Horizon3 Dance

 

Horizon3 Dance

 

Horizon3 Dance

“Dance that unites the past, present and future of physical expression”

“Dance that unites the past, present and future of physical expression”

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The mission of Horizon3 Dance is to expand the ways we connect with, educate and inspire our community through the art of dance; that we may enrich our community members lives and honor our craft.

Horizon3 Dance is the collaborative contemporary dance and film company of co-founding Directors, Brynn Hofer, Gerard Regot and Melanie Verna, launched in June, 2017 in Vancouver, Washington.

The Dancers

The Directors

Brynn Hofer – Began training at a young age, in modern and ballet in Washington State at Isabelle’s Dance Time. Soon after, adding jazz, contemporary and partnering technique to her studies. Brynn attended Western Washington University under scholarship and received a BFA in Dance and choreography. She graduated with honors and was the recipient of the outstanding graduate of the year award. While in college she danced works by Penny Hutchinson, Susan Haines, Nolan Dennett, Cher Carnell and Richard Merrell, as well as performed with the Mt. Vernon Opera. Brynn was selected two years in a row, to perform a restaged work by the Liz Geering dance company, from New York. She has been invited to choreograph for University High School, the Models for awareness foundation, Western Washington University and Isabelles dance time. Brynn moved to Portland in 2015 and danced with Polaris Dance Company for two years. While in Portland she continued to increase her love and knowledge for anatomy and education, by teaching creative movement to public and private elementary school students. Brynn is one of the three co-founders and directors of Horizon3 dance. She is working towards a Pilates certification, and teaches for DanceWorks preforming arts, in Vancouver WA.

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Gerard Regot – Born in Barcelona, Spain, Gerard Regot started dancing while being in cinema college. He received a full scholarship to study dance at Estudi Anna Maleras and took workshops with Guido Tuveri (Art. Dir. Balletto di Sardignia), Risa Steinberg (Jose Limon), David Zambrano (flying low), Jorge Jáuregui (Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus) among many others. He danced at Ballet Arts and Peridance Capezio Dance Center in NYC to then at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Journey and later the KCDC II on two new creations. After that Gerard moved to Portland and spent 3 years dancing and choreographing for Polaris Dance Theatre (Portland). Gerard has danced in Spain, Israel, New York, Portland and now as a co-director, dancer and choreographer at Horizon3 Dance while teaching at DanceWorks Performing Arts. Gerard has also choreographed pieces for Estudi Anna Maleras (Spain), ARQ_DNZ (Spain), Polaris Dance Theatre (Portland), Chop Shop Bodies of Work (Seattle) and KCDC Dance Journey (Israel).

Melanie Verna – Began training in Graham Technique in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee where she toured as the youngest member of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble. She moved to the Midwest and received her primary ballet training at Minnesota Dance Theater with Lise Houlton, Marjorie Thompson and Gloria Govrin. She was a recipient of the Coca-Cola scholarship with American Ballet Theatre’s summer program and was awarded the Ailey Fellowship before becoming a company member of Minnesota Dance Theatre. Melanie danced for MDT from 2003-2012 eventually becoming one of their principal artists, performing repertory by Houlton, Ashton, Tetley, Rhoden, Feld, Boykin and countless others. From 2013-2015 she freelanced, taught and choreographed in Seattle with various companies and musical productions while also touring internationally with Paris-based choreographer Johan Amselem. She relocated to Portland with her fiance in 2015 and danced with Robert Guitron’s Polaris Dance Theater. This year, Melanie is proud to join Brynn Hofer and Gerard Regot in co-founding their new company, Horizon3 Dance in Vancouver, Washington. She hopes to inspire growth and contribution to the dance community there for many years to come.

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Brynn Hofer – Began training at a young age, in modern and ballet in Washington State at Isabelle’s Dance Time. Soon after, adding jazz, contemporary and partnering technique to her studies. Brynn attended Western Washington University under scholarship and received a BFA in Dance and choreography. She graduated with honors and was the recipient of the outstanding graduate of the year award. While in college she danced works by Penny Hutchinson, Susan Haines, Nolan Dennett, Cher Carnell and Richard Merrell, as well as performed with the Mt. Vernon Opera. Brynn was selected two years in a row, to perform a restaged work by the Liz Geering dance company, from New York. She has been invited to choreograph for University High School, the Models for awareness foundation, Western Washington University and Isabelles dance time. Brynn moved to Portland in 2015 and danced with Polaris Dance Company for two years. While in Portland she continued to increase her love and knowledge for anatomy and education, by teaching creative movement to public and private elementary school students. Brynn is one of the three co-founders and directors of Horizon3 dance. She is working towards a Pilates certification, and teaches for DanceWorks preforming arts, in Vancouver WA.

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Gerard Regot – Born in Barcelona, Spain, Gerard Regot started dancing while being in cinema college. He received a full scholarship to study dance at Estudi Anna Maleras and took workshops with Guido Tuveri (Art. Dir. Balletto di Sardignia), Risa Steinberg (Jose Limon), David Zambrano (flying low), Jorge Jáuregui (Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus) among many others. He danced at Ballet Arts and Peridance Capezio Dance Center in NYC to then at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Journey and later the KCDC II on two new creations. After that Gerard moved to Portland and spent 3 years dancing and choreographing for Polaris Dance Theatre (Portland). Gerard has danced in Spain, Israel, New York, Portland and now as a co-director, dancer and choreographer at Horizon3 Dance while teaching at DanceWorks Performing Arts. Gerard has also choreographed pieces for Estudi Anna Maleras (Spain), ARQ_DNZ (Spain), Polaris Dance Theatre (Portland), Chop Shop Bodies of Work (Seattle) and KCDC Dance Journey (Israel).

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Melanie Verna – Began training in Graham Technique in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee where she toured as the youngest member of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble. She moved to the Midwest and received her primary ballet training at Minnesota Dance Theater with Lise Houlton, Marjorie Thompson and Gloria Govrin. She was a recipient of the Coca-Cola scholarship with American Ballet Theatre’s summer program and was awarded the Ailey Fellowship before becoming a company member of Minnesota Dance Theatre. Melanie danced for MDT from 2003-2012 eventually becoming one of their principal artists, performing repertory by Houlton, Ashton, Tetley, Rhoden, Feld, Boykin and countless others. From 2013-2015 she freelanced, taught and choreographed in Seattle with various companies and musical productions while also touring internationally with Paris-based choreographer Johan Amselem. She relocated to Portland with her fiance in 2015 and danced with Robert Guitron’s Polaris Dance Theater. This year, Melanie is proud to join Brynn Hofer and Gerard Regot in co-founding their new company, Horizon3 Dance in Vancouver, Washington. She hopes to inspire growth and contribution to the dance community there for many years to come.

Company Members

Preeya Kannan – A Portland local, began her passion for dance by studying classical ballet in a variety of local studios including Classical Ballet Academy, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Festival Ballet’s trainee program. Afforded the opportunity to study and teach dance in India, Thailand and Malaysia she began to expand her styles to include classical bharatanatyam, thai, flamenco, salsa, swing, hip hop, jazz, contemporary and aerial. She continued her training with Polaris Dance Theatre’s Junior Company and Northwest Dance Project’s Pre-Professional program. Fall of 2016 Preeya received University of Utah’s Phyllis A. Haskell scholarship for dance, the freshman initiative award and was the only freshman selected for the Performing Dance Company. She began her professional career in her hometown as a Polaris Dance Theatre company member and is currently dancing as a company member with WolfBird. Preeya has been featured in a variety of local film projects working in both the performance and production aspects of film and was recently asked to appear in and direct movement for Portlandia’s “Let’s Give Up” music video. She is eager to continue her career dancing and creating with the talented members of Horizon3.

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Willow Swanson – Began her training in classical jazz at the age of 10.  She quickly fell in love with dance, and expanded to a variety of styles including tap, hip hop, modern, and afro-diasporic movement, among others.  Always eager to broaden her movement style, Willow has also taken lessons in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Yoga and Acrobatics.  While training at Dance Fusion NW in Vancouver, she participated in several Young Choreographer’s Competitions (Portland), winning overall grand prize in 2014. She also attended Cornish College’s summer program in Seattle on full scholarship, and received multiple scholarships to the Tremaine Dance Convention.  She now teaches dance at Dance Fusion NW, working with beginning to pre-professional dancers, and has collaborated with Portland locals DarVejon Jones and Alicia Cutaia.  She is thrilled to be working with the amazing artists and movers at Horizon 3, and is looking forward to her new home with them!

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Preeya Kannan – A Portland local, began her passion for dance by studying classical ballet in a variety of local studios including Classical Ballet Academy, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Festival Ballet’s trainee program. Afforded the opportunity to study and teach dance in India, Thailand and Malaysia she began to expand her styles to include classical bharatanatyam, thai, flamenco, salsa, swing, hip hop, jazz, contemporary and aerial. She continued her training with Polaris Dance Theatre’s Junior Company and Northwest Dance Project’s Pre-Professional program. Fall of 2016 Preeya received University of Utah’s Phyllis A. Haskell scholarship for dance, the freshman initiative award and was the only freshman selected for the Performing Dance Company. She began her professional career in her hometown as a Polaris Dance Theatre company member and is currently dancing as a company member with WolfBird. Preeya has been featured in a variety of local film projects working in both the performance and production aspects of film and was recently asked to appear in and direct movement for Portlandia’s “Let’s Give Up” music video. She is eager to continue her career dancing and creating with the talented members of Horizon3.

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Willow Swanson – Began her training in classical jazz at the age of 10.  She quickly fell in love with dance, and expanded to a variety of styles including tap, hip hop, modern, and afro-diasporic movement, among others.  Always eager to broaden her movement style, Willow has also taken lessons in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Yoga and Acrobatics.  While training at Dance Fusion NW in Vancouver, she participated in several Young Choreographer’s Competitions (Portland), winning overall grand prize in 2014. She also attended Cornish College’s summer program in Seattle on full scholarship, and received multiple scholarships to the Tremaine Dance Convention.  She now teaches dance at Dance Fusion NW, working with beginning to pre-professional dancers, and has collaborated with Portland locals DarVejon Jones and Alicia Cutaia.  She is thrilled to be working with the amazing artists and movers at Horizon 3, and is looking forward to her new home with them!

Outreach

How We Give Back

Elementary Education

Through dance-based lecture demonstrations, company members will engage elementary school students in a variety of school subjects including; Anatomy, Art, music, Physics, Literature and Physical Education. In cooperation with the school board and state learning standards, the company will tailor each lecture-demonstration to the personal, education needs of each school. Horizon3 is scheduled to launch its lecture demonstration series in Spokane, Washington in October of 2017.

Contribute

Help Us Grow

Thank you for your interest in supporting Horizon3 Dance. We strive to bring artistic excellence and we are better able to provide the best because of your gift. Your donation helps fund new dance and film  projects to connect with and inspire audiences. It helps us provide quality training for aspiring professional dancers. It facilitates scholarships for families needing financial assistance. It provides us with the ability to expose young children and seniors to the profound value that dance and arts education can bring to their lives.

We are honored to accept any level of donation listed below. We also accept donations of tangible items for our performances, classes and programs should you wish to contribute in that way. There is a list of these items below our donation levels. If you’d like to volunteer time or services in exchange for special access to classes and programs please contact us!

Levels of Support


Patron – $1000 and above

Donor – $500 and above

Supporter – $100 and above

Friend – $1 and above


  • P.A. System
  • Microphones
  • White Projector Screen
  • Black Curtains
  • Camera filming equipment                                                                                                                            
  • Studio Lighting
  • Volunteer time (i.e. Work one of our shows, taking tickets, setting up, etc.)
  • Funding for tours
  • Travel expenses 
  • Dancer Salaries

If you have questions or special instructions for your gift please contact us at horizon3dance@gmail.com

Horizon3 Dance is presented by Friends of Danceworks, a 501(c)(3 ) not-for-profit organization. Thanks to their generous sponsorship your donation is tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

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Contact

horizon3dance@gmail.com
(952) 484-0794