Photo of Belinda Lutes by Marc Rouyer

Body Current Dance is a Los Angeles based project dance company, performing the work of artistic director, Lorin Johnson. Since BCD's founding in 2009, BCD has performed at the Laguna Dance Festival, Celebrate Dance 2010, the Los Angeles Dance Iniviational 2011, and the So Cal Dance Invitational 2012, receiving positive reviews in the press.

Current Projects
BCD has been commissioned to create an original work for the Russian Los Angeles conference that will take place at the Villa Aurora estate in the Pacific Palisades on April 18, 2015. Involving historical research and creative dialogue, this new work will in part re-imagine the choreographic work of former Ballets Russes emigre artist Adolph Bolm, who in 1931 presented a large-scale "machine dance" at the Hollywood Bowl (photo below courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Archives).

Company

Courtney Abrams began her training in Fresno with Diane K. Mosier, founder of the Lively Arts Foundation and Central California Ballet Company.  In 2011, Courtney completed her B.A. in Dance from CSU Long Beach.  Post-graduation, she studied in programs at the Julliard School of Performing Arts and Alvin Ailey Studios where she was awarded a scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival held at Duke University.  Courtney is currently a member of the L.A. based dance companies: Monat Dance, Body Current Dance and Andy Vaca’s JazzWorks.  In addition to dancing and performing, Courtney teaches Ballet and Fitness at several local studios in L.A. and Orange counties.

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Jessica Dunn grew up in Tehachapi CA before joining the local ballet company Antelope Valley Ballet while she was attending Antelope Valley College. After 3 years and multiple performances, she transferred to California State University Long Beach to attend their BFA Dance program. While developing her abilities and knowledge in anatomy, choreography, improvisation, modern, and ballet, Jessica continued to perform with the Dance Department and Anaheim Ballet. She also received a generous scholarship from the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild (DAAG) before graduating from CSULB. Now Jessica continues to perform with companies in the Los Angeles area such as Anaheim Ballet, Invertigo Dance Theatre, and Nanette Brodie Dance Theatre.

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Originally from Santa Maria, CA, Irene Kleinbauer has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and a variety of ethnic dance styles. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from CSU Long Beach. Irene has been involved in many productions with the CSULB Department of Dance as a performer and soundboard operator. She has also studied at Northwest Dance Project, Ballet Hispanico, Colorado Ballet, and Kirov Academy of Washington D.C. Irene has been privileged to work with artists, such as Laura Karlin, Lorin Johnson,  Gerald Casel, Andrew Vaca, Keith Johnson, and Michael Blake. Many of Irene’s performance, choreographic, and teaching opportunities have been provided at Invertigo Dance Theatre, Dellos Dance Studios, Braver Players Theater Company, Ballet Hispanico, Allan Hancock College, and Nipomo High School. Irene received the honors of being 1st and 2nd place recipient of the Santa Maria Arts Council Award in 2006 and 2008, respectively, as well as the 1st place recipient of the Santa Barbara Ballet Competition in 2006. Irene currently performs with Invertigo Dance Theatre and Body Current Dance.

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Amanda Kolodney recently earned her BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona where she trained extensively in ballet, modern, and jazz. During her four years there, Amanda had many opportunities to perform works for the inspiring faculty and her fellow classmates, including performing at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburg. The past three summers she has worked for the Joffrey West Jazz and Contemporary Intensive in LA and most recently the Joffrey San Francisco Contemporary Ballet Intensive, assisting choreographers and furthering her dance education.

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Gaby Mulder is a recent California State University, Long Beach graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance.  While attending CSULB, Gaby studied ballet, modern, and jazz technique as well as specialty classes such as Pilates, costuming, dance history, and pedagogy. Along with several performance opportunities, Gaby was privileged to have her choreography debuted in the Spring 2014 Contemporary Dance Concert. She has gained such a versatile training platform that has prepared her chase her dreams as both a commercial and concert performer. Gaby is thrilled to start pursuing the arts world by seeking out dance agencies as well as top contemporary dance companies of the Los Angeles area.

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Andrew Palomares began his dance career at the age of 20, starting with Mexican folk dance companies and quickly adding Ballet, Jazz and Modern techniques to his training. While obtaining his B.A. in Dance from CSULB, he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance-Summer Intensive and after graduation, on full scholarship, the ODC Audition Summer Intensive. He currently dances and costume designs for RhetOracle Dance Company and Keith Johnson/Dancers. He has also danced with Body Current Dance in various projects since 2010.

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Artistic Director

Lorin Johnson danced with the San Francisco Ballet from 1986-1987 and joined the American Ballet Theatre in New York in 1987 under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Johnson danced for ABT until 1995, performing eight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and working with some of the 20th centuries most influential choreographers: Ulysses Dove, Clark Tippet, Agnes DeMille, Glen Tetley, Kenneth Macmillan, Twyla Tharp, and Jerome Robbins, among many others.

Described as "dynamic" and "electrifying," Johnson's choreographic work has been commissioned by such companies as South Bay Ballet, Ventura County Ballet, and Festival Ballet Theatre. His choreography has been presented internationally at the Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival in Florence, Italy (2003) and in Moscow, Russia at The Garage Museum's exhibit Russian Performance: a Carography of its History (2014). Nationally, Johnson's work has been presented at such festivals as Celebrate Dance 2010; the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Invitational Dance Festival; the Laguna Dance Festival; SOLA; and the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs. He has been artist in residence at Skidmore College in New York, and at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in Southern California, and in 2005 he choreographed on the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company for the Ballet Pacifica Academy production of The Nutcracker. Johnson has received critcal acclaim for his choreography both at home and abroad. Sergio Trombetta, the dance critic for Danza & Danza , wrote that Johnson's premiere for the 2003 Fabbrica Europa Dance Festival, Moto-Bio: Bodies in Movement, was “a work of extraordinary interest,” and the Glendale News Press reported that Johnson's My Breath Comes Differently was the "best performance of the evening" in Celebrate Dance 2010.

Johnson is currently an Associate Professor in the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in ballet technique, pedagogy, history and composition.

 

Past BCD Projects

May 2013: Dance Bistro Dance Festival
Social Domain
Video

September 2012: So Cal Dance Invitational
iSELF

August 2011: Los Angeles Dance Invitational
Elegy (What Rises Can Fall)
Video

February 2011: workshop at the Colburn School, Los Angeles

December 2010: In residence at Mt. San Jacinto College
My Breath Comes Differently

March 2010: Celebrate Dance
My Breath Comes Differently
Video

May 2009: Kaleidoscope Dance Festival, Irvine
Clearing

November 2008: SOLA Dance Festival, Torrance
Study for Common Ground

September 2008: Laguna Dance Festival (Community outdoor performances)
Study for Common Ground

BCD Dancers 2009-13
Brittany Barney
Kayla Bixby
Courtney Boyd (Abrams)
Kimberley Hannah
Emily Edgell
Angela Fruhner
Oscar Gonzalez
Belinda Lutes
Yumi Nakatani
Joey Navarrete
Thaihoa Nguyen
Bridgette McNulty

Kaitlin Muse
Andrew Palomares
Katherine Schafer Ostrout
Luke Stockton

Emma Storey
Maria Tolbert
Sarah White

Repertory
2013 Social Domain
Choreography: Lorin Johnson
Music: Haydn (Adagio from Cello Concerto in C major)
Costume Design: Liz Carpenter
Video Projection: Gregory R. R. Crosby

2012 iSELF
Choreography: Lorin Johnson
Music: original score by Rychard Cooper
Costume Design: Liz Carpenter
Video Projection: Gregory R. R. Crosby

2011 Elegy (What Rises Can Fall)
Choreography: Lorin Johnson
Music: Mozart (Clarinet Concerto, A major)
Costume Design: Liz Carpenter

2010 My Breath Comes Differently
Choreography: Lorin Johnson
Music: Joan Jeanrenaud
Costume Design: Liz Carpenter
Lighting Design: Eileen Cooley

2009 Clearing
Choreography: Lorin Johnson
Music: Samuel Barber, John Field
Costume Design: Liz Carpenter

2008 Study for Common Ground
Choreography: Lorin Johnson
Music: Ellen Alien
Costume Design: Liz Carpenter

 

Contact
Lorin Johnson, Artistic Director, Body Current Dance
Dance Department
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
562-985-7039
info@bodycurrent.org

 

Body Current Dance EIN: 27-3272094


Photo of Courtney Boyd in iSELF by Steve Shea


Photo of Courtney Boyd in iSELF by Steve Shea


Photo of Belinda Lutes in My Breath by Marc Rouyer


Photo of My Breath by Marc Rouyer


Photo of Elegy by Geoffrey Moore


Photo of Belinda Lutes in My Breath by Marc Rouyer


Photo of Elegy by Geoffrey Moore