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COMPANY DANCERS

Samantha Campbell

Samantha Campbell is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah as a Ballet major and graduated with a B.F.A. in May 2007. She was a member of Utah Ballet for three years while at the University, danced with Alabama Ballet and danced on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago). Samantha has danced original roles in Northwest Dance Project works by Didy Veldman, Lucas Crandall, Sarah Slipper, Donald McKayle, James Canfield, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Andrea Miller, Pedro Dias, Loni Landon, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Noam Gagnon, Edgar Zendejas, Maurice Causey, Lauren Edson, Carla Mann, and Minh Tran.

Elijah Labay

Elijah Labay, born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, started training at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, Washington. In 2004, Elijah joined Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division and then attended the Fellowship Program at The Ailey School on full scholarship. He received a Professional Advancement Award at Jacob's Pillow to work with Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, and Tero Saarinen. In 2009, Elijah joined Florida Dance Theatre directed by Carol Erkes and had the opportunity to choreograph "Kaos in Wonderland". Elijah attended Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH: 4 project where he worked with choreographers Loni Landon and James Gregg. He was featured in Northwest Dance Project's premiere of André Mesquita's duet, "A Short History of Walking", and in other original Northwest Dance Project works created by Patrick Delcroix, Ihsan Rustem, Lucas Crandall, Pedro Dias, Loni Landon, Sarah Slipper, Noam Gagnon, Olivier Wevers, Carla Mann, and Minh Tran.


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 Ben Stevenson, Clara Cravey and Priscilla Nathan Murphy. Since graduating from Houston Ballet Academy, Lindsey has worked with Jane Weiner's Hope Stone Dance, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, iMEE, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, O Dance, NobleMotion Dance, The Next Stage Project, KDNY and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2. She has also had opportunities to dance in projects by a number of independent artists including Jhon R. Stronks, Paola Georgudis, Teresa Chapman, Amy Ell's Vault, and Freneticore. Lindsey participated in Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH: 5 project.

 


  Franco Nieto - 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner

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 Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a B.F.A. in Jazz in 2009. Franco has danced original roles in Northwest Dance Project works by Didy Veldman, James Canfield, Sarah Slipper, Luca Veggetti, Pedro Dias, Maurice Causey, Wen Wei Wang, Andrea Miller, Noam Gagnon, Loni Landon, and Lauren Edson. In August 2012, Franco was one of only six dancers in the U.S. to win a Princess Grace Award in Dance.

 

 

 

Andrea Parson - 2010 Princess Grace Award Winner

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 of Dance, anoukvandijk dc and the Northwest Dance Project. She has danced original roles in Northwest Dance Project works by Patrick Delcroix, Sarah Slipper, James Canfield, Luca Veggetti, Pedro Dias, Ihsan Rustem, Andrea Miller, Aszure Barton, Noam Gagnon, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Maurice Causey, Lucas Crandall, Wen Wei Wang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto, Loni Landon, Edgar Zendejas, Carla Mann, and Minh Tran. In June 2010, Dance Magazine named Andrea their dancer "On the Rise." The following month, Andrea received her biggest career honor to date, winning a 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance and she appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine in February 2011, which did a feature on her and another on the company.

 

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. Julia has danced original works by Nathan Trice, Brunilda Ruiz, James Sutton, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Aszure Barton, and Kate Weare. Julia is a certified Mind Body Dancer™ yoga instructor. Julia took part in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH: 7 project has danced original roles in Northwest Dance Project works by Minh Tran, Carla Mann, James Gregg, Danielle Agami, Sarah Slipper, and Tracey Durbin.

 

 

 

Viktor Usov - 2014 Princess Grace Award Winner

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 soloist with Johannes Wieland at the Staatstheater Kassel. Viktor returned to dance with Northwest Dance Project in 2013. He has had the privilege of performing works by Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins, Sarah Slipper, Johannes Wieland, Aszure Barton, Donald McKayle, James Canfield, Lucas Crandall, Wen Wei Wang, Stephanie Thiersch, Chris Haring and others. In 2014, Viktor was one of only six dancers in the U.S., and the only male dancer, to win a Princess Grace Award in Dance.

 

Ching Ching Wong

Ching Ching Wong was born in Manila, Philippines, but 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, Irvine. During her UCI days, she was a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. Ching Ching participated in Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH: 3 & LAUNCH: 4 projects, and has danced original roles in Northwest Dance Project works by Sarah Slipper, Didy Veldman, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Ihsan Rustem, Lucas Crandall, Alex Soares, Pedro Dias, Noam Gagnon, Gregory Dolbashian, Loni Landon, Yin Yue, Jiri Pokorny, Carla Mann, Tracey Durbin, and Minh Tran. She was featured in Portland Monthly Magazine's April 2014 issue for her teaching role with Northwest Dance Project.


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