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 80 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 eight full-evening works, the most recent in 2013 entitled "Desire" that explored desire through the lens of plant biology. Ms. Sternberg has been commissioned to create works for the California Science Center, Dance Moving Forward Festival, California Choreographer's Festival, ALOT Festival, Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College and the Alleluia Dance Theatre. She received a Choreographic Fellowship from the city of Santa Monica in 2013, 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, Arts Council of Long Beach, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National/State/County Partnership, Pacific Bell, Puffin Foundation, Bank of America 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, Choreographer's Symposium 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.

ArtistsDonna Sternberg
ArtistsHannah Inayoshi
ArtistsJacob Magana
ArtistsLaura Ann Smyth
ArtistsAdriana Urena

 

 

 

 
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Hannah Inayoshi

Hannah Inayoshi
Hannah holds with a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She has studied with Bodytraffic, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Joffrey and Alonzo King's Lines Company. Professionally she has danced with Kybele Dance Theater and is currently a member of The Union Project Dance Company.

 

Jacob Magana

Jacob Magana
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jacob was a member of a competition dance team that he now teaches and directs. He is currently finishing his AA in Dance at Glendale Community College and is a member of Hart Pulse Dance Company.

 

 Laura Ann Smyth

Laura Ann Smyth
Laura holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. In addition to DS&D, she dances with JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble and Brockus:RED. She is on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University and Brentwood Upper School and has choreographed for both institutions as well as Santa Monica College and Long Beach City College. Laura is passionate about the preservation of jazz dance and its role in academia and as such has presented at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, the World Dance Alliance Conference and the National Dance Educators Association Conference. She was honored to perform at the Playboy Jazz Festival in 2013.

 

Adriana Urena

Adriana Urena
Adriana graduated with a BFA in Dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She trained initially in Caracas, Venezuela where she also performed with Tempo Ballet and went on to study with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Boston Ballet. She has performed works by Helen Simoneau, Shen Wei among others and been featured in several films. She has taught and choreographed in North Carolina..

 
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