Guest choreographers

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Fall 2019


Khamla Somphanh

Khamla Somphanh  is most passionate about teaching and working as a freelance choreographer. She is faculty at The Malashock Dance School, Resident Guest Artist at Canyon Crest Academy High School and Artistic Lead for the Dance Ensemble at San Dieguito Academy. Khamla has performed professionally with ODC/San Francisco Dance Company, Wyliiams/Henry Dance Ensemble, Na-Ni Chen Dance Company, East/West Repertory Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Soundance Dance Company, Malashock Dance Company and the San Diego Opera to name a few and is noted for her performances on Broadway and first national tour of the “King and I”, choreographed by Lar Lubovitz. Her choreographic works have been commissioned by The PGK Project, San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, Visionary Dance Theater, Diversionary Theater, Canyon Crest Academy and The Malashock Dance School. Khamla attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts before continuing her education at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of California and Horton Pedagogy Certification from The Alvin Ailey School in NYC.   Photo Credit: Jim Carmody

Khamla Somphanh is most passionate about teaching and working as a freelance choreographer. She is faculty at The Malashock Dance School, Resident Guest Artist at Canyon Crest Academy High School and Artistic Lead for the Dance Ensemble at San Dieguito Academy. Khamla has performed professionally with ODC/San Francisco Dance Company, Wyliiams/Henry Dance Ensemble, Na-Ni Chen Dance Company, East/West Repertory Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Soundance Dance Company, Malashock Dance Company and the San Diego Opera to name a few and is noted for her performances on Broadway and first national tour of the “King and I”, choreographed by Lar Lubovitz. Her choreographic works have been commissioned by The PGK Project, San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, Visionary Dance Theater, Diversionary Theater, Canyon Crest Academy and The Malashock Dance School. Khamla attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts before continuing her education at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of California and Horton Pedagogy Certification from The Alvin Ailey School in NYC.

Photo Credit: Jim Carmody

Not by Oneself, 2019


Joshua Manculich

From Windber, Pennsylvania, and a Point Park University graduate,  Joshua Manculich  was a dancer with Thodos Dance Chicago, The Pillow Project, JMT-JLS Productions, Jaxon Movement Arts, and Chicago Repertory Ballet. Returning to school after dancing for several seasons, he received his MFA from The Ohio State University where he was awarded a three year Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship. Throughout his career, Joshua’s interest in the incubation, production, and exploration of movement has been a guiding force. In 2015, he was awarded a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship and has worked with DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, METdance, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago in addition to Grand Valley State University, Point Park University, University of Dayton, and Western Michigan University. Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University.  Photo: Jim Carmody of Josh and his assistant, Karsen, working with LITVAKdance

From Windber, Pennsylvania, and a Point Park University graduate, Joshua Manculich was a dancer with Thodos Dance Chicago, The Pillow Project, JMT-JLS Productions, Jaxon Movement Arts, and Chicago Repertory Ballet. Returning to school after dancing for several seasons, he received his MFA from The Ohio State University where he was awarded a three year Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship. Throughout his career, Joshua’s interest in the incubation, production, and exploration of movement has been a guiding force. In 2015, he was awarded a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship and has worked with DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, METdance, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago in addition to Grand Valley State University, Point Park University, University of Dayton, and Western Michigan University. Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University.

Photo: Jim Carmody of Josh and his assistant, Karsen, working with LITVAKdance

Kisses, Walls and Gestures, 2019


Chuck Wilt

Chuck Wilt  was raised in San Francisco CA, Chuck Wilt is the Artistic Director of UNA, and holds a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch. In 2013, Chuck founded his bi-coastal dance company UNA Productions, working in NYC and SF. UNA has been co-presented by ODC Theater and presented by Fusion International (Kaga&Tokyo, Japan), Spectrum Dance Festival, Movement Research/Judson Church, 92nd St. Y’s Dig Dance and FAN, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Springboard Danse Montreal, 14th St. Y, Dumbo Dance Festival, Tisch Summer Dance Festival, CPR and more. He has been a selected mentee of KT Nelson’s RoundAntennae and Doug Varone’s DEVICES. Wilt was commissioned by LITVAKdance to create a new work for the company’s 2019 Season. In addition, Wilt has been an emerging choreographer at Springboard Danse, set senior solo repertory at SUNY Purchase and Ailey Fordham, set repertory for the senior class at Ailey Fordham, set repertory for the ODC Youth Company, been on faculty for Tisch Summer High School Program, has taught at the Lines Ballet Training Program as well as internationally. In 2017 Chuck was a selected choreographic fellow for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation NDCL, and in 2018 he was selected as a Dance Initiative Artist In Residence (CO), a recipient of the Rainin Opportunity Fund and an Artist in Residence at the 92nd St. Y (NYC). Recently Wilt was an Artist in Residence of Fusion International (Japan), and for 2019/2020 an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn College through the CUNY Dance Initiative.  Chuck is interested in how topics of gender, identity and unity can be involved in dance and dance film, transforming the way we can experience ourselves and others.  WWW.UNA-PROJECTS.COM   Photo Credit: Sue Brenner of Chuck and his partner, Kyle Filley, performing in Encinitas alongside LITVAKdance in May 2019

Chuck Wilt was raised in San Francisco CA, Chuck Wilt is the Artistic Director of UNA, and holds a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch. In 2013, Chuck founded his bi-coastal dance company UNA Productions, working in NYC and SF. UNA has been co-presented by ODC Theater and presented by Fusion International (Kaga&Tokyo, Japan), Spectrum Dance Festival, Movement Research/Judson Church, 92nd St. Y’s Dig Dance and FAN, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Springboard Danse Montreal, 14th St. Y, Dumbo Dance Festival, Tisch Summer Dance Festival, CPR and more. He has been a selected mentee of KT Nelson’s RoundAntennae and Doug Varone’s DEVICES. Wilt was commissioned by LITVAKdance to create a new work for the company’s 2019 Season. In addition, Wilt has been an emerging choreographer at Springboard Danse, set senior solo repertory at SUNY Purchase and Ailey Fordham, set repertory for the senior class at Ailey Fordham, set repertory for the ODC Youth Company, been on faculty for Tisch Summer High School Program, has taught at the Lines Ballet Training Program as well as internationally. In 2017 Chuck was a selected choreographic fellow for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation NDCL, and in 2018 he was selected as a Dance Initiative Artist In Residence (CO), a recipient of the Rainin Opportunity Fund and an Artist in Residence at the 92nd St. Y (NYC). Recently Wilt was an Artist in Residence of Fusion International (Japan), and for 2019/2020 an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn College through the CUNY Dance Initiative.

Chuck is interested in how topics of gender, identity and unity can be involved in dance and dance film, transforming the way we can experience ourselves and others. WWW.UNA-PROJECTS.COM

Photo Credit: Sue Brenner of Chuck and his partner, Kyle Filley, performing in Encinitas alongside LITVAKdance in May 2019

Radiant, 2019


Spring 2019


Tamisha Guy

Tamisha Guy , a native of Trinidad and Tobago began her formal dance training at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance under the direction of Eliot Feld. Later she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and SUNY Purchase College as a double major in dance and arts management. Ms. Guy has completed summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Nathan Trice. She has performed works by William Forsythe, Pam Tanowitz, Loni Landon, Mark Morris, and Martha Graham etc. Ms. Guy graduated with honors in 2013 from SUNY Purchase College and began dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Later she joined Kyle Abraham’s, Abraham in Motion, in which she is still a member. She was featured in the segment “Spotlight on Success” in Dance Informa Magazine and in 2016 she made Dance Magazine’ Top 25 To Watch list as well as winning the 2016 Princess Grace Award. In 2017, she was named one of the Best Dancer's of the Year by Dance Europe.

Tamisha Guy, a native of Trinidad and Tobago began her formal dance training at Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance under the direction of Eliot Feld. Later she attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and SUNY Purchase College as a double major in dance and arts management. Ms. Guy has completed summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Nathan Trice. She has performed works by William Forsythe, Pam Tanowitz, Loni Landon, Mark Morris, and Martha Graham etc. Ms. Guy graduated with honors in 2013 from SUNY Purchase College and began dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Later she joined Kyle Abraham’s, Abraham in Motion, in which she is still a member. She was featured in the segment “Spotlight on Success” in Dance Informa Magazine and in 2016 she made Dance Magazine’ Top 25 To Watch list as well as winning the 2016 Princess Grace Award. In 2017, she was named one of the Best Dancer's of the Year by Dance Europe.

She|Her|Hers, 2019


Patricia SandBack

Photo Credit: Wren Polansky   Patricia Sandback  is a dance educator, performer, and award-winning choreographer. She has created over 140 dances that have been presented in the United States, Mexico, Russia, China, and Europe. These dances have been presented by her own companies, Patricia Sandback and Dancers and Big Ladies Small Dance Company, as well as numerous other local and international companies. The inclusion of live and original music, theatrical elements, humor, and a collaborative process are a significant part of her work. She performs both choreographic and improvisation dance. Patricia is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University where she was Coordinator of the Dance Program and taught classes in improvisation, choreography, technique, pedagogy, rhythmic analysis, and dance history.

Photo Credit: Wren Polansky

Patricia Sandback is a dance educator, performer, and award-winning choreographer. She has created over 140 dances that have been presented in the United States, Mexico, Russia, China, and Europe. These dances have been presented by her own companies, Patricia Sandback and Dancers and Big Ladies Small Dance Company, as well as numerous other local and international companies. The inclusion of live and original music, theatrical elements, humor, and a collaborative process are a significant part of her work. She performs both choreographic and improvisation dance. Patricia is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University where she was Coordinator of the Dance Program and taught classes in improvisation, choreography, technique, pedagogy, rhythmic analysis, and dance history.

Girls with Balls, 2019


Kevin Jenkins

Photo Credit: Sue Brenner   Kevin Jenkins  has choreographed for State Street Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Island Moving Company, Big Muddy Dance, Ballet Dallas, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco. Dance Magazine has praised his work as "riveting" and he has served on the faculty of the School of Ballet Arizona and Boston Ballet School.  A native San Diegan, Kevin trained at the Academy of Performing Arts under Kevin Patterson, Ahita Ardalan, and Jean Isaacs. He majored in dance at Grossmont College before going on to work with Mirable Ballet, San Diego Dance Theatre, and Butterworth Dance Company. He performed in regional productions of  Guys and Dolls ,  7 Brides for 7 Brothers , and appeared in television commercials for Allstate Insurance, Verizon Wireless, and Latinva Fitness.  In 2006, he founded Garage Contemporary Ballet with Ryan Orion Beck and served as artistic director through 2012. Kevin choreographed 20 new works for the company that were presented in their own annual season and in festivals and showcases including Celebrate Dance Festival, Emerge, Ignite, Breaking Ground, and San Diego Choreographer's Prize. He won the Editors Choice Award from Dance Magazine in 2011 and 2013 and from Pointe Magazine in 2011 for  Finding Narnia, Snap Pop,  and  Luminos.   In 2013 Kevin moved to San Francisco where he choreographed for Western Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa with Smuin Ballet dancers. He choreographed and directed the film  Chaplin  which was featured at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Tiny Dance Film Festival, and America Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers. In 2014, the San Diego Asian Film Festival commissioned him to create  Light & Hope  to commemorate the hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines. His ballet  C’est La Vie  premiered to a sold out audience and was selected for the West Wave Dance Festival where it won rave reviews.  Kevin now resides in New York whenever he’s not traveling throughout the country working as a freelance choreographer. He teaches for Boston Ballet School, Endicott College, and Green Street Studios. He has also served as an instructor at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy.

Photo Credit: Sue Brenner

Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for State Street Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Island Moving Company, Big Muddy Dance, Ballet Dallas, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco. Dance Magazine has praised his work as "riveting" and he has served on the faculty of the School of Ballet Arizona and Boston Ballet School.

A native San Diegan, Kevin trained at the Academy of Performing Arts under Kevin Patterson, Ahita Ardalan, and Jean Isaacs. He majored in dance at Grossmont College before going on to work with Mirable Ballet, San Diego Dance Theatre, and Butterworth Dance Company. He performed in regional productions of Guys and Dolls, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, and appeared in television commercials for Allstate Insurance, Verizon Wireless, and Latinva Fitness.

In 2006, he founded Garage Contemporary Ballet with Ryan Orion Beck and served as artistic director through 2012. Kevin choreographed 20 new works for the company that were presented in their own annual season and in festivals and showcases including Celebrate Dance Festival, Emerge, Ignite, Breaking Ground, and San Diego Choreographer's Prize. He won the Editors Choice Award from Dance Magazine in 2011 and 2013 and from Pointe Magazine in 2011 for Finding Narnia, Snap Pop, and Luminos.

In 2013 Kevin moved to San Francisco where he choreographed for Western Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa with Smuin Ballet dancers. He choreographed and directed the film Chaplin which was featured at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Tiny Dance Film Festival, and America Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers. In 2014, the San Diego Asian Film Festival commissioned him to create Light & Hope to commemorate the hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines. His ballet C’est La Vie premiered to a sold out audience and was selected for the West Wave Dance Festival where it won rave reviews.

Kevin now resides in New York whenever he’s not traveling throughout the country working as a freelance choreographer. He teaches for Boston Ballet School, Endicott College, and Green Street Studios. He has also served as an instructor at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy.

Goodbye Again, 2019


Fall 2018


MADBOOTS DANCE

Photo Credit: Scott Shaw   MADBOOTS DANCE  is noted for it's "refreshing, often thrilling, straightforwardness", MADBOOTS DANCE is a queer, all-male, contemporary dance company based in New York City. The hyper-physical, provocative company led by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, was named "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and has reached audiences nationally and internationally, mining topics of male identity and queer culture. The company had the honor of performing at The Joyce Theater's first-ever LGBTQ+ Pride Week, as well as performing works at Jacob's Pillow, Fire Island Dance Festival, BAM Fisher Hillman, and Velocity Dance Center, to name a few. Presently, Campbell & Diaz continue to create original works for the company, as well as, teach both emerging and professional dancers around the nation. To learn more, visit:  WWW.MADBOOTSDANCE.COM

Photo Credit: Scott Shaw

MADBOOTS DANCE is noted for it's "refreshing, often thrilling, straightforwardness", MADBOOTS DANCE is a queer, all-male, contemporary dance company based in New York City. The hyper-physical, provocative company led by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, was named "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine and has reached audiences nationally and internationally, mining topics of male identity and queer culture. The company had the honor of performing at The Joyce Theater's first-ever LGBTQ+ Pride Week, as well as performing works at Jacob's Pillow, Fire Island Dance Festival, BAM Fisher Hillman, and Velocity Dance Center, to name a few. Presently, Campbell & Diaz continue to create original works for the company, as well as, teach both emerging and professional dancers around the nation. To learn more, visit: WWW.MADBOOTSDANCE.COM

Tarpaulin, 2018


Eric Geiger

Photo Credit: Self Portrait   Eric Geiger:  I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I am a full-time faculty member at UCSD, in the Department of Theatre and Dance, where the courses I guide question what dance is and can be. Early on, I received a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, intensively studying the techniques of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Ballet. I was a company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (as well as teacher and choreographic assistant to Bill), The Lyon Opera Ballet (performing works by artists such as William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj), and McCaleb Dance, directed by Nancy McCaleb (eventually becoming the Associate Artistic Director). I want to dance forever, so I became interested in continuing my dance training and practices by seeking ways of moving with greater efficiency and sustainability. Contact Improvisation, Trisha Brown-like qualities, Deborah Hay’s questions and choreography, and somatic approaches to dancing has transformed and expanded my movement capacities. As a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I have come to understand how to move using only as much effort as needed, moment to moment. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Leslie Seiters and my most frequent collaborator and partner Jess Humphrey.

Photo Credit: Self Portrait

Eric Geiger: I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I am a full-time faculty member at UCSD, in the Department of Theatre and Dance, where the courses I guide question what dance is and can be. Early on, I received a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, intensively studying the techniques of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Ballet. I was a company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (as well as teacher and choreographic assistant to Bill), The Lyon Opera Ballet (performing works by artists such as William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj), and McCaleb Dance, directed by Nancy McCaleb (eventually becoming the Associate Artistic Director). I want to dance forever, so I became interested in continuing my dance training and practices by seeking ways of moving with greater efficiency and sustainability. Contact Improvisation, Trisha Brown-like qualities, Deborah Hay’s questions and choreography, and somatic approaches to dancing has transformed and expanded my movement capacities. As a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I have come to understand how to move using only as much effort as needed, moment to moment. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Leslie Seiters and my most frequent collaborator and partner Jess Humphrey.

Constant Trio, 2018


Teresa Jankovic

Photo Credit: Wren Polansky   Teresa Jankovic  has been a dancer, choreographer and educator throughout Southern California for over twenty years. Inspired by kinesiology and the exploration of fusing multiple genres allows her to cultivate her artistry, movement vocabulary and research. As a professional performer, Jankovic danced with  Jazz Spectrum,  was  a  founding member   of  BARE Dance Company  and  Delineation Dance , a bi-coastal dance company where she performed in New York City in the company’s inaugural year. She served for three years as Operations Manager for the   Laguna Dance Festival. While at LDF Jankovic was commissioned to choreograph for venues in Laguna Beach including  Laguna Beach Art Walk  where her pieces premiered at the Laguna Art Museum. She also founded  Kinetic Dance Project , a pre-professional dance company for young dancers.  Jankovic earned her B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine where she served as Rehearsal Director to the late Donald McKayle. Currently she is Associate Faculty at Orange Coast, Irvine Valley and MiraCosta College and part-time lecturer at California State University, Long Beach. She has previously taught at and/or created works for the University of California, Irvine, Fullerton College, Laguna Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Summer Intensives, NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance, San Diego Dance Theater’s White Box, American College Dance Association (ACDA), Youth American Grand Prix and the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards.

Photo Credit: Wren Polansky

Teresa Jankovic has been a dancer, choreographer and educator throughout Southern California for over twenty years. Inspired by kinesiology and the exploration of fusing multiple genres allows her to cultivate her artistry, movement vocabulary and research. As a professional performer, Jankovic danced with Jazz Spectrum, was a founding member of BARE Dance Company and Delineation Dance, a bi-coastal dance company where she performed in New York City in the company’s inaugural year. She served for three years as Operations Manager for the Laguna Dance Festival. While at LDF Jankovic was commissioned to choreograph for venues in Laguna Beach including Laguna Beach Art Walk where her pieces premiered at the Laguna Art Museum. She also founded Kinetic Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company for young dancers.

Jankovic earned her B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine where she served as Rehearsal Director to the late Donald McKayle. Currently she is Associate Faculty at Orange Coast, Irvine Valley and MiraCosta College and part-time lecturer at California State University, Long Beach. She has previously taught at and/or created works for the University of California, Irvine, Fullerton College, Laguna Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Summer Intensives, NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance, San Diego Dance Theater’s White Box, American College Dance Association (ACDA), Youth American Grand Prix and the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards.

Redemption, 2018


Amanda Nora Legbeti

Photo Credit: Wren Polansky   Amanda Nora Legbeti  holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis on choreography from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she studied on fellowship and was awarded scholarships to pursue and present her research on North American multiculturalism and fusion forms in dance. Amanda has performed professionally with several companies and her choreography has been showcased throughout the US and abroad as “Promising Artist of the 21st Century” in San Jose, Costa Rica; at ACDF (Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, and Long Beach), and in the international tour of ‘The San Souci Festival of Projected Dance’ in Mexico, Trinidad, and Tobago. She also volunteered her choreography to the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County’s (now “Radiant Health Centers”) annual showcase fundraiser, helping them raise over $900,000. Amanda has been a guest choreographer/instructor of dance at UCI, Iowa State University, Riverside College, Cypress College, Calvin College, The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago, Coronado School of theArts, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and Dance Masters of Michigan. Also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Amanda enjoys flowing from form to form in her choreographic and performative work.

Photo Credit: Wren Polansky

Amanda Nora Legbeti holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis on choreography from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she studied on fellowship and was awarded scholarships to pursue and present her research on North American multiculturalism and fusion forms in dance. Amanda has performed professionally with several companies and her choreography has been showcased throughout the US and abroad as “Promising Artist of the 21st Century” in San Jose, Costa Rica; at ACDF (Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, and Long Beach), and in the international tour of ‘The San Souci Festival of Projected Dance’ in Mexico, Trinidad, and Tobago. She also volunteered her choreography to the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County’s (now “Radiant Health Centers”) annual showcase fundraiser, helping them raise over $900,000. Amanda has been a guest choreographer/instructor of dance at UCI, Iowa State University, Riverside College, Cypress College, Calvin College, The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago, Coronado School of theArts, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and Dance Masters of Michigan. Also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Amanda enjoys flowing from form to form in her choreographic and performative work.

Centrostalgia, 2005


Spring 2018


Yolande Snaith

YOLANDE SNAITH  trained initially at Wimbledon School of Art, London, completing her degree in theatre and dance at Dartington College of Arts, UK, in 1983. Since then she has been creating her own work, performing, choreographing and teaching internationally, winning several awards including Digital Dance, Time Out/Dance Umbrella and Bonnie Bird Choreography Awards. In 1990 Yolande formed Yolande Snaith Theatredance with the support of the Arts Council of England; where she produced 11 full-length works, touring internationally to over 15 countries.   In 1998  Blind Faith  won the prestigious Prix D’auteur du Conceil Generale de la Seine-Saint-Denise. Yolande has received commissions from dance, theatre, opera, film and television companies, including the English National Opera, Birmingham Dance Exchange, Transitions, Ricochet Dance Company, The Verve, BBC and Channel 4 Television. In 1997 she choreographed Stanley Kubrick’s final film  Eyes   Wide Shut , and in 1999 she was the choreographic adviser for David Hinton’s film  Birds , which was the overall winner of the 2001 Monaco Dance Screen Awards.  Yolande joined the faculty of Theatre and Dance at UCSD, in 2002. She established IMAGO moves  in 2006 as an artistic ‘umbrella’ for collaborative projects. Since its inception IMAGO moves  has created a range of dance theatre works, including site-specific events in urban locations, smaller group and solo work presented in a range of venues, from the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj, Romania, to San Diego’s alternative performance spaces. Yolande has collaborated with several international artists in San Diego including director Gabor Tompa, composers Shahrokh Yadegari and Kris Apple, designer Victoria Petrovich, film director Mark Freeman and visual/performance artist Eleanor Antin and many dance artists.   Yolande has also collaborated recently with renowned international dance artist Katie Duck on  Girls at Work,  a duet performance that premiered at Live Arts Fest in San Diego 2015, and toured to Amsterdam, Berlin and the UK in 2016. More about Yolande at:  www.yolandesnaith.com

YOLANDE SNAITH trained initially at Wimbledon School of Art, London, completing her degree in theatre and dance at Dartington College of Arts, UK, in 1983. Since then she has been creating her own work, performing, choreographing and teaching internationally, winning several awards including Digital Dance, Time Out/Dance Umbrella and Bonnie Bird Choreography Awards. In 1990 Yolande formed Yolande Snaith Theatredance with the support of the Arts Council of England; where she produced 11 full-length works, touring internationally to over 15 countries. In 1998 Blind Faith won the prestigious Prix D’auteur du Conceil Generale de la Seine-Saint-Denise. Yolande has received commissions from dance, theatre, opera, film and television companies, including the English National Opera, Birmingham Dance Exchange, Transitions, Ricochet Dance Company, The Verve, BBC and Channel 4 Television. In 1997 she choreographed Stanley Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut, and in 1999 she was the choreographic adviser for David Hinton’s film Birds, which was the overall winner of the 2001 Monaco Dance Screen Awards.

Yolande joined the faculty of Theatre and Dance at UCSD, in 2002. She established IMAGOmoves in 2006 as an artistic ‘umbrella’ for collaborative projects. Since its inception IMAGOmoves has created a range of dance theatre works, including site-specific events in urban locations, smaller group and solo work presented in a range of venues, from the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj, Romania, to San Diego’s alternative performance spaces. Yolande has collaborated with several international artists in San Diego including director Gabor Tompa, composers Shahrokh Yadegari and Kris Apple, designer Victoria Petrovich, film director Mark Freeman and visual/performance artist Eleanor Antin and many dance artists. Yolande has also collaborated recently with renowned international dance artist Katie Duck on Girls at Work, a duet performance that premiered at Live Arts Fest in San Diego 2015, and toured to Amsterdam, Berlin and the UK in 2016. More about Yolande at: www.yolandesnaith.com

Out of the Ether, 2018


Dave Massey

Photo: Doug McMinimy   Dave Massey  is a dance educator, choreographer, movement researcher and full-time faculty at MiraCosta College. He holds his MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. He began dancing at the age of 17 and was fortunate to study from teachers and mentors in the Los Angeles area such as Stefan Wenta, Carlton Johnson, Joe Tremaine, Sally Whalen, Patrick Franz, Paul de Rolf and Jerry Grimes. He danced professionally for over 15 years and worked with eminent Hollywood celebrities of the time including Mary Tyler-Moore, Lucille Ball, Carol Lawrence, Barry Manilow and Debbie Allen among others. He danced in film, television, stage and night-club acts. Dave assisted a variety of choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Jaime Rogers, and Roland Dupree, in convention and television work.  Dave and his wife Sue owned a dance school and trained many dancers that went on to dance in Film, Broadway, television and company work. Dave has travelled across the U.S. working with  Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America  and  Dance Olympus . He he has taught throughout Europe including the world-renowned Festival d’Avignon where he also set choreography on Danse St. Etienne. Dave worked at  Televisa  in Mexico City, working with with many Mexican celebrities and taught in Australia as an Ambassador of Dance for  Dance Educators of America .  Dave was Artistic Director of the  Diamond Valley Dance Theatre . The company was honored to perform in the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. Louis Segal of the LA Times wrote: "Dave Massey of Diamond Valley Dance Theatre has a sharp eye for pacing and flow that better-known local choreographers might well envy". Dave was resident choreographer at Theater East, choreographing  Damn Yankees ,  Camelot  and  No, No Nanette . His concert dance has won awards including the prestigious Gold Award for Choreography from  Jazz Dance World Congress . Most recently he choreographed for San Diego Dance Theater's annual  Trolley Dances.

Photo: Doug McMinimy

Dave Massey is a dance educator, choreographer, movement researcher and full-time faculty at MiraCosta College. He holds his MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. He began dancing at the age of 17 and was fortunate to study from teachers and mentors in the Los Angeles area such as Stefan Wenta, Carlton Johnson, Joe Tremaine, Sally Whalen, Patrick Franz, Paul de Rolf and Jerry Grimes. He danced professionally for over 15 years and worked with eminent Hollywood celebrities of the time including Mary Tyler-Moore, Lucille Ball, Carol Lawrence, Barry Manilow and Debbie Allen among others. He danced in film, television, stage and night-club acts. Dave assisted a variety of choreographers such as Joe Tremaine, Jaime Rogers, and Roland Dupree, in convention and television work.

Dave and his wife Sue owned a dance school and trained many dancers that went on to dance in Film, Broadway, television and company work. Dave has travelled across the U.S. working with Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America and Dance Olympus. He he has taught throughout Europe including the world-renowned Festival d’Avignon where he also set choreography on Danse St. Etienne. Dave worked at Televisa in Mexico City, working with with many Mexican celebrities and taught in Australia as an Ambassador of Dance for Dance Educators of America.

Dave was Artistic Director of the Diamond Valley Dance Theatre. The company was honored to perform in the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. Louis Segal of the LA Times wrote: "Dave Massey of Diamond Valley Dance Theatre has a sharp eye for pacing and flow that better-known local choreographers might well envy". Dave was resident choreographer at Theater East, choreographing Damn Yankees, Camelot and No, No Nanette. His concert dance has won awards including the prestigious Gold Award for Choreography from Jazz Dance World Congress. Most recently he choreographed for San Diego Dance Theater's annual Trolley Dances.

A Palpable Void, 2018


Bradley Lundberg

Photo: Jeffery Lamont Brown   Bradley Lundberg  received his B.A. in Communications from UCSB, where he began his dance training with Christopher Pilafian. While in Santa Barbara, Brad danced three seasons with Santa Barbara Dance Theater. After a move to New York, he was a member of Jennifer Muller/The Works, Steeledance, Creach/Company, and performed in works by Young Soon Kim, Ben Munisteri, Leda Meredith, and Michael Foley as well as having a number of his own works performed at Hatch and Danspace. After a brief stint ‘dancing’ on Celebrity Cruise Lines, Brad returned to the West coast where he has danced with Keith Johnson/Dancers, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, McCaleb Dance, Malashock Dance and Blythe Barton. Bradley's own choreography is defined by masterful partnering work, clever formation building and dissembling and continual flow based phrase work. Bradley's other passion and career is working with children with special needs. He has been teaching this population for most of his adult life.

Photo: Jeffery Lamont Brown

Bradley Lundberg received his B.A. in Communications from UCSB, where he began his dance training with Christopher Pilafian. While in Santa Barbara, Brad danced three seasons with Santa Barbara Dance Theater. After a move to New York, he was a member of Jennifer Muller/The Works, Steeledance, Creach/Company, and performed in works by Young Soon Kim, Ben Munisteri, Leda Meredith, and Michael Foley as well as having a number of his own works performed at Hatch and Danspace. After a brief stint ‘dancing’ on Celebrity Cruise Lines, Brad returned to the West coast where he has danced with Keith Johnson/Dancers, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, McCaleb Dance, Malashock Dance and Blythe Barton. Bradley's own choreography is defined by masterful partnering work, clever formation building and dissembling and continual flow based phrase work. Bradley's other passion and career is working with children with special needs. He has been teaching this population for most of his adult life.

Tous Les Mêmes, 2014