Dancers

  • jeremy smith
    Jeremy Smith
    jeremy smith
    Jeremy Smith

    Jeremy began his professional career with Parsons Dance, receiving critical praise for his performance of the acclaimed solo Caught. He is twice an Isadora Duncan Dance Award nominee and once a winner for ensemble performance. He is an advisory board member and the artistic advisor for Post:Ballet in San Francisco and a former artist with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects and Lydia Johnson Dance in New York City. Jeremy also collaborates with former ODC dancer Yayoi Kambara in Kambara + Dancers. He hails from Miami, FL, and graduated summa cum laude from the Florida State University. Jeremy joined ODC/Dance in 2007.

  • natasha johnson
    Natasha Adorlee Johnson
    natasha johnson
    Natasha Adorlee Johnson

    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, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, 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 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 where she directed and danced in the film Take Your Time, which became an official selection of the Mill Valley Film Festival (2017) and the recipient of six awards including "Best Short" by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, and Valley Film Festival. In addition to films with Concept o4, she has produced two evening-length immersive dance experiences.  She was featured and composed the music for the TV special film Baseballet 2: Into the Game. Natasha has also done commercial work for Google, National Geographic, Hexagon and others, and is a singer and music producer. She has been a member of ODC/Dance since 2011.

  • josie sadan
    Josie G. Sadan
    josie sadan
    Josie G. Sadan

    Josie grew up in Lagunitas, CA. She trained on scholarship at Marin Ballet and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since returning to the Bay area in 2007, Josie has enjoyed working with choreographers including Sidra Bell, Manuelito Biag, Molissa Fenley, Amy Foley, and Robert Moses, and she is a former member of Robert Moses' KIN. Josie is also a widely published writer and holds an M.A. in Communications from Stanford University. She joined ODC/Dance in 2013.

  • brandon freeman
    Brandon Freeman
    brandon freeman
    Brandon Freeman

    Brandon, better known as "Private," is an ODC veteran, having danced with the company for 12 years, before venturing out in 2008 for an artistic "Walkabout." In the Bay Area, Private has had the privilege of working with many dance companies and schools, most recently Amy Seiwert's Imagery since 2010, and he was a principal dancer in the movie The Matrix II: Reloaded. He also had the rare opportunity to be a guest artist with the Colorado Ballet, performing in Glen Tetley's Le Sacre Du Printemps in 2013.

    Nominated multiple times, Private received Bay Area Isadora Duncan Awards for Ensemble Performance in 2002 with Brian Fisher, in 2012 with Katie Faulkner, and in 2014 with Katherine Wells. In addition to teaching ballet and modern dance technique (including Dance for Parkinson's Disease), he is a sailor, a poet, a woodworker, oil painter, and was formerly an Artillery and Military Police Sergeant in the Army National Guard. He gratefully acknowledges all who have influenced his dance career, specifically Brenda, KT, Sonya, Amy, and Randy.

  • jeremy bannon neches
    Jeremy Bannon-Neches
    jeremy bannon neches
    Jeremy Bannon-Neches

    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 schwab
    Tegan Schwab
    tegan schwab
    Tegan Schwab

    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.

  • daniel santos
    Daniel Santos
    daniel santos
    Daniel Santos

    Daniel Santos was born in Manila, Philippines. He began his formal dance training at the age of 16 with State Street Ballet under the tutelage of Rodney Gustafson, and later received a full scholarship from the San Francisco Ballet School. Santos danced with ODC/Dance for 10 years, winnning an Isadora Duncan Award for Individual Performance. In 2012, Santos temporarily left dance to explore his outdoor interests, studying at the Mountain Training School and learning to guide in three disciplines: Alpine Mountaineering, Back Country Skiing, and Rock Climbing. But after 4 years in the great outdoors, the stage was calling: Santos rejoined the company in 2016.

  • rachel furst
    Rachel Furst
    rachel furst
    Rachel Furst

    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.

  • lani yamanaka
    Lani Yamanaka
    lani yamanaka
    Lani Yamanaka

    Lani Yamanaka was born and raised in Carlsbad, CA. She graduated from UC Irvine with two B.F.A. degrees specializing in Performance and Choreography. At UCI, she had the privilege to train with Donald McKayle as a member of his Etude Ensemble where she was able to learn, perform, and create repertory with the world renowned dance legend. Immediately upon graduation, Lani was cast in Pearl, a multimedia production directed and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow. The show made its world premiere at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. She has trained with Hubbard Street Dance Company, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BodyTraffic, and Unity 2 Dance Ensemble. Lani was a company member with Entity Contemporary Dance for 3 years, and is signed with Go 2 Talent Agency. She joined ODC/Dance as an apprentice in 2016.

  • James Gilmer
    James Gilmer

    James Gilmer of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and the Pittsburgh School for the Creative & Performing Arts. After graduating in 2011, he joined Cincinnati Ballet's Second Company and joined the main company the following season.  James danced with the Cincinnati Ballet for six seasons being promoted to Soloist in 2015, he has performed works by Septime Webre, Ohad Naharin, Val Caniparoli, George Balanchine, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa,  Edwaard Liang, Jennifer Archibald, Trey McIntyre, Adam Hougland, Amy Seiwert and Victoria Morgan to name a few.  He has also been a member of Amy Seiwert's Imagery, performing with the company since the summer of 2013. Looking to branch outside of the classical ballet realm, he is excited to join ODC/Dance for his first season.

  • Mia J. Chong
    Mia J. Chong

    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, 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 performed with Robert Moses' KIN Dance Company and is a former member of Dance Theatre of San Francisco. She joined ODC/Dance as an apprentice in 2016.

See a list of the original Oberlin Dance Collective members and past company dancers