• "... her sophisticated sense of movement counterpoint sustained interest in her formal patterning."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Seda is a poetic genius."

    – Jodie Gates, Vice Dean/Director, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

  • "Aybay displayed choreographic flair and a cutting-edge sensibility."

    – Victoria Looseleaf, LA Times

  • "Kina is a powerful and intense work... ."

    – Jeff Slayton, See Dance

  • "Kybele Dance Theater performed … for an entranced audience."

    – Michael Ray, Santa Monica Mirror

  • "As each couple danced, you seemed to be watching a summary of a complex relationship swiftly,
    lightly impressed upon your consciousness."

    – Lewis Segal, LA Times

  • "Plunging squats, deeply arching backs and lush turns ..."

    – Claudia La Rocco, New York  Times

  • "I have been to to the westside’s Theatre Raymond Kabbaz on several occasions over the past few years, and I have never saw it so packed as it was for last week’s performance by Kybele Dance Theatre!!!"

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Seda Aybay’s work is rich with movement, purpose and thought-provoking images. "

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "... the movement was all so beautiful ..."

    – Karen Salkin, itsnotaboutme.tv

  • "Kina has beautiful moments and extraordinary dancing."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

Junji Dezaki

Junji Dezaki is a native of Wakayama, Japan and the longest-running company member of KDT.  Junji held the title of Karate State Champion before moving to Los Angeles.  After relocating to Southern California, he was cast in the Monsters of Hip-Hop 2007. Junji began taking ballet classes shortly after and has been performing with Ken Dance Company, KIN Dance Company, No) one Arts and City Ballet of Los Angeles. In his dancing style, he mixes martial art, hip-hop and ballet.

Junji Dezaki

Aleks Perez

Alejandro Perez, a First Generation Mexican American from Santa Monica, started as a street dancer but then took his first formal dance training as a sophomore at Hamilton High School. He has since studied and performed various disciplines with Karen McDonald, Andre Tyson, Desmond Richardson, Jackie Lopez, Breeze Leigh, Latreece Douglass, Sean Greene, Deniese Leitner, Jae Lee, Angela Jordan, Keelan Whitmore, Jermaine Spivey and more.  He is currently on full scholarship at Alonzo King's Lines Ballet.

Aleks Perez

Genevieve Zander

A true Angelino who attended The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys under Louise Mandel and Joseph Malone in high school, Genevieve trained extensively in their full-time apprentice program studying jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, voice, and acting. Genevieve attended the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine and the World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department at UCLA.  She has danced with Dominic Walsh in Houston and attended programs with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet in Rome and Sidra Bell Dance New York.  Genevieve has danced with LA Opera, Disney, Clairobscur Dance Company, Lucent Dossier Experience, Sarah Elgart/Arrogant Elbow, and Ubuntu Dance Project.­

Genevieve Zander

Clinton Kyles

Originally a native South East Georgia, Clinton Kyles is a professional dancer and acrobat. He has performed at legendary venues such as The Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany with Diavolo Dance Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Alvin Ailey New York City. His television appearances include shows like Fox’s hit series “New Girl” and trueTV’s “Fake Off”. Clinton is a seasoned veteran of the pageant world having involvement with local and national pageant circuits including Miss Atlanta’s Entertainment Board and Miss Georgia of the Miss America Organization. Director and Choreographer with Dark Tide Productions LLC and Sypher Arts Studio, his work is featured seasonally with Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball, The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and expositions across the country.

Clinton Kyles

David Matthew Rodriguez

David Matthew Rodriguez hails from Kansas by way of New Jersey. Rodriguez graduated from University of Kansas with a B.F.A in Dance, Fall of 2011 and has studied jazz, modern, ballet as well as lyrical and hip hop.After graduation, Rodriguez taught at local arts centers and dance studios across Northeast Kansas, most notably teaching and choreographing for the Kansas City based studio, Byrd's Dance and Gymnastics before moving to Los Angeles.  For the past 2 years, Rodriguez has been a member of Achinta S. McDaniel's: Blue13 Contemporary Indian Dance Company before joining Kybele.

David Matthew Rodriguez

Samantha-Jane Gray

Prior to moving to LA in 2015, South African-born Samantha-Jane Gray performed in soloist and major duet roles with companies in Canada, USA, Germany and South Africa including, The Olympic Opening Ceremonies 2010, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, plastic orchid factory, the South African Dance Trust's rendition of “Spartacus of Africa,” along with several LA-based companies and musician Helado Negro, artist Beck&Col, and commercial choreographer Del Mak.   She has choreographed and performed in her own works in Vancouver, Halifax and Calgary for Interplay Projects, Kinetic Studio and IGNITE! Festival and “Beyond Boxes” which aired at both the USA and Sweden Dance Film Festivals.  Samantha is also a co-owner of Ground Space Movement and Meditation Studio in Santa Monica where she curates and teaches Integrated Movement and Retreats. 

Samantha-Jane Gray

Olivia Bollfrass

Olivia Bollfrass started her dancing career in Minnesota where she competed in all types of dance including tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop at Studio 4 while continuing her training in ballet and modern in high school at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.  After graduating, Olivia moved to Los Angeles working with the Astra Dance Company on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, TruTV's FAKE OFF season 2 and as a body double on ABC's Bunheads.  Olivia is also part of Nichelle Bane's Reflections Dance Company, performs monthly shows at Carnival and stays active in the commercial and video world. Olivia also works for Q Productions, a multi-media cirque company that has won her awards all over the world, including Best Female Dancer of the Year 2014 in Argentina.

Olivia Bollfrass

Danielle San Paolo

Apprentice

Danielle San Paolo began her contemporary dance training through the Riverside City College Dance Department under the mentorship and training of Stephanie Gilliland, and Sofia Carreras. Danielle worked extensively with Tongue Dance Company and Intersect Dance Company in the Riverside Community on and off as a dancer and guest artist from 2011-2015. Danielle holds a B.A. in dance with an emphasis on choreographic study from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Department. She currently serves as the Creative director for A Terre School of Dance in Rancho Cucamonga where she generates new work for the Inland Empire community.

Danielle San Paolo

Sam Chin

Apprentice

Sam, originally from Los Angeles, began her dancing in ballet and hip hop while living in Massachusetts at age 11. Sam pursued a BA in Dance at San Francisco State University where she trained in ballet, jazz, Horton, Alexander, and various release techniques under the training of Ray Tadio, Wendy Diamond, and Cathleen McCarthy.  Sam was a company member of SFSU’s University Dance Theater for two years training in Horton Technique with Ana Marie Forsythe and Sylvia Watters of Alvin Ailey. While SFSU’s UDT collaborated with Oberlin Dance Collective’s professional company, Sam performed as a soloist.

Sam Chin
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