Kelly grew up on a farm in Wyoming dancing in a small town studio. She received her B.F.A. in choreography and performance from The University of Montana, where her endeavors included performing at the Kennedy Center in the National American College Dance Festival’s gala concert with “Prey,” choreographed by Bebe Miller. She also worked with Sarah Gamblin, and attended Doug Varone and Dancers, White Mountain, and Moving People Dance Theatre’s summer intensives. Since moving to Portland, she has danced with Happydog, Max Ribner Band, Blue Sky Ensemble in the Galaxy Festival in Director Park and enjoys choreographing in her spare time. She currently works at The Portland Ballet and teaches dance and gymnastics classes in community centers.
Celeste has her twin sister, Estelle to thank as her constant inspiration for dance in her life. She has been moonlighting as a dancer in Portland for the last 15+ years, performing most recently with Kate Rafter | Automal Dance, presenting ‘Tir fo Thuinn’ in July ’14. She has also had the pleasure of working with tEEth, Esther La Pointe, Paige McKinney, among others. She maintains her dance technique with the “therapy” of ballet and modern classes and has added Argentine Tango to her disciplines. Celeste is tickled and honored to join TopShakeDance.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Aneesa Turner began her dance studies at age three. She developed strong technique in jazz and ballet before finding her love of modern dance in high school. Aneesa graduated from the University of Utah’s Modern Dance Department in the spring of 2011. She moved to Portland, OR in 2012 to follow her dream as a modern dancer. Aneesa has been blessed to work with Randee Pauvfre, Jennifer Kale, Ernesto Pujol, Nicholas Cendese, and Natosha Washington, among others. She is very thankful to have the opportunity to dance with Jim, and all the wonderful dancers in TopShakeDance.
Originally from Milwaukee WI, Erin graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. There she worked with Dan Stark, Alan Sener, Jennifer Kayle, George de la Pena, and Armando Duarte. She was chosen to dance with the University's Dancer's In Company, touring the midwest. She performed for ACDFA two years in a row, and received multiple scholarships. Professionally she has danced with Charlotte Adams and Dancers, David Dorfman and Dancers, Poetic Rebound Co., and Bill Young. In 2008, she traveled to Brazil to study capoeira and dance with the company Bale Folclorico. Since moving to Portland she has worked with KO&Co., and Paige McKinney. Erin is certified in pilates mat, reformer, and yoga. She is passionate about exploring movement in all forms, and hopes to continue her quest to help others find their best selves.
Jim began creating dances in 1992 with "Spitting Dimes" and continued multiple works over the following 18 years while dancing for several choreographers. In 2010 he founded TopShakeDance as a format for choreographic exploration. He recently completed a tryptic of works culminating in "Gust" 2011, "Jamb" 2012, and "Float" 2013.
Please watch for the Nov 2014 TopShakeDance performance of our new work “A/bout”