Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Olivier Wevers is the founder and Artistic Director of Seattle’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him. In 2012 Olivier was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2011 he received the Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In both 2011 and 2010 Olivier’s work took home the grand prize award at the Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California and he has also been named by Dance Magazine as one of their 25 to watch.
Olivier first began exploring choreography in 2002 while still a Principal Dancer at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2009 he founded Whim W’Him to create a “platform, centered around choreography and dance, for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration.”
Olivier has created and set works for numerous companies and festivals around the world, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Czech Republic’s Ballet of the National Theatre Brno, Grand Rapids Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, Ballet X, Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Cornish Dance Theater, Prix de Lausanne, PNB’s Laugh Out Loud Festival, White Bird’s 4×4 Ballet Project, and Against the Grain/Men in Dance.
Olivier was chosen to participate in the 2009 National Choreographers Initiative held in Irvine California. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Artist Trust/ Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award that recognizing his work, Shindig, commissioned by PNB, while in 2006, he was selected to participate in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.
Olivier danced as a Principal Dancer at Royal Winnipeg Ballet before becoming a Principal with PNB, where he danced lead roles in the major full-length classical ballets, as well as in contemporary works by the world’s most noted choreographers.
Alejandro Cerrudo was born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Cerrudo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, was named Choreographic Fellow in 2008, and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. His works are in repertory at companies around the U.S. as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. In March 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet invited Cerrudo to choreograph his first work for the company, Memory Glow, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundation’s second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011), and a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed, first evening-length work, One Thousand Pieces. Cerrudo is one of four choreographers invited by New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for “Restless Creature,” and he was named the 2014 USA Donnelley Fellow by United States Artists.
Andrea Giselle Schermoly was born in South Africa. She trained at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg and on full scholarship at Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and shortly thereafter on full scholarship at The Royal Ballet School, London. She competed internationally as a member of The South African National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She danced professionally for Boston Ballet Company and the Netherlands Dance Theater (1&2).
Andrea directed and choreographed a dance narrative film for The Ashley Bouder Project presented at The Joyce Theater, NYC, which went on to be presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival.
In 2014 she choreographed at Lincoln Center for YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala evening on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet). The piece has since been re-staged at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Gala’ Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century Gala’ in the Champs Élysées, Paris.
Andrea has choreographed for a number of feature films, commercials and music videos in Hollywood including ‘Beautiful Now’, ‘Bunheads’, Justin Bieber/Poo Bear and Deorro music video and choreographically assisted on projects as ‘Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’.
She has created work for principal dancers attending international galas including Ana Sophia Scheller (NYCB), Nicolai Gorodiski (PB), Chase Finlay (NYCB), Lauren Lovette (NYCB) and Adiarys Almeida.
She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in 2012, 2013 and 2017 at Youth America Grand Prix.
Laura O'Malley was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She has danced with Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Post:Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Among the leading dramatic roles performed by Laura were Giselle in Giselle, the sylph in La Sylphide, Olga in John Cranko’s Onegin, Lulu in Christian Spuck’s Lulu, Olympia in John Neumier’s Lady of the Camelias, Ophelia in Kevin O’Day’s Hamlet, and Nadia in Mauro Bigonzetti’s i Fratelli. In addition, she created works with many contemporary choreographers and performed leading roles in notable pieces from William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Sharon Eyal, Azure Barton, Robert Dekkers, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Danielle Rowe.
Laura currently teaches and choreographs for Lines ballet's training program, and has been a guest teacher with Festival Ballet Providence, Ballet Arizona, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
A native of Fort Wayne, IN, Brett Conway began his professional career in 2002 where he joined Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco. For eight years he collaborated with Alonzo on numerous original works and toured extensively thought the U.S. and Europe. Brett received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in 2009 for his performance in King’s Rasa. In 2010, Brett moved to the Netherlands to join Nederlands Dans Theater 1. While at NDT, Brett had the great privilege to work with choreographers Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Mats Ek, Crystal Pite and Ohad Naharin amongst others, and perform their work throughout the Netherlands and in some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world. Brett relocated back to San Francisco where he returned to LINES Ballet for the 2015/2016 Season and is now currently a freelance artist and on faculty with the LINES Ballet Educational Programs.