Natalie Border | Dancer
Natalie Border, a Utah native, began training at The Dance Club studio and danced on her high school dance company. After high school Natalie continued to dance as well as administer as company president of the Snow Dance Ensemble under the direction of Patty Meredith. She graduated from the University of Utah with her BFA in Modern Dance Spring of 2015. While dancing on scholarship and as a part of the honor society, Orchesis, she performed as a guest artist in Rire-Woodbury’s “Spring Concert”, and performed with the Performing Dance Company in works by Andrea Miller of Gallim and Sharee Lane.
Natalie has also worked with other gifted artists such as Loni Landon, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Scott Wells, and LajaMartin among others. Natalie has participated in Northwest Dance Project’s Launch: 10 program, produced her own show, Nomad, and most recently had the privilege to perform in Repertory Dance Theatre’s Emerge show in work by Dan Higgins. Natalie is open to new experiences in dance performance, teaching, collaboration, and choreography.
Lyndi Coles | Dancer
Lyndi was born and raised in Pocatello Idaho and began dancing at a young age and found over a short time that dance was something she was very passionate about. She had a desire to attend college and is now a graduate from Utah Valley University (UVU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. Throughout her years as a student at UVU Lyndi was awarded both full tuition scholarships and a part of various engaged learning projects. Opportunities such as attending and performing at the American College Dance Association National Festival (ACDA) held in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center, 2015 the Research Forum Ireland Conference titled UpRising, New York City, 2015 as well as multiple screen dance films, and performing at Comic-Con with Alex Boye in Salt Lake City, 2016. Lyndi collaborated with Repertory Dance Theatre, and Repertory Ballet Ensemble performing a piece entitled Tower, 2017-2018 while also performing in Repertory Dance Theatre’s Emerge dance series, 2018. Lyndi is currently a freelance dancer working with various artists and has high expectations for her future.
Brian Gerke | Dancer
Brian Gerke was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, and he received his initial dance training at the University of Montana. Brian joined Headwaters Dance Company (formerly Mo-Tran) in 2002, and in 2005, he relocated to NYC and began dancing with Hilary Easton + Co., Juliana May's MayDance, Sondra Loring and Dancers, and at the Trisha Brown Dance school, where he was a scholarship student.
In 2007, Brian immigrated to Reykjavik to continue a burgeoning artistic collaboration with Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and eventually form their own dance company called “Steinunn and Brian.” Brian joined the Iceland Dance Company in the autumn of 2012 and became a featured and award-winning soloist throughout his tenure there until 2015.
Brian has served as the director of the Contemporary Dance Department at the National Ballet Academy of Iceland, as a guest professor at Iceland Arts University and the National Jazz School (JSB), and as a teacher at Kramhusid Community World Dance Center in Reykjavik. His work has been commissioned by Universities and professional dance companies in the US and abroad. In 2012, his work MEAT premiered in Salt Lake City at the American College Dance Festival and was selected to represent the northwest region of the United States at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Brian most recently created a new work entitled “Island” on students at California State University in San Marcos, and in 2017, he has been commissioned by Iceland Arts University and the University of Montana to create new works in the 2017-18 academic year. Brian is currently a graduate student in his second year at the University of Utah.
E'lise Jumes | Dancer
A native to the midwest, E’lise spent a majority of her life along the shores of the Lake Michigan. E’lise Marie Jumes holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. During her time in Milwaukee, WI she had the pleasure of working with Simone Ferro, Elizabeth Johnson, Luc Vanier, Rebecca Stenn, Mindy Meyers, Maria Gillespie and Dani Kuepper. In 2013, E'lise was the recipient of the Wisconsin Dance Council Scholarship Award and participated in the community as a dance educator, performer, choreographer and an activist for the LBGTQ community. Her post-undergraduate career brought her all over the world, attending multiple Gaga Intensives in NYC and Israel while learning from members of Batsheva, under the guidance of Ohad Naharin. After arriving back into the states, she continued to perform and produce work in Chicago, IL until her most recent decision to pursue a graduate degree in dance. E'lise now calls Salt Lake City, Utah her home while she pursues her MFA in Modern Dance with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. She is currently working under the mentorship of Molly Heller, Eric Handman, Stephen Koester, Satu Hummasti, Daniel Clifton, Ellen Bromberg and Michael Wall.
Chang Liu | Dancer
Chang Liu (Leo) received his BA degree in Beijing Dance Academy majoring in Chinese Classical Dance in 2012. After graduating, he served in the Chinese People's Liberation Army as a professional dancer for Air Force Dance Company and worked for the Professional Art Academy of Hubei Province as the head of Department of Modern and Pop Dance until 2015. Leo is currently a graduate student in his second year at the University of Utah.
Casey Van Portfleet | Sound Maker
Casey Van Portfleet has quietly been making noise for over fifteen years. Based in the SF Bay Area for most of his career, he worked as a core member of Hatch Performance Collective and as an accompanist for modern/contemporary dance classes at Sonoma State University. Along with his collaborations with Nichele, he has created original sound scores for Mid to West Dance Collective and EAAOdance, and has worked with Anne Bluethenthal's ABD Productions.