current members & founders
Roche Janken is made of movement. She’s done lots of things, like grow up dancing in Los Angeles, go to college at the University of Michigan and work in New York with some incredible movers and smart choreographers like Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Shen Wei and Mark Morris. LUCKILY, she moved to San Francisco in 2009, and that’s when things got really good! Since landing, she has had the pleasure of dancing with some amazing women, including Bianca Cabrara, Kelly Kemp, Hope Mohr, Leyya Tawiil and Alison Williams. She is thrilled to be living on the best coast, riding her bike, eating fresh fruit, hanging out with new and old friends, teaching yoga at Laughing Lotus and of course dancing. *Also, she’s incredibly excited to be involved in re-creating dance with VîV. More about all the things here: rochejanken.com.
Samantha Stone received her BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, she has continued her dance studies both outside of the US in Brazil and Mexico as well as here in the Bay Area focusing her studies primarily towards Axis Syllabus Dance. Sam has had the pleasure to work with choreographers Bianca Cabrera, Aura Fischbeck and Leyya Tawil. Her own work has been shown in several local theaters though she prefers enchanting the homes, galleries & shops around her with movement and design. Sam engages in teaching, choreographing & performing on both sides of the Bay, always pushing for arts awareness & opportunity for all.
Alex Crow is originally from Toledo, Ohio where she began her diversified study in dance technique. She has comprehensive training in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance and earned a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. The birth of her professional performance career began with Justin Giles in his debut company SoulEscape in Dallas, Texas. Since then she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Tina Landon in Rihanna’s 2008 VMA performance Disturbia, Michael Esperanza/BARE (principal dancer/soloist), Damon Rago/Palindrome Dance Company (featured soloist), and as a company member and teaching assistant for Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones. Alex Crow currently teaches and practices yoga at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, and dances with such artists as Katie Faulkner, Ashley Trottier, Kathleen Hermesdorf. http://www.alexcrowflies.com/
Virginia Broyles, originally from Atlanta, is a transplant to the Bay Area. She studied at American University, DC and University of Georgia, where she received her BFA and was a member of CORE Concert Dance Company directed by Bala Sarasvati. Since moving to the Bay she has participated in FRESH Festival, Sandbox Series, CounterPULSE’s Fellowship program, and co-produced MARK | MOVE Dance Concert. In addition to her own dance and video work, Virginia has performed with Rob Esposito, Rebecca Enghauser, Diavolo Dance Theater, Helen Pickett, Catellier Dance Projects, Hallie Dalsimer, Alison Williams, ALTERNATIVA, and is currently a member of Scott Wells & Dancers and vîv dance company. She has attended Impulstanz Contemporary Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, Ponderosa, and Bates Dance Festival.
past members & founders
Growing up the daughter of a dancer, Katie Griffin was exposed to all types of dance from an early age. She obtained her BFA from Long Beach State in 2005 and attended ADF after graduation. She then returned to San Diego and quickly became a favorite in the San Diego dance community. During her six-year residency, she was much sought after for her teaching, performing and presentations of her own work. In 2011, Katie relocated to San Francisco. Her home base is at KUNST-STOFF arts space, where she is an intern for la ALTERNATIVA. She’s participated in Fresh Festival for two years, showing her own work, and works by Abby Crain, Sara Shelton Mann and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She looks forward to further collaboration with the unparalleled artist for theRedchairdiaries, an evening long solo work to premier in 2016. Her most recent projects include dancing with vîv, participating in PEER Practices and San Francisco Trolley Dances 2013, and showing excerpts from theRedchairdiaries.
Katharine Hawthorne is a San Francisco based dancer and choreographer who makes live performances about thinking bodies in motion. She received early training through the Royal Academy in Singapore and continued her studies at Ballet Arts Minnesota under Bonnie Mathis, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under Summer Lee Rhatigan, and with master Cunningham teacher Diane Frank. She has performed with Hope Mohr Dance (SF), Liss Fain Dance (SF), Ledges and Bones (LA), & James Sewell Ballet (MN), among others. She has presented her choreography widely in the San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Brown University in RI, Greece, and Argentina. Her work has received support through the Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant Program and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. Katharine holds a B.S. in Physics and Dance, with honors, from Stanford University. www.khawthorne.net
Hallie Dalsimer is a movement-based performing artist and aspiring maker of things. She believes that the communicative potential of dance lies in its human-ness, and attempts to tap into the universal resonance of this human-ness through thoroughly embodied physicality and presence in action. As a ponderer of life, Hallie is deeply curious about the intersection of the human condition and societal conditioning. She is currently investigating the relationship between scarcity and desire through ongoing studio research, conversations, and a series of performance experiments. Many minds working together expands the world of possibility. Hallie recently began an ongoing collaboration with Bad Unkl Sista, as well with the Sound Cave Road Show. She was formerly member of the Santa Fe based collective Meow Wolf. Hallie grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and thus developed a deep and abiding love for green chile, big skies, and outdoor dance parties. She holds a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University; she is a certified Gaga teacher (no relation to the Lady); and has worked as a freelance dancer and presented work in Santa Fe, New York, Maryland, Tel Aviv, and the Bay Area.
Alison Williams grew up in Western Pennsylvania practicing ballet and Polish dance. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in History and received the Weston Fine Arts Award for Dance. She has studied and performed with many masters in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco. In 2009, she received her Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Upon graduating, her faith renewed in the significance of dance as a radical art, she began teaching and making dance herself and has presented several works in San Francisco to date. alisonwilliamsdance.com
Odessa Avianna Perez is a dancer, choreographer, director and arts producer, originally from the east coast. She graduated from Rutgers University with a triple major in Dance, Sociology, and Theater Arts, and went on to found her own dance and improvisation-based company, Insurgo Stage Project. Before moving to the Bay Area, Odessa was instrumental in building a dance presence in the bourgeoning arts scene of Jersey City, NJ: in 2010, she founded Your Move - New Jersey’s Modern Dance Festival, now it its 5th season in Jersey City. Her company (Insurgo), held residency at the Grassroots Community Space, where she taught improvisation classes and collaborated with local musicians, artists, dancers and poets to produce the interdisciplinary collaborative series “Art In Motion”. She has presented work at various locations in New York City and New Jersey, at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz, CA, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has performed for Bianca Cabrera, Liz Lerman (guest artist), Isabel Gotzkowsky, Isabel Lewis, and with dancer/filmmaker Daniel Mollner. Odessa is interested in where arts, healing, and transformation intersect, and runs her own healing practice, Odyssey Healing.
Elizabeth Chitty is a native of Boulder, Colorado and holds a B.A. in Dance and Political Science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Since moving to San Francisco, she has been honored to perform works by ZiRu Dance, RAWdance, Printz Dance Project, Nhan Ho Project, Liu Yifeng, Yuri Zhukov and David Herrera Performance Company. While dancing in Los Angeles, she had the privilege of working with a diverse array of choreographic artists including Marjani Forte, Rogelio Lopez, Sri Susilowatri, David Dorfman, Holly Johnston, and Chad Michael Hall. She is active as a choreographer and administrator here in San Francisco, choreographing collaboratively with Project Tremolo, and acting as company manager for Hope Mohr Dance. Her choreography has been performed in Los Angeles, Boulder, Seattle and throughout the Bay Area. Additionally, she has performed extensively in China and excited to be gearing up for a long-term cultural exchange with residencies in Tianyuan and Beijing. She is thrilled to be dancing with the lovely ladies of viv!