- Patricia West Sotelo
- Antoine-DeVinci
- Oscar Trujillo
- Alain Amilicar Soto
- Shelley Davis
- Aja Randall
- Tânia Santiago
- Fredrika Keefer
- Tina Banchero
- Lauri Anderson
- Olivia Eng

Patrcia West Sotelo

Patricia West Sotelo is an Oakland based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She received a BA in English, Dance, and Education at UC Berkeley and an MA in Education at San Jose State University. West has worked with Bay Area Repertory Dance, Capacitor,Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Robert Moses' KIN, Levy Dance and Zaccho Dance Theater. Currently, Patricia performs with Joe Goode Performance Group and Alayo Dance Company. Patricia is honored to be spending her seventh year with Alayo Dance Company.

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Antoine-DeVinci Hunter is a graduate of Oakland 's Skyline High School where he began dancing with Miss Dawn James. During his high school year he join many musical plays as dancer/actor such as The Wiz with Belazio Theathre, Oliver with SF Musical threate, Odd land, Black Nativity with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre just to name a few.

He has performed with Nuba Dance Theater with Evelyn Thomas and he attended California Institute of the Arts for two years and now join St. Mary’s College L.E.A.P to receive his B.A in dance this year! He has also studied at the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive in New York 2003 and 2004 with Ms. Susan McGuire.

Currently Faculty Member of East Bay Center of the Performing Arts under Jordan Simmon and Co-Directing Urban Ballet with Rebecca Hawley in Richmond(2003). Currently Faculty member of Savage Jazz Dance Company at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. Antoine has studied with Reginald Ray-Savage, Zafra Miriam, C.K. and Betty Ladzekpo for nine years, He is currently member Savage Jazz Dance Company (since 2002), Alayo Dance Company (since 2004), The Ross Dance Company (2005). Mr. Hunter is happy to be back with the people he love so much and hope people who are disable understand they are still able to reach their at anything.

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Oscar Trujillo

Oscar Trujillo is a Cuban-American performer, choreographer and teacher. Oscar is currently co-director of GROUP and Cubana Cero Productions. Oscar has worked with Capacitor, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, ADEO, Dandelion Dance Theater, Kajiyama and Navarette, Element Dance Theater, and Mary Carbonara dances and others. This is his fourth year with Alayo Dance Company.

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Alain Amilicar Soto Aguilera

Alain Amilicar Soto Aguilera was born in Santiago de Cuba and began his dance education at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte there at age11 In 1994 he was accepted into Havana’s Escuela Nacional del Arte where he studied Ballet, Cuban popular, modern, and he specialized in Folkloric dance. In 1998 he became one of the principal dancers of Ban Rarra, the prestigious folkloric dance company. In 2001, Alain came to the United States on tour with Ban Rarra where they performed in various universities and theaters throughout the country, including the ODC Theater.

Since moving to California, Alain has danced with Arenas Dance Company, Patakin, Raices Cubanas, San Francisco Carnival and Timba All Stars. Recently he performed at the opening ceremony of Bay Area National Dance Week. This is his third season with the Alayo Dance Company.

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Shelley has a BA in Fine Arts from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a Masters degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley, where she began studying modern dance with Sue Lie Jue. She is formerly a gymnast and has studied Modern, Ballet, Samba, and Capoeira in the Bay Area for the past 12 years. Travels to Brazil and Cuba have further cultivated her movement training. She enjoyed nine seasons with the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble and is currently in her third season with Alayo Dance Company.

Shelley is also practicing architecture with a focus on affordable housing and teaching at City College of San Francisco. She recently began Intrepid Works which is a continued exploration to create movement unique to her various styles of dance training and social interests while using her art and architectural design background to integrate art installation and set design into the work.

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Aja Randall

Aja Randall is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. In 1999, Randall graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Arts in dance with a minor in educa- tion. In 2000 Randall moved to San Diego, danced for two years with Majelate Collective Dance Ensemble, and worked on projects with Sadie Weinberg. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004, she began dancing with Alayo Dance Company.

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Tânia Santiago

Tânia Santiago was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, the heart of African influenced Brazil. She earned degrees in dance from the SESC Associaçao School of the Arts and Fundaçao do Estado da Bahia School of Dance in Salvador.

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Fredrika Keefer

Fredrika Keefer began dancing in the womb. She is a graduate from San Francisco’s School of the Arts Dance Department. She is a member of Dance Brigade and is a founding member of Grrrl Brigade. She dances with Allan Frias’ renowned hip hop dance company Mind Over Matter and is also a teacher and choreographer in Dance Mission's youth program.

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Tina Banchero

Tina Banchero holds her BA in Dance from SUNY at Buffalo and a Yoga Teaching Certificate from Yoga Kula in Berkeley. Tina has performed with Kim Epifano, Sue Li Jui, Jose Navarette, Monique Jenkinson, Rapt Productions, and most extensively with Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade. Tina has directed and choreographed for the Dance Mission Theater Youth Program, the Grrrl Brigade, Planned Parenthood’s Teen Reality Theater Troupe WNY, Trolley Dances SF, Devious Inc. Movies and the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. She has also taught for the Alvin Ailey Summer Camps in Oakland and New York City. This is her third season with Alayo Dance Company.

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Lauri Anderson

Lauri Anderson grew up dancing and drumming in Santa Rosa, California.  She was a member of Interweave Dance Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, and was on faculty at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop.  She attended Stanford University from 2004-2009 to receive a BA in creative writing with a minor in Spanish, and a MA in bilingual elementary education.  On campus, Lauri choreographed for and co-directed a hip hop company, dv8, and a jazz company, Urban Styles, took classes in the Stanford Dance Division from Diane Frank and Robert Moses, and also worked briefly with New York-based movement engineer Elizabeth Streb. Lauri is now a teacher in a bilingual public school, and feels truly blessed to have joined the Alayo Dance Company in 2010.

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Olivia Eng

Olivia finds her greatest passions in dancing, music, yoga, photography, world traveling, and the beauty of a conversation without having to say a word. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, focusing on Dance and Sociology. She is grateful to those who have inspired her along theway including Victor Moreno, Donald McKayle, and Toru Shimizaki. Olivia currently dances with Liberation Dance Theater, Aguas Da Bahia and Paco Gomes and Dancers,and the Dance Monks (Mexico/SF). This is her first season dancing with Alayo Dance Company.

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