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 Columbia Dance, later studying under Tracey Durbin as a student and an assistant in Portland. Franco graduated from…

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Andrea Parson Alt
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 taught dance throughout Oregon and Washington and has participated in workshops with the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory…

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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 the Arts, Boston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and with Batsheva…

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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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Kara Girod Shuster

Kara Girod is from Hillsboro, Oregon, and received her B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University in 2008. For the past three years, Kara has danced professionally with BodyVox Dance Company while taking workshops from Ben Levy, San Francisco Conservatory, Oberlin Dance Collective, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and NWDP, among others.

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Rachel Slater

Rachel Slater is a Portland, Oregon based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She holds a BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography…

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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 Trotter is the Creative Movement teacher at NW Dance Project. 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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Viktor Usov

Viktor Usov was born in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. He began his dance training in Portland with Sarah Slipper at the age of 14 and was a featured member of The Jefferson Dancers. Viktor attended The Juilliard School on scholarship. After graduating with a BFA in Dance in 2010, Viktor moved to Germany to dance as a…

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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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Ching Ching Wong

Ching Ching Wong was born in Manila, Philippines, but since the age of three calls southern California her home. She began her dance training at Allegria Dance Theater under the direction of Alia Harlan. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and minor in Education and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California…

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