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Education
Master of Arts, Dance, UCLA Department of World Arts and Culture
Bachelor of Arts, International Studies of Africa, Portland State University
Certificate, Black Studies

University Teaching
Occidental College, Theater Department, Los Angeles, CA
Loyola Marymount University, Dance Department, Los Angeles, CA
Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA
University of California Los Angeles, Department of World Arts and Culture, CA
California State University Los Angeles, Department of Theater and Dance, CA
California State University Chico, Theater Department, CA
Portland State University, Department of Black Studies, Oregon
Wesleyan College, Dance Department, Connecticut

Workshops + Retreats
Electric Lodge, Venice, CA
Room / World to Dance, Riverside, CA
BrasArte (Casa de Cultura) Berkeley, CA
Capoeira Mandinga, Oakland, CA
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, Grass Valley, CA
The Haven Underground, Nevada City, CA
Chico’s Women’s Club, Chico, CA
Oasis Club & Spa Woodland, CA
Makawao Union Church, Makawao, Maui
Ojai Foundation, Ojai, CA
Rancho La Puerta (Conscious Dancer Magazine Retreat), Tecate, Mexico
Celebrate Trinidad!, Trinidad & Tobago

Concert + Theater (Full length)
Yemanja: Mother of the Deep with Mia Doi Todd & Alberto Lopez
Essensibility: A Performance of Essence & Sensibility with Rosangela Silvestre

Youth Outreach
Daniel Freeman Elementary School, “I Have A Dream Foundation”
Los Angeles Public Library Young Adults Program
Segev and Sara’s Super Duper Arts Camp
Focus Fish Youth Outreach Program

Acacia Dance DVD Titles - Creator & Star
Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body
Dance and Be Fit: Lower Body Burn
Dance and Be Fit: Abs Burn
Dance and Be Fit: Carnaval
Dance and Be Fit: Latin Groove Let’s Dance

Acacia Dance DVD Titles – Choreographer
Dance and Be Fit: Latin Groove with Desiree Bartlett
Hemalayaa: Bollywood Dance Workout
Hemalayaa: Bollywood Burn
Hemalayaa: Beautiful Belly
Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty
Hemayayaa: Bollywood Dance Blast

Creator + Star Original Digital Content
Dance Your Spirit Free (MYO / Gaiam TV)
Samba Your Highest Joy (MYO / Gaiam TV)
Warrior Power (MYO / Gaiam TV)
Dance & Be Fit: Latin Steps (Acacia TV)

Television Appearances
Fitness TV
Sky Fitness UK
Veria’s Bolly Blast

Dance Companies
Francisco Aguabella
The ABC Project
Viver Brasil Dance Company
El Grupo Folklorico Omo Ache Folkloric Dance Company
El Grupo Folklorico Olorun Folkloric Dance Company
El Milagro Bailadores

Performance Venues
Disneyland California Adventure (Anaheim, CA), Electric Lodge (Venice, CA), BAX (Brooklyn, NY), Town Hall (New York City), UCLA Fowler Museum, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The House Of Blues (Anaheim & Sunset Blvd), The John Ansen Ford Theater (Hollywood), The Hollywood Bowl (Summer Sounds), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica), The Alex Theater (Glendale), Temple Bar (Santa Monica & Echo Park), The Conduit (Portland), Mission District Carnival (San Francisco), Hong Kong Chinese New Year’s Parade (Hong Kong), Wesleyan College (Connecticut), Bergamont Station (Santa Monica), Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach), National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), Lensic Performing Arts Center (Santa Fe), Taos Performing Arts Center (Taos), Lincoln Performing Arts Center (Ft. Collins), Memorial Union (Oregon), Villa Velha (Salvador, Bahia), El Teatro Jose Marti (Santiago, Cuba), etc

International Dance + Cultural Studies Research
Dance In Cuba (Havana + Santiago) June + December 2014
Pablo Luis Rivera & Rafael Maya (Santurce, Puerto Rico) 2011
Cathay’s Chinese New Year’s Parade (Hong Kong) 2010
Port of Spain, Trinidad 2009
Technica Silvestre (Bahia, Brasil) 2005 & 2006
Fundacao de Pierre Verger (Bahia, Brasil) 2004 – 2008
CIRCE (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 2002
El Conjunto Folclorico Raices Profundas (Havana, Cuba) 2000
El Conjunto Folclorico Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba) 1998
Ajokeh Dance Company (Trinidad and Tobago) 1997

Apprenticeships
Francisco Aguabella, Margorie Boothman, Juan De Dios de Morejon, Rosangela Silvestre, Dona Cici, Jose Ricardo Souza Luiz Badaro, Teresita Dome Perez, Juan Carlos Blanco, Silfredo La’O Vigo, Susana Arenas Pedroso, Ramon Ramos Alayo, Candice Goucher, Kofi E. Agorsah, Catherine Evleshin, Clyde “Trini” Noel, Halbert Barton, Keith V. Goodman, Pablo Luis Rivera & Rafael Maya.

Consulting/Grant Writing
18th Street Arts Center
Viver Brasil Dance Company
Leonida Flipside Productions