Angel Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a young Filipina-American street dancer who received her Honors Dance Studies degree at the University of Washington. Her current projects include “WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!” an ethnographic research project and community event series focused on the female popping experience. Crowned "BUTCH KWEEN" at Midnight Mecca Ball. Moonyeka has organized with Youth Speaks Seattle, Moksha, Arts Corps, Anak Bayan, and the greater Seattle Dance Scene. She has been a teaching artist (ballet/modern/hip hop) at Rainier Dance Center, Remix Dance Team at My World Studios, and Arts Corps as a resident artist at Mt. View Elementary and other Seattle Elementary Schools. When not teaching or training with her dance crew, Shadow Shifters, or dance partner, Robin Rojas (aka Protoman), Langley also teaches at D&G Dance Studios, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and Massive Monkees: The Beacon Studio serving youth of color in the Seattle area.
Cheryl Delostrinos (Mama bear)
is a Filipino American born and raised in Seattle. She trained with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington Dance program. Delostrinos spent summers attending dance intensives with the American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, the American Dance Festival, Doug Varone and Dancers, and the Alvin Ailey School in New York. In 2013, she graduated with a B.A in Dance from the UW and was awarded the Evelyn H. Green endowed scholarship for artistic merit and promise. In September of 2014, Delostrinos presented her duet Closer at the CHIN Project at the 92 street Y under the direction of Doug Varone. In Seattle, she has been commissioned to choreograph for Relay Dance Company, The Contemporary Jazz Dance Festival, and for Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. Delostrinos is the Artistic Director of Au Collective and is currently working with Pat Graney on her premiere of Girl Gods presented by On the Boards.
Megan Erickson (Co-Producer)
is a Seattle based dance artist with a B.A. in dance from the University of Washington. Post graduating, Erickson trained with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Academy Program where she also held an internship under the direction of the Artistic Director of the School. Erickson has a strong passion for choreographing, and recently choreographed for Relay Dance Collective’s benefit performance in the spring of 2015. In her time at the University of Washington she choreographed for the Dance Major’s Concert for two years, was president of the Dance Student Association (DSA), and participated as a dancer and choreographer in DSA’s productions of InFlux. Erickson was the stage manager/lighting designer for Seattle Contemporary Jazz Project in 2013. She has attended the Limón Summer intensive 2012 in New York, and the Dance This 2009 in Seattle. Erickson’s other performance opportunities include Spectrum’s Holiday performance, UW’s MFA concert, Westlake Dance Center’s Sign of the Times, and the American College Dance Festival.
Austin Nguyen (Co-Founder/DAncer)
Is a Seattleite, performer, creator, and advocate for both the arts and the sciences. Nguyen graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with degrees in biology-physiology and dance studies. Prior to his formal dance education at the UW, he began his dance career in the comfort of his living room, learning various styles of hip-hop, particularly popping and locking and isolations. Since graduating, he has had great pleasure working with wonderful companies and people including the Chamber Dance Company, Jennifer Salk, Paul Moore, Paula J. Peters, and Rhonda Cinotto, among others. Nguyen is currently focused on fusing both his contemporary modern and hip-hop dance techniques while trying to find his own voice and identity in the dance community. Outside of the arts, Nguyen is an advocate for health and is currently applying to medical school.
Hallie Scott (Co-founder/Choreographer/dancer)
Is a choreographer, artist, and environmental activist. Using dance, film, visual art, woodcarving, and story telling, she creates work in many mediums. Scott Grew up in Yakima, WA, and has lived and worked as an artist in seattle since 2008. In 2012 Scott Graduated from the University of Washington with Degrees in DAnce, International Studies, and History. Influential mentors and technical trainers include Hannah Wiley, Brenna Monroe-Cook, Stephanie Liapis and Jennifer Salk. She has performed for these mentors and others including local choreographers such as Alice Gosti and Erica Badgeley. Scott has presented her own work at galleries and festivals including The Georgetown Art Attack, Next Dance Cinema, Strictly Seattle 2014, NEPO 5K, The Artery, The Georgetown Carnival, and 12 Minutes Max at On The Boards. For more information, visit her website at www.halliemscott.com.
Fausto Rivera (Co-Founder, Choreographer, Dancer)
is a Chicano dance artist from the NW. He graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington (UW), where he was awarded the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship for artistic merit and promise. He grew up training in Mexican Folk Dance with Joyas Mestizas, and discovered ballet and modern dance in college. While at the UW, he danced with the Chamber Dance Company under the direction of Hannah C. Wiley, performing work by Lar Lubovitch, Danny Shapiro/Joanie Smith, Bill T. Jones and Doug Varone. He has also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Northwest Dance Project's Launch: 10, and a semester abroad at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. Other credits include performing original work by Bennyroyce Royon, creating work with Cheryl Delostrinos, that has been presented in Seattle & New York City, and performing in Seattle Theater Group's 2011 production of Black Nativity and the 5th Avenue Theater/Spectrum Dance Theater's production of Carousel, both with choreography by Donald Byrd. Fausto has also been a company member of Spectrum Dance Theater since January, 2015.
Michael O’Neal Jr. (choreographer/dancer)
is a self-taught Hip-Hop influenced dancer from Tacoma, WA. Now a UW graduate, he has also trained in ballet and modern techniques, O'Neal believes that to be the best dancer he can be, he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Since being in Seattle, o'Neal has danced for Chamber Dance Company, Jennifer Salk, JÜrg Koch, Bruce McCormick, Erin Cardinal, and is currently dancing for Seattle choreographer Amy O’Neal in her latest work Opposing Forces. Michael O'Neal is a dance instructor at University of Washington’s IMA. he will Also be subbing at Amy O’Neal’s Street Style class from August through the Fall at Velocity Dance Center. Along with Au, Michael O'Neal is also a member of Chapter1NE and The Beat Hippies dance crews. you can look him up under the moniker Choreomike on Youtube. “Always a student, never a master.”
Rebecca Smith (Choreographer/Dancer)
Is a local dancer, performer, and choreographer. Born and raised in the Seattle area, she received her technical training ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and afro-latin with Ewajo Dance Centre, Bainbridge Ballet, and the UW Dance Program. Smith is dedicated to continuing her training and education in dance post-university and does so by attending workshops such as Strictly Seattle 2015 and the Doug Varone and Dancers Winter Workshop 2015. Over the last 5 years she has had the pleasure of performing works by mentors and choreographers such as Larry Sousa, Cheryl Delostrinos, Megan Brunsvold, Bruce McCormick, Christy McNeil Chand, Paula Peters, and Jurg Koch among others. Smith has had her own choreographic work produced at LAUNCH Choreographer’s 2015 Showcase at The Studios. She has also premiered Settlers, a film, at Strictly Seattle 2015. Rebecca is thrilled to be performing, collaborating and creating with Au Collective.
El Nyberg (Choreographer/Dancer)
is a queer, femme, mixed-race artist, dancer, and shape-shifter based in Seattle. They are a graduate of the University of Washington, where they received their B.A. with a double major inDance and Communication. Nyberg is committed to creating space in the dance community for those who have historically been pushed out and excluded. They believe that the art we create is inherently activism, that dance has the power to transform lives, and that by creating work together we are reclaiming space in a world that was not always made for us. In their time at UW, Nyberg worked and trained with many artists including Hannah C. Wiley, Brenna Monroe-Cook, Jen Salk, Christy McNeil Chand, and Natalie Desch, all of who were instrumental in fostering Nyberg’s passion for the power of movement. More recently, Nyberg has danced for local artists including Hannah Simmons, Coleman Pester, and Alyza DelPan-Monley and is currently doing project-based work with Karin Stevens Dance. They are humbled and honored to be a member of the AU Collective and are grateful to have joined a group of artists who not only see and affirm all parts of them, but also hold infinite space for learning and growing together.
Lorraine Lau (Dancer)
Has been living and dancing in Seattle since 2007. She lovingly works and performs with the following entities on an ongoing basis: Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, The Royal Society, Alyza DelPan Monley's DeadPan Monkeys, Alice Gosti, Amy Johnson's AJnC, Curran Foster's Marvelous Good Fortune Productions, and the musicians of Bad Luck. Lau began her training at Peninsula Dance Theatre in Bremerton, WA, and studied dance, gender/queer studies, and American ethnic studies at the University of Washington. She feels a strong affinity for working with children and this consistently balances and informs her life as an artist. For Lau, exploring movement has become a way to access and renew joy independently and within community. She deeply believes in the magic of collective imagining and is honored to be a part of this new Au family.
Imana Gunawan (DAncer)
A Texas-born Indonesian, is a Seattle-based multimedia journalist and dance artist. She trained at the Sumber Cipta Ballet School and GIGI Art of Dance in Jakarta, Indonesia. She also studied at the University of Washington, from which she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in journalism and dance. At the UW, she received the Pioneer Newsgroup Excellence in Journalism Award and the Dance Program Scholarship for recognizing the art as the confluence of theory, practice, and creativity. She has worked with the Chamber Dance Company, GIGI Dance Company, Jennifer Salk, Amy O’Neal, Mary Sheldon Scott, Rachael Lincoln, and Bruce McCormick, among others. Her work has been produced in Seattle and New York at American Dance Guild Festival, Velocity's Next Fest NW, Full Tilt, Launch 2.0, the UW, and Boost Dance Festival, among others. Outside of dance, Gunawan's journalism work focuses on international politics, underrepresented communities, and arts and culture—issues which often seep into her dance work.
Born and raised in Seattle, Ford grew up dancing in front of his t.v. learning choreography from recording artists such as Aaliyah, Usher, Beyonce, and Michael Jackson. At 17 he began his career in dance at the University of Washington studying Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. He choreographed musicals Including Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Ford also traveled to Ghana where he studied the African dance forms Kpanlago and Pacha. Ford works as a Recreation Leader for Seattle Parks and Recreation where he teaches beginning level dance classes at the South Park Community Center. With the City of Seattle, Ford Also worksas a performer and a mentor with the Bearing Witness Project, a performing arts program for LGBTQ teens of color. Along with Au, Ford continues to perform at community and private events and is currently working with Seattle teens to perform a social injustice piece through the lens of the youth. He also enjoys collaborating and performing with other local artists such as Dezmond Garcia and the Artisans Movement. You can find Ford under the monikerrandyBABY11 on Instagram and Youtube.
Picart originally started dancing in Kansas City as a teenager, being self-taught in urban dance styles. Picart continues to develop his own unique style by blending Urban Street disciplines and contemporary dance techniques, respectively. He began his formal dance training at 18 years old with his Aunt Jennifer Picart-Branner (formerly of the Frankfurt Ballet). Picart received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and studied on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet in New York City. He has danced featured roles in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Jose Limon's 'Psalm', and Camille A Brown's 'New Second Line'. Picart is also a founding member of Ashani dances directed by Iyun Ashani Harrison. Recently, Picart was the chosen winner of Ellen Degeneres' Dance Off competition and was a featured guest on the show. Currently, Picart teaches, choreographs, and performs all over the US with Seattle as his home base. Picart is also a new addition to AU Collective beginning the spring of 2016. He forever considers himself a student.