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
ArtistsChristian Fajardo
ArtistsJun Lee
ArtistsNicole Powell
ArtistsChelsea Rountree
ArtistsLaura Ann Smyth

 

 

 

 
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Christian Fajardo

Christian Fajardo
Christian Fajardo, originally from the Philippines, began his formal dance training in his early twenties. With an eclectic background, Christian has trained in choreography, improvisation, modern, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. He holds an AA from Grossmont College and a BFA in Dance from CSULB, where he graduated with Honors and was awarded scholarships. This is Christian’s first season with Donna Sternberg & Dancers. He is also a crew technician for the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre. Christian plans to obtain his personal training certification and aspires to be a teacher one day, bringing along with him his playful spirit.

 

Jun Lee

Jun Lee
Jun Lee was born in Singapore and traveled around the world as a child. After graduating from the Boston Conservatory, she lived in New York and worked with companies such as Catapult Entertainment, Amy Marshall, Rioult, Kinesis Project and Grounded Aerial. She has performed in 2 European tours, choreographed for New York Fashion Week and Improv Everywhere, received commissions from Youtube and New York University, and been presented by the International Youth Dance Festival in Macau. New to LA, she is grateful to be able to join Donna Sternberg & Dancers for her first performance on the West Coast!

 

Nicole Powell

Nicole Powell
Nicole Powell graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2013 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Philosophy. Her performances at SMU included works by Martha Graham, Shen Wei, and Danny Buraczeski and her choreography was showcased in the “Best Of” Show. Nicole lived and danced in Melbourne, Australia working for Ausdance Victoria as dancer-in-residence at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital. She is a passionate dance teacher who has taught for the Scottish dance company Curious Seed, in California and abroad. In addition to DS&D, Nicole currently dances with Brockus:RED and teaches at multiple studios.

 

Chelsea Rountree

Chelsea Rountree
Chelsea Rountree began dancing at age three in her native town of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was a company member of Moving People Dance Company where she received training from Jock Soto, Kyle Robinson, and Susan Quinn. She has performed original works by Jacques d’Amboise, Christopher d’Amboise, and improvised with Bobby McFerrin. Chelsea recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Dance. She has been working as a professional dancer and teacher for over seven years and loves to spread the joy of dance everyday.

 

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.

 
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