San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase

Dance Makers 2017

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Angel Acuña
Creating work is a continuous discovery that keeps unfolding information about different universal subjects for Angel Acuna.  At the age of ten, peeking into a community dance class would be the first step to ignite his movement journey. With the help and guidance of San Diego City College, where he received an associates in visual and performing arts, San Diego Dance Theater, and the mentorship of multiple influential community members in San Diego, Angel has cultivated his artistic independence to contribute to the development of art in San Diego and the world from a dance-creator perspective.
Angela-Christine Bajet
Angela-Christine Bajet was born deaf. Angela began training figure-skating at the age of 7 and has continued for nearly eight years. She has also trained ballet at her local figure-skating rink for 4 years. At the age of 15, she got a cochlear implant which allowed her to hear partially only on the right ear. In 2012, she was introduced to Modern Dance by Professor Debi Toth-Ward at San Diego City College. She has performed and choreographed in several dance concerts including The San Francisco Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival and was featured in Debi Toth-Ward's work in the San Diego Fringe Festival.
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Stephanie Britton
Stephanie Britton recently graduated with honors from California State University, Long Beach, where she studied Dance and Child Development and Family Studies. Stephanie is extremely grateful to be welcomed as Jean Isaac’s newest work-study student where she specializes in modern. She is humbled to work with Angel Waali-Villalobos as a company member and secretary for Bite Contemporary Dance and to train under Peter Kalivas as a work-study student with the PGK Dance Project. She plans to obtain a Masters in dance while studying how choreography can bring awareness to controversial issues to open people’s minds to different perspectives through movement.
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George J. Busto
10-year Navy veteran, dance educator, and choreographer.  He took his first dance classes at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL in 2009 where he studied modern and choreography with Valerie Alpert, Terry Crews, Jeannine Potter, and Lamaiya Lancaster, and performed in the “Fear No Art” as well as “Winter Prairie” dance production. As a company dancer, George has performed with Valerie Alpert Dance Company at the 2011 Regional Alternative Dance Festival in Michigan and also dance with Impulse Dance Crew, Cryptic Movement Crew, and LatinoXpressions. Since moving to San Diego, George has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Terri Shipman, Grace Shinhae Jun-Mills, and Jean Isaacs, and participated in 2013 & 2015 Culture Shock Hip Hop Nutcracker, 2016 Trolley Dances, and 2016 City College Dance Production.
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Artem'a Davis
Throughout my personal journey of cultivating and creating, I have found efficiency in defining and redefining who I am as an individual and mover. My training as a BFA dance major at San Diego State University significantly assisted my conceptual understanding of dance from a professional perspective. With all gained knowledge and the willingness to expand my development, this has clarified my understanding of being able to achieve all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am excited for what beholds my future and will continue to inspire others with the gifts that have been bestowed onto me. Much love!
Photo by Amber Bliss
Ronald "RJ" Davis
Ron Davis is a 24 year old who began dancing eight years ago with the transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. He went on to study at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he studied modern, ballet and jazz. Ronald Davis trained and performed with the CAC Repertory Dance Theater upon his return to San Diego. Ronald performed and choreographed for San Diego City College. Ronald is currently a company dancer and choreographer for the San Diego dance company, PGK Project. Ronald is currently seeking to receive his Bachelors in Sociology with an emphasis in dance.
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Carina Hodgins
Carina is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Originally from Syracuse, NY, she is currently enjoying her time in San Diego as a Pilates, Barre, and Children’s dance instructor at numerous studios in the area. Carina holds her B.F.A. from the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach, and has had the privilege to work with Rebecca Bryant, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Keith Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Sarah Swenson, and Andrew Vaca. Teaching and the process of creating is something she is also truly passionate about. Carina plans to pursue an M.F.A in Dance while continuing to learn, educate, choreograph, and perform.
Photo by Gregory R.R. Crosby
Caroline Liviakis
Choreographer, dance educator, and dancer. Liviakis holds a B.A. in Dance and Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Mills College. She serves as dance faculty at Napa Valley College and choreographs for its repertory company. She also dances in and choreographs for her own company, The Caroline Liviakis Dance Company, which has presented work by invitation at Dances at MuCCC: a contemporary dance festival in Rochester, NY, and been the guest artist at a host of universities and colleges. Her other pursuits include writing journal articles on anatomy training and rehabilitative conditioning for dancers.
Photo by Shane King
Verónica Santiago Moniello
Verónica Santiago Moniello is a dancer and choreographer based in southern California. Her work deals with memory and the idea of birth, with antagonist subjects of resistance, utopian bodies and dreams. Verónica holds a BA in Dance from Folkwang Universität der Künste (Essen, Germany.) Her work has been presented in Mexico, Venezuela, Belize, Germany, Spain and the U.S. She is currently a MFA Candidate in Dance & Theater Program at UCSD — University of San Diego, California. In 2017 Verónica founded Habitual, a platform-based studio that explores the possibilities of movement within contemporary cultural practices.
Photo by Viktor de la Fuente
Krista Kaye Nelson
Krista Kaye​ graduated​ from SDSU with a BFA in Dance where she worked with many influential artists including Jess Humphrey, Leslie Seiters and Joe Alter. She has been working as an independent dance artist in San Diego, including participating in the annual Trolley Dances event in 2015​ and 2016​. Krista has co-founded if. Dance Theater with Chloe Freeman and Aubrhe Yruretagoyena, producing two evening length works including "slowly but surely, becoming slightly" and "It's a little bit 'Uh huh'." She is very excited and honored to create a new work for the 2017 Young Choreographer's Showcase.
Photo by Derek Linwood
Shauan Tyser 
Shauna Tyser a BFA in Dance from Temple University.  She danced for Philadanco II, Contempra Dance Theater, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company, Mojalet Dance Collective, “Trolley Dances” with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, isadoraNOW, and as a Guest for a Commercial with the PGK Dance Project. She has taught nationally and internationally in Mumbai, India.  Her choreography has been presented at the 2016 San Diego International Fringe Festival, and danceXchange.  Currently she is a member of Avocado Dance Theater, is a teaching artist California Center for the Arts Escondido, and is attending USD for her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.
Photo by Sue Brenner


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