East Bay DANCES

East Bay DANCES

Oakland Ballet Company is excited to present its 5th annual East Bay DANCES program this June 2. This exciting, fun, and family-friendly performance celebrates the diverse East Bay dance community and dance of all styles!

Performance Information:

Sunday, June 2
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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This Year’s Performing Groups Include:

A. Spearman & Co.
Alyssa Mitchel
Ballet Folklórico México Danza
Emergence Dance Company
Jubilee American Dance Theatre
Kathryn Roszak’s Danse Lumiere
Linda Steele II
Marika Brussel
natalya shoaf
Sarah Bush Dance Project
Savage Jazz Dance Company
Shabnam Dance Company

Oakland Ballet Company will perform excerpts from its 2019 spring programs, Jazz Vistas and Jangala.


East Bay DANCES 2019 Performers

 

A. Spearman & Co.

A. Spearman & Co. is a contemporary fusion dance company, founded in 2015 by Artistic Director Andréa Spearman. All artists are trained in various fields of movement including contemporary, jazz, hiphop, modern, and cultural dance. We seek to design and create unique vocabularies of performance. Explosive and varied, we maintain our loyalty to unusual collaborations. AspearmanAndCo.org


Alyssa Mitchel

Alyssa Mitchel is a San Francisco based dancer, choreographer and teacher. The recipient of a Trustee Merit Scholarship, she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation with a minor in mathematics from the Dominican University of California, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Alyssa has danced with Garrett+Moulton Productions, eMotion Arts Dance Company, SpectorDance, Peter & Co., Labayen Dance and SOULSKIN Dance. Her original, collaborative works have been set on several professional Bay Area dancers and companies and she has shown her work at numerous festivals nationwide. Festivals and residencies include ODC Pilot 70&71, Bay Pointe Ballet New Works, LEVYdance, SAFEhouse Arts, Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF, PUSHfest at ODC Theater, San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at Grace Cathedral, Seattle International Dance Festival and the Youth American Grande Prix. Alyssa teaches all levels of contemporary dance, choreography, ballet, and core strength. She’s also a devoted math/study skills tutor for students ranging from elementary to college. alyssaevemitchel.weebly.com


Ballet Folklórico México Danza

México Danza has been a proud member of the Bay Area community since 1991. The group’s original purpose was to serve as an after-school program to keep at-risk youth from drug use and gang activities. Today, our program continues to be a safe space for children to develop discipline, dedication and a love of dance – but we have grown to include individuals of all ages and nationalities from diverse Bay Area communities. Our mission is to preserve and share the beauty of Mexican culture through dance. mexicodanza.com


Emergence Dance Company

Emergence Dance Company envisions how movement can be a positive force throughout the peaks and valleys of the life cycle – taking a humanistic approach to movement and the artistic process through commitment to technique, experiential awareness, and ritual practice. EDC’s goal is to foster the journey of visceral and spiritual catharsis for their audience – sharing a unique sense of individual presence and a united sense of community in the performative moment. Emergence Dance Company’s dance intends to heal and spark the emergence of our full potential as witnesses to the aesthetic and personal power of transformation. emergencedance.com


Jubilee American Dance Theatre

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. jubileedance.com


Kathryn Roszak’s Danse Lumiere

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Danse Lumière creates dance theater
linking the arts, environment, and humanity. Founded as Anima Mundi
by Kathryn Roszak in 1995, and renamed in 2006, the company is best known for adapting outstanding works of literature for the stage, giving new form and added context to these works through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, often focusing on some of the most pressing social issues of our time. Artistic Director Kathryn Roszak is the founder of the annual Women Ballet Choreographer Residency held at Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA. dlkdance.com


Linda Steele II

Linda Steele II is an improvisational dance artist and creator, formally trained at Marin Ballet and Marin School of the Arts before receiving her BFA from Dominican University of CA where she also studied Art History. She has been honored to have performed original works by Alonzo King, Drew Jacoby, Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol, Sidra Bell, Katie Faulkner and recently with Joslynn Mathis Reed, Urban Jazz Dance Company, Dazaun Soleyn, Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, and .fLEE dance, among others. Linda II has presented her solo work in various dance festivals and art events including the renowned Ebony Fashion Fair. She has studied and choreographed Dance for Film with MADE in France and has performed internationally with Anandha Ray’s Quimera Tribe, Corina Kinnear and others. She is deeply grateful to have met and collaborated with such amazing artists.
 
 

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. Her ballets have been commissioned by ARC Dance, Bay Pointe Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Ballet Theater of New Mexico. marikabrussel.com


natalya shoaf

natalya shoaf was born in Los Angeles, California where she began her training and attended Los Angeles County High School of the Arts (LACHSA). Upon graduation from the Alonzo King LINES BFA program, natalya decided to set roots in the Bay Area. A freelance, CA-based movement specialist, choreographer, teacher, and dancer, natalya has worked worked and performed with dazaun.dance and El Wah Movement Dance Theater. natalya has been invited to present her work in the Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco and Oakland), LEVYsalon (SF), and CHOPSHOP: Bodies of Work (washington). She has choreographed for San Francisco band CON BRIO’s latest music video, “Body Language,” and hopes to adapt more of her choreography for film. natalya uses contemporary dance to bridge the gap between dance and our being, so that dance becomes an interpretation of our everyday lives – offering a new perspective and lens through which the world can be seen. natalyashoaf.com


Sarah Bush Dance Project

Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP) formed under the artistic vision of Sarah Bush in 2007 to promote innovative artistry, community interaction, and feminist ideals through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance. SBDP creates dance that reminds audiences of the power and compassion in ourselves and others, bolstering a resilient hope for humanity.

SBDP has created four critically acclaimed repertory shows in the Bay Area: HomeRocked by WomenThis Land, and Spirit & Bones. The Huffington Post said of the outdoor landscape series, This Land, “the drama of Bush’s highly charged movement is meant to renew our sense of self, our sense of place and community.” sarahbushdance.org/company


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. “Once in a great while a rare person comes on the scene – for whatever reason – who seems to reincarnate the lessons from his teachers and forebears. It is this quality in Reginald Ray-Savage that gives the depth of heritage and authenticity to his company” –K.C. Patrick, Dance Magazine savagejazz.org


Shabnam Dance Company

Shabnam Dance Company is an Oakland based, critically acclaimed, all female ensemble dedicated to the progression of Middle Eastern Dance while honoring it’s ancient roots. We strive to educate and inspire the masses with the beauty of this ancient art form. The company’s artistic director, Persian American Shabnam Shirvani is one of the world’s most awarded bellydancers renowned for her musicality and contemporary approach to Near Eastern Dance. Past performances include high profile performances at Novellus Theatre, Zellerbach Hall and Palace of Fine Arts. shabnamdancecompany.com