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Dance artist, performer, choreographer and dance educator, Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company, Full Circle Dance Company, Natural Locz Dance Company and Dani Tirrell Dance Theater that he founded and serves as Artistic Director. Dani also created Color Lines Dance Ensemble for youth dance artist ages 12 to 18.
Dani has performed and shown work at Seattle International Festival of Dance (Seattle), Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Gay City Arts (Seattle), Bumpershoot: Velocity Dance Center Showcase (Seattle), Showing Out: Black Contemporary Choreographers (Seattle), Young Tanz Sommer (Austria), Northwest New Works Festival: On The Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward (Portland), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle), Erased (Color Lines Dance Ensemble) as part of Nights at the Neptune (Neptune Theater, Seattle), Monticello Wakes (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles) and Central District Forum of Arts and Ideas.
Dani has choreographed works for 3rd Shift Dance (Seattle), Jazz Intoxication (Seattle), Broadway Bound Children’s Theater (Seattle), Stone Soup Theater (Seattle), Northwest Tap Connection (Seattle), Full Circle Dance Company (Detroit), Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit (Detroit), Detroit Windsor Dance Academy (Detroit) and Vision Center Stage Dance Company (Detroit). Most recently Dani choreographed for the premier of House of Dinah written by Jerome A. Parker and Directed by Andrew Russell. House of Dinah premiered at On the Boards in the 2016/2017 season. Dani has also conducted workshops centered on gender/sexuality/race at Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (Seattle), Texas Festival of Dance Improvisation (Texas Women’s University, Denton, City Arts Magazine 2017 Genre Bender Artist paired with Mary Anne Carter and Allied Media Conference (Detroit).
Currently his work focuses on the queer, gender non-conforming and black experience. Dani also incorporates House, Vogue, Whacking and Contemporary movement in his artist practice and work. Dani teaches throughout the Seattle area with Northwest Tap Connection and Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon.
Amy O has been dancing since she was three. She grew up a military brat for the first 18 years of her life. In junior high, she lived in Ankara, Turkey where she snuck out to dance clubs. Here she fell in love with club dances and started to learn about what she would later realize was Hip Hop culture. Her entry point into Hip Hop dance were the party dances from the 80's and 90's that she still loves to rock. She has studied all kinds of movement practices and has a BFA in dance and choreography from Cornish College of the Arts, which is what brought her to Seattle 20 years ago. Amy is a nationally recognized choreographer mostly for live performance, but she has also choreographed for music videos, commercials, and dance films. She is known for her unique amalgam of street and club dance styles and contemporary dance. She has received national funding for her stage shows from the National Performance Network, National Dance Project, and the Creative Capital Foundation and toured her work all over the US, Japan, and Mexico. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, two-time Stranger Genius Award nominee, a Herb Alpert Award nominee, and was honored as the first Distinguished Alumni from Cornish College of the Arts in 2014. Amy is a long time collaborator of musician/comedian Reggie Watts on the stage and the screen. She choreographed and performed in his internet sensation “F…, S…, Stack” video and toured in his show “Disinformation”. Amy is a beloved teacher in Seattle and has taught at several major dance centers and universities nationally and internationally. She taught at Velocity Dance Center for 15 years, Seattle Theater Group's Dance This...program for 12 years, and she started up the House classes and Open Sessions with Dani Tirrell at Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon. Her latest stage show, Opposing Forces, is performed by members of Rocksteady Crew, Massive Monkees, SoulShifters/ Circle of Fire, Dog Pound, and Chpt One, and has toured the US for three years. She was invited to battle in Queen of the Hill: All Ladies/All Styles for the first two years, was a guest speaker on the dance element panel of 206 Zulu’s Meeting of the Minds, and was an invited dancer for Clas/Sick Hip Hop: 1993 Edition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She recently relocated to Los Angeles and is teaching her signature class Rhythm is a Dancer at Ryan Heffington’s, The Sweat Spot, in the neighborhood of Silverlake.