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David Herrera is a choreographer, producer, and community leader in San Francisco, California. He grew up in Hollywood, CA influenced by his culturally diverse neighborhood and his Mexican and American heritages. He advocates to provide Latinx/POC artists performance opportunities while challenging non-equitable practices in the modern dance field. David holds B.A.s in American Studies and Theater Arts, and a graduate certificate in Theater/Dance from U.C. Santa Cruz. In 2007, he launched David Herrera Performance Company as a response to the lack of Latinx visibility and representation in the U.S. modern dance field.
David is a 2019/20 awardee of Hope Mohr Dance’s Community Engagement Residency. He serves as advisor to the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, is an Isadora Duncan Awards committee member, and member of “Dancing Around Race”, a community program dedicated to the discussion and implementation of cultural equity in the dance sector in San Francisco led by Gerald Casel. David has also mentored homeless individuals through the Community Housing Partnership in San Francisco. He has served in multiple grant and opportunity panels.
David has been commissioned by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, ODC Theater, Asian Art Museum (S.F.), U.C. Santa Cruz, FWD.US, Novato School for the Arts, Williams Sonoma, and Push Dance Company.
Niara Hardister is a dancer, arts administrator, and event producer from Riverside, California. In 2018, she graduated from Cornell University with a major in Hotel Administration and a minor in Dance. During college, she trained with Jumay Chu, Byron Suber, Nic Ceynowa, and Tucker Davis. She also founded the Cornell Dancers' Alliance, worked as a teaching assistant at Ithaca College, and interned with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Battery Dance Company.
Currently, Niara is based in San Francisco. She is an Operations Manager and Event Producer at Foxtail Catering and Events. Niara is also a company member of PUSH Dance Company, the LV Dance Collective, and Printz Dance Project, and a founding member of The Collective SF.