Happy New Year dNaga Family!

photo credit: Catalina Jackson Urueña
So much happened last year. Here are the highlights from 2015!
Proteinology: Diagnosis was premiered at Mills College. The dance examined what processing occurs when someone first discovers they have Parkinson’s Disease.
The GIRL Project successfully saw 14 girls from the San Antonio district of Oakland complete a week long intensive and the EastSide Cultural Center. The free workshop offered classes in dance, urban planning, self defense, gardening, bike riding safety and received bikes, locks, helmets and book racks at the completion of the workshop.
dNaga was featured in the premiere of Dave Iverson’s documentary, Capturing Grace that was screened around the country and on public television.
The world premiere of Lovely Gibberish was performed by our inter-generational dancers and featured dancers with Parkinson’s.
I went to the Bessie Lab in New York City to study with choreographer Ralph Lemon. It was invigorating to explore post-modern concepts and have time to do some critical thinking around dance making.
The world premiere of Spider Inside Her was performed at Z Space, in San Francisco. The dance explored sexism in medicine and scratched the surface of mental health issues.
Mental Health and Tikkun Olam was performed at Studio 8 in Berkeley.
We offered an Empowerment Dance Workshop for 6th graders at La Esquelita, in East Oakland.
It was a great year and we hope to see you in class or in the theater. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our e-mail list by sending a quick note to info@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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