Blythe grew up in Juneau, Alaska and continued her dance training at Chapman University. There she discovered her passion for choreography, and in her senior year, was awarded the highest student dance honor, Excellence in Choreography, for her work “Conversations at a Table.” On scholarship at Florida State University, Blythe received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. In her first semester, she was selected to present her choreography “Standing Still” at ACDFA. For her thesis, she co-created a full-length concert; including performance, choreography, and video dance.
Since moving to San Diego in 2008, Blythe has continued to create work and present at several Southern California venues, Ignite: A Choreographer's Showcase, Celebrate Dance Festival-San Diego, the San Diego Young Choreographers Prize, and New Voices from San Diego Dance Theater. Her work was commissioned by Leverage Dance for The Junction and by Chapman University for Dance Tour and the Benefit Concert for the Epilepsy Support Network.
Blythe has performed with many great artists, among them: Sean Green, Rudy Perez, Gerri Houlihan, Lynda Davis, Dan Wagoner, and Alan Danielson. Blythe has toured in New York, Utah, Nevada, Illinois, Florida, and throughout California. She is currently performing professionally with both Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and Malashock Dance. She hopes to continue to contribute to the Southern California dance community as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, sharing her movement voice with students and audiences, alike.
California Rhythm Project is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and development of tap dance and other rhythmic dance forms.
California Rhythm Project was founded in 1996 by Pam Thompson-Spinner, protégé of the legendary Eddie Brown. Her primary goal was to teach and preserve the choreography of the great rhythm tap masters so that succeeding generations of tappers could continue to build on this amazing tradition, ultimately fulfilling the company vision. . .
“Pass it on, take it further.”
In its infancy, this small group of dancers commissioned choreography by Fred Strickler, Lynn Dally, Keith Terry, Chance Taylor, Louis DaPron, and Jeannie Hill. Later, as the company developed, it sponsored master classes with Dianne Walker, Arthur Duncan, Jason Rogers and Cartier Williams.
Since 2012, the company has been under the direction of Nancy Boskin-Mullen. With Thompson-Spinner's continuing support as Artistic Advisor, the company remains true to its origins and continues its work of preserving and sharing technique and choreography of current and past tap masters while also performing new pieces that reflect its rhythm tap roots.
Yolande Snaith’s choreographic and performing career spans thirty years. Her range of artistic engagement is broad, from solo performance work to group choreography and dance theatre, choreographic commissions and improvisation ensemble practice. Her work has been presented internationally in more than fifteen countries, and she has created several dance films in collaboration with renowned film directors. Yolande has been commissioned to choreograph works for dance, theatre and opera companies internationally.
Under the artistic direction of Yolande Snaith, IMAGOmoves assembles groups of artists and dancers based in San Diego, to create performance works on a project to project basis.
IMAGOmoves is committed to creating collaborative performance works that cross disciplines, media and boundaries, to foster synthesis between the artistic languages of movement, visual imagery, text, music and sound. As the name suggests, the work embraces the process of metamorphoses, from the initial germ of an idea to the emergence of the developed work in the presence of an audience. The company’s creative process and performance vocabularies are informed by contemporary dance, and theatre practices, often merging compositional scores with set choreography, crafting disparate elements into a seamless whole. The performance space serves as a container for visually striking and physically charged behavioral worlds with their own internal logic and movement language, inviting multiple readings, associations and resonant experience.
IMAGOmoves seeks to connect with audiences across a diverse demographic, embracing the potential that different sites and spaces suggest, in community locations, urban sites, city centers, gallery spaces and more conventional performance spaces.
Mojalet Dance Collective is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company that performs with a passion to share the beauty of expression through movement and artistic collaborations. The work performed by the professional company varies from large ensemble work to intimate duets and solos using strong elements of design, musicality, and athletic movement. Themes range from abstract, to the intimacy in relationships, and the pure beauty of movement.
Directed by Gina Bolles Sorensen and Kyle Sorensen, somebodies dance theater is a contemporary dance company that endeavors to expand and wed the arts of dance and theater, and thereby create new models for performance work. From socio-political to intrapersonal complexities, we use dance to share our unique take on the universals and anomalies of the human experience.
We often work from a question, image, feeling, or circumstance, and we abstract our ideas into layers of movement, text, landscape, relationship, and more. We love discovering ways that set choreography can interface with improvisation in live performance. Dynamic and experimental, we ricochet from the big, sweeping body to the quirky, pedestrian gesture, and from serious inquiry to outright humor.
We have a strong interest in the possibilities and processes of multimedia collaboration. By merging modern dance’s movement innovation with the imagistic potential of the other arts,somebodies dance theater shapes a sensory experience for performers and audiences. In each work, the elements of movement, scene, and sound intermingle to explore a range of possibilities between synergism and tension.
The company is a composite of the work of two different bodies with histories, the ideas of two different philosophers. When our histories and ideas coalesce in the making of a new dance, the result is an entity that is neither Gina Bolles Sorensen, nor Kyle Sorensen; it has its own unique identity. It’s somebodies.
somebodies dance theater has presented work to critical acclaim in both national and international venues, including programs and festivals in New York, California, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, Minnesota, Tel Aviv (Israel) and Tijuana (Mexico), to name a few. Kyle and Gina were awarded the San Diego Young Choreographers Prize in 2012.
transcenDANCE’s mission is to guide youth in underserved San Diego communities to transcend barriers, expand their ambitions, and create positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities through dance and performance.
Our Program Framework: transcenDANCE programs provide development opportunities for youth in underserved San Diego communities through a unique three-tiered program model: Connect, Create, Contribute
transcenDANCE CONNECTS with youth in many ways, and also connects youth to their bodies, minds, spirits, and their communities.
CREATE is our flagship program. It is where we get to do our deepest work with 20 – 25 teens selected every year through an audition process.
Through CONTRIBUTE, transcenDANCE is a catalyst for student and community transformation.
Programs provide an outlet for self-expression that promotes creative problem-solving as an alternative to the violence and conflict ever present in our students’ daily lives. A primary need addressed by the transcenDANCE Youth Project is to provide a safe, creative and supportive space during the “at risk” hours when youth are out of school and have no adult supervision at home. Many transcenDANCE students return as alumni to take on leadership roles within the performance group as paid choreographers, teaching artists, and volunteers. They become the role models and mentors who inspire and motivate incoming students.