Cynthia Booth is a Sacramento State University alumni who received a BA in Dance and a BS in Psychology. As a student she attended four American College Dance Association conferences where she participated in a variety of classes and performed each year. Booth received training in aerial dance and unarmed stage combat at CSU Summer Arts 2014. In 2015 she attended, and interned, at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. She graduated in 2016 as the honor student for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Her movement is mostly influenced by training in Dunham and Horton technique, improvisation, and floorwork. Booth judges colorguard movement for the Northern California Band Association and dances with Lorelei Bayne Dance Projects and Impulse Anima. She is a principal dancer in bbMoves, a social justice dance theatre company. Booth started teaching and choreographing for the School of Sacramento Ballet in 2020. She stands on the shoulders of her teachers and mentors; Lorelei Bayne, Marcus Mills, Bernard Brown, Nolan T’Sani, Nicole Manker, Melisa Cervantes, Philip Flickinger, and Dr. Linda Goodrich.
Texas native, Du’Ron Fisher, moved to Los Angeles and began his dance training at West Los Angeles College. He continued his formal dance training at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre School, on full scholarship, and the historic American ballet school, Dance Theatre of Harlem. Du’Ron has performed in Tarzan with 3D Theatrical. He was also worked as a company member of Maura Townsend’s Project 21 Dance Company, and under the direction of Janet Roston in the Los Angeles-based, Mix eMotions Dance Company. He has also worked with choreographer, Ken Morris, performing at Highways Performance Space and Los Angeles Dance Festival. This is Du’Ron’s first season as a dancer and musical collaborator with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Miguel F. Forbes
Miguel F. Forbes discovered the passion for dance while in high school. He began his formal training in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Techniques at Anti-Gravity School of Dance in Roseville with Felicia Fry. Forbes then attended Sacramento State University, where he received his Bachelor’s of Art in Dance. It was here that he obtained knowledge in movement, history, philosophy, performance and artist creation processes under the tutelage of Dr. Linda S. Goodrich, Lorelei Bayne, Philip Flickinger, Nolan T’sani and Nicole Manker, to name a few. He has had the pleasure of performing dances by Jose Limon (restaged by Gary Masters), Dr. Halifu Osumare, and Angela Rosenkrans. Other performance highlights include Adjudicated Concert at American College Dance Association - ACDA (West Region – Second Alternate for the ACDA National College Dance Festival): 2016, and being a dancer/puppeteer in the theatrical performance of "Flight," directed by Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey. A perpetual learner, Forbes' is pursuing many educational and professional pursuits including his Master's of Arts in Education, Certification in Katherine Dunham Technique, study in Butoh, Talawat and Silvestre techniques. This is Forbes’ first season with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Steven T. Gordon is a jazz pianist, composer and songwriter from Los Angeles. His group, Steven Gordon Group is a winner of the Angel City Jazz Emerging Artist Competition. He has performed at venues including Walt Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LACMA jazz series, the Blue Whale, and the REDCAT Theatre. Visit steventgordon.com for info, video and recordings.
Vuong Nguyen’s journey through the creative process of dance has challenged him to push his limits as an artist. He has trained at Bates Dance Festival. Vuong has been fortunate to work with local Sacramento dance companies such as Nhan Ho Project, Core Contemporary Dance and theProject. Vuong received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from CSU, Sacramento. This is his second season with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Lily Ontiveros was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she started taking ballet classes at the age of three. Her training took her to Monique Dance Studio, under the direction of Monique Letayf, where she was able to explore many different genres and perform both locally and in the United States. She developed a passion for dance and decided to pursue it as a career at Chapman University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a Graphic Design Minor in May 2017. While at Chapman, Lily was able to learn from dance faculty like Jenny Backhaus, Liz Curtis, Alicia Guy, Holly Johnston, Will Johnston, Larry Rosenberg, and Amanda K. White. She performed in student-choreographed shows, the Fall Faculty Dance Concert with work by Amanda K. White and Will Johnston, and the Chapman Celebrates gala, and was awarded with an Outstanding Performance award. She also showcased her choreography at the Chapman Dance Alliance Annual Show, Works in Progress, and Spring Dance Concerts, and attended several dance intensives in the summer. Lily moved to Los Angeles in 2017 and was signed to Go 2 Talent Agency. Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform in film and stage, including the Capezio ACE Awards, Naomi Wild’s ‘Howlin’ music video, and KQED’s ‘If Cities Could Dance’. She has worked with choreographers such as Heidi Duckler, Bernard Brown, and Mary Ann Chavez.
San Francisco/Bay Area native, Leanne Ruiz currently lives in Sacramento, CA. Starting at the age of 10, she dedicated her time to sideline and competitive cheerleading through her high school years. Entering Sacramento State University, Leanne began to explore dance and fell in love. As an undergraduate student, Leanne worked with a multitude of choreographers including Dr. Linda Goodrich, Dr. Halifu Osumare, Pepper Von, Philip Flickinger, Lorelei Bayne, Lisa Ross, Melisa Cervantes, Tony Nguyen, Nolan T’Sani, and various special guest artists. Leanne received her BA in Dance from Sacramento State in 2014. Currently, a professional dancer for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, she also works as a K-12 Substitute Teacher for the Sacramento City Unified School District. Alongside dance, she has also instructed, judged, and choreographed for the United Spirit Association for the past 11 years, which is an organization that offers a variety of opportunities for youth in both cheer and dance. With nearly 20 years of cheerleading and dance, Leanne has had multiple opportunities to travel nationally and internationally sharing her passion with so many others. Leanne hopes to one day combine all areas of her passions: dance, cheer, and teaching into a performing arts school dedicated to studio dance and competitive cheearleading. This is Leanne’s second season with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Christopher Salango is a Sacramento-based choreographer and performer using dance as a medium to promote social justice. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Sacramento, under influential instructors including Dr. Linda Goodrich, Nolan T'Sani, Philip Flickinger, Lorelei Bayne. There, he performed works by Lula Washington, Dr. Halifu Osumare, Sebastian Grubb of AXIS Dance Company, Jose Limon (restaged by Gary Masters), and Raissa Simpson of PUSHDance Company, among others. Chris has studied at Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence summer dance workshop on scholarship. His choreography has been performed at American College Dance Association and across the Sacramento region. He has performed throughout California and the western United States including the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference in Los Angeles, BLAKTINA Festival at Bootleg Theater, Highways Performance Space, El Camino College, CLARA Auditorium, American College Dance Association, Dance Mission Theatre, and the ODC Theatre. Critics have described him as a “beautiful mover” delivering “physically demanding” and “powerful”performances. Currently, Chris is a soloist with Bernard Brown/bbmoves, and company member with Tony Nguyen’s TwoPoint4 Dance and Theater. This is Christopher’s second season with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Ni’mat Laila Amatullah Shabazz began her formal dance training as an undergraduate student at Sacramento State University with the now retired Dr. Linda Goodrich, founder of the Sacramento Black Art of Dance (S/BAD). While at Sacramento State, she has had the great honor of performing the works of several astounding choreographers including: Dr. Linda Goodrich, Dr. Halifu Osumare, James Wheatley, Beatriz Godinez-Muniz, Lula Washington, Li Chiao-Ping, Raja Feather Kelly, Gary Masters, Melisa Cervantes, Nicole Manker and Osvaldo Ramirez. She has also performed in Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry and Flight by Charlayne Woodard. After performing in Bernard Brown’s debut work for S/BAD, “Our Backs…,” which premiered at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference & Festival, Laila received a full tuition scholarship to train with Winifred Harris, Ka-Ron B. Lehman and Alfred Harris at Your Soul’s Movement, a dance institution in Denver, CO. She has also trained extensively at the Dunham Technique Seminar in East St. Louis, MO. As a performer, she is particularly interested in the complexities of expressing the gamut of human experiences. She has been described as a powerful, internal mover with an intensity that demands total engagement. In the Sacramento community, Laila is currently working as an Arts Student Assistant for Sacramento’s pilot creative economy grant called CREAtE (Community Revitalization and Economic Advancement through Entertainment). In doing this work, she aims to physicalize Katherine Dunham’s methodologies of Intercultural Communication and Socialization Through the Arts. This is Laila’s second season with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Jade Tabayoyong has trained in various styles of dance. It began at the age of four, doing ballet with Encore! Studio of Performing Arts in Elk Grove, California. She then attended J. Rene Academy of Dance, where she competed in numerous Jazz and Contemporary solos/group works. Jade has extensive training in Hula, from Ka Pa Hula Halau and Kúhai Halau in Sacramento, California and Te Mau Tamari'i a Tiare / Na Kamali'i a Kiele in San Francisco, California. As part of the “Sacramento Kings’ Hip Hop Crew,” with a community performing arts dance school known as Sacramento Showbiz Productions, Jade had the opportunity to perform during the Kings’ and Monarchs’ basketball game halftime shows. For all four years of her high school career at Monterey Trail, Jade was actively part of the school’s Impulse Dance Company which offered training in Cultural, Lyrical, and Jazz dances. From 2014 to 2017, she discovered originality and individuality through Hip Hop movement while involved with the notorious Sacramento crew Boogie Monstarz, directed (at the time) by April Bambao. Jade is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance, with Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre and Dance where she has had the honor of performing in the work of the prestigious Lula Washington, Angela Rosenkran, Phillip Flickinger, and Aubri Siebert. Her most recent professional engagements are to Bernard Brown/bbmoves under the direction of the illustrious Bernard Brown.
Sean Ong Tran fell in love with the innate capacity of movement within the human body. He values the boundless possibilities one can create in the most profound ways. At the age of sixteen, he found his passion of movement when he entered the entertainment business at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. He performed various shows and works such as Cornucopia choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly, a suite of José Limón’s master work of A Choreographic Offering – restaged by Gary Masters, and Walk choreographed by Vanessa Voskuil in Footprints at the American Dance Festival 2016. He was awarded the sjDANCEco’s ChoreoProject Fall Edition Award in San Jose for his choreographic work, [ling-goh]. This led him to study under Gary Masters, Nol Simonse, Ernesta Corvino, Sebastian Grubb, Bernard Brown, Lorelei Bayne, Philip Flickinger, Dr. Linda Goodrich, Nolan T’sani, Nhan Ho, James Wheatley, Pepper Von, Kimberly B. Valmore, Esther Pryor, and among many others. Furthermore, he graduated with two B.A. Degrees in both Dance and Deaf Studies/American Sign Language at Sacramento State University. As he strives to grow and learn as an artist, choreographer and performer, Sean intends to fulfill his dreams and share his artistry of dance. This is his first season with Bernard Brown/bbmoves.