About

MISSION


Seattle-based Karin Stevens Dance (KSD) captures the breadth of the moving human experience through the creation of imaginative performance works. Collaborating with music, theater, and visual artists, KSD investigates the complex layers of our cultural spaces, time, and relationship to nature. Striving to make beauty out of chaos, KSD celebrates the power of movement to help us connect more deeply to ourselves, each other, and the environments that we move through, from, and within.


KSD aims to be a national leader and fixture in the Seattle arts community, creating world-class dance that transfigures the relevant issues, pains, and environmental depravity of our time. KSD envisions a city where there is space for the creation of new dance and immersive audience experiences that dismantle complacent positions of privilege and power, open up new channels of engagement, and allow us to make new movements.


Through performance works and community events, KSD creates space for building connections. As a radical and vital art, dance can act as a key to our future sustainability. We commune, collaborate and converse through dance to remember that to be fully human we must move and create.

Founded in 2009 by Karin Stevens, KSD has performed locally at Velocity Dance Center, Fremont Abbey, Burien Performing Arts Center, Taproot Theatre Company’s Isaac Studio Theatre, and Edmonds Community College, and toured regionally to the O’Shaugnessy Center (MT) and Dennison Theatre (MT) among others.

As an advocate for live and original music, KSD has collaborated with award winning composers, Glacier Symphony and Chorale, String Orchestra of the Rockies, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, UW Chamber SIngers, Simple Measures, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, and the Sam Boshnack Quintet.

KSD has received support from Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4-Culture, Microsoft, Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG, Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, Case van Rij, The Plautz Family, The Dantzler Family, The Burgs, The Lanier Family, as well as individual donors and monthly sustainers, and through Velocity’s Creative Residency Program.

BELIEFS

  • Dance is a radical and vital art.
  • The movements we make matter.
  • Movement:
    • is at the essence of all life;
    • connects us to the mystery, wonder, beauty, and joy in our complex existence;
    • provides humor, healing, and play that is vital to our well-being;
    • gives us a connection to ourselves, and a connectedness toward others;
    • is a returning of the mind to the body and a respite from a tethered life to our ever increasing disembodied technological world.
  • The power of transformation through movement can be experienced both in the practice, performance, and viewing of dance.
  • We are all dancers.
  • This is more than a dance company; this is a way of life.

Karin Stevens began her training most notably with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater and The Seattle Children’s Theater. Her artistic lens has been influenced by a diverse movement background and travel, including a theatrical performance experience as a teen in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and a year studying dance in Spain as a young adult. While completing a B.A. in dance from the University of Washington, she was awarded a Mary Gates Endowment for Student Leadership Grant for her work with at-risk youth through dance. In 1999, Stevens began presenting her work and since has completed more than 70 dances. As Director of Dance at Dr Philips H. S., Orlando, FL, 2000 – 2003, she created many notable dances and was awarded multiple invitations to present in various national and local dance festivals, including a request to teach and choreograph for The Orlando Ballet School. In 2003, Stevens was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship to the Mills College MFA Dance program. While dancing with the Mills Repertory Dance Company her performance in Molissa Fenley’s, Water Courses, was recognized in the Voice of Dance. Following graduate school, Stevens formed Oakland Dance Encounter, collaborating with local composers and performing in many Bay Area venues. Stevens returned to Seattle in 2007 to form Karin Stevens Dance. 2009 – 2011, her company was established as the resident dance company of the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. As Dance Curator for the Fremont Abbey Stevens produced a number of curated dance events and assisted in the mission and launch of dance educational classes, workshops and community outreach. Stevens has danced for VOCI Dance, Double Vision, Omega West, Push Up Something Hidden Dance, Westwick Dolder Dance Theater, Molissa Fenley and Dancers, Penny Hutchinson, and various Seattle, Los Angeles and Bay Area independent choreographers. In February 2009 she joined master choreographer Molissa Fenley, as an associate artist, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The versatility of Stevens choreographic ability has been seen on the stage with Taproot Theatre, Book-it Repertory Theatre and through a commission by Theatre Puget Sound. Her company, Karin Stevens Dance, collaborates with many local and regional artists, composers, and music ensembles. Karin is also the mother of three daughters!

PRESENT

  • CORE KSD DANCERS
    Naphtali Beyleveld
    Philippa Myler
    Anja Kellner-Rogers
  • PROJECT-BASED DANCERS
    Kelly Taylor
    Alexandra Beatty Spencer
    Timothy Johnson
    Maia Veague
    Noelle Price

PAST

  • Amy Daniel
  • Morgan Houghton
  • Katie Schwab
  • Sarah Olds
  • Kelsey Hamon
  • Evan Foster
  • Miranda Chisholm-Sims
  • Shana Robbins
  • Anna Waller
  • Eileen Wingfield
  • Katherine Freeman
  • Maya Felton
    • El Nyberg
    • Ingrid Keek-Porter
    • Audrey Christianson
    • Taylor Augustine
  • Belle Wolf
  • Amy Weaver
  • Emily Durand
  • Caprice Abowitt
  • Christin Lusk
  • Melanie Williams
  • Hannah Taylor
  • Keneniah Bystrom
  • Brittany Schank
  • Adrienne White
  • Sarah Seder
    • Abbi Kaesberg
    • Hannah Duffany
      • Megan Stutesman
      • Jamie Maslach

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karinstevensdance@gmail.com

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