In the rough

1st iteration


The showing date was 

May 12, 2019 @ 8:00pm

'In the Rough 1' Choreographers

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Jessica Zoller

Jessica Zoller received her MFA in dance from the University of Oregon where she was a graduate teaching fellow from 2012-2015. She earned her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Western Washington University. Professionally she has performed and collaborated with Pam Kuntz, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Portland Opera, Lane Hunter Dance, Lauren Edson, Wanderlust Circus, Pelu Theatre, Shannon Mockli, AWOL Dance Collective, Polaris Dance Theatre, Katie Scherman and Trevor Wilde. Jessica has choreographed for Sojourn Theatre's How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, Relay Dance Collective, Cirque Love Love, Polaris DanceTheatre, Pacific Lutheran University, and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company. In 2018, Jessica performed and choreographed for Ten Tiny Dances in collaboration with musician Jana Crenshaw. Jessica is a dance instructor at Saint Mary’s Academy as well as the director of the Saint Mary’s Dance Collective.

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Anna Olmstead

Anna Olmstead is a Portland native who began her training at Classical Ballet Academy in 2007 and later became a company member of the Jefferson Dancers. She had the privilege of studying at summer intensives such as Alonzo King LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Robert Moses Kin, The Cambrians, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Northwest Dance Project. Anna continued her explorations in dance at Dominican University of California with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA. In addition to her studies in college she taught and performed dance to underserved communities throughout Central America and California with JUNTOS Collective. Anna graduated May 2018 Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Arts management. Since Graduating Anna has received her certification to become a GYROKINESIS® trainer, performed iterations of soothsayer by Alexander Dones, and will be performing in Sea Foam by Jana Zahler in May 2019. 

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Kara Girod Shuster

Kara Girod Shuster received her training from Northwest Conservatory of Dance. In 2008 she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Loyola Marymount University. During her time in LA she worked with Chad Michael Hall and Holly Johnston before returning to Portland where she danced for 3 seasons with BodyVox. She has had the pleasure of exploring movement with a variety of artists and styles including Lauren Edson, Katie Sherman, Sarah Slipper, and James Canfield. Kara also loves salsa dancing and competed in the World Latin Dance Cup in 2015. Currently, you can find Kara teaching yoga, mat Pilates, choreographing around town, selling Real Estate, and being a mom to her two young children  Sai and Phina. 

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Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor grew up dancing at Maddox Dance Studio in Warrenton, Oregon. In addition to training at the studio, Jessica danced and competed with Seaside High School Dance Team for 3 years. After graduating high school, Jessica decided to pursue her love for dance at the University of Oregon. There, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in dance in 2017. Since then, Jessica has been teaching dance at studios around the Portland area including; Doty Performance Studio, Metro Dance Academy, Allegro Dance Studio, Innovative Dance and Moonstar Dance Studio. At these studios, Jessica’s classes vary from different styles and ages including Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz for ages 2-18. In addition to teaching, Jessica finds many choreographic and performance opportunities around Portland to further her education and experience in dance.

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Melissa Rumsey

Melissa Rumsey began dancing at a late age and fell in love from the first moment. She has worked professionally with The Schiff Dance Collective, Evolving Doors Dance, Danca Nova Dance Company, Rouge Co. Dance Company, BRIAH Danse, Industrial Dance Alliance and had the honor of performing in Florence Italy through Alambrado. While teaching and working with competition studios all through Colorado and Oregon she has been recognized by industry professionals for her “ground breaking” choreography.

Ms. Rumsey is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist with training in Embodied Awareness injury prevention and Progressing Ballet Technique.

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Monica Parra

Monica Parra was born and raised in San Diego, CA. At 19 she attended the Ailey School in New York City where she was accepted into the Fellowship Program. She graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2011 where she received her BA in Dance. She danced professionally in Los Angeles for 4 years and worked closely with the non-profit organization Jubilee Consortium as executive assistant and a music and movement teacher. In 2016 she relocated to Denver, Colorado and danced with Winifred R Harris’ Between Lines, Ascendance Project and was the Education Programs Coordinator at Colorado Ballet. Monica recently moved to Portland, Oregon where she is the Development Coordinator at Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, an arts education organization working to reach students of all ages, backgrounds and communities.

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Emily Green

Emily Green graduated from Connecticut College in 2018 with BAs in Dance and Computer Science and with a certificate for integrating art and technology through multimedia performance. While at Connecticut College, she performed in the works of Ronald K. Brown, David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Rennie Harris PureMovement, Lisa Race, Kate Weare Company, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Her self-choreographed solo, Blue, was adjudicated at the New England Region American College Dance Association in 2018 and she has choreographed group and solo works for many different venues. Emily’s dance roots started in Southwest Virginia and have carried her to New England and now Portland, where she hopes to continue exploring, creating, and performing movement.

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Erin LaCerra

With a spirit for innovation in art, music and movement, Erin LaCerra’s roots in dance are eclectic and storied. Pursuing her training from a young age, she has studied at a myriad of academies, and has performed with dance troops both nationally and at the collegiate level. Erin has focused much of her dance career on learning, developing and teaching various genres with a specific talent for hip-hop, modern and lyrical. She founded the first dance team at her high school alma mater and maintains a passion for increasing access to dance education.

With a style that is raw, refined and very much her own, LaCerra knows no bounds for the placement of her choreography. She infuses her movement work into each of her passionate outlets; including, art exhibitions and music videos for her band, Clawfoot Slumber. Erin continues to expand her knowledge of innovative movement techniques and is currently studying with FLOOR Center for Dance.

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Sophia Ahmad

Sophia Ahmad is a movement seeker and artist with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina Asheville. She has danced with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, Asheville In Motion and participated in workshops abroad such as Gaga and flying-low. She has choreographed work in collaboration performed at Revolve and the Mothlight in Asheville. She is currently focusing her time exploring contact improvisation, contemporary and capoeira.

Beth Whelan

Beth Whelan is a movement-based artist with a BFA in Dance from George Mason University. As a freelance dancer and choreographer, she has presented work through the Regional Arts and Culture Council's Night Lights, Downright Productions' Amorphous, Polaris Dance Theater's Galaxy Festival, and performed in various works of local choreographers. In February of 2019, Beth and Trevor Wilde co-presented a shared evening of dance at Performance Works Northwest called Two of a Kind. Beth recently was awarded the White Bird Barney Commissioning Prize alongside Trevor Wilde and Shaun Keylock, and will be creating new work for the White Bird Uncaged Series. Prior to Portland, Beth performed alongside The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in their production of Swinging Through the Sky, Robert Battle’s Mass with the GMU Percussion Ensemble, freelanced with D.C.-based Company E at the Kennedy Center in their work (In)Security, as well as with Putty Dance Project in Philadelphia. Her writing on dance is published in Philadelphia's The Dance Journal and Oregon Arts Watch.

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Jessie Nowalk

After graduating from Western Oregon University with a BS in dance, Jessie worked as a
personal trainer by day, while freelance choreographing by night. She spent a season dancing with Lyrik Contemporary Dance Company and presented various choreographic works at Dance Mosaic by PDX Metro Arts. Recently, Jessie took time away from dance as she focused on family and starting a new career in the nonprofit arts sector. In 2017, Jessie came back to her dance training, taking classes at Bodyvox and FLOOR Center for Dance, and began to reconnect with the Portland dance community and her body. Now, she is actively seeking out choreographic opportunities. She also does freelance consulting for dance organizations, focusing on strategic planning and funds development.