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.
Melecio Estrella is a Bay Area born and raised artist. He has enjoyed working with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 2004. Melecio is the co-director of Fog Beast and a longtime member BANDALOOP. He is thankful to have worked with Scott Wells, Rachael Lincoln, Erika Shuch, Frieda Kipar, Jesse Hewit, Nancy Stark Smith and others over the years.
Andrew Ward is a Bay Area native. He grew up competing in gymnastics and baseball. He began dancing in the vibrant and supportive Berkeley High School modern dance program. Upon graduating from Berkeley High, he attended UC Berkeley, where he continued studying and performing modern dance while earning a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. After graduating in 2007, Ward joined the Joe Goode Performance Group as a company member. Most recently, Ward co-founded Fog Beast, a dance based performing arts company, that performs, teaches, and choreographs on the Bay Area.
Alexander Zendzian started dancing while growing up in the Penobscot Valley in central Maine. Since relocating to the Bay Area he has been honored to perform with Anna Halprin, Sara Shelton Mann, Joe Goode, Jodi Lomask, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Amelia Rudolph, Kim Epifano, and Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith. He received a BA in Cultural Performance Studies from The Evergreen State College in 2001.
Caroline Alexander was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She is an active dancer and performer in the Bay Area, as well as a teacher of dance and the JGPG methodologies. Caroline has been teaching for the Joe Goode Performance Group youth programs since 2012.
Becca Dean is a native of Boulder, Colorado and graduated with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She has performed with Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions and has taught in their GIRLFLY Summer program for teens. Becca has also enjoyed working with Kathleen Hermesdorf, Marit Brook-Kothlow, and as a guest with Joe Goode Performance Group. She is honored to be co-teaching Dance for Parkinson’s with Damara Vita Ganley for Joe Goode Performance Group. She is currently a BANDALOOP company member.
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.
Jessica Swanson has been a teaching artist since 1990. She started with teaching gymnastics and creative movement for kids at Arcata Parks and Recreation, San Francisco Gymnastics, and Fitness in Transit, Oakland. She has taught modern dance through JGPG since 2007, including weekly class at the JGPG Annex and workshops at home and abroad. As an independent/ adjunct instructor she has taught dance at UC Berkeley, SUNY Purchase’s Movement Coalition, and Abizaide Arts, NYC. She currently teaches dance for Buena Vista Horace Mann Elementary School, and is co-choreographing a piece for Destiny Arts Center’s alumni professional development program.