Tracy Broyles is a Portland- based dancer, choreographer, movement facilitator and energy worker. She has shown pieces and performed in San Francisco, New York and Seattle, as well as Portland where she has created and self-produced six evening-length works to date. Tracy's work has been supported by grants and residencies by RACC, the MRG Foundation, Caldera, Studio Two and Water in the Desert. She attended Deborah Hay's Solo Commissioning Project in 2010 and is now a keeper of Art and Life. Her workshops and classes are fun, engaging and aim to leave students with a deeper understanding of themselves. She has been leading classes since 2000 in Dance, Improvisation, Somatic Explorations, Pilates and Movement of the Energetic Body. She is excited to be on the premiere flight of FLOCK.
Deanna Carlson began dancing at a young age becoming well versed in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre in the Chicago-land area. As an adult she transitioned to Modern and Contemporary Dance, pursuing her studies under the Lane Dance Company in Eugene, OR with Composition, Improvisation, Somatic Studies, and various forms of Ethnic Dance. Upon her arrival in Portland, OR she paired her passions in Sustainability and Dance, continuing her education through an interdisciplinary, limited residency program at Prescott College. In 2013 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development with a minor in Body Movement Awareness. At that same time Deanna found a home to practice her artistry in choreography under the wing of FLOCK. She is currently invested in facilitating creative movement classes for kids of all ages and backgrounds, as it directly relates to her own practice of invoking the intuitive spirit and exploration of movement.
Allie Hankins is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher. A Seattle/Portland resident since 2008, Hankins’ work has been presented at On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Velocity Dance Center,The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s 19th Street Project Space in New York, Conduit Dance and PICA’s TBA Festival in Portland, and various venues in Minneapolis, Albuqueruqe, and abroad. As a collaborator, Hankins performs with Seattle-based dance/sound performance company Salt Horse, Portland-based choreographer Tahni Holt, and has designed movement for experimental theater ensemble Implied Violence (now Saint Genet), with which she toured to New York’s New Island Festival and Austria’s DonauFestival, under the tutelage of Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. Hankins was recently an Artist in Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, and has received grants from Washington’s Artist Trust and Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Eliza Larson has recently returned to Portland after a 4-year stint in New England. She currently co-directs the Mountain Empire Performance Collective (mountainempiredance.com), a long-distance dance collective investigating different methods and approaches to making performance beyond geographic boundaries. Eliza received her MFA in dance from Smith College, where she worked extensively with Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and Paul Matteson. Her choreographic work has been presented around the country, and her most recent evening-length, multi-media solo, You Are Happy, premiered at the PortFringe Festival in Portland, Maine in 2014. She is also the author and illustrator of Terpsichore’s Deck, a set of 52 cards for choreographic inspiration, available at www.terpsichoresdeck.com. She is thrilled to be back in Portland, diving into a new project, Solo/Solo, with Mountain Empire, teaching at Conduit and Bodyvox, and re-engaging her creative process. www.elizalarson.com.
Kaj-anne Pepper (Pepper Pepper) makes dance, performance and installation exploring our world, notions of self and the queer art of creation. The self-proclaimed "premier art-queen of PDX" Pepper is whimsical dancer, experimenter, and drag provocateur. Mostly self-taught, Pepper has performed and gained lived experience by learning from and working with Linda Austin, Mizu Desierto Butoh Theatre, Diego Pinon, Tahni Holt, and many others.
Danielle Ross is a Portland bred and Bay Area trained dancer and choreographer. She is interested in how we perform for one another out there in the world. Ross holds a BFA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She has produced three full length works: Make the Air Thick, Home/Body and To Remember is to Jump Around There. In 2011, she curated San Francisco’s Fact/SF into Performance Work’s Northwest’s Alembic Series and in June, 2013, she curated an evening of work by French Choreographer Christine Bonansea. She has worked with Linda Austin, Dawn Stoppiello and Zoe/Juniper for their 2011 installation at Lincoln Hall. Most recently, Ross began developing a new work, Togetherness, while in residence at Studio 2 in Portland. Togetherness will be performed in late 2014 and is being partially funded by a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She is also a founding member of FRONT, a Portland run publication dedicated to contemporary dance and on the board of the Creative Music Guild.
Lucy Yim is a Portland based dance artist who has performed locally and nationally since 2005. She has shown work at the The Chocolate Factory (NYC), Salvage Vanguard Theater (AUS) and all around Portland. Lucy has danced for choreographers Milka Djordjevich, Sally Silvers and Tahni Holt, amongst others. Her most recent work, Light Noise, premiered at Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center in August 2013. She has been awarded two residencies and multiple grants(RACC). Currently she is working on a solo, learning Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A from local choreographer Linda K. Johnson as well as working with Holt on Duet Love.