Elizabeth Boubion, MFA, RSMT

320 Oakland Ave. Apt. B, Oakland, California,  94611, USA,

(510) 302-8575 cell.  |

Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Presenter

Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator

Certifications & Positions

Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (RSMT),  since 2007

Choreographer/Artistic Director of Piñata Dance Collective, since 2011

Founding Artistic Director -Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC)  since 2014

Fiscally Sponsored by Dancers’ Group (501c3) since 2016


  • Master of Fine Art- Creative Inquiry and Interdisciplinary Art/ Dance Emphasis.  California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Ca. 2011
  • Bachelors of Arts in Dance- California State University Long Beach, Ca. 2000
  • Certificate Tamalpa Life-Art Process® from Tamalpa Institute, Kentfield, Ca. 2007

University Guest Lecturer

  • The Body: Study and Explorations in Self Care, Language of the Body: Analyzing Human Movement, Advanced Contemporary Dance Practices- Scripps College, 2022
  • Virtual Inclusive Performance Festival. Interactive Workshop and Video Presentation followed by q & a: Embracing the Strange- A Kafka-esque presentation on neurodivergence and becoming a Mayate. CSU East Bay Hayward, 2021
  • 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
  • Beg. Modern Dance Technique, Beg. Ballet Fundamentals, Mixed Abilities Dance Improvisation- California State University East Bay, Hayward, Ca. 2007-2008
  • 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” 2013
  • 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




Adult Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique Semi-professional and professional dancers 

  • Galeria Ajolote, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX. &, Mitotecali, Mazunte, Oaxaca, April-May 2022
  • ODC Dance Center, Lines Ballet, Shawl Anderson Dance Center- Contracts Cancelled due to Covid19. San Francisco, Ca. Spring 2020
  • Upward Bound Summer Program- Mills College, Oakland, Summer, 2019
  • Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, Ca.  Ongoing 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

  • Building the Immune System with CI. The lymphatic system, endocrine system and practices of co-regulation in CI.  Falling up and the path of least resistance. The Center- October offerings in 2022.
  • The Art. The Practice. The Playground- Bay Area Pre-Jam classes.. Ellen Webb Studio, Finnish Hall, Studio Azul. 2022
  • Leading with your Eyes Closed. Santa Barbara Contact Improv Festival. April, 2022
  • Interkinected Berkeley CA. Pre-Jam Classes- Studio Azul, Finnish Hall (ongoing) 2016-present
  • Eastside Contact Improv Lab, Pasadena, Ca.  visiting artist a few times year 2017-present.
  • Los Angeles CI Pre-Jam Classes, Dance Alive and Dance Home, Santa Monica, CA. 4x in 2019.
  • 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 Festival- Eco-Somatic Integration. SierraVille, Ca. Aug. 2012
  •  Green Valley Village Rhythm Arts Sanctuary, 2012
  •  CI Symposium- Co-led with Diana Lara. 8th Street Studios Berkeley, 2012
  •  7th Heaven Yoga Thursday Pre-Jam Class, Finding Ground Jan./Feb. 2012
  •  Akrobatik Festival- Cologne, Germany,  1998

Dance and Yoga for Children and Teens, ages 2-18

  • Yoga, Dance & Tumbling-ages 3-8. Happy Kids Dance. Oakland and Berkeley Unified School District,, Smile Preschool. 2011-present
  • Pre-Ballet, Ballet I- YMCA Oakland. February 2015-2020. 
  • Teen Modern Dance-Ages 9-14. Ah-Lan Dance Academy, El Cerrito, Ca. July 2014-2017
  • Yoga- 7-12. Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, Summer and Winter Camps 2013
  • Contemporary Jazz Dance- Edendale Middle School, San Lorenzo, Ca. 2010-11
  • Teen Modern Dance and Choreography- Marin High School for the Arts. 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 Teaching: Somatic Movement Education/ Expressive Arts

  • Motivational Movement and Expressive Arts for Elders with Dementia and Memory Loss- Skyview Senior Center, San Rafael. January 2011-2020 (ended with covid 19)
  • Motivational Movement for Elders- The Point, Rockridge, Ca. 2014-2017
  • 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. overnight supervision, movement facilitation. 1993-1994

Non-Clinical Workshops: Somatics, Expressive Arts and Performance Laboratories:

  • Body Mythology (Mitologia del Cuerpo)-Performance Lab. Mitotecali, Mazunte, Oaxaca + Galería Ajolote, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. 2022
  • FLACCistas Juntos- Alonzo King’s Lines Dance Center, 2019
  • Bridges & Bones Performance Lab- Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archives. 2019
  • Integración EcoSomática (EcoSomatic Integration)-Tapalpa, Jalisco, MX- June 2015
  • Performance Lab- “Los Mitos Interiores” Makani – Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX July 2015
  • On-going private somatic movement therapy with individuals, 2005-present.
  • TEMENOS: Expressive Arts for Women, Monkey Yoga Shala. 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



  • Because Plastic- Choreographer and curator of FLACC 2022: sii agua sí. Collaborators: Poet, Shilpa Kamat, Dancers: Carmina Márquez, Laila Shabazz, Bay Laurel, Valerie Mendez.
  • FLACC Community Dance- Site activation at Dolores Park September 2021-2022.
  • Middle of No Where- Solo Film during the pandemic- 10 week residency Mojave Desert, March-July 2021
  • Bridges & Bones/Puentes y Huesos- Co-Directed with Karla Quintero. Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers. 2019
  • June Bug Rolls Toward the Sun Like a Scarab- Safe House Arts, MoJo Theater, 2019
  • ¿Cual es el Costo de la Belleza? What is the cost of beauty? Galeria Ajolote, Guadalajara, MX 2018
  • Piñata 45: The End of Her Rope- Ensemble Production. Dance Mission Theater, SF. CA 2018
  • Miss Venezuela-20 min. duet. Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Dance Mission Theater, SF. CA. 2018 (Nominated for an Izzy Award)
  • #DontGrab- 20 min. ensemble/solo Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Consent Forms Festival, Dance Mission Theater 2017, 2018.
  • 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 Francisco 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
  • The 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 – Wurzburg Dance Festival. Wurzburg, Germany, 1998                                                        

Danced works by:

  • Scott Wells & Dancers -Muscle Memory, Dance Mission Theater, SF. Ca. 2019
  • 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- Kunst Stoff Arts, SF- 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 – Miriam. Paul Mialovich, Pomona College, Claremont, Ca. 1994
  • Antigone-  Lead role. Guinevere Milieus, Pomona College, 1995
  • Baby with the Bath Water- The Nanny. Christopher Durang/Paul Mialovich, Pomona, College, 1996
  • Home- Choreographer. Psyche and Eros Productions, Pomona, Ca. 1997


Vocal Performance 

  • Backup singer, hand percussion and cedar flautist for Afia Walking Tree and Friends (including Linda Tillery, Regina Wells, Larissa Montfort ) 2011-2015
  • The Voice Factory, San Francisco, Ca. 2007
  • Vocal and flute compositions – Piñata Dance Collective 2007-present. 

Cross-Genre collaborators:

  • Musicians: David Molina, Arula, Micropixie, Afia Walking Tree, T-Bird Luv, Karla Avila, Evelie Sales Posch, Jacob Johnson, Frank Zinke, Jenina Angel Bath, Elektra Schmidt, Ama Nkwa, Alilia Johnson, Hallie McConologue. Victor Infante
  • Sculpture: Meryl Juniper, Carter Brooks
  • Film: Ben Wood, Malachi Roth, Matthew Sigal, Megan Ballog, Nirmala Nataraj, Justin Hetrick
  • Theater: Amber Fields, Arissa White
  • Poet: Shilpa Kamat


Press Reviews and Publications

Grants and Residencies received by Piñata Dance Collective(Indiv. Artist, Liz Boubion)

  • The Celia Wilson Fund for Diversity in the Field of GYROTONIC®. 2022
    • Performance Lab Intensive Residency- Mitotecali, Mazunte, Oaxaca, 2022.
  • CA$H Grant- Dancers Group 2021
    • Self-Created Pandemic Residency- 10 weeks in Landers Ca. -Mojave Desert. 2021
  • Performance Lab/Choreography Residency- Galeria Ajolote, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX 2014, 2015, 2018, 2022
  • Scholarship for Ground Research, InterKinected Contact Improvisation 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

Grants received for FLACC/Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers

  • Grants For The Arts. 2021, 2022.
  • Open Spaces/Kenneth Rainin Foundation recipient: Awarded Lead Artist/Lead Curator of sii agua sí- in partnership with Dance Mission Theater. 2022
  • San Francisco Arts Commission- Organization Project Grant 2017; Cultural Equity Initiative 2018 & 2022; Strategic Planning Grant 2018, Cultural Equity Initiative 2021
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation- Community Arts Grant- Annual award: 2016-2022
  • California Arts Council- Cultural Pathways Grant 2018; Development Grant 2018,  Covid Relief 2021, Impact Grant, Org Grant 2022.
  • National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)- Fund for the Arts (NFA) Organization Grant, 2019
  • Fleishhacker Foundation- Small Arts Grants 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Dancers’ Group CA$H dance award- 2019

Arts Administration/Management/Production/Development

  • Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers !FLACC! – Founding Artistic Director, Lead Curator, Producer 2014-present
  • Piñata Dance Collective was founded in 2011. Choreographer, educator, producer. I have choreographed over 45 dances in the last 17 years  
  • 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


Movement Artists with whom I have trained:

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


Other Trainings and Formal Apprenticeships:

  • Gyrotonics- Current student and teacher training, SF, Ca.  2022
  • A Year To Live- Monthly course using death as an advisor based on the hospice work of Stephen Levine. On-line. Spirit Rock Meditation Center 2022. 
  • Embodied Philosophy- Spiritual Citizenship Conference. Embodied Erotics, Decolonial Yoga- Virtual Program 2021
  • Re-Evaluation Counseling, West Berkeley Chapter. Jan. 2014-2017
  • African Diasporic Drum and Dance- Afia Walking Tree. 2011-2016
  • Nita Little Research Lab. San Francisco, Ca. 2012-2014
  • Karl Frost, Keriac, Ray Chung, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Scott Wells, Eric Kupers, Brenton Cheng, Rosemary Hannon, Catherine Cooke, Ismael Houston Jones, Ronja Ver, Rene Alvarez and several others- Contact Improvisation Intensives 2001–present
  • 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
  • Breema Center. Body Work intensive, Oakland, Ca. 2007
  • Luna Kids dance teacher training-Berkeley, Ca. 2005-06
  • Circle Singing with Andre Hostineck 2006
  • Circle Singing with Louise Robinson of Sweet Honey on the Rock 2008
  • Circle Singing with the members of SoVoSo a capella singing group: David Worm, Sunshine Baker, Bryan Dyer, Oakland, 2007-2011
  • Somatic Expressive Movement Arts Teacher Training with Jamie McHugh, RMT- 199
  • Senegalese Dance, Frankfurt Germany, Catarina Witman, 1998-1999
  • Ballet Foklorico-Carla De Zola 1993
  • Liturgical Dance- Valyermo Abbey, 1994
  • Laban-Bartenieff Movement Technique and Choreography- Trenjtia Shapli, 1990-1993