Richard and Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company, Richmond, CA.
R&NAPDTC is a performance company dedicated to poetry and dance as a unified art form. R&NPDTC is under the sponsorship of Artists Embassy International, a 501c3 organization that promotes world peace and understanding through the arts. It was founded by Althya Youngman after being inspired during a visit with Ghandi in India.
Artistic coordinator, Natica Angilly, is an experienced dancer and choreographer with many exhalted titles and experiences. R&NPDTC has traveled around the world, mostly with United Poets Laureate International's World Congress of Poets, to perform poetry and dance. Their next overseas booking is in July, 2018, near Bankok, Thailand. In the past few years, they have performed at the WCP in Rohnert Park, CA; Osaka, Japan; Larissa, Greece, Managua, Nicaragua; Bejing and Tai Shan, China.
Natica Angilly, dancer, choreographer, artistic director, general coordinator, producer, poet, author and artist: Natica leads the Poetic Dance Theater Company on its many ventures around the world. The next overseas program that is booked is the World Congress of Poets near Bangkok, Thailand in 2018, by United Poets Laureate International
Richard Angilly is a poet, reader, treasurer of AEI and the Poetic Dance Theater Company, president of Ina Coolbrith Society poetry group, leader of the Annual Poets Dinner Awards Ceremonies, and general support in every way to his wife, Natica, the Poetic Dancers and poetry in general.
Judy Hardin Cheung does not dance. However, she is photographer, editor, graphic designer, advertisement adviser, poet, author, artist and networking enthusiast between many different organizations. Judy is also assistant MC and auditorium coordinator for the Dancing Poetry Festival. She has traveled to many countries with the Poetic Dance Theater Company.
Loywanner Haddadou, outside of Welcome to Wonderland, does not sport a beard. Loywanner is artistic director and choreographer for Banat el Hoggar as well as being a world traveler with the Poetic Dance Theater Company. She is also a dancer for Dancers of the Pharoahs and Jeed.
Ronda Hollie performs poetic dance and is the artistic director and choreographer of her inspirational dance troupe, Jeed. Her husband, George, is one of the AEI and DPF photographers.
Wanda Ingmire is an original member of the Poetic Dance Theater Company. She has traveled the world, performing poetic dance.
Arthur Levinson, AEI and DPF videographer. Arthur has been a part of both organizations since he was born
Cindy Levinson, AEI secretary and a Poetic Dancer. Cindy has traveled the world with the dance troupe.
Nancy Merritt, poetic dancer, has traveled extensively with the Poetic Dance Company. Her son, David Merritt has written many original numbers for the company.
Takako Miyashita is a many year dancer for the Poetic Dance Theater Company. She is also well known as an instructor and creator of ikebana flower arrangements.
Alisha Rodregues, AEI VP, Dancing Poetry Festival back stage coordinator, publicity coordinator, costume consultant, and general all around talented person.
Lee Salomon, Poetic Dancer and literary scholar
The Redwood Empire Chinese Association
Intermediate Cultural Dancers
From Santa Rosa, CA, RECA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides cultural assistance opportunities and cultural education for people of all ages. RECA has three Chinese cultural dance troupes: Intermediate, Teen and Adult. There is also a begining group of elementary school children from five to twelve years old. They have limited performances and practice during the Mandarin language class time.
Their teacher and choreographer, Judy Elliott, is well versed in a variety of world ethnic dance genres. She has been teaching RECA classes for many years.
The New Dance Company
from Stockton, CA, has been with DPF for many years and are always one of our most athletic and thought provoking troupes. Lead by choreographer Lisa Rie, the dancers, Emmitt Jenkins, Kayla Love, Jeremiah Knott and Allie Sahli are always innovative in their presentations. This year's poem was written and read by La Brea Spivy.
is a dance troupe that performs for San Francisco East Bay churches and related events as well as various dance festivals. Performers include Ronda Hollie, artistic director and choreographer; Loywanner Haddadou and Wanda Ingmire. Natica Angilly, in the background, read Gillie Haynes, Silver Spring, MD, "Reach for Me," for the dance performance.
usually a very large, exuberantly active troupe, was not here in its entirety due to many reasons of the various dancers for this day. Ronda Hollie and Faith Dunham Sims performed today.
Redwood Empire Chinese Association Teen Cultural Dancers
have been dancing since they were about 6 years old. This year is the third year that the poem they danced for the Dancing Poetry Festival was written by dancer Ellen Hickman. Both teens have a long history of perfoming for Chinese New Year Celebrations, senior care homes, schools, the Annual MultiCultural Poetry Reading, China Camp State Park Heritage Day, Quarryhill Earth Day, Santa Rosa City Council, and many, many more events throughout each year. They are instructed and assisted by RECA dance instructor Judy Elliott.
RECA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides education and cultural opportunities and assistance to the communities in Sonoma County and beyond. They have Saturday morning language classes, a high school scholarship program, an adult chorus and adult dance troupe, a seniors Mah Jong club, a Tai Chi Club, an active Youth Group, many annual and spontanious events. Please visit us at www.recacenter.org.
Tatseena and the Serpent Sirens
is a very well know and respected dance troupe in the Greater San Francesco Bay Area. They perform at many of the events and performances in the area. Tatseena, the artistic director and choreographer, is a well known instructor of dance. This troupe is known for its large and impressive performances that combine exciting dance innovations with social comentary.
is an ever popular, large, spectacular dance troupe from Pinole, CA. They perfom throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and are especially popular at Rakkasah Middle Eastern Dance Festival and Bazaar each year. Banat El Hoggar, Dancers of the Pharoahs, Jeed and the Poetic Dance Theater Company all share the same rehearsal area and frequently intermingle dancers with the various troupes. Banat El Hoggar dancers were all included in the judging process for the 2017 Dancing Poetry Festival. This is the first year that 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize winners were included in the program by dance troupes who judged. Loywanner Haddadou (2nd from R) is the artistic director and choreographer for Banat El Hoggar. She is also their dance instructor.