Donna Sternberg, Artistic Director
Donna Sternberg graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
with degrees in Dance and Psychology. After graduation she co-founded
the Mixed Motion Dance Company, where she choreographed, performed
and taught throughout California, Oregon and Washington states.
Desiring to work with artists of other disciplines, Ms. Sternberg
moved on to become Artistic Director of Dance Collaborative, where
she choreographed and performed solo and collaborative concerts.
In 1985 she founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a modern dance
company, to express her vision of the communicative power of movement.
The company is based in Santa Monica, California. She has danced
in the companies of Donald Byrd, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Dance/LA and
Ms. Sternberg has professionally premiered over 70 works since
1975 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico; several have
been collaborations with artists of other disciplines including
composers, visual artists, poets, actors and digital media. Her
choreography has been critically acclaimed for its “exceptional
ability to communicate through pure movement” (Los Angeles
Times). She has choreographed seven full-evening works, the most recent in 2011 entitled "Dis-Illusions", a collaboration with composer Ken Christianson and digital media artist Michael Masucci. Ms. Sternberg has been commissioned to create works for the California Science Center, Dance Moving Forward Festival, California Choreographer's Festival, Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College and the Alleluia Dance Theatre. She was nominated for the Dewar’s
Young Choreographer’s Award and was named one of the most
outstanding choreographers in Los Angeles in 2005 and 2007 by the
Beverly Hills Outlook. She has received support for her work and
dance company from the California Arts Council, California Council
for the Humanities, National Performance Network, Los Angeles Cultural
Affairs Department, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, Culver
City Cultural Affairs Commission, Los Angeles County Arts Commission,
National/State/County Partnership, Pacific Bell and the Amgen Foundation.
She has participated in adjudicated dance festivals such as Dance
Kaleidoscope, Festival of Solos and Duets and Dance Moving Forward
in Los Angeles, California Choreographer’s Festival in Laguna
Beach and Summerfest in San Francisco. Donna Sternberg & Dancers
has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and PBS station
KCET’s /Life and Times/ program.
Ms. Sternberg was selected to head the dance program
at the first Visual and Performing Arts Summer Institute conducted
by the Santa Ana Unified School District in June 2002. In 2001,
she was Artist in Residence at UC Irvine as part of the California
Dance & Movement Workshop for Dance Educators. Ms. Sternberg
has taught in private studios, primary and secondary schools and
colleges. These include UC San Diego, Pierce College, Cal State
Los Angeles, and in colleges on the West Coast (CA, OR, WA). She
has taught as part of Performing Tree, an arts-in-education organization,
as a movement specialist on the National Endowment for the Arts
Artists-in-Schools Program and is currently part of the Santa Monica
Arts Education Project. Ms. Sternberg was appointed to the Santa
Monica Arts Commission in December 2001.
Amanda was raised in Texas, where she grew up dancing with her younger brother, who now dances for Texas Ballet Theatre. During high school, Amanda danced with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II in Dallas. She graduated from the The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she earned her B.F.A. in contemporary dance. During her time at UNCSA, she worked with Larry Keigwin and his company, as well as Janis Brenner, and danced works by Jose Limon, Trish Casey, and Brenda Daniels, among others. In her training, she discovered that not only did she have an immense passion for dancing, but for creating, living, breathing, and being a part of the experience of dance as a whole.