Jeremy began his professional career with Parsons Dance, receiving critical praise for his performance of the acclaimed solo Caught. He is twice an Isadora Duncan Dance Award nominee and once a winner for ensemble performance. He is an advisory board member and the artistic advisor for Post:Ballet in San Francisco and a former artist with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects and Lydia Johnson Dance in New York City. Jeremy also collaborates with former ODC dancer Yayoi Kambara in Kambara + Dancers. He hails from Miami, FL, and graduated summa cum laude from the Florida State University. Jeremy joined ODC/Dance in 2007.
Natasha Adorlee Johnson
Natasha was born in Huntington Beach, CA, and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English. Natasha was awarded a 2014 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her performance with Jeremy Smith in Two if by Sea, choreographed by Kimi Okada.
Natasha trained with American Ballet Theatre, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, and was an inaugural member of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet training program. She played "Snoopy" in Charlie Brown Christmas-Live! at the San Francisco Symphony, is a former member of Robert Moses' KIN, and has performed as a guest artist with Kate Weare Company.
As artistic director of Concept o4, Natasha has created dance for film and live performance. She has previously choreographed for the European Tanzsomer Festival, Regional Dance America, and music video projects. Natasha is also a singer and music producer with the group Saint Tiimbre. Natasha joined ODC/Dance in 2011.
Josie G. Sadan Maternity Leave
Josie grew up in Lagunitas, CA. She trained on scholarship at Marin Ballet and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since returning to the Bay area in 2007, Josie has enjoyed working with choreographers including Sidra Bell, Manuelito Biag, Molissa Fenley, Amy Foley, and Robert Moses, and she is a former member of Robert Moses' KIN. Josie is also a widely published writer and holds an M.A. in Communications from Stanford University. She joined ODC/Dance in 2013.
Brandon, better known as "Private," is an ODC veteran, having danced with the company for 12 years, before venturing out in 2008 for an artistic "Walkabout." In the Bay Area, Private has had the privilege of working with many dance companies and schools, most recently Amy Seiwert's Imagery since 2010, and he was a principal dancer in the movie The Matrix II: Reloaded. He also had the rare opportunity to be a guest artist with the Colorado Ballet, performing in Glen Tetley's Le Sacre Du Printemps in 2013.
Nominated multiple times, Private received Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards for Ensemble Performance in 2002 with Brian Fisher, in 2012 with Katie Faulkner, and in 2014 with Katherine Wells. In addition to teaching ballet and modern dance technique (including Dance for Parkinson's Disease), he is a sailor, a poet, a woodworker, oil painter, and was formerly an Artillery and Military Police Sergeant in the Army National Guard. He gratefully acknowledges all who have influenced his dance career, specifically Brenda, KT, Sonya, Amy, and Randy.
Jeremy was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Augusta, GA, where he received his initial training at the Augusta Ballet School. In 2005, he graduated with honors from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Lynn Tailor Corbett's Lost and Found. Jeremy then danced with Nevada Ballet Theater, performing principal roles in George Balanchine's Rubies and Serenade, Mathew Neenan's At the Border, along with works by Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, James Canfield, and Thaddeus Davis. Since moving to San Francisco in 2012, he has worked with Robert Moses Kin, Post:Ballet, Zhukov Dance, DawsonDanceSF, and Hope Mohr Dance. He joined ODC/Dance in 2015.
Tegan grew up in Miami, FL. She graduated summa cum laude from New World School of the Arts College, and earned a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Florida. Tegan began her career in 2005 as a dancer/marionettist in several collaborations with choreographer Katherine Kramer and the acclaimed marionette/visual artist Pablo Cano. Tegan moved to San Francisco in 2008 and has had the pleasure of dancing principal roles as a company member with Dance Through Time, Hope Mohr Dance and Garrett+Moulton Productions. Tegan joined ODC/Dance in 2015.
Alec, a Palo Alto native, has enjoyed dancing since early childhood. He began seriously exploring and training in dance at Ayako School of Ballet. Alec continued studying dance at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where he was awarded dance scholarships and graduated in 2013 with a B.F.A. in Dance with a Performance Specialization. At UCI, Alec worked with Donald McKayle as a member of his Etude Ensemble. He has also trained and worked with Jodie Gates, David Allan, Tong Wang, Diane Diefenderfer, Michael Lowe, and Molly Lynch.
Alec has had the opportunity to perform principal roles in Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker and Neos Dance Theatre's contemporary Snow White. From 2013-15, he performed with both Neos Dance Theatre (Ohio), and Menlowe Ballet. Alec joined ODC/Dance in 2015.
Daniel Santos was born in Manila, Philippines. He began his formal dance training at the age of 16 with State Street Ballet under the tutelage of Rodney Gustafson, and later received a full scholarship from the San Francisco Ballet School. Santos danced with ODC/Dance for 10 years, winnning an Isadora Duncan Award for Individual Performance. In 2012, Santos temporarily left dance to explore his outdoor interests, studying at the Mountain Training School and learning to guide in three disciplines: Alpine Mountaineering, Back Country Skiing, and Rock Climbing. But after 4 years in the great outdoors, the stage was calling: Santos rejoined the company in 2016.
Keon Saghari was born and raised in Los Gatos, CA. She graduated summa cum laude from Alonzo King LINES Ballet at Dominican University with a BFA in Dance, and received her early training from San Jose Ballet School. Keon is a former member of AXIS Dance Company, with whom she toured nationally and internationally; as well as ZiRu Dance, with whom she toured in China. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers including Marc Brew, Alex Ketley, Bobbi Jene Smith, Maurya Kerr, Yuri Zhukov, Bianca Mendoza, David Hererra, and Natasha Adorlee Johnson. Keon is also a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. Keon joined ODC/Dance in 2016.
Rachel Furst is from Baltimore, MD, where she trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. She performed with Amy Seiwert's Imagery since 2012, as well as with Dawson Dance SF and Smuin Ballet. Rachel joined ODC/Dance in 2016.
Lani Yamanaka Apprentice
Lani Yamanaka (Apprentice) was born and raised in Carlsbad, CA. She graduated from UC Irvine with two B.F.A. degrees specializing in Performance and Choreography. At UCI, she had the privilege to train with Donald McKayle as a member of his Etude Ensemble where she was able to learn, perform, and create repertory with the world renowned dance legend. Immediately upon graduation, Lani was cast in Pearl, a multimedia production directed and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow. The show made its world premiere at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. She has trained with Hubbard Street Dance Company, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BodyTraffic, and Unity 2 Dance Ensemble. Lani was a company member with Entity Contemporary Dance for 3 years, and is signed with Go 2 Talent Agency. She joined ODC/Dance as an apprentice in 2016.
Mia J. Chong Apprentice
Mia J. Chong grew up in San Francisco, California. She received scholarships and training from the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Ailey School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the School at Jacob's Pillow, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University,and ODC School, where she trained for over a decade. Mia performed with Robert Moses' KIN Dance Company and is a former member of Dance Theatre of San Francisco. She joined ODC/Dance as an apprentice in 2016.
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