Guest Artists   Founding Members

Theresa Dickinson was first trained and performed as a ballet dancer studying in the 1950s with Leon Fokine and Olga Preobrajenskya. After earning a B.A. from Harvard, Ms. Dickinson began studying with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Ms. Dickinson was a founding member of Twyla Tharp's earliest New York company, and later moved to San Francisco where she founded Tumbleweed Dance/Theatre/Music in the early 1970s. Her work has been among the earliest to include both aerial dance and contact improvisation. She has received numerous awards for choreography, to include an NEA & CAC award. In 2002 Ms. Dickinson established a dance retreat for eco-performance in the mountains of Lake County, California while teaching dance at the New College of California in San Francisco.

Theresa can be seen in the documentary Artists in Exile. An in-depth interview with Theresa and a section on the Tumbleweed group are included in this history of modern dance-making in San Francisco.

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Samir joins Rebollar Dance.

Samir Bitar is a dancer, arts manager, veteran, and activist based in DC.  A native of California, Samir began dance training in 1999 as an undergraduate dance student of Theresa Dickinson in San Francisco. Since college he has studied technique  and composition at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Bates College and on scholarship at the Royaumont Centre de Recherche et de Composition Choreographique in France. To date Samir has co-presented 20 original dance works across New York City, Toronto, France, Spain, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.  After earning his masters from Carnegie Mellon University Samir briefly led Naomie LaFrance's Sens Production before joining the Smithsonian Institution where he continues to develop innovative audience-engagement strategies.  In 2010, while living in Brooklyn Samir co-founded FLICfest, an annual two-week dance festival.  Currently, Samir sits on the Board of Misnomer Dance Theater and advises TAECLaosChez Bushwick and CPR. Samir joined Rebollar Dance in 2013.

samir's bio

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  Maica Folch is a founding member of ZaZa Dance Theatre and NO-WAY group. Maica studied circus technique and aerial performance in her native city of Barcelona before moving to San Francisco to pursue dance. Since arriving ten years ago, Maica has become fascinated with contact improvisation, working with Bay Area great Theresa Dickinson. Before joining ZaZa, Mrs. Folch danced for two seasons in the Medea Project, directed by Rodhesa Jones. Maica has studied with Keith Henessy, Kim Epifano, Kathleen Hermsdorff, Terry Sendgraff, KJ Homes and Susan Klein among others. Maica teaches creative and aerial dance movement to children in San Francisco and Barcelona. At the moment she is studying clown technique with Moshe Cohen.

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Past Guest Artists
Rachel Bouch, percussion
Peter Gillette, bass
John LeFan, dancer