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Artist profile: Juliette Machado leads dance workshop for youths

Juliette Machado offers a dance intensive for youths from Dec. 28-30 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center.
Juliette Machado offers a dance intensive for youths from Dec. 28-30 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Juliette Machado, a 24-year-old native of Hawaii, is having a busy fall.

She’s helping with the projection design work for “Under the Tree,” opening Thursday, Dec. 10, at iDiOM Theater; her just-completed film, “Ellis Won’t be Dancing Today,” will be shown at Pickford Film Center in January; and she’s offering a three-day workshop in late December for young dancers through Bellingham Repertory Dance at Firehouse Performing Arts Center.

Question: When did you come to Bellingham?

Answer: I moved to Bellingham for college in 2009, where I was first exposed to modern dance styles. Before that I had been training at various ballet studios in Hawaii, most memorably with Honolulu Dance Theatre, where I performed as a dancing gecko lizard in pointe shoes.

After five years at Western Washington University, I graduated with a bachelor’s in fine arts in dance and a bachelor’s in arts in communication studies.

Dance has become such an inspirational and active part of my life now that I can’t imagine myself without it.

Juliette Machado, dancer

Question: When did you realize that dance was something you wanted to pursue at a professional level?

Answer: The experiences I had and friendships I formed during my time in WWU’s theater and dance department are what inspired me to pursue dance professionally. Dance has become such an inspirational and active part of my life now that I can’t imagine myself without it.

Question: What have been some of your dance highlights?

Answer: I auditioned for Bellingham Repertory Dance in 2014 and have loved every moment of my time with this group. The company features choreography that is challenging and exciting to dance. I feel like I am still growing as a performer with every BRD show.

My interactions with other dance organizations have been mostly on the technical side of things. I worked at American Dance Festival in 2013 in Durham, N.C., as the video production intern, and collaborate regularly with Pam Kuntz of Kuntz and Company on various video- and photography-related projects.

I also work as an arts administrator at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth. I coordinate the arts enrichment program, EduArts, which brings before- and after-school theater, dance, choir, and visual arts programming into schools throughout Whatcom Country.

Question: Why do you enjoy dance?

Answer: I love being surprised by the ways it continues to feed me physically, mentally and emotionally. And it brings people together for such a good reason! I owe so many of my friendships to dance in some way.

I recently started taking tap classes from ABCDance Bellingham, and am having a blast exploring this new style. It’s nice to feel like a beginner again and reminds me that there is still so much out there to learn.

I am designing projections and other multimedia elements for a new theater piece, ‘Under the Tree,’ co-directed by Ian Bivins and Angela Kiser.

Juliette Machado, dancer

Question: What’s the winter intensive about?

Answer: The Winter Youth Contemporary Dance Intensive is a three-day workshop for dancers ages 13 to 18. Students should have at least two years of ballet or modern training to participate, and will receive classes in various dance techniques, BRD repertory, conditioning classes, and more.

It will be taught by members of the company, including Brooke Evans, Alethea Alexander and Diane Williams. I will be teaching an optional Dance for Camera workshop, where students will learn filmmaking basics and create their very own film.

Dance filmmaking is a huge passion of mine, and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to share it with younger artists.

Question: What’s on your creative plate now?

Answer: I am designing projections and other multimedia elements for a new theater piece, “Under the Tree,” co-directed by Ian Bivins and Angela Kiser, Dec. 10-12 and 17-19 at iDiOM Theater. It is a dark and humorous exploration of holiday traditions in our culture, and there will be a giant bloodthirsty teddy bear.

Pickford Film Center is screening my latest film, “Ellis Won’t be Dancing Today,” a dance theater piece about Alzheimer’s disease, on Jan. 10. The project is a collaboration with Kuntz and Company and is very near to my heart.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

Dance workhshop

When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28-30

Where: Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

Cost: $175 per dancer before Dec. 14, $190 until Dec. 28. The Dance for Camera workshop is an additional $50. Scholarships available.

Details: bhamrep.org.

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