Ms. Sternberg has professionally premiered over 90 works since 1975 throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico; frequently collaborating with artists of other disciplines including composers, visual artists, poets, actors and digital media as well as scientists. After dancing in the companies of Donald Byrd, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Yen Lu Wong and Dance/LA, she founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a contemporary dance company based in Santa Monica, CA, in 1985. Her choreography has been critically acclaimed for its “exceptional ability to communicate through pure movement” (Los Angeles Times). She has choreographed nine full-evening works, most have been inspired by science. Ms. Sternberg has been commissioned to create works for the California Science Center, SIGGRAPH, Dance Moving Forward Festival, California Choreographer’s Festival, Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College and the Alleluia Dance Theatre.
Ani Darcey was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended North Atlanta High School and DeKalb School of the Arts where she trained in acting and dance and was awarded an exchange program to spend a semester abroad in Spain. Ani attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and received a BFA in Modern Dance performance. She has trained and performed with Philadanco, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Black Grace dance company from New Zealand. Ani was a showgirl in Donn Arden's Jubilee! in Las Vegas and is a member of Cabaret Versatile in Los Angeles. Miss Darcey has also performed at the Billboard Awards, and on Jane the Virgin as a dancer and continues to pursue stage, film and television work as a dancer, choreographer and actor.
Moi Michel is a Southern California based dancer and choreographer who started their dance training at the age of 16 at Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. Training in both Horton and Ballet, it was here that Michel found their burning passion for movement. Moi attended the University of the Arts for their BFA in Dance. Working intensively with mentors Sidra Bell and Roni Koresh, Michel has performed in works set/choreographed by Douglas Becker, Sidra Bell, Deborah Brockus, Roni Koresh, Nicholas Leichter, Eiko Otake, Meredith Rainey, Janet Rosten, Ani Taj and Oliver Tarpaga. They have danced for numerous contemporary companies as well as creating work under alias IIIsquared, performing in theaters, galleries, nightclubs, fashion shows, and music video/film.
Alaya Oni, is a dancer based in Los Angeles. A Chicago native, Alaya began dancing at the age of 3 with Homer Bryant. At the age of 16 she began dancing at Lou Conte Dance Studio under the mentorship of the late Claire Bataille. She received her degree in Dance and Art from Northwestern University, where she worked closely with and performed works by Molly Shanahan, Jeff Hancock, Laura Wade, Randy Duncan, Julia Rhodes, Joel Hall, Annie Bassera and more. After college she became a scholarship student at the Lou Conte Dance Studio and dance in several projects. She joined an Urban Contemporary Company, Boom Crack! Dance Company in 2015 under Artist Director Trae Turner. Since moving to LA she has participated in many projects as a dancer, photographer, and actor.
Alisa Carreras is a UC Berkeley Alum with a BA in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. She started her training at the age of 9 in classical ballet. Since then she has broadened her training to include jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop and bollywood. While in school Alisa trained and worked with GirlFly, an aerial dance non-profit associated with Flyaway productions in the Bay Area. Upon graduating in 2017 she was awarded the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Artistic Talent. Alisa currently dances with Blue13 Dance Company and is thrilled to be working with Donna Sternberg and Dancers this season!
Stephanie Cheung is a dancer based in Los Angeles. She started dancing at the age of 13 at Bancroft Middle School in Hollywood and attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She began her training in classical ballet, studying with Marat Daukayev, David Wilcox, and Vera Ninkovic. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, she has attended intensives with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Long Beach Ballet, Marat Daukayev Ballet School, and West Side Ballet. Stephanie's goal is to apply for a Master's Program, dance professionally, and continue teaching.