Performer 2020 - present
Born and raised in Davao City, Philippines, Dee Alaba is a dance artist and a transfemme person of color who graduated with a BFA from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago in 2017. Since graduating, Dee has navigated through the industry as a trans artist and has expanded her network and collaborated with independent artists and companies including Thodos Dance Chicago, Loud Bodies, and Synapse Arts. Dee has worked with dance artist Erin Kilmurray, collaborating in her work Search Party Dances ‘18 and as a member of the Honey Cast for The Fly Honey Show X. She has also performed with The Cambrians and recently created choreography for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Dance Program.
Performer 2015 - present
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Sarah is a dance artist and movement coach. She received her early training from the Milwaukee Ballet School and continued her education at the University of Iowa, receiving a BFA in Dance and a BA in English (2011), with a concentration in Creative Writing. She has worked with artists and companies including Harrison McEldowney, Carl Flink, Melinda Jean Myers, The Moving Architects, Mario Zambrano, Danceworks Performance Company, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, Niv Sheinfeld /Oren Laor, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, and Same Planet Performance Project. Sarah is the Operations Manager and a full-time coach at Defined Training, in addition to being a co-founder of The Lunge Ladies: an all-female identifying strength training group that teaches womxn to love the barbell. Sarah joined The Seldoms in 2015.
Education & Engagement Coordinator / Performance
Christina grew up in the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a BFA in Dance. She later moved to London to pursue her Master’s Degree in Dance Studies at the Laban Centre under the tutelage of Rosemary Butcher and Dr. Valerie Rimmer. During that time she worked professionally with independent choreographers and danced for several companies including BlueWhite under the direction of Melanie Clarke. Christina remained in London to teach at Kingston University and continued to dance professionally until moving back to Chicago. Christina is certified in Laban Movement Analysis, and teaches Pilates in the city. Christina joined The Seldoms in 2003, was Assistant Director from 2008-2017 and lead training for the ensemble. While she no longer performs, hers is still an important creative voice for the company.
DAMON D. GREEN
Performer 2007 - present
Damon D. Green was born in Champaign, and has lived in Chicago since 2002. Green’s dance education began at Christine Rich Studio, with training in classical ballet and jazz in 1996, and then at the Champaign Park District, under Kimberly Burson from 1997-2002. Green continued his studies at Columbia College Chicago in 2003, where he was introduced to modern/contemporary, African and Vogue. Vogueing is currently Damon’s focus, working frequently with choreographer Darrell Jones, and he keeps a foot in the contemporary dance world with The Seldoms. He operates his own studio called TextureDance, a home for the contemporary dancer, and offers training in Vogue, Modern, Street Jazz and Hip-Hop to youth, teen and adults. texturedance.com
Performer 2018 - present
Company Training Lead
Maggie joined The Seldoms in 2018, and leads company training for The Seldoms, teaching somatic-based release techniques and exploring mind-body connections. She has completed Gibney Dance’s Climate of Possibility program. Maggie received her MFA with distinction in Contemporary Dance Performance through the postgraduate program VERVE led by Matthew Robinson in Leeds, UK. She toured around the UK and Europe performing original creations by choreographers Sita Osthimer, Matthew Robinson, Hanas Lengoff, and Lenka Vagnerova. She received her BFA in contemporary dance at London Contemporary Dance School, and is an international ambassador for recruitment for Northern School. Abroad and in the US, she has attended workshops focusing on somatics, anatomy, improvisational methodologies, Counter Technique, and Gaga with Company Ate9, Khecari, Boston Dance Theater, and Hofesh Shechter.
Guest performer 2022
Haley Marcin is a Chicago based artist, performer, and educator. In 2019 she graduated summa cum laude from The University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BFA in Dance. During her time there, Haley performed works by Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Janet Lilly, B.J. Sullivan, and Clarice Young. Haley has worked with several companies in Chicago and New York, and received the opportunity to train intensively and perform in Calabria, Italy on a full tuition scholarship. Upon graduating, Haley apprenticed with the Michael Mao Dance Company in New York. She moved back home to Chicago and since has performed with Aerial Dance Chicago, Project Bound Dance, Still Inspired and collaborated with many Chicago choreographers. She is a 200 hour certified yoga/aerial yoga instructor and teaches yoga and dance throughout the Chicagoland area.
Guest performer 2022
Timothy Tsang is a queer Chinese American performer, choreographer and arts administrator. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago, where he performed in original works by Paige Cunningham-Calderella, Bob Eisen and Stephanie Paul, as well as repertoire by Merce Cunningham. Tsang has also performed with Ardent Dance Company, South Chicago Dance Theatre, Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Dance in the Parks Chicago, and in works by J’Sun Howard, Hannah Santisaven, and Kaela Norwood. Tsang has created choreography for Esoteric Dance Project, Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Evanston Dance Ensemble, and has presented works at Auditorium Theater, Links Hall, Fulton Street Collective, Studio5, and The Edge Theater.