Faculty and Alumni

Rosana Barragán questions and explores new approaches to the body in art practice.  Her artistic interests move her along the territory of the socially conscious body through somatic movement exploration.  She earned her Master's Degree in Dance from the Laban Centre/City University in London.  She is also certified in yoga, participatory arts and as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator.

CatherineMarie Davalos is a Chicana choreographer and makes dances that question heteronormativity, using a feminist, Latina and Chicana perpective.  She is interested in integration, collaboration and cooperation.  She is the Artistic Director of Davalos Dance Company and a guest choreographer for the Latin Ballet of Virginia.  She has an MFA in Dance from CSU Long Beach.  She is a panelist for the Zellerbach Community Arts Grant.

Dana Lawton is Artistic Director of Dana Lawton Dances, a multi-generational modern dance company based in Oakland.  Her work has been performed throughout the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.  Her thirty years of experience teaching yoga informs her dancing and she approaches the dancing body as sacred.  She holds an MFA in Choreography from Mills College and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Rogelio Lopez is a multifaceted dance artist creating choreography, scenography, lighting, and costume design for the world of dance.  His choreography has been presented at various campuses across the country as well as the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center.  Lopez has also received awards for his dancing and scenic design.  He has an MFA in Dance from CSU Long Beach.

Elizebeth Randall Rains is a teaching and performing artist whose work navigates somatic landscapes through multiple modalities and movement experiences.  Her approach to dance education and choreography is grounded in curiosity, connection, collaboration and the potential for transformation.  Elizebeth earned her MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Shaunna Vella is queer-feminist performance artist, choreographer, student and educator of dance practices.  Her work investigates performance as community ritual, building sites for introspection, exploring socio-cultural and political constructs, to immerse in the sacred, queer and divine.  She holds an MFA in Dance from Saint Mary's College of California.

Jia Wu is an international artist with an MFA in Choreography from UCLA.  As a choreographer, performer, and dance filmmaker, her daring kinetics and provocative works apply Asian dance vocabularies and aesthetics to the exploration of modern issues such as globalization, feminism, and multiculturalism.  She has earned numerous honors for her choreography and dance films, including the "Best Dance Video Award" at the Hong Kong Jump Frame Dance Video Festival.  Her work has been presented in 14 countries, at the Lincoln Center and on BBC.