Join DVDance in an evening of singing and dancing as the artists take the stage for what promises to be an exhilarating and joyful evening of live performance art in the name of CHARITY!!! With the purchase each ticket, $5 dollars will be donated back to local high schools.

From the artistic vision of Dominic V. Duong, comes “Our Hopes, Wishes & Dreams”~ a convergence of like minded artists, coming together for the noble cause of ‘touching one heart at time~to spread a message of inspiration…and a moment of gratitude.’

 

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Hailing from Los Angeles, Farbod Moridani is lending his vocal talents to DVDance this year. With choreography by Brittany Bond-Braatz and Danielle de Ojeda, ‘…it is our hope to bring love back into our lives, our wish to continue opening doors of opportunities and our dream, to one day break down all boundaries.’

DVDance will also present two choreographic works from Ryan Kwok- DVDance’s first Resident Company Artist, a revival from Fred Mathews of sjDANCEco, Erin East (Tango) & Karen Millar (Ballet) of East West Music & Dance, and joining us for the second season in a row, S.B.D.C.C. from Santa Barbara, headed by Tracy Kofford.

Performances:
Friday, September 13th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 14th, 2019 @ 7:30pm

DVDance is a Tax-Exempt-501c3 Non-Profit Organization.
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2019 Dance Artists

Mario Barron Jr.

Mario Barron is based in the South Bay Area and has great plans to liven up the beautiful and bright dance scene of the San Jose area. He was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA where his entire childhood was spent indulging in the arts. Upon being accepted into and attending San José State University where he obtained a BFA in dance performance, Mario spent his time working with wonderful people. Through the Artist in Residency Program, he had the pleasure of working with Mike Esperanza, Doug Varone, and Kyle Abraham. This was able to happen through the direction of Raphael Boumaila and Heather Cooper. Along with these exciting experiences, other highlights in Mario’s dance career involve his love for choreography. In 2016 and 2017, he received the Garman Award for Choreography, and even reached further out to make works for the New Ballet School and with the Zohar Dance Company. Currently, Mario will be joining his second season with SJDanceCO and will be experiencing his first season with Cypher Dance Company. On top of these amazing opportunities, he will be creating his own dance company geared towards aligning all dance communities in his area.

Brittany Bond-Braatz

Brittany began dancing at the age of four after watching the San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Determined to one day play the role of Clara, Brittany started taking ballet classes. Unable to give up on her passion after graduating high school, Brittany majored in Dance at San José State University. During her time at SJSU, she got to choreograph many pieces and be part of the university’s contemporary dance company. Brittany went on to earn her BFA in Dance as well as the award of “Outstanding Graduating Senior.” She is grateful to be able to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to her students.

Danielle de Ojeda

Danielle was born and raised in San Jose, California. She studied in a variety of styles since a young age, and earned her B.A. in dance from San Jose State University. During her college years, she was a two year member of the University Dance Team and worked with such choreographers as Rogelio Lopez, Robert Dekkers, Dominique Lomuljo, Jill Yager, and Heather Cooper, among others. She has been instructing dancers of all ages for thirteen years, and she co-directs a non-profit performance team named the Dynamics Performance Team. She is dedicated to helping herself and others find their own path towards artistry, and excited to share dance with those around her.

Matt Han

Matt Han is a Bay Area native who began dancing in high school as a way to get out of playing sports in PE. Under the tutelage of teachers Kellye Dodd and Cristina McClelland, he gained a love and appreciation for the art and it became his safe space that helped him survive high school. Matt performed with UDT, SJSU’s advanced resident dance company, during his undergrad. With a heavy-handed nudge from UDT Artistic director and mentor, Gary Masters, he set his sights eastward to New York City. During that time he worked with Mike Esperanza and was a member Touch Theory contemporary dance company. He’s performed for choreographers such as Manuelito Biag, Kara Davis, Rogelio Lopez, Robert Dekkers, and musician Liam Finn. Matt’s excited to take to the stage with DvDance in what he considers his homecoming show. 

Raychel Hatch Apprentice

Raychel began her training at East West Music and Dance where she danced ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and other styles of dance since a young age. At California State Summer School of the Arts 2017, she received instruction from the company DawsonDanceSF. She has performed in the opening gala of New York City Dance Alliance in NYC as an outstanding dancer runner up. Raychel’s experience also includes musical theatre dance and acting at Cupertino Actors Theatre. She plans to pursue dance choreography at University of San Francisco in a program called Performing Arts Social Justice.

Ryan Kwok

Ryan is a recent 2014 SJSU alumni receiving his Bachelors of Art in Dance. He was a member of the two advanced resident performing companies, Company One and University Dance Theater. Upon graduating he has created 5 significant works and directed an evening site specific performance. He has also worked for other bay area professional choreographers such as Nhan Ho and Scott Wells. Ryan was also recently a part of DVDance’s performance at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in 2015. The faculty of SJSU has deemed him with a quality of raw creativity and entrepreneurship. He is now the Artistic Director of Voyagers Dance Project, which introduces a new movement style of contemporary fusion dance. He plans to further his unique modern philosophy and poetry through the medium of film and performance.

David Le

David Le is an east side San Jose native who grew up doing Vietnamese cultural dance, taiko drumming, and martial arts. A mentor from high school, Gary Masters, guided him to San Jose State University to pursue a career in dance. Transitioning to university, David immersed himself in SJSU’s Dance Program to further his dance education and training where he is an active member of SJSU’s pre-professional company University Dance Theater from 2014 to 2019. He has performed many works under the direction of Gary Masters, Raphael Boumaila, and Heather Cooper. The dance program awarded him the Hawes Award for Excellence in Performance for 2016-17. He has also had the chance to work with resident artists including Kara Davis, Mike Esperanza, Doug Varone, and Kyle Abraham. David is a contributing member to the local urban dance community helping start up crews and On One Studios. His movement blends the cultural, urban, and classical styles of San Jose. Majored in Dance and Minored in Kinesiology, David aspires to explore and spread the power of dance therapy. He is a company member of sjDANCEco, Cypher Dance Company, and DVDance. David will continue to pursue his dance career.

Danielle Sullivant

Danielle Sullivant graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She was awarded “Outstanding Graduating Senior in Dance Performance.” Under the guidance of Raphaël Boumaïla and Gary Masters, she trained in Limón technique and performed suites of Limón’s works, Choreographic OfferingPsalm, and Missa Brevis. Ms. Sullivant has also studied Cunningham technique with Diane Frank. As part of a student residency program, she performed Doug Varone’s work, in the shelter of the fold, with the Doug Varone and Dancers.  During her sophomore year at SJSU, Ms. Sullivant was awarded the Haws Award for Excellence in Performance by the SJSU Dance Program. She attended the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop in New York following her graduation. Ms. Sullivant joined sjDANCEco in July 2018 and is currently a member of the San Jose based modern company.  She performed masterworks by the current artistic director of the Limón company, Colin Connor, Fred Mathews and debuted a new duet choreographed by Maria Basile in October at the California Theatre as part of their 16th Anniversary season.  Ms. Sullivant was also part of a Holiday production, Joy, by Tandy Beal where she engaged in various forms of dance and theatrical scenarios.  As part of the 2019 Cinequest festival, sjDANCEco made a guest appearance where Ms. Sullivant performed Maria Basile’s duet, Path Reset. She is also a member of Cypher Dance Company, founded by Karina Cervantes, and has performed throughout the bay area showcasing modern, hip hop and improvisational works. She is eager to continue exploring and diving into new artistic endeavors to fuel her passion and enrich her movement vocabulary. 

Saki

After earning her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, she quickly ran away to join the circus as an acrobat, rhythmic gymnast and dancer with the New Pickle Circus and Starstuff Productions.  She has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of companies including Tandy Beal & Co., Project Bandaloop, Patrick ‘Magic’ Martin, Sea World San Diego, DVDance among others. As a performer and dance educator in MathDance with the Dr. Shaffer & Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble Saki has toured various countries such as Korea and Hungary and many states from Maine to Hawaii.  Saki has also taught dance and choreography for Mount Madonna School since 2007.  Currently she is Tandy Beal & Co.’s ArtSmart Program Manager, long time member of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Santa Cruz Art Council’s Artist/Teacher Partnership program and SPECTRA teaching artist in the schools serving over 30 sites per year!

Audrey Yan

Audrey Yan has recently graduated from Muhlenberg College with BA degrees in Dance and Studio Art with concentrations in choreography and photography. She has trained in various styles of dance and presented original choreographies incorporating modern, jazz, and tap genres. Audrey has studied dance at East West Music and Dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Joffrey Ballet School. She has performed in original works by Orion Duckstein, Michael Nickerson-Rossi, Tiffany Mills, Randall Anthony Smith, and Shelley Oliver. She is currently a dance teacher at East West Music and Dance and is excited to join DVDance in Season 3.

Jena Wijtman

Jena began her training in San Jose, CA studying jazz, contemporary and RAD style ballet. Jena has trained at various institutions including The Joffrey Ballet School and Jacob’s Pillow for dance photography. In 2017 Jena graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has performed in works by Amy O’Neal, Vivian Little, Paula Peters, Gerard Theoret, and Wade Madsen. She currently is a member of Caroline Liviakis Dance Company in San Francisco and teaches throughout the Bay Area.

2019 Guest Artists

Kevin Gaytan

Kevin graduated San Jose State University as a double major in Sociology and a bachelor’s in fine arts. He has worked and trained under the instruction of Bay Area choreographers and lecturers such as Heather Cooper, Raphael Boumaila, Jill Yager and Dominique Lomuljo. In addition, he has studied composition and the art of choreography under the instruction of Fred Mathews at San Jose State University. Some of Mr. Gaytan’s performing highlights include classical Jose Limon works such as Psalm and Misa Brevis. He has also had the honor of performing and working for Tandy Beal & Company. In addition, as part of a choreography in residence program, he has performed with Doug Varone and dancers in Doug Varone’s “In the shelter of the fold” in 2018. Mr. Gaytan is currently an active company member of SjDanceCo under the artistic direction of Gary Masters and Maria Basile. As well as Rogelio Lopez and Dancers under the artistic direction of Rogelio Lopez. In addition to also working with Cypher Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Karina Cervantes.

Erin East

Erin began her dance training at East*West Music & Dance in 1980. She continued training at Interlochen Arts Academy (MI), Idyllwild Arts Academy (CA), Dance Aspen (CO), and San Francisco Ballet. She studied intensely at The Juilliard School (BFA program) in New York City. Her Broadway debut was in the original cast of Swing! – 1999-2000. She performed in the Tony Awards 2000, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1999, and The Today Show 2000. Erin performed with the local company sjDANCEco in 2006 and 2007. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SJSU with a dance minor and an accounting minor in 2007. In 2010 Erin co-starred in a Ford Focus television/radio commercial with her sister, Amber. In 2012, Erin’s piece “Shiva Moon” won the “Audience Choice Award” with sjDANCEco’s 9th Annual ChoreoProjects. Erin is currently the Associate Director at East*West Music and Dance where she handles the accounting, runs the Performing Company, and spends much time in the studio teaching and choreographing. Erin completed her RYT-200 hr teacher training at East West Yoga in the summer 2016. Her classes focus on connecting breath to movement, mind to body, and embracing the energy of presence within. Erin is currently working on a series of workout and wellbeing videos with her husband, Al Perry. Subscription availability starting December 2017. More info to be found at Qiworks.vhx.tv

Karen Millar – LRAD

Karen Millar has taught and choreographed ballet in Europe and the United States over the last 40 years. She settled in the South Bay where she owned and operated Ballet Capriole for 10 years. While in the Bay Area, she has had students dancing professionally with San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, City Ballet, Pacific North west Ballet & Atlanta ballet. Currently she teaches ballet at East west Music and Dance and Rachel ballet in Fremont. Miss Millar is a graduate, Licentiate and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She is passionate about teaching ballet and invested in the success of all her students inside and outside the classroom. She is also a wife and  mother of two successful adults and avid home chef and gardener!

‘There are never mistakes, just unexpected solos.’
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Fred Mathews

Fred Mathews (Choreographic Advisor) graduated from Stephens College where he worked under the tutelage of Harriette Ann Gray, former Humphrey-Weidman dancer, subsequently becoming her protégé. He then joined the internationally recognized Jose Limón Dance Company, where he became known for his dramatic portrayals. He also performed in a broad repertory of works including “There is a Time’, “The Winged”, “A Choreographic Offering” (dedicated to Doris Humphrey), “The Unsung”, “The Traitor”, “Missa Brevis” and as was featured as the ‘white man’ in “The Emperor Jones”. In addition, he performed in original works by Anna Sokolow, Ruth Currier and Ted Rotante. In 1975, he was engaged to dance opposite Rudolph Nureyev at the London Coliseum in Limón’s masterpiece “The Moor’s Pavane.” His first major work, “Solaris”, was premiered by the Limon Company in 1975 and received enthusiastic reviews. His next piece, “Lunaris”, was choreographed for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and became known as his signature work. In 1979, he and former Limon dancer, Gary Masters, formed the Mathews-Masters Dance Company in New York City, performing throughout the United States and in Europe. He has choreographed for several professional companies and taught for many years at New York University. In addition, he has given extended workshops at Harvard University, Radcliffe College and Sarah Lawrence College. In 1989 Mr. Mathews was invited to join the faculty at San Jose State University. Professor Mathews is Choreographic Advisor for sjDANCEco and also serves as an adjudicator for sjDANCEco’s Choreoproject series. In 2008, his innovative piece, “Witness the Dawn”, was performed by sjDANCEco and he directed a structured improvisation as part of “Velocities” for their 2011 season at the California Theatre. Professor Mathews is a long time faculty member of the Dance Program at San Jose State University where he teaches choreography and performance. Most recently he has been invited to give workshops in choreography at the New Ballet School in San Jose.

Farbod Moridani

Farbod Moridani is a classically trained pianist, vocalist, and flautist.  Farbod grew up in London, a political refugee of the Iranian revolution.  He found his home in music and, writing his first concerto at the age of 9, was quickly recognized as a piano prodigy.  While his path ultimately brought him to the practice of law, Farbod’s true passion has been, and will always be, music.  Over the years, he has composed, produced, and performed in virtually every genre, including classical, gospel, blues, pop, opera, musical theater, and electronic dance music.  He is currently producing trance music and vocals under the moniker Yuugen—a Japanese word loosely translated to “an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.”  Yuugen exemplifies Farbod’s philosophy in music and life.  His first single, “Fading” is slated for release towards the end of the year.

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