Becky Robinson

Becky Robinson-Leviton has been obsessed with movement since she the age of 2, when her mother had to enroll her in gymnastics because she kept trying to do flips off of the end of the couch (like a Power Ranger). By the time she found dance at the age of 4, Becky was smitten, and since then it has been a 20+ year love affair that has waxed, waned, expanded, and contracted every muscle, mental state, and emotion in her being. Also in line with her movement obsession, Becky has studied acrobatics, rock climbing, contact improvisation, yoga, acro yoga, physical theater, and aerial dance. Graduating with a BA in Dance from CSULB, Becky is an emerging dancer and choreographer in the SF Bay Area community and has performed with some wonderful local dance and theater companies thus far. These include Kinetech Arts, WePlayers, Twisted Oak Dance Theater, 13th Floor Dance Theater, Lili Weckler/Unhinge, and Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project. In the Spring of 2017, Becky collaborated with Hannah Westbrook to premiere Limits, her first site-specific dance/theater piece on a 9ft tall, double-sided, wooden, "A" frame ladder. Becky is incredibly stoked to be part of Sunset Dances with Lizz Roman & Dancers

 

Chris Black

Chris Black has been choreographing and performing in San Francisco since 1992 and working with Lizz Roman off and on ever since. She has won an Isadora Duncan Award and two BATCC Awards for her choreography. She has been in residence at ODC Theatre, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the California Academy of Sciences. She is currently incubating The Murmurations Project, an impossible, decades-long project about artistic transmission, place history, and chaos theory. 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Nakama

Jamie Nakama is thrilled to be performing her first season in the Bay Area with Lizz Roman and Dancers! She recently moved to California from Hawaii where she performed and collaborated with numerous local artists including, IONA Contemporary Dance Theater, Tau Dance Theater, Wai Company, Samadhi Hawaii, Kealoha Slam Poet and musician Taimane Gardner. Jamie taught and performed aerial dance for many years and is a capoeira instructor with Capoeira Besouro Hawaii. Dedicated to the field of environmental education, she has spent almost two decades teaching, developing and managing outdoor science programs for a non-profit organization in Hawaii. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, Visual Arts and Dance from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Ecological Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. She is currently an anthropology professor at Diablo Valley College and when not dancing or training capoeira, she can be found teaching hot yoga in her spare time!

 

Linda Phung

Linda Phung is a native of Houston, Texas, Linda trained at the Houston Ballet Academy and West University Dance Center before moving to the Bay Area for college. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology and MA in Public Policy. As a dancer, she has worked with several companies in the Bay Area, including Epiphany Productions, LevyDance, MoveMessenger(s), CALI & Co, and ka·nei·see | collective. She has previously performed with LR&D in This Beautiful Space, and is very excited to be reuniting with LR&D again in Sunset Dances! 

 

 

 

 

Megan Lowe

Megan Lowe is a performance artist, dancer, choreographer, singer, teacher, and administrator with degrees in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies (TDPS) and Psychology from UC Berkeley. Some artists she has performed with are Flyaway Productions, Scott Wells & Dancers, Dance Brigade, Epiphany Productions, This Sweet Nothing, Marit Brook-Kothlow, Christine Cali, Beth Fein, Karl Frost, Keith Hennessy, Nita Little, and Tino Sehgal. Megan continues to create her own works, presented both live and on film, as well as making collaborative works with dance-artist, Sonsherée Giles. Amongst her site-specific dance films, Never Finished: Explorations at the Finnish was officially selected by the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and the Tiny Dance Film Festival; and We Came To See Something… premiered at the closing show of the Subterranean Arthouse. Megan is a singer and collaborator in the alternative-folk band, TYPESTEREO. She is also a Teaching Artist for Joe Goode Performance Group and Bandaloop and teaches semesterly contact improvisation and partnering classes at UC Berkeley. Megan is currently the Office Manager for TDPS, the Online Marketing Manager for Flyaway Productions, and an Organizer of the West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam. She is incredibly grateful to be dancing with LR&D since 2012. For more info, please visit her website: http://mlowedances.wixsite.com/meganlowe

 

Rowena Richie

Rowena Richie is a San Francisco based performer and dance theater artist. Most recently she has performed in the work of Nol Simonse and EmSpace Dance. Her past original works include, among others, “Twindependent,” co-created with Jennifer Chien, as part of the CounterPulse Artist in Residence Commissioning program, and “Lost and Found in the Mission,” co-created with Susie Hara, which received the Best Ensemble Performance award in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. She has received grants from organizations such as the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Dancers’ Group’s CA$H dance grant program, the Harold F. Gallivan, Jr. Family Foundation, and Moving Words. She is a founding member of the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, and is currently collaborating with Chong Shuch and company on For You. Her essays and articles have appeared in In Dance, and she has read her work in Lit Crawl’s Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose. Richie holds a BFA in dance from the University of Michigan and California State University, Long Beach, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from New College of California. She is a City College of San Francisco instructor of Body Dynamics, or what she calls “Flow with Ro.”

 

Sonsheree Giles

Sonsherée Giles is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and costume designer. She enjoys making dances based on observations of animals, landscapes, art history, and daily life experiences. Sonsherée has an MFA in performance/choreography from Mills College and from 2005-2015, she was a performing/teaching artist with AXIS Dance Company. She has taught contemporary dance in public school systems, institutions, dance festivals and universities. Sonsherée formed a container for her choreography called This Sweet Nothing and has been generously supported by Zellerbach Family Foundation, CLOROX Company Foundation, CA$H grant, and East Bay Fund for Individual Artists. Sonsherée has received an Isadora Duncan Award for ensemble performance, and a Homer Avila Award for Excellence in the field of integrated dance. Recently, she has been seen dancing for Flyaway Productions, Nancy Karp & Dancers, Amy Lewis and Epiphany Productions, as well as creating dances in collaboration with Megan Lowe and John Carnahan.  She is thrilled to be working on her second project with Lizz Roman and Dancers.  www.sonsheree.com

Sonya Smith

Sonya Smith is delighted to return ‘home’ to dance with LR&D again, after a graduate school hiatus to pioneer the Aerial Dance Track of the MFA in Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. Smith has accumulated somatic inspiration for performance and teaching from modern dance, bungee and harnesses, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, lyra, kinesiology, invented aerial apparatus, as well as a certificates in Pilates and the GYROKINESIS® Method. She has had the privilege to be in creative process with Dance Brigade, Gesel Mason, Michelle Ellsworth, Joanna Haigood, Project Bandaloop and Sara Shelton Mann