Alice has been dancing since the age of two, beginning with ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. As a young adult, she was part of the preprofessional company, Ballet Theater of San Luis Obispo. Over time she expanded her repertoire with modern, belly dance, ballroom, acrobatics and fire performance. Alice moved to Portland in 2010 and began learning aerial. Alice recently earned her BA from PSU. There, she studied Anthropology, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, and Dance. She would like to give a huge thank you to the AWOL company for giving her the opportunity to learn and perform with them.
Rochelle Kwasniewski, Apprentice
Rochelle Kwasniewski is originally from Arvada, CO. She found her love of dance by choreographing silly routines with her gal pals who lived next door. Lucky for Rochelle her neighbors offered her a carpool to Rocky Mountain School of Dance. While growing up her love for dance evolved. She found herself tap dancing her away into her high school musical, Anything Goes. Which lead her to study dance and musical theatre in college. Rochelle graduated from Casper College with an Associates in Dance. She studied dance and musical theatre at Columbia College in Chicago for a year. Then graduated from Colorado Mesa University with her Bachelor of Arts in dance and music theatre. Following her interests in film and travel she moved to LA to pursue dance and acting. Her hunger for travel and dance was yet to be satisfied and lead her to Portland. This past year she trained in aerial dance with Awol Dance Collective pre professional program FlyCo. Rochelle is happy to announce her first year apprenticeship with A-WOL Dance Collective.
Aphyna Zoe, Apprentice
Aphyna began her dance training in ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary when she was 13 years old and was transformed by the power and joy she discovered in expressing herself through movement. As a very shy child the discovery of dance gave Aphyna an outlet for expression, which fed her soul. She continued her performance training throughout college where she also discovered her love of burlesque dance. Aphyna’s passion for travel led her to explore movement art across the globe. She began performing professionally in Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon in 2013. She immersed herself in Butoh in Barcelona and attributes her emerging artistic style to all of these experiences. Her soul searching eventually brought her back to Portland to study aerial arts at Awol where she completed the FlyCo training program in 2018 and was invited to be an apprentice for the company. For Aphyna, dancing in the air feels like the most exquisite embodiment of freedom and strength.
Kim Choeychan, Apprentice
Kim is originally from Eugene Oregon and fell in love with dancing at a young age. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from the University or Oregon in 2014 where she spent her time performing in multiple shows, teaching, and touring with the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company as a lighting designer. Kim served as a board member for a student organization called Dance Oregon, helping to provide opportunities for dancers outside of the University setting. Her continued studies include the winter American Dance Festival, Joe Goode's summer dance intensive, AWOL Dance Collectives’ adult professional aerial training program Fly Co., and studying the gaga movement language at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, Israel. In her free time she enjoys a good pun, hiking, skiing, spending time with her husband, and pulling pranks on her closest friends.
Margo Yohner, Guest Artist
Margo began her dance training in Centerville, OH where she was a 10-year performing member of the South Dayton Dance Theatre before attending Ohio University on a dance scholarship. Locally, she was a 10-year performing and founding member of Polaris Dance Theatre, led by Robert Guitron and has had the pleasure working with other remarkable Portland artists including, Skinner | Kirk Dance Ensemble, Mary Oslund, Bonnie Merrill and Gregg Bielemeier. Margo has been a part of A-WOL Dance Collective for a combined 7 years since 2004, starting with the original debut of Art in the Dark.
Kelsie Young, Guest Artist
Kelsie Young has been apart of A-WOL since 2013. She started on A-WOL’s FlyCo and just recently became a member of the company. Prior to A-WOL, Kelsie trained at Allegro Dance Studio in Canby, OR studying ballet, jazz, modern, and aerial. Kelsie also trained with Willamette Ballet Academy in Woodburn, OR. During the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to attend the Annual Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO. While there, she took Silk and Lyra classes under Ana Prada as well as Harness, taught by Karen Fuhrman. Kelsie loves performing and is excited to be apart of A-WOL’s company! She would like to thank all of her former instructors for helping her get where she is today.