A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter (Guest Choreographer, 2021) is an award-winning internationally known African-American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate who performed throughout the Bay Area and the world including Europe, Africa and South America. Hunter has performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Sins Invalid, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano, Push Dance Company, Fly Away Productions, and Zaccho Dance Theatre. Hunter is a faculty member at East Bay Shawl Anderson and ODC. Hunter has received the 2019 National Dance/USA fellowship award additionally recognized by the Mayor and City of Oakland and the 2018 inaugural Jeanette Lomujo Bremond Award for Humanity in the Arts by Hālau Ku Ua Tuahine. Hunter is on the board of Dance/USA as of 2018 as an ambassador for Deaf Arts. Hunter has taught workshops and lectured at TedX UCDavisSF, Duke University, Harvard University, Stanford University, WAC Educator Conference, Grantmakers in the Arts, Kennedy Center’s VSA Intersections conference on Arts and Special Education and for the National State Assembly for the Arts. He is crowned King of SF Carnaval 2017 and has been featured on the front cover of Cal Art's The Pool, Deaf Life, in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dance Magazine and in Oakland North, 48Hills, CNN's Great Big Story, Splinter and KQED Arts. He is former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates and Director-at-Large for Northern California Association of the Deaf. Mr Hunter actively supports DeafHope, an organization whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through empowerment and education. He teaches dance and ASL in both Hearing and Deaf communities and is the founder/artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and has been producing the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival since 2013 which has been awarded an Isadora Duncan (Izzie) Award in 2018 for bridging the hearing and the Deaf communities. His projects have been awarded funding by CA$H Theater Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council, Kenneth Rainin Foundation and SF Arts Commission.
Kathryn Florez is an Ohio native who made a stop in Chicago and eventually moved to SF to train at the SF Conservatory of Dance beginning in 2010 under Summer Lee Rhatigan. Florez founded Fullstop Dance in 2015, a project-based contemporary dance company, and has since presented work at ODC Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, Cowell Theater, and others. In addition to performing Florez's work, the company regularly hosts out-of-town artists for residencies and open workshops for the Bay Area dance community. Her choreography and teaching have been commissioned by The Merde Project (SF), TWObigsteps (Vancouver), SALT Dance's Link Program (SLC), ODC's Hot Spot (SF), and Shawl Anderson Dance Center (Oakland). This is Florez's second season with DHPCo. Over the years she has also worked with Amy Foley, Amy Seiwert, Robert Moses, ZiRu Dance, and others.
Olivia Caldeira Holston was born in São Sebastião, Brazil and was raised in California. She received her BA Honours degree from the London Contemporary Dance School in 2019. She attended summer intensives such as the Alvin Ailey Professional and Junior Divisions in New York as well as P.A.R.T.S. and Eastman in Belgium. Since graduating, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with Paufve Dance, Bellwether Dance Project, and Rebecca Morris and dancers. In addition, she choreographed and performed in the dance video project “SweetWire” directed by Greg Niemeyer at UC Berkeley. She has taught in ODC’s and Shawl Anderson Dance Center’s youth programs as well as given master classes at Marin Academy. Olivia is currently working with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and A Pulso Dance Project. This is her first season with David Herrera Performance Company.
Vincent Chavez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he grew up competing on the local Rodeo circuit. Once he chose ballet over broncos, he received his formal dance education and training from the Dance Theater Southwest (Albuquerque), Ballet Hispanico (New York), Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre (Las Vegas) and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program (San Francisco). As a result of his strict training and creative educational experiences, Vincent was chosen to perform with leading dance companies including Robert Moses’ Kin, Oakland Ballet Company, ZiRu Dance, Nevada Ballet Theatre and New Mexico Ballet Company to name a few. His artistry has earned him the opportunity to work with several renown choreographers; Robert Moses, Graham Lustig, Michael Lowe, James Canfield, Garrett+Moulton, Gregory Dawson, Christopher Huggins, Molissa Fenley, Val Caniparoli and Amy Seiwert included. In addition to his notable dance career, Vincent works independently as a San Francisco Bay Area Dance Artist, teaching, choreographing, collaborating, and performing throughout the United States. In recent years, he has been commissioned to choreograph works highlighting his strong sense of family for Oakland Ballet Company, ZiRu/Silicon Valley Dance Festival and Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers.
Erik Debono is a San Francisco native, and has trained at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and a semester abroad at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS). Upon earning his BFA at Adelphi University, he has performed works for Lar Lubovitch, Frank Augustyn, Earl Mosley, Manuel Vignoulle, Orion Duckstein, and Adelheid B. Strelick, while choreographing his own individual works, a full length evening program, and composing music for commissioned choreographies. Over the years he has worked with AVA Ballet, The Anata Project, dawsondancesf, Oakland Ballet, Ayalis In Motion, Parsons Dance, and Yayoi Kambara. Working under the moniker “Clyde Sapere,” he independently creates electronic music ranging from pop, hiphop, and dance score. His recent project “All That We Hold” was composed for Audrey Thao Berger and Noah Wang’s dance performance presented with APICC for the 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival. The commissioned project is available for play on all streaming services.
Sawako S. Gannon is a dancer/musician based in San Francisco Bay Area. Gannon was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, then moved to San Francisco in 2015 to pursue her career in modern/contemporary dance. Gannon has worked and performed with choreographers and companies, such as, Anna Harris (Driven Arts Collective), Jennifer Gerry, Joselyn Reyes, Jessica Recinos (Rising Rhythm Collective), Raissa Simpson (PUSH Dance Company) and Joe Landini (dog+pony).
Nico Ortiz Maimon journeyed to the US from Mexico with her family in 1997, and currently finds herself on unseeded Ohlone Land (Bay Area.) She loves using movement to foster community, heal, and solidify her relationship with pleasure. She aims to occupy horizontal collaborations and uplift qtbipoc artists, and is on a forever quest to decolonize her body and configure systems beyond capitalism. Most recently, her solo and collaborative film and live works has been supported by QTBIPOC HIVE TV, HIVE x PLATAFORMA, Joe Goode’s GUSH Open House, Shawl-Anderson’s Queering Dance Festival (with Zoe Huey,) and FRESH festival exchange (with Kassidy Friend and Zoey Huey), and Dance Mission’s D.I.R.T. festival (with bananarama.) Nico is currently dancing with randy reyes, Samuel Melecio-Zambrano, and for recording artist Madeline Kenney. This is her first season with David Herrera Performance Company.