choreographer

Vashti's choreographic style has no limits when it comes to diversity.  Her creative style is an outward manifestation of an deep imagination that is constantly thinking, exploring, and developing new ways to move and showcase movement.  She has choreographed for operas, musicals, films, corporate and charitable events, churches, and concert dance venues.   

 

awards 

  • Jumpstart Award from the University of Kansas for Outstanding Achievement in Professional Development, 2015
  • Full Scholarship to the Artist INC Kansas City Business Program Based on Outstanding Choreographic Efforts and Artistic Entrepreneurship, 2010 and 2012
  • Monticello Foundation Award for Choreography of, Like-Poetry, and Full Scholarship to the Craft of Choreography Conference, Orem, Utah, 2009
 
 

concert dance  

Vashti began her choreographic career by setting, Like-Poetry, on the Kansas Regional Ballet when she was sixteen. This contemporary work won the Monticello Foundation Award for Choreography at the Mid-States Regional Dance America Festival.  It was later restaged on the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Dance Company and won a second adjudication to appear at the American College Dance Association. After years of working in opera and film, she returned in 2016 to the concert world to create a classical ballet, My Favorite Things, for the Dance Gallery and a contemporary ballet, Vltava, for the Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance.   

This year she was ask to co-direct the neoclassical ballet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, with the director, Shannon Pickett, for the Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance spring ballet.  She choreographed three colorful scenes for the ballet: "Oberon's Kingdom," the "Wedding," and the "Finale."  Her latest work, Organic Machines, has recently been set on the Lawrence Ballet Theatre. This contemporary ballet and modern piece about the human body will be performed at the Emergence Concert in April 2017.  This Memorial Day weekend Vashti will present her final work for the season with an excerpt from, The Little Humpbacked Horse. She has completely restaged the underwater scene from the ballet adding many new characters and features to this ancient tale.   

 

opera

The Marriage of Figaro - A "Wedding Dance" was choreographed for the University of Missouri-Kansas City opera department's production of Figaro in 2010.  Marciem Bazell was the director with Robert Olson as conductor.  This dance was baroque in style and featured partnering couples portraying palace royalty and humble courtiers.  Photographs are courtesy of Mike Strong. 

Night in the Museum I and II - Marciem Bazell directed and produced this series of full-length operas in 2012 and 2013.  Vashti pantomimed and danced the leading role of "The Curator" and choreographed 28 dances narrative scenes between the two operas.The second opera featured a musical composition by Gavin Brivik, a Kansas City film score composer. Photographs are courtesy of Mike Strong.

The Nightingale -  Several narrative dance scenes were designed. Dancers became creatures that morphed into background characters or shapes that decorated each scene.  The world premiere (2014) was showcased at the University of Kansas with student and professional performers.  Christopher Burton was the composer. Instrumentation was played by the Helianthus Music Ensemble.

 

films 

Vashti has produced the following films with her organization, YACO Productions: "The Inmost Being," "Bear Ice," "Angelic Rush," "Edmund and Emily," "Trail of Rose Petals," and "Hidden In the Farm." Three films have been released to the public. The other three are in different stages of production.  She recently choreographed scenes for Lakeland Community Church's short film, "A Fragrant Offering," and in 2015 she completed choreography for a symphonic short film entitled, "Thus Hollow," composed by Joshua Wise and Directed by Chris Durr at Outpost Worldwide studios. 

musicals 

Numerous routines for Once Upon A Mattress and Grease were choreographed for Staley high school in 2012 and 2013.  In 2015 she staged and choreographed the following musical routines for Lawrence Opera Theatre: "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," from Company, "At the Ballet," from A Chorus Line, and "No Day But Today," from Rent. She choreographed and staged several scenes for Pembroke Middle School's music medley, Showcase 2016.  Minimal media can be displayed due to copyrights,  but this picture is from LOT's production of, "No Day But Today," from Rent.

events

Over the years Vashti has produced many works for churches in the greater Kansas City area involving special design and multimedia collaborations. She has also produced entertainment for weddings and the Women's Group at UMKC.  In 2012 her choreography appeared at the Nile's Children's Home Foundation charity banquet and an enormous flash mob created for 120 Farmerโ€™s Insurance Employees for the company's Annual STIP Celebration.  The two videos below are from a rehearsal of, "Dry Bones," created for Awakening Ministries and the Farmer's Insurance flash mob.