Natasha Adorlee Johnson is from Overland Park, Kansas and graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English. She has trained with American Ballet Theatre and was an inaugural member of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet training program. She performs with the San Francisco Symphony, is a former member of Robert Moses’ KIN, and is a guest artist with Kate Weare Company (New York). In 2018, Natasha received an Emmy for her work in the TV special Baseballet 2: Into the Game, as a composer and performer. In 2014 she was the recipient of an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her performance in Two if by Sea, choreographed by Kimi Okada. Natasha is the Founder and Artistic Director of Concept o4. Through Co4, she directed, choreographed, and danced in the film Take Your Time (2017), which became an official selection of the Mill Valley Film Festival and the recipient of six awards including "Best Short" by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, and Valley Film Festival. She has been a member of ODC/Dance since 2011.
Jeremy was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Augusta, GA, where he received his initial training at the Augusta Ballet School. In 2005, he graduated with honors from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Lynn Tailor Corbett's Lost and Found. Jeremy then danced with Nevada Ballet Theater, performing principal roles in George Balanchine's Rubies and Serenade, Mathew Neenan's At the Border, along with works by Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, James Canfield, and Thaddeus Davis. Since moving to San Francisco in 2012, he has worked with Robert Moses Kin, Post:Ballet, Zhukov Dance, DawsonDanceSF, and Hope Mohr Dance. He joined ODC/Dance in 2015.
Tegan grew up in Miami, FL. She graduated summa cum laude from New World School of the Arts College, and earned a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Florida. Tegan began her career in 2005 as a dancer/marionettist in several collaborations with choreographer Katherine Kramer and the acclaimed marionette/visual artist Pablo Cano. Tegan moved to San Francisco in 2008 and has had the pleasure of dancing principal roles as a company member with Dance Through Time, Hope Mohr Dance and Garrett+Moulton Productions. Tegan joined ODC/Dance in 2015.
Rachel Furst is from Baltimore, MD, where she trained at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California. She performed with Amy Seiwert's Imagery since 2012, as well as with Dawson Dance SF and Smuin Ballet. Rachel joined ODC/Dance in 2016.
Mia J. Chong (Princess Grace Award, Chris Hellman Dance Honor)
Mia J. Chong grew up in San Francisco, California. She received scholarships and training from the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Ailey School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Sidra Bell Dance New York, the School at Jacob's Pillow, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and ODC School, where she trained for over a decade. Mia has danced professionally with Robert Moses' KIN Dance Company, Post:Ballet and Dance Theatre of San Francisco. She was nominated for Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance, as well as Company Performance. Mia joined ODC/Dance as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to company dancer in 2018.
Allie Papazian is from Los Angeles, CA. She trained on scholarship at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and was a member of the inaugural class in the Alonzo King's LINES ballet BFA program at Dominican University of California where she graduated summa cum laude in 2010. While in college she danced professionally with Mark Foehringer dance project SF, Central California Ballet, and performed with Zhukov Dance Theatre for their 2010 and 2011 seasons. Upon graduation she joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain. In her five years with the CND she has had the privilege of performing works by Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Johan Inger, and Alexander Ekman among others. Later she joined ODC dance for their 2015/2016 season. After freelancing and working with numerous bay area companies including Post:Ballet, Kambara+Dancers, Soulskin dance, and Dance Theatre of San Francisco she is thrilled to return to ODC dance as a company member this 2019/2020 season.
Jaime Garcia Castilla
Jaime Garcia Castilla was born in Madrid, Spain, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Professional Dance. He was named an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet in 2001 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet the following year. He was promoted to soloist in 2006 and to principal dancer in 2008. He created roles in Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Beaux, Joyride, and Sylvia; Page’s Guide to Strange Places; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Fusion; and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. As a guest artist, Jaime performed at “Ballet Stars From San Francisco,” the Lively Arts Foundation Gala in Fresno, California, in 2012, and at the Pas de Deux Gala in Valladolid, Spain, in 2011 and 2012. He danced Flames of Paris and “The Ocean and Two Pearls” from The Humpbacked Horse in Osaka, Japan, in 2006.
David Calhoun is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where his dance training began at the age of 11. He has spent summers studying at Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet, Hubbard Street, Bates Dance Festival, The Graham Intensive, LINES Ballet, Springboard Danse Montreal, and NWDP’s LAUNCH. David graduated in 2017 with his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern on full scholarship from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. While in his undergrad, David had the opportunity to dance with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Memoria and Storling Dance Theater’s Underground. Upon graduating, he moved to San Francisco to join dawsondancesf where he danced for 2 seasons under the esteemed direction of Gregory Dawson. He has since danced for Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and SFDanceWorks. David’s love for the mind-body connection led him to obtain his 200hr RYT and he currently teaches yoga in the Bay Area. He is filled with gratitude to join ODC/Dance.
Miche Wong is classically trained and has performed with locally and internationally recognized modern dance companies. In 2013, she became the only foreign company member of Guangdong Modern Dance Company under the direction of Willy Tsao. Immersed in a different landscape of culture and dance, she also started creating her own work and teaching method. She returned to the Bay Area in 2016 and performed works for Garrett + Moulton Productions, ZiRu Dance, LevyDance, Capacitor, amongst others. Miche has taught in China and locally at the LINES Ballet Training Program, University programs and various studios. This year is Miche’s first season with ODC. She is excited to continue propelling her energy and care into the San Francisco dance community and beyond.
Hailing from Maysville, Kentucky, Calvin Thomas received foundational training at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. He has supplemented his studies at Boston Ballet School, The School of American Ballet, Ballet Austin Academy, and The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. His career start began with the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Austin. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2011 he has performed with Company C Contemporary Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Oakland Ballet Company, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Kiandanda Dance Theater, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and Garrett Moulton Productions. His repertoire includes works by Thang Dao, Gregory Dawson, Yuri Zhukov, and Maurice Causey among others. When not dancing he still enjoys time in the studio sharing knowledge and teaching the next generation of dancers. He has recently developed a passion for coaching from the inspiration of his mentor, Shannon Bresnahan. Calvin is blessed to join ODC/Dance for the 2019-2020 season.
Christian Squires, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, began his artistic career as a professional dancer, performing soloist and principal roles with Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Smuin Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Post:Ballet of San Francisco. He is currently a member of ODC/Dance, and has danced in works by Helen Pickett, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Val Caniparoli, and Twyla Tharp. In addition, Christian has performed in and restaged ballets for choreographers including Amy Seiwert, Adam Hougland, and Robert Dekkers.
In 2012, he designed his first costumes for Post:Ballet, and has since designed and created costumes for companies including sjDANCEco, Grand Rapids Ballet, Kansas City Dance Festival, and Diablo Ballet. In 2015, Christian designed and constructed costumes for Quixotic Cirque Noveau's celebrated Firebird production, and most recently, he designed costumes for Louisville Ballet's new evening-length Romeo and Juliet. He is also the costume designer for Art Haus, a Playa-based performance ensemble that presents live music, dance, and structural art collaborations at Burning Man. With Art Haus, he has costumed reimagined versions of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird as well as We, Human, a contemporary work set to Reich’s Eight Lines.
A natural evolution of his work as a dancer, costume designer, and repertieur, Christian was appointed Creative Director of Post:Ballet in 2016, where he collaborates intimately with the artistic team to bring the company's repertoire and evening-length programming to life. Christian's extensive experience in all aspects of dance, together with his wildly imaginative creative voice, has enabled him to unite his passions for fashion and movement into cohesive, meaningful, and moving performance experiences.
Cora CliburnCora Cliburn joined San Francisco-based Post:Ballet as a company dancer in 2015. She earned an Izzy nomination for her ensemble work, and was chosen by DANCE Magazine as one of “25 to Watch” in 2016. Cora continued to work for Post:Ballet and joined Robert Moses’ KIN while completing a degree in environmental anthropology and dance at Stanford University (2019). She received her early dance training and professional experience at Moving People Dance in her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and with Austin-based Arcos Dance. She received dance scholarships and additional training from the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Modas Dance, and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program (2014-15). She has performed works by noted choreographers including Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, and Robert Sher-Machherndl. Cora is excited to join ODC/Dance for the 2020 home season.
See a list of the original Oberlin Dance Collective members and past company dancers