Aidan DeYoung received his training at the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco before joining Ballet West where he performed roles in works by Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Jiri Kylian, Nicolo Fonte and Helen Pickett. Aidan returned to the Bay Area and joined Smuin Ballet. While there he danced in ballets by Adam Houghland and Helen Pickett as well as creating roles in Amy Seiwert’s But Now I Must Rest and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino. Aidan has recently worked for BurnsWork, Liss Fain Dance, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet. As a choreographer, Aidan has created three works: Outward, Eenvoudig and InForm. Aidan spends his free time away from dance playing tennis, throwing frisbees, and baking bread.
Matthew Doolin is originally from Jacksonville, FL. He grew up in public arts education before dancing professionally with Orlando Ballet in high school. He graduated from Butler University on a full artistic scholarship with a BA in Dance Pedagogy. Matthew has performed and taught class from Juneau, AK to Montreal, CA to Hang Zhou, China. He has had the blessing to dance the works of Nacho Duato, Sandrine Cassini, Robert Dekkers, Peter Chu and many more. Recently, Matthew has become a licensed Neuromuscular Massage Therapist from the National Holistic Institute. For the past two years, he has dedicated his time away from dance to take an in-depth look at the human body. He is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to share once again.
Joseph A. Hernandez, a Chicago native, earned his BFA in Dance with honors from Western Michigan University. In addition to his degree, he has also trained with Springboard Danse Montréal, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Gus Giordano Dance School. Professionally, Joseph has danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, ODC/Dance, LED Boise, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, DamageDance, Kate Weare Company, River North Dance Chicago, and Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers. Joseph is presently a freelance artist, contracted with LED Boise, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Joseph is thrilled to be joining Amy Seiwert's Imagery for SKETCH 8. www.josephahernandez.com
Sarah Cecilia is a classically trained, creatively inclined dancer and movement artist. Born in Colombia and raised in the U.S. and Argentina, she began her ballet training at the age of three after being charmed by "The Nutcracker." Her professional dance credits include Oregon Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Opera, Oakland Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, as well as freelance projects and collaborations in film, photography, music, and visual art. Sarah began working with Amy Seiwert and Imagery in 2010 and has participated in the SKETCH series since its inception. In 2012 and 2016, she was nominated for Isadora Duncan Dance Awards as an individual performer for her work with Imagery. Sarah is thrilled to be back for new creations and with new collaborators in SKETCH 8.
Alysia Chang, born in Berkeley, CA, is a freelance dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Arts Management (magna cum laude). She has danced with Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Music Circus, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York and toured through China with Ziru Dance. In San Francisco, she has danced with The San Francisco Opera Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Concept O4, and DawsonDanceSF. Alysia’s repertoire includes works by Yannis Adoniou, Melissa Barak, Ron Cunningham, Val Caniparoli, Lila York, Graham Lustig, Amy Seiwert, Janice Garrett/Charles Moulton, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Helen Pickett, and George Balanchine. Alysia is excited to join SKETCH again this Summer.
Beth Ann Maslinoff is from Gainesville, Florida, and received her early training at Pofahl Studio. She was accepted into The HARID Conservatory at age 14 and graduated as a Rudolf Nureyev Education Fellowship recipient. With Dance Alive National Ballet, she toured to Brazil and finished in the top 12 of the Senior Women category at the 2012 Varna International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. She first worked with Amy for the premiere of Monuments with Alaska Dance Theatre, and again for White Noise with Eugene Ballet, where she has been for the past five seasons. Beth joined Imagery for SKETCH 6 and is thrilled to return this summer.
Austin Meiteen (a native to Austin, Texas) began his training at Interlochen Arts Academy and later continued his work at Houston Ballet Academy in the Professional Division. Additionally, he has attended the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive for the past three summers on scholarship. He will be attending Jacob’s Pillow later this summer. For the 2017-18 season he was a member of Kansas City Ballet's second company under the direction of Devon Carney, Anthony Krutzkamp, and Ryan Nye. As a member of KCBII, Austin performs in many of the main and second company performances and outreach programs. He will again be a member of KCBII in the upcoming season. At eighteen, he is very thankful for all the opportunities he has been awarded. This is Austin's first time working with Ms. Seiwert, and he is beyond excited to be joining for SKETCH 8.
Kelsey McFalls is from Syracuse, NY. She has been fortunate to have worked with the Sacramento Ballet, DTSF, Milissa Payne Project, Company C, Peninsula Ballet Theater, Kambara + Dancers, San Francisco Symphony, American Contemporary Ballet in LA and American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, NJ. Kelsey's repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Amy Seiwert, Ron Cunningham, Robert Moses and Liza Gennaro, among many others. Beyond dancing, Kelsey is COO of Berkeley-based independent think tank, Socos Labs. Labs experiments with new visions of work, education, innovation and inclusive economies to inform more human-centered policy. Kelsey first participated in Sketch in 2016 and has been counting down the days until SKETCH 8.