Movement Collaborators/Dancers

Ann DiFruscia

Ann DiFruscia

Ann DiFruscia

Ann earned a BFA in Dance from Emerson College - Boston. Her teaching credits include Radcliffe College, Emerson College, YMCA Boston, Y House, and SADC. She had a Boston-based company, AfterImage Dance Co. that toured N.E. for 3 yrs. Danced in works that include Jack Moore, Sara Sugihara, Liz Rozner, Martin Kravitz, Cid Pearlman, Randee Paufve, Valerie Gutwirth, Rogelio Lopez, Mary Armentrout, Chingchi Yu, Liv Schaffer (DGs); a former member of Ina Hahn Dance Company, Smaller Than Life, Lucas Hoving Company, and LAZARUS Dance. In 2017, she shared an evening of new work (Sisters & Druthers) as part of SADC’s Dance Up Close Series. Ann continues to relish the rigor and generative nature of creating work through collaboration and discovery with other dancers. Dedicated member of SADC Board of Directors.

Jessica Fiedler

Jessica Fiedler went through the dance program at UC Berkeley with Chingchi, and has had the pleasure of dancing in several of Chingchi's pieces since then. She works as a school-based physical therapist, and takes dance classes when she can.

Jessica Fiedler

Jessica Fiedler

Carol Kueffer-Moore running

Carol Kueffer-Moore

Carol Kueffer-Moore

Carol holds an MFA in Dance from New York University and a BA in Dance from UC Santa Cruz. She was a founding member of the New York based Modern Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, and toured internationally with the company for eleven years. Carol’s company, Carol Kueffer Dance has performed at the National Dance Festival of Brazil in Bahia, throughout New York City and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her choreography has also been set on students in colleges and universities including UC Santa Cruz, Saint Mary’s College and Sonoma State University. Carol enjoys swimming, hiking, dancing in nature and sharing her love of dance while teaching children in the Oakland public schools and at Shawl Anderson Dance Center.

Eric Kupers

“I am an interdisciplinary teaching artist, focusing primarily on the intersections of inclusive dance, music, storytelling, community ritual, and spiritual practice. I am a grateful visitor on the territories of the Yrgin/Chochenyo/Ohlone & Southern Pomo peoples in Northern California. My people are Ashkenazi Jews that came to Turtle Island from Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe in the early 1900’s. I am also of the Walks-Between people, including Queer folks, Artists, Activists, Outsiders, Rebels, Mystics, Wizards, Witches, Healers, Visionaries, Weirdos, Queerdos, and Divergent people from throughout human history. I am a professor and department chair for Theatre and Dance at CSU East Bay, a co-founder and co-director of Dandelion Dancetheater, and create art with Dandelion, Bandelion, Mandolion, the CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble, Ultrasonic Current, the Wandering Ensemble, and a diverse web of artists."

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Eric Kupers

Gopika Nia-Womack-Freeman

Gopika Nia-Womack-Freeman

Gopika Nia-Womack-Freeman

Gopika's love of dance grew out of her training in west African and east Indian sacred dance traditions as a youth. She earned a BA in Modern Dance at Mills College and later pursued her teaching credential, allowing her to develop as an Arts Educator in public and private schools. She has gone on to teach dance in Los Angeles and Oakland Unified School Districts, at Luna Dance Institute, and overseas in Shanghai, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is amazed how dance builds community across ethnicity, nationality and gender.  Currently, she teaches in the Bay Area where she explores the intersectionality of dance and social justice, socio-emotional learning, and joy. She continues to dance with Carmen Roman’s Afro Peruvian dance company Cunamacue and treasures her experience as a dance collaborator with Chingchi Yu.

Lisa Tenorio

Lisa Tenorio is a dancer, choreographer, yogi, equestrian and native of Guam. She holds an MFA in Dance from St. Mary’s College of CA, presenting her thesis performance as a site-specific work at Montara State Beach. She enjoys experiencing dance in its infinite expressions and collaborating through the power of movement and the creative process. Current themes in her work include exploring ancient wisdom and the interconnection of the human self with all of nature.

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Jessica Fiedler

Josie Alvite

Josie Alvite has been dancing in, thru, and around the Bay Area since 1995. She received a bachelors degree in Theatre Arts with a Dance Option from California State University, Hayward. She received her masters in educational psychology and has worked as a high school counselor in the Bay Area for over 15 years. She has had the pleasure of working with amazing local, inspiring, choreographers such as; Nina Haft, Randee Pauve, Eric Kupers, Kimiko Guthrie, Laura Renaud-Wilson and now Ching-Chi Yu. She is forever grateful for Shawl-Anderson Dance Center where she gets to continue to take class, dance, move, rehearse and live her best life in motion. The community that comes out of Shawl-Anderson is vibrant, innovative, caring and the most amazing human beings. She is blessed beyond all she can think or imagine.

Josie Alvite

Composers

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Chris Evans is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist trained in music and dance. Her practice focuses on how we might cultivate listening, listening to the invisible, listening for the forgotten, listening to what silence holds, listening with our eyes, ears and bodies. Her work invites us to listen to the unknown, to let the unknown seep into our ears, every pore before we colonize it with our minds and our words. She is the co-founder of Idora Park Project Space with Ernest Jolly, directs Reconstruction Study Project, and a member of the House Full of Black Women Collective, and A Simple Collective.

Mark Fish

Mark Fish is a composer, arranger, violinist, and violist from the San Francisco Bay Area. https://www.markfish.com/  His music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Fifth House, San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program, and Music at the Mission, where he serves as composer-in-residence. His children’s work, Ferdinand the Bull, was recorded for an award-winning album narrated by actor David Ogden Stiers, and other works of his have been published by Hal Leonard. He has been commissioned by groups including the Newport Symphony, the Del Sol String Quartet, and Asian American Dance Performances, for which he composed the a cappella piece Yo!, choreographed by Chingchi Yu and premiered by Quintessence. Recently, he composed theme music for the podcast Viral Love by journalist Sabrina Lin.

Mark Fish

Mark Fish

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Sky Tan

Sky Tan

Born in Beijing, Sky Tan began her journey to become a classical pianist at the age of 5. She was under the tutelage of many instructors at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music. But Dr. Alexander Goncharov stood out and had a very strong influence on her current approach and undying passion for music. Sky first became a ballet pianist in 2004 at the Beijing Dance Academy. In 2014, she relocated to the US and began her tenure as an accompanist at the San Francisco Ballet and Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, where she learned the art of improvisation and the important ability to “read a class." Sky has released a number of albums ideal for training in classical ballet as well as a series of songs and reflections of her personal journeys throughout her life. Full of spirit and purpose, Sky strives to bring solace to people's lives through the international and original languages of song and dance.