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 TNR: Moebius.

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.

ArtistsDonna Sternberg
ArtistsAmanda Adams
ArtistsErin Bond
ArtistsLindsay Marquino
ArtistsCassandra Richards
ArtistsEvan Swenson (Guest)

 

 

 

 
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Eliabeth Alexander

Amanda Adams
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.

 

Eliabeth Alexander

Erin Bond
is originally from Las Vegas, NV where she trained with Nevada Ballet Theatre and attended the Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts High School. She graduated from Chapman University Suma Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance where she also received the outstanding Performance Award. Since graduation, she has had the opportunity to perform with contemporary and modern dance choreographers in the greater LA area, including Alex Little and Sean Greene. Erin can also currently be seen dancing with Vox Dance Theatre.

 

Lindsay Marquino

Lindsay Marquino
(apprentice) graduated recently from the University of Wyoming in Dance. She has performed, choreographed and taught as well as trained with a number of different companies. Lindsay is also performing with LA Choreographers and Dancers.

 

Cassandra Richards

Cassandra Richards
Cassandra received her BFA degree in Dance from Cal Arts as well graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy. She has studied at the London Comtemporary Dance School, Louisville Ballet, Boston Ballet and Kirov Ballet Academy. Cassandra has performed, choreographed and taught both ballet and modern dance. She has received numerous awards including Outstanding Achievement in Dance from Interlochen.

 
 

Evan Swenson (Guest)
Evan Swenson has danced professionally with companies in Atlanta, New York, Florida and the Los Angeles area.  He currently dances with numerous companies in Los Angeles as well as performing as a guest artist throughout the United States.

 

 

 
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