Michael Zipkin has been dancing his whole life. More recently he has been studying Open Floor movement practice, Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Action Theater, and Gestalt Awareness Practice. In 2009, he was certified to teach Soul Motion, an awareness-based dance practice that cultivates personal expression and empathetic relations.
Benay Dara-Abrams is a sensory data scientist, practical visionary, technology pioneer, impromptu no tutu, and Witnessing Movement dancer. She has a PhD in computer science and has worked to improve the quality of life for those with an impaired sense of taste. Her current work builds the previous development of a sensor-enabled elder social support platform, supported by a technology transfer grant from the National Institute of Health.
Marcus Scott is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and poet who has been writing and performing since he was twelve years old. Scott has been playing in bands since 1980 and is currently the singer/songwriter for San Francisco-based band Bdubs and The Playas.
Dia Dear is a performance artist based in San Francisco. As a recipient of the Maroc Artist Meeting Residency — in collaboration with Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now Marrakech, Morocco (2016) — they are working on a series of experimental performances investigating tension.
Kevin CK Lo is a composer, choreographer, writer, and artist born in New Zealand and based in Oakland. His work utilizes instruments, digital sound processing, and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure, and audience kinesthesia. His work has been presented internationally, including at the Soundwave Biennial (Gray Area, San Francisco) and Real Future Fair (Oakland Museum of California).
Alisa Clayton began her formal training at the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco, under the guidance of Janet Sassoon. After being accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, she returned to dance with the Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company in San Francisco. Alisa has studied and performed many forms of dance including hula, samba, Afro-Haitian, salsa, West African, and hip hop, among others. Alisa now teaches ballet and cultural dances for the San Francisco Ballet Dance in Schools & Communities (DISC) program to hundreds of second and third graders.
Ayden Chacko is thirteen years old and an artist at heart. She is currently writing a book of poems that documents her journey through teenage life, which she hopes to publish at twenty. Charting her struggles, and how she navigated them, she hopes her book will be both an inspiration and comfort to teens. She has danced with Dance Mission Theater since 2013.
Micaela Hiatt-Ludovico is a native of San Francisco and currently a freshman at Galileo High School. She has a passion for dance and music and was part of the Dance Mission's Jr. Grrrl Brigade for three years. Micaela has danced ballet, modern dance, and hip hop and is the youngest member of the dance group Funksters. Micaela is also an avid reader and loves volleyball.
IlaRose Hayes is eleven years old and lives in San Francisco. She started dancing when she was very young and has studied ballet, hip hop, and modern jazz. IlaRose also enjoys playing piano, painting, swimming, and various sports including track, softball, soccer, and volleyball.