San Diego Young Choreographers
Showcase and Prize 2012

March 25, 2012 - 6:30 pm


Congratulations to all of the choreographers who presented yesterday.
We were thrilled to see such passion for creating and performing.

Gina Bolles Sorensen and Kyle Sorensen, husband and wife pair, took home the grand prize of $3000, with Dina Smirnova and Melissa Adao were each award $1000 as runner-ups.

Eleven young dance makers (ages 18-35) have been selected to present new work and compete to win up to $3000! Our second annual San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize is scheduled for March 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at The Neurosciences Institute. Thanks to an anonymous donor, $3000 will be award to the top chosen choreographer and $1000 each to two runner ups. Top choreographer will be chosen by audience vote and by 3 outstanding members of our local dance community, veteran choreographer and Artistic Director of Malashock Dance: John Malashock, theater and dance writer and commentator: Pat Launer, and Classical Indian Dancer: Shoba Sharma.

Finalist Include:
Melissa Adao, Erica Buechner, Anthony Diaz, Anne Gehman, Trixi Agiao & Arthur Huang, Kevin Jenkins, Trystan Loucado, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Aaron Shaw, Dina Smirnova, and Gina Bolles Sorensen & Kyle Sorensen Blog
Read more about the choreographers at our Sexy Smart Blog.

The Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

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The San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize helps us attain the diversity component of our Mission: To provide access to the training in, viewing, and performing of San Diego Dance Theater’s dances by diverse audiences and dancers.

Please call 619.225.1803 or email: for more information.

All tickets $20 and include post show reception with the participants. Reception by In Good Taste Catering.


Meet the Choreographers:

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Melissa Adao is a hip hop instructor at Grossmont and Mesa Community College.  She has danced for Unity Dance Ensemble, Urban FX, Super Galactic Beat Manipulators, and is the Founder and CEO of Outreach Through Dance.
Erica Buechner, a native San Diegan, has been choreographing, teaching and performing professionally in San Diego since 1999. She graduated from SDSU with her BFA in Dance and received the 2011 Alumni To Watch award in recognition of her continuous contributions to dance in San Diego.
Anthony Diaz is a performance artist that dances. He also pursues costume design, make up artistry and female impersonation. He hopes you find the manifestation and relationships these very unique genre's of art have with one another as fascinating as he does. 
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Anne Gehman, Originally from Florida holds BFA Jacksonville University Has had the honor of choreographing works throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida Pontlevoy France and San Diego.  She is an instructor and guest performer for San Diego Dance Theater and Co founder and producer of youTurn Arts Exhibition.
After graduating from the University of California, San Diego last spring, Arthur Huang and Trixi Agaio have enjoyed choreographing and performing all over southern California, while interning at the non-profit organization, contACT ARTS. They are excited to continue to present work under their company name, The Collective Dance Collective, and would like to thank San Diego Dance Theater for this opportunity. 
Kevin Jenkins is a contemporary ballet choreographer whose award winning dance films have been featured in Pointe and Dance Magazine.  His work has also been presented by Convergence Ballet, Southwest Youth Ballet, Mirable Ballet, the School of Ballet Arizona, and Garage Contemporary Ballet.
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Growing up in Southern California, Trystan Loucado alwasy had the dream of being able to support himself as an artist here. He is grateful to be able to live in San Diego, and create work on such beautiful dancers in "Americas Finest City."
Zaquia Mahler Salinas, a 21 year old native San Diegan, has spent the better part of the last five years studying, creating and presenting choreography.  She receives the deepest joy in choreographing dance that speaks to the life-changing force that dance-making creates within the individual and society as a whole.
Aaron Shaw is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University's dance program, where he received his BA degree. Aaron has choreographed for several college companies and for the Utah Regional Ballet. He looks forward to the adjudication process and the San Diego premier of his newest piece!
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Dina Smirnova is a recent graduate of Chapman University, earning a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Business Administration.  She values versatility as well as the fusion of all dance styles ranging from hip-hop to modern dance, which is reflected in her work.
Husband and wife team Gina Bolles Sorensen and Kyle Sorensen are the co-artistic directors of somebodies dance theater, a contemporary modern dance company that endeavors to expand and wed the arts of dance and theater. Their work has recently been seen in New York, San Francisco, Texas, and Mexico.