Carolé Acuña is a featured professional in Sunset Magazine as “Living The Dream” and named a “A star in her own right” by Ann Murphy of the Oakland Tribune News. Carolé (pronounced Carolay) is a flamenco & modern dancer, Meisner trained actor, comedian, choreographer, writer, activist, filmmaker. She is the co-artistic director of Carolina Lugo's & Carolé Acuña's Ballet Flamenco, artistic director of of Climate Narwhal, host of Co-Ed Comedy stand-up comedy showcase. www.caroleacuna.com
Stella Adelman is the Program Director at Dance Mission Theater. A San Francisco native, Adelmanholds a BA in World Arts and Cultures and a Master in Education. As a performer Adelman has had the honor of working with Rhodessa Jones and Krissy Keefer, and several Caribbean dance companies, including Aguas da Bahia, Arenas Dance Company, and Alayo Dance Company, among others. She co-produced the CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music for four years and currently works with Carnaval San Francisco.
Joseph W. Copley After receiving his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, Joseph moved to the Bay Area to join Oakland Ballet, where he danced for over a decade. Joseph had a multi-dimensional performance career working in Social Dance, Ballet, Modern, Opera, Drag, Burlesque, and Performance Art. Now retired from performance, he is Company Manager of ODC, sits on multiple community arts committees, and finds joy supporting performing artists connect with presenting partners.
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Natalia Duong is a performance artist, choreographer, and writer. She is a company member of Poetic Theater Productions and The Lonely Painter Project. She is currently a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
Laura Elaine Ellis is founding member and Executive Director of The African & African American Performing Arts Coalition and is Executive Director of the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation. Ellis is a long-time company member with Dimensions Dance Theater and has served 21 years on faculty of the Dance & Theater Departments at the Athenian School and CSUEB. She has been published in the Dance USA Journal, is a recipient of an "Izzy" Award for Outstanding Individual Performance, and serves on the board for CounterPULSE, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Oaktown Jazz Workshops.
Sebastian Grubb is an award-winning dance artist and fitness trainer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed with many local dance companies and choreographers since 2008, especially AXIS Dance Company and Scott Wells & Dancers. Sebastian’s commissioned choreographic works for AXIS have been shown in 8 U.S. states, in Russia, and on FOX TV's "So You Think You Can Dance". www.sebastiangrubb.com
Sue Li Jue is Artistic Director of Facing East Dance & Music. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally and represented in documentary film and books. As Director of Physical Education and a dance Lecturer at U.C. Berkeley, she has taught contemporary, ballet, and choreography for 30 years, and is dedicated to dance education, giving back to the dance community, and fostering a love of all the arts.
Sriba Kwadjovie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and began her classical dance training with the Oakland Ballet and modern and Pan-African dance with the Beatriz Ross Cultural Dance Ensemble. She has worked with Bay Area based dance companies such as Robert Moses' Kin, Company Chaddick, ODC, Leyya Tawil's Dance ELIXIR. Most recently she choreographed and performed a solo project for the Havana Biennial 2015 in Cuba. When she's not dancing, Sriba enjoys researching and engaging in the complexities of intellectual property law.
Virginia Matthews studied at Sarah Lawrence College with Bessie Schoenberg and trained at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She was a founding member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Co. and served as school director. As co-artistic director of Dances for 1 and 2, she toured internationally. She founded the Virginia Matthews Dance Co.; in Sonoma County she created Downtown Dance/Art Space. She is a founding member of SoCo Dance Theater and a recipient of a NEA award for choreography.
Jetta Martin graduated from Harvard University and has performed professionally with multiple dance companies. Performance credits include Joyce Soho, ODC, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, MFDP's Dancing in the Park, and the Egyptian Modern Dance Festival in Cairo. Her choreography has been featured on both coasts and has been commissioned by the Black Choreographer's Festival, Dance Mission Theater, Museum of the African Diaspora, Masquers Playhouse and Stapleton School of Ballet.
Teri McCollum is the unapologetically tiara'd dance journalist 'Odette,' social media blogarina, dedicated to raising local dance artists' visibility through insightful reviews, articles, interviews and features on her popular, award-winning website. Generously mentored by Oakland Ballet Founding Artistic Director Ronn Guidi, Teri danced in his Oakland Youth Ballet, Oakland Ballet, was an Oakland Raiderette, studied/performed modern, jazz, musical theater, Argentine tango, and played violin in four youth symphonies.
Ali McKeon, a Maui native, is currently a Santa Clara based dancer and choreographer. Her new company, Ali McKeon Dance Project, explores Hawaiian culture and aesthetic through contemporary dance. She currently dances with Menlowe Ballet and is a lecturer at West Valley College. She holds a B.A. in English and Minor in Dance, from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine.
Charlotte Moraga is a Kathak dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Chitresh Das Institute and the Chitresh Das Youth Company. Charlotte is inspired by the unique arts environment and artists that inhabit the San Francisco Bay Area and seeks ways to bridge communities.
Spencer (SPULU) Pulu is a Choreographer and Teacher and has performed on video's, Televisionand lives on major stages in the Bay Area, Southern California, Las Vegas, Utah, and New York City. He is a honorary member of the Zaccho Dance Theatre Company and a member of San Francisco Rising Rhythm Project and House of Prolific. He is also a community organizer, activist, spiritual healer, and Pacific Scholar. SPULU studied Dance at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Race and Resistance Studies. He is currently working at City College of San Francisco Student Supporting Student Center and the Critical Pacific Islanders Program.
Jane Bassett Rosario began her dance training in Sacramento, California in 1965, with Marguerite Phares and Barbara Crockett, performing with Theatre Ballet Association and Sacramento Ballet. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, Jane studied and performed with Patricia Reedy, and currently serves on the board of Luna Dance Institute. Jane is a librarian at U.C. Berkeley.
Aarti Shah is a Vancouver, BC native, and has studied and trained in classical Indian dance for over 25 years. She began her dance journey through Bharata Natyam, and then pursued her love for Kathak in Vancouver, India and San Francisco. Outside of the dance studio, Aarti is a Designer/Brand Manager and active in the performing arts and social justice spaces in the Bay Area.
Claire Shoun currently serves as the Performing Arts Programs Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has a BFA in Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts and trained on full scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in NYC. Since moving to San Francisco, she has had the pleasure of performing with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Paige Starling Sorvillo, Fact/SF, Antoine Hunter, and Janice Garrett & Dancers, among others.
Tamara Taves has 30 years of dance experience and a passion for bringing out the best in her students. She studied dance and education at Brigham Young University and performed with their Ballet department as well as the renowned International Folk Dance Ensemble. Tamara was named KAR's Director of the Year in 2012. She has successfully coached dancers for Youth America Grand Prix and teaches aspiring young dancers throughout the Bay Area.
Katherine Warner is a founding member of Alonzo King Lines Ballet and was a principal dancer from its inception in 1982 until 1996. She also danced with San Francisco Ballet, SF Dance Spectrum. SF Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Zaccho Dance Theater. Katherine graduated Magna Cum Laude from SFSU with a degree in Child/Adolescent Development. Currently, Ms. Warner is on the faculty for the Lines Ballet Educational Programs, Dance Center, and Outreach to Youth.
Jamie Wright A former musician, his work has been presented throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Black Choreographers Festival/Here and Now, 24 Views, Pilot at ODC, Collaborations! Dance: Music at the Cowell Theater and in five annual seasons at Dance Mission. He has been commissioned to create works for And Still Dancing and Opera Frontiers. In 2012 he choreographed for the acclaimed Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by author Anne Rice.