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Erin Nichole Boyt

Erin Nichole Boyt was born and raised in the small town of Neosho, Missouri. She headed West in 2007 after graduating with a BA in Theater from Drury University. Her informative years were spent running through the woods, climbing trees, and riding horses. As a child, she was incessantly spinning, twirling, and jumping off of things, earning her the nickname “Whirlygirl” and getting her kicked out of many ballet classes.

Determined to live up to her childhood nickname, Erin began Version Excursion in 2010. Since then, she has choreographed, performed, and produced at venues in the Seattle area including Raisbeck Hall, Velocity Dance Center, Erickson Theater, and Triple Door. She loves collaborating with musicians and working on film projects, such as The Navigator, which she choreographed and directed.

Erin is the recipient of a Raynier Foundation grant and the James Ray Residency.

Dancers

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Jennifer Allié

Jennifer Allié started ballet at the age of 4 in Montpellier, France. She moved to California and continued her training at Pacific Ballet Academy and later at Ballet San José as a professional division student and performed with its professional company. She has attended various summer programs including the Kirov academy of ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, The Rock School for Dance Education, ESDC Rosella Hightower and the Royal Danish Ballet School. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with a BFA in dance where she trained primarily in ballet and modern. While at Cornish, she performed works by Pat Hon, Zoe Scofield, Iyun Harrison and Vivian Little. Jennifer is excited to be dancing with Version Excursion.

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Kelli Carnes

Kelli Carnes began dancing in Pasadena when she was 6 and continued after she moved north with the Washington Academy of Performing Arts, where she studied ballet under Vera Altunina as well as many other talented instructors. Kelli received a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in dance at Gonzaga University. While she participated in the academic dance program, she also performed with the dance team, participated in the American College Dance Festival (ACDF), and co-founded the student-led dance club Boundless.

Kelli has performed with 127th St. Dance company for nearly 4 years, and guest performed with Serendipity Dance Brigade in Seattle. In 2014, she moved with her husband to Hawaii where she danced at the Oahu Fringe Festival with the Honolulu based Convergence Dance Theatre. Now back on the mainland, Kelli continues to perform with Version Excursion and in individual, project-based performances.

 
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Abby Heil

Abigail Heil is originally from Trenton, New Jersey.  She started dancing at age 3 and says she kept going because “I just knew that was what I was supposed to be doing.”  She moved to Seattle when she was 7 and has studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Cornish College of the Arts.  Currently, she dances with Version Excursion Dance and Khambatta Dance Company while working on other projects on the side.  She also loves acting, film, her two cats, Jackson and Krueger, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Phelicity Thompson

Phelicity Thompson is native to Washington State. She began her dance training at the British Dancing Academy in Kent and Federal Way, with additional training at the Cornish College of the Arts Summer Dance program. She received her B.F.A. in Dance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She has received outstanding training from teachers Pat Hon, Michele Miller, Iyun Harrison, Steve Casteel, and many more. She has performed in works by Donald Byrd, Paula Peters, Marlo Martin, Deborah Wolf, and Cornish College alumni Barbara Caioli and Rochelle Rapaszky. She also has had the opportunity to teach jazz dance, and dance movement at Denny International Middle School and Garfield High School.

Post college, she relocated to Alabama to perform with Premier Dance Theater with artistic director Barbara Caioli. In 2017, she came back to Washington and performed in Kelli Carne's debut choreography opportunity the With Love performance. Phelicity is thrilled to be dancing with Version Excursion.

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Arlene Martin