MEGAN KURASHIGE, co-artistic director
Megan Kurashige co-founded S&F in 2011. She also performs with Liss Fain Dance, where she has been a company member since 2010. She has previously worked with choreographers Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), and Amy Seiwert, and performed with Ballet Pacifica and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan and the Academy of Ballet under the direction of Richard Gibson. She is also a writer. Her short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies and she is a 2008 graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD.
SHANNON KURASHIGE, co-artistic director
Shannon Kurashige co-founded S&F in 2011. She has also performed with Liss Fain Dance since joining the company in 2010, and previously worked with Christian Burns (burnsWORK), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), and Amy Seiwert. Shannon attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied under Melissa Hayden, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in biology. She also received extensive training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the tutelage of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Shannon is also an artist and freelance graphic designer.
CHRISTIAN BURNS, performer
Christian Burns is a choreographer, performer, and educator. His platform, burnsWORK, supports interdisciplinary projects relating to the intersection of improvisation, choreography and collaboration. Some of his collaborators include: Hope Mohr, Bobbi Jene Smith, Alessio Silvestrin, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Eric Beauschsne, Shinichi lova-Koga, and Kirstie Simson. He danced for James Sewell Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet, was a guest artist with The Forsythe Company, and co-founded/directed The Foundry, among others. He received his formal dance training from The School of American Ballet. He has been commissioned for his choreography and master teaching by dance companies and universities throughout the US and Europe and has been awarded numerous fellowships, residencies, grants, and commissions. He is currently a Core Faculty Member for the Lines Ballet Training Program and an Adjunct Professor for Lines Ballet BFA at Dominican University.
TRISTAN CHING HARTMANN, performer
Tristan Ching Hartmann received her early training at the Westside School of Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet School. She began studying modern dance with Diane Frank and Robert Moses at Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Dance Education. Tristan danced with Robert Moses’ Kin for eleven years before retiring from the company to pursue a range of performance experiences including work with the cast of Dream Girls, the San Francisco Symphony, the 2009 BRIT Awards (prancing behind the Pet Shop Boys and then- newcomer Lady Gaga), RAWdance, and Project B. Tristan taught classical and contemporary technique, choreography, and creative writing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance until the school’s closing last fall. Tristan recently presented her own work in collaboration with Red Light Lit at Piano Fight (SF) and Art Share /LA and is thrilled to be working with the hyper-talented artists of Sharp & Fine.
SONJA DALE, performer
Sonja Dale was raised in Berkeley, California, where she began her training with Sally Streets at Berkeley Ballet Theater. Sonja has worked with companies on both sides of the US, including FACT/SF in San Francisco, and SYREN Modern Dance and KDNY Dance in New York City. She has also performed internationally with the aerial dance company, Australia Strange Fruit. Sonja is now living in the Bay Area and dancing for some truly wonderful companies, including Sharp & Fine, The Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and Liss Fain Dance. Love to JHN. Sonja has worked with S&F since 2015.
SARAH DIONNE WOODS-LADUE, performer
Sarah Dionne Woods-LaDue is from Los Angeles, California. She started her training at LA County High School for the Arts and moved to San Francisco in 2010 to continue her education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has had the joy of working and performing with Sharp & Fine, Liss Fain Dance, Crossings, The Foundry, Kristin Damrow & Company, and LEVYdance among others. She and her husband, composer & musician Robert Woods-LaDue, are co-conspirators in a research and performance based exploration of music and dance composition. Sarah has worked with S&F since 2013.
CORY WRIGHT, composer/performer
Reeds player Cory Wright, educated at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Southern California, has been involved in both the jazz and creative music worlds for the past 20 years, including time spent in New York, Los Angeles and his current home in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent projects reflect his interest in blurring the distinction between composed and improvised music, and in combining the harmonious with the atonal, the grooving with the arrhythmic. Wright has played in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Vinny Golia, Eddie Gale, Adam Rudolph and Yusef Lateef. He is currently a member of Bristle, Wiener Kids, the Nathan Clevenger Group, and leads his own projects Green Mitchell and the Cory Wright Outfit.
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