Meet our NEW Teaching Artists for 2018-2019!

This year we are excited to welcome seven new teaching artists to our roster. These artists expand our roster through each of the four disciplines and offer new and unique cultural programming. Our goal to reach children where they live, learn and play  will be accomplished through the mastery of these artists and will enrich the communities in which we work.

  ALONZO KING LINES BALLET : Alonzo King LINES Ballet just celebrated its 35th year in San Francisco and continues to act as home to a world-renowned contemporary ballet company, outstanding education and extensive community programs. LINES educational philosophy honors the power of discovery, collaboration, expression and individuality

ALONZO KING LINES BALLET: Alonzo King LINES Ballet just celebrated its 35th year in San Francisco and continues to act as home to a world-renowned contemporary ballet company, outstanding education and extensive community programs. LINES educational philosophy honors the power of discovery, collaboration, expression and individuality

  CYNTHIA PEPPER:  Cynthia Pepper has been a dancer, teacher, filmmaker and choreographer for over 30 years in both public and private California school districts. She enjoys bringing her love of both contemporary and cultural dance into her classrooms with over 25 international dance forms to choose from.

CYNTHIA PEPPER: Cynthia Pepper has been a dancer, teacher, filmmaker and choreographer for over 30 years in both public and private California school districts. She enjoys bringing her love of both contemporary and cultural dance into her classrooms with over 25 international dance forms to choose from.

  ASUAL ASWAD:  Asual Aswad has instructed Bay Area young people in the arts for many years.  He is a resident artist at Southern Exposure and a California Arts Council Resident Artist with the East Oakland Youth Development Center.      

ASUAL ASWAD: Asual Aswad has instructed Bay Area young people in the arts for many years.  He is a resident artist at Southern Exposure and a California Arts Council Resident Artist with the East Oakland Youth Development Center.

 

 

  DERRICK D'MAR MARTIN:  Talented drummer/percussionist, producer and songwriter, Derrick Martin has been performing internationally for the past 20 years. Having worked in studios from Los Angeles to New York, Derrick toured the world with Rock & Roll Legend Little Richard Band for 17 years.  

DERRICK D'MAR MARTIN: Talented drummer/percussionist, producer and songwriter, Derrick Martin has been performing internationally for the past 20 years. Having worked in studios from Los Angeles to New York, Derrick toured the world with Rock & Roll Legend Little Richard Band for 17 years.  

  KULTURA KAPWA:  This dynamic ensemble presents the pre-colonial music, dance and attire traditions of Mindanao, Southern Philippines and Kalinga, Northern Philippines. All trained in the traditional manner by indigenous Philippine culture bearers, the Kultura Kapwa musicians and dancers take pride in introducing young people to the joyful and unifying power of tribal Philippine polyrhythmic percussion music, song and dance.

KULTURA KAPWA: This dynamic ensemble presents the pre-colonial music, dance and attire traditions of Mindanao, Southern Philippines and Kalinga, Northern Philippines. All trained in the traditional manner by indigenous Philippine culture bearers, the Kultura Kapwa musicians and dancers take pride in introducing young people to the joyful and unifying power of tribal Philippine polyrhythmic percussion music, song and dance.

  OPERA CULTURA : Opera Cultura's mission is to explore the Latino - Hispanic cultural experience through music theater and opera, while providing opportunities for the community to participate as creators, learners, and performers. We accomplish this by presenting the work of composer Héctor Armienta, showcasing other artists, and training young people in the performing arts. By doing so, we create a cultural bridge between communities. 

OPERA CULTURA: Opera Cultura's mission is to explore the Latino - Hispanic cultural experience through music theater and opera, while providing opportunities for the community to participate as creators, learners, and performers. We accomplish this by presenting the work of composer Héctor Armienta, showcasing other artists, and training young people in the performing arts. By doing so, we create a cultural bridge between communities. 

  JIAYAN (JESSIE) YONG : Jiayan (Jessie) Yong has over 10 years of teaching experience and seeks to cultivate an appreciation for the culture behind and the techniques involved in the creation of traditional Chinese dance. As a performer trained in classical, modern, and Chinese folk dance, she has enjoyed providing students with opportunities to immerse themselves in Chinese culture while realizing their own artistic potential.

JIAYAN (JESSIE) YONG: Jiayan (Jessie) Yong has over 10 years of teaching experience and seeks to cultivate an appreciation for the culture behind and the techniques involved in the creation of traditional Chinese dance. As a performer trained in classical, modern, and Chinese folk dance, she has enjoyed providing students with opportunities to immerse themselves in Chinese culture while realizing their own artistic potential.