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Charisse Skye Aguirre is a young choreographer and movement artist that recently graduated from the University of California Los Angeles where she majored in the World Arts and Cultures department with emphasis on dance.  She is also a CrossFit Level One Certified Trainer with CrossFit Gymnastics Certification at her family’s CrossFit gym, CrossFit Proper.  Charisse is also a strength and conditioning coach/trainer at UCLA’s John Wooden Center, where she enjoys teaching a variety of fitness courses ranging from CrossFit and Barbell Technique to Dance Conditioning.

Emily Beattie is a performer and choreographer working in LA and Boston. After receiving a BFA from the Boston Conservatory, Emily toured nationally with Boston-based companies, Prometheus Dance and Lorraine Chapman, The Company. Emily has also performed in the works of Donald Byrd, Sara Rudner, Jennifer Monson, Simone Forti and Lionel Popkin. Her own work for the stage, screen and site have been produced by the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Somerville Arts Council, Glouchester New Arts Festival, Oberon Theater and World Arts Music/Crash Arts. Her works have been shown in New York, Quito, Ecuador, and Kyoto, Japan. An interest in integrating technology into relevant dance performance led her to pursue a MFA degree at the World Arts and Cultures/Dance department at UCLA. In Los Angeles, Emily’s main collaborators include multimedia artist Eric Gunther and choreographer Alison D’Amato.

Leanne Iacovetta moved from Columbus, Ohio to Los Angeles four years ago to attend UCLA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures (Dance) and Communication Studies. Leanne took her first ballet class at the age of four and is now trained in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, lyrical, musical theater, hip hop, house, and West African. At UCLA, she co-produced the annual undergraduate showcase, WACsmash, and was president of the WAC Undergraduate Society. She has danced for faculty members Lionel Popkin, Vic Marks, and David Rousseve, and performed with hip hop groups such as NSU Modern and Mischief Makers. Leanne also choreographed original pieces for WACsmash 2011 and 2012, the WAC Senior Honors Project Showcase entitled Point(s) of Contact, and the UCLA Summer Dance/Theater Intensive. Leanne currently teaches dance around Los Angeles for UCLA Recreation, MNR Dance Factory, JOA Wellness Center, and the Flourish Foundation, and is thrilled to be an apprentice in David Rousseve’s company and a part of the Stardust cast!

Jasmine Jawato is a native of Los Angeles and is a recent graduate from the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. During her undergraduate studies, Jasmine has had the opportunity to work with Maria Gillespie/Oni Dance, David Roussève, and Michel Kouakou. She has performed in Los Angeles, at Bates Dance Festival in Maine, in Côte d’Ivoire, Bielefeld, Germany, and at the Joyce Soho in New York.

Nehara Kalev is a choreographer and performing artist dedicated to exploring states of being through interdisciplinary performance. Combining experimental dance-theatre, improvisation, and aerial imagery, she has created and performed works with major support from private foundations, artistic residencies, and public institutions, including the Bogliasco Fellowship and 33 Officina Creativa in Italy, Djerassi Artist Residency, and The Center For Cultural Innovation. She has been a guest artist at many universities including CalArts, UCLA, Cal State LA, and The University of Winchester, U.K. Nehara is a member of the legendary Rachel Rosenthal Company, and joined David Rousseve/REALITY in 2005. She has performed featured roles with Diavolo Dance Theater throughout the US, was a featured aerialist with Airealistic, and worked with the LA Opera. As co-founder and co-director of Catch Me Bird, her company works have been performed in major California and New York venues, supported by The Durfee Foundation, The Flourish Foundation, Cirque Du Soleil, The LA County Arts Commission, and The LA Dept of Cultural Affairs. Supported by The Gerbode, The Hewlett, and The Scripps Foundations, Nehara collaborated to create a multisite-specific work for the SF de Young Museum last year. She is a Master of Fine Arts in choreography thanks to UCLA, and looks forward to her upcoming residency at Montalvo Arts Center.

Michel Kouakou, a native of the Ivory Coast, is an active performer of both traditional and contemporary dance.  He has performed throughout Europe, Africa and the United States.  As a dancer, he has worked with choreographers such as Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Seydou Boro (Burkina Fasso), Bud Blumenthal (Belgium), Kota Yamazaki(New york/Japan), Jutta Czurda(Germany), Giorgio  Rossi (Italy), Reggie Wilson (USA), and Victoria Marks (USA).  In 2003, he formed his own company, ‘Daara Dance’, which has performed in the US, Holland, France, Chad, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Italy, Israel, and the Czech Republic.  Michel has taught throughout Europe, US, and Japan. In 2003 served as a fulltime faculty member at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague.  His solo S.A.C.K. was featured in both the New York (2010) and Los Angeles (2011) A.W.A.R.D.S SHOW.  Michel is a recipient of the 2007 NYFA Artist Fellowship and is a recent winner of the Vilcelk prize for creative promise.

Kevin Le is a fourth year in the World Arts & Cultures | Dance Department at the University of California Los Angeles. He has been trained in hip-hop, jazz, modern, and ballet under the direction of Jessie Hartley at the School of Dance and Music. He has worked with dancers/choreographers Jessie Hartley, Peter Chu, Sonya Tayeh, David Roussève, and Kevin Williamson and is a member of Sonya Tayeh’s company, Tayeh Dance. Kevin was titled first runner up in the non-classical dance division of the Music Center Spotlight Awards in 2009.

Nguyễn Nguyên was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at the age of 7. He was a Regents Scholar at UCLA and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He received his teaching certification as a District Intern and taught biological and chemical science for Los Angeles Unified School District. Nguyên was a part-time dance intructor at Santa Monica College and Cal State LA. He has worked with various artists in Los Angeles including David Roussève, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Heidi Duckler, Holly Johnston and Maria Gillespie. His own work has been presented at Highways Performance Space, Anatomy Riot, Diavolo Space, Citrus College Dance Festival, “Dancers For Life” at Landis Performing Arts Center, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, American College Dance Festival and the Guangdong International Dance Festival in China. Nguyên is a founding member of Los Angeles Movement Arts. He is a MFA candidate for Dance and Choreography at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

Taisha Paggett is a Los Angeles based choreographer, dancer, teacher, and co-founder of the dance journal project, itch. Her work is inspired by various discourses on the body as an expressive tool and is interested in bridging the sensibility and discourses of both the visual and performing arts.  Her work and collaborations have been presented in several California venues including Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Taisha has worked extensively with visual artist Ashley Hunt in collaborative video and installation work including Undeliverable Address: 54 questions that will not be answered by the White House and Engagement. She has also done freelance writing for Dance Magazine and is the co-editor of the L.A. dance journal project, itch. As a dancer, Taisha has most recently worked with David Roussève, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Victoria Marks, Rosanna Gamson, Yvonne Rainer and Cid Pearlman.             Taisha has an MFA in Dance from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance.  She is currently a visiting lecturer in dance at Columbia College in Chicago.

Kevin Williamson is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Since graduating from UCLA he has performed for the LA Opera, David Gordon, Julie Taymor, Angelin Preljocaj, Robert Moses, Stephan Koplowitz, Sebastian Prantl, Ryan Heffington, and David Bridel throughout the US, UK, and Europe.  Kevin is a member of Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company and Maria Gillespie's Oni Dance. He is a Lestor Horton Award recipient, Bates Education Fellow, and acts as artistic director of his company KDUB DANCE.  Kevin has created works for REDCAT, CounterPULSE, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Loyola Marymount University, American Musical & Dramatic Academy, Los Angeles Movement Arts, The Fringe Festival Scotland, Highways Performance Space, House of Blues, Freud Theatre at UCLA, and Miami's Winter Music Conference.  Kevin is an adjunct instructor at American Musical & Dramatic Academy and a teacher at Renaissance High School for the Arts and in UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. 


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