Julian is a native of the beautiful Bay Area, CA. She was blessed to have discovered her passions at a very young age because her family comes from a generation of artists. She landed lead roles in several major musical theatre productions at the age of 15 including Gypsy, Cabaret and Pippin and that is when she discovered that being a multi-disciplinary artist was her destiny. Over time, she joined professional dance and acrobatic companies and performed at several big events, festivals, and company sold-out shows. Engulfed and skilled in all kinds of aspects of the arts, she is also very passionate about fitness and holistic health. She believes that art is all about exchanging deep rooted energy in order to make change and exude dynamic forms of expression. Ashé.
George “WuKong” began his dance career in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to his work at UC Berkeley where he received a Bachelor’s of Art focused on Art and Social Change, he has traveled to countries including Cambodia, Burma, and Brazil to work with non-profit performance art organizations and dancers from around the world. He has judged, taught, performed, and battled internationally. Wukong’s dance background includes B-boying, Capoeira, House, Modern Dance, and Afro-brazilian. He believes that the Arts and Culture are essential in bringing about positive social change.
SAMMAY is a choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performing artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent who envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. Founding Artistic Director of URBAN x INDIGENOUS – she has been featured through Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T. – Dance In Revolt(ing) Times Festival, Blessed Unrest: Arts and Social Justice Festival, Red Poppy Art House, and A/P/A Institute at NYU among others. She recently returned from an inter-island tour through Hawai’i with intercultural contemporary artist collective, I Moving Lab, and a solo immersion tour through her ancestral land, the Philippines. SAMMAY is a three-time recipient of the “Presented by APICC” Artist award, APAture 2016: Performing Arts – Featured Artist, and Performing Diaspora 2016 Artist-in-Residence at CounterPulse. To follow her journey, visit www.sammaydizon.com.
Johnny Huy Nguyen aka ‘Johnny Rawkit’
Johnny Huy Nguyen aka ‘Johnny Rawkit’ is a dancer, performance artist, and child educator originally from Canada and now based in San Francisco. At age 23, he was on course to complete a graduate degree in engineering, but dance completely changed the direction of his life. Starting with breakin, he has since expanded his dance practice to encompass a variety of styles including house, vogue, and contemporary.
In addition to Embodiment Project, Johnny is a member of Bay Area vogue crew, House of Prolific, and Lenora Lee Dance Company. As well, he is involved with the Global Street Dance Masquerade, a futuristic dance and performance art procession. Recognizing the power of hip hop in raising consciousness, he teaches dance and hip hop culture at elementary schools, incorporating age-appropriate discussions around current events and contemporary issues.
Always looking to continually expand his expression, Johnny’s vision is to use his creativity and craft to activate awareness, discussion, understanding, healing, and action in ways that are raw, vulnerable, and honest.
Dre “Poko Soul” Devis
Dre “Poko Soul” Devis is a born and raised SF Pinay, emerging from matriarchal roots with an ever-inspired love for World traveling. Her expression comes through the creation of movement, vocal and visual art. Poko moves with the foundation of competitive gymnastics, martial arts, aerial dance and hard-hitting animalistic synergy. She bonded with movement at five years old and has been letting it flow ever since.
Performer, choreographer, organizer, and creative change-maker, Keisha Turner, has Chicago and Brooklyn roots, and is based in Oakland, CA. She is a former touring company member with critically acclaimed dance company, Urban Bush Women and has also performed with Deep Waters Dance Theater, ABD Productions, Notoriety Variety and many others. She is thrilled to now make soul-stirring magick as a performer with Embodiment Project. Keisha’s artistic practice activates ancient Afro-diasporic cultural wisdom and reimagines them in a contemporary context to conjure radical liberation. Her creative enterprise, EarthChild, is a collection of love-offerings comprised of performance, yoga classes, and body care products to celebrate, heal, and uplift those at the margins.
Terrence Paschal, a Stockton native who discovered his love of dance as a turf dancer eight years ago. Terrence believes in the medicine inherent in dance and hopes to share that in a very honest way with others.
Tigre Bailando is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Philadelphia, now based out of Oakland, California. Tigre Bailando’s installation work has been featured at art & music festivals across the globe, including Lightning in a Bottle, Envision Festival,Electric Forest & Rainbow Serpent. He performs interactive mask theater on city streets across the world and teaches mask-making and performance techniques to students from pre-school to adulthood. Tigre is also a core member of the butoh inspired performance company Bad Unkl Sista.
Rama Mahesh HALL
Rama Mahesh Hall has been training in house dance, locking, whacking, and hip-hop with various local and international teachers for the three past years, and has been performing with Embodiment Project for the last two. He also trains in Capoeira, West African and Afro-Haitian and has performed in works by Eric Fenn of Loose Change. Currently, he teaches meditation to youth in a San Francisco middle school and dances professionally with Embodiment Project.