Version Excursion Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Seattle, WA. Version Excursion includes dancers from a variety of backgrounds and training who are passionate and engaged in the creative process. Our goal is to create and present work the speaks to universal experiences and makes a last impact on our audience.
Here’s a little bit about us….
Erin Nichole Boyt is the Artistic Director of Version Excursion Dance. She is from the small town of Neosho, Missouri and started dancing sometime around the age of 5. She describes her personal history with dance as being “that kid who was always getting kicked out of ballet class.” Erin studied Theatre at Drury University and moved to Seattle in 2007. She founded Version Excursion in 2010 and has since produced and performed at Velocity Dance Center, Raisbeck Hall, Annex Theater, Northwest Film Forum, and The Triple Door. Currently, she is most excited about her recent collaboration with indie folk duo, March to May, as they finish shooting their music video, The Navigator.
Abby Heil, is originally from Trenton, New Jersey. She started dancing at age 3 and says she kept going because “I just knew that was what I was supposed to be doing.” She moved to Seattle when she was 7 and has studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Cornish College of the Arts. Currently, she dances with Version Excursion Dance and Khambatta Dance Company while working on other projects on the side. She also loves acting, film, her two cats, Jackson and Krueger, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer Allie started ballet at the age of 4 in Montpellier, France. She moved to California and continued her training at Pacific Ballet Academy and later at Ballet San Jose as a professional division student and performed with its professional company. She has attended various summer programs including the Kirov academy of ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, The Rock School for Dance Education, ESDC Rosella Hightower and the Royal Danish Ballet School. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with a BFA in dance where she trained primarily in ballet and modern. While at Cornish, she had the pleasure of performing works by Pat Hon, Zoe Scofield, Iyun Harrison and Vivian Little. Jennifer is excited to be dancing with Version Excursion
Kelsey Wickman began dancing at the age of four, starting with ballet and tap, then jazz, contemporary, lyrical and modern. She refined her ballet training when she attended State Street Ballet’s summer intensive. Kelsey then continued her dancing while enrolled at Gonzaga University, where she participated in academic dance classes, the student-led dance club Boundless, oversaw the master class program, danced and choreographed for the Student Choreography Concerts, performed with the Gonzaga University Dance Team, attended ACDFA and earned a minor in Dance.
Post-college, Kelsey relocated to Salt Lake City where she was able to continue to taking class at Millennium Dance Complex SLC from a multitude of talented teachers in a variety of styles. In 2015, Kelsey made her way back to the Pacific Northwest where she discovered Version Excursion through fellow Zag Kelli Carnes. Kelsey is also an Account Executive at WE Communications where she does public relations for Microsoft.
Lilani Estacio was born in Pasadena, CA and began dancing with the Pasadena Civic Ballet at age 5. During her tenure at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she earned a B.S in Nutrition and Food Science and a minor in dance, Lilani performed with Orchesis Dance Company and competed with the Cal Poly dance team. Between 2006 and 2011, Lilani continued to study dance at Moorpark College and danced with the Ruben Rouges Dance Company. After relocating to Seattle, WA, in 2011, and eager to make dance a part of her new life in the Pacific Northwest, Lilani began teaching ballet barre-based classes in South Lake Union and West Seattle. She has danced in Take Pause since 2013 and, most recently, Lilani returned to the stage on a more regular basis with Version Excursion.