Erin and Liselle by Kyle Adler
From current to past, all collaborators have left a lasting impression on Dragons Dance.
No artist is replaceable.
ABIGAIL HINSON / DANCER
Abigail is a Bay Area-based mover, teacher, choreographer, and enthusiast of the arts. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, earning a BFA in Dance Performance with a Modern Dance concentration in 2020. During her time in Tampa, Florida she worked as a freelance dancer, performing for stage, site specific, and film, with works choreographed by Michael Foley, Andy Scott, Vyb Dance Company, and others. In the last few years her choreographic work was presented in Holding Common Ground Dance Festival: Pathways to Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration Annual Film Festival, and FSCJ danceWORKS Alumni Film Festival.
MADI MCGAIN / DANCER
Madison is a movement artist, teacher, and aspiring lifelong learner committed to using movement as a channel for inquiry and growth. She is currently dancing with Fullstop Dance, Paufve Dance, David Herrara and Dragons Dance. She also has danced for Nicole Von Arx, FlockWorks, Mizanty Moves Dance, Spaces of Fontana, and Adaptations Dance Theater, among others. Madison has performed at venues such as Austin Dance Festival (TX), Queens Theatre (NY), Wilson College (PA), Actors Art Fund (NY), Arts on Site(NY), Temple University(PA), and Stanford University (CA). Madison’s own work has been presented at The CraftNY (2018), Small Plates Dance Festival (2019), the New Work Series (2019),ArtsonSite (2021), Museum of Art History (MAH) in Santa Cruz.
AIANO NAKAGAWA / DANCER
Aiano Nakagawa is a dance artist, educator, facilitator, writer, and event producer based in the Bay Area.
As an artist, Aiano holds the body as a storykeeper and truth-teller, and are curious about what is revealed in motion.
They are passionate about collaborative artist processes that center the artist, the process, and tuning into personal and collective power.
SAWAKO OGO / DANCER
Sawako is a freelance dancer based in San Francisco Bay Area from Tokyo, Japan. Sawako had the privilege to perform the work of choreographers, such as, David Herrera, Joe Landini, Natasha Adorlee, Erin Yen and numerous others.
CLARE SCHWEITZER / VIDEOGRAPHER
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Clare Schweitzer (she/they) graduated in 2012 from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Dance and Mathematics cum laude with high honors. In 2014, Clare moved to London and completed an M.A in contemporary dance, focusing her dissertation research on screendance festivals and the cultural production of screendance through its presentation. Clare has performed as a dancer around the SF Bay Area and her films have screened at festivals worldwide. She has also presented research at events such as the Light Moves Festival of Screendance and the Screendance State of the Art Symposium. She currently works as a Programming Associate with Dance Film SF (which presents the annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival) and as a videographer/editor for Rapt Productions and is a co-host on the podcast Frameform, a podcast that discusses the intersections of dance and film.
LUCIA FLEXER-MARSHALL / DANCER
Lucia Flexer-Marshall is a freelance contemporary dancer and teacher based in the Bay Area, holding BA in Dance from UC Santa Cruz. Growing up in the East Bay, she trained at the Oakland Ballet School, before joining the Shawl Anderson Youth Ensemble in high school. Her professional experience includes work with Janice Garrett, Tandy Beal, and Robert Moses, Ziru Dance and Fullstop. Lucia currently teaches Ballet and Contemporary at RoCo Dance, Oakland Ballet School and Shawl Anderson Dance Center.
KIM NUCCI / SOUND DESIGNER
Kim Nucci is an Oakland-based media artist, composer, and technologist. As a musician, they perform on electronics, modular synthesizer, and saxophone. As a visual and sound artist, they create interactive installations using architectural interventions, sculpture, arduino and other microcontrollers, idiosyncratic interactive design, painting and projections. They also VJ, and create generative and audio-reactive video art for live musical performance.
COLIN JOHNSON / LIGHTING DESIGNER
Colin Johnson (director of technical operations) has been doing theatre tech since 2010 when he stage managed his first production at The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts' inaugural location. Since then he has expanded his skill set to include lighting and sound design, carpentry, and directing. In addition to being Director of Technical Operations for SAFEhouse Arts, he is also the Technical Director for Dreams on the Rocks Productions and Performers Under Stress, has done numerous productions with Theatre Rhinoceros in various roles and worked with many other companies in the Bay Area. In 2014 he was nominated for a BATCC and TBA for lighting design for Off Broadway West's Life X 3. Other favorite credits include The Afterlife with SF Youth Theatre which in addition to multiple productions in SF in toured around the Central Valley and took the show to Bosnia for the Kestenberg International Youth Theatre Festival, FouFouHa's Whoa-Man which in addition to five productions in SF put on a weekend at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver. He is so grateful for Joe Landini and the space that he has created for people to be express and create themselves in.
LISELLE VICTORIA / DANCER
Liselle Yap received her early training at Northern California Dance Conservatory under the direction of Jen Bradford, Kelly Archer and Theodore Constant. While there she was invited to perform at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Young! Tanzsommer festival in Austria.
In 2012, she left to train at London Contemporary Dance School. A year later, she returned to Northern California and continued her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance with Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, and Christian Burns. Since then she has worked in the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Denver for companies such as LEVYdance, Nhan Ho Project, CORE Contemporary Dance, Kristin Damrow & Company, and Chadash Contemporary Dance.
Her fascination with the mind/body connection has led her to lean into the healing arts, teaching yoga and guiding meditations both virtually and in the San Diego area.