Choreographer Bios

Marlo Ariz (Martin)

Marlo Ariz (Martin) is a director, choreographer, teacher, and producer in Seattle, WA. She finds fulfillment and joy in celebrating and practicing all that encompasses and defines dance. Ariz founded and currently directs eXit SPACE, a center for dance education and performance opportunities for the beginning student through professional level dancer. Ariz has grown eXit SPACE from a single room studio (2006) with two teachers into a 2900 square foot facility with three studio spaces, 14 faculty members, housing for local dance companies, and over 80 classes per week.

While developing eXit SPACE Marlo has also continued to work as a choreographer. She has created works for her own company, oaklanDrive (2005-2009) and badmarmarDANCE (2010-2015). Since moving to Seattle in 2002 her work has been presented at numerous concerts and festivals including The Bridge Project Velocity Dance Center, the High Wire Series Seattle U, 12 Minutes Max On the Boards (2005, 2010, 2012), BASH theater, Redd Legg Dance, A Moving Conversation The Fremont Abbey, Evoke Dance Production’s Full Tilt, Beyond the Threshold / Spotlight on Seattle (2011, 2013, 2015), the BOOST dance festival (2010-15), the Fall Kick Off Velocity Dance Center, NEXTfest NW Velocity Dance Center, self-produced full length tenSIDES (2012) and SPLIT BILL (2013), Cornish Dance Theater, Bellingham Rep Dance, Strictly Seattle (2013/2015), and Western Michigan University Dept. of Dance.

In 2016 Ariz forged on to create a new artist’s space called theNEST. It hosts major dance companies, workshops, classes, and events in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle. As a producer Marlo proudly presents the bi-annual BOOST dance festival, featuring PNW contemporary dance artists and companies alongside with the BOOSTmeUp Dance Festival for pre-professional dancers and schools.

Currently you can find Marlo teaching weekly technique classes at eXit SPACE while co-directing the pre-professional division, thePROGRAM. She was a modern and jazz dance faculty member at Cornish College for the Arts (2016-17) and continues to guest teach. Mrs. Ariz is focusing on the development of theNEST in partnership with eXit SPACE and looks forward to doing her part to cultivate art, community, and positivity through dance in Seattle. Most recently she began the development of her new company, MarloArizDAnceProject and premiered a full length work at SIDF 2017.

She is genuinely interested in sharing her vision and ideas through teaching and creating dance, by developing forums for the exploration and presentation of dance works, and by supporting and nurturing fellow dancers, artists, and director.

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Jeremy Cline

Jeremy Cline grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine and graduated from Middlebury College in 2011. His movement studies have included modern, ballet, contemporary, contact improvisation, breaking, capoeira, circus arts, yoga, and the Feldenkrais Method. His choreographic work combines technique with pure action, visual art images with body shapes, and science fiction with contemporary fact.  As a dancer, Jeremy has performed with Spectrum Dance Theater, Khambatta Dance Company, Ballet Bellevue, International Ballet Theater, The 5th Ave Theater, the Dance Company of Middlebury, the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, and Just Us Crew. Jeremy also works as a visual artist, musician, and teaching artist.

Tyra Kopf

Native of Des Plaines, IL, Tyra Kopf relocated to Seattle in 2017 as a dance artist in pursuit of performance and choreography opportunities. In spring 2016, Tyra graduated Suma Cum Laude at Webster University with a BFA in Dance. While at Webster, she had the opportunity to work with artists such as: Beckah Reed, James Robey, Michael Uthoff, Maggi Dueker, Dawn Karlovsky, Monica Newsam, Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith (RAWdance), Jamie Graham, and Alicia Graf Mack. Throughout her undergraduate career, Tyra studied ballet, jazz, modern, Thai Classical Dance and aerial, however, she also found a passion with fine arts such as painting and expanded her knowledge as a multi-media artist. Her talents in fine arts and dance were showcased after graduation, when Tyra collaborated with Corbin Hall on an evening length work produced through the nonprofit, ANNONYArts. Their co-created, directed and choreographed show That Shines Bright for Once integrates the basic framework of beloved Grimm Fairytales with contemporary societal parallels and issues. Tyra also choreographed and performed her solo The Ego: Part I at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, MO, which featured the projection of her own stop motion animation. Since moving to Seattle, Tyra has performed in festivals such as Full Tilt and The Bridge Project and as a dancer in Inlay Dance and Relay Dance Collective. She was also a featured choreographer in the RAW artists organization for her duet Goose Egg. Currently, Tyra is in rehearsal process with choreographer Stephanie Golden and on the full length show Young Manic/I Wanted To Be On Broadway as a performer with AJnC Dance Theater.

Melissa Sanderson

Melissa Sanderson is a dance artist whose work takes the forms of choreography, performance, and dance film. Her choreography has been presented through the International Young Choreographers Project in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany, Austin Dance Festival, Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, American College Dance Association, and Big Rig Dance Collective’s Co-op. She has performed in a variety of festivals in the U.S.A., Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Germany, most recently with Jordan Fuchs Company. In 2014 she received the Excellence in Choreography Scholarship Award: Videodance from Texas Woman’s University for her work selected by international dance film festivals in the U.S.A., Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, and France. Sanderson moved to Seattle in November 2017 and is currently working as a freelance performer/choreographer and as an Adjunct Professor for online Dance Appreciation courses through Eastfield College and Tarrant County College. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance (2010) from San Diego State University, where she received the 2014 Alumni to Watch Award, and a M.F.A. in Dance (2014) from Texas Woman’s University.

Hayley Shannon

Hayley Shannon is a dance explorer based in Seattle, WA passionate about making dance as vessel for healing and empowerment accessible. In 2015, she was a resident guest choreographer at Michigan State University and has since had work produced in Velocity Dance Center’s NextFest NW, Converge Dance Festival and at YAW Theatre in Seattle, WA. She is company dancer with The Three Yells under the direction of Veronica Lee-Baik since 2014 and has worked for other gems including Jessica Jobaris, Dylan Ward, Shannon Stewart, Kim Holloway, Noelle Chun and Cameo Lethem. Hayley has a BA in Communications and Dance from Michigan State University and went on to study dance/movement therapy in Corfu, Greece with Dr. Danielle Frankel. She created Dance Healing in 2016 to help people connect to themselves and others authentically. She’s taught abroad in Greece and Panama and teaches at Spectrum Dance Theater, Creative Dance Center, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs, Silver Kite Community Arts and independently. Hayley also coordinates community outreach programs at Spectrum Dance Theater and is a board member of Dance Educators Association of WA.