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Bernard Brown, Lester Horton Award and Westfield Emerging Artist Award recipient, received his training at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre School, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Ailey School. After graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy, Brown received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and MFA from UCLA. He has performed with Lula Washington Dance Theatre, TU Dance, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and Doug Elkins Dance Company. Mr. Brown's choreography has been presented at Royce Hall, REDCAT, Fowler Museum, ACDA, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. Bernard has had the pleasure of working with David Roussève, Donald McKayle, Rennie Harris, Vincent Patterson, Rudy Perez, Louis Johnson, Christopher Huggins, Jamal Story and Tamica Washington-Miller. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Sacramento. The LA Times has called him "...the incomparable Bernard Brown..."

Raymond Ejiofor, a Gates Millennium Fellow, earned a Masters of Public Health Policy from USC and B.S. in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He began his training under Judith Rhodes Calgaro in Arlington, VA and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Ejiofor has danced and created works with Daniel Ezralow, Ryan Heffington, Aszure Barton, Lula Washington, Bryan Arias, Danielle Agami, Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham and Robert Battle. Ejiofor currently collaborates with various companies including Ezralow Dance, Ate9 Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Post:Ballet and David Roussève/REALITY. Some of his credits include the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, MTV VMAs, Audi | Shanghai, Toshiba, Samsung, Apple, Beijing Dance Festival, Springboard Danse Montreal, Israeli Opera House, and Lincoln Center: David H. Koch Theater. He has performed with artists such as SIA, Katy Perry, Pharrell, 30 Seconds to Mars, Little Boots, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Daft Punk. | www.raymondejiofor.com

Dezaré Foster is native to Cleveland, OH where she began her dance studies at Newton D. Baker School of the Arts and Cleveland School of the Arts, before joining Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre.  CCDT made a guest appearance in “Wild Party”, which led her to becoming a Musical Theatre Choreographer.  In 2007, Dezaré joined The Dancing Wheels Company, performing and touring for over 7 years in collaboration with various choreographers. She has also performed in Dianne McIntyre’s “Why I had to Dance”; Cleveland Cavaliers’ Scream Team; and multiple years at Cleveland Public Theatre’s “Pandemonium”. In 2015, Dezaré moved to Ga’aton, Israel for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s MASA Program. After returning home, she choreographed, “Labyrinth: A Tribute” on the Dancing Wheels Company and performed in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH Program in Portland, OR. Dezaré is starting her 3rd Season as a Company Member with David Rousseve/REALITY in Los Angeles, CA. 

Jasmine Jawato was born and raised in El Segundo, CA. She studied dance at The Studio Art of Dance in her hometown before receiving her undergraduate degree from the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Jasmine has performed both nationally and abroad for Michel Kouakou, David Roussève, and Kevin Williamson and continues to teach dance and yoga in El Segundo. She is currently pursuing her multiple subject teaching credential, in hopes to integrate her performing arts education into the classroom curriculum. Jasmine is excited to be dancing in her second piece for David and with this wonderful cast.

Kevin Le is native of Los Angeles and graduate of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. He began his dance training at the age of twelve under Jessie Riley’s WESTSIDE Dance Project. There he studied and performed with choreographers Jessie Riley, Peter Chu, and Sonya Tayeh. During his undergraduate studies at UCLA, he had the privilege of performing with David Roussève/REALITY in venues throughout the US that include Jacob’s Pillow, The Krannert Center, and REDCAT. Since 2013, he has been touring with Kevin Williamson’s The Lost Boys and Trophy – performing in Beijing, San Francisco, Austin, and New York City. Currently, Kevin is a dance instructor and choreographer working in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

Julio Medinais an artist from Los Angeles. His work draws from various movement styles such as breaking, Latin social dances, and modern dance, engaging mediums such as movement, film, and text. Medina studied hip-hop on the concert stage and earned his MFA at UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. Beforehand, Medina completed his B.A. in Dance and Movement Studies at Emory University as a Quest Bridge Scholar. While there, he was a member of StaibDance Company, and also worked with Kyle Abraham. In 2009, Medina founded TrickaNomeTry (TNT) Dance Crew, an all-male hip-hop crew that continues to perform in the Atlanta community. Medina volunteers with Dance2Serve (D2S), an emerging organization in South Los Angeles seeking to better individuals and community through the artistry of dance. Julio is delighted to be an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach where he teaches hip-hop and modern dance.

Samantha Mohr, native to Southern California, holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has since collaborated as a performer with David Roussève, Lionel Popkin, Laurel Jenkins, Victoria Marks, Julien Prévieux, Elizabeth Leister, Rebecca Bruno, Alexx Shilling, Monica Duncan and Maria Garcia. Samantha has performed and presented shared works through homeLA/Frogtown in partnership with The Women’s Center for Creative Work, at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LACE Gallery, Highways Performance Space and Pieter Performance Space. In addition to performing and dance making, she is certified as a 200-hour registered yoga teacher.

Leanne Iacovetta Poirier, originally from Columbus, Ohio, moved to LA in 2008 to attend UCLA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. degrees in World Arts and Cultures/Dance and Communications. Upon graduation, Leanne was invited to join David Roussève/REALITY and toured the states with Stardust (2014). Besides dancing professionally, Leanne works actively in arts administration, assisting select LA artists, dance companies and non-profit organizations with administrative needs. She also served as Program Director for The Flourish Foundation for three years. Leanne has taught dance for 10 years and is the Co-Director of the UCLA Dance/Performing Arts Summer Institute. She currently resides in West Hartford with her husband, where she teaches at three studios throughout Connecticut. www.Leanneiacovetta.com

Kevin Williamson is an LA-based movement artist and Assistant Professor of Dance at Scripps College. A Lester Horton Award recipient, Bates Educators Fellow, and Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award Finalist, Kevin’s dance works have been presented at venues including DanspaceProject, REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival, Dixon Place, CounterPulse, LACMA, Austin’s OUTsider Festival, and the Beijing Dance Festival. Kevin has created original works for LA Contemporary Dance Company and Loyola Marymount University and choreographed opera/theatre projects for The Juilliard School, Yale Repertory Theater, Opera UCLA, Atlantic Theatre Company, Washington National Opera, and Geffen Playhouse. Kevin received his MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. 


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