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Meet the dancers: Andre Silva

This season we welcome Andre Silva to the stage for SKETCH 6 with 13 years of professional dancing under his belt. He began dancing for want of being around at his mother’s dance school. Andre’s favorite part of performing is “the moments before going on stage, during, and after. The sensations and emotions that rush through the mind and body.” He’s enjoying this process because “Imagery allows you to collaborate to the creation process with a more relaxed, open minded environment between dancers and choreographers. When he’s not dancing, Andre is in nature, reading, teaching, and choreographing. See Andre in his first performance with ASI in SKETCH 6: Use Your Words at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, July 8-10!

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    Meet the dancers: Beth Ann Maslinoff

    Beth Ann Maslinoff has been taking dance seriously since she was a teenager. She began dancing for the sake of correcting alignment, but not dances to “get totally lost in the music and the movement” and “to get to experience a moment of freedom.” She states that this particular work, “Neil Gaiman’s poem…is what I mulled over the most.” She even “bought the children’s book of it”! When Beth Ann isn’t dancing, she is hiking in the beautiful Bay Area, and loves “how many beautiful trails there are close to the city and the ocean.” See Beth Ann in SKETCH 6: Use Your Words at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, July 8-10!

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      Meet the dancers: James Gilmer

      Dancer James Gilmer finds his love of dance in the fleeting moment on stage and the community feeling of telling a story. In SKETCH, James finds a different choreographic process with “room to explore what you’re physically capable of doing.” He’s been dancing since he was 5, simply because he had been dancing around the house to anything that was playing in the background. In the past, he feels that SKETCH has given the “opportunity to organize, refine, and explore new movement.” When he’s not dancing, James is at the gym or dreaming up new meals! Come see James on stage performing in SKETCH 6 at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, July 8-10!

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        Meet the dancers: Kelsey McFalls

        This season we welcome Kelsey for her first season with ASI! She found dancing at age 8 by way of living room dancing to The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and she keeps on dancing because she loves “the perpetual challenges it presents.” We’re so excited to see Kelsey on stage for SKETCH 6. When Kelsey’s not dancing, she’s working as the chief operating officer of a Berkeley-based technology company – talk about multi-talented! She loves performing because it is “an opportunity to temporarily transform an audience member’s reality… while observing the performance, the audience is given the change to forget about their bills, work, or stressors.” Kelsey will be performing in SKETCH 6 at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, July 8-10!

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          Meet the dancers: Sarah Griffin

          SKETCH 6 Dancer, Sarah Griffin has been with every Sketch since 2010, and we’re so happy to have her performing with us. At a young age, she was shy but after seeing the Nutcracker when she was three, her mom put her in dance classes. In her own words, she dances because “it’s the one thing that fulfills me on all levels: physically, creatively, intellectually, and spiritually. Dance is my highest form of expression and the medium in which I feel most present and free. There is always something new to learn, so the adventure never ends!” When she’s not dancing, Sarah is reading, writing, swimming, working out, and traveling. See Sarah in SKETCH 6: Use Your Words at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, July 8-10!

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            Meet the dancers: Peter Franc

            This is Peter’s first season with SKETCH, but he’s been dancing professionally for 12 years. For him, SKETCH is a unique process because you get to experience so many new people and influences in such a short amount of time! As a kid he “fell in love with the convergence of athleticism and musicality,” and he still dances for the conveying of “different emotions and telling a story without using words.” He says, “I experience a tremendous rush of energy and presence like nothing else when I perform.” When he’s not dancing, Peter is outside hiking, climbing, swimming, and camping! Come see Peter on stage at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason for SKETCH 6: Use Your Words, July 8-10!

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              Meet the dancers: Annali Rose

              Annali Rose has been with ASI for four Summers and we’re so glad to have her with us for SKETCH 6! She began dancing at age 8, because her mother thought it was something every child should have the opportunity to do (we think so too!). With a background dancing for ballet and ballet-based companies, Annali feels that working on a piece for SKETCH is “a much more collaborative experience,” and challenges her “to be creative in a different way and explort outside of normal ballet parameters.” A fun fact about Annali is that she’s hooked on Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends, two games that she spends her time out of the studio on! Come see Annali in SKETCH 6: Use Your Words at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason, July 8-10!

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