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MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND LUNA:

   

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Aida Salazar is a multidisciplinary writer, educator, arts administrator and mother. With an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, her writings have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post and Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory. She was a resident writer at Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony, attended Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, is an alumni of the Op-Ed Project’s Write to Change the World Program and a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, Latin jazz musician, John Santos and home-schools her two fiery artist children for whom many of her children’s stories have been written. She is at work on a novel in verse for middle grades and a memoir, In the Womb of Love, about the death of her first-born infant child.
Her story, The Light of the Moon, is being adapted into a ballet production by choreographer, Isabelle Sjahsam and artist, Roberto Miguel for the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance.
   
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Ms. Sjahsam has performed with Bay Area dance companies including SF Renaissance Dancers, Em Space Dance, Jenny McAllister/13th Floor Dance Theater, and Anna Halprin and Dancers. She appeared in the works of Michael Lowe while working with Moving Arts Dance, Black Diamond Ballet Theatre, and Menlowe Ballet, and has toured internationally with Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir.

Her choreography has been presented in venues
including Counterpulse, Temescal Arts Center, Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, Cal Arts Electronic Music Festival, and West Wave Dance Festival. From 2005 to 2011 Sjahsam collaborated with actor and director Malinda Trimble to create new works for their dance-theater troupe ArtFace Performance Group. In

She looks forward to her new project with Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and would not be where she is today without her ballet mentors Michael Lowe, Sarah-Jane Measor and Augusta Moore.
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Jesus Bio Pic
Jesus Cortes, began his training in Mexican folk dance when he was 6 years old under the direction of his Great Uncle Juan Natoli, going on in 2000, to dance with Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez in the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, eventually becoming a soloist in the role of The Deer Dance “La Danza Del Venado” and toured Mexico, Europe and the US. After moving to California, Jesus worked with several notable companies such as: Stanford University, ODC, ALICE, and San Francisco Symphany. Jesus currently lives in San Francisco and serves as founder and artistic director of Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza (meaning house of culture in nahuatl dialect.)
 
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Roberto Miguel is an artist and Dj from Oakland, California. His first exposure to the arts was with baile folkórico in Richmond, California, and went on to study with Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. He has played in numerous bands, traveling touring the United States and England. He is also an event organizer and put many events including “Hoodstock Oakland,” “Hoodstock New York” and “Special Delivery” in Berkeley in conjunction with Endless Canvas. In 2012, he collaborated with renowned street artist “Gats” on an installation, which was the focus of a short documentary produced by Pharell Williams.
   
Pemex Prof
In the world of graffiti and massive urban murals, Pemex is a hard name to overlook. He's paid plenty of dues, getting his hands dirty and rising through the ranks to be one of the most renowned urban artists putting in work up and down California.
His street work is savage and unrelenting, stylish and possessing in it a humor and history unique to the artist himself.Born and raised South Central Los Angeles, PEMEX now lives in Oakland and his work can be found showcased at 1:AM Gallery in San Francisco.
Giselle Ballroom
With a training and teaching background in Ballroom Dance at Arthur Murray and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Giselle strives to meld these two passions and bring humanitarianism to the beautiful world of dance.
Through her work as Studio Manager at Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, as well as Production Manager/Guest Choreographer for POR LA LUZ DE LA LUNA, Giselle hopes to nourish the spirit and minds of SCD's young dancers and to connect deeper with her Mexican-American roots, sharing this through the celebration of dance.

Ms. Sjahsam has performed with Bay Area dance companies including SF Renaissance Dancers, Em Space Dance, Jenny McAllister/13th Floor Dance Theater, and Anna Halprin and Dancers. She appeared in the works of Michael Lowe while working with Moving Arts Dance, Black Diamond Ballet Theatre, and Menlowe Ballet, and has toured internationally with Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir.

Her choreography has been presented in venues
including Counterpulse, Temescal Arts Center, Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, Cal Arts Electronic Music Festival, and West Wave Dance Festival. From 2005 to 2011 Sjahsam collaborated with actor and director Malinda Trimble to create new works for their dance-theater troupe ArtFace Performance Group. In

She looks forward to her new project with Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and would not be where she is today without her ballet mentors Michael Lowe, Sarah-Jane Measor and Augusta Moore.
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The Story of Luna

This epic Mexican-American tale follows young Lucila who sees the evening moon for the first time while her mother, Carmela, explains that her ancestors have been adoring the moon for generations. Through Carmela’s storytelling, Lucila and audiences are transported into the time of Mexico’s Joan of Arc, Jovita, who fought for religious freedom during Mexico’s second revolution in the early part of the 20th century; then they will travel with Carmelo and Estela who cross the Mexican border into the U.S. in search of the proverbial dream; and finally, enter the ancient story of the Aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui, whose battle with her brother, Huizilopchtli, the sun god, brought light to the night sky.

 

 

The Real Jovita Valdovinos, 1935
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Guest Artist, Pemex: Amidst painting our backdrop and explaining the juxtaposition of Chicano/Ballet Art