Five Feet Dance works in generous collaboration with other artists.
|Marysa Robinson is a graduate of University of San Francisco with a BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice and a certificate in Theatrical Tech & Design. She has worked as a director, performer, musician, sound technician, and casting assistant. She is currently living in New York City completing Syracuse University Tepper Semester’s Casting Apprenticeship Program, working at Tara Rubin Casting. She is an advocate for increased diversity and representation, art that pushes boundaries, honest storytelling, and raw portrayal. Her work is a tribute to her grandmother, Jane Kowata, always.|
|Jazlynn Eugenio Pastor is a current Senior at the University of San Francisco majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jazlynn first started dancing competitively in Hip-Hop. When she moved to San Francisco, she discovered Philippine dance. Through this form, she has been able to explore her Filipina roots, preserve her culture, and learn how to tell stories through performance. By following her passion, she is currently the Cultural Director of USF Kasamahan, a Public Programs Intern at the SF Asian Art Museum, and member of Parangal Dance Company.
|Joyce Lien Kushner is second generation Taiwanese, born and raised in SoCal. Her dance training includes jazz, ballet, tap, Graham, Limon, and Horton. In 1989, Joyce earned an Economics/Business B.A. at UCLA, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in Los Angeles, Joyce danced with Modern City Repertoire Dance Company and taught at California Dance Center. Now in the Bay Area, Joyce continues to dance, choreograph and teach. She has guest taught at City College of San Francisco and is currently on faculty at Geary Dance Center and Peninsula Dance Academy. In 2015, Joyce co-founded TILTshift Dance Theater, serving as Artistic Director.
|Kathleen Moore has been performing in the Bay Area since 1977. She was a founding member of Oblong Rhonda and TRANSIT Dance Companies with whom she performed for a total of 14 years. Kathleen has been honored to appear in work created by M. Koob, Barbie White, Emily Keeler, Lenwood Sloan, Sonsheree Giles, Pearl Ubungen, Jennifer Minore, Natalie Greene, Kristen Greco, Donna Bias, Clarissa Ko, Sienna Williams and Lara D’Emilio. Kathleen has been the Administrative Coordinator of the San Francisco Arts Education Project since 1994. She is a native San Franciscan.
|Malia Byrne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a Dance minor from Chapman University. She is interested in the ways in which those studies intersect, and creating work that examines those connections and parallels. Since moving to San Francisco in 2016, she has had the pleasure of working and performing with many artists and friends in the area. She currently works as an artist facilitator for Skywatchers under the direction of Anne Bluethenthal, and as an apprentice for Kristin Damrow & Company.||
Photo by Jason Lam
Photo by Robbie Sweeny, detour dance in BECKON
Melissa Lewis moved from Massachusetts in 2010 to study in the Performing Arts & Social Justice – Dance Program at the University of San Francisco. Since then she has visited her 105y/o Chinese grandmother weekly, made coffee to support dancing professionally, and found a personal film photography practice. She is a company member of detour dance — is also excited to work with Arletta Anderson / Adam Smith — and has a short dance film (titled ‘pretty clean’) to premiere next year. the sardine is her most recent project. visiting lemelissa.com.
|Nina Wu is a learning game designer by day with a serious side hustle in dance. In addition to Five Feet Dance, you can find her dancing with Mix’d Ingrdnts, Sarah Bush Dance Project, and Duniya Dance and Drum Company, as well as creative collaborations with ragbag. Nina studied Math, Visual Art, and Education at Duke University. Her pursuit for adventure took her from teaching 4th grade, to working in an NYC art gallery, to now designing math games, dancing all the while. (ninawu.com)|
- Charlotte Baldiviez
- Emily Hansel
- Kathleen Moore
- Kuan Hsuan Lee
- Lara D’Emilio
- Maddy Lawder
- Melissa Mancini
- Nyla Leonardi
- Sienna Williams