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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/e/a/o and BIPOC artists performance opportunities while challenging non-equitable practices in the modern dance field. In 2007, he launched David Herrera Performance Company in San Francisco as a response to the lack of Latinx visibility and representation in the U.S. dance field. He has created over 30 new works including evening-length productions such as ÒRALE!, The Tip of My Tongue, The Least of Them, TOUCH, and Slumber. Davd's work has been presented at the Austin Dance Festival, Mix&Match Festival, ODC's Walking-Distance Festival, Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, SJ Dance Company's "Choreoproject", and more.
Beyond choreography, David also leads the national network and opportunity initiative Latinx Hispanic Dancers United which serves the national Latinx/e/a/o dance community and is the director and mentor of LatinXtensions, DHPCo’s 12-month mentorship program specifically curated for emerging Latinx/e/a/o dance artists.
His dance and community impact work has gained the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foudnation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, CA$H Grant, and the Puffin Foundation.
David is a recipient of the National Latino Arts & Culture Leadership Fellowship and Bridge Live Art’s Community Engagement Residency. In 2023 David was announced as a Co-curator for the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival's "Choreofest". David also serves as Deborah Slater's Studio 210 Residency mentor in 2024. He has served as advisor to the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, served on the Isadora Duncan Awards Committee member, and is a founding member of Dancing Around Race, a community program dedicated to the discussion and implementation of cultural equity in the dance sector led by Gerald Casel. David has also mentored homeless individuals through the Community Housing Partnership in San Francisco.
David has been a panelist for the San Francisco Arts Commission, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, CA$H Grant, and Kennet Rainin Foundation NEW Grant. He has also served as panelist for the ODC Theater "Queer & BIPOC" Studio Residency, Deborah Slater Studio 210 Residency, and Bridge Live Arts Community Engagement Residency.
David holds B.A.s in American Studies and Theater Arts, and a graduate certificate in Theater Arts from U.C. Santa Cruz.
Bay Area native, Andréa Spearman is an administrator, choreographer, performer, teacher, and student of a variety of modern-based movement with over 20 years of experience. Her company, A. Spearman & Co. is a contemporary fusion dance company where all artists are trained in various fields of art including ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, cultural dance, photography, live vocals, poetry, acting, directing, production, and more.
Currently she produces and hosts, The Black Landscape podcast, a series of conversations with SF Bay Area Black leaders discussing their personal histories and community building in various industries.