Daniel trained at School of American Ballet performing principle roles in the graduation Workshop at Lincoln Center, he then went on to perform professionally with Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Kennedy Center), Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Donald Byrd –The Group (NYC), Spectrum Dance Theatre and Complexions Contemporary Ballet (NYC) . Wilkins is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of DASSdance, a multi-media contemporary dance company based in New York City since 2000 and Seattle since 2007.
DASSdance has been presented in New York by Diane von Furstenberg - The Theater, DanceNow, the d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, the JoyceSoho and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In Seattle, DASS has been presented by On the Boards, the Bagley Wright Theater, Velocity, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Washington Hall and Broadway Performance Hall.
Daniel has taught Master Classes in Contemporary Dance Master at Peridance NYC, Regional Dance America, as well as at the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary Summer Intensive in NYC. DASSdance has been featured in Fashion Wire Daily, Flaunt Magazine, Paper Magazine, Art News, W Magazine, New York Magazine, The Seattle Times, The Daily and the New York Times radio WQXR.
DASSdance School opened formally at the MLK FAME CC in 2014 offering professional level training in Contemporary Dance.
Thera Langham Knapp | Program Director
Creative & Ballet
Thera found her love for the performing arts at the young age of three when she took her first steps into the dance studio. In her early years she found joy in studying dance as well as studying theater and fine arts at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1998 she relocated to Washington where she continued her dance education at Olympic Ballet School studying classical ballet, contemporary, and modern dance under the direction of Helen, John and Daniel Wilkins. She later was promoted to dance with the company and performed many seasons with Olympic Ballet Theater. Throughout her dance career Thera has studied locally and nationally picking up additional training and work in musical theater, jazz, hip hop, tap, and belly dance.
Thera realized her passion for arts education in her early adult life after struggling through traditional school while thriving in the arts. Her goal as an educator is to create positive educational experiences for all students through the arts, and to help her students find their passion and grow their artistic skills. Over decades as a performer, and her thirteen year career as a teaching artist she has performed, choreographed, produced, directed and set hundreds of pieces and productions on stages all over the greater Seattle area. She is currently in her 5th year teaching with local non-profit Dandylyon Drama, and is going into her 3rd year as faculty at Washington School of Dance. She is thrilled to be joining the 2020 DASSdance faculty bringing her creative and professional skills to the team.
Koach Tee Giggz
Hip Hop Team Advisory Director and Mentoring Artist
Tyrone Crosby known as Koach T was born in Compton, California, raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1999. In 2006, Tyrone extended the dance program at his former high school, from an after school club to a year-round community program, in hope that this could be an anti-drug and anti-gang for the youth in the community. Holding seasonal auditions for hundreds of youth, in the northwest, today Kutt 'N' Up has traveled and performed all over the United States from coast to coast, and internationally. Tyrone (Koach T) Crosby is the CEO / Founder of what is today an extraordinary entertainment company also know as Kutt ‘N’ Up Entertainment. Mr. Crosby has been a featured Master Teacher at DASSdance's All 4 1 dancepalooza since its inception in 2010 as well as teaching after school programs at Garfield High School, Washington Middle and Community Centers all over Seattle. Mr. Crosby is the Choreographer for Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute Summer Musical. N The Kutt dance studio is located in Des Moines, WA offering classes for all ages. https://www.instagram.com/teamkuttnup/
Jill is a Seattle-based performance artist specializing in circus arts and contemporary dance. In 2000 she moved to New York City to hone craft as a choreographer, earning a BA in Dance from Hunter College in 2004. Since moving to Seattle in 2006, she has danced for several companies including DASSdance and Manifold Motion. In 2009 she co-founded ticktock, one of Seattle’s first contemporary circus companies, with collaborators Elizabeth Rose and Bridget Gunning.
With ticktock, she helped direct 2 evening-length works and several vignettes to sold-out performances in Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans Fringe Festival, and New York City. She continues to perform internationally with The Aerialistas, including prestigious engagements with Madrid’s Teatro Circo Price and Germany’s Friedrichsbau Variete. Currently she is one half of Two of Wands, partnering on trapeze with Lara Paxton. Jill is in her third season with DASSdance.
Carly Squires Hutchison
Carly Squires Hutchison is excited to be joining the DASSdance team of instructors. A born and raised Seattle-ite, Carly studied dance with Spectrum Dance Theatre and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and minor in Dance Performance from Central Washington University. She has taught dance at Creative Dance Center, Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE, Spectrum Dance Theater, Central Washington University, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Backstage Dance Studio. In addition to being a teaching artist, Carly is a local director, choreographer, and performer. She has directed and choreographed with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and at several local high schools, and has performed with Village Theatre, Taproot Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Musical Theatre. Carly brings a buoyant and positive attitude to her teaching and loves seeing her students grow in their technical abilities as well as their life skills learned through the arts.
Contemporary & Ballet
Jasmine is originally a dancer, dance teacher, and actress from Tacoma, WA. After performing for Walt Disney World and Disney Live touring shows after high school, she studied Dance and Music at the University of Washington and graduated with honors in 2015. Jasmine then pursued the Mark Morris Dance Group intensive program in New York before performing with DASSdance in "Texture" in Seattle. She then moved to Los Angeles and completed the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s summer intensive before performing as a guest artist with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Daurden Dance Company. In addition to being apart of NAACP-award winning plays in Los Angeles between 2016 and 2018, her acting work has also spanned across media networks such as TNT, Amazon Prime, Pure Flix, and SyFy. She has also produced/starred in her own short action fan-film. In 2019, Jasmine left the entertainment industry and became a police officer in WA state. Recently, she has stepped back from law enforcement to return to the creative arts, complete her Yoga Teacher Certification. Jasmine looks forward to bringing her breadth of experience to the students of DASSdance School for the 2020-21 season.
Sensei David Zeger began training at the Aikido Kokikai Southwest dojo in Tempe, Arizona in 1994. He began facilitating Aikido practices at the Arizona State University Kokikai Aikido Club in 1998 under the guidance and instruction of Veronica Burrows Sensei and David Nachman Sensei. Since moving to Seattle in 2000, he led practices regularly at the University of Washington Kokikai Aikido Club and (former) Aikido Kokikai Seattle dojo. Since 2004 he has continued his study and instruction through sharing practices with Kokikai Aikido practitioners in Seattle’s Central Area. Some practices are also led by other senior dojo members, typically having more than a decade of practice experience.