Dancer Bios

 

Brandon Freeman, better known as “Private”, hails from Colorado.  He started dancing in College and with Canyon Concert Ballet, before a very successful 12-year career with ODC.  In the Bay Area, Private has also worked with Berkeley Ballet Theater, Marin Ballet, Western Ballet, Peninsula Ballet, Stephen Pelton, Kevin Ware, Katie Faulkner, and Sonya Delwaide; and was a principle dancer in the movie, ‘The Matrix II: Reloaded.’ Mr. Freeman earned an Isadora Duncan Award, with Brian Fisher, for Ensemble Performance in 2002, and received a nomination for Individual Performance in 2004 for his role in Brenda Way’s “Investigating Grace.”  In addition to teaching modern dance in the bay area, he plays the cello, and is a Military Police Sergeant in the Army National Guard.  Private would like to gratefully acknowledge all who have influenced his dance career, specifically Brenda, KT, Sonya, and Randy.

Maureen "Mo" Miner recently relocated to the Bay Area from Illinois where she was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Illinois State University. She received her B.S. in Psychology at Western Illinois University and then went on to get her MFA in Dance Performance at the University of Iowa. She has performed with Jennifer Kayle and Company, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, Charlotte Adams and Dancers, Duarte Dance Works, Sara Semonis, and in works by Miguel Gutierrez and Lucas Crandall. In the Bay Area she has performed with Project Bandaloop, little seismic dance company, and Nina Haft & Company.  Her choreography has been seen at Bare Bones, Watchword Press presents The Whole Story, the Dance IS Festival, and commissioned by College Preparatory School in Oakland. Mo teaches at University of San Francisco and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, where she is a current Artist-In-Residence.

Nadia Oka is a Bay Area choreographer and teacher.  She is a yoga teacher and a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York.  In 2007 she earned an MFA at Mills College in Choreography and Performance.  During her time at Mills, she worked with Molissa Fenley and Sonya Delwaide, among others.  Ms. Oka has presented her work at CounterPULSE theater and has performed locally with Sonsherée Giles, Katie Faulkner's little seismic dance company and Kimiko Guthrie of Dandelion Dance Theater. Ms. Oka has taught adults and young dancers of all ages at Berkeley Ballet, Marin Ballet, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Berkeley High School.

Janet Das is a native of the bay area and grew up performing in numerous musicals, plays, dance, and choir performances.  Her dance journey started at age 5 where she began studying the RAD syllabus in ballet.  In her young adult life she discovered modern dance and ended up receiving a BFA from CalArts and an MFA in dance performance and choreography from Mills College.  Janet has performed throughout Northern and Southern California for Trip Dance Theater, Collage Dance Theater, Molisssa Fenley and dancers, Li Chiao-Ping, Rebecca Gilbert, Sonsheree Giles, Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir and Joe Goode. Janet currently dances with AXIS Dance Company and Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company and teaches classes for AXIS and at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center.  Her own work has been shown at San Diego’s Sushi performance space, CalArts, Mills College, and the Cowell Theater. She currently lives in Oakland with her husband Raja.

Rebecca Gilbert received her BA in dance from Mills College and has performed with SF Dance Repertory, Dance Elixir, Kate Mitchell and Dancers, Group A and others in the Bay Area. She has also co-produced three evenings of work in San Francisco under the name of Barely Complete Productions and is working toward another evening of work to be performed in the Spring of 2010. On her off time, Rebecca is a full time massage therapist in San Francisco. She is currently a member of Ahdanco, ArtFace and Dance Ceres and has danced with Katie Faulkner's little seismic dance company since 2006.