4 1 dancepalooza showcases local choreographers and rising young dance
stars as well as featuring a diverse array Seattle's professional
talent. The goal of All 4 1 is to push contemporary dance forward in a
setting that encourages diversity and friendship. Young talent from
all-over the greater Puget Sound from Chehalis to Whidbey Island will
converge on Seattle's Central District to take classes from Contemporary
Dance Masters and light up the stage for three nights of edge of your
Master Teachers 2014
Iyun Ashani Harrison (St. Andrew, Jamaica) is the artistic director of ASHANI DANCES, a Seattle-based dance company, founded in the summer of 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Juilliard School and Masters of Fine Arts degree from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Over the 13 years of his performing career in New York City he danced with Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York, National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and Ailey II. His television credits include PBS’ Setting the Stage 2007, NBC’s ‘20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, PBS’ Who’s Dancin’ Now? – Arts Education in Your Community and The South Bank Show in England. Additionally, Mr. Harrison has taught/choreographed for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ailey School, American Dance Festival, Jamaica School of Dance, University of the West Indies at Cave Hill – Barbados, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, American College Dance Festival and on the full-time faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. "Harrison’s choreography was selected for the region gala performance of the American College Dance Festival at the University of Illinois,Urban-Champaign and for the national American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Harrison is a freelance choreographer, a dancer with Seattle Dance Project and an assistant professor of dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. For more information visit www.iyunharrison.com.
Ariana Lallone is a former principal of Pacific Northwest Ballet and current star of Teatro Zinzanni’s Bon Soir Liliane. With PNB, Ariana has danced numerous leading roles including Kent Stowell's Carmen, Carmina Burana and The Nutcracker; Nacho Duato's Jardi Tancat; Val Caniparoli's Lambarena; George Balanchine's Rubies and Prodigal Son; and William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated. Ariana toured with PNB both nationally and internationally. She performed the solo from Val Caniparoli's Lambarena at the Benois de la Danse Gala in Warsaw, Poland, in 1997 and the role of Hippolyta in the BBC's 1999 film version of PNB's production of Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. Her performances have won numerous accolades including being featured on the cover of Dance Magazine.
William Ernest Davis Burden, a native of Philadelphia, PA, began his training in middle school at the Rock School of Dance Education and later attended Creative and Performing Arts High School. He then furthered his training, attended and received scholarships from Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, Kevin Malone Summer Intensive, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), and Adrian Bolton and Katherine Smith Summer Intensive. Mr. Burden received the Marian Anderson Award in 2004 and 2005. He had the privilege to dance with Tap Team Two and company, Traci Hall and Company, Philadanco and Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2013, he graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Dance Education. He did his student teaching at his Creative & Performing Arts High School and taught classes at Bodies & Motions, University of the Arts as a Tutor. He was a part of Eleone Connection from 2007-2010. William was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre from 2011-2013 and Carbon Dance Theater in 2013 and is in his first year dancing with Spectrum.
Bojohn Diciple is a native to Portland Oregon and received his early training at the Jefferson Performing Arts High School in Portland, the Oregon Ballet Theater School, and Northwest African America Ballet Theatre. He received a BFA in dance in 2006 from one of the Northwest’s top performing arts schools, Cornish College of the Arts, as a Kreielsheimer artistic merit scholarship recipient. He has performed with Spectrum Dance Theater, Fusion Dance Theatre, Seattle Opera, 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and the Intiman Theatre, and has performed set pieces by Andrea Woods, Luis Garay, Nicholas Leichter, and Bill T. Jones. Diciple has served as Assistant Choreographer for Black Nativity and his original works of choreography have also been featured at American Dance Festival, Cornish New Moves Concert, and Anonymous Dance Company in Portland. Bojohn is in his fourth season with DASSdance.
Danielle Wilkins is from Kentucky where she trained for ten years at the Louisville Ballet. She received her BFA degree from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, during which she performed at the Kennedy Center as a soloist in Jean Grand Maitre's Uroborus. Danielle has worked professionally in New York with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Mimi Garrard Dance Company, and Steven Koplowitz, and in Seattle with Marco Carrabba, Seattle Jazz Dance, and Spectrum Dance Theater; in which she performed in PNB’s Celebrate Seattle Festival at McCaw Hall and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Most recently Danielle appeared in the 5th Avenue Theater's production of West Side Story and The Seattle Opera’s production of The Pearl Fisher’s. Danielle has danced with DASSdance for eleven seasons performing several times at Diane von Furstenberg-The Theater and in many Festivals including the D.U.M.B.O Dance Festival NYC and Dance Now at the Joyce Soho. Danielle has been teaching Ballet & Modern at Island Dance for 6 years and at Evergreen City Ballet for 5 years.
Kabby Mitchell III is a choreographer, educator, and performer whose signature choreography has been seen in Black Nativity since 2000. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Nederlands Dance Theater, Civic Light Opera, Oakland Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Mitchell has been a dance instructor for more than 20 years, having taught ballet, modern jazz, and Haitian dance at schools and dance academies in Seattle, Iowa, and Mexico. In Seattle, he has worked with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and Ewajo Dance Workshop. He is currently on the faculty at Evergreen State College in Olympia, as well as a teacher and performer with the Tacoma City Ballet. His local choreography credits include work with Spectrum Dance Theater, The Group, Seattle Rep, Bathhouse Theatre, ACT, and Civic Light Opera. He frequently contributes his time to help programs that support the development of young urban dancers, and is a supporter of local art and theatre companies whose goals are to serve the underserved community through the arts. In 2007, as part of PNB's 1st Celebrate Seattle Festival, Mitchell was honored for his significant contributions to the Northwest dance scene and for being the first African American to dance with Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Koach Tee Giggz is the Artistic Director of Kutt’n’up Entertainment, a hip hop group that consists of youth from all over the greater Seattle area. Koach Tee is not only a great Koach, he is a valuable mentor that strives to improve the physicality and mentality of his dancers and audience through his passion for dance. Kutt’n’Up provides a family atmosphere that encourages 100% dedication 100% of the time.
Koach Tee teaches at Rainier Community Center as well as other community centers and dance studios. Kutt’n’Up is featured annually at KUBE 93 Summer Jam, tours nationally and performs at local high schools and festivals such Festival Sundiata and Juneteenth. Koach’s words of encouragement: Dance, Dedication, Discipline, Desire & Dream. For more on Kutt’n’Up please visit kuttnup.com.
Rachel Randall Rachel discovered circus when she joined Professor Bud’s Mini Circus, a youth performance company in Yakima when she was a kid. She did many other things like competitive gymnastics, ice skating, & dancing professionally before coming back to the circus world in 2007 when she began teaching at SANCA. She enjoys teaching Unicycle, German Wheel, & general circus classes that get to do EVERYTHING! When Rachel is not honing her circus skills, she still dances & choreographs professionally. Her choreography is said be “dynamic” and “diverse” with “an element of wit” by mentors and critics. Rachel holds a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban in London, & a BA in dance & anthropology from the University of Washington where she received a full tuition academic scholarship & the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. She has performed with several companies including The National Theater of Ghana Dance Ensemble, Khambatta Dance Company, DASSdance, The Seattle Opera, & her own RandAll Dance.