DREAM Dance Company

DREAM was a street dance company based in Oakland, California, created with the mission to bring to concert stages many of the hip hop and club dance traditions I was informally researching offstage in “the streets.” From 2002 – 2008, DREAM performed at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and toured to universities nationally. DREAM’s funders and sponsors included Creative Work Fund, Destiny Arts Center, East Bay Community Foundation, East Bay Fund For Artists, Ford Foundation, PUEBLO, Rennie Harris PureMovement, and Zellerbach Foundation.

DREAM Dance Company with José Francisco Barroso

Laney College Theater, Oakland, California
June 29 – July 1, 2006

Full Circle (2006) was a collaboration of DREAM and Afro-Cuban folklorist and master dancer José Francisco Barroso. Full Circle was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Choreography. The piece put the collectively created improvisational movement vocabularies of hip hop and rumba in dialogue. Both hip hop and rumba are ritual traditions of struggle and protest that use physical storytelling to create theatrical characters and movement narratives, drawing inspiration from everyday life.

DREAM Dance Company

La Peña Cultural Center, Oakland, California
June 16, 2005

DREAM Dance Company

La Peña Cultural Center, Oakland, California
June 26, 2004.