Ms. Tobiason joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1986 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1992 under the direction of Francia Russell and Kent Stowell. She has danced many varied roles, which include Juliet, Swanhilda, Cinderella, Hermia, Agon and Jardi Tancat. Ms. Tobiason has performed pieces by Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Kent Stowell, Nacho Duato, Val Caniparoli, Mark Dendy, Donald Byrd, William Forsythe, Maureen Whiting, Paul Taylor and Lynne Taylor-Corbet.
Ms. Tobiason is formerly co-founder and co-artistic director of Seattle Dance Project, a modern and contemporary dance company, which premiered in January 2008. While directing Seattle Dance Project, Ms. Tobiason planned and implemented successful public speaking and fundraising events; managed major donors and sponsors; managed dancers and choreographers; managed grants, negotiated artistic fees; built annual budgets and cash flow projections; managed marketing, P.R. and social media campaigns; created master class workshops; and produced six repertory programs with 15 world premieres and 5 local premieres.
In addition, she has taught as master teacher for the Regional Dance America Festival, has worked as ballet master for Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), and in the PNB School Outreach program. Her experience in the dance world combined with her experience in business will further strengthen Evergreen City Ballet’s mission: “To provide the highest quality performances for audiences in the Puget Sound region, while developing dancers and educating a diverse public and its youth in the art of dance.”
Elizabeth began her dance training at age four in Fairbanks, Alaska at the North Star Ballet School where she studied under Sue Perry and Norman Shelburne. After graduation Elizabeth spent a year in Anchorage Alaska and performed in works by Courtland Weaver, Elizabeth Moore, and in Oregon Ballet Theater’s touring Nutcracker as a Candy Cane. She furthered her education Cornish College of the Arts where she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance. While at Cornish Elizabeth had the opportunity to perform in works by Pat Hon, Jason Ohlberg, Oliver Wevers, and Steve Casteel. Elizabeth has performed professionally with New Vision Dance Co., ÆON Contemporary Dance, Emerald Ballet Theater, and ARC Dance. Elizabeth has continued her dance education by traveling to New York and becoming certified in American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary through Level 5. Most recently Elizabeth completed an internship at Pacific Northwest Ballet in their Education Outreach department. Elizabeth loves to learn and is constantly exploring new areas of the non-profit arts world. Elizabeth began teaching at ECB in the summer of 2014. She is thrilled to be part of the staff and faculty and have the opportunity to share her love of ballet with all of ECB’s students and families.
Sue has been with Evergreen City Ballet for five years. Prior to working with ECB she was a freelance web designer for clients such as The Seattle World Cruiser. She also worked with The Downtown Seattle Association. Sue has recently received her WordPress certification and continues to transform ECB’s website into an interactive and accessible domain. Students and parents have a wonderful relationship with Sue and love her welcome presence in the front office of ECB. Sue’s family has been involved with ECB for close to twenty years, her daughter Erin danced with the company and now teaches and works with Sue as the Marketing Coordinator. Sue’s husband was an ECB board member for many years and continues to volunteer backstage as the Technical Director.
Erin has been involved with ECB for nearly twenty years, first as a dancer and now as a staff member. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, December of 2013. Erin worked previously with The Broadway Center for Performing Arts in Tacoma and with two private elementary schools. Now Erin teaches the next generation of dancers as well as organizes marketing and fundraising for ECB as the Marketing Coordinator. She loves to bring the art of dance to students as well as those in the community who have an appreciation or interest in the performing arts. Erin began her ballet classes at ECB when she was just five years old. Over the years she danced many lead roles in ECB productions including Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Princess Florine in “Sleeping Beauty”. Erin expanded her dance training at summer intensives with Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Austin. This past fall Erin co-choreographed a ballet with Andi Bryndza to the soundtrack from “Once the Musical”.
Carlene has been volunteering backstage and in the costume shop at Evergreen City Ballet for the past seven years. She came from San Juan Island where she owned a Wedding Cake & Catering business and ran a destination wedding location for 14 years. Carlene also volunteered time at the Island community theatre as assistant director and stage manager. She is the mother of two kids that both dance at ECB. Her daughter Kyla started dancing at the age of two and they found ECB when the family moved to Renton when Kyla was six. Carlene is excited to take on the challenge of running the costume shop this year. With little to no sewing skills when she started helping with costumes five years ago, the fast learning curve has kept her on her toes but has been a very rewarding process. In her spare time she likes to swim, hike and spend time out on the water on her mom’s boat. Her husband also volunteers time making new backdrops and sets for ECB shows.
Wendy New – Vice President
Keith Cline – Officer
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