Giving Tuesday

By November 27, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Dear Friends,

dNaga is filled with gratitude for all of the artists, supporters, families and friends who make it possible for us to create, spread and share dance in our community.

A year in retrospect:

GIRL Project

–       4th Annual Spring and 2nd Annual Summer Workshops

–       Pilot Fall On-going workshop


PEACE Project

–       San Francisco premiere of Proteinology as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s festival Threading Resilience at SOMArts

–       Local Oakland elementary school performances and lecture demonstrations

–       Local East Bay community performances including Luna Dance Institute’s Points of View, Danspace’s Matinee Munch and Ruth Bothchan’s Dances of Love, Life and Loss at Western Sky.


–       Premiere of SHIFT as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s festival Threading Resilience at SOMArts, San Francisco

–       Premiere of Circle of Sisterhood involving participants from the GIRL Project performed at EastSide Cultural Center.

We would like to thank Beth and David Hoge, The East Bay Fund for Artists, Susanne Takehara and the EastSide Cutlural Center, the California Arts Council, our generous Fairy God Mother and generous individual donors.

We look forward to 2018 and going into our 5th year of the GIRL Project, creating new work with sights towards participating in the World Parkinson’s Congress in 2019 and plan to create and publish a compilation of interviews by dancers with Parkinson’s disease.

We turn to you to ask for your support in spreading dance in our community.

Please donate to dNaga by following this link to our fiscal sponsor:

All donations are tax deductible and directly support program expenses.


Claudine Naganuma

Artistic Director

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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