Kevin Kane -- Knowing how essential the arts were to his own education, Kevin Kane has dedicated his career to making opportunities available and accessible to all kids. He has worked extensively as a classroom teacher, theater and film director, choreographer, and author. Kevin holds a BFA degree in Theatre Arts, a MFA in dance choreography from UCLA, and is currently completing his Ph.D. degree at Claremont University in the Cultural Studies Department with an emphasis in Arts Education. His final dissertation project is entitled "Transforming Teens" and shares his belief that the performing arts can positively and profoundly change the lives of teenagers who participate in progressive summer arts programs. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Flourish Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that funds arts and educational programs for teens in the Los Angeles area. In addition, he has been the director of the program from 2006 - 11 and will return again this summer 2012.
Nehara Kalev -- Creates and performs dance theater and madcap reality performance with her company, Catch Me Bird. Nehara has harnessed her aerial dance expertise with Airealistic, has performed featured roles while touring with Diavolo, and is touring David Rousseve/Reality's 2009 premiere performances. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York and has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from UCLA. Her background encompasses spoken theater, improvisation, gymnastics and aerial choreography. Nehara offers a physically rigorous class and enjoys teaching people how to live and breathe upside down. Nehara is a word for the light that shines from your face when you are happy.
Jackie Lopez, a Los Angeles native, graduated in June 2004 from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Jackie, in collaboration with Leigh Foaad, is the Artistic Director/ Choreographer of Versa-Style, a dance theater company based in Los Angeles. She is currently the program director for The Flourish Foundation, a non-profit private philanthropic organization created as a response to lack of funding in the arts. Presently, she is working with renowned Hip-Hop Director Rennie Harris in his new work titled “100 Naked Locks.” As a cultural educator, Jackie has worked with students and artists of all ages in schools, summer camps, community organizations, theater, and arts festivals. She has a wide range of knowledge and training in dance styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Afro- Cuban, Nigerian, and Hip-Hop. She has been working with Kevin Kane for 12 years and owes a lot of her good fortune to their partnership.
Carolina San Juan was the first person in her family to go to college and now holds a PhD from UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. She researches American Popular Culture in the Philippines to better understand how the world understands Americans. She has performed for over ten years and taught various classes including, Filipino Folk Dance, Tinikling Hip Hop, and classes on arts and activism. She currently teaches the Arts in the Community class in the UCLA WAC Department as well as Women's Studies classes at Cal State, Dominguez Hills. Carolina continues to perform and teach about performance because she firmly believes that performances are the passages of peoples' lives. She has facilitated the important Arts & Life class in the UCLA WAC summer high school intensive program for 5 years.
Russell Angelico (musical director)
Keali'i Ceballos (traditional Hawaiian Dance)
Kathy Deitch (acting/ performance coaching)
Leigh "Breeze-Lee" Foaad (hip hop dance)
C. Derrick Jones (modern/ post-modern & composition)
Olivier Tarpagga (West African dance)
Joshua Silverstein (spoken word poetry)