Cheryl Delostrinos is a Filipino American born and raised in Seattle. She is the Artistic Director of Au Collective. Cheryl began her training at Kathy’s Studio of Dance, The Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Cornish College of the Arts. She has had the privilege of studying with the American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, ARC Dance Productions, 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. As a professional movement artist, she has worked with Prism II under the direction of Sonia Dawkins, the Chamber Dance Company under the direction of Hannah Wiley, and collaborated and toured with the Pat Graney Company. Cheryl has presented work at the Contemporary Jazz Dance Festival, Relay Dance Collective's annual performance Beginnings and RDC2, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, The CHIN Project at the 92nd st Y, the UW's 50th Anniversary Celebration, the NW New Works Festival, Mighty Tieton Block Party presented by the UW Alumni Association, SAM Remix, BRD Groundworks, Shift Sessions, and Nikkita Oliver's campaign launch party.
Megan Erickson is a Seattle-based dance artist with a BA in dance from the University of Washington. As Manager of Au Collective, she has had the opportunity to take on many roles including producer, stage manager, choreographer, and tour manager. Megan has a strong passion for working with youth, and is currently choreographing for The Music Project (a youth music program run by Bernadette Bascom), and recently was the director of a movement based intergenerational women's empowerment group called The Brave Girls Group. From 2015-2016 Megan choreographed and danced with Relay Dance Collective. In 2013 she Stage Managed and designed lights for Seattle Contemporary Jazz Project. Other performances include UW’s MFA concert, Westlake Dance Center’s Sign of the Times, and the American College Dance Festival. Erickson has trained with Spectrum Dance Theater’s Academy, The University of Washington, the Limon Summer intensive in NY, the American Dance Training Camp, and All That Dance.
Austin Nguyen’s dance experience began in front of his bathroom mirror after being inspired by the movie You Got Served (2004) when he was 13 years old. He was self-taught in popping before he experimented with other forms of hip-hop dance. His formal training did not start until his sophomore year at the University of Washington. After graduating with a double degree in dance studies and biology-physiology, he went on and co-founded Au Collective with his peers. Dance has become his avenue of choice for self-expression and self-empowerment and he hopes that his time with Au Collective will help allow younger generations to experience dance sooner than he did in his life. Outside of dance, he has aspirations to become a future physician, helping create equal access to quality healthcare for all people. As he straddles the border between dance and medicine, he is constantly reminded to not take the small moments in life for granted.
Hallie Scott is a choreographer, visual artist, environmental consultant, and activist. Using dance, film, print-making, woodcarving, and story telling, she creates work in many mediums. Hallie has lived and worked as an artist in Seattle since 2008. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Dance, International Studies, and History. Influential mentors and choreographers include Hannah Wiley, Brenna Monroe-Cook, Stephanie Liapis and Alice Gosti. Her own work has been featured at galleries and festivals including the vermillion, table&Chairs' second wednesdays, The Georgetown Art Attack, Next Dance Cinema, Strictly Seattle 2014, NEPO 5K art walks, The Artery on capitol hill, The Georgetown Carnival, and On The Boards. For more information, visit her website at www.halliemscott.com.
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.
Michael O’Neal, Jr. began dancing in high school as a self-taught Hip-Hop influenced dancer in Tacoma, he then received formal training in ballet and modern in the University of Washington dance program. Michael believes that to be the best dancer he can be he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Through dance Michael has grown to become a dancer and teacher who loves to see his students growth as well as grow with his students. Through his art Michael hopes to inspire those he can, to follow their dreams and continue to grow in everyday life. One of Michael’s biggest goals in dance is to try and bridge the gap between the ballet/modern world and the hip hop world and build a stronger dance community in his own city and a far. Outside of Au Collective, Michael is a part of both Chapter1NE and Beat Hippies dance crews. You can find Michael under the moniker Choreomike on Youtube and other social media.
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.
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 is a performer, organizer, and supporter of dance in Seattle. As a mixed-race, femme, queer artist, she has found a home and chosen family in Au Collective. She 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. Lorraine is ever grateful for her family and for the generous, resilient artists in her life.
Imana Gunawan, a Texas-born Indonesian, is a multimedia journalist and dance artist. Since graduating with accolades from University of Washington's journalism and dance programs in 2015, her dance works have been commissioned/produced by programs in NYC and Seattle, including the American Dance Guild Festival, Boost Dance Festival, Velocity’s Next Fest NW, Washington Ensemble Theatre’s ReSET, and more. Outside of dance, she works as domain expert for Dataminr, producer for Humanosphere, and was previously an editor for Breaking News (NBC News Digital). She has performed on- and off-stage in Washington and Jakarta since 2011, from theaters like The Paramount or Balai Kartini, to festivals like Sasquatch, to public spaces like Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Waterfront Park. In her spare time (when she has any), she enjoys writing poetry and essays, taking photos, singing, and thinking/writing/talking about the intersection of pop culture and the lives of QTPOCs. imanagunawan.com
Randy Ford, Seattle-born, is a dancer, choreographer, actor, and activist. He/She/They have been featured in Next Fest NW, CD Forum’s Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers, Bumbershoot Festival, Birthday Girl Series #5, and Legendary Children at Seattle Art Museum. He was cast as Lady in Jerome A. Parker’s House of Dinah at On the Boards and is a SeattleDances 2016 DanceCrush Award recipient. She has worked with artists such as Dani Tirrell, Markeith Wiley, C Davida Ingram, and Paige Barnes. You can also catch them in Kitten N’ Lou’s CAMPTACULAR at the Triple Door this summer. Randy continues to perform and teach throughout Seattle at Vashon Dance Academy and West Seattle Performing Arts. They are also a teaching artist with YMCA Powerful Schools.
Angel Alviar-Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a queer Filipina-American street dancer who uses art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities from which she comes. Her current projects include “WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!” an ethnographic research project and community event series focused on the female popping experience. As a street dancer, Moonyeka participates in local and national dance battle competitions and exhibitions with her crew, Shadow Shifters. When not battling, she is a teaching artist for Arts Corps + Spectrum Dance Theater, helps runs an open dance session (VIBE) for immigrant youth at Yesler Terrace, and coaches REMIX – a young brown girl competition team directed by B-Rocka Henry. Moonyeka is the 2017 Tina La Padula Fellowship recipient, Ubunye Project 2017 contributor, Mary Gates Leadership awardee and George Newsome Humanitarian scholar.
Jordan Rohrs Is a local dancer, classical musician, and technology consultant in the Seattle area. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration - Information Systems, with minors in Music and Dance. He has had the wonderful opportunity of working with several individuals within the Seattle community that have cultivated his passion for dance, including Natalie Desch, Wilson Mendieta, Jason Ohlberg, and Karen O'Branovich. Rohrs has been involved with classical music ensembles for over 15 years, highlighted by his position as a section leader of the UW Husky Marching Band and scholarship recipient of the ensembles' Alumni Association. Collecting experiences from various business capacities, including national service organizations, local startups, and delivering projects as a consultant, Rohrs is humbled to be a part of AU to help guide in the ultimate goal of realizing the collective's vision.