Many artist have contributed to our projects. This page is dedicated to those who have devoted their talent and time to making beautiful dances with us.
Mind body in Motion
Originally from New York, Rita is an accomplish dancer, teacher and choreographer who runs her own company, Rita Rivera & Dancers from 1983 - 1996. She was a founding member and artistic director of La Qua Sabe Art Foundation and the Santa Cruz Dance Gallery in Santa Cruz, California. Her practice includes:
Mentoring Circles Meditation
Milks Alive celebrates healthy food choices and specializes in
plant based milks infused with healthy sweeteners in a variety of flavors and blends made from nutrient dense nuts and seeds. Milks Alive, founded by Rita Rivera in 2006, is a company that understands the need for optimizing taste when it comes to plant based milks. Milks Alive began selling hand made, fresh pressed, non-dairy milks, creams and desserts from a variety of nuts and seeds at local farmers markets in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. We specialize in almond blends and produce our own artisian coconut milks.
Founder and teacher at the Santa Cruz Aerial Playground. A graduate from Stanford University School of Education with a Masters degree in Dance Education. She later became a Physical Therapist and finds her life has a sublime blend of the knowledge of human movement from her physical therapy practice, and human expression from her dance life. Aerial Dance has been in Lisas life at many stages beginning with competitive gymnastics, land dancing, performing with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, with the Flying Viennas Flying Trapeze Act, Janlyn Dance Company and many other local and visiting companies and choreographers.
She recently has focused on teaching tissu, bungee dancing, and enabling dancers to find seamless transitions between ideas, metaphors and context with aerial and land dances. See calendar for class dates and times.
Artistic Director of Stamping Zebra Dance Theatre, has performed, choreographed and taught in a variety of professional, university/college, school and community contexts in the USA, Scotland and internationally, working with both able-bodied and disabled dancers. In 2011 her integrated dance theatre work Selkie Tides toured to local venues including The National Steinbeck Center and SJSU and was highly praised. Her choreography has previously been selected for several San Francisco Bay Area festivals and she has performed with Nita Little, Therese Adams, Atelier 5 and Sarah Wilbourne. Currently teaching at Cabrillo College, Ms.Took-Zozaya has also taught at UCSC and previously was Dance Program Chair at Scripps College, Assistant Professor of Dance at Rutgers University and taught at the Findhorn Foundation. In Scotland 1988-2003, the Scottish Arts Council, Dance Base, the Findhorn Foundation and the Dance House supported her work.
Carol Fields fascination with the integration of spirit and body through movement has driven and inspired the creation of many dance and dance theater projects shown in Santa Cruz and throughout the Bay Area. When venues for emerging artist were sparse, she created the Carol Fields Dance Projects as a continuation of the San Jose City College Choreographers Collective co-founded with Jimmylee Listenbee while serving on the board of directors for the Santa Cruz Dance Gallery founded by Rita Rivera. Carol has had the honor of working with many inspiring performers during her two decades of dancing with companies such as: Janlyn Dance Company, VogtART, The Margaret Wingrove Dance Company, Hack-it, Light Body Dance Company and The Rita Rivera Dance Company as well as her own company Carol Fields Dance Projects.