Alex Ever is a multi-media artist who values and encourages self discovery and self expression through artistic processing. They have been involved with arts and children’s programing in the Pacific Northwest for a number of years. Alex believes that no matter the age, experiences, identities, and background, everyone can be an artist and engage in creative exploration.
Florabelle Moses was born in Israel and trained at the Bat-Dor dance school in Israel where she obtained six levels of dance certifications from the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She studied at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, affiliated with the Hebrew University. After receiving her Bachelor in Dance and Dance Education in 1991, she moved to Eugene and received her Masters in Dance from the University of Oregon in 1993.Florabelle has contributed significantly to the training and education of young and adult dancers in Eugene, and her outreach work has positively affected additional communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Pedagogy is Florabelle’s life, work, and passion. Currently, Florabelle teaches Salsa classes at the University of Oregon. Her students are contributing to the increasing “salsa fever” and performing internationally. Florabelle has also been on the faculty of Lane Community College as an Instructor of Ballet, recently initiating a Pointe and Variation class to LCC’s ballet technique curriculum. At Eugene Ballet Academy, Florabelle is the Curriculum Coordinator and teaches ballet technique at all levels. Florabelle is also co-director of the Eugene Youth Ballet. She auditions all over the Northwest and selects dancers for their community’s Nutcracker performance with Eugene Ballet Company. Florabelle offers her appreciation to her mentor and colleague Susan Zadoff, who has influenced and supported her visions and goals these many years fulfilling her joy, teaching dance!
Katie Patrick began her dance education at Musical Feet School of Dance in Eugene. She studied Tap and Jazz for 12 years under the direction of Jeanette Frame. In her later teens, she began training in Hip Hop and Jazz from Eileen King, of Kings Krew and Unity School of Dance. Katie was a member of Phenomenon Hip Hop Company for two years, directed by Vanessa Fuller. She has also studied Ballet, Jazz Funk, Country Line Dancing, Swing, African and Breakdancing at several studios, Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. Katie’s high-energy classes and positive instruction keep students learning, inspired and building confidence and creative self-expression.
Linda is a professional actor, speaker and coach for over 30 years with Prime-Time TV and Film credits. Also a casting director for Feature Films, Commercials and Industrials. Designed courses for all ages in acting, speaking and building confidence.
Merideth “Merit” Ferrell has been a Teaching Artist with the Lane Arts Council since 2001. Her passion is painting… with everything! including watercolors, acrylics, pastels and silk painting. She creates garden art and wood sculptures with her husband, Don, in their Ferrell Garden Studio. Merit also teaches private drawing lessons and creative watercolor classes. Painting outdoors is a joy and you can often find her at the Oregon Coast (when she is not at home studying the magnificence of ancient Egyptian Art.) Merit loves sharing her passion for creative expression, especially painting on silk, with students of all ages.
Choreographer, Art Director, Performing Artist and Designer. Michael Moloi was born in 1981 in Katlehong, south-east of Johannesburg, South Africa. An international Gumboots, pantsula, Zulu and “tap pantsula”(a mix of pantsula and tap) dancer for more than 20 year. A featured Cirque du soleil artist (The Beatles LOVE Show) from 2006-2016.
Nicole is a professional ceramic artist based in Eugene, OR. After studying film in college, she pursued an apprenticeship in pottery in New York, and fell in love with the tactile nature of the medium, and the dual nature of pottery as both art and vessel. For the past 8 years, she has been making high-fired functional pottery, using a variety of textured slips, glazes and firing methods. She sells her work at art shows and galleries across the Pacific Northwest, and also teaches classes and workshops.
Olive DelSol is a teaching artist and musician in Oregon. DelSol loves to explore and create musical landscapes with students, while encouraging youth mentorship. DelSol has been a Music Director at the elementary level as well as large art projects and produces and performs music under the stage name Ella Trash. Hear her original tracks and learn more at www.ellatrashandthegoods.com.
Ms. Lehan-Siegel began her dance training in New Jersey at the Garden State Ballet School at the age of six and now holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah and an M. F. A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She has performed professionally with both ballet and modern dance companies including: Ballet West of Salt Lake City; in New York with David Parsons, Senta Driver, and Pat Catterson. In addition to teaching modern dance and ballet, Ms. Lehan-Siegel is well known locally as a performer, choreographer, and co-artistic director (with husband Marc Siegel) of the Dance Theatre of Oregon.
Pattrick Price was born and raised in Southeast Alaska where his life has been culturally enriched. His style of art reflects that as a painter, muralist, and Native American storyteller. Pattrick has a history of being a backcountry guide in Alaska, working with the Discovery Channel. Moving to Oregon in 2017 has provided the opportunities for Pattrick to complete residencies with Sealaska Heritage Institutes virtual artist in residency, and as a Resident artist for the Ritz Sauna at the Oregon Country Fair.Price is currently attending a Teaching Artist Studio which will be completed in January and has been painting murals in and around Lane County in Oregon.
Victoria appreciates the honor of working as a teaching artist for over 25 years sharing visual arts, theater, dance and technology as means for integrating any curriculum through art. She focuses on creating a welcoming art making and learning space for students of all ages, diverse backgrounds and abilities, in classroom, studio, correctional facilities, youth shelters and trained as an experiential educator, drawing from degrees in Environmental Biology and Dance and a background in science, theater and visual arts. Victoria currently serves students in English and bi-lingual arts integration as a teaching artist in schools throughout Lane, Benton and Linn Counties and hold regular studio classes in science+art, visual arts, theater, dance. Victoria co-creates and co-directs the bi-lingual, 5th grade, students devised Teatro del Mondo in Corvallis, now in its 4th year.
West African Cultural Arts Institute
Alseny & Andrea Yansane, West African Cultural Arts Institute’s co-founders and teaching artists are a high powered team with over 24 collective years of teaching and performing in Lane county schools. Alseny is a dynamic teacher who has been a performing artist with world renowned Ballets Africains for 14 years and has dazzled audiences across the globe with his fancy footwork, powerful percussion and heart stopping acrobatics. Alseny is internationally recognized as a cultural ambassador for his broad understanding of the dances, rhythms and traditions from each geographical region of Guinea, West Africa and has brought new songs and musical arrangements to the Pacific Northwest. Andrea lived seven years in Guinea immersing herself in the art, culture and way of life and has trained with many disciplined and visionary artists as well as performed in a variety of prestigious venues. Andrea is fluent in Susu, Guinea’s national language, and has transcended many cultural barriers to gain an appreciation and understanding of Guinean performance arts.