Dance

As a Hip Hop artist from West Saint Paul's "District Del Sol" Mei graduated from the Saint Paul Conservatory's dance track, she began dancing at age 12 with a Mexican folkloric dance group, "Los Alegres Bailadores", and writing music at age 13 to cope with depression and anxiety. Growing up submerged within the combining Afro-Latino cultures of her parents, constantly surrounded music, absorbing how naturally rhythm came to them, admiring the way in which her mother spoke to be heard; for this reason she fell in love with Hip Hop before she even knew its name.

Seng Xiong is a queer non-binary Hmong American artist that is interested in how spirituality is tied to art. Having recently become more involved in dance and body movement, they are hoping to develop these art forms in telling stories that explore the experiences of queerness, cultural identity and spirituality. They have studied different modes and techniques of dance through the Ananya Theater Dance Troupe and through biological.

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Destiny Anderson's stage name is Yoni Light. Pronouns (She/Her) is a 19 year old performing artist originally from Saint Paul, MN. Yoni is a multi-disciplinary artist that not only dabbles in dance but in music and spoken word as well. She has attended SPCPA, Perpich Center for Arts Education and is currently studying at High School for Recording Arts. In 2015 She was given a full-ride scholarship to the TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. Tu Dance was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands (Two former Alvin Ailey Dancers).

Renée Copeland is co-founder of the dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, a collaborator in the hip-hop based dance collective, BRKFST, and a proud member of Ananya Dance Theatre, where she performs, studies and teaches the contemporary Indian dance form, Yorchha and its intersection with social justice issues. She is also a poet, musician and singer-songwriter. She aims to create art that exposes and heals, relating to the legacies of love, violence and activisms that she inherits as a distinctly queer, female-bodied, third-generation Sicilian-American artist.

 

Gabriel Mata is an independent choreographer, educator, and performer. He graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The Star Tribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo performance and choreography based project. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, and New York. He recently received the Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe 2017 award.

Sellers came to dance and welcomed dance because, as a woman from a small town, dance celebrated alternative voices. In dance, she found a long history of females creating change. In addition to choreography and performing, Sellers is renowned for her workshops, curatorial practice, and community engagements. Through the work of ASDC, she uses dance to tell the stories of her generation and provide a platform for other voices and experiences to be heard.

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis.  She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

House of Larva was founded in 2014 at Beloit College, WI by drag ogress--Cicada L'Amour-- and her parasitic lover--Enfanga Sphynx. The Co-Operative grew to include numerous queer artists and provided platforms for drag, dance and performance art at Beloit college from 2014-16 through our cabarets, including Carnal Instinct: Dinner for One and Slut Shaman. L'Amour and Sphynx moonlight as dragademics whose research includes queer temporality, immigrant identities, transgenerational trauma, cosmic pessimism, and borders in/outside the body. This is House of Larva's Twin Cities Debut.

After a dozen years as a dance photographer (six as a dance writer), V. Paul presented his first dances publicly in 2013 at 9x22 Dance Lab with #picturedance ver 1 and then at Patrick's Cabaret with #picturedance ver 2. V. Paul creates multi-media dances using a visual score instead of music to give context to the movement. He asks audiences to make their own pictures of his dance and share them online, tagged with #picturedance, so we can all see people’s chosen moments.

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