Katy Hagelin Founder/Artistic Director/Company Choreographer/Dancer/Soloist
Born in Israel, raised in Seattle Eastside, Katy Hagelin received her B.F.A. in Ballet/Dance from accredited dance department at Belhaven University where she also received the 2005-2006 Bezalel Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for her choreographic endeavors. Hagelin has choreographed, directed and performed all over the world with companies that include TALK Dance Company, NEOS Dance Theatre, Project Dance, Shachah Touring Company, S.O.A.R. Outreach Ministries, and after returning to Seattle, Velocity Dance Center in Bridge Project 2009, Ballet Bellevue/City Opera Ballet, Project29, Inception Dance Theatre, Redd Legg Dance Company in Boost Festival 2014, Drybones Artist Collective and other Seattle-based contemporary artists. She was featured as main character and soloist and also choreographed in Shachah Touring Company’s The Prodigal touring in Japan Summer of 2014 as well as other years in Japan and Indonesia. She co-directed and choreographed as Musical Choir Director with Jeremy Anderson, Taproot Theatre, Anderlin Arts and Sky Valley Education Center 8 full-length musical theatre shows including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast, Sound of Music and The King and I. In the past 11 years, she also witnessed various performances dancing and choreographing for her own 501©3 non-profit company KATY HAGELIN dance project (KHDP) founded in October 2008; these include KHDP's Underneath Fresh (2009), Vision Outreach Tour (2009), Dar a La Luz (2010), Phantastes (2010), Yelp's Booth Festival with Fremont Abbey & Karin Stevens Dance (2009), Ballet Bellevue’s Harvest Moonlight (2010), Fremont Abbey's A Moving Conversation (2011), Ballet Bellevue’s Velvet Romance (2011), Fremont Abbey's THREADS (2011), KHDP's Purple Triangle Purple Dagger (2011), Project29's Ode to Exhalation And A Spark (2012), KHDP Summer Works Show (2012), Drybones Artist Collective's Costly Desires (2012), Collaboration show Chanterelle (2012), Peter Juvenon's A Colorful World at Ryan James Gallery (2013), KHDP Benefit Concert (2013), Sapience Dance Collective's Converge Dance Festival (2014), Drybones BURN & DODGE at Arts in Action (2014), Drybones & KHDP 2015 Season Preview Concert (2014), KHDP's WAIT, REPEAT (2015) at Meydenbauer Theatre and Drybones Artist Collective's RESTART show to Benefit Recovery Cafe at Shoreline Community College Theatre (2015). In 2016, while on break from KHDP, Hagelin co-directed The Importance of Being Earnest with Jeremy Anderson of Anderlin Arts Theatre company; and upon returning from KHDP's sabbatical, she choreographed and danced for KHDP's collaboration with Award Winning pianist Jennifer Thomas in her music video "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" for her holiday album December 2016 filmed at the Moore Theatre in Seattle also collaborating with Tacoma City Ballet and KHDP dancers. In 2017, she presented KHDP's EXPOSURE 2017 show along with Megan Becker, Rachel Gonsalves and Victoria Gutierrez. In 2018 Hagelin toured Virulent Demolition 2018/2019 with Katy Hagelin Dance Project at #OneOf Arts Festival, City Opera Ballet at BAMarts Fair Bellevue Square and won 4Culture grant status featured with Victoria Gutierrez for City Opera Ballet; Hagelin also presented Virulent Demolition in KHDP show #colorMAD 2019. Hagelin and Victoria Gutierrez most recently co-directed and produced #colorMAD in January 2019.
Victoria Gutierrez Company Dancer/Soloist/Choreographer/Rehearsal Director
Victoria Gutiérrez received her professional dance training at Academia de la Danza Mexicana del INBA, where she graduated with a BFA in Classical and Contemporary Dance. In 2007 she moved to Seattle where she has performed for various dance companies including International Ballet Theater, Evergreen City Ballet, ARC Dance, City Opera Ballet, Katy Hagelin Dance Project and Olympic Ballet Theater. Victoria has presented some of her choreographic works for multiple shows such as Le Faux, Bohemia with Mark Siano, Drybones Artist Collective’s Restart 2015 Project and KHDP’s Exposure 2017. She performed with Olympic Ballet Theatre in their 2018 Season as well as toured with Katy Hagelin Dance Project, City Opera Ballet with 4Culture featured in Virulent Demolition 2018/2019. Victoria most recently co-directed and choreographed along with Katy Hagelin in KHDP’s show #colorMAD 2019.
Megan Becker Company Dancer/Soloist/Choreographer/Rehearsal Director
Megan Becker began her professional training dancing and working with Fresno Ballet. She attended many professional programs at Ballet West, Richmond Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and has a dance minor from Belhaven College. She's danced professionally with CDA Summer Theater, Spokane Ballet, Katy Hagelin Dance Project, AOPT and is a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has taught and choreographed for Drybones Artist Collective, Shoreline Community College, and Seattle Pacific University to name a few. She loves dancing for Katy Hagelin and considers the company her second family. Megan has been with KHDP ever since the company's first show Underneath Fresh April 2009. She has since danced, choreographed and directed shows with Katy Hagelin while also running her own performing arts company Drybone Artist Collective. Recently Megan put new choreographic work in KHDP's EXPOSURE 2017 called Stand Together or Fall Apart.
Sylvain Boulet Company Dancer/Soloist
In 2005 Sylvain began his dance training in Yelm, Wa. In 2007 he joined Evergreen City Ballet where he performed for one season before accepting an apprenticeship with Spectrum Dance Theater under the direction of Donald Byrd. He has been featured as a guest artist with Ballet Northwest, International Ballet Theatre, and MK Ballet, to name a few, and has worked with various contemporary choreographers, including Alana O. Rogers and Selfick Ng-Simancas. He was also a member of Coriolis Dance Collective and now performs regularly in the cabaret and burlesque community under the alias "Paris Original." Through burlesque "Paris" has toured to most major US cities, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco as well as to smaller communities, including Juneau, Friday Harbor, Vashon and Walla Walla. He has also toured internationally to London and Australia, and been featured in Burlesque festivals. Through burlesque "Paris" has won numerous awards and has toured throughout the US, as well as internationally in Europe and Australia. Sylvain has been a soloist and dancer with KHDP since 2010.
Angela Robinson Company Dancer/Soloist/Choreographer
A California native, Angela moved to Washington ten years ago. She started ballet at the age of eight with the San Francisco Ballet School and studied under the instruction of her teachers Irena Jacobson, Lola De Avila, Pascale Leroy, Larisa Sklyanskaya, George Esquivel, Ricardo Bustamante alongside ongoing private lessons with Edward Ellison (former Soloist of SFB & master teacher of Ellison Ballet). For nine years she performed in the SFB Nutcracker and SFBS Student Spring Showcase. Active in high school dance/singing/theater programs Angela attended various summer ballet intensives in addition to SFBS summer intensive, including Victoria Morgan Ballet Workshop, Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive program, and Berkeley Ballet Theatre. She then continued her ballet studies with Professional Ballet School and performed with Peninsula Ballet Theatre. While studying to be a pharmacy technician she took advantage of college and broadened her dance vocabulary with choreography and dance history courses. She has performed locally with Emerald Ballet Theatre, Ballet Bellevue, Inception Dance Theater, Dry Bones Collective, Katy Hagelin Dance Project and the touring cast of the Land of Sweets Burlesque Nutcracker. Angela is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Her extracurricular activities include American Kennel Club confirmation dog shows, breeding of French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs, and Subaru modifying. Angela has instructed ballet at Emerald Ballet Theatre, Dance Premier, Stanza Performing Arts, Ignite Yoga and Dance, Vibe Dance Studio and ARC School of Ballet. Outside of the dance studio she works part time as a model and as a pharmacy technician and contracts specialist at a local involuntary psychiatric hospital. Angela has been with KHDP since 2012.
Courtney Walker Company Dancer/Soloist/Guest Principle Artist
Courtney began dancing at age ten in her hometown of Macon, Georgia. After graduating High School, Courtney attended Belhaven University, where she studied ballet and modern dance with Lauri Worrill-Biggs, Laura Morton, and Stephen Wynne, among others. Summers provided her with the opportunity to train with Boston Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. After receiving her BFA in Ballet, Courtney went on to spend two seasons dancing professionally with Ballet San Antonio before moving to Seattle to perform contemporary, modern, and aerial dance with Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Redd Legg Dance Company, and The Cabiri aerial dance troupe. In addition, she appeared in a number of productions with Ballet Bellevue, including dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. In 2012, Courtney moved to Alabama to join the Montgomery Ballet under Director Darren C. McIntyre. While there, she performed a number of leading roles, including Phrygia in Spartacus, Odette in Act II of Swan Lake, and the title role in Giselle. She was also featured in The Games We Play by Australian choreographer, Timothy O'Donnell. She became a principle soon after in 2013. Courtney is currently a soloist in the Georgia Ballet having joined in 2014. She was with KHDP since the beginning in April 2009 and has continued to fly in and dance in larger KHDP shows as a guest artist in the recent years including KHDP's WAIT, REPEAT 2015.
Danny Boulet Company Dancer/Soloist
Danny began dancing along with his twin brother Sylvain in 2005 and their training followed very similar paths. By jumping from studio to ever larger studio he was able to get hired by professional companies within four years of training. He danced with Evergreen City Ballet for one year, did a short run with DASS dance, and apprenticed for a year at Spectrum Dance Theater before moving onto Coriolis Dance Collective. Danny was a company member there for four years before moving onto being a solo performer in the world of burlesque which has allowed him to tour the world. In the meantime he's performed with Ballet Northwest, MK Ballet, and trained circus with the Cabiri. Danny has been with KHDP since 2010. His first acting/leading role was "The Knight" in KHDP's Phantastes 2010; and after many years of playing/dancing lead characters, when asked what his favorite role had been, he said that it was his most recent -"The Artist" from KHDP's EXPOSURE 2017 The Artist performed September 2017.
Rachel Gonsalves Company Dancer/Soloist/Rehearsal Director
Rachel started dancing at age 5 in her hometown of Kent, Washington. She decided to pursue serious ballet training at age 8, enrolling at the Washington Academy of the Performing Arts to study with Deborah Hadley and Vera Altunina. In 1997, she moved to Evergreen City Ballet to train under founding artistic director Wade Walthall. She remained there, eventually becoming a company member until 2009, performing most of the principal roles in the classical repertoire, as well as originating many lead roles in original contemporary ballets. During the summers, Rachel was accepted to several prestigious, audition-only summer intensives, and chose to attend The Rock School (1999), and Boston Ballet (2001-2003). Over the years, she has been extensively trained not only in ballet, but also modern, theatrical jazz, tap, character, and Spanish dance, as well as having years of theater experience acting in plays and musicals. More recently, Rachel took advanced level dance classes at the University of Washington while completing her BA in psychology. In addition to dancing with KHDP, she has worked as a freelance dancer in the greater Seattle area, performing with Ballet Bellevue, Emerald Ballet Theater, International Ballet Theater, Inception Dance Theater, the Academy of Ballet in Enumclaw, and other small project based shows. Rachel has been with KHDP since 2012. She has been KHDP's Ballet Mistress and most recently restaged ballet piece BIV by Wade Walthall for KHDP's EXPOSURE 2017.
Christina Stockdale Company Dancer/Soloist/Guest Principle Artist
Christina Stockdale grew up in Philadelphia and received her training at the Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet and the Academy of International Ballet. After graduation Ms. Stockdale moved to Virginia to perform as a soloist with Manassas Ballet Theatre. After two seasons with MBT, Ms. Stockdale decided to move cross country and dance for Ballet Bellevue under direction of Jennifer Porter. Ms. Stockdale spent four years with the company as a principal dancer and teaching in the school. She also directed and choreographed several Ballet Bellevue School productions and performed with many other companies in the Pacific Northwest including Katy Hagelin Dance Project. In 2011, Ms. Stockdale auditioned and took a job as a company member with Nevada Ballet Theatre. While she was with the company she worked with world famous ballerina Cynthia Gregory and with Tara Keating on George Balanchine's Serenade. She also performed with Cirque du Soleil in an NBT Cirque du Soleil collaboration. Currently Ms. Stockdale is performing in Las Vegas with Tournament of Kings, one of the longest running shows on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, and guest dancing with many companies including Lily Verlain and Jasper McCann Presents in Seattle, Ballet Bellevue and Imagine Ballet Theatre in Ogden Utah. Christina has been with KHDP since 2010 and has continued to fly in and dance in larger KHDP shows as a guest artist in the recent years including KHDP's WAIT, REPEAT 2015.
Christin Purcell Company Dancer/Soloist
A native of Seattle, Christin Reuss-Purcell studied at Washington Academy of the Performing Arts, Kirov Academy of Ballet and London Studio Centre. Christin toured throughout the U.K. and Germany with Images of Dance, under the artistic supervision of Dame Alicia Markova, dancing the “Milkmaid” and “Scotch Rhapsody” in Ashton’s Façade, and in Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations. In Kolkata, India she opened her own ballet school, and danced in galas performing excerpts from La Bayadère, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Carmen Suite, The Nutcracker and Giselle. Christin danced the lead role of "Marie" in an alternative re-interpretation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King with Owen/Cox Dance Group and The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City. Currently a soloist with International Ballet Theatre, she has performed roles including "Clara/Sugarplum Fairy” in The Nutcracker, and “Radish” in the Northwest premier of Chipollino. Christin has danced with KHDP since 2016 starting with Jennifer Thomas' music video Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy as well as most recently in KHDP's EXPOSURE 2017.
Anna Hirko Company Dancer/Soloist
Anna Hirko is a native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and began her classical ballet training at Dance Elite under Maxim Ponomarenko (Kiev State Ballet School, Ukraine) and Nadia Pavlenka (Vaganova Ballet Academy, Russia). She furthered her training spending summers studying at Ballet Magnificat! and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Upon graduating, Anna had the opportunity to use dance as an outreach tool with In His Steps Ministries. She traveled to Russia, China, and India meeting practical needs of people and sharing the love of Jesus. In addition, she spent two years in British Colombia performing with Collective Productions dance company in order to bring awareness and raise funds for the anti-human trafficking organization LOVE 146. She then spent a year as a trainee at Joffrey Ballet School, NYC before deciding to relocate to the Pacific Northwest and dance for Paradosi Ballet Company, where she stayed for 5 years. Anna currently resides in Tacoma, WA with her husband and two year old son. Anna started her first season with KHDP Fall 2018.
Mija Bishop Company Dancer/Soloist
Mija started studying Ballet in Japan at the age of six and continued her training in the US. She has attended summer programs such as The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. and the American Ballet Theatre. Mija has performed the leads to many Ballets such as Giselle, Firebird, Cinderella, Paquita, Midsummer Nights Dream and Mina in Dracula. She also competed in the St Petersburg Russia Dance Open. She has 8 years of teaching experience in various parts of Washington state as well as in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Japan, and is now currently teaching for Northwest Dance and Acro, Woodinville Dance Academy, and Backstage Dance Studio. Mija started working with KHDP in the Fall of 2018. [Photo Credit: Jim Graham]