Ryan Kwok – Choreographer/Photographer
Ryan Kwok 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.

Katira Arak
Katira grew up on the island of Maui, Hawaii, where she trained at Maui Academy of Performing Arts. While still in Hawaii she taught jazz & contemporary, & was also a founding member of Ampersand Dance Company. She moved to San Francisco in 2014, where she became involved with PianoFight & Broadway Bares, amongst other projects. She enjoys teaching & taking classes around the Bay Area. In every day life, Katira is an event planner at a restaurant & an adventurous world traveler. Katira is very excited to be working with DV Dance Company for her first season.

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. 

Allie Dong
Allie studied at the Beijing Dance Academy for ten years, as a student she was selected to participate in the Beijing Olympic closing ceremony, and in several government events . Afterwards, she worked as a dance instructor at the Beijing Music and Dance school where she taught Chinese Folk dance. Since moving to Silicon Valley she has dedicated her talents teaching students of all ages various dance styles such as ballet, traditional Chinese dance, Chinese Folk Dance, Kpop and contemporary dance. Her choreography of serval minority dances such as Fan Dance, Long Sleeves Dance, Yi Dance, Drum of the Uyghur have received rave reviews.  To this day Allie has be the lead dancer in Tang Dynasty Poetry, Music and Dance Concert (2011), San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 35th, 37th and 38th Anniversary (2013, 2015, 2016), Sj DANCEco’s On The Edge (2016), The Spring Festival Silicon Valley (2012-2017), 1st International Performing Arts Festival (2018).

Joshua Lau
Joshua C. Lau was last seen as Larry in Cabrillo Stage’s production of A Chorus Line. He has also performed in San Jose CMT’s production of 9 to 5, Broadway by the Bay’s productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, role as Ching Ho, The King and I, role as Phra Alak/Ensemble, and Cabrillo Stage’s production of Swing! The Musical, as dancer/dance assistant. Other performances include contemporary dance pieces in Stacey Printz’s Hover Space, Fran Atkin’s Ocean, Dominic Duoung’s Exurgencey, and other projects with Michelle Dirck’s M Productions.  Joshua holds a B.F.A. Dance from San Jose State University and was a member of SJSU’s musical theatre company, Company One, hip hop crew, Soul Con Dance Company, and also San Jose’s contemporary company, sjDANCEco.

Dian Meechai
Dian Sitip Meechai is a soprano, dancer, contortionist, and choreographer. She has done commercial and performance work for Kinda Funny Live, Silversea Cruises, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Lamplighters Music Theatre. Born in the “Boogie Down” Bronx, Dian aspired to perform from her earliest days. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University where she minored in Vocal Performance and competed under their DanceSport team. In 2007, Dian moved to San Francisco to train contortion and has since fallen in love with the city.  Recent theatre credits include The Gondoliers (Giulia) and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd (The Girl/Urchin, Dance Captain). Other credits include singing onboard the international-sailing Silver Spirit, choreographing for the 2017 Nitey Awards, dancing in a SEGA commercial, and contorting at Angelica’s dinner theatre.

Christo Roma
Christo is a Bay Area native living in San Francisco. He is very excited to be dancing with DV Dance! He’s performed around the Bay Area with past shows including Broadway By The Bay’s “Miss Saigon”, “The Full Monty”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, and “A Chorus Line”. Outside of performing, Christo works for Salesforce, is an Ambassador for Atlantis Events Gay Cruises, and was recently crowned the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance’s “Mister GAPA 2018” where he will serve as the face for that foundation in helping to fundraise and advocate for issues important to the community.

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