Camryn Kelly is originally from San Jose, CA. She launched her dance career at Dance Effects when she was four. In the 12 years at Dance Effects Camryn competed and performed several group and solo pieces all over the Country. She also studied at several summer intensives including Ballet San Jose, ODC, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. At Cornish, Camryn participated in over 25 different dances spanning several performances. Camryn has studied several techniques over the years to include ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip- hop, improvisation, Gaga and swing. Camryn also was an original company member of Seattle’s dance company Ashani Dances with director Iyun Harrison. She danced for Ashani from 2011-13. Camryn has danced the work or excerpts of Aszure Barton, Christian Burns, Danny Buraczeski, Alejandro Cerrudo, Sharon Eyal, Pat Hon, Iyun Harrison, Alex Ketley, Ohad Naharin, KT Nelson, Jason Ohlberg, and Brenda Way. Camryn is currently also dancing in San Francisco for; Concept o4, directed by Natasha Adorlee Johnson, Binki Danz, directed by Bianca Mendoza, and Kevin Jenkins.
REACH BC Dance Company strives to communicate about the human experience, using the language of movement to speak about all of us as people. While living and breathing in the today, REACH resides in the humanistic tradition, with an aim to create dance that can be understood, felt and experienced by everyone. Collaborating artists Raphaël Boumaïla and Heather Cooper bring together the strength of classical American modern dance with the vibrancy of a contemporary aesthetic and point of view.
Dominique Lomuljo's dance career began at 4 years old. Her passion for dance blossomed as she became one of the youngest teachers at Dance Attack Studio. As a member of the Senior Company, Dominique danced with Debra Emerson-Boyd and Jen Hechtle-Bradford for 8 years.
Dominique's college years included included recognition of her work. Foothill College Dance Company nominated her as Best Female Performer of the Year while San Jose State University honored her with the Carol Ann Haws Award for excellence in performance. Her choreography for the piece "Embody ONE" was added to SJSU's UDT Company repertory and adjudicated in the 2009 American College Dance Fest.
After graduating from SJSU with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008, Dominique pursued her two passions - Dance and Teaching - and became a Professor of Dance at her Alma mater. Her expertise allows her to teach all levels of both Jazz and Ballet and she continues to choreograph for the UDT program. Dominique's most recent work "MissShapen Fortune" was selected to perform in the 2013 American College Dance Fest.
2014 will be Dominique's sixth season as a member in sjDANCEco., a professional modern dance company, where she has performed historical repertory works choreographed by Jose Limon including "Missa Brevis", "There is a Time", and "The Waldstein Sonata". Dominique's time at sjDANCEco. coincides with her time as Co-Artistic Director, teacher, and choreographer of DACPAC - a modern/contemporary college preparatory dance company.
Through these many outlets Dominique uses her innate abilities to inspire students and fellow dancers alike to pursue their passion for the art of dance.
Gabriel began dancing at the age of 16 in High School. After graduation he attended Santa Ana College for training. The fall of 2009 was his inception in the dance program at San Jose State University. Gabriel is now in his third year of undergraduate studies at SJSU, developing his technical, choreographic, and performance skills. He is a company member in SJSU's University Dance Theatre. Mr. Mata has performed work's by SJSU faculty like Gary Masters, Heather Cooper, Jill Yager and Dominique Lomuljo. Other artists that Mr.Mata has worked with are Kara Davis, Robert Dekkers, Joel Smith,Mark Haim, Rogelio Lopez and Robert Dekkers. He has also danced for Mark Foeringher Dance Projects SF, Anaheim Ballet, Spector Dance and Opera San Jose. There are several excerpts of Jose Limon's work that Mr.Mata has had the pleasure to work on. Gabriel is in his third season of the Bay Area modern based dance company sjDANCEco and first season with REACH BC Dance Company.
Robert Regala is a freelance dancer residing in Salida, CA. He works as a video engineer for TNT, Total New Technology to supplement his pursuits. He is a graduate of San Jose State University, studying dance with Fred Mathews and Gary Masters.
Hannah Vaughan started dancing at the age of two in Hunstville, AL. and was a student at the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy for ten years. Hannah also trained in the Royal Academy of Dance, and participated in summer intensives with Los Angeles Ballet and BalletMet. Hannah is a recent alumni of San Jose State University where she earned her BFA in Dance and received the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. She performed with the University Dance Theater, under the directorship of Gary Masters. Ms. Vaughan is currently dancing with SJDanceCo and Peter & Co. SF and is very excited to be a part of REACH!
Amanda Lacro received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at San Jose State University in 2012. There, she was a member of the advance modern dance company where she had the opportunity to be mentored and guided by professionals such as Heather Cooper, Kara Davis, Holly Johnston, Mike Esperanza, and Gary Masters. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Carol Ann Haws Award in recognition of excellence in performance. Amanda was also honored by attending the American Dance Festival at Duke University, on full scholarship. She now resides in San Francisco and is currently dancing with Printz Dance Project, Project Tremolo, KTDavis Dance, and Binki Dance. She is thrilled to be working with REACH BC Dance Company and is grateful to be surrounded by an amazing collective of beautiful dancers.
Joshua C. Lau
holds a B.F.A. Dance from San Jose State University. He was a member of SJSU's musical theatre company, Company One, hip hop crew, Soul Con Dance Company, and also San Jose's contemporary company, sjDANCEco. Joshua has worked in Stacey Printz's Hover Space, Fran Atkins' Oceans, Dominic Duoung's Exurgency, and other projects with Michelle Dirck's M Production Company. Other performances include Cabrillo Stage's production of A Chorus Line, San Jose CMT's production of 9 to 5, Broadway by the Bay's productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The King and I, and, Cabrillo Stage's production of Swing! The Musical.
Heather Cooper is a 2011 Isadora Duncan Award nominee for Outstanding Performance, for her work in Mark Foehringer’s Another Time. Ms. Cooper is a founding member of sjDANCEco, the San Jose contemporary dance company directed by Gary Masters and Maria Basile. With the company she has performed the works of José Limón, including The Waldstein Sonata, The Winged, There is a Time, Missa Brevis, and The Moor’s Pavane performing the role of Desdamona. In addition to these masterpieces, Ms. Cooper has performed original works and has contributed annual choreography since 2003. Her most recent works include Beneath the Visiting Moon, fall 2012, and Echo of My Fall, fall 2013, in collaboration with Raphael Boumaïla. SjDANCEco is committed to performing with live music, and for the last several years, Ms. Cooper has had the honor of collaborating with Barbara Day Turner and The San Jose Chamber Orchestra at the California Theater, San Jose. Ms. Cooper is currently working with Mark Foehringer Dance Project/ San Francisco and has performed in various venues in San Francisco, New York City, the Djerassi residency, and Lima Peru, October 2012. She has also worked with Kara Davis and with Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones, including participating in a residency with MANCEE, Tallahassee, Florida in July 2012. Heather Cooper is a full-time professor in the Dance Program at San Jose State University. Since 2003, Ms. Cooper has taught all levels of contemporary technique. She choreographs for the University Dance Theater annually. In March 2014, her work Penguin March, was performed at the American College Dance Association conference, and was selected by the adjudicators to be performed in the Gala Concert. In addition to teaching technique, performing administrative leadership duties and choreographing for the student company, Ms. Cooper directs student concerts and mentors the graduating seniors for their final portfolio composition projects. Ms. Cooper is also on faculty with the Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts, directed by Mark Foehringer. The conservatory is San Jose ’s contemporary dance training program for goal oriented young dancers ages fourteen to eighteen years old. Launched in 2013 this program focuses on getting dancers ready for college opportunities and professional dance careers. Ms. Cooper teaches contemporary technique and choreographs for all major concerts.
Other work includes choreography for the Lines Summer Program, Western Ballet, TDC of the Bay Area, West Valley College, Modesto Junior College, assistant in the restaging of The Winged, Les Etes de la danse Paris France, various master classes and intensives throughout California, Utah and Arizona.
Ms. Cooper holds a BA in Dance from The University of California at Santa Barbara and a MA in Dance from Cal State Long Beach.
Raphaël first entered the dance world at age eight at The Académie de Danse of Nicole Amber. From 1991-94 he attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France. Before graduating from the conservatory, he performed in Paris and throughout the country with the Red Note/Andy Degroat Company. Mr. Boumaïla’s twenty-year role in the José Limón Dance Company began in August 1994 when he was invited to join the Limón West Dance Project of San Jose, CA. In April 1998 he joined The Limón Company in New York, where he is now a principal dancer. He has performed the works of José Limón, Jiri Kylian, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Anna Sokolow, Daniel Nagrin, Donald McKayle among many others. He is currently touring around the globe performing in more than sixteen countries with the Limón Dance Company. Throughout the years, Mr. Boumaïla has been hailed in the press as “…smoldering…”, “…witty and agile…” and “…regal and expressive…”. He has also danced duet concerts with Nina Watt throughout the US and abroad. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Boumaïla was guest artist with sjDANCEco. In addition to his solo and ensemble performance, he was co-choreographer and collaborator of Keyed and Beneath the Visiting Moon, two new works for the company. Alongside Gary Masters, he is a 2011-12 Isadora Duncan Award nominee for his work in restaging Missa Brevis, a 2012-13 nominee for choreographing Keyed with Hsiang-Hsiu Lin and 2012-13 winner for restaging the master piece The Moors Pavane with Gary Masters. Mr. Boumaïla's choreography has been performed in New York City as part of Limón Choreographers. He has created and performed solo works, presented by The Limón Company and has choreographed for the students of the Limón Summer Workshops. He has choreographed for the group Vinculación in Mexico City. Mr. Boumaïla has reconstructed Limón’s masterpieces in universities around the US and for professional companies in the US, Holland and Argentina. At The Limón School in New York, Mr. Boumaïla teaches Humphrey/Limón technique and has been one of the principal teachers at the Limón Summer Workshops since 1998. He has taught and represented Limón technique in master classes and workshops in Europe, USA and South America. Raphaël Boumaïla is now creating REACH BC Dance Company in San Francisco in collaboration with Heather Cooper.
He is also a Dharma Yoga certified teacher.
Ms. Allen began dancing as soon as she could walk. Following her mom to class, rehearsals and countless performances she has been immersed in the dance world her entire life. She is currently studying ballet at Ballet Petit and will perform in Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets this winter at Fort Mason Center. She is excited and happy to be performing with Raphaël Boumaïla in Broken Wing.
Ms. Allen dreams of being a dance maker one day!
Katherine House started dancing at a young age at Janet Lang Dance Studio in Rochester, Minnesota studying ballet and jazz throughout her youth. Eventually, Ms. House joined the Rochester Dance Company, which provided her with more professional training and performing experience through classical ballet repertoire. However, in high school Katherine discovered modern dance, and very quickly grew to love it by apprenticing with Rainy Day Cabaret, a contemporary company based out of the Twin Cities. In order to continue to pursue her love of dance Ms. House moved to California to attend San Jose State University and is currently studying towards her BFA in Modern Dance as well as being an active member of the University Dance Theatre ensemble.