Choreographer Bios

2020 Choreographers:

Aachix̂Qağaduug – Elise Beers

Aachix̂Qağaduug – Elise is a Seattle based Choreogrpaher, Filmmaker, Photographer, and Dancer with E.B.PROJECTS. She currently has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Brigham Young University. While achieving her degree, she was given multiple “Most Promising Choreographer” scholarships and her work was featured in multiple semesters of dance company shows, ACDAGala, film shorts, music videos, and her own screen dance films. She is currently dancing for Forthun + Rome Dance Theatre in Seattle and continues to choreograph her own works. Aachix̂Qağaduug – Elise Beers is part Aleut and incorporates native-inspired movements and concepts into her choreographic structures. Her passion to share her native dance mixed with contemporary movement has influenced her art throughout her life. As a creator, Elise Beers – Aachix̂Qağaduug hopes to share her passion for the ancestral arts and promote native art as fine art.

Lucille JunLucille’s work as an artist is to translate the multitude of histories and lived experiences of the body onto the stage, asking the audience to reevaluate their assumptions. She began her dance career in college, when her path completely changed from aspiring physicist to that of choreographer. Since 2011, she has performed with a traditional Korean dance company, Yeon, in Seoul, South Korea, which led to an interest in creating a fusion of movement stemming from traditional Korean and western contemporary dance along with her research into hip-hop. She also has performed with Some Dance Company at the Busan International Dance Festival and Seoul Fringe Festival and has co-choreographed for 150 dancers with little to no contemporary dance experience for a youth festival in Korea. She has performed in pieces by Shakia “The Key” Johnson, Angie Hauser, Wendy Woodson, Sarah Seder, Bebe Miller, Kristin Hapke, and Candice Salyers. She recently graduated with an MFA in Dance from Smith College.

Amy J Lambert

Amy is an award-winning, Seattle-based dance artist who playfully choreographs and directs in the realms of musical theater and concert dance. She obtained her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and has been an active dance maker, producer, and educator ever since. She is currently the artistic director and choreographer for AJnC Dance-Theater, which presents whimsical and engaging works often based on literature and historical research. AJnC’s latest full-length production, Young Manic/ I Wanted to Be on Broadway (2018), received critical acclaim as both “an entertaining comedy and a sustained reflection on the role of comic performance art in our time.” (Deconstruct) Lambert was recently honored with a DanceCrush award from SeattleDances, for her “use of humor in choreography”.

Jaime Waliczek

Jaime is a choreographer, dancer, and acrobat from Chicago. After moving to Seattle as an adult, she began choreographing for the Eastside Moving Company while performing works by Deborah Wolf, Wade Madsen, among others. Founding Jerboa Dance in 2003, Jaime has continued as artistic director and choreographer. Along with Jerboa, Jaime has performed with many local companies including DASS Dance and the Seattle Opera. While producing Back from the Brink for Jerboa Dance in NYC, she also danced with Angela Harriell’s company, The Love Show. In addition to her work with Jerboa Dance, Jaime’s choreography has been presented at festivals including the DUMBO festival, the Cool NY festival, DNA Works in Progress, the Guild dance company, Around the World in 80 Sips, and Trip and Fall. Her background in competitive gymnastics and as a yoga instructor inform her movement and choreography. Jaime’s favorite things are her 2 adorable children and moving with the wonderful artists in Seattle. Find out more at www.jerboadance.com.

Laura Ann Smyth

For Laura, dance is a celebration of diversity. It draws together people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures and gives them a voice. She believes that dance has the rhetorical power to champion social justice in a world that desperately needs it. And she’s dedicated her life and career to inspire change through the arts.

Laura began her journey as an artist at 4 years old attending the Edmonton School of Ballet in Alberta, Canada. Her training focused on R.A.D. and Cecchetti ballet, as well as theatrical jazz and classical modern techniques. After receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of California, Irvine, Smyth performed professionally in modern, contemporary, and jazz genres with a variety of highly-acclaimed companies including: Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Donna Sternberg and Dancers, JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble, and Brockus:RED.

In addition to performing, Laura has extensive and diverse experience in choreography. She’s crafted faculty dance concerts at Cornish College of the Arts, Santa Monica College, Long Beach City College, Golden West College and Loyola Marymount University. And she’s found particular joy choreographing theatre productions at Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University.

Laura is currently pursuing her PhD in Dance Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She’s deeply proud of her Canadian heritage, joyous spirit, and technical precision, and she’s committed to creating art that promotes the beauty of cultures and experiences through dance.

Bri Wilson

Bri was raised in a small northern Michigan town, where she started dancing at age seven. She earned her BFA in Dance from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California, and supplemented her collegiate training with intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Movement Invention Project. She moved to Seattle in September 2018. Since then, she has worked with Elia Mrak, The Three Yells, Beth Terwilleger + The Gray, and performed in Converge Dance Festival and Soft Concrete I. In July 2019, she was certified in brain-compatible dance education at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle. She currently teaches at the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance and North Seattle College, where she hopes to help movers of all ages and abilities feel at home in their bodies. Bri’s choreographic work explores the ways in which the intersection of dance and writing can bring stories to life on stage.