Sarah Alaways (Oakley)
Sarah Alaways, a native Californian, graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a dual BFA in Dance Choreography and Dance Performance. She performed as a member of Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble and was awarded excellence in choreography for her self-produced thesis concert, Projects. Her work was also selected for Physical Graffiti (2008, 2009). Sarah then performed in Houston, Texas with Ad Deum II Dance Company (serving as rehearsal director and resident choreographer), Revolve Dance Company, and LEON Contemporary Dance Company. Sarah spent time performing in Seattle (works by LROD, Bryon Carr, Xaviera Vandermay, Amy Weaver) before moving to London. She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and earned her MA in Dance Performance as a member of Transitions Dance Company. Her choreography has been performed at Project Dance Houston, Project Dance New York, ISAS Arts Festival, and Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre (UK). Sarah is currently an artist-in-residence at Studio Current working on a multi-disciplinary solo project. Along with creating, her roles include dance educator, dance researcher, and performer.
Elise Meiner Schwicht
Elise Meiners Schwicht is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher, recently relocated to Seattle from Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a B.S. in exercise science while performing for the top-tier company, Theatre Ballet. She trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, studying Ohad Naharin’s work with Bobbi Jene Smith, Tom Weinberger, and Doug Letheren as well as training at Thodos Dance (Chicago), Ballet Chicago, and the Royal Academy of Dance. Prior to moving to Seattle, Elise performed with SALT II, working with artists including Ching Ching Wong, Katie Scherman, Brendan Duggan, Chuck Jones, Alex Ketley, and Lindsey Matthies.
During her time as adjunct faculty for the ballet area at BYU, Elise choreographed a full-length production “Alice in Wonderland” for BYU’s Theatre Ballet in 2015. She also choreographed an original ballet, titled “Kamilla,” as well as works for the Ballet Showcase company. Her work has also been presented at Red Rock Dance Festival and Artist, Interrupted. She has taught in the university setting at BYU, co-directing for non-profit ballet company, Utah Valley Civic Ballet, and directing private studio ballet programs, including the ballet program for Danceworx in Delhi, India. Elise has attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Warren Woo is a photographer, videographer, yoga instructor, trainer, choreographer, and dancer in the Seattle area. He graduated as a dance major at the University of Washington and actively participated as a dance student association officer, performer, and choreographer, along, with conducting honors research on dance partnering. Born in Hawaii and having to relocate often, he was homeschooled and studied music in his youth. His development as a physical mover began with Ultimate Frisbee, yoga, running and weight training in his late teens. He found his passion for dance in social partner dance and gradually found his way to ballet, contemporary and circus training over the years. Frequently collaborating with those in the area he has had the opportunity to present work at Converge Dance Festival, and perform at the UW, Full Tilt, Strictly Seattle, Men in Dance, Battle for the Dance Belt, and companies including the Cabiri, Karin Stevens Dance, Relay Dance Collective, Northwest Ballet Theater, and more