Cuban/Spaniard Miami native Teresa “Toogie” Barcelo is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and movement artist who has called LA her home for over a decade. Her vision as a choreographer and director spans across the creative spectrum from stage to screen. Toogie’s work is filled with an expert understanding of humanness, informed by her holistic practices. It is her goal to create fertile ground for accidental meditation.
Los Angeles-based artist, activist and educator, serves as Director of Bernard Brown / bbmoves, choreographing for stage, specific sites, film, and opera. Working at the intersection of Blackness, belonging and memory, he is a certified Katherine Dunham Technique Instructor candidate and an Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University. Lester Horton and Westfield Emerging Artist Award recipient, the Los Angeles Times has called him “…the incomparable Bernard Brown…”
Carabetta began making dances for the neighborhood children at the age of 5 to her dad’s Shirley Bassey records, and then gradually morphed into a light theatre ingénue before earning her MFA in 2000. As a dancer she performed nationally and internationally, touring the US and Japan. Jamie has had the honor of receiving numerous grants, from the National Museum of Dance, Arts Council for Long Beach, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles and NYC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Annenberg Foundation and University of California, Irvine. Her choreography, examining the tension between the individual and the collective and the role of gender, spirituality and individual choices in relationships, has been performed in Japan, Ohio, New York, Washington and California. In 2012, Jamie founded Pony Box Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company integrating visual art, theater and original scores committed to bringing the joy of dance to everyone. Carabetta’s “The Line” was a finalist in the McCallum Theater’s Choreography Festival, has been a CUNY Dance Initiative Resident and will complete a commission at the prestigious Vineyard Arts in summer of 2021. Her dance film "No Man is An Island" was selected as part of ADF's Movies by Movers screening July 2022.
Davis is a dancer, choreographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. As a dancer, Shauna has worked with artists such as The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo, Shawn Mendes and has performed with No)One. Art House, LA Opera, Long Beach Opera and the LA Chamber Orchestra. In creation, Shauna makes cinematic and storied dance experiences influenced by history and the fantasy of the future, offering alternate and colorful ways to express the nuances of being, while encompassing themes of legacy, reclamation and popular culture.
Dunn, aka “Friidom” is a movement composer known for pioneering the cinematic-dance genre called “Epiic." His mission is to spread this movement philosophy & raw expressive movement creating worlds that bridges divides; a Willy Wonka of movement.
Originally from Chicago, Gutierrez is an adult adoptee, first generation street dance artist, founder of MoFundamentals, and artivist dedicated to highlighting the resiliency of the foster and adoptee community. His work centers around disseminating his knowledge of street dance, lessons of manhood derived from his experiences in homelessness, being his own financial safety net and foster care. His contributions at the intersection of hip hop, education, healing practices, and foster care advocacy have earned him invitation to train at intensives hosted by Rennie Harris, nomination for the ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Fellowship to represent Los Angeles Council District 1, and recruitment to pilot reentry programming funded by the California Arts Council.
Hernandez began her professional studies in Salvador, Bahia. She is skilled in Afro-Brazilian dance, Modern and Ballet. She has developed her signature Afro-Brazilian dance classes and Extra Ancestral Workshops being taught throughout LA County. She currently choreographs the dance component of Extra Ancestral and plays percussion with Bloco Obini.
Jackson is a Cleveland native that has grown to love her new home in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She holds a BFA in Dance Education and continues to work as an educator, performer, choreographer, and certified personal trainer. Imani feels extremely grateful for the opportunity to showcase the beauty of our journey and our neighborhoods through movement.
Aerick Luckie and J'Nelle Luckie met on the dance floor over 12 years ago and continue to keep the world dancing through their 90s cardio fitness class. Old School Skinny creates a safe space that promotes physical / mental wellness in BIPOC communities by playing the throwback jams we love, and serving up sweat pumping grooves that'll have you feeling too legit to quit!
Moch is an LA based musician, movement artist, Creative Movement Director and Performance Capture Artist. A native Angeleno with over 20 years of experience performing, touring and creating work.
I’m a dancer & choreographer based in Los Angeles with over 16 years of professional experience. Throughout my career I’ve danced as a principal dancer & soloist for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, I was also a part of the making of “Avatar” 1 & 2 directed by James Cameron in addition working with Tony award winner George Faison in New York, NY. I’ve also served as a guest artist with Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre & Viver Brasil Dance Company in Los Angeles. Last year I was contracted by the Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles to create a live performance piece highlighting the work of Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui that was showcased at their Forth Fridays summer performances. Currently I’m working on a film for the Broad museum that will precede a dance & workshop in October with my partner & percussionist M’Baye Kante. I love giving back what I have learned throughout my career through teaching & choreographing in addition to continuing to expand my creative facets as an artist.