2022-2023 - RESIDENCIES

Explore world cultures, discover a story in movement or celebrate an American classic. Our roster of internationally renowned dance artists brings the best the world has to offer to your school or event.


AIMEE YOUNG HOPKINS Music Performer, singer, and educator, Aimee Young Hopkins combines her talents to teach the fundamentals of music and movement through musical theater classics, multicultural songs, and dance from around the world.
AMAN DANCE EDUCATORS Dance Seasoned dance professionals from the former Aman International Folk Ensemble present carefully crafted folk dance programs that are curriculum driven and emphasize cooperation and teamwork.
ANDREW GRUESCHOW Music Percussionist Andrew Grueschow introduces students to the instruments, rhythms and culture of the Ewe people of Ghana, West Africa while teaching important music concepts.
BABA THE STORYTELLER Music World-renowned Kora musician and storyteller breathes life into African culture through songs, African harp playing, interactive games, storytelling and much more in these vibrant programs.
BACKHAUSDANCE Dance Beautifully trained dancers with an eclectic and dynamic dance vocabulary explore modern themes through athletic, lyrical, contemporary movement to create meticulously sculpted dance works.
BEN MCFADDEN Theater Originally from the Pacific Northwest theatre community, Ben McFadden has brought lessons learned from the rehearsal process into a classroom setting for over a decade. Using theater games, he gives students tools to develop communication skills and confidence.
BETH SUSSMAN Music Juilliard-trained classical pianist Beth Sussman makes classical music fun and accessible in her humorous and interactive programs.

A free, 20-minute Kindergarten assembly is available if one, full-length assembly is booked on the same day.
THE CHAMELEONS Theater World-renowned artists use their spell-binding talents in programs that are a celebration of the magic of theater and mime.
ELLEN SCHULZE Visual Arts Beloved, master puppeteer, Ellen Schulze, better known as the Puppet Lady, explores the art of crafting puppets in fun, hands-on workshops geared to tap into the creative mind.
JIM COGAN Theater Master storyteller, Jim Cogan, creatively incorporates sound, movement, a myriad of facial expressions and audience participation in his dynamic programs, which can be custom designed for your specific needs. 
THE L.A. TROUPE Theater From the page to the stage, this multi-talented theater company takes classical works and makes the stories and language accessible and fun for students of all ages. 
LARA BRUCE Visual Arts Originally from Hawaii, Lara Bruce studied art history in Massachusetts and after working for years in the art auction industry, she transformed her love of art into a passion for teaching. Lara has also worked for Art to Grow On inc. for the past 10 years and loves bringing art and art history to children of all ages.
LYNN OKIMURA Visual Arts Lynn Okimura, an educator of animation and an industry professional, expands student creative thinking, expression and story ideas through various animated art forms. These programs are customizable and can be integrated with other subjects.
MÁIRE CLERKIN – IRISH STORIES AND DANCE Dance Máire Clerkin is an internationally recognized Irish dancer, choreographer, teacher, actor and storyteller from London. Drawing on her family’s Irish heritage, she shares her favourite Celtic legends and invites audience participation with rhymes, body percussion, and – if space allows – fun dance routines!
MARKUS TRACY Visual Arts Markus Tracy works with educational and civic institutions using the visual arts as a vehicle for empowering individuals and communities at-large to make positive choices fostering tolerance and respect. He uses the visual arts as a positive outlet for artistic expression and community dialogue.
PAISLEY ALI Visual Arts Paisley Ali, is a passionate, trained arts educator as well as a UCLA Arts & Architecture grad. Having grown up in five different countries she loves engaging students in studying and creating multicultural multimedia arts in schools. Her work has also been honored for innovations in Xray/Thermal STEAM art by a Smithsonian affiliate museum.
PERCUSSIVE STORYTELLING Music International award-winning musical storyteller Cory Hills fuses elements of vocal storytelling with percussion, creating a high energy and interactive program perfect for students.
PETER KORS Theater Actor and director Peter Kors adapts fables and folktales to guide students through a creative playmaking experience celebrating the joy of performing. 
POWERHOUSE!!! PERCUSSIVE DANCE Dance This trio of talented dancers brilliantly combines innovative tap, precision clogging and explosive stomp to share percussive dance with audiences of all ages.
RAMYA'S TRADITIONS OF INDIA Dance India’s rich cultural traditions of dance, drama and music shimmer as creator Ramya Harishankar weaves an evocative tapestry of motion, rhythm and colorful dress to bring stories and poetry to life.
RENÉE ORTIZ Visual Arts Renee is a California contemporary artist passionate about sharing her love of art with others.  As a working artist, she continually explores a multitude of mediums and the artists who master them. As an educator, Renee appreciates the way in which people learn from and build upon the work of their predecessors and contemporaries. She guides her students to find these connections and then to use this information in building their own artistic paths. She believes that everyone has a unique way of seeing the world and teaches students to be true to theirs.
UNIVERSOUL HIP HOP Dance Internationally acclaimed Hip Hop dancers unite together to perform this American-born art form that has connected and inspired people across the world. The electric movements ignite the power within, and instill the universal values of self-worth, kindness, and community.