Lara Seefeldt is a native of Seattle, Washington and is a classically trained dancer with several years of professional ballet and contemporary dance experience. She trained as a scholarship student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School (as well as many other esteemed schools) and studied privately with former New York City Ballet principal dancer, Stephanie Saland. Lara is a former member of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Quorum Ballet of Portugal and Whim W'Him. She has also performed with Peter Schaufuss Balletten in Denmark, Seattle Dance Project, Seattle Opera, Fifth Avenue Theater and in numerous Verlaine and McCann Presents productions. This is her second season with House of Verlaine.
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Tory Peil grew up in Ashland, Oregon where she studied under Sylvia Bolton, with summers on scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alonzo King's LINES ballet and The Northwest Professional Dance Project. Tory has been a principal artist with St. Louis Ballet and Spectrum Dance Theater. In addition to dancing for Whim W'Him, she performs in burlesque productions at The Triple Door, Teatro ZinZanni and other venues throughout Seattle as well as solo performances at Seattle Opera and 5th Avenue Theater.
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Marissa Quimby received her professional training in her home state of Connecticut at the School of Performing Arts and FineLine Theatre Arts. She migrated to Seattle to join Donald Byrd's Spectrum Dance Theater, where she performed and toured for three seasons. She is currently a member of Alana O Rogers Dance Company, dancer and Executive Director for Coriolis Dance, and can be seen onstage at the Triple Door in annual productions including The Can Can's This Is Halloween, Verlaine and McCann Presents’ Land of the Sweets, and PaulaNowEvent's House of Thee UnHoly. Marissa has also appeared at NW New Works On the Boards festival, Chop Shop, MOVE! Tacoma, Ten Tiny Dances, Next Fest NW, Moisture Festival, the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Opera, and more. www.MarissaQuimby.com
Natascha Greenwalt is a Walla Walla native, having left the rolling hills to pursue a dance degree. In 2005 she graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts as a Kreielsheimer Scholarship recipient. She has had the pleasure of performing with many local companies including Ballet Bellevue, DASSdance, and Spectrum Dance Theater before embarking on the adventure of creating Coriolis Dance with Christin Call. She has been awarded residencies at Studio Current, Open Flight Studios and was a Creative Resident at Velocity Dance Center. It’s been her honor to perform works by notable choreographers including Donald Byrd, Zoe Scofield, Jason Ohlberg and Twyla Tharp, as well as served as a commissioned choreographer for Ballet Bellevue, Whitman College, Western Washington University, and as a guest for the Cornish College of the Arts BFA performances. Natascha is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor at the GYROTONIC® Movement Center, as well as a ballet instructor at Westlake Dance Center, and a guest instructor for Whitman College SDL, the Montana Dance Arts Association, DANCE This and Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle. Natascha is thrilled to be an inaugural member of House of Verlaine!
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Thomas Phelan received his BA in Performing Arts from Colorado State University. After that he spent two years dancing for Alaska Dance Theatre before moving to Seattle where he began working with Whim W'Him. Since living in Seattle, Phelan has had opportunities to perform with Ballet Bellevue, Olympic Ballet Theatre, International Ballet Theatre, Alana Rogers, The Robbie Turner Revue, and The House of Verlaine.
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A professional dancer, Paris Original is poetry in motion and exudes the graceful elegance of balletic beauty. As a founding member of the internationally-recognized male burlesque troupe, Mod Carousel, and a three time Burlesque Hall of Fame award winner, Paris calls on his experience in dance and theatre to craft his unique style of burlesque. He has danced for such companies as the Evergreen City Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Coriolis Dance Collective. He has also been featured as a guest artist with International Ballet Theatre, Ballet Northwest, and many other regional companies.
Holly Nuss received her training at the Evergreen City Ballet School and studied with former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer, Wade Walthall. She also attended Summer Dance Intensives at American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. She has performed with Seattle Opera and as her burlesque persona Dreamy Tangerine for The Atomic Bombshells and Verlaine & McCann Present.