Mia is a DeafDisabled performing artist and filmmaker. Having had the pleasure of growing up in a dance company that truly believed dance is for everyone and then turned away from nearly all other dance companies for having the "wrong" body, they know firsthand how important accessible dance classes are.
With over 25 combined years of challenging what it means to be an artist, they are thrilled to bring all they have learned over the years to DfAB.
Sonya is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and administrator originally from Albany, NY. She is passionate about using the arts to expand empathy, and brings this passion to DfAB.
Sonya holds a BA in Arts Management from Purchase College, SUNY, where she produced This Body's Heart, a dance production telling her story with physical disability through Contemporary dance. Also at Purchase, she was influential in reforming fire evacuation policy for students with disabilities. Additionally, Sonya released a full length documentary on disability, The Souls of our Feet, in 2015. Sonya has worked extensively with several non-profit organizations, merging her management skills with her commitment to social justice.
Yagmur is a dancer, do-er and lover. She is passionate about community work and bringing dance back to the people. Yagmur's passion for non-profit work started in high school when she volunteered at Six Dots Foundation for the Blind in Istanbul, Turkey. Since then, she has volunteered and held coordinator positions in Berkeley Free Clinic and San Francisco General Hospital. She also facilitated and taught a student-run Lindy Hop class as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.
Tess is a dance lover, a practical dreamer, and a reliable problem solver. She's been making up dances since she was three years old and has continued to make dance a significant part of her life since that young age. She's managed cooperative living spaces, performing arts venues, and with Dance for All Bodies, she's now managing her first nonprofit venture. She cares deeply about people, the wellbeing of the planet, and using creative expression to ward off despair.
ASL Interpreting Coordinator/Content Writer
Jenny is a lover of dance, a free spirit, and an advocate for change. She works in Special Education in The San Francisco Bay Area. Jenny has always had a passion for the arts. Growing up, she engaged in ballet classes, modern dance, and was a violinist in the school and community orchestra. To date, she works with local community organizations to create change for people with disabilities. She also volunteers her time by providing communication access through ASL interpreting at a local drag show to support transition-aged students.
Event Outreach Coordinator
Amanda has a love for dance, art, music and theater. Theater has been a part of her life since high school. She has been in many of musicals over the years. She loves seeing how much joy dancing can bring to people. She enjoys creating events for DfAB’s on the website and loves being apart of DfAB’s.
Graphic Design Coordinator
Amy is an extroverted optimist who wishes to be a part of a positive change. She is a lover of all forms of creative expression—from dance to music to even baking pastries and sweets. Amy is involved in her dance group on campus as Choreography Chair and enjoys spreading the joy of dance to everyone.
Rachel loves dance, music, and playing guitar. She played soccer for 13 years and always turns to dance or sports to relieve stress. Rachel joined Dance for All Bodies to help share the beauty of dance and its ability to empower people. She is currently a student at UC Berkeley, studying cell biology and psychology.
Volunteer Recruitment and Communications Coordinator
Allison is a former professional dancer who felt herself moving away from "dance for dancers" post-career, in search of the raw joy of movement for all. As a member of the invisible disability community, Allison is very happy to have found and be working with DfAB, and is continuing to learn and grow within advocacy movements in the performing arts by training to become an Intimacy Director/Coordinator for stage and screen.
Service Designer and
Erin is a user experience researcher with a passion for making technology more accessible for others. Her work primarily centers around helping non-profit organizations improve their digital products by studying how their users interact with them. A lover of both professional and casual dance classes, Erin joined Dance for All Bodies to help them share the joy of dance with others.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Cara is a disabled activist and writer who is passionate about expanding access to dance for people with disabilities. By day, she works for a national disability rights organization. In addition to her work with DfAB, Cara is a freelance sensitivity reader, reading and providing feedback on disability representation in unpublished manuscripts. In her increasingly limited spare time, Cara likes to read, knit, and watch sci-fi.
Lina is a designer and illustrator with a curiosity for stories and how we tell them. She loves being active, whether it's training at the gym or cycling around Boston. She has been taking dance classes since she was little, learning traditional Greek dance as a way to stay connected to her culture and community. She joined DfAB for the same reasons! She's excited to be a part of a community that offers connection and culture to everyone.
Kristin is a communications specialist and program manager. She has worked with non-profits and corporations to create mutually beneficial partnerships that positively impact society and the environment.
Kristin joined Dance for All Bodies to increase access to the mental and physical benefits of movement.
Kristin enjoys fitness, learning new things, and the science and art of organic gardening.
Catherine is a passionate dancer and educator originally from Oak Park, IL. She began dancing at three years old and was lucky to be a part of an inclusive dance class, celebrating all bodies and abilities, as part of her dance education. Since graduating from Kenyon College in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and Dance, Catherine has worked in early education at Denver Public Schools integrating dance and movement into her work with our youngest students. She is thrilled to be a part of the DfAB community.
Social Media Coordinator
Sarah has been dancing since she was three, and loves the sense of community it brings! She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2021 with a B.A. in dance, where she became interested in somatic practices and dance as a healing method. Sarah values the opportunity for people to develop a strong mind-body connection, and is passionate about finding ways to move the body in a healing, encouraging, and safe environment. Sarah is so grateful to be a part of the DfAB team!