SOULSKIN Dance
SOULSKIN Dance is a SF-based dance company, devoted to investigating the political and social influences that shape our society. Through the body’s language of dance, we seek to encourage discovery and understanding in our complex and often divided world. We believe deeply in the power of artistic collaboration to create a rich cultural tapestry that comes to life through dance. SOULSKIN Dance first goal is to present inspiring performances that empower individuals and community to come together. We aim to create a space with compassion and empathy for all people regardless of gender, ethnicity or class. Through thought provoking works we encourage dialogue and curiosity. The second goal is to share the power of dance with others. To this end, we have launch youth educational outreach programs for children with adaptive needs as well as an incubator program to inspire women to choreograph. Finally, we envision in the future a home for SOULSKIN Dance to offer classes, workshops and performance opportunities for all.

ADRIANNA THOMPSON -  Artistic Director SOULSKIN Dance
A California native and the current Programing Director of Dance for the Aspen Fringe Festival, Ms. Thompson attended SF School of the Arts and received her BFA in Dance from Cal State Long Beach. She was a professional dancer in NYCfor over 15 years with Battery Dance Co., Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Mark DeGarmo & Dancers, and has worked with Bella Lewitzky, Milton Myers, Jonathan Wolken, Brenda Daniels, Risa Steinberg and Mary Jane Eisenberg, among others. Thompson was the founder and choreographer of MEFTAS Dance Theatre in NYC for 10 years. Her choreography has been presented at Joyce SoHo, the Cunningham Studio, The Riverside Theatre, Mulberry St. Theater, the Downtown Arts Festival, Trisha Brown Studios, Movement Research, Theater for the New City, Dance Space, the Boston Conservatory and the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. She has received numerous awards including Best Performance of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Komaroff Award for Performance Excellence and was awarded a full dance scholarship by the American College Dance Festival. She has performed and taught master classes around the world including Poland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Slovenia, Finland, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, India, Peru, Texas, and the Harvard Summer Dance Project in Cambridge, MA.  She has been a guest artist in the NY Public Schools and for the Missouri River Dance Company and was on faculty for 10 years with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and was a guest faculty teacher for Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican U., CA. Her work with SOULSKIN Dance has been presented at various festivals across CA and nationally, including SF’s PUSHfest, sjDANCEco’s festival, HH11 Dance Festival, and Aspen Fringe Festival. SOULSKIN has been commissioned by Aspen Art Museum for site-specific works as well as youth educational outreach programs. In 2018 she presented and premiered two full-length ballets in SF, To Command and HERO. The success of these two works, lead to an invitation from RAWDance to participate in CONCEPT Series 24, a showcase to promote SF up and coming Contemporary Dance scene. In April 2019 she premiered Parallel Dialogues to a new audience in Boulder, CO at The Dairy Center for the Arts. In April 2019, SOULSKIN Dance participated in the Mark Foehringer Dance Project /San Francisco’s 10th Annual Dancing in Park. Ms Thompson is a specialized master teacher in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and has been practicing the method for over 28 years.

DANCERS:

RYAN CAMOU
From Honolulu, HI, Ryan received his dance training from Hawaii State Ballet and SF Ballet School, before becoming an apprentice with Houston Ballet where he was featured in Trey McIntyre's Touched. Since joining State St. Ballet in 2005, he has performed Principal and Soloist roles in nearly every ballet in the company's repertoire, Don Jose in William Soleau's Carmen being one of his most dramatic roles.  Ryan danced with Smuin Ballet for three seasons, where he was featured in Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort, and many Michael Smuin ballets. Recent highlights for Ryan have been touring China with State St. Ballet and performing with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil with Barak Ballet.

EMANUEL COLOMBO
Originally from San Cipriano, Argentina, Emanuel Colombo comes to us via Peru where he has performed on stage and TV. He trained at renowned and prestigious institutes such as the IUNA Institute in Buenos Aires and Dactilares in Lima, Peru. Emanuel danced and acted regularly as a cast member on several National Peruvian shows such as El Gran Show, Operation Triunfo, and Al Fondo Hay Sitio. In 2013 he had his musical theater debut as Peter in the Mandragora production of Hadas in Lima. Peru and continued to perform consistently in the Peruvian theater. In 2017 he starred as a lead in Los Tres Cerditos y un Lobo No Tan Feroz  in Miami, FL. Following many theater roles such as Gigi and Pablo in La Cage Aux Folles he finally landed in Oakland, CA where he performed in Ramon Ramos' CubaCaribe. In addition he has competed in and continues to dance one of his passions, Ballroom Dancing. He lives in Oakland where he teaches dance.

DELVIS SAVIGNE FRINON
Delvis was born in Santiago, Cuba. He is a graduate of the Jose Maria Heredia Academy of Art with a degree in Contemporary and Folkloric Cuban dance. He was evaluated by the national court and gained the place of Soloist for his advance dance technique. In Cuba, he danced professionally with Danza del Caribe Dance Company. His career extended abroad where he danced in Spain at the Expo Zaragoza, - the biggest water festival in the world. He also performed several times with NDTC - National Dance Theatre CO. of Jamaica. Delvis came to SF in 2013 to collaborate with the company, Cuba Carribe. He since has danced with Krissy Keefer-Dance Brigade, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Kime Epifano productions, Nicole Klaymoon, Robert Moses Kin Dance company and most recently with SOULSKIN Dance company. Delvis is a passionate artist who gives back to the community where he teaches both private and group modern and salsa dance classes.

ARVEJON JONES
ArVejon Jones was raised in Compton, CA. His mother encouraged him to dance, hoping it would help with his weight and health issues as a child. He began taking tap, hip hop and West African at Kennedy Universal Dance Designs in LA, CA, where he trained for 13 years. He later moved to SF to attend SF State, where he took his first ballet class, eventually deciding to double major in Dance and Japanese. ArVejon Jones has performed works by Adrianna Thompson, KT Nelson, Brenda Way, Kimi Okada, Kat Roman, Robert Moses, Ray Tadio, Dexandro Montalvo, Natasha Adorlee Johnson, Breton-Tyner Bryan, Raissa Simpson, among others. He was an apprentice with ODC in 2012, where he toured with the company. ArVejon has also performed in Atlanta with PUSH Dance Company. In fall of 2014, ArVejon was featured in “AM/FM,” a film that premiered at the SF Dance Film Festival, choreographed by Robert Moses. Currently he teaches group fitness classes at the Federal Court House and at SF State University.

BARBARA KOCH 
Guest Choreographer (Golden Mean) Barbara Koch was born in Muncie, IN. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts for high school and received her BFA from CA Institute of the Arts. She also trained at London Contemporary on scholarship. She began choreographing when she was in high school at NCSA. She was part of an independent student collective called Onyx. The group produced interdisciplinary performances in the school’s theaters and did experimental sight specific works. In her years at CAL ARTS she collaborated with live musicians, filmmakers and began doing a works on trapeze. She collaborated with Judith Flex of Luminario Ballet on aerial trapeze work that was performed at rock clubs and performances spaces in LA. She then joined Lula Washington Dance Theater and created work with her husband Roxy Roller that was performed at the Fountain Theater in LA and in other LA theaters, event spaces. During this period in LA she also created work and performed with the Well Tempered Ballet. As a solo artist she created TRANSFORMER, a one-woman show with live rock musicians, fire, and ash. It toured SF with Zvi Dance and other independent choreographers till 2012. Barbara has worked with Zvi Dance, Tandy Beal, Chen and Dancers, Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Well Tempered Ballet, Aerol Grimes and many others. This is Barbara’s 2nd season dancing with SOULSKIN Dance. She is excited to collaborate with Adrianna this season on the production of Golden Mean.

MARGOT LENA
Margot Lena graduated from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School May, 2014, with a BFA in Dance Performance with a Pedagogy emphasis. Directly following her graduation, she moved cross-country to the Bay Area where she danced with Sarah Bush Dance Project and Danse Lumiere, as well as taught at several studios in Berkeley. In addition to dancing and teaching dance, Margot has done magazine modeling and acted in several independent short films. Prior to The Hartt School, she spent ten years with Ballet Etudes in Connecticut, under the direction of Nanette Valas, and former American Ballet Theater soloist, Christina Fagundes. Margot has attended several summer intensives, including: American Ballet Theater (NYC); Boston Ballet; Joffrey Ballet (NYC); and Walnut Hill. In addition, she studied abroad, dancing in Amsterdam. Margot began dancing with SOULSKIN Dance as an apprentice in Jan. 2017 and became a full company member three months later.

ANDREA McGINNIS
Originally from Seattle, Andrea moved to SF at 15 to train at the SF Ballet School, and the following year went on to join the SF Ballet, where she performed in the corps de ballet for 4 years. Recently returned to the Bay Area, she has continued to dance & choreograph as a freelance artist in a variety of productions along the west coast & Hawaii, including most recently with Metamorphosis Ballet and eMotion Arts Dance. She became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2012, and teaches somatic classes based on the work of Continuum Movement, which she has studied for the past 10 years. In addition, she is a certified  GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® trainer, which she enjoys teaching throughout the Bay.

ALEJANDRA PRECIADO
Alejandra Preciado began dancing in Panama City, Panama when she was three years old. Her family relocated to Salt Lake City where she continued her dance education at the Ballet West Academy under the direction of Jennie Creer King. In 2015 she was accepted into the Alonzo King Lines Ballet B.F.A Program at Dominican U of CA. During her four years in school she spent summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dance Theater, and SPRINGBOARD Danse Montreal. In May of 2019 she graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A in dance and a psychology minor.

ADONIS DAMIAN MARTIN QUIÑONES
Adonis Damian Martin Quiñones was born in Contramaestre, a province of Santiago de Cuba. He holds a degree from Jose Maria Heredia Dance Academy of Santiago de Cuba in Modern & Contemporary Dance. Adonis joined Danza Teatro del Caribe in 2008 under the Direction of Eduardo Rivero Walker and became a soloist in 2010. In Santiago de Cuba, he also performed with Locomotion, an audiovisual and interactive dance company. In the Bay Area since 2013, he has danced for Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theater (an aerial arts dance company), Dance Brigade, KAMBARA+DANCERS, SOULSKIN Dance, Tandy Beal & Company, Alayo Dance Co, Kim Epifano, Raisa Simpson, and Dance Theater of SF (DTSF). He was nominated for an IZZIE (Isadora Duncan Dance Award), for Outstanding Achievement in Performance-Ensemble in Defection-Deflection-Devotion, featured in Dance Brigade’s 40th anniversary concert at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

COLLABORATORS

Music: Noh (Composer -Parallel Dialogues)
Noh is a classically trained pianist who studied music composition at CalState Long Beach. When composing, he draws from various genres of music such as rock and jazz. From a young age Noh was exposed to many styles of dance through his family, especially his sister Kim, who danced. Noh and Kim began creatively collaborating while in college and this exposure allowed him to work with other dancers. He enjoys collaborating with dancers because it allows his music to be translated to movement. He has been commissioned by and performed with choreographers Kim Salomon, Tracy Fitzpatrick, Brenda Daniels and Mehmet Sander.

Roxy Roller (Composer -Golden Mean)
Roxy Roller was born in NYC and is proudly a self trained musician. He fell in love with Rock N' Roll at an early age and was influenced by the first wave of glam rock bands like T Rex, Kiss, Queen and Bowie. He ended up settling in Athens ,GA. He formed his first band there Naked in the Rain. Roxy moved his band to SF at the height of the Lollapalozza nation and work at the Warfield Theater for Bill Graham Presents for 5 years. He met his wife Barbara during this period and moved to LA. for a year. They collaborated together  on a few pieces that was performed with The Lula Washington Dance Theater and The Well Tempered Ballet. As well they performed their collaborations/creations at various rock venues and art galleries in LA. He turned his attention to loops, drum machines and soundscapes. The factories, noise, and industrial environment of 4th Ave Brooklyn and NYC reflected into his work. He was inspired by early industrial music like Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Department as well as Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music. He immersed himself in musical creation, solitude, recording music and oil painting as opposed to public performance. Since he has returned to the West coast he has been a prolific performer. His band Lucabrazzi was voted by SPIN Magazine one of the top 10 unsigned bands in 2010. Lucabrazzi was know to be the hardest working band in the Bay area for many years. He also played bass for Meat Hook and the Vital Organs and they were know to be the most dangerous band in the Bay Area - mixing Glam, Gutter Punk and Industrial. He joined forces with punk legend Steve Ricablanca from VIKTMS and co-fronts the band Pleasure Parade. He also plays in a band with his wife Barbara Koch, XoX. His booking company Chromespider Presents has booked countless bands, performers and events over the past decade. Roxy is also a radio personality and has worked on FCC Free Radio and Mutiny Radio in the Mission. This is a first collaboration with SOULSKIN.

Filmmaker: Jaco Strydom (Parallel Dialogues)
Jaco Strydom, born in South Africa, holds a BS in Mathematics from the U. of Johannesburg. He moved to NYC and studied at the NY Film Academy. In the Bay Area in 2014, he has acted as resident videographer for PERSpectives Dance Company in San Jose, working on creative dance videos and live performances. Collaborations followed with Dance Mission Theater with Krissy Keefer, Lena Gatchalian, and Harry Rubeck. Projects included video performance and projection for the 2018 Isadora Duncan Dance Award-winning revival of The Great Liberation Upon Hearing, as well as re-staging “Sin Palabras” for Dance Mission’s 40th Anniv. Celebration at Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts. Jaco is currently editor for the upcoming inde feature film, The Bride of Death, shot/produced in SF.


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