“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of teachers. It was truly an amazing experience for me and was EVERYTHING I had been looking for these past few years. I am already seeing some of the transformation of my dancing ability as these lessons settle in my mind and flow out through my body.” ~Michelle C.
Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and post-graduated specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). She has researched dance and music in Brazil, India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba as part of her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement. She acquired training in such diverse techniques as: Martha Graham, Limón, Horton, Floor Bar, Classic Ballet, Dunham Technique, and has experienced diverse dance expressions – such as Germany Theater Dance, Contemporary, Folkloric, as well as Traditional dances of Africa and other continents. Her instructors include Raimundo Bispo dos Santos (Mestre King), Mercedes Baptista, Clayde Morgan, Carlos Moraes, Nelma Seixas, among others, beginning in the late 1970s. Since 1981, Ms. Silvestre started to travel in and out of Brazil to teach, to train dancers, to perform, to lecture and to demonstrate, to consult, and attended seminars and residencies in diverse universities, dance festivals such as: Colorado College Dance Festival; New Orleans Dance Festival; and dance camps such as the California Brazil Camp each year. She choreographed numerous dance pieces for companies based in Brazil – Balé Folclórico da Bahia and Odunde – as well as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico Repertory Company, American Academy of Ballet, Roots of Brazil, Dance Brazil, Viver Brasil, Muntu Dance Theater, and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Company. Her dance investigation and constant development created an opportunity to connect with the eclectic American musician Steve Coleman, with whom she traveled to diverse countries which have African roots in their music and dance. With Steve Coleman, Rosangela developed an idea to have the body as an instrument that provides the movement-form of any sound that can be captured – thereby discovering and creating dance at any moment. Rosangela is currently the choreographer of Viver Brasil Dance Company Directed by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.
Rosangela’s use of her voice is an integral part of her work in dance. In September 2011 she completed the CD:”Voices of Nature” recorded and produced by Mike Zecchino at The Nail Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona.
Amy Secada is one of New York City’s most influential and progressive urban dancers and is recognized for her unique afro-urban style derived from NYC’s Jungle/Bass music culture. Secada grew up in the underground NYC rave scene and house clubs of the late 90’s while studying Capoeira and African dance extensively. Secada has lived abroad studying dance and martial arts in India, Thailand, Africa and Brazil gathering inspiration and a deeper understanding of the healing power of her art.
In 2007 Nike Women honored her athletic technique with a series of solo dance commercials and international Nike Women campaign which spread her unique dance style world wide and lead to performance opportunities with Madonna and Fergie. Secada has been featured in numerous magazines and campaigns including Target, Champion, Adidas, Italian Vogue, Mademoiselle, Women’s Health and Self Magazine. In 2004 she founded KJM is also the curator of the legendary “Urban Roots Project” an annual afro-urban dance festival dedicated to educate the urban dance community about the importance of folkloric dance and ritual preservation. Her work has been presented in Czech Republic, Senegal, France, Denmark, Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Italy, The Netherlands and India. Secada is currently living between Los Angeles and Brazil performing and teaching internationally with her partner in crime Bboy Neguin.
Tiare Tashnick a.k.a. NagaSita is a breakthrough bellydance fusion artist who specializes in Classical Temple Fusion, Tribal Bellydance and Ritual Theatre.
After spending 13 years in Portland Oregon where she refined her artistry, founded and mentored her dance troupe Apsara, produced multitudes of shows and toured with the Wanderlust Circus, she has taken up new residence in Nevada City California, where she continues to teach, produce and perform in town and Internationally.
Dancer, choreographer, and instructor Miriam Peretz specializes in traditional, mystical and contemporary dances from the Silk Road (Persia & Central Asia,) and beyond. Her style draws inspiration from her diverse dance background in Persian, Central Asian, Flamenco, and Contemporary dance as well as her training in various Martial Art forms. Miriam performs with her international group, Nava Dance Collective, as well as performs as a featured soloist in festivals throughout the U.S., Middle East and Europe. As an instructor, Miriam is regarded for being a highly dynamic and inspiring teacher, offering students the opportunity for self-growth, personal healing, and intense physical challenge.
Miriam’s love of dance has led her on a life long journey in search for ways to use the arts as a bridge between people of different backgrounds and spiritual traditions. She sees dance as a uniquely powerful means of expressing deep emotion and spiritual yearning, and therefore the perfect embodiment of prayer. Miriam’s passion thrives in cultivating community through dance, in utilizing dance ritual to mark life transitions, and in creating nurturing, safe environments for sacred movement practice.
Wren teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. As he articulates in his 2012 TEDxTalk, Wren is a confident leader in pioneering a new renaissance through co-created movement, authentic connection and consensual touch.
He offers facilitation for embodying joy at the center of structured social partner dance, conscious movement, authentic relating, sensuality as spirituality and luscious dance music cultures. Dancing professionally off and on since 1999, teaching since 2008, and partner dancing virtually since he was in the womb, Wren’s work is deeply influenced by nature, relationship, mindfulness and messing up.
Karin, a native of Chile, immigrated to the United States in the late 70’s, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts/Dance from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. Since then, she has taught, collaborated, and danced with many Bay Area artists.
In 1999, Karin began studying contact improvisation with Tony Kramer at Stanford University. She also discovered a love for site-specific work, and created works for various outdoor venues. Her favorite project was “Along the River,” a one-hour performance at the Andy Goldsworthy sculpture at Stanford University.
Much of Karin’s choreography and inspiration comes from her life in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Her brother lost his life at the hands of the military insurgents who were in control of Chile in 1973. Aided by her collegiate experience, many of her dance pieces reflect her admiration for her brother’s sense of justice, and express hope and encouragement for all people under-represented in society.
Her teaching emphasizes how energy forms movement and expression as it moves over our internal emotional landscape. The language of the body is deeply magical and powerful, allowing us to manifest, create and transform, using our life experiences.
Karin is the Artistic Director of Dance-Is-It, a contact improvisation group based in Palo Alto. She was a long time organizer of the Harbin Hot-Springs Jam. She is part of the organizing team of the West Coast Contact Improv Jam. She teaches at Dance Odyssey in Santa Cruz, Ecstatic Dance in Palo Alto, and is a frequent guest teacher at Stanford University. Karin is thrilled to be part of the Big Island Dance Camp for the third time in a row.
Michál Anna Carrillo
Michál Anna Carrillo is a lover of this life, the ever unfolding expansiveness of deepening into the divine & experiencing joy on the planet. Whether it be dancing, teaching, doing bodywork, deejaying, directing or performing, Michál brings the essence of love, connection & presence to her work, in turn, helping others to do the same. She is the Director & Founder of Lavaroots Performing Arts, Vice President of The Kissidugu Foundation, a Teaching Artist in Big Island Schools, the Director of Kahilu Theatre’s Summer Arts Program for children, a thriving licensed Massage Therapist, and a Board Member of the Big Island Dance Council.
Michal’s passion and dedication to cultural arts and meaningful expression through dance and music is infectious. She has studied West African dance with a variety of master teachers, many of whom she hosts on the Big Island to share with the Island community; Moustoupha Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Yousouff Kombassa Naby Bangoura, to name a few. She is continually studying, traveling to the mainland, Canada and Guinea, West Africa to learn with her teachers.
And as a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Hawaii, she brings her healing work into many facets of her teaching and sharing as well. Empowering children and adults through authentic movement, the spirit of dance, and understanding of self; she shares the joy of music & culture, and encourages others to do the same.
Kumu Ehulani Stephany
This masterful Hula teacher of the Big Island joins each Big Island Dance Camp to offer her profound wisdom and grace. Known as the voice of Pele, Kumu Ehulani is the teacher of the Halau Hula (Hula School) ka Makani Hali ‘Alo o Puna (The Returning Fragrant Wind Of Puna).
Since receiving the blessing to study under fourteen different kumu hula (hula teachers), Ehulani has been teaching hula since 1990.
She has masterfully developed her own unique style of hula by combining the different styles, mana’o (thoughts), information, protocol, and the profound depth of the sacred arts of hula that she received from her teachers.
She is also a ali’i kahuna nui (high priestess) and works tirelessly to reclaim the kahiko (ancient) sacred arts of hula, oli (chant), mele (song) and ceremony. Ehulani invokes the true feeling and meaning of ALOHA.
jaRed Owen Sam is a wisdom-seeking yogi, adventurer, and lomilomi massage therapist based on the Big Island of Hawaii. His soothing guidance on the mat and sweet spirit offers grounding and energizing flow sequences in his current vinyasa and yin yoga classes at Kalani Oceanside Retreat.
jaRed was featured by Yoga Journal in 2016 as one of “16 Yogis You Should Know”, is co-creator of Hawaii Full Moon Yoga and Hawaii Blue Hands Retreats, and brings over 15 years of teaching experience to assist in peaceful yoga gatherings that integrate intuitive body movement with delicious, organic meals and favorite island spot excursions. He is passionate about facilitating connection and community through the practice and play of both yin and yang yoga, and approaches the honor of being your yoga guide with care and enthusiasm.
In his free time jaRed may be found hanging out on the local black sand beach with friends, and/or cherishing quality time with his partner Dennis and cat Oliver in their Big Island home.