A native of Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, Dana received a B.A. in contemporary dance at the University of Calgary before moving to the US in 2002. Dana has had the pleasure of working with a variety of choreographers in both Canada and the U.S. including Peggy Baker, Yvonne Coutts, Neah Kalcounis, Davida Monk, Tonya Lockyer, Mary Oslund, Angelle Hebert, and Robyn Conroy. As a choreographer, Dana has created works for the University of Calgary dance program, Alberta Dance Explosions, the Prairie Tales and Her Land Feminist Film Festivals in Western Canada, New England Dance Project, and the SPACE gallery in Portland, ME.
Chase was born and raised in Portland, OR. He attended high school at Arts and Communications Magnet Academy, and began his dance training there as a freshman. This is where Chase fell in love with dance, and the following year he joined Dance West, the schools' pre professional dance company. After graduating high school in 2009, Chase continued his dance training at California Institute of the Arts. After having a great freshman year in the dance program, Chase decided to take this year off to save some money, and to decide if college is the right choice, right now. So instead of going to school, Chase is dancing for Jim McGinn, BodyVox 2, and Polaris. He also has a "real" job working for Abercrombie, at Washington Square.
Pamela made her first professional appearance with the New Jersey Ballet Company during the 1995/96 season as part of the corps de ballet. She attended Yale University graduating cum laude with a degree in Architecture in 2001. After college Ms. James relocated to New York City to study modern dance at The Ailey School where she received the prestigious Judith Jamison Fellowship after only one year of study. In 2003 she was handpicked to join Ailey II, sister company to the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. While in NYC, Pamela worked with many renowned choreographers such as: Camille Brown, Sidra Bell, Eva Silverstein, Christopher Huggins, Jamel Gaines, Dwight Rhoden, Nathan Trice, Scott Rink, and William Forsythe. Ms. James arrived in Portland in late June 2008 and since her arrival has danced locally with Josie Moseley, Polaris Dance Theatre, BodyVox and Jim McGinn.
Amanda studied dance at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and went on to dance in Washington DC, Moab, UT and Tucson, AZ before moving to Portland, OR. In Tucson she worked with NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre as a dancer and chreographer, and co-directed a collaboration between the dance company and the Community Food Bank, "We Are What We Eat," a community performance about the food we eat and the systems that feed us. Amanda was also a member of Movement Salon, a group of movement artists, writers, and a musician who practice and perform the art of improvisation. In Portland, OR she dances with Jim McGinn.
Loren is an American musician, sound artist, field recordist and teacher, most notable for his association with Jewelled Antler and his work with Thuja, The Blithe Sons, The Child Readers, Of and many others. He has been called "one of the most important international artists working in the areas of environment and sound." With Glenn Donaldson, he operates the Jewelled Antler record label, releasing works by themselves and others. In addition to his musical performances, Chasse has also performed at the Auckland International Film Festival, giving a "live cinema" light and sound performance using objects such as motors, clocks, strobe lights, branches, gravel, sand and leaves. At the heart of LOREN CHASSE's work is his interest in and ability to listen, often explained through the metaphor of the microphone being an extension of the ear. Using his sound locations as both the instrument and the studio, Chasse looks for particularly resonant and acoustical situations that are reflected in a peculiar way. Like many artists who push the boundaries of traditional art forms, Chasse is continuously drawn to seek new acoustic possibilities, and he is continually searching for new venues and modes of self-expression. Collaborations have been key to Chasse's work as he founded idBattery with Brandon Labelle in the mid '90s before pursuing the polyphonous psychedelia of Jewelled Antler, an umbrella to such ensembles as Thuja, Coelancanth, The Blithe Sons, The Child Readers, and Of. Nearly 40 recordings of Chasse's work as a solo artist and in collaboration with other other artists have been released on cd and record by over a dozen international labels. He has performed and presented his work at international experimental art festivals such as Observatori in Valencia, Spain, Kill Your Timid Notion in Dundee, Scotland and the Auckland International Film Festival in New Zealand. Most recently Loren has presented his sound installation/performance work at the Berkeley Art Museum and the De Young Museum in San Francisco.
Michelle Rogers Call
Michelle has enjoyed dancing of all forms from her earliest days. She studied ballet rigorously in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana as well as in Michigan, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. While earning her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, she received a minor in dance at Saint Mary's College. At the American College Dance Festival, Michelle performed a solo that she choreographed, which was selected to be part of their Gala Show. Since moving to Portland in 2005, she has worked for several years each with Oslund + Company, Danielle Ross Dance, Agnieszka Laska Dancers, as well as several independent projects. Michelle is very grateful for the wonderful mentors she has had at every step along the way. And she is delighted to be dancing with TopShakeDance.
Michelle Rogers Call
Michelle has enjoyed dancing of all forms from her earliest days. She studied ballet rigorously in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana as well as in Michigan, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. While earning her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, she received a minor in dance at Saint Mary's College. At the American College Dance Festival, Michelle performed a solo that she choreographed, which was selected to be part of their Gala Show. Since moving to Portland in 2005, she has worked for several years each with Oslund + Company, Danielle Ross Dance, Agnieszka Laska Dancers, as well as several independent projects. Michelle is very grateful for the wonderful mentors she has had at every step along the way. And she is delighted to be dancing with TopShakeDance.∞
Jim has danced for a variety of choreographers in the Portland region including Linda K. Johnson, Linda Austin, Angelle Hebert of tEEth, Carla Mann, and the late Keith V. Goodman. He danced 7 seasons with Tere Mathern Dance and 12 seasons with Oslund+Co/Dance. His recent choreographic projects include "Exquisite Corpse" with Carla Mann, 2009, and "Blown", 2010. Jim is so excited to be working with the talented dancers of his fast moving company TopShakeDance.
Please watch for the Nov 2014 TopShakeDance performance of our new work “A/bout”