Damara Vita Ganley
Damara Vita Ganley is a Bay Area dance artist. She is grateful to have worked with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 2009. She loves sharing movement with others and is the Director of Dance at Kirby College Preparatory School, serves as JGPG’s Education Coordinator and enjoys teaching dance for people with Parkinson’s. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Theater Arts. She has also had the opportunity to work with Bandaloop, Fog Beast, EmSpace Dance, Jo Kreiter/FlyAway Productions, Lisa Townsend, Nancy Karp, Shift Physical Theatre and RJ Muna.
Patricia West is an Oakland based dancer, choreographer, and elementary school teacher. She earned a B.A. in English, Dance, and Education at U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Education at San Jose State University. Patricia has worked and performed with Bay Area Repertory Dance, Capacitor, Levy Dance, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, and Robert Moses’ KIN. In addition to Joe Goode Performance Group, she also currently performs with Zaccho Dance Theater. Patricia has been with Joe Goode Performance Group since 2006.
Kevin Lopez has had a long relationship with the arts. With his roots in theatre, he decided to study dance in school, but still blurs the line between the two in his craft. He has his BFA in Dance from CSU Long Beach, where he danced for Keith Johnson, Gerald Casel, and Bill T. Jones and Leah Cox in Reading Mercy and the Artificial Nigger. He has danced with Intersect Dance Theatre, Stephanie Gilliland, Heather Stockton, Marit Brook-Kothlow, and Mo Miner and Sarah Genta (Mid To West). He has studied with the Joe Goode Performance Group and is one of their teaching artists, he currently dances with Detour Dance and Wax Poet(s). He has shown his own work in festivals in the L.A. area before moving to the Bay Area, and is now continuing to do so up here. (www.kevlopez.org)
Megan is a performance artist with degrees in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) and Psychology from UC Berkeley. In addition to teaching with JGPG’s Youth Education Program since 2012, Lowe is performing/has performed with Flyaway Productions, Dance Brigade, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Epiphany Productions, Christine Cali & Co, Marit Brook-Kothlow, Beth Fein, Karl Frost, Scott Wells, and Tino Sehgal. She is the Office Manager at TDPS, where she also teaches semesterly contact improvisation classes. Megan is incredibly grateful to be working with, learning from, and helping spread the valuable creative techniques JGPG has to offer to the community.
Molly started dancing in middle school at Nevada City School of the Arts and then danced all through high school in the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance program. She attended Cabrillo College where she won the Roberta Bristol award for dance in 2009, then went on to earn her B.A. at UCSC. While living in Santa Cruz, she has danced for choreographers such as Cid Pearlman, Cat Willis, Dixie Shulman, Gerald Casel and is a member of FLEX dance company. Molly and Sierrah Dietz, who started their own company, HOMEbodies, debuted their first show in April 2012, presented their second show in 2013, and entered the New Orleans Fringe Festival in 2014 where they were nominated for the award, Outstanding Choreography (New Work). Molly currently teaches in Santa Cruz at Motion Pacific and is a performing company member with Joe Goode Performance Group.
Virginia Munday was born and raised in Lakeland, FL, Virginia began dancing at an early age. She attended Harrison Arts Center and continued on to earn her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Virginia pursued dance further in New York City dancing with Kim Young, Valerie Green Dance Entropy, Jennifer Schmermund and FreshBlood Productions, Bryan Campbell and others. She moved to London in 2010 and after completing her MFA in Choreography with Distinction, at Roehampton University in 2012, Virginia’s work has been presented in the U.S., Japan and most recently presented at The Place, London where she was also selected for the Choreodrome choreography residency. Virginia now resides in San Jose, California where she continues to choreograph, perform and teach.
Aja Randall, teaching artist, is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In 1999, Aja graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Arts in dance with a minor in education. In 2000 Aja moved to San Diego, danced for two years with Majelate Collective Dance Ensemble, and worked on projects with Sadie Weinberg. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004, she began dancing with Alayo Dance Company.
Christi was raised in Hawaii. She received a BFA in Dance and BS in Mathematics from UC Santa Barbara. Upon graduation she moved to New York to study extensively at The Limón School and work with Doug Varone and Dancers. Then after relocating to San Francisco, she was a company member of Peck Peck Dance Ensemble and CALI & CO dance/Christine Cali, as well as a guest artist with Joe Goode Performance Group, Axis Dance Company, LEVYdance, and Emily Johnson/Catalyst. Her choreography has been presented at Center Stage Theater, Williamsburg Art neXus (WAXworks), Joyce SoHo, CouterPulse (2nd Sundays), and Cowell Theater. She is currently a member of Linda Bair Dance Company and a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis.