DASSdance School Faculty 2019-2020
Daniel Wilkins, Artistic Director
Contemporary & Ballet
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 dance classes in Contemporary Dance.
Hayley Maddox, Program Director
Creative and Ballet
Hayley began dancing at age 5 in Bremerton, Wa under the direction of Lawan Morrison. She trained in classical ballet, Modern ballet, and Jazz. She later Joined their pre-professional ballet company where she performed numerous title rolls over the span of a decade. She has trained under many notable dancers and choreographers such as Lauren Anderson, Ashley Murphy, Laura Littlefield, and Kiyon Gaines to name a few. She has now been teaching dance for 8 years and feels very passionate about making dance a fun, challenging and inspiring experience for every student.
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.
Hip Hop, Tap
La'Twon has been a dancer since he was able to stand up on his own. At the age of eight years old La'Twon began to enhance his talent on a perfessional level taking classes, workshops, master classes and participating in festivals.
La'Twon studied at Northwest TAP Connection where he was grounded and exposed to opportunities such as Chicago Tap Festival, LA Tap Festival, Seattle Theater Group(STG) Dance This(10 years), Savion Glover, Mia Jenkins, Jason Samuel Smith, Diane Walker and Chloe Arnold. Just to name a few.
La'Twon has been teaching and setting choreography for the past twelve years as well as performing throughout the United States. La' Twon is in his second season as a company member of DASSdance as well as teaching at the school.
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.
Ayisha is trained in multiple styles of dance with a concentration on tap and contemporary. She has trained at Northwest Tap Connection in Seattle Washington under the direction of Melba Ayco, Pamela Yasutake, and Shaina Mitchell. She has also trained at Allegro dance theater for multiple years. Ayisha participated in The Color Lines Dance Ensemble, a modern dance company for youth 12-18 focusing on stepping the racial lines of the dance community, for 4 years under the artistic direction of Dani Tirrell (Danny Long). Ayisha has performed in countless Seattle Theater Group™ productions including multiple featured performances in Global Dance Party, and Dance This. She has been lucky enough to experience classes with greats such as Debbie Allen, Savion Glover, Clohe and Maud Arnold, and teachers from Alvin Ailey dance company. Ayisha is in her first season at DASSdance.
DASSdance Guest Faculty 2019-2020
Musical Theater & Jazz
Pamela Turpen received her BA in dance performance/ choreography from UNLV. She has taught dance and choreographed for a variety of ages and levels for over 20 years, focusing primarily on musical theatre, classical jazz, and Latin dance styles. She has performed with 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, Triple Door, SD Prism Dance Theatre, and Arc Dance Productions. She has also done numerous local films and commercials. Doing comedy and improvisation is one of her favorite things and she has been doing impersonations such as Marilyn Monroe, Wonder Woman, and Disney Princesses with a company called Live Wires for over 15 years. Her teaching philosophy is one of inspiration, motivation, and accountability in order to achieve the greatest potential in her students. Pamela is in her first season with DASSdance.
Creative & Contemporary
Lucie Yepez started dancing at the University of Washington Seattle, where she majored in Psychology and minored in dance. She also studied the relationship between dance, embodiment, and culture in Oaxaca, Mexico for a summer. After college, Lucie has taught dance classes at the Adult Transition Program (a program that prepares students of all abilities to enter into the workforce), Issaquah Dance Theatre, and the Hammond House women’s shelter. Lucie also helped start a creative movement program at the King County Library System in which she will teach classes that encourage expression through movement. On her own time, she dances with the Amber Lights Company. Besides dance, she works at the King County Library System as a page and is the office manager of Sunset Company LLC. Outside of work, Lucie loves doing anything that allows her to be outside. She backpacks into remote areas in the Olympic National Park, the Enchantments, and more. Lucie also volunteers as a marmot monitor for the Olympic National Park in which she records marmot’s burrows and their prevalence. Lucie also enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing. When she is inside, Lucie enjoys reading and spending time with her cat. Lucie is in her first season with DASSdance.