The Three Yells is a Seattle-based modern dance company founded by Artistic Director Veronica Lee-Baik. Since its inception in 2000, The Three Yells is known for its exciting athleticism and striking visual images. The Company’s mission is to create works that deals with issues of today which are very real and pressing, investigate topics that fly under the radar and invoke experiences that connect and engage the community in ways that promote understanding across social boundaries.
The Three Yells seek to connect people from diverse backgrounds with the universal language of movement. Despite differences in skin color, gender or religion, we are all ultimately connected to one another. Some of its most celebrated creations are The Woman That Was Not There, Remember Me, To Restrain The Pillow, Jane, Moon Falling, Her Name Is Isaac, and Giselle Deconstruct.
The company has performed at Seattle’s the Cornish Playhouse, 12th Avenue Arts, Velocity Dance Center, On The Boards, Frye Art Museum, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Soil Gallery, Bumbershoot, Seattle University, Portland’s Conduit, and Singapore’s Victoria Theatre.
The Three Yells
Veronica Lee-Baik (she/her)
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Born in Singapore, Veronica Lee-Baik studied art and dance. She is a visual artist whose medium of choice is the body using it as a tool for dialogue with herself and the world. Her approach to movement activates the senses to become fully alive and involved. She founded The Three Yells to explore and translate social, political, and cultural issues through multidisciplinary performance. The Three Yells is a continual process of discovering her artistic voice as a choreographer and teacher. Lee-Baik has never been one to hew to traditions. Her idiosyncratic approach has been described as “a clear eye for an unusual landscape—her stage pictures are distinctive and disturbing.”
Lee-Baik has self-produced twice with Moon Falling (2014) and Giselle Deconstruct (2018) which received the 4Culture Art Projects Award for its first iteration in 2016 and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture CityArtists Projects Award for the evening length premiere in 2017. Lee-Baik was also a recipient of the Artist Trust GAP and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture smART grant for her project Her Name Is Isaac (2016). She was artist-in-residence for the 2015/16 Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Award which resulted in the first ever project produced by Cornish Presents. Lee-Baik’s work has been produced by Cornish Playhouse, 12th Avenue Arts, Velocity Dance Center, On The Boards, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Soil Gallery, Bumbershoot, Seattle University, Conduit (Portland), and Victoria Theatre (Singapore).
Lee-Baik is a recipient of the 2017 Artist Trust James W Ray Venture Project Award and 2018 4Culture Arts Project Award for her current project, A Crack In The Noise.
Tristan Roberson (he/him)
Collaborator (lighting / media art)
Tristan Roberson is the Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer for WET. Tristan has designed with many companies in the Seattle area, including Seattle Shakespeare, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Artwest, Teatro Zinzanni, ACT, Village Theatre, and The 5th Avenue Theatre. His first design with WET was The Edge of Our Bodies at the old Little Theatre on 19th Avenue East in Season 10. Since then, he has designed shows such as Sprawl, The Things Are Against Us, Cherdonna’s Doll’s House, and Teh Internet is Serious Business. Outside WET, he is adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, a member of United Scenic Artists IATSE Local 829, and an executive producer and designer for various corporate shows and events.
Amy Ross (she/her)
Amy Ross (she/her) willingly fell into dance while at Bennington College in Vermont, a world away from her home in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. In her ten years in Seattle, Amy has performed in local dance works by choreographers Wade Madsen, Alice Gosti, Shannon Stewart, Laura Aschoff, Noelle Chun, and Alyza Del-Pan Monley, among others. She recently earned her massage therapy license and is now a practicing L.M.T. Amy has been with The Three Yells since 2014.
Corina Dalzell (they/them)
A native of the Appalachian foothills of Southeastern Ohio, Corina Iona Dalzell began performing with The Three Yells in the 2014 production of 'Moon Falling.' In line with the inclusive and empowering creative mission of the company, Corina also supports Seattle artists and community members with disabilities as a dance educator and recreation support. Their educational, performance, and creative work is greatly informed by the practices of local artists Veronica Lee-Baik, Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender, Vanessa Dewolf, Noelle Chun, Rachael Lincoln, and PE|Mo. Corina studied dance at Bennington College under the guidance of Terry Creach, Susan Sgorbati, Dana Reitz, and seasonally with The Architects, Karl Rodgers, Chris Aiken, David Dorfman, and Heidi Henderson.
Drew Gorospe (she/her)
Drew Gorospe was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She first began training in Hip Hop dance at age five with the Lakewood YMCA and later became a member of a professional Hip Hop crew named "I.D." created by Dawn Del Castillo and Jaquan Price which won “Best Hip Hop Dance Crew in Tacoma” in 2009. Drew has recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts located in Seattle, Washington in May of 2018. During her four years with Cornish Drew has had the amazing opportunity to work with many choreographers such as Patricia Hon, Dayna Hanson, Wade Madsen, Kyle Abraham, Deborah Wolf, and Danielle Agami.
Elizabeth Sugawara (she/her)
Elizabeth Sugawara fell in love with modern dance at UC Santa Cruz performing with Tandy Beal & Co. After receiving a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture, she continued her studies in dance at Copenhagen Contemporary School of Dance in Denmark and was a dancer for Neves Contemporary Dance Theatre. Since relocating to the PNW in 2016, Elizabeth has danced in works by Angelica DeLashmette, Bryon Carr, Amy J Lambert, Paula Peters, Austin Sexton, Hayley Shannon, Xaviera Vandermay, and Markeith Wiley. Elizabeth was a performer in Maya Soto and Nico Tower's show "Beautiful Carcass" that premiered May 2018. She has also performed Alicia Mullikin's choreography in Tint Dance Festival, CHOP SHOP (with AU Collective), and "REINA" at NW New Works 2018.
Kaiya Holtzman (she/her)
Kaiya Holtzman, born and raised in San Rafael, California, began dancing at age 3, after witnessing San Francisco Ballet’s The Nutcracker. She trained with Stapleton School of Performing Arts and performed in all of their productions until graduating high school in 2014. She began her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, and transferred to Cornish College of the Arts in the fall of 2015. While studying at Cornish, Kaiya has participated in various works choreographed by Pat Hon, Kiyon Gaines, Bruce McCormick, and many more. She graduated from Cornish with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance in May 2018. Since graduating, Kaiya has begun working with The Three Yells and local Seattle artist Veronica Lee-Baik. She is looking forward to a bright and fiery future as a newly working dance artist.
Lauren Linder (she/her)
Lauren Linder is a performer and choreographer hailing from Muncie, Indiana. In 2018 Linder performed with Alice Gosti, Melinda Jean Meyers, and toured a solo work by Petra Zanki to New York and Croatia. In June, Linder curated and produced an evening length duet show ‘Double Vision’. Linder was the recipient of a 2017 Dance Crush from Seattle Dances. This is her second year dancing with The Three Yells. Linder holds a BFA in Dance with honors and a BA in Spanish from The University of Iowa.
Sumaya Mulla-Carrillo (she/her)
Sumaya Mulla-Carrillo is a dancer, writer, and arts administrator with her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Since graduating in May 2018, she has danced for Seattle based artists Alice Gosti, Petra Zanki, and Beth Terwilleger / the gray. Her training includes Cornish College, as well as summer studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Vim Vigor Dance Company, and Velocity Dance Center’s Strictly Seattle. Through these programs, she has performed works by Alex Ketley, Alice Gosti, Deb Wolf, Bobbi Jene Smith, Kyle Abraham, Ohad Naharin, and Jose Limón, among others.
Lisa Kwak (she/her)
Lisa is a Seattle based movement artist and collaborator. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington where she was awarded the Dean's Medal for the College of Arts and Sciences. There, she performed in musicals and concert dance while earning her BA with majors in Dance and International Studies. Lisa has worked with artists such as Rachael Lincoln, Leslie Kraus, Zoe Scofield | Juniper Shuey, among others. Lisa believes that dance has the power to inspire positive change, and is a tool of resilience for individuals and communities. She strives to create and perform work that will celebrate the human condition in all its pain, joy, and beauty.
Bri Wilson (she/her)
Bri Wilson (she/her) grew up in northern Michigan. She attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California, where she graduated summa cum laude in May 2018 with a degree in Dance and a minor in Creative Writing. While there she performed works by Katie Scherman, David Harvey, Maurya Kerr, and Gregory Dawson. During her collegiate years she supplemented her training with intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Movement Invention Project; at the latter she worked with Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, Elia Mrak, Troy Ogilvie, Shamel Pitts, and Alexandra Wells. She moved to Seattle in September 2018.
Sarah Alaways (she/her)
Sarah, a native Californian, graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a dual BFA in Dance Choreography and Dance Performance. She performed as a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble and was awarded excellence in choreography for her thesis project. Sarah then performed in Houston, Texas with Ad Deum II Dance Company (serving as rehearsal director and choreographer), Revolve Dance Company, and LEON Contemporary Dance Company. Sarah spent time performing in Seattle (works by LROD, Bryon Carr, Xaviera Vandermay, Amy Weaver) before moving to London. She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and earned her MA in Dance Performance as a member of Transitions Dance Company. Along with performing, her roles include dance educator, dance researcher, and dance maker.
Tyra Kopf (she/her)
Native of Des Plaines, IL, Tyra Kopf relocated to Seattle in 2017 as a dance artist in pursuit of performance and choreography opportunities. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors, from Webster University with a BFA in Dance. Throughout her undergraduate career, she studied ballet, jazz, modern, Thai Classical Dance and aerial. Since her move to Seattle, Tyra has performed with AJnC Dance Theater, and has created her own work for the RAW Artists organization and for the Full Tilt Dance Festival.