2014 Artists of the Year | City Arts City Arts Staff Twelve locals who made major waves in the past 12 months. “Amy O’Neal fused b-boying with contemporary dance in Opposing Forces, furthering her indispensable presence in American performance.” READ
“Amy O'Neal detonates across the stage.”Dance Magazine
Amy O’Neal is a dancer, performer, choreographer and dance educator based in Seattle, WA. For the last 15 years, she has taught and performed throughout the US, Japan and Mexico and choreographed for stage, commercials, rock shows, galleries, dance films and music videos. Her work is an amalgam of her diverse movement and life experiences presenting social commentary with dark humor and heavy beats. She is the recipient of many grants including awards form Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts, and the James W. Ray Project Venture Award. Amy has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bates Dance Festival, Headlands Center for the Arts, The US/Japan Choreographer’s Exchange, and Velocity Dance Center. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, a DanceWEB Scholar, two-time Genius Stranger Awards nominee. She has worked extensively with musician/comedian Reggie Watts since 2002 both on stage and screen. She choreographed his Comedy Central produced “Fuck, Shit, Stack” video and toured nationally in his show Disinformation. She has created commissioned pieces for Degenerate Art Ensemble and Spectrum Dance Theater and collaborated with Savion Glover and Daniel Bernard Roumain through Seattle Theater Group. She has performed in the work of Pat Graney, Scott/Powell Performance, and Mark Haim. From 2000 to 2010, she was co-director of locust (music/dance/video) with musician/composer Zeke Keeble, creating six evening-length works and several shorter works. She teaches Contemporary Dance and Urban Styles at Velocity Dance Center and House at The Beacon: Massive Monkees Studio in Seattle. She also teaches dance composition and improvisation for Seattle Theater Group’s Dance This program and the Seattle Youth Dance Collective. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and her dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine, City Arts Magazine, and ArtDish forum.
“UW’s World Series and On the Boards: An Exciting Weekend for Dance” Sharon Cumberland, Seattle Gay News O’Neal understands that dance is not so much entertainment as engagement with the audience-spectacle as tool rather than objective.