Kelly grew up on a farm in Wyoming dancing in a small town studio and doing cartwheels in her backyard. She received her B.F.A. in choreography and performance from The University of Montana. Since moving to Portland, she has danced with Happydog, Ruth Nelson, and now her second performance with TopShakeDance. When she's not dancing, she works as a recreation coordinator at Montavilla Community Center.
Celeste has her twin sister, Estelle to thank as constant inspiration for dance in her life. She has been moonlighting as a dancer in Portland for the last 15+ years, and maintains her dance technique with the “therapy” of ballet and modern classes. Past performances include those with Kate Rafter | Automal Dance, tEEth, Esther La Pointe, Paige McKinney, and Kinetic Images among others. She is also assisting Argentine Tango in Astoria on weekends. Celeste joined TopShakeDance in 2014 with a-Bout and is honored and delighted to be dancing.
Dustin Ordway is a mover/dancer hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. There he studied dance and film at Colorado College, where he had the pleasure of moving with choreographers such as Patrizia Herminjard, Shawn Womack, Billy Chang, and Trisha Lai. After finishing his degree he ran away to Russia, where he danced for a year with Chamber Ballet Pantera and Nail Ibragimovich. Now, back in the states, Dustin is dancing, exploring, and just generally trying to do the next best thing!
Rachel Slater is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a BFA from Philadelphia's University of the Arts in Modern Dance, with an Emphasis in Choreography. She once founded a dance collective called Pink Hair Affair, and they roamed around Philadelphia hot pink wigs! In Portland she has performed for Tere Mathern, Franco Nieto, Tracey Durbin, Kristine Anderson and Éowyn Emerald. Her choreography has been presented in festivals around the country and locally. She co-founded and directs Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance, was a 2014 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant and a New Expressive Works Resident in 2013, and is an active teacher in the Portland community. Rachel is excited and grateful for the new experience of working with TopShakeDance!
Jim began creating dances in 1993 with “Spitting Dimes”, eventually founding TopShakeDance in 2010. With TopShakeDance, he has produced “Gust” 2011, “Jamb” 2012, “Float” 2013 and “a-Bout” 2014.
Interview with a Zombie
Aug 5, 6, 7 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Aug 10, 11, 12 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)
Venue: New Expressive Works
810 SE Belmont, Portland