MEET THE JURORS
Anita Keys-Lee


As someone who has grown up in multicultural, multi-linguistic settings, movement has always felt like Anita’s primary language. Taiwan born, New Zealand raised, and New York matured, dance grew and stretched how she viewed and interacted with life. Trained since the age of 4, spending most of her time in the studio, studied a range of styles through several academies, she continued to study it as a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Dance at the University of Auckland. She discovered her “voice” in Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop where she was a member of a number of groups who won awards and traveled countries to perform. 

During her studies in NZ, she also studied and trained at Taipei National University of Arts for the lead female role as a dancer in a Taiwanese film, “Me, 19”. She then moved to New York where she worked as a dancer and choreographer on a number of music videos, live showcases, was involved in several projects honing skills in a handful of production roles for major ads, film, campaigns, events, as well as Directing short series, found a sense of expression in set design, and conceptualizing creative content from beginning to end. Needless to say, her creativity and skillset expanded and these experiences broadened her as an artist. 

Anita believes that the beauty of art is that there lies limitless potential and one cannot be boxed in. What moves her most are concepts carrying depth, layered thoughts and ideas, vulnerability, and connections of shared truths in life. She considers herself a “Soul Seeker”, whether it is within oneself, in others, in nature, in projects, in vision - She implores herself to dig deep; acknowledge, see, experience, to get to know the soul of what is shared, and she hopes to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

Craig is the Director of Theatre Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he teaches in the area of acting, directing, musical theatre, movement and dance. 

 

During his recent sabbatical he finished the Professional Training Program, a year-long study, with the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Minnesota State University Mankato.

 

"Tell me and I will forget,

Show me and I may not remember,

Involve me and I will understand."

~ Anonymous

Craig Ellingson

Charlie Chan Foon has had a love for dance ever since he could walk. He learned and performed pacific cultural dances from an early age which moved on to Hip Hop from the age of 10 and eventually Street Latin.

 

Charlie earned a a bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Auckland University studying many other styles such as ballet, modern dance and jazz.

 

Charlie has travelled and performed around New Zealand and Australia, from private schools to corporate events, wineries and television promotions. Charlie is part of the dance community in Perth and still continues to dance. He believes that living is moving, moving is dancing and dancing is freedom. 

Charlie Chan Foon