SAFEhouseARTS presents the premiere of Flocking @ Summer Performance Festival 8
Jenni Bregman & Dancers share two evenings with Kristin Damrow & Company
Wednesday July 8 + Saturday July 11 @ 7pm
ODC Theater / 3153 17th Street, San Francisco
Tickets $15 in advance (here) or $20 @ the door
Dancers+Collaborators: Tony Fang, Walker Fisher, Nhan Ho, Kim Holt, Hillary Hoffman, Seren Pendleton-Knoll, Shawna Seth, Alberto Vajrabukka, Jenni Bregman, Alison Lakin
Summer Performance Festival is a curated festival featuring artists from the Resident Artist Workshop at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco. Check out the full festival lineup here.
Jenni Bregman (choreographer, dancer) is a performer, choreographer and teacher based in Oakland, CA. An avid seeker of stimulation, she draws inspiration from theater, video, graphic design, fashion, architecture and technology. Her work tells stories about the human experience and invites audiences to examine the emotional undercurrent of everyday life that often goes unnoticed or ignored. Jenni participated in Resident Artists Workshop at SAFEhouse four times between 2010 and 2015 and was an artist in ODCs Pilot program in 2012. She performs locally, nationally and internationally with Printz Dance Project and teaches at Alonzo King Lines Dance Center. She has also taught for Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the youth programs of Roco Dance and Fitness and Western Ballet, and the LINES Ballet Summer Program. Outside the studio, she works in corporate marketing at Salesforce. Jenni grew up studying theater and dance in Newport, Oregon and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University.
Tony (Ton-Yun) Fang (Dancer) has performed Haitian dance with Djenane Saint Juste's Afoutayi Dance Company, Cuban-Haitian with Temistocles Betancourt, and Cuban dance with Susana Arenas. Many years ago, she also performed with the Clé Douglas Backyard Dance Theater, a modern jazz group. When not dancing, she is a web developer at Xoom Corporation. She is honored to be joining Jenni's flock of dancers.
Nhan Ho ventured into the world of dance at the age of sixteen under the guidance of Kellye Dodd, Director of the Dance Program at Independence High in East San Jose. He is a 2008 graduate of the Dance Program at SJSU where he was “Outstanding Graduating Senior.” As a member of SJSU's University Dance Theatre his choreography, Echoes, was selected for adjudication at the American College Dance Festival in 2005. Nhan has danced with BODYART Dance Company (NY), Sasha Soreff Dance Theatre (NY), I-Danse (NY), Faye Driscoll (NY), Printz Dance Project (SF), PUSH Dance Company (SF) , Facing East Dance & Music (Oakland & Berkeley), sjDANCEco (SJ), Margaret Wingrove Dance Company (SJ), and KTDavisDance (Modesto). He is also the artistic director of Nhan Ho Project, founded in 2010.
Hillary Hoffman (dancer) originally from Arizona, graduated from Goucher College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. She has had the privilege of performing works by Jenni Bregman & Dancers, Christine Germain and Dancers, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, and Kristin Damrow & Company throughout the Bay Area. Her choreography has been presented in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Manhattan, Baltimore, Durham, and also at the American College Dance Festival at Hollins College. When she is not dancing, Hillary is a graduate student at San Jose State University studying occupational therapy. Hillary has been performing with Jenni Bregman & Dancers for the past five years and is thrilled to share the stage with the incredibly talented Jenni and an amazing group of dancers!
Kim Holt (dancer) grew up in the Bay Area, and has been dancing for as long as she can remember. As a young dancer Kim was trained in jazz with emphasis on technique. Later she went on to attend UCLA, for a B.S. in Biochemistry, but found herself spending all her free time driving to Hollywood for dance classes. She returned to San Francisco in 2004 to pursue a career as a Cosmetics Buyer and continued to dance on the side. Kim now dedicates more time to dance, recognizing it as more than just a hobby. It is her therapy, her meditation, and her voice. Kim is honored to work with Jenni Bregman & Dancers and Printz Dance Project to continue exploring the art.
Alison Lakin (understudy) began her dance training at Retter’s Academy of Dance in Agora Hills, California and continued to train at the University of Washington while completing her degree in psychology. Since moving to San Francisco in 2006, Alison has danced at Alonzo King Lines Dance Center and performed in original pieces by contemporary choreographers such as Jenni Bregman and Kat Roman. She is so grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with this amazing group of dancers.
Seren Pendleton-Knoll (dancer) is a Canadian native who graduated with Honors from Whitman College with a BA in Clinical Psychology and Applied Theater, and is a recent Master's of Development Practice graduate from UC Berkeley. She is a member of UBCP/ACTRA and has performed with the Royal City Youth Ballet Company, being featured in productions such as "Swan Lake", "Giselle", and "The Nutcracker" throughout Vancouver, Canada and Washington. She has danced with Jenni Bregman and Dancers since 2010, currently also dances with Stephanie Patrick Dancers, and is a former member of the Bay Area Bollywood Group "Gurus of Dance". When she's not dancing, she is a Program Manager for the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and can be found lifting heavy things at Grassroots Crossfit in Berkeley.
Shawna Seth (dancer) has been dancing since age 7. She is nearing completion of her graduate studies in acupuncture and integrative medicine and plans to open a practice next year after apprenticing in Japan. Shawna found Jenni's class at LINES back in 2006 and the rest is history. This is her 5th performance with JBD. It's been a pleasure flying with this beautiful flock! Thanks to Luke and my family for all the love.
Alberto Vajrabukka (dancer) discovered dance through Filipino and other Asian folkloric traditions, with a few hip hop classes thrown in. After moving to the Bay Area in 1998, he expanded his training to include Western styles such as modern and jazz. He thanks his teachers for the various ways they've nurtured presence, connection, and feroshuznesss: Bugsy Aguinaldo, Cecilia Marta, Heidi Schweiker, Todd Eckert, Nol Simonse, & Jenni Bregman.