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Meet the choreographers whose work will be shown at The Wooden Floor's 35th Annual Concert: Unifying Catalysts



Seán Curran returns to The Wooden Floor to restage and expand Reaction Yield, first shown at our Co-Creation Lab last summer. Seán began his dance training in traditional Irish step dancing. He made his mark on the dance world as a leading dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and was an original member of the New York City cast of the percussion extravaganza STOMP. A graduate and faculty member of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Seán now serves as Chair of the Department of Dance. He has over 20 years of teaching experience and has been a visiting artist at over 100 U.S. university dance departments. He has created works for the Limón Dance Company, ABT II, and many others. Previous commissions for The Wooden Floor: Trabajar es Alabar (2004).



In his 35 years as a choreographer, Mark Haim has created new works for dance companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, and the Limón Dance Company, and restaged his works on the Joffrey Ballet, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, and others. His full evening dance solo project, The Goldberg Variations, has been performed at the ADF, the Danspace Project, the John F. Kennedy Center, and other venues in the U.S, Europe, and Asia. His work, This Land Is Your Land, opened the ArtDanThe Festival in Paris, and has also been performed at the Joyce Theater in NYC and elsewhere. Mark holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and an MFA from Hollins University. Previous commissions for The Wooden Floor: Los Angelitos (2001), Presence (2004), What is Too Strong for Breaking (2008), and The Land of Nodding (2013).


Amy O'Neal is a dancer, choreographer, movement director, and dance educator equally participating in Street/Club Dance culture anContemporary dance/performance.  She is passionate about the intersection of these worlds while honoring their cultural differences.  A sought after artist and teacher for the past seventeen years, Amy works nationally and internationally choreographing for stage, commercials, live music shows, galleries, dance films, and music videos, and teaching at studios, universities, and colleges. Her work has been funded by Creative Capital, National Dance Project, and National Performance Network.  She taught at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle for 15 years and is a longtime collaborator of musician/comedian Reggie Watts. She spent the last 3 years creating, premiering, and touring her eighth evening-length work, Opposing Forces, an exploration of fears of feminine qualities in our culture through the masculine style of Breaking. A recent Seattle transplant, she currently teaches every Sunday evening at Ryan Heffington's studio, The Sweat Spot, in Los Angeles.