• "... 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

  • "Aybay shone throughout the piece, using her breath as an intense extension of her physicality ... that shook me to my core; and, her performance was matched by the rest of the cast."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "...impressive technicality ..."

    – Taliah Mancini, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "[Seda Aybay] is a beautiful dancer with a commanding presence."

    – Jeff Slayton, LA Dance Chronicle

  • "The entire company was technically stunning and impassioned in their performance ..."

    – Khayla Jordan Golucke, LA Dance Review

Omar Canedo

Omar Canedo grew up in Mexico for 13 years before moving to Alaska. He began dancing at 13 and after graduating high school joined The Young Americans. With this group Omar traveled around the world teaching dance, song, and improv with the purpose of teaching students about self-confidence.  Upon returning to Alaska, he taught at various dance studios and after school programs finding his passion in hip hop and contemporary.  He has since moved to Los Angeles to realize his dream and proudly joins KDT.

Omar Canedo

Caitlin Heflin

Caitlin is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and received her BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Immediately after graduation, she was invited to join Thodos Dance Chicago, and she performed and taught in the Chicagoland area until relocating to Los Angeles in 2017. Since then, she has worked with Cherice and Charissa Barton, Christian Denice, and Vincent Paterson, and she was a company member with Louise Reichlin’s LA Choreographers and Dancers. Additionally, she has presented her own work at Highways "New Shoes", Fuse Dance Company’s "SYNTHESIS V", and the MixMatch Dance Festival.

Caitlin Heflin

Amanda Tran

Amanda emerged as a dancer and artist at the age of three. A Southern California native, she began her dance training at Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach, CA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara. During her time at UCSB, she was an apprentice for Santa Barbara Dance Theater under the direction of Christopher Pilafian. She was also a member of the UCSB Dance Company where she toured throughout California and Europe, performing works by JacqulyJ Buglisi and Monica Bill Barnes. This will be Amanda’s first season with Kybele Dance Theater.

Amanda Tran

Robert Gomez

Robert Christopher Gomez is from Los Angeles, California. His dance training began at Renaissance High School For The Arts, where he studied African, Jazz, Modern, and Ballet.  After graduation, Robert danced under the direction of Tawny Chapman with Leverage Dance.  Since then, he has since studied and performed with various disciplines from the Maple Conservatory Of Dance, Kobi Rozenfeld, Erin Landry, Valarie Cabag, Deborah Brockus and more.

Robert Gomez

Marii Kawabata

Marii Kawabata was born and raised in Amami-island, Japan and moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to pursue academic study and a career in dance. She graduated from Santa Monica College, where she performed with synapse dance theater working with Barak Marshall/BODYTRAFFIC, Bill Evans and Sophie Monat. She was featured in Mark Tomasic’s piece “wianbu” which she performed at the American College Dance Association Festival (2019). This is her first season with Kybele Dance Theater.

Marii Kawabata

Donte Essien

Donte Essien

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

Rachel Walton

Guest Artist

Rachel began her dance training in Leesburg, VA studying ballet, jazz, and contemporary from a young age.  After high school, she was accepted into the inaugural class of BFA dance students at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.  While in Los Angeles, she has enjoyed studying under the prestigious faculty, artists in residence, and guest faculty at USC as well as adding hip-hop to her training.  Entering into her senior year, she has performed in works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, and Aszure Barton. Rachel has enhanced her training through a variety of summer programs, including Springboard Danse Montreal, BalletX, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Rachel Walton

Christian Espinel

Guest Dancer

Christian Espinel, a native from Los Angeles and began his training with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, learning various styles from Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Tissue, Character, Dunham and many other techniques. He has performed in many of Ms. Allen’s original productions and through DADA, he joined Unity Dance Ensemble a company founded by So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Tessandra Chavez. He has since worked with Rosero McCoy dancing on Disney Channels “Shake It Up” as well as on BET in Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker”. Christian then became a member of Utah’s ‘Best Of State’ company Odyssey Dance Theatre touring nationally as well as throughout Germany and Istanbul. Christian also dances with JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble, Invertigo Dance Theatre and Pony Box Dance Theatre. Throughout this dance journey he has had the privilege to share the stage with artists such as, Herbie Hancock, Raven-Simone, Jaleel White, Tichina Arnold, ELEW and many others.

 

Christian Espinel

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
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