Jen is a founding member of A-WOL Dance Collective. She wears many hats at A-WOL, but she absolutely adores her role as an artistic director and company member. As a lover of collaborative creation and the exploration of combining floor work with aerial movement, A-WOL brings completion to her life! Her background and training include Pendulum Aerial Arts, Polaris Dance Theatre and a number of amazing choreographers and instructors in the western states including Mary Hunt and Jayne Persch. She also enjoys teaching aerial, dance and aerial yoga and her most recent endeavor includes her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training, Soulaira, that she co-founded with Jessica Baker in 2014. In Jen's spare time she maintains her registration as a dietitian, runs a sheet metal company, attempts multiple coffee dates with her husband each week and is raising her two children, Rustin and Sienna.
Brandy Guthery, originally from Tampa, Florida, moved to Oregon at age 14 where she began studying at Oregon Ballet Theater. She has trained in ballet, modern, flamenco and aerial dance. Brandy has performed with A-WOL Dance Collective, Polaris Dance Theater, Oregon Ballet Theater, Pendulum Aerial Dance Theatre, Portland Opera and North West Academy. She is a founding member of A-WOL and current Artistic Director as well as the Marketing/PR Manager of the company. When she is not dancing she is a senior property manager and a proud coach of the Clackamas Cavalettes. Brandy loves chips and salsa, a good scary movie and all her fur babies.
Alicia is a native Oregonian and has been dancing since the day she was born on this soil. Alicia holds a degree from the University of Oregon in Communication Disorders and Sciences and Psychology. She is quite busy at A-WOL holding many positions including Co-Director of the Company, Director of Education & Outreach, FlyCo Professional Training Company Coach, and Gym Rat. She has trained many dance disciplines including jazz, modern, hip hop, ballet and contemporary movement. Since becoming an aerialist in adulthood she has become a very passionate instructor and has trained with some of her favorite creative athletes such as Alex Allan, Deena Marcum Selko, Serenity Smith Forchion, Susan Murphy, Valerie Morris, and Elsie Smith. Her focuses include dance, partner acrobatics, rope, fabric, and lyra but she welcomes on any new apparatus when challenged to do so. Alicia’s favorite aspect of A-WOL is the fusion of dance, acrobatics, and aerial included in productions.
Sarah Burk has been performing with A-WOL since 2006 and became a company member in 2008 after playing an active role as company manager. Sarah has been involved in A-WOL hair and make-up as well as sewing costumes. She has a childhood background of dance and ballet. Much of her skills lie in her athleticism and strength from being an avid runner. Today she enjoys training for marathons and raising her son and daughter.
Olivia Shaw is a quirky and passionate dancer turned aerialist trained in multiple movement styles including Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and African. Having grown up a dancer and gymnast in Bend, OR, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with an emphasis in Theatre Arts, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Oregon. Olivia has toured as a performer in Theatre and Dance productions, distinctively with the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company. She received her Aerial Yoga Teacher Certification through Soulaira, directed by Jen Livengood and Jessica Baker. This is her fourth year with A-WOL and she loves the collaborative creativity that fuels this company. She currently teaches a number of styles in and around the Portland area. If you don’t find her dancing, she is most likely climbing trees and mountains or sipping a local glass of Pinot.
Rachel was born and raised in Helena, Montana where she began her dance training at the age of eight with Creative Arts Center, Queen City Ballet, and Big Sky Dance Works. Through the years she has trained in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, breakdance, neofusion, tumbling, and aerial. She has been certified in Pilates, group and personal training, and is constantly pursuing her passion for health of the body and mind. Currently she instructs at Allegro Dance and A-WOL. She also plays a managing role in youth classes at A-WOL and teaches several classes a week in the studio. Rachel loves a good book, spoonfuls of peanut butter with chocolate chips, playing with her nieces and nephews, baking muffins, and hiking to enjoy an incredible view. Her bucket list includes becoming a licensed skydiver and learning to poach an egg perfectly.
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.
Liz has been moving and grooving since age 3. She has performed all over the US, and has a degree in dance, and Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. Liz was drawn to A-WOL through college and work friends in 2014. She never considered being an aerialist before going to the A-WOL auditions and now she can’t imagine life without flying.
Angela grew up in dance studios and on gymnastics floors, but her real passion was jumping rope. She performed and traveled as part of a jump rope team all through middle and high school. This is how she realized her love of the stage! Years later she took up partner acrobatics and aerial dance. As an adult she has found that these art forms feed her soul in a way that nothing else can. So much so that she has chosen the path of teacher and coach as well as performer. She performs as an acrobat with Tempos Contemporary Circus and is honored to be in the air as part of Awol Dance Collective!
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.