Sarah Bush creates her inimitable style of movement by combining her training in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and contact improvisation. She has performed in the Bay Area since 1997, and since 2007 she has been the Artistic Director of Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP). Her work has received awards from Curve Magazine and BayAreaDanceWatch. Sarah is a member of Dance Brigade, has choreographed for Mona Khan Company, Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company and Destiny Arts Center, and been a guest performer with Bill T. Jones. Sarah is currently the Berkeley Art Center’s 2018 Dancer In Residence. She regularly is a guest artist in schools and offers private lessons and group classes in throughout the Bay Area.
Richelle Donigan is a Masterful Life Coach, Teacher and Spirit Guide. She has been in the work and study of transformation, yoga and Meditation for 15 years. But first last and forever there is DANCE. Richelle has danced across stages and continents for more than 40 years. She is filled with gratitude for the grace that has allowed her to continue to bring forth her gift. At 60 she dedicates her movement to all of her ancestors whose lives were taken yet whose spirits fly and inform every whip of her head, curve of her back, clap of her hands & sweep, turn and pound of her feet. She walks deep and she knows who and whose she is. Richelle says, “I am Dance all else follows.”
Dominique Hargrove was born and raised in Chicago. She began training at Chicago high school for the Arts (ChiArts) and Chicago Multicultural dance center under Homer Hans Bryant. While in high school she attended Alonzo King LINES ballet summer intensive in 2012, where she then became a part of the four year BFA program in 2013. She graduated, Cum Laude, from the program in May 2017. She has performed in works by Amy Seiwert, Keelan Whitmoore, Michael Montgomery, Gregory Dawson, Alivia Schaffer, and many more. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to dance with Alive and Well Productions, Call-It-Art, and currently Sarah Bush Dance Project.
Courtney Hope started her training when she was five in her hometown at Los Angeles Ballet Academy where she studied ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. After high school she decided to pursue a degree in chemistry, which she completed at the University of San Francisco. During her time in school she continued dancing, and upon graduation decided to put away her beakers and periodic tables and dance professionally. Since making that decision she has danced with Dancing People Company in Ashland, Oregon. She debuted her San Francisco career with PUSH in Point Ship Yard Project and is now also dancing with Sarah Bush Dance Project, David Herrera Performance Company and SoulSkin dance.
Rose Huey is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in Oakland, CA. Rose has danced with Ananya Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and locally with Mix’d Ingrdnts, BANDALOOP, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, Kim Ip, Chris Black, Joslynn Mathis-Reed, Bianca Cabrera/Blind Tiger Society, and others, touring both nationally and internationally. She currently dances with Hope Mohr Dance. Rose is the Assistant Director for Sarah Bush Dance Project, and a co-founder of ragbag, a creative collective started in 2016. Rose also teaches grounded and vertical dance throughout the Bay Area.
Courtney King graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2015 with a double degree in Communications and Performing Arts & Social Justice with an emphasis in Dance. King has attended Impulstanz, studied Gaga in Tel Aviv with Ohad Naharin, taken two workshops with Miguel Gutierrez, and attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Summer Intensive. King has shown work in the National Queer Arts Festival, the San Francisco International Arts Festival, ODC’s Pilot Program, and West Wave Dance Festival. She dances and choreographs in the Bay Area for Chlo & Co Dance. She is currently dancing with Sarah Bush Dance Project, Jaq H. Dalziel, and Roxanne Gray.
Joan Lazarus (Dancer) has performed in the works of Alonzo King, Cliff Keuter, Ellen Bromberg, Mark Morris, Victoria Morgan, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Kathleen, McClintock, Richard Colton, John LeFan, and Alan Ptashek. She has been on the dance faculty at University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, RoCo Dance, and Shawl-Anderson. She has been awarded Bay Area National Dance Week’s Contribution to the Field of Dance Award (2006), Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement (2012), and San Francisco Chronicle “2011 Dance MVP.” What a treat to perform with SBDP and these lovely dancers. Thank you, Sarah!
Sue Li Jue has been teaching and choreographing in the Bay Area since 1986. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA and Mills College, respectively. This year marks her retirement after 32 years of dance teaching at UC Berkeley — these last three years as the Director of Physical Education. Sue is the Artistic Director of Facing East Dance & Music whose achievements include an Izzie Award for Best Ensemble, California Dancemaker Award, James Irvine Artist Advancement Initiative, grants from Zellerbach Community Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CA$H, Clorox, and more, as well as touring nationally and internationally. This July she received the honor from the Mayor of Berkeley that July 24th be declared “Sue Li Jue Day” in the City of Berkeley for her many years of service in the arts. She is thrilled to be working with Sarah Bush and is thankful to still be dancing.
Nina Wu is a second-gen, Chinese-American, multi-disciplinary artist floating between dance and visual art. Studied in math, art, and education, with interests in identity, mechanics, and play, Nina spends her time designing math games for kids and creating art, especially in collaboration with friends. She is a co-founder (with Rose Huey and Courtney Hope) of the creative collective, ragbag. You can find her dancing for a variety of companies and projects around the Bay; present and past credits include: Sarah Bush Dance Project, Mix’d Ingrdnts, Five Feet Dance, Fullstop Dance, AKDP, Duniya Dance & Drum. She is also a member of CTRL+SHFT, a really rad art collective.