"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Born in LA, raised in Sacramento and Ashland, Oregon, I started dancing as soon as she could walk. After primarily focusing on ballet until I was 12 years old, I then branched out to other forms of dance throughout middle school high school and college. I was eager to get back into the dance scene after taking a break during college.
Currently, I am a second season alumni assisting as the Show Quality Executive and and FDC Supervisor. What I love about FDC is that it is unlike any other dance organization I have been a part of. FDC is a family full of love, growth, acceptance, and support. Experiences with the team are irreplaceable and unforgettable. FDC creates a healthy environment in which dancers with all experience ranges can feel comfortable challenging, and being themselves. It has a profound impact on one’s life because it fosters and emphasizes a great sense of community. It is very uplifting to know that aside from your blood, there is a group of fantastic individuals that will always be there for you. One can gain increased level of self confidence, self-love, and of course dancing ability by being a part of FDC, beautiful, and deep connections with others included as well!
“Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.” - Annette Messager
I am 27 years old, live in Red Bluff, California, and dance is her ultimate passion. I was raised in Cottonwood, CA and have been dancing since the age of 4. I was introduced to the performing arts by my mother; who owned a dance studio for over 15 years. At the age of 10 I began competing in both regional and national dance competitions throughout California and Nevada. My love for teaching and choreography began at the age of 15.
I attended college at the University of California Santa Barbara where I was a member of two dance teams, Black Reign and Amatory. I later went on to become a go-go dancer in New York City and Miami. Since coming back to northern California I have continued to teach and choreograph for both the West Valley and Anderson High School dance programs and also expanded my passion for performing arts into the realm of musical theatre as I was casted as “Fritzy” in Axiom Repertory Theatre's Cabaret. I have been a member of Formation Dance Company for 2 seasons and am now the assistant choreographer and show quality advisor. I've had the pleasure of performing with FDC at a variety of events and shows, including Lolita and the CarnEvil and Redding Pride. FDC has greatly impacted my life both personally and professionally. Not only have I been challenged and grown as a dancer and performer, but I also gained life-long friendships with an incredible group of individuals. I am proud to be a part of the Formation family and can't wait to see what the future holds for this amazing company.
"Be soft for the sake of every hard heart; show them with every movement of your body that gentle does not mean weak."
My name is Bekah, short for Rebekah (please never call my Becky). I've been dancing since I was a wee lass, I play 5 instruments, I like cats more than I like most people, and that's basically my entire existence in one sentence. I started dancing with FDC in July of last year after I moved back to Redding from Washington. Derek and I were in the same dance company at the time that FDC started, and he asked me and a couple of other friends to be guests in the first show, though I wasn't able to be an actual part of the group until recently because of scheduling issues with the company that I was already in. The things I love most about FDC are obviously the kick ass dances, but also the people. Everyone is so open and confident with themselves, and passionate and they make me want to, not only be a better dancer, but also a more confident person in general. Like, legit, I'm a huge fan of this dance crew and I'm in it and it doesn't seem real half the time. I am a more confident person since starting; being a part ofFDC is constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone and it's made me feel better about myself and my dancing. Going into it, I wasn't very comfortable with twerking or doing anything like that but everyone is always so encouraging and they never make me feel weird or judged about trying new things. Before I was in FDC when I'd just moved back from Washington, I was at a point where I was really depressed and my anxiety was at a high. I was angry and lonely, and I hated everything from myself to my living situation and everything in between. Since starting, I'm the happiest I've been in basically ever, and I've never been so happy or excited to be alive. FDC makes my existence feel worth it and it's brought me a new level of happiness that I'm so freakin' psyched about. I hope to gain a better sense of myself and better performing skills because this tiny dancer needs to go bigger and needs better face. This season is gonna be rad as heck and I don't think I'm ever gonna get over it.
Hi, I'm Nathan Myers and I'm a kind fellow who believes in sharing love with everyone. I'm an emotional roller coster ride but dance helps me express all of those loops and hills. I'm the type of person you never forget meeting. I've been in two major FDC productions and this is my 3rd year being in the family. My friend/ teacher/ twin (we have the exact same birthday): Derek Saelee, got me involved. When I saw I was lacking something in my life, I decided to take a leap and try something new and innovative. Joining was life-changing. Each year, I grew so much as an individual. Before FDC I was only trained in ballroom; now I know jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and how to twerk. I don't know what I'll gain from this season but I do know whatever it is, I will be that much better when I get there.
“I have no special talent, I am just passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
I’m Cristy Kidd, an FDC Representative and the company’s Marketing Specialist. I’m a dreamer, a cupcake baker, a pixie, a public speaker, a Hufflepuff, a red lipstick enthusiast, and a believer in love above all else. I have been dancing since I was two years old – from competing nationally in tap, jazz, and lyrical, to musical theater, to college and semi-pro dance teams, to teaching – I’ve done a lot, but even in this, just my first season with FDC, I’ve been pushed to new and fabulous extremes.
My relatively short time with the company has had a massive impact on my life in more ways than one. Most significantly, though: my audition was my first time dancing again after an ACL and meniscus tear (sustained while dancing on stage, during a solo performance – worst case scenario much?) and the subsequent surgery. The physical recovery was hard enough, but the emotional trauma was significantly worse. My first time dancing again could have destroyed my passion for dance had it been in a negative environment. Instead, I got one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences I’ve ever had. Sure, it was an audition and auditions can be intimidating and I was wearing a massive, obtrusive metal knee brace, I still felt incredibly welcomed and free to dance without judgment. Since then, nothing has changed. When we say FDC is a family, it’s truly and sincerely meant. I’ve been pushed and challenged with choreography that tests the strength of my knee and choreography that tests the strength of my self-confidence and, in every case, I’ve always felt comfortable to try and fail or try and succeed in equal measure, knowing I’d have support from the group either way.
I don’t know who I am without dance in my life, so a year of being physically and emotionally incapable of doing so was heartbreaking, at best. FDC has become more than just a place and opportunity to dance; it, and the people I get to share a stage with, have become integral parts of my life.
“It’s easy to see the beauty in others but harder to find within yourself.”
My name is Emilio Siaz, I’m 20 years old and I have been dancing for nine years. I started out with hip hop and progressed to lyrical and jazz once I started high school. I am currently the FDC recruitment advisor. I have been a member since 2015; when FDC was originally Project Dance. I first heard of FDC when I transferred back to California after my first semester of college. Derek had seen some of my instagram videos and scouted me out to join Project Dance. What I love the most about FDC is the family oriented vibe that I get. Everyone is so down to earth, no drama, and have dance as their passion. I have been challenged mentally and physically from FDC but that has only made me grow as a dancer personally and professionally. Being apart of FDC has made such a positive impact in my life. I was at the time in my life where dance was not in my everyday routine and I kind of lost what defined me as Emilio. When Derek scouted me out everything kind of fell into place; my happiness and life choices. FDC has already given me so much positivity in my life, I only want to gain more technique. With that said my life quote that I have been following since high school is “It’s easy to see the beauty in others but harder to find within yourself.” Dance is the outlet that helps me find the beauty within myself.
"Taking a set backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha" -Unknown
Hi, I'm Christa, the baby of the group. I was born and raised in Redding California, I graduated from Enterprise High School in 2015, Go Hornets! Currently, I am studying at Shasta College with a major in Studio Art so hopefully I can leave my mark on the art world. I have loved dancing and performing even since I can remember. As a kid I was always playing melodies on our piano and singing or putting on plays for my family. I never went to any dance studio or anything as a kid but when I was 13 I got to be in Kids Unliminited and that really amplified my love for dance. I have been dancing with these beautiful people since November 2015 and it has been about the biggest thril of my life. I never thought when I joined that I would be meeting my second family, I'm forever grateful. Before I joined the group I had little to no real technical dance training, just a burning passion for performing. FDC has really taught me a lot about dancing and about myself. In general I'm a really shy person, I'd much rather stay home drawing or painting than socializing. But since I joined FDC I have had a lot more confidence in myself. People who have seen me perform say I don't seem shy at all and I'm pretty proud of that. No matter what is happening in my crazy life, I know I can come to dance and my family will help me forget all of it at least for those couple hours. I love my dance family.
The trouble is, you think you have time. -Buddha
My name is Celine Faulkner, soon to be Boban, and I'm a crafting, lover of all things art, hippie at heart. Making my own products is a favorite hobby, along with bike riding, scootering, camping, snowboarding, ( basically anything outdoorsy) is a thumbs up and I'm excited to do it. My beautiful son Christian will be 7 this year. He’s the funniest person I know aside from my fiancé. Currently I’m in charge of the legal side of things for Formation. Working in a law office the past 15 years seemed fitting for this to be my roll in FDC. This will be year #3 as a dancer in Formation for me. Derek actually had me fill in last minute for a dancer who couldn’t do a show, so after that Beyonce chair dance I got to perform, I was hooked! One of (the many) thing I love about this group is that we get to promote topics that matter to us all in different ways. Last season we were fortunate enough to do a piece and perform it for a suicide awareness convention and an entire show for the Redding Pride festival. Those are the things that give our group life! Being a part of the community and just being present in those events were a gift. Challenges that i’d say I’ve faced would be really just wanting to grow as a dancer and figure out whats next. This group of individuals makes me want to be a better person constantly and I couldn’t ask for a more fantastic group of humans to be around 3 days a week. They make sad times happy, my abs are better because of how much we really do laugh. Like we LAUGH. Performance wise id say one of these days ill get over stage fright and its something Im constantly trying to overcome. Its actually gotten a little better and that about sums up this little blurb about me. Oh and I like sushi, the walking dead, buddhism, good vibes, strong hair ties, socks that don’t slide and sunshine.... Maybe not in that order..
"Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life... " -Prince
My name is Holly Reilly. I love Music (especially anything by Prince), my Family, friends and books. I am the newest member to this wonderful team. I learned about FDC through my sister Sabrina, as well as the Facebook page for the company. I love that every member has welcomed me and cheered me on from the very beginning. This team has been nothing short of amazing. So not only am I enjoying what I love, dancing, I get to share it with this great group of people.
This group has challenged me so much. It has been such a long time since I have danced, other than around my house. Getting back into the groove of things has my body all kinds of challenged. Even with the short amount of time I've been apart of this team, it's a resounding yes that FDC has made an impact on my life. What I hope to gain being in FDC is make new friends while doing what I love and improve on myself.