Pacific Northwest native and University of Washington alum Heidi Brewer has worked as a performer and collaborator in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles with Mark Haim, Rebecca Davis Projects, Cori Marquis and The Nines [IX], Gretchen Weber, Tough Cookie Dance with Josselyn Levinson and Michael Richman, Milka Djordjevich, Pennington Dance Group, Lionel Popkin, Myrrhia Rodriguez, Gracie Whyte, WHYTEBERG, Mollie Wolf, and Kevin Williamson. Her own work has been shown at Pieterspace and Highways. She is currently the Communications Director at Kinected Pilates Studio in NYC and the founder and producer of LAYERS workshop in Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be working with GRAYSCALE in NYC!
Tess is a recent graduate of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Dance Department with a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education. Classically trained in ballet, Tess studied under instructors such as Kyle Abraham, Gracie Whyte, Rennie Harris, and Ken Swift, with master classes from companies such as Ballet Hispánico, Lucy Guerin Inc., Ate9, and Diavalo. She attended summer intensives such as those hosted by Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, LA Contemporary Dance Company, No)One Art House, and National Craft of Choreography, and training at various studios and choreographers within LA. She attended University of Texas at Austin's B.F.A. Dance Program on scholarship, later returning to Los Angeles where she began teaching and performing in the greater Los Angeles area. She has performed with companies such as GRAYSCALE, Kenneth Walker Dance Project, and recently performed her own original work "Captive Thoughts; Empowered Speech", in collaboration with Lauren Hitchcock at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. She presented creative research from their project at UCLA's Undergraduate Research week, having explored the power of thoughts over one's behavior, sparking her desire to eventually pursue a PhD that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with movement and its relationship to the inner workings of the mind. She currently works as a teaching artist, dance teacher, Pilates instructor, and Barre Hub instructor.
Kimberley began her dance training at the Oakley Ballet Center under the direction of Kirsten Oakley. She participated in summer programs with State Street Ballet, San Diego City Ballet, Chicago Ballet and Boston Ballet. Her studies continued as a trainee and later an apprentice with Channel Islands Ballet under the direction of Yves De Bouteiller which was based out of Camarillo on California State Channel Islands campus. Repertoire included Don Quixote, Yves De Bouteiller’s The Nutcracker, Firebird, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Apollo as well as choreography by Philippe Trehet. After joining the San Diego City Ballet she returned home to hone her skills of teaching with her mentor Kirsten Oakley. From there Kimberley graduated with her BA in Dance from California State Long Beach and was privileged to dance in Lorin Johnson’s Body Current Dance. Kimberley has been dancing with Jessica Kondrath since 2010.
Megan Seagren, originally from Aurora, CO, fell in love with dance at age 3. In 2016, she graduated magne cum laude from Chapman University with her BFA in Dance Performance. During her collegiate years, Megan had the privilege of performing at the prestigious Joyce Theater in New York City with the Chapman Dance Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Backhaus and Dale Merrill. She has attended intensive studies with BODYTRAFFIC, Backhausdance, AXIS Connect, Colorado Ballet, and the American Dance Festival (ADF), performing works by Lar Lubovitch, Batsheva, and William Forsythe. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2016, Megan has performed as a guest artist with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, VVW Dance, Shieldwall Dance Company, and Emergent Dance Company. She is currently a company member with OC’s Backhausdance for her second season.
Kristin Deiss earned an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and is now performing, presenting work, and teaching. She has performed re-staged works by Charles Weidman, original works by Pamela Pietro, Sydney Skybetter, and John-Mark Owen, has danced with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Ensemble Dance, and most recently GRAYSCALE, and has presented her own work in various festivals throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Los Angeles. She is currently enjoying the California sun on faculty at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts and Relativity School.
Noelle White graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2014 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a Minor in Education. In August 2014, Noelle was selected to attend a three week professional workshop of Embodiology in London taught by Dr. S Ama Wray. As one of the founding dancers of Embodiology Noelle has continued to assist Dr. Wray in various workshops, intensives and residencies, such as the Martha Graham Winter Intensive, Santa Monica College Residency, Embodiology Workshops in Los Angeles, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency #169 in Florida. Noelle has performed works by Elke Calvert, Joya Kazi, Chad Michael Hall, Josie Walsh, Tong Wang, Dr. Wray, and Marlies Yearby to name a few. She has experience teaching in Los Angles, Orange and San Diego Counties. Noelle is also a fully certified Pilates instructor and manager with Equinox.
Taylor Unwin currently resides in Los Angeles and works as a freelance dancer for various companies and projects throughout Southern California. This year, she has worked with the following; Fabe, The Bastette Group, The Assembly, GRAYSCALE, Andrea Gise, Deborah Rosen and Dancers, Andrew Pearson, Moises Michel, and Ania Catherine. She grew up dancing in Connecticut at Eastern CT Ballet until she moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University Chicago, where she completed a double major in dance and environmental science. Post graduation, she worked for Ruth Page Center for the Arts as Production Manager, where she concurrently received ballet training. Also in Chicago, she danced for CoCoDaCo Dance Project under the direction of Ronn Stewart for three years. Taylor plans to continue to extend her artistic network, allowing her multifaceted experiences to drive further discovery and growth.