East Bay DANCES Festival

Oakland Ballet Company is excited to present the 4th annual East Bay DANCES. A performance celebrating the diverse East Bay dance community. Join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon exploring your local dance companies!

East Bay DANCES 2018 will feature performances by:
AXIS Dance Company
Ballet Folklórico México Danza
dNaga
Jubilee American Dance Theatre
Linda Steele II
Marika Brussel
Savage Jazz Dance Company
Shabnam Dance Company
Stephanie Unger & Artists
Urban Jazz Dance Company

Oakland Ballet Company will perform excerpts from the 2018 repertory program, Scene and Heard.

Performance Information:

Sunday, June 3
4:00 pm

Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center Theater
Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland

Tickets:

Adult General Admission: $25
Senior General Admission: $20
Child and Student General Admission: $15

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About the Performing Groups

AXIS Dance Company

Founded in 1987, AXIS Dance Company is the nation’s most acclaimed ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers. In 1998, Judith Smith took over Artistic Direction, and visioning a repertory company, quickly trajected AXIS into the dance world with a commission by Bill T. Jones. Under her direction until 2016, AXIS toured to over 100 cities in the USA, Israel, Europe and Russia. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. In 2017, AXIS appointed acclaimed choreographer and dancer Marc Brew to the position of Artistic Director. Marc Brew comes to AXIS with over 20 years of performance and Artistic Direction experience. More information about AXIS Dance Company >

Ballet Folklórico México Danza

Ballet Folklórico México Danza is a Hayward-based dance company dedicated to presenting the beautiful, cultural heritage of Mexico through folkloric dance. México Danza welcomes dancers of all ages, nationalities and experience levels from all of the diverse Bay Area communities, and strives to develop each student as an artist in a unique, disciplined and cultural environment.

dNaga

dNaga is an intergenerational company founded by Claudine Naganuma in 2001. Naganuma is dedicated to the empowerment of those who are disenfranchised in our community, regardless of privileges influenced by age, race, health, orientation or spiritual beliefs. dNaga’s mission is to create work that reflects the culture in which we live and to explore our shared human experience. The company’s work has covered a range of thematic material including living with Parkinson’s Disease, medication trials, brain surgery, loss of loved ones, gang violence, incarceration, gender bias, oppression, and racism. dNaga is currently the company in residence at Danspace in Oakalnd. More information about dNaga >

Jubilee American Dance Theatre

Jubilee American Dance Theatre is a unique performance ensemble based in Berkeley, bringing to life the dances, music, songs, and stories of the folks who made America. Jubilee’s mission is to preserve and celebrate the dance, song, and music of the American Folk Tradition through artistic excellence in performance and education for local and international audiences. From Appalachia to Swing Era dance halls to Cajun Country, America’s immigrants and more, Jubilee transports you to another time and place, through its rich weaving of stories, songs, dance, and music. Jubilee’s work is all set in context with period costumes and props.  More information about Jubilee > 

Linda Steele II

Linda Steele II formally trained at Marin Ballet and Marin School of the Arts before receiving her BFA from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California. She has been honored to have performed works by Alonzo King, Drew Jacoby, Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol, Sidra Bell, Katie Faulkner, Amy Seiwert, LEVYdance and recently with Urban Jazz Dance Co., Dazaun Soleyn, Capacitor, Mud Water Theater, Alyssa Mitchell, Casey Thorne and among others. Linda has choreographed and performed abroad with Anandha Ray’s Quimera Tribe, Corina Kinnear, MADE in France and others. She is very honored to have met and worked with such amazing artists. More information about Linda Steele II >

Marika Brussel

Marika Brussel is a contemporary choreographer working in the ballet genre. Informed by her background as a fiction writer, she utilizes storytelling in her dance-making.  Her work strives to show our inter-connectedness and equity as humans, from country to country, class to class, and generation to generation, while pushing the boundaries of Classical ballet.   From Shadows: A ballet about homelessness, premiered in October 2017, to sold out audiences in San Francisco. More information about Marika Brussel >

Savage Jazz Dance Company

Savage Jazz Dance Company (SJDC) was founded in 1992 by Artistic Director Reginald Ray-Savage. SJDC is distinguished by its disciplined dancers and instructors, and its dedication to the exploration of music’s range of expression. SJDC has created a singular technique, quality, and philosophy that define the Company’s movement style. Driven by the vision of Mr. Savage, and realized by the training and physicality of our dancers, SJDC’s movement is defined by three primary beliefs: the importance of disciplined, improvisational, and technical dance training, rooted in an appreciation and acceptance of ballet and modern techniques; the willingness to give into the rich artistic expression of music, in all forms; and ENERGY. More information about Savage Jazz Dance Company >

Shabnam Dance Company

Shabnam Dance Company is an Oakland based dance ensemble dedicated to presenting contemporary programs while preserving the history and culture of this traditional art form. The company is directed by award winning bellydancer, instructor and choreographer Shabnam Shirvani. Shabnam, along with her dance company, perform at special events throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  More information about Shabnam Dance Company >

 

Stephanie Unger & Artists

Stephanie Unger is an Oakland-based choreographer. She has taught, choreographed, directed, and performed in Florida, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Her first evening-length work as an independent artist, Being Left, Leaving, and Being, was received to sold out audiences in December 2017. She also continues to work from a distance with dancers in Chicago to present work in festivals and salons, as well as create short dance films. Stephanie enjoys working collaboratively with her dancers, hence the name “Stephanie Unger & Artists,” which most accurately describes the relationship in the studio during creation and production. She and other artists are working on a new project to be presented at SAFEhouse Arts in August.

Urban Jazz Dance Company

Founded in 2007 by pioneering Deaf dancer/choreographer Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company consists of a mix of professional Deaf and Hearing dancers. UJDC’s mission is to provide opportunities for Deaf and other-abled artists to contribute to the arts and larger society, increasing awareness around Deaf issues via the performing arts. Featuring the syncopation of urban jazz rhythms, the company values the importance of play and performance to connect cultures of all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds. UJDC is also the producer of the annual Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF), which recently received a 2018 Isadora Duncan Dance award. More information about Urban Jazz Dance Company >