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Cornish Junior Dance Company Presents Reach

April 15, 2010

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish College of the Arts presents the Junior Dance Company presents Reach. Members of the Cornish Junior Dance Company bring contemporary and classical works to the stage, featuring the choreography of Steve Casteel, Christine Juarez, Paula Peters, Tinka Gutrick-Dailey, Markeith Wiley and Brenna Monroe-Cook.

Cornish Junior Dance Company in Reach
May 2nd, 2010 at 3pm and 7:30 pm
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122 $14 Adults $12 students, alumni, seniors

Cornish Junior Dance Company will perform at Broadway Performance Hall on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010.

Steve Casteel: former soloist with Houston Ballet, Preparatory Dance faculty and Cornish College of the Arts adjunct faculty member, has created a new ballet to the music of Strauss and restaged the Grand Pas de Deux and variations from Paquita. 

Christine Juarez: Preparatory Dance Program faculty member has created a new work Morning Mood for our Apprentice dancers exploring Norwegian culture, intermixing ballet and folk dance and bringing to life the proud spirit of the Norwegian people. 

Paula J. Peters: former Spectrum dancer and current graduate student at the University of Washington, has created Suspended a reflection on how we watch, participate or lead in the journey of our lives. Created in collaboration with the dancers, the work is an abstract contemplation of the common human relationship to time. 

Tinka Gutrick-Dailey: has reconstructed Satin Doll first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963.  Satin Doll celebrates the music of Duke Ellington with the elegant and fluid choreography of Carol Haney. 

Markeith Wiley: a Cornish College of the Arts student and burgeoning choreographer, is presenting Schism a work created for his final BFA concert at Cornish and performed by dancers of the Cornish Dance Department. 

Brenna Monroe-Cook: The Cornish Junior Dance Company will again perform Monroe-Cook’s, From Lullaby to Open Eyes.  We have been fortunate to have Ms. Monroe-Cook on our faculty for the last two years training our dancers in the Limon technique – in those two years their understanding of the technique has grown and this year they bring her piece to the stage with even greater understanding. 


The Cornish Junior Dance Company offers intermediate and advanced students enrolled in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts the opportunity to work with choreographers and perform a variety of dance styles.  Students, registered in Intermediate II and Advanced Ballet, are invited to audition.  Students, in Intermediate I, are invited to register for the Apprentice Junior Company.  In the fall students in Primary thru Advanced levels of the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts may perform in The Nutcracker.
The Preparatory Dance Program boasts illustrious alumni. Among many of the fine institutions students have graduated on to are: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Barnard College, Boston College, Cornish College of the Arts, Harvard University, The Julliard School, Lines Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program, Mt. Holyoke College, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Juilliard, Fordham, Interlochen Arts Academy and N.C. School of the Arts.
Companies include: Graham Company, Houston Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre and Atlanta Ballet Pre-Professional Program.

This year Cornish Junior Dance Company members will be attending summer programs at the Ailey School, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey, Julliard,  Northwest Dance Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Summer Dance Lab.

For additional information please contact Meike Kaan or Lindsay Walter (see information above) or visit

About Cornish College of the Arts
Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.