DTSBDC DANCERS

Tati Valle-Riestra

Tati Valle-Riestra
photo credit: Jeffrey Watts

“Tati” (Maria Del Carmen) Valle-Riestra (Dancer) is in her 13th season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Ms. Valle-Riestra was born in Lima, Peru, where she began her dance training at an early age, continuing in Colombia, Canada, Ecuador, and Washington, D.C. She has performed extensively with Latin American contemporary dance and dance theater companies such as Integro (director Oscar Naters), Retazos (director Isabel Bustos), and Humanizarte (director Nelson Diaz), and has danced for independent choreographers and directors Mirella Carbone, Rossana Peñaloza, Pachi Valle-Riestra, Jaime Lema, Sarah Jane Burton, Pablo Cornejo, Wilson Pico, and Miguel Azcue. She has toured to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, India, and Jordan. Ms. Valle-Riestra won an award as best interpreter in the IV Festival Iberoamericano Oscar Lopez in Barcelona. She holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a Licenciatura title in biology from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru. Ms. Valle-Riestra has taught dance at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Fundación Cultural Humanizarte in Ecuador; Escuela de Danza Pata de Cabra in Peru; and Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia; and Biology at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Ms. Valle-Riestra also is an ink and watercolor painter, exhibiting her art in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.


Connie Lin Fink-Hammack

Connie Lin Fink-Hammack
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Connie Lin Fink-Hammack (Managing Director, Educational Principal and Dancer) received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has danced for numerous companies and choreographers in the Washington, D.C. and New York City areas, including Pearl Lang, Sean Curran, City Dance Ensemble, Mason/Rhynes Productions, Doug Varone, Dan Wagoner, Meriam Rosen, and Ed Tyler. Ms. Fink-Hammack is a faculty member at The George Washington University and is the Dance Coordinator/teacher at Episcopal High School. She is a wellness consultant and holds an undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education and is a CPT through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has toured extensively with DTSBDC, and previously with CityDance Ensemble. She has received two Metro DC Dance Awards.


Katia Chupashko Norri

Katia Chupashko Norri
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Katia Chupashko Norri (Dancer) is in her ninth season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She graduated with honors from The George Washington University where she majored in Business and Dance. She has participated in company teaching residencies at Georgetown and The George Washington University and has toured internationally with DTSBDC.  Mr. Burgess’ work, Becoming American, is inspired by her story. Most recently, she represented the company at a White House performance, at the request of President Obama.


Kelly Moss Southall

Kelly Moss Southall
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Kelly Moss Southall (Associate Artistic Director and Dancer) received his MFA in Dance from The George Washington University and his BFA in Performance and Choreography from Ohio University. Prior to joining Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, he had the opportunity to perform in works by Sean Curran, Azaguno African Dance Ensemble, and Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre.  Mr. Southall’s choreography has been performed at the American College Dance Festival and at Concordia University in Montreal.  In 2001 he won the US Midwest Championships in Traditional Irish Dance and qualified for the 2002 World Irish Dancing Championships. In addition to his work with DTSBDC, Southall is on the Theatre & Dance faculty at The George Washington University and is a real estate professional at the company he co-founded, Scout Properties, in Washington, D.C.


Sarah Halzack

Sarah Halzack
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Sarah Halzack (Dancer) is in her eighth season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She graduated from The George Washington University with degrees in Journalism and Dance. Ms. Halzack has performed with The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company and The Sonia Plumb Dance Company and was an intern at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has toured extensively with DTSBDC.


Yeonjin Cho

Yeonjin Cho
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Yeonjin Cho (Dancer) is in her third season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She was born in Pusan, South Korea, and started taking ballet at age 13. She continued her dance training at Duck-won Performing Arts High School and Chung-Ang University. After graduating, she performed as a guest artist in a Korea National Ballet production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. In 2002, she joined the Korea National Ballet; a year later, she transitioned to the Canada National Ballet School. She completed her professional training in 2006 at the Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace de Monaco, under the direction of Marika Besobrasova. Ms. Cho moved to Los Angeles, California, where she started her freelance dance career and performed with City Ballet of Los Angeles, Pasadena Dance Theater, and Monet Ballet. She taught at Lee Ballet Academy and has been certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. She currently teaches at the School of the Washington Ballet. Ms. Cho recently received her Master’s in Fine Arts degree in Dance from The George Washington University.


Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo

Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo
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Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo (Technical Coordinator and Dancer) is in his third season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. He is from Santiago, Chile, where he began dancing at the age of 12 and received Chile’s Best Dancer Inter-American Circle of Dance Professionals Award, First Place standard mode in Ballroom dance and the Best All Around Group in Hip Hop. Mr. Oyarzun ran his own Santiago-based folkloric company, which toured extensively. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with honors from the University of Chile and has danced in various choreographies, which have led to multiple tours in Chile and abroad. Mr. Oyarzun choreographs for the Joy of Motion Youth Ensemble, most recently for their Millennium Stage and Greenberg Theater performances. He is currently a candidate for an MFA in Dance at the George Washington University.


Christin Arthur

Christin Arthur
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Christin Arthur (Dancer) is in her second season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and raised in California and Utah. She began her ballet training at the age of five and embarked on her path toward a professional dance career with the Ballet West Academy at the University of Utah at age 10. Under the tutelage of Sharee Lane, she danced principal roles in Ballet West Academy programs and corps de ballet roles with Ballet West. Ms. Arthur also participated in summer programs at the New Zealand School of Dance, the Hong Kong International Ballet School, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Berlin State Ballet School. After graduating from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. in 2002, she joined the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea, dancing roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Shim Chung and soloist roles in Colors and Paganini Rhapsody – both original works by Brian Yoo. In 2008, she performed a guest principal role in an original contemporary piece created by Rick McCullough of Florida State University, and staged by the Columbia Classical Ballet, under Radenko Pavlovich. Most recently, Ms. Arthur has performed in Montreal, Quebec with Les Grands Ballet De Canadien, as well as the South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company. Throughout her training and career, she has studied Pilates, Yoga, and GYROTONIC® and is a certified GYROTONIC® and Pilates instructor.


Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders
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Ben Sanders (Dancer) is in his second season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. He is a Theater and Dance major at The George Washington University, where he is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Mr. Sanders trained with Dawn Glass in Pennsylvania and has danced in works by Jon Kinzel, Maida Withers, and Anthony Gongora.


Alvaro Palau

Alvaro Palau
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Alvaro Palau (Dancer) is in his second season with Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. He is from Cali, Colombia, and danced with The Washington Ballet for 10 years and for The National Ballet of Venezuela for two years. Mr. Palau toured internationally with both companies, dancing in festivals such as Havana Festival in Cuba; Umbrella Festival in South Africa; International Festival in Miami, Florida; AIDS Foundation in Austin, Texas; and performances at the White House and in the Memorial Day Show, Washington, D.C. (2003). Galas and awards include 1st Prize Arts Competition Colombia and Best Classical Dancer Casa del Artista de Venezuela. His repertoire includes classical ballets and works choreographed by such artists as Balanchine, Forsythe, Duato, Tudor and Tharp. Mr. Palau received his training at Colombia Ballet Institute. He studied at workshops in Cuba, New York with David Howard, and the Summer Program at the Houston School of Ballet. More recently, he has been featured in productions of the Washington National Opera and Colorado Opera, two short films by Jennifer Schwed, Carmen Tango with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and performed and choreographed works for Gala Hispanic Theatre and Spotlight Comunicaciones.