OGA (Oregon Gymnastics Academy) and a year later began to compete locally, state, and nation wide until he retired from competitive gymnastics at 14 years old.

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Julia Radick

Julia Radick was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from LaGuardia Arts High School and earned her BFA in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has also trained at North Carolina School of…

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Jesus Rodales

Jesus Rodales is a Hillsboro native. He started his dance career as a freestyler, specializing in Tutting and Popping. He later joined Element Dance Studio’s Competition Company at age 17 expanding his knowledge to other styles of Hip Hop and Break Dancing…

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Katie Scherman

Katie Scherman began her training at Anaheim Ballet with additional studies at Ballet Pacifica, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet. At 15, she was invited to join Houston Ballet II, where she danced for two seasons, as well as in Houston Ballet productions. In 2004, Scherman joined The Washington Ballet Studio Company, where she spent two seasons performing works by George Balanchine, Trey McIntyre, and Septime Webre. In 2010, Scherman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet/Dominican University with a BFA in Dance.

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Sarah Slipper
Artistic Director

Ms. Slipper has created over 40 ballets to date and is currently working on several new creations while serving as the Artistic Director of NW Dance Project.

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Vanessa Thiessen

Vanessa Thiessen is originally from Portland, Oregon. She trained at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, with James Canfield, and danced with OBT for eight seasons.

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Kitty Tibbals

Kitty began her dance training at New Vision Dance Center in Hillsboro, OR. Studying under the guidance of Heather Renk, Bradian Lien, Lynn Stahr and Elizabeth Burden, there she had extensive training in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, and tap while performing and traveling with the New Vision Dance Company.

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Jasmin Trotter

Jasmin graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary American Studies, with an area of concentration in Gender and Dance, from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Caitlin Warren
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Caitlin Warren, a Midwestern native, grew up taking classes at Lou Conte Dance Studio and Joel Hall Dance Center. In 2012, Caitlin graduated from the University of Utah with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance where she performed in 26 works, including six with the University’s Performing Dance Company.

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