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Amy O'Neal is a dancer, performer, choreographer, and dance educator based in Seattle, WA. For ten years, she was the co-director of locust (music/dance/video). Over the past decade, 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, often presenting social commentary with dark humor and heavy beats.
Amy teaches Contemporary Dance and Hip-Hop at Velocity Dance Center and The Beacon: Massive Monkees studio in Seattle. She has taught at Dance New Amsterdam and DUO in NYC, the Houston Met, Cornish College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Universities of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Memphis, Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Texas Woman's University, and the Okinawa Prefectural Museum in Okinawa, Japan.
She has worked extensively with US musician/comedian Reggie Watts since 2002 both on stage and screen. She choreographed for his Comedy Central produced F--- Sh-- Stack music video and performed in his show Disinformation at the Under the Radar Festival (NYC), TBA Festival (Portland, OR), Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburg, PA), ICA Boston, and MCA Chicago.
Amy’s work has been presented by On the Boards (Seattle WA), TBA Festival (Portland OR), Joyce Soho (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (Becket, MA), Myrna Loy Center (Helena,MT), ODC (San Francisco, CA), Southern Theater (Minneapolis, MN), Project Motion (Memphis, TN), Festival Sin Fronrteras UNAM (Mexico City, Mexico), Kyoto Arts Center (Kyoto, Japan), and Next Moment Film Festival (Tokyo, Japan). 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 Creative Capital, National Performance Network, National Dance Project, and Mid Atlantic Arts Grantee. She is a two-time Artist Trust Fellow, DanceWEB Scholar, and two time Stranger Genius nominee with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.