concorDance contemporary choreographer Ryan "Orion" BeckRyan Beck studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. He holds a degree in Ballet from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied under the instruction of Melissa Hayden and Duncan Noble. Mr. Beck has been a featured guest artist with San Diego Ballet, Harbor Ballet, Spindle City Ballet, Island Moving Company, and Ballet Rox. A sought after partner he has partnered members of American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. His choreographed works have been seen nationwide on several companies. Mr. Beck has had works created on him by esteemed choreographers including Steve Rooks, Lina Puodziukaite and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. In New York he is a founding Director of FARMdance. He Co-Founded Garage Contemporary Ballet with Kevin Jenkins in 2006. His Dance Film, “Red Plot,” recently was selected for the prestigious Movies by Movers film festival, after winning the Pointe Magazine Viewer’s Choice Award. Ryan set his Conversations on Olympus on concorDance contemporary for their debut performance in 2012, and was commission to create Catalyst Forum for the 2014 production of Communitas.

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Katie Baer Schetlick is a dance artist/choreographer/researcher and current Lecturer in Dance at the University of Virginia. Her choreographic work focuses on developing deeper kinesthetic conversations between seen bodies, seeing bodies and their shared environment. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research, NADA Hudson, Fleet Moves Dance Festival, the Museum Perron Oost (Netherlands), the International Dance Theatres Festival (Lublin), Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Cairo), Tom Tom Founder’s Festival, the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Ruffin Gallery, the Haven, Washington & Lee University, and the University of Virginia. Her writing has been published in Movement Research Performance Journal, Critical Correspondence and the activist journal, Building Alliances for Social Engagement. As a founding member of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, she performed both domestically and internationally at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival and Amman International Dance Festival. Together with Zena Bibler, Katie is the co-founder and co-director of the Movement Party and the Fleet Moves Dance Festival. She holds a MA in Performance Studies from New York University with a focus on dance and the politics of space and BFA in Dance with a minor in Anthropology from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University program.


Jerusha de Waal headshot 2014Jerusha de Waal is from Harrisonburg, VA, and has a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. She began her training at Dance and Company with Drew Jones, and most recently trained under the TCU faculty and other dance artists including Heidi Latsky, Richard Stafford, and Robert Battle. During a sabbatical from school, Jerusha studied at Danshuis Station Zuid with Andrew Greenwood in Tilburg, Netherlands. She also danced for Itamar Serussi Sahar and Rocco Vermijs. Upon returning to the United States, Jerusha was invited to the Rockette Summer Intensive Invitational Week. A passionate performer, Jerusha also enjoys choreographing. She has created her own music and collaborated with other artists in her work. Jerusha is also certified teacher Pilates instructor in BalancedBody Barre, and is continuing her training to become a fully certified instructor.