Philippine born Gerald Casel was raised in the Bay Area where he began dancing in public school. He received a BFA from The Juilliard School and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Casel danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Sungsoo Ahn, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991-1998 and 2001-2005 and served as the company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education. In 1997, Casel was awarded a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement. He is an assistant professor of dance at University of California, Santa Cruz where he was awarded a Hellman Fellowship in 2015.
Hi! I'm Liam. I have a background in Contact Improvisation and integrated body work. I fing manual therapy to be an amazing part of my healing, particularly for old shoulder and forearm injuries that had plagued me for years. I began to practice a bit with techniques that I’d experienced or read about, first on myself and friends, and finally officially going to school for massage therapy.
Simultaneously I began studying Contact Improvisation and have been fortunate enough to study under masters such as Martin Keough. I have years of teaching under my belt, but I am always excited at the opportunity to explore with a new group of people.
Laurel Sears, MFA, is a Missoula-based dance artist who works with many populations as a teacher, performer, and dance maker. She is Mat Pilates certified, and has a strong background in dance improvisation and contemporary dance.
Heidi Jones Eggert
Heidi Jones Eggert has experience teaching, choreographing and performing in private studios, professional venues, public schools, community colleges and state universities with students ranging in age from three to 83. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Montana, Heidi was a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at the College of San Mateo (California) as well as their Artistic Director and Dance Coordinator. Her performances have taken her to many parts of the country, most extensively San Francisco with MotionLab, Lizz Roman & Dancers, kelly kemp & company, raw footage, and Taproot Dance Project to name a few.
While Heidi’s passion lies in teaching, creating and performing modern dance, she has always enjoyed dance in any form, from contact improvisation to classical ballet, multicultural dance, musical theatre and more. She is enthusiastic about making dance accessible to everyone; honing in on creativity as well as technique; encouraging a most expressive artist and a mindful audience.
A Missouri native, Joy earned her BA at The University of Montana before establishing her dance career in the West from Washington state to Colorado. She then completed her MFA in Performance and Choreography at the University of Colorado Boulder. Happily back in this beautiful valley, Joy now teaches multiple dance courses at UM. Additionally, she instructs drama students at Hellgate High School all the while performing professionally with Headwaters Dance Co. and the CoMotion Dance Project. Joy founded Bare Bait Dance in 2011 to be a home for dancers in the region and to produce nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and their work.