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Interview

DANCE FOR FALASTEEN

On April 21 the community came together to raise money for Camps Breakerz and to engage in education and solidarity with Palestine. Organizer Charlotte Yun talks about the event, and how liberation movements and dance are connected.

CYPHER QUEENZ CHANGE THE SCENE

Breaking group CYPHER Queenz defies a culture of misogyny to claim space for Seattle’s bgirls. Writer Sushen Tu’s debut article speaks with CYPHER Queenz dancers at the forefront of a radical shift in the breaking scene.

OPEN FLIGHT KEEPS FLYING

After nearly 70 years as a dance space–and 20 years as an artist co-op–the new leadership team at Open Flight Studios is adding new programming, and keeping it one of the most affordable studios in town.

SPOTLIGHT: NAPHTALI ANN

“Dancing in my 40s now, personal challenges, and post-pandemic life has led me to search for what I am really passionate about and find joy in.”

SPOTLIGHT: Zsilas Michael Hughes

Joining the ranks of Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2021, they’ve also performed for Amanda Morgan with The Seattle Project and in the local Ballroom scene. Follow this exciting new artist, Zsilas Michael Hughes!

Spotlight: Leah J Russell

“I really relish dramatic work that allows you to lose yourself. Dance is such a unique space where we have the opportunity to transform ourselves into characters, animals, the elements, mystical beings, or even abstract states of being.”

SPOTLIGHT: SARA CAPLAN

“I’m willing to try anything and talk about anything in rehearsal. You need a lot of trust in a rehearsal process to make the project successful and I have figured out how to keep myself open to things to help create that environment.”

SPOTLIGHT: AKOIYA HARRIS

“At times we lend each other our sadness so that we can remember how to stand up. Carrying it all on our own will make us crumble. This ignited in me the desire to turn to community and start creating work through the support it offered me.”