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.
Joseph Lister received his BA in Dance from UC Riverside, where he was awarded the Gluck Fellowship Award and the Chancellors Performance Award. He is the artistic director of CalliOpus Contemporary Dance, a member of Temecula Ballet, FUSE Dance Company and performs with other local choreographers. Joseph has a certificate in Russian Character Folk Dance, received in a training program in Voronezh, Russia.
Moi Josue 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.
Rein Short, originally from the East coast, is now a professional dancer based in Los Angeles. Rein began dance at a young age studying ballet, contemporary, modern and jazz; later going on to pursue a degree in Dance Performance from Towson University. Upon graduation, Rein moved to New York City where she was a freelance dancer. Rein has worked with companies and choreographers along the East Coast including American Dance Institute, Baltimore Ballet, Alexandra Rose and Katya Danko. Rein is now working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles with Donna Sternberg and Dancers, Brockus RED and PALM Dance Collective.
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.