dNaga is pleased to announce that we have received a matching commission fund grant from the East Bay Fund for Artists.

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Please support our fundraiser to raise $8,000 for artist fees for our upcoming program Circle of Sisterhood! The EBFA grant supports a dollar for dollar match! Funds must be raised by the end of summer!

Circle of Sisterhood: What can you do?

We cannot make art without you! This art form means nothing if it stays in the studio. Only when we share the work with a community does the work truly become alive. Dance, in particular is an esoteric art form. There is nothing tangible to take away. I often envy my friends who create a tangible product like a painting, a photograph or a book. With dance, we have a memory and a feeling to leave with. My collaborators and I strive to create art that has an impact on our audiences. Through the art, we strive to inspire deep thinking, encourage discourse and a call to action.

  • Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by sending a check made out to Dancers Group, with dNaga in the memo and send to:

473 Hudson Street
Oakland, CA 94618

Circle of Sisterhood

We are proud to be in our fourth year of programming of the GIRL Project at EastSide Cultural Center. Our project offers free dance and empowerment programming for girls 11 to 14 living in East Oakland. This year, dNaga dancers will offer a performance July 15th and 16th and provide an opportunity for the girls to experience what it is like to be part of a professional production. Lead artists include choreographer Claudine Naganuma, composer Joel Davel and videographer Stevie Sanchez. We hope to see you there!

  • We love partnering with businesses that support the arts and are aligned with our values! For inquiries about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please email Artistic Director Claudine Naganuma at claudine@dnaga.org

About Claudine

Claudine Naganuma (Choreographer/Teacher) received a liberal arts education from Dominican College, earning a BA degree in English Literature. She studied Early Childhood Education while she earned an MFA in Dance from Mills College in Choreography and Performance(1992). Claudine taught at Aurora Elementary School in the fourth/fifth grade classroom and at La Escuelita in a sixth grade classroom doing a fall semester empowerment workshop. She is currently a ballet teacher and Director of Danspace and its Dance for PD® program since 2007. Claudine served as the Artistic Director of Asian American Dance Performances for twelve years. There, she had the opportunity to curate and produce Asian Pacific Islander (API) dance makers and lead its resident dance company, Unbound Spirit. Together with San Francisco Community Arts Organizations, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center was founded to support contemporary API work. As a choreographer, Claudine has received a Young Presenters award from Jacob’s Pillow, a Jack Loftis and Vibeke Strand Honorary Fellowship as a Djerassi Artist in Resident. She was also selected as an international exchange artist between the Hong Kong Fringe Club and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Claudine’s work was recently filmed as part of Dave Iverson’s documentary Capturing Grace. Her choreography set on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Youth Company along with members of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and dNaga performed at the World Parkinson Congress in September 2016. Claudine’s untiring dedication to the community is further evidenced by her GIRL project, now in its fourth year. This is a free art and empowerment workshop for middle school girls living in the San Antonio District of Oakland.

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