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Summer Splendors — Choreographers

Gregory Dolbashian
Born and raised in New York City, Gregory made his professional stage debut at the age of eight with the Glimmerglass Opera Company. Soon after, he was cast in the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson world tour of Einstein on the Beach. Gregory received his dance training at the Alvin Ailey School on a fellowship scholarship and then graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase dance conservatory were he studied composition with Kazuko Hirabayashi. Since then he has gone on to dance and choreograph with a variety of artists, performing with Patrick Corbin, Nelly van Bommel, Sylvain Emard and The Chicago Ballet. He was resident choreographer for both Chicago Ballet’s spring season in 2008 and CorbinDances in 2007. He was selected as one of four emerging choreographers for Springboard, where he created and premiered his first international work. Gregory’s works have been performed at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival (MA), Joyce SoHo (NY), Alvin Ailey Studio Theatre (NY), Dance Place (DC), Athenaeum Theatre (Chicago), and shows in New York as part of the Reverb Festival, the Dance Sampler at Symphony Space, and a self-produced collaboration with Sidra Bell at the Gershwin Hotel. Gregory showed his work as part of the Emerging Artists Program at DTW’s Summer DANZ Festival and was accepted into The Bessie Schoenberg Residency at The Yard for emerging choreographers. He debuted his own company, The DASH Ensemble, in December 2009 at Joyce SoHo and then again at The Skirball Center as part of the Dance Gotham Festival Series. The DASH Ensemble has performed at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival in July 2010, at the DanceNOW festival at Dance Theater Workshop, and as part of the NuDances series at The Riverside Church Theater. Gregory was one of three finalists in Ballet Austin’s “New American Talent/Dance competition. Gregory was selected as a winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 2011 Pretty Creatives international choreographic competition and created the highly physical work The Great Quiet during his residency with us and returning in 2012 to create both Play It As It Lays on the company and This is Embracing.


Tracey Durbin
Tracey started dancing professionally at the age of four. After studying years of piano, theater and ballet at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Tracey moved to Los Angeles where she studied ballet with Stanley Holden, jazz with Luigi (the innovator of the world’s first jazz technique), and assisted Hama, Luigi's protégé. Her choreography has been featured in the LA Jazz Festival, music videos, industrials, and many shows. She has lived and taught dance in Israel. Her life experiences inspire her true passion — teaching lyrical jazz dance. She finds joy in interpreting music through movement.  In Portland, Tracey was an original member of Dancers' Workshop, started Irvington Dance Company, and has taught for many years at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Reed College, Northwest Dance Project, BodyVox, DaVinci Arts Middle School and The Portland Ballet. Teaching since the age of 15, Tracey's classes blend the philosophy of classical Luigi jazz technique, the lyricism and strength of modern and ballet, and the musical experience ranging from Bach to Aretha Franklin. Tracey created Broken Muse for Northwest Dance Project in 2010 and Atash in 2012.


Carla Mann
Carla Mann has been creating, teaching and performing contemporary dance since 1983. Mann's choreographic work investigates the dancing body as both a carrier of meaning and as a site for abstraction--she seeks those moments in movement which are both vehicles for nuanced thought and reckless excursions into the unknown. Mann's recent choreographic work includes site-specific performances, dance video installations, collaborations with Portland Taiko and Hand2Mouth Theatre as well as work for the concert stage. Based in Portland, Oregon, her choreography has also been presented on the east and west US coasts, the Czech Republic and China. Currently a performing member of Minh Tran & Company, Mann has also danced with tEEth, Oslund+Co/Dance, Imago Theater, JED, the Navigators, Benny Bell & Co. and Keith Goodman's Dance Gatherer and in the works of Jennifer Monson, Bonnie Merrill, Cydney Wilkes, Sue Brantley and Heidi Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre, among others. In addition to choreographing and performing, Carla teaches beginning through advanced levels of contemporary technique, choreography, improvisation and cultural studies in dance.  Carla serves as Chair of the Dance Department at Reed College, where she has taught since 1995. This is Carla’s fifth creation for Northwest Dance Project.


Yin Yue
Yin Yue was born in Shanghai, China. She studied Chinese classical dance and Chinese ethnic dance at Shanghai Dance School from 1995 to 2001 and contemporary modern dance in Shanghai Normal University from 2001 to 2005. In 2008, she graduated from New York University, Tisch School of The Arts with MFA in dance. Yin Yue was a finalist and grant recipient in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: New York City, which was presented by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. She founded Yin Yue Dance Company in 2010, a New York City based contemporary modern dance company. The company has presented evening length dance production at Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, FLIC fest 2013 at The Irondale Center, The New York International Fringe Festival at The New School for Drama and individual dance pieces at Joyce SoHo Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Dance Festival, The Current Session Festival, Wave Rising Series and Cool New York Festival at John Ryan Theater. In January of 2013, Yin Yue Dance Company took “Within Reach”, an evening-length production, on tour to China. Yin was selected as a winner of Northwest Dance Project's 2013 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition and created the high energy You Are In My Waltz on the full ensemble. This is her first work for the company.


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