Artistic Director, Gillmer Duran
Originally from Barquisimeto Venezuela, Mr. Duran studied at the Fundacion Arte Nuevo and danced professionally with the National Ballet of Caracas, Danzahoy, Tulsa Ballet Theatre and eight consecutive seasons with Eugene Ballet Company. He worked with choreographers such as, Vicente Nebrada, Luz Urdaneta, Jacques Brocket, Maria Rovira, Mauricio Wainrot, Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang and Jessica Lang among others. His versatility and intuition allowed him to perform a variety of classical and contemporary roles. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative 2007 in Irvine, California. In May of 2008, he was part of the event 4X4 Ballet Project with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet presented by White Bird in Portland Oregon. He also created pieces for the Drop Dance Collective, The Woman Space Foundation engaging in several creative collaborations with Toni Pimble, while dancing with the Eugene Ballet Company.The National Dance Project and the New England Foundation for the Arts selected him as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) in Portland-Oregon, among nine other dance artists from the Pacific Northwest region. In June of 2010 his work Inference for Coriolis Dance Collective was presented at the Chop-Shop Festival in Seattle.
In October of 2010 he was appointed as Alaska Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director and resident choreographer, repositioning its company brand through a broad-based repertoire, including a tour to the Boston Contemporary Dance festival 2013 funded entirely through a kickstarter campaign. In 2014 Mr. Duran created a piece for Ballet Des Moines titled Frenzy. He is moving to the Seattle area from Northern Virginia where he was teaching freelance. He is very excited to join the ECB family.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dubraskha Arrivillaga began her dance training at the age of seven with former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer, Nina Novak. At just sixteen years of age, she joined the National Ballet of Caracas Teresa Carreño, where she danced her first solo roles choreographed by Vicente Nebrada. She later had the pleasure of working at two of the best contemporary ballet companies in Venezuela, the New World Ballet and Contemporary Ballet of Caracas. In 2003, Dubraskha moved to the United States, where she was a dancer with the Eugene Ballet Company until her retirement in 2010. Her repertoire includes ballets spanning both classical and modern genres, including George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Hans Van Manen’s 5 Tangos, Robert Battle’s Circle, Line and Square, Vicente Nebrada’s Swan Lake, Coppelia and Don Quixote, among others.
Dubraskha is also a gifted teacher and has taught students aged 3–‐70 for over 10 years in the United States. Upon retirement, she was named Ballet Mistress with Alaska Dance Theatre, teaching company class and staging the works of Toni Pimble, Jessica Lang and Amy Seiwert, and coordinating the children division for the Nutcracker with the Cincinnati Ballet. She is a certified ABT® Certified Teacher, pre–‐primary to level 7 and partnering. In addition to her professional career as a dancer and teacher, Dubraskha has a degree in Business Administration from the Central University of Venezuela.
Instructor, Ballet and Contemporary
Charmaine Butcher began her dance training at Evergreen City Ballet in 2004. While at ECB, she worked with renowned choreographers including Wade Walthall, Kiyon Gaines, Bennyroyce Royon and James Canfield. Following her training at ECB, Charmaine went on to study at The Julliard School and train intensively at Alonzo King LINES Ballet where she studied Horton, Limón, Contemporary ballet, Contemporary, Gaga, and Improvisation techniques. As a teacher, Charmaine aims to inspire students to reach for their full potential as unique artists.
Anthony Gamroth has danced for Ballet Northwest in Olympia for the last six years. He has also danced in many festivals including Seattle’s 2015 Against the Grain: Men in Dance Festival. He was a company member for DASSDance, a contemporary group based out of Seattle for their 2016-17 season. He currently travels the Puget Sound lending his talents for partnering workshops. In February his lovely wife gave birth to their first child, a beautiful baby boy.
Instructor, Jazz and Mat Conditioning
Originally for Northern California, Jackie trained in a wide variety of dance styles from a young age and began competing soon after. She moved to Southern California to continue her study of dance at California State University Long Beach and California State University Fullerton as a dance major. Jackie danced professionally at the Disneyland Resort as a parade performer for five years where she danced both on the stage and street as well as special televised events with artists such as Anika Noni Rose. She studied regularly at Edge Performing Arts Center and Debbie Allen Dance Academy with a variety of master teachers and choreographers while living in LA. She was assistant choreographer for Gary Goddard Entertainment contracted to choreograph a night time parade for Six Flags parks in New Jersey and New England. Her choreography can also be seen with Los Angeles based companies LA Unbound, Backhausdance, and many youth companies throughout California. Jackie is a certified Pilates instructor with a dance specialization from Body Arts and Science International and is the owner of Body Concepts Pilates in Seattle.
Hannah is a dance artist and educator originally from Aotearoa New Zealand. Hannah began her 15 years of dance training at age four, learning from her mother who owned a hugely successful Tap Dance School in Nelson, NZ. In 2010 she graduated with her Master’s degree with first class honors in the area of dance education pedagogy after five years of full time study. She went on to work with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as their Dance Educator, teaching ballet workshops in public schools and community events across New Zealand.
More recently, Hannah was a 2015/16 cohort member for the Washington State Teacher Artist Training Lab, and has received her certificate in Brain Compatible Dance Education (Summer Dance Institute for Teachers) at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle. With over 10 years of experience as a teacher, Hannah has worked with a wide range of students spanning preschool to tertiary level in a number of different dance genres. Hannah enjoys increasing the accessibility of dance to all people, as well as inspiring students creatively and artistically.
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Originally from Burlington, VT, Ciara was raised in New England and small town Nebraska. She studied Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD Ballet techniques for many years before expanding into modern and contemporary. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. There, she studied Humphrey Weidman modern technique and multiple world dance forms alongside ballet, and had the honor of performing classic works by Martha Graham, August Bournonville, and Charles Weidman. She has performed professionally across the country with OmniArts Nebraska, 127th Street Dance, Intrepidus Dance, and as a founding member and producer for Collective Sigh Dance. Ciara began teaching in 2008 and has worked with students of all ages in dance studios, theaters, and public schools in the US and Chile. Her passion as an educator is to encourage a sense of joyful growth and wonder in her students through dance.
Elizabeth began her dance training at age four in Fairbanks, Alaska at the North Star Ballet School and continued her education at Cornish College of the Arts where she graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance. She has continued her dance education by completing American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary through Level 5. Elizabeth has performed professionally with Lyric Light Opera, New Vision Dance Co., ÆON Contemporary Dance, Emerald Ballet Theater, and ARC Dance.
Erin began her ballet classes at ECB when she was just five. 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. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, December of 2013. Now Erin teaches the next generation of ECB 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.
Melissa began her dance training at the age of six at Pine Lake Ballet in Issaquah, Washington. She continued to study dance through the years and eventually fell in love with teaching. Her teaching career began at Dance Premier where she taught children’s classes as a high schooler. Melissa attended Brigham Young University, where she danced on scholarship and received a BA in Dance Education with an emphasis in Modern. During those years she performed with the BYU Dance Ensemble Performing Group and student taught at Butler Middle School in Utah.
Karl began dancing in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Butler University, earning his B.F.A. cum laude in Dance Performance and a History Minor in 2012. In addition to his studies at Butler, Karl attended summer programs at Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Following his graduation, Karl began dancing with Luna Negra Dance Theater, under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. Grateful to have performed in the company’s final season, Karl then joined Visceral Dance Chicago as a founding company member. He had the pleasure of serving on the faculty of Visceral Dance Center as well as Associate Director of Visceral Studio Company. In June of 2016, he joined Whim W’him, under the direction of Olivier Wevers. Karl has had the honor of performing works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Banning Bouldin, Monica Cervantes, Robyn Mineko Williams, Brian Enos, Fernando Melo, and Fernando Hernando Magadan, among others.
Sharonda Young began her dance training in sunny California at the age of 3. She continued training locally in Tacoma, WA before moving to NYC at the age of 17. Here she obtained a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Marymount Manhattan Collage. During her 8 years living in NYC Sharonda worked with various companies including the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble and Company, the Errol Grimes Dance Troupe, Tysan Dance and on Norwegian CruiseLines. She teaches locally at dance studios, in public schools and with dance teams. Sharonda’s focus and her goal is to create a passion for movement (bigger bigger!!) and comfort in personal expression in her students.