20 Points of View: A Peek Into Dance Making

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Join us for Luna’s 20 Points of View studio showcase on

Thursday, April 26th, 2018


Luna’s studio at 605 Addison Street, Berkeley

Drop in at anytime to see artists in action! Stay as long or short as you like.

Conceived during our 20th birthday year, 20 Points of View first features 20 choreographers with a half-hour each to indulge in the intimate act of dance-making in our studio. Audience members drop by all day for this FREE choreographic marathon and experience the diverse and dynamic dance scene so unique to the Bay Area. Dance-makers will improvise, rehearse, perform, create, seek audience feedback, and share their artistic process with you. You will get a taste of all the different ways choreographers create dance pieces.



All audiences welcome, including large groups, school field trips, and others. To inquire, please RSVP to Deborah, dkarp@lunadanceinstitute.org


2018 Artists TBA

Choreographers interested in sharing work contact Heather, hstockton@lunadanceinstitute.org

This event is designed to feature choreographers who are actively researching their craft and have experience performing. If you are brand new to showing work, please contact Heather to discuss if 20 Points of View is right for you.

2018 Schedule of the Day TBA


2017 Artists

AmeliaAmelia Uzategui Bonilla has presented her solo performances in San Francisco, NYC, Los Angeles, and throughout Peru. She utilizes narrative autobiographical story-telling, Peruvian artistic expressions, and contemporary dance in her creative investigation. She is a teaching artist with Luna Dance Institute and a Tamalpa Life/Art practitioner.


BMDCBahiya Movement was founded in 2011 by mother/daughter team Afia and Nafi Thompson. Bahiya is a Swahili/Arabic word which means Beautiful. Our mission is to create a safe, welcoming, body positive environment where everyone of all shapes, sizes, and genders are transformed into performing artists. By offering dance etiquette paired with traditional dance technique. Our dance members have lots of fun learning, while making beautiful movement. Our vision is to cross and break barriers regarding body image and self-esteem through the art of dance.  Our goal is to showcase that your body size, type, or gender does not defines you as a dancer, but rather the skill, technical training, creativity and love for the arts that defines the artist.


Butterfly fusionButterfly Fusion. Isabel Bueso (star of The CW My Last Days special), Elissa Lee (founder of Dance the Bay), and Melissa Ames (coordinator of the LA Skid Row Carnival of Love) have joined forces through the power of dance to share why it’s so important to keep doing things that fill our lives with passion. Isabel is a junior at Cal State East Bay majoring in sociology with a minor in recreation who has a love for dancing, the beach, and believes life is a happy adventure. Melissa Ames is a film production coordinator and writer who loves to dance salsa and believes whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right. Elissa Lee is a program coordinator at Too Small to Fail and the youth representative on Luna’s board, who looks to find creative ways to spread joy to others in everyday life.

Byb PhotoByb Chanel Bibene of Kiandanda Dance Theater. Most of my choreographic work addresses socio-politics and/or social justice issues. Being of African descent — from a country that was once colonized and is still facing post-colonial tensions between the former European colonizers and the country’s political leaders, in my work I strive to raise awareness about issues of racism, tribalism,and other social injustices. The ethnic dances from the Congo are the roots of my movement vocabulary. As native of the Congo, as an African, it is important for me to dig in the array of dances and musical and dance rhythms that the continent offers. The codes of those dances and musical rhythms constitute the dance aesthetic in my creative process. Overall, my African cultural identity and my belief in how my choreographic work can speak about current global issues and become a transformative experience for the individual and the community are the stands that found and support my work.

Caroline Liviakis croppedCaroline Liviakis choreographs concert dance filled with theatricality, audience-driven performance, and humor. Liviakis works to synthesize elements of commercial dance within the concert dance setting. Her movement aesthetic though built on the establishment of creating and distorting lines, is most notably known for the intensive use of facial expression, and character-creation in conjunction with highly physical dance. Please visit caroline.co for more information.


Cherie CarsonCherie Carson, Artistic Director/Choreographer of UpSwing Aerial Dance Companyperformed her first aerial dance piece in 1990 and incorporated video into her underwater dance performance “Water Dreams” in 1992, a finalist for the Robert Bennett Award, LA.  She has choreographed site specific work for planetariums, galleries, sculpture gardens, in lakes & swimming pools, even hanging from a bungee cord in a Banyan tree.  In 1998, Cherie performed to sold-out houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has performed & studied with 30+ national & international dance makers including Molissa Fenley, Merce Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Tanztheater Rubato, Bridgeman-Packer Dance, Douglas Nielson and Dwight Shelton. In 2000, Cherie studied with Terry Sendgraff & in 2005 took over her business when Terry retired. Cherie has created more than 40 aerial pieces for herself, UpSwing & others.​ Cherie’s work with UpSwing explores the spaces on floor to air and in between. For this event we will be showing our newest floor work.

Clarissa KoClarissa K. Ko is an emerging artist interested in dance, theatre, story-telling, poetry, community, and the overall human experience. She received her BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco. Trained in multiple styles of movement, she aims to connect to audiences and communities through relatable and genuine processes and subject matters. She is inspired by artists she has worked with and has studied under, such as detour dance, Jenny McAllister, Eli Nelson, Amie Dowling, Natalie Greene, Kristen Greco. Founded in 2016, Five Feet Dance is dance collective consisting of emerging Bay Area artists. For more information please visit: www.fivefeetdance.wordpress.com.

Danse LumiereBased in the San Francisco Bay Area, Danse Lumière creates dance theater linking the arts, environment, and humanity. Founded as Anima Mundi by Kathryn Roszak in 1995, and renamed in 2006, the company is best known for adapting outstanding works of literature for the stage, giving new form and added context to these works through a fusion of dance, music, and theater, often focusing on some of the most pressing social issues of our time.


Bandelion EnsembleEric Kupers & Bandelion, his ensemble within Dandelion Dance Theater. Bandelion collaborates. All ensemble members develop movement, sound, theatrical & design elements. We are inspired by Physically Integrated Dance, in which people with and without disabilities figure out how to move together, create together, and set up accessible structures for performance. Our work includes different ability levels due to disabilities & devotion to different artistic disciplines. We each come with unique skills & unique difficulties, & we communicate rigorously so that we can effectively train, support each other, & create art we’re all invested in.

BareBonesCrow Lookingintothelight by KMEvangel King is a contemporary dance artist. She choreographs, performs, collaborates, writes, studies, and teaches. She has created over 70 dances. For more: www.evangeldances.com. Evangel brings Breath (now in process) with poem by Susan Duhan Felix Breathe In, Breathe Out to share and investigate. “Each breath is fleeting but breathing is life itself.”  (The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit)


Grecian photo by Liz WeinerGreacian Goeke’s Impromptu No Tutu is an improvisational elder movement ensemble and outreach program that she founded in 2008 out of her passion to explore and show the world what movement and dance can be in later life. The arts are a natural language for older adults. They open horizons when aging appears to shrink them. They nurture a crescendo of expression from the fullness of living in clear awareness of mortality. The mission of Impromptu No Tutu is to shift the prevailing view of aging towards the crescendo rather than decline. Through movement and dance in community we offer an inspiring model of engaged life and a path toward change. In dance we are present to all that is and all that we will lose. Dancers in the ensemble are ages 50 – 90+ and come from backgrounds that include years of dance study or none at all. Our “dance as you are” philosophy welcomes all ages and abilities. We believe that once you have danced with someone you are related forever. In dance we feel time stretch so life can be lived to the fullest. Impromptu No Tutu pops up in public plazas, medians, parks, senior residences, museums, gardens and schools to share our joy of participatory movement and dance.

Janet Collard is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She considers herself a theatrical performer interested in exploring the language of dance and the body to communicate what it is to be a human on the planet.

Lauren BainesLauren Baines Dance Theater. While my work is based within a modern dance context, my practice is deeply rooted in interdisciplinary explorations and collaborations. My choreography is grounded in explorations of memory, communication, loss, and personal/collective psychology through overarching investigations of reflection, consciousness, and perception. At my core, I am a storyteller, but one who avoids direct narrative. When I find an idea that resonates with me I gather and process my initial conceptual research. Then I quickly take to the studio where that material is dissected, felt, and explored. It is a process of analysis and abandon, logic and intuition, codification and experimentation. I many times utilize theories and concepts from psychology, sociology, and philosophy as starting points. However, while my pieces may be scholarly or conceptual in their basis, they develop beyond these structured beginnings into more visceral explorations that strive to create moments of authentic experience for both dancers and viewers.

Mary ArmentroutMary Armentrout is an experimental choreographer, performance artist, videographer, and the director of the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater.  MADT is a San Francisco-based intermedia collective creating hybrid performance works. Armentrout calls her genre-mixing works performance installations, and one of her site-specific works recently won an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. Her works problematize the lived experience of intentionality and presence, and include the audience’s role as a key element of the performance equation.  Her works are grounded in her ongoing investigations of the Feldenkrais mind-body practice, and how this practice intersects with the technological realities of contemporary life.  Her work has been presented throughout the Bay Area, as well as across the US and the UK, Europe, and China.  She organizes the Dance Discourse Project, an on-going series of artist-curated discussions of the Bay Area dance scene, and co-curates performance at her home studio The Milkbar in Richmond CA.

NiaNia Gopika Womack-Freeman. ”Journey to the Heart” is a creative project about exploring the self, dancing in public spaces and connection.  Given the self-imposed task to visit 30 public sites and do improvisational dance Nia discovered many things. One of the greatest take-aways is the power the arts have to connect one with oneself and others. Nia Gopika, a dance teaching artist, mother, and partner has a love of dance forms rooted the sacred, identity and the community. She studied West African dance forms, Bharata Natyam and Modern dance. Presently, she works at Luna Dance Institute as a dance teaching artist, and the PL coordinator/registrar

East Bay EnsembleNina Haft & the CSU East Bay’s Dance Ensemble share excerpts of student choreography from our upcoming spring productions, including senior projects and other provocative works: Rise Up, Freedom, This is Now, and more.



Stephanie BastosStephanie Bastos, born in Miami and daughter of Bernadette Chaves Nunes and Aluizio Ribeiro Bastos, started her classical ballet training and performance career as a child with the Miami Ballet in South Florida.
In middle school, she became a pre-professional dancer performing as a 6th generation “Isadorable” with the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble (IDDE) directed by Andrea Seidel. In 1995, she survived an auto accident that resulted in the amputation of her right foot and performed again with IDDE at Lincloln Center “Out of Doors” festival in New York City. Since then, she has received her BFA in Dance and has performed with Urban Bush Women, AXIS Dance Company, Deep Waters Dance Theater, Aguas da Bahia and Ronald K. Brown/Nick Cave: “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2011, she received the San Francisco “Izzies” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance- Ensemble with Ase West Dance Theater Collective while working as a principle actress in Hemingway and Gellhorn, an HBO original film and starting her very own youth dance collective, Berkeley Youth Dance (BYD). She has just premiered her autobiographical Dance Theater solo piece at Counterpulse as artist in residence ARCE 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

20 Points of View past choreographers have included, LV Dance Collective, Robyn Harker, Cherie Hill, Kusanovich Dance, Shinichi Iova-Koga & Hiroko Tamano, Wax Poet(s), Colin Epstein, Randee Paufve, Impromptu No Tutu – Greacian Goeke, Jessi Barber, Briana Dickinson, Erica Pinigis, Deborah Karp Dance Projects, Janet Das, The Thick Rich Ones, Amy Lewis, Leigh Ann Kabatra, Andrea Mock. for change dance collective , Holley Farmer & Mills College RepCo, Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble,  Nina Haft, Byb Chanel Bibene & Kiandanda Dance Theaterfor change dance collective, Janet Das, Claudine Naganuma & dNagaEric KupersMary Armentrout Dance Theater, Karla Quintero, Bianca Brzezinski & Opal Street Dance Improvisational Theater , Erica Pinigis & Scratch DanceNAKA Dance TheaterSamantha BlanchardCuauhtemoc Mitote PerandaMarika Brussel, Katherine McGinity, Rosemary Hannon, Antoine Hunter & Urban Jazz Dance Company, Evangel King, and more…


Generously supported by:

Zellerbach Family Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Alameda County Arts Commission/ARTSFUND Grants