DANCERS

Rehearsal Director:

NORMA FONG
Norma Fong grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and trained at Pacific Ballet Academy in Mountain View, CA. She graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in dance, performance, and choreography. Norma has danced with Pasadena Dance Theater, Shift>>> Physical Theater, Tanya Bello’s Project B, Todd Eckert, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and as a guest for ODC/Dance. She has been a member of RMK since 2006.

Principal Dancers:

 

CRYSTALDAWN BELL
Crystaldawn Bell is from Somis, California and graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, Composition, and Performance. She has danced with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, ODC, Labayen Dance/SF, Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers, Stranger Lover Dreamer, ahdanco, Paufve Dance, and Todd Eckert. Crystaldawn has been with RMK since 2010.

 

VINCENT CHAVEZ
Vincent Chavez hails from Albuquerque, NM. He trained at LINES Ballet Training Program, Ballet Hispanico, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre Southwest. He has danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company, ZiRu Dance, GreeneWorks Project, New Mexico Ballet Company, as well as, National and International touring as an independent Creative. Vincent was hired by RMK in 2012.

Dancers:

KERYN BREITERMAN-LOADER
Keryn Breiterman-Loader was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in Miami, Florida. She trained with Miami City Ballet School and went on to graduate from Stanford University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Dance. Keryn has danced with Liss Fain Dance, Kinetech Arts, Ziru Dance, and Alma Esperanza Cunningham. She has been with RMK since 2017.
 
CORA CLIBURN
Cora Cliburn grew up in Santa Fe, NM. She earned a BA in Environmental Anthropology with Honors and a Dance minor from Stanford University, and studied at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Moving People Dance Santa Fe. Cora has danced with ODC/Dance, Post:Ballet, Gerald Casel, and ARCOS Dance (Austin, TX), among others. She has been with RMK since 2016.
 
EMILY HANSEL
Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Emily Hansel received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida. Emily has danced with Post:Ballet, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, FACT/SF, Funsch Dance, The Anata Project, Marika Brussel, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, SOULSKIN Dance, and recently performed Cunningham repertory in Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists In Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100. She has been with RMK since 2018.
 
ARVEJON JONES
ArVejon Jones originates from Los Angeles, CA and graduated from San Francisco State University. He has danced with Copious Dance Theater, ODC Dance/SF, Sean Dorsey Dance, Jean Appolon Expressions, PUSH Dance, SOULSKIN Dance, and Prometheus Dance. ArVejon was hired by RMK in 2019.
 
KAIA MAKIHARA
Kaia Makihara is from Sonoma County, California. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and has performed for Gerald Casel, Kristin Damrow, and Kevin Williamson. Kaia joined RMK in 2020.
 
JENNA MARIE 
Jenna Marie is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from the Creative and Performing Arts high School in Philadelphia, Olga Kresin Ballet school and was a Scholarship student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Jenna has danced with Ailey II, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, MOMIX, Metropolitan Opera, Ballet Hispanico, and Post:Ballet. She joined RMK in 2020.
 
ELENA MARTINS
Elena Martins grew up in Massachusetts and went on to graduate from SUNY Buffalo with a BA in dance and a minor in speech and hearing science. She has danced with Prometheus Dance (Boston), Lorraine Chapman The Company (Boston), Axis Dance Company, Sarah Berges Dance, RAWdance, CALI&CO dance, and Bellwether Dance Project, among others. Elena joined RMK in 2018.
 
SAMUEL MELECIO-ZAMBRANO
Samuel Melecio-Zambrano hails from the little town of Niceville, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 and went on to dance with Tampa City Ballet, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Kinetech Arts, and Kristin Damrow & Company. Samuel joined RMK in 2019.

 

LIV SCHAFFER

Liv Schaffer grew up in Chicago, IL and currently resides in Oakland, CA. She graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2013. Liv has danced with DanceWorks Chicago, AXIS Dance Company, The Dance Exchange & is a Community Engagement Artist with Jacob’s Pillow and on faculty at University of San Francisco. She has been with RMK since 2017.


 
JORDAN WANDERER
Originally from Fresno, CA, Jordan Wanderer trained with Fresno Ballet Theater and then graduated from Mills College with a BA in Dance and Cell and Molecular Biology. She has danced with Molissa Fenley, pateldanceworks, Stephan Koplowitz. Jordan joined RMK in 2020.
 
JULIANN WITT
Juliann Witt originates from Lafayette, CA. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance performance and has danced with RAWdance, DTSF, SF Symphony, Concept o4, Bellwether Dance Project, Sarah Bush, and Fullstop. Juliann first performed with RMK in 2015 and rejoined in 2020.

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