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Graduates making their mark

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Robert Pulido '15 (B.A. dance)

Robert entered his seventh season with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in 2020-2021. He performed in the Dance Teacher’s Summit and Capezio A.C.E. Awards, and in “The Nutcracker” under director Lois Ellyn of Nouveau Chamber Ballet. In 2016, he performed in Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder at David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center in New York City. Mr. Pulido was a teacher’s assistant at the Los Angeles Dance Connection, where he trained for 10 years.

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Devon Oshiro '12 (B.A. dance)

Devon currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she is pursuing a career as a dance artist. She has performed with Mike Esperanza/Bare Dance Company, Summation Dance Company, Patrick Corbin/Corbin Dances, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dances, and more. Devin has also been a full-time dance company member with Gibney Dance Company (GDC), performing works by Gina Gibney, Joanna Kotze, and Reggie Wilson, among others. At Gibney, she served as Community Action Artistic Manager, overseeing the artistic integrity and training of community outreach members in youth violence prevention assemblies and residencies and facilitated movement workshops in domestic violence shelters for adults and children. She is currently working a freelance dance artist creating her own work with Awakening Movement.

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Bradley Beakes '09 (B.A. dance)

Bradley is a New York City based dance artist originally from Glendora, CA. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Bradley first moved to NYC in 2010 to attend the Ailey School. He later danced with Project 44, Naganuma Dance, and Visions Dance Theatre where he was named the 2010 Lester Horton Award Winner for "Outstanding Male Performance". In 2011, Bradley joined Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company where he performed until 2016. Bradley was honored to dance with the Limón Dance Company from 2016-2017 as well as guest perform with Keith Johnson/Dancers and NOW-ID. He has served on rotating faculty for the Limón School since 2016 and also teaches at Peridance and Gibney 280. His choreography has been presented in venues including INKUBATE Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, among others. Bradley joined Doug Varone and Dancers in the summer of 2017.

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Edward Salas, Katie Sovik, and Stormy Gaylord

(L to R) Edward Salas, Katie Sovik, Stormy Gaylord
Photos: Kanopy Dance Company

EDWARD SALAS '18, KATIE SOVIK '21, and STORMY GAYLORD '18 (all B.A. dance)

Salas,  Sovik, and Gaylord are proud alumni of the CSUF Dance program, who are now continuing their dance careers in Madison, Wisconsin with Kanopy Dance Company. 

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Dennzyl Green '20 (B.A. dance)

Dennzyl Green was born and raised in Long Beach, California where he was a performing artist for over a decade. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts, dance, cum laude, 2020. During his college career, had the opportunity to perform various repertories by the faculty and guest artists such as "Recent Arrival" by former Artistic Director of Limón Dance Company, Colin Connors, and an excerpt of Doug Varone’s "In the Shelter of the Fold–MASS".

As of June 2020, Dennzyl joined Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble as a member of the Second Company- Cleo II. During his time he performed repertoire of Cleo Parker Robinson, Milton Meyers, Nejla Y. Yatkin, and guest artist Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez. In Fall Concert 2021 at the Ellie Caulkins Theatre, he had the honor of apprenticing with the first company to perform the world premiere of Four Journeys choreographed by Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez.

As of January 2022, he is now a member of EMERGE125 and is full of excitement to be a part of an active and vital company in New York.

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CJ Jensen '17 (B.A. dance)

CJ is currently preparing for a 2022 tour with Lady Gaga. He has  performed at the MTV Movie Awards, Lip Sync Battle, Paris By Night, various music videos, and has toured with Jojo Siwa. He also has participated in events such as World of Dance, K.A.R., Vibe, Urban Street Jam, Kids Carnival, and Maxt Out. CJ performed at Jacobs Pillow in Massachusetts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. in 2016. He is an assistant director and choreographer of award-winning competitive hip-hop crews at CF Dance Academy such as Fortissimo and Bring the Noise. CJ is represented by BLOC talent agency.

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Sharmila Mitra (B.A. dance)

Sharmila is one of today’s leading Pilates instructors in Southern California. She has over twenty years of progressive Pilates experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, and studio owner. In 1999, she apprenticed under the late master trainer Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates, consequently earning her a certification under Kryzanowska’s tutelage. Sharmila’s 25 years of dance experience as a performer, choreographer, and adjudicator. In essence, this was the precursor for her passion in examining the convergence of technical and artistic human movement.

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