|合作舞者 Collaborating Dancers
Kompiang Metri-Davies is a native of Bali, Indonesia, where she
learned the traditional arts of music and dance from 5 years of
age. She has been living, dancing and teaching in the Bay Area for
16 years now, working in traditional and multi-cultural modes, and
is now the artistic director of Gadung Kasturi, a non-profit dance
and music ensemble, for which she also provides choreography, arrangements
and costumes, and under the auspices of which she teaches dance
to children and adults.
Aliah Najmabadi is an international performer and traditional dance
activist of Persian & Central Asian dance. Currently Program Director
for the Tajik Dance Initiative based in the Republic of Tajikistan,
Aliah formerly served as Assistant Director of Ballet Afsaneh of which
she was a principle dancer from 1998-2008. Aliah holds an Mmus Performance
degree in Central Asian dance from the School of Oriental & African
Studies (London) and a B.A. in both Iranian Studies and World Arts
& Cultures from UCLA.
Jade Raybin is a director, choreographer, writer and performer that
has been actively involved in the Bay Area arts community since 1996.
She holds an MFA in Experimental Performance from New College of California
where she studied under choreographers Erika Shuch and Krista Denio.
She was a principal dancer with Aywah Ethnic Dance Company (1996-2003),
and Ballet Afsaneh (2005-2007). She has extensive training in release
technique, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics, Middle-Eastern, North African,
Central Asian, and Persian dance forms. Currently, she performs with
Damage Control Dance Theater, Miriam's Well Dance, and is delighted
to be a part of Wan Chao Dance.
Nadia Roan developed an early interest in dance when she joined San
Francisco's Chinese Folk Dance Association (CFDA) where she was introduced
to movement as a way of cultural representation and expression. She
became fascinated by the diversity within ethnic dance and continued
dancing with the CFDA for 11 years. Her passion for dance led her
to also pick up ballet, jazz, hip hop, and salsa. She is thrilled
to be a member of WCD.
As a seasoned performer on the proscenium stage, Hannah Romanowsky
draws her aesthetic impulse from many years of study in both Eastern
and Western classical dance, and she has enraptured audiences with
her wide range of expertise rooted in the enchanting forms of North
Africa, the Near East and Central Asia. Hannah holds a degree in Dance
Ethnology and World Music from San Francisco State University. She
is the founder and director of the educational youth program Danceversity
and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in psychology.
Kristen Sague holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Michigan,
as well as studying and performing in social dances in Palestine,
with Folclorico de Oriente and Luis de Roblejo in Cuba, Dagbe Cultural
Centre and Fatawu Sabiyu in Ghana, and with Guru Mata Prasad Mishra
in India. She currently dances with Ballet Afsaneh, Sharzad Dance
Company and is delighted to be working with Wan Chao Dance Company.
Tara Catherine Pandeya is trained in multiple dance styles; ranging
from Central Asian, to Middle Eastern, Western classical jazz-tap
and Classical South Indian dance. She has been a principal dancer
and soloist with Ballet Afsaneh for over 10 years. Tara was chosen
as a featured artist through the California Arts Council's 'Next Generation'
Young and Upcoming Artists Grant program in 2002. Most recently Tara
was a featured soloist in the highly selective San Francisco Ethnic
Dance Festival for the 2007 season.
While Renee's passion for dance has inspired her to study many styles
over the past eighteen years, her primary focus has been African dance.She
has performed nationwide with various dance ensembles including Lokole,
The Chinyakare Dance Ensemble, Sambada and now WCD!
Miriam Peretz is an internationally acclaimed performing artist and
dance instructor. She was a principal dancer with Inbal Ethnic Dance
Theater in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is now assistant artistic director
and principle dancer for Ballet Afsaneh with whom she has been a member
since 1998. Miriam's love of dance has led her on an extraordinary
life long journey that has taken her throughout the Middle East and
to her original birthplace, Israel. These cultural exchanges have
inspired her to use the arts as a bridge to create respect, love and
unity among people of different backgrounds and spiritual traditions.
Emelie Mahdavian is working towards her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a designated emphasis in Performance Studies at UC Davis. She earned
a B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Mills College. She is a lifelong dancer, and most recently studied dance in Tajikistan for two months. She also
performs with Ballet Afsaneh.
合作音樂團體 Collaborating Music Groups