Angel Cruz is a 19 year old college student, currently studying Visual Arts at California State University Fullerton. He grew up in Windsor, CA, and has been surrounded by dance since he was about 5 years old. Since then, he has explored various styles of dance including Ballet Folklorico, Salsa, and Mambo. In more recent years he discovered Hip-Hop and Contemporary which grew to become his preferred styles. He was a company member at The Movement Lab, a studio in Santa Rosa, CA, and is currently a member of Retrograde Dance Company. He dances as an extension of his creativity, and views dance and movement as another vessel for the same creative spirit that fuels his passion for visual arts. In his mind, visual arts and dance are just different embodiments of the same essence that drives all creatives. He hopes that, at some point in the future, his passion for the art community will allow him to share the outlet that is creativity with others. Ultimately, his goal for the future is to create a space that celebrates creatives of all kinds, specifically those of marginalized groups.
Cadence Godwin is a resident of Santa Rosa, California, and is currently a senior enrolled in her high school’s Pre-Med program, since she is hoping to pursue a nursing career after college. She is now going on to her fifteenth year of dancing, having previously been a competitive modern, tap, and hip hop dancer at the Dance Center of Santa Rosa. She is also one of the original dancers who is still a part of Retrograde Dance Company, where she has been able to not only choreograph and collaborate with other dancers her age, but has also gotten to work with other dance companies around the Bay Area. Cadence has always been infatuated with dancing, and using movement to express herself, and to explore the world around her. She uses her knowledge of the human body and kinesthetic movement to drive her movement and choreographic process.
Cecilia Hulett is a 20 year old Communication and Film & Media Studies student at the University of California Santa Barbara. She dances with the hip-hop team Untitled Dance Company and the modern dance collaborative Retrograde Dance Company. Cecilia discovered movement as a form of expression at age fourteen. She was always drawn to dance, but never found proper guidance until discovering mentors that valued the artistry and storytelling that movement is capable of. Cecilia utilizes the visceral, fundamentally human, dynamic medium of movement to channel her singular interpretation of reality. With dance, she fills space and time and captures viewers’ attention to move them to emotional or thought-provoking experiences.
Merlynne Godwin is a 21-year-old dancer and student based in Sonoma County, California. Her affection for dance began as a toddler in creative movement classes and was further cemented in performing and competitive companies through high school. For Merlynne, dance provides both the opportunity for creative expression and a grounding meditative experience. Over the years, through collaborative and community-based projects, Merlynne has explored several styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and contemporary. Her passion for movement and desire to learn push Merlynne beyond her comfort zone as she evolves as a choreographer, collaborator, and performer. Merlynne currently dances with two companies; Urban Dance Collective at the Movement Lab and Retrograde Dance Company. Dance has always enriched Merlynne’s formal academic education and continues to as she pursues her Bachelor’s in Communication and Cultural Studies. Merlynne hopes to keep engaging in her communities through creative expression and advocacy and intends to keep learning about life and the world through dance and artistic articulation.
Rogelio Cruz is a 19 year old student at Santa Rosa Junior College majoring in Studio Arts. Since a young age, Rogelio has found an innate attraction to the arts, which later grew into his present love for dance and the visual arts. He grew up in Windsor, California and has been surrounded by dance since the age of 5, and has then explored multiple genres of dance including Ballet Folklorico and Latin styles, until finally being introduced to Hip Hop and Modern, which have since become his preferred style of movement. He has then been a company member at The Movement Lab, a dance studio based in Santa Rosa California, and Retrograde Dance Company. Rogelio is fascinated with the idea of taking something as ephemeral and untouchable as a thought or idea and giving it a physical form through his preferred creative outlets; Dance and Visual Arts, He hopes to share his passion for the arts with others and create a space that highlights local creatives and embraces inclusivity.
Ruby Kahnberg is 18 years old and from Windsor, California. She is studying Architecture at Washington State University in the Honors College. She has been dancing for 14 years with various dance companies. Ruby began dancing at the Healdsburg Ballet and later joined the Santa Rosa Dance Center where she practiced for 11 years. She was a member of Advanced Hip Hop Company DC Tribe and Elite Jazz Company throughout most of her high school career. She continues to participate in Retrograde Dance Company beginning four years ago out of Windsor High School. Ruby dances because it helps her express herself without words. Dance has also been a great way for her to connect with like minded individuals and has helped her build some of her strongest friendships.
Directed by Allison Frenzel