This year we received 3 times more applications than last year for our Maker track – a uniquely designed experience where choreographers are provided 14 hours of composition courses and a cast to create or restage work. Works are presented at the end of the week for the community and a board of adjudicators who select one of the choreographers to receive a commission with WCDC. Apply by May 24 to work with these choreographers and get to perform in their work!
Vivian Kim, Colorado
Vivian Kim is a dance educator, performer, and choreographer based in Colorado. She received her MFA in Performance and Choreography for Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) in May 2018. Vivian has been specializing in Contemporary-Modern dance forms since 2010; and in 2017 Vivian began training in Street dance styles with Rennie Harris, specifically House, and Hip-Hop. In 2021, Vivian began training in Popping with Dassy Lee (Femme Fatale). She co-directs a Contemporary/Street Dance fusion company with creative partner, Keith Haynes, MFA, called VisKosity Dance Collective (Instagram: @viskositydanceco). Vivian has had the opportunity to choreograph, present work, and guest at the University of Colorado Boulder, Ohio Northern University, Red Rocks Community College, the University of Nebraska Kearney, and others. To keep up with Vivian you can find her on Instagram @_vviivvii_ or at www.vkdances.com.
Sydney Aguirre, Idaho
Sydney Aguirre is a dance artist currently living in Rexburg, Idaho, who advocates for creativity, uniqueness, and innovation. She received training in the contemporary, modern, ballet, and jazz genres and has earned a BA in Dance from Brigham Young University-Idaho. While at university, she directed and choreographed several pieces for seasonal performances and has had some featured in the university’s Research and Creative Works showcase. She has performed on both the Dance Alliance and Collegiate Dance teams.
Hayley Stoddard, Utah
Hayley Stoddard has had a deep love for the arts since she was very young. She consistently finds fulfillment in creation. Hayley’s dance journey began at eight years old and still continues today. Hayley graduated with her bachelor’s degree in dance from Brigham Young University Idaho, where she also received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Hayley has worked very closely with fellow dancers and artists to enhance her mover and creator abilities. She enjoys heavy collaboration and exploring the crossovers between dance and other art forms. Hayley is always thrilled to further her craft and cultivate her passion and love for dance.
Kara Robertson, Virginia
Kara Robertson is a Choreographer, Educator, and Director based in Richmond, Virginia. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Karar Dance Company. Kara is moved to create work that exhibits the delicate balance of strength and fragility. Her work has been presented in New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Kara has served as a guest artist at various dance programs across the country including Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Kara is a passionate advocate for growing the voices of young artists. She is the recipient of multiple grant awards from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to create educational programs such as the Young Dancer Mentorship and support Karar Dance Company’s ongoing professional development.
Kara was a 2019 resident artist at the Mudhouse Residency in Agios Ioannis, Crete and 2016 alum of Doug Varone and Dancers’ DEVICES Choreographic Mentorship and Intensive. In 2016, Kara graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography, earning the VCU Dance Bobby Chandler Award in Honor of Chris Burnside and Outstanding Choreographer award. She has also attended the 2015 ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival on a Dean’s International Study Grant from VCUarts and has studied abroad in Noto, Sicily on a VCU Summer Study Abroad Scholarship.
Learn more about Kara and her work at karardancecompany.org.
Annabel Kaplan, Oregon
Annabel Kaplan (she/her) grew up in Portland Oregon and is a recent graduate of George Mason University where she earned her BFA in Dance with a minor in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners. While at George Mason University, Annabel had the opportunity to choreograph four works for various Mason Dance Company productions and performed in a number of student choreographed works. She has also performed works by faculty members Lawrence Jackson and Christopher D’Amboise and was selected to participate in a residency with guest artists Manuel Vignoulle and Rena Butler. She has attended intensives and workshops such as the SHARE Intensive in Paris France, Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston Maine, Perry Mansfield Professional Dance Intensive with Yin Yue in Steamboat Springs Colorado, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company Summer Intensive in New York New York and Arts Umbrella International Dance Intensive in Vancouver BC. Annabel is also an experienced dance educator. She has taught various dance forms to students ages 2- 18 in Portland Oregon, Fairfax Virginia, Sitka Alaska, and Lewiston Maine.
Lyndsay Crookston, Utah
Lyndsay Crookston is a contemporary dancer and choreographer currently studying dance at Brigham Young University. She started dancing at 15 years old when a friend invited her to join a musical theater class at a local studio in her hometown in Washington State. Immediately falling in love, Lyndsay started to take ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary lyrical classes. She had the opportunity to choreograph for performances and competitions before moving to Utah and pursuing higher education. After graduation, Lyndsay hopes to continue pursuing choreography and spread the joy of dance to all people. Lyndsay is especially interested in making dance accessible to the deaf community.