Amy O’Neal

Lecturer

Hip-Hop

Amy O’Neal is an award winning hybrid dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance educator. She equally participates in street and club dance culture and contemporary dance and performance. Her passion and research meet at the intersection of the communities she dances in, where she explores the complex differences, nuances, and layers of hybridized movement vocabularies. A sought after artist for nearly two decades, she teaches and performs nationally and internationally and choreographs for live performance, 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. Her last evening length work, Opposing Forces, explored fears of feminine qualities in our culture through the hyper masculine form of Breaking with five Bboys from Seattle and toured 2014-2017. “O’Neal synthesizes complex themes with a cohesive, penetrating aesthetic. Her latest work transcends disciplines and boundaries. It is a bridge between worlds, a translator for opposing points of view, a force for good” City Arts Magazine

For fifteen years Amy taught contemporary dance and street dance styles at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle and taught composition and improvisation for Seattle Theater Group’s Dance This program. In 2014, Amy co-founded the House classes and sessions at The Beacon: Massive Monkees Studio and co-produced Seattle House Dance Project with colleague, Dani Tirrell. She developed the curriculum and taught the first Street and Club Dance Styles course at the University of Washington dance department in 2017, which is continuing to expand. She has been a guest artist at several colleges and universities in the US and was a full time Guest Artist in Residence at Mills College in Oakland for Fall semester 2015. 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 grantee of Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and James W. Ray Project Venture/ Artist Trust. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, DanceWEB Scholar, and Herb Alpert Award nominee with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts where she received the first Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Her dance writing has been published in Dance Magazine, City Arts Magazine, and ArtDish Forum.

Amy works both on stage and screen with musician/comedian Reggie Watts, band leader on The Late Late Show with James Cordon. She choreographed his Comedy Central produced music video Fuck, Shit, Stack and toured nationally in his show Disinformation 2007-2009. From 2000-2010, she was co-director of locust (music/dance/video) with musician/composer, Zeke Keeble, creating six evening-length works and several shorter works. After twenty years in Seattle, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2016. She teaches an all styles and levels freestyle techniques class called The Rhythm Assembly at Ryan Heffiington’s studio, The Sweat Spot. Amy is elated to join the faculty at The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance where exciting conversations about the present and future of dance education are happening.