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.
Alexandria Paige Amstutz recently relocated to LA from New York City where she performed with several companies including VISIONS Contemporary Ballet and Bryce Dance Company, and was the Rehearsal Director for both companies. She has performed throughout the United States in live stage performances and also video projects. Alexandria is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. When she isn’t dancing, Alexandria is a fitness teacher and General Manager at Pure Barre Pasadena.
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.
Glenn Rodriguez, a native of Los Angeles, spent most of his academic life within the theatre. He performed in numerous youth productions at the Morgan-Wixson including musicals such as, "42nd Street" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" under the direction of Anne Gesling. He received dance training at Santa Monica College and has performed with a number of Los Angeles based companies including Lula Washington Dance theatre and Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers. Glenn recently has been highlighted on a dance TV show premiering in the fall and is an up-and-coming queen of drag.
Hannah 하연 Joo is a second-generation Korean American artist based in Tovaangar (traditional Tongva/Gabrielino lands aka Los Angeles). They began training with the Royal Academy of Dance and American Academy of Ballet syllabi under Eun Hee Lee and Merle Sepel in Southern California. Hannah received her BA in dance and anthropology from Swarthmore College where they studied ballet, Kathak, Umfundalai, Gaga, and Horton techniques, and performed works by Pallabi Chakravorty, Kumudini Lahkia, Kemal Nance, Idan Porges, Hadar Katz, Gregory King, and Olivia Sabee. Hannah has performed throughout Philadelphia, D.C., and New York with Courtyard Dancers and Agora Dance. She is also an experienced arts administrator, researcher, and advocate, having worked and consulted for Dance/NYC, Immigrant Arts Coalition, May 19th Project/SEE US UNITE Campaign, and the National BITOC Coalition/Commons. Hannah holds an MA in Asian American studies from UCLA and is an alumnus of the Diversity in the Arts Leadership program with Americans for the Arts and the Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab with Race Forward.
Kylie Francisco began her dance training in classical ballet in San Diego, CA. Both a dancer and budding choreographer, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Dance and in political science from Loyola Marymount University. She trained under the tutelage of Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, James Gregg, Laura Ann Smyth, Kristen Smiarowski, Taryn Vander Hopp and Bernard Brown. She attended workshops and classes from Bodytraffic, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Compay, TL Collective and Viver Brazil. As an artist, Kylie is inspired by questions of belonging, memory and the parallels between personal and political experience.