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  • Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Presenter
  • Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator
  • Artistic Director, Piñata Dance Collective
  • Founder/Artistic Director ¡FLACC! Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers

EDUCATION

  • Master of Fine Art-Interdisciplinary Arts- Dance Emphasis:  California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Ca. 2009-2011
  • Bachelors of Arts in Dance-  California State University Long Beach, Ca. 1989-1993
  • Certificate from Tamalpa Institute, Kentfield, Ca. 2004-2007
  • High School Diploma- Claremont, Ca. 1989

UNIVERSITY GUEST TEACHING

  • Performance and Cultural Relevance- California State University East Bay, Hayward, Ca. 2014
  • Modern Dance- Dominican College, Lines BFA, SF. Ca. 2013
  • Contact Improvisation- St. Mary’s College, Moraga, Ca.  2013
  • Eco-Somatic Integration- Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, Ca. 2011
  • Interdisciplinary Arts- MFA Teaching Assistant- CIIS, San Francisco, Ca. 2011
  • California State University East Bay, Dance Program, Hayward, Ca.
    • Beg. Modern Dance Technique- 2007
    • Beg. Ballet Fundamentals- 2007
    • Mixed Abilities Dance Improvisation- 2008
  • Tamalpa Life/Art® process- CSU San Francisco, American College Dance Festival, S.F., Ca. 2007

UNIVERSITY GUEST PERFORMANCES

  • Indigenous Dance Festival- Cal State University East Bay. “Hummingbird on the Left”
  • California State University East Bay, Hayward, Ca. “La Reunion”. 2012
  • Holy Names University, Oakland Ca. Rhythm and Dance with Afia Walking Tree. 2011, 2012
  • University California Davis- Film by Nita Little, PhD Candidate. 2012.
  • Pitzer College, Anti-violence against women duet with Elizabeth O’Rourke at Kahoutek main stage. Claremont, Ca. 1996

GENERAL TEACHING

MODERN/CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE- Semi-professional and professional dancers 

  • Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, Ca.  2011-2015
  • Centro Cultural Barrio San Diego, Guadalajara, Mexico 2014
  • Rhythm & Motion, San Francisco, Ca. 1999-2000
  • Munich Summer Dance Festival- Assistant teacher for Estelle Clareton of Canada’s O’Vertigo. Munich, Germany-1998
  • Guest Teacher- Malaika Kasumi Dance Company, Frankfurt, Germany, 1998

CONTACT IMPROVISATION– Mixed Level adult classes

  • Studio 8, Berkeley, Ca. Jan. 2016
  • Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts- FLACC teaching series. 2015
  • Sierra Contact Improv Festival, Eco-Somatic Integration and CI.  Sierra Ville, Ca. 2014
  • Dance Odyssey- Eco-Somatic Integration and CI. Santa Cruz, Ca. February-July 2014
  • CounterPULSE Theater- Pre-Jam CI Class, Nov./Dec. 2012.
  •  Sierra Contact Improv Fesival- Eco-Somatic Integration. SierraVille, Ca. Aug. 2012
  •  Green Valley Village Rhythm Arts Sanctuary, 2012
  •  CI Symposium- Co-led with Diana Lara. 8th Street Studio’s Berkeley, 2012
  •  7th Heaven Yoga Thursday Pre-Jam Class, Finding Ground Jan./Feb. 2012
  •  Akrobatik Festival- Cologne, Germany,  1998

DANCE AND YOGA YOUTH- ages 2-18

  • Pre-Ballet, Ballet I- YMCA Oakland. February 2015-present
  • Modern Dance-Ages 9-14. Ah-Lan Dance Academy, El Cerrito, Ca. July 2014-present
  • Yoga-ages 5-10. Happy Feet Inc./Oakland Unified School District, Oakland. Ca. 2011-present
  • Yoga- 7-12. Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Summer and Winter Camps 2013
  • Contemporary Jazz Dance- Edendale Middle School, San Lorenzo, Ca. 2010-11
  • Modern Dance and Choreography- Marin High School for the Arts. Spring 2010 
  • Creative Movement- ages 5-8. Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland Ca. 2006-2007
  • Creative Movement ages 2-5. Habitot Children’s Museum-Berkeley, Ca. 2001
  • Creative Movement ages 3-5. San Francisco Parks and Recreation S.F., Ca. 2000
  • Creative Movement and Drama/Special needs students- Ages 8-12 and 12-14. Rooftop Elementary and Middle Schools- San Francisco, Ca. 2000
  • Creative Movement- Ages 5-12. Claremont Unified School District 1994-1997
  • Movement Expression- Teens. Youth Activity Center. Claremont Ca. 1994-1996
  • Dance & Yoga-ages 7-12 Artists Reaching Out to Kids/A.R.K. Long Beach, Ca. 1993  

CLINICAL INSTRUCTION: Somatic Movement Education/ Expressive Arts

  • Motivational Movement and Expressive Arts for Elders with Dementia and Memory Loss- Senior Access, San Rafael. January 2011-present
  • Motivational Movement for Elders- The Point, Rockridge, Ca. 2014-present
  • California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco: Post-Acute Elder Care one-on-one visits, Alzheimer movement groups. 2000.
  • China Town Health Center- Women’s cancer recovery. 2010-2011
  • Women in recovery from substance abuse and incarceration:
    • San Francisco Women’s Building, Purple Moon Dance Project. 2010-11
    • Casa Maria-Women’s group home, Purple Moon Dance Project, 2010-11
    • Crossroads Inc., Claremont, Ca. over-night supervision, movement facilitation. 1993-1994

NON-CLINICAL WORKSHOPS: Somatics, Expressive Arts and Performance Laboratories:

  • Integración EcoSomática (EcoSomatic Integration)-Meditapalpa- Tapalpa, Jalisco, MX- June 2015
  • On-going private somatic movement therapy with individuals, 2005-present.
  • TEMENOS: Expressive Arts for Women, Monkey Yoga Shala. FALL 2014
  • Rhythm & Dance with Afia Walking Tree, Born to Drum Summer Drum Camp, Ca. 2013
  • Performance Lab/Piñata Breakthrough. Kunst Stoff Arts. San Francisco, Ca. 2012
  • Life-Art & Choreography- THEOFFCENTER, San Francisco, Ca. 2012
  • Tamalpa Life-Art Process. Weischman Hall, Sebastopol, Ca., 2011
  • Tamalpa Life-Art Process. Masonic Temple, Sebastopol, Ca. 2011
  • Singing through the Body. Kindred Spirits, Claremont, Ca.. 2011
  • Monkey Yoga Shala, Oakland, Ca.:
  • Body Part Mapping for Women. 2008-2010
  • The Movement Metaphor Series:
    • Body Mythology 2009
    • Freeing the Voice 2009
    • Animal Allies 2009
  • Body Part Mapping for Women. Rudramandir, Berkeley,Ca. 2007-2008
  • Dance In Nature-Northern California Dance Collective. Santa Cruz, 2006
  • Embodying the Gender Continuum – Jon Sims Center for Queer Arts, San Francisco, Ca. 2007
  • Movement Expression- Centrum, Freiburg, Germany. 1997

CHOREOGRAPHY  

  • Unraveling Normal- Berkeley Arts Museum Pacific Film & Archives, Berkeley, Ca. March 2016.
  • Piñata #15-About Love. Mbongui Square, Zaccho Dance Theater, San Francisco, Ca. Dec. 2015.
  • Hummingbird on the Left- Indigenous Dance Festival, CSU East Bay, Hayward, Ca. Oct. 2015
  • Piñata #14: Fragmentos-  2nd Annual ¡FLACC! Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SF. Sept. 2015
  • Dos Colibris- Galaria Ajolote, Guadalajara, MX July 2015
  • Paper-Illusion Show May 2015, SafeHouse, SF August, 2015
  • Novia Muerta– 1st Annual ¡FLACC! Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Temescal Art Center, Oakland, Ca. 2014
  • Temporario Contemporánea– 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency, Guadalajara, MX. 2014
  • Piñata Ritual Performance– Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, Ca. 2014
  • Hummingbird on the Left- Central Valley Dance Festival, Fresno, Ca. Nov. 2013
  • La Reunión- with Afia Walking Tree. Santa Cruz Dance Festival. 418 Project, June, 2013
  • Rite of Spring- With Out of the Chamber Music Ensemble. Berkeley Music Festival Feb. 2013
  • Bioneers Conference: with Afia Walking Tree, and R. Carlos Nakai, Marin, Ca. Oct. 2012
  • Piñata 2012: Choreographed Disasters and Natural Events:
  • Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, Ca. 2012
  • Dissilience Art Show 2, The Space Unlimited. San Francisco, Ca. 2012
  • THEOFFCENTER, San Francisco, Ca 2012
  • Kunst-Stoff Arts, San Franciscio 2012
  • Green  Valley Village Intentional Community, Sebastopol, Ca. 2012
  • Yo Soy Una Media Luna/I am a Half Moon -SF Queer Arts Festival. The Garage, SF, Ca. 2012
  • Green- Dissilience Art Show 1. Curator: Su Pang, Los Angeles, Ca. 2011
  • Maclovia’s Birds: Inspirados por el Arte de Mi Abuelita- Dance Mission Theater, SF, Ca., 2011
  • Palabras y Señas with Karla Avila/ Clarinet. California Institute of Integral Studies, SF. Ca. 2010.
  • Art in Nature Festival/Samavesha Inc.- Oakland Regional Park., Ca.
  • Unfinished Brides with Mihyun Lee, and Flock with The Oakland Improv Collective, Oct. 2010
  • Tree Spirit with Afia Walking Tree, Song Birds with Hallie McConologue, Alilia Johnson, Afia Walking Tree, Oct. 2011
  • Sombra- The Garage. S.F. March and July, 2009
  • Good Enough Mother, Holy Land –Moments Notice. Western Sky, Berkeley Ca. 2007, 2008
  • Cosmic Drag – Ensemble performance exploring gender and bodies in orbit.
  • Jon Sims Center for the Arts, SF, Ca.  2007
  • Warehouse 1310, S.F. May 2006
  • Lobot Gallery, Oakland, May 2006
  • Fa La La -Quartet, Million Fishes Gallery- S.F. Dec. 2005
  • Reach- Trio with Tara Brandel, Rowena Ritchie Tamascal Arts Center, Oakland, Ca. 2006
  • Dancing Through the Storm- Shawl Anderson Dance Center ,Old Mother’s Cookie Factory. 2005
  • Yellow Shirt Revised– Works in the Works, 8th St. Studio, Berkeley Ca. 2004
  • 4 Integrative Dance Duets with Niel Marcus, Barefoot Theater Berkeley, Ca. 2001-2003
  • Unraveling- Women’s Jubilee/Mary Alice Fry. Venue 9 S.F. Ca., 2001.
  • Yellow Shirt – Wurtzburg Dance Festival. Wurtzburg, Germany, 1998                                                        

DANCED WORKS BY:

  • ABD Productions – Bay Area Rising 2014
  • Megan Nicely, Kunst Stoff Arts, SF- Sept. 2013
  • Carol Fields, 418 Project, Santa Cruz, Ca. June, 2013
  • Nita Little 2012- 2014
  • Yannis Adoniou, Kunst-Stoff, SF, Ca. 2011
  • Eric Kupers. CSU Hayward, May 2006
  • Tara Brandel. Jon Sims Cultural Art Center, San Francisco, CA 2005
  • Rowena Ritchie: New College, S.F. Aug. 2004
  • Dawn Frank. Venue 9, San Francisco, Ca. 2000
  • Anne Woodhead.  Sonoma State University, Ronert Park, Ca. 2001
  • Vivienne Newport, Gallus Theater.  Frankfurt, Germany- 1998
  • Opera Frankfurt, Movement Chorus, Germany 1997-98
  • Eugen Onegin 1997
  • Boulevard Solitude. Directed by Hanz Werner Herzog. 1998
  • Jeff Slayton, La Jolla Museum of Modern Art,  Lajolla, Ca.   1993

ACTING EXPERIENCE

  • Queer Women of Color Media Production: Dancer/Actor in 2 films 2005, 2009
  • The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler/Jenna Sobel. SFSU stage and Eureka Theater, S.F., Ca. 2000
  • Ecstasy: A Modern Passion Play – Paul Mialovich, Pomona College, Claremont, Ca. 1994
  • Antigone-  Guinevere Milieus, Pomona College, 1995
  • Baby with the Bath Water- Christopher Durang/Paul Mialovich, Pomona, College, 1996
  • Home- Psyche and Eros Productions, Pomona, Ca. 1997

VOCAL PERFORMANCE

  • Backup singer, hand percussion and flautist for Afia Walking Tree and Friends (including Linda Tillery, Regina Wells, Larissa Montfort ) 2011-2016
  • The Voice Factory, San Francisco, Ca. 2007
  • Vocal and flute compositions – Piñata Dance Collective 2007-present. 

CROSS-GENRE COLLABORATORS

  • Musicians: Laura Inserra, Afia Walking Tree, T-Bird Luv, Karla Avila,  Elektra Schmidt, Evelie Sales Posch, Jacob Johnson, Frank Zinke, Jenina Angel Bath, Out of the Chamber Music Ensemble, Ama Nkwa, Amber Fields, Alilia Johnson, Hallie McConologue.
  • Sculpture: Meryl Juniper, Carter Brooks
  • Film: Malachi Roth, Matthew Sigal, Megan Ballog, Nirmala Nataraj
  • Theater: Amber Fields, Arissa White, Paul Mialovich, Guenevere Milieus

REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

  • Scholarship for Contact Improv Ground Research (CIGR) InterKinected/Earthdance, Plainfield, MA. March 2016.
  • Zellerbach Family Fund Foundation/Grant. 2014, 2015 (for Piñata Dance Collective and for ¡FLACC!)
  • Choreography Residency- Shawl Anderson Dance Center- Berkeley, Ca. July-Sept. 2015
  • Choreography Residency- 360 Xochi Quetzal, Chapala, MX 2014
  • Choreography Residency- THEOFFCENTER, San Francisco, Ca. 2012
  • 2 AIRSpace Residencies at “The Garage” S.F. 2009 and 2008
  • AIRSpace Residency at the Jon Sims Cultural Center for the Arts. S.F., March –June 2007
  • Sumasil Foundation Grant for Tamalpa Institute Training Program-2004

ARTS ADMINISTRATION/MANAGEMENT

  • Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers !FLACC! -Founder/Producer/Director of annual dance festival- www.flaccdanza.org 2014-present
  • Piñata Dance Collective- Production Manager, Grant Writing, Marketing, Social Media, Stage Director:  Self-produced classes and performances. 2005-present
  • Kunst-Stoff Arts- Assistant Grant Editor, S.F. Ca.- 2011
  • Tamalpa Institute- Administrative Assistant/Program Recruiter. Kentfield, Ca. 2005-2008
  • Anna Halprin Mountain Home Studio Manager, Kentfield, Ca. 2005-2008
  • San Francisco Dance Center- Front desk/receptionist.  1999-2000

AFFILIATIONS

OTHER TRAININGS AND FORMAL APPRENTICESHIPS

  • Re-Evaluative Counseling, West Berkeley Chapter. Jan. 2014-present
  • Nita Little Research Lab. San Francisco, Ca. 2012-2014
  • Karl Frost, Keriac, Ray Chung, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Scott Wells, Eric Kupers, Rosemary Hannon- Contact Improvisation Intensives SF Bay Area Ca. 2001-2014
  • Theater of the Oppressed- Hector Aristizabal, Alessia Cartoni, Oakland, Ca. 2013
  • Rosen Method, Marion Rosen, California Institute of Integral Studies. 2011
  • Apprentice with Kim Epifano, Choreographer, Epiphany Productions, 2010
  • Apprentice with Daria Halprin, Co-founder of Tamalpa Institute- Tamalpa Life-Art Process- Movement-Based Expressive Art therapy model. Fall Semester 2007
  • Apprentice with trauma specialist, Sue Martin, MA. JFK University. Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness and Expressive Arts.  Understanding the physiology of stress and practices for healing trauma. 2009-10
  • Vipassana Meditation, Spirit Rock, East Bay Meditation Center. 2006-present
  • Breema Center. Body Work, Oakland, Ca. 2007
  • Luna Kids dance teacher training-Berkeley, Ca. 2005-06
  • Circle Singing workshops 2006-2010
  • Louise Robinson of Sweet Honey on the Rock 2008
  • With the members of SoVoSo a capella singing group: David Worm, Sunshine Baker, Bryan Dyer 2007-2011
  • Somatic Expressive Movement Arts Teacher Training with Jamie McHugh, RMT- 1999
  • Laban-Bartinieff Movement Technique and Choreography- Trenjtia Shapli, 1990-1993

Artists with whom I have trained:

William Forsythe, Vivian Newport, Anna Halprin, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bill T. Jones, Janet Eilber, Mehmet Sanders, Loretta Livingston, Rod Rogers, Alonzo King, Jeff Slayton, David Hochoy, Trenjie Shapli, Michelle Simmons, Victoria Koenig, Rebecca Wright, Gloria Newman, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Lizz Roman, Scott Wells, Eric Kupers, Yannis Adonoi, Karl Frost, Kim Epifano, Anne Bluethenthal, Risa Steinburg, G. Hoffman Soto, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Arturo Fernandez, Catarina Witman, Joe Goode, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Estelle Clareton, Olivia Diaz,  and many others.

Cross-Genre collaborators:

  • Musicians: Laura Inserra, Afia Walking Tree, T-Bird Luv, Karla Avila, Evelie Sales Posch, Jacob Johnson, Frank Zinke, Jenina Angel Bath, Out of the Chamber Music Ensemble, Ama Nkwa, Amber Fields, Alilia Johnson, Hallie McConologue.
  • Sculpture: Meryl Juniper, Carter Brooks
  • Film: Malachi Roth, Matthew Sigal, Megan Ballog, Nirmala Nataraj
  • Theater: Amber Fields, Arissa White, Paul Mialovich, Guenevere Milieus