Wednesday Manners is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer curious in exploring the ways in which dance can incorporate supplementary art forms to inform movement-making and enhance its message. Wednesday, a native of San Francisco, CA, received her education from UC Santa Cruz where she attained a BA in Literature with a minor in Dance. Wednesday has worked to engage within the Bay Area dance community since 2014 through working, performing and presenting in numerous venues and festivals including San Francisco’s Trolley Dances, Max 10, and San Francisco Movement and Arts Festival. Her dancing has taken her to perform throughout California as well as Milwaukee, WI, and Tucson, AZ. Wednesday is currently the Assistant Studio Manager for Roco Dance and studies, teaches, and performs professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz.
Amelia Nommensen is a dance artist and naturalist. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine Biology and minor in Dance. She has directed, choreographed, and performed in showcases around the Bay Area since 2012, and as a freelance artist worked with Tandy Beal & Company, Cat Call Choir, Modern Collective Dance Company, and various independent artists. She has also worked as a sea kayak guide for the last seven years, educating and empowering people to protect our oceans. She explores her curiosity and knowledge of sea creatures through movement and continues to inspire and share her art with other dancers and audience members alike.
Lauren Baines is a choreographer, performer, and curator. She received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Mills College, and BA and BS degrees from Santa Clara University where she triple majored in Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis), Art History, and Psychology. She is passionate about interdisciplinary and collaborative projects, and strives to bring dance into conversations around community engagement and creative placemaking. She was named an inaugural recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards and her work has been recognized by Content Magazine among other publications. She has shown her choreography throughout the Bay Area including Dance Mission Theatre, Montalvo Arts Center, Theatre on San Pedro Square, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and has presented at several national and international dance conferences. Currently, Baines is the Artistic Director of Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre, the Assistant Director of the de Saisset Museum, and in the process of launching Convergence Arts Center.
Abigail Nairn is a junior at Santa Clara University. She has trained extensively in classical ballet, studying at The Cecchetti Council of America, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Ballet Chicago. In her hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico, Abby performed with New Mexico Ballet, Festival
Ballet, and The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company. In her last two years of high school Abby ran her own studio, where she taught young children ballet, tap and jazz. At Santa Clara, she worked as a teaching assistant in Ballet 1 for three quarters, and the assistant choreographer for the university’s fall rendition of Eurydice (2019). Abby has also worked as an assistant choreographer at Bellarmine College Preparatory in their productions of Newsies (2019) and The
Drowsy Chaperone (2020). This year, Abby has a Thriving Neighbors Fellowship where she teaches dances to fourth and fifth graders at Sacred Heart Center.
Kevin Gaytan graduated San Jose State University as a double major in Sociology and a bachelor’s in fine arts. He has worked and trained under the instruction of Bay Area choreographers and lecturers such as Heather Cooper, Raphael Boumaila, Jill Yager and Dominique Lomuljo. In addition, he has studied composition and the art of choreography under the instruction of Fred Mathews at San Jose State University. Some of Mr. Gaytan’s performing highlights include classical Jose Limon works such as Psalm and Misa Brevis. He has also had the honor of performing and working for Tandy Beal & Company. In addition, as part of a choreography in residence program, he has performed with Doug Varone and dancers in Doug Varone’s “In the shelter of the fold” in 2018. Mr. Gaytan is currently an active company member of SjDanceCo under the artistic direction of Gary Masters and Maria Basile. As well as Rogelio Lopez and Dancers under the artistic direction of Rogelio Lopez. In addition to also working with Cypher Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Karina Cervantes.