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General information
Name sjDANCEco
Year founded 2003 (2003)
Founders Gary Masters
Maria Basile
Melanie Doerner
Principal venue The California Theatre
Senior staff
Chief Executive Gary Masters
Coordinator Melanie Doerner
Company Manager Julia Booker
Choreographic Advisor Fred Mathews
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Gary Masters
Maria Basile
Music Director Barbara Day Turner
Principal Conductor Barbara Day Turner
Resident Choreographers Gary Masters
Maria Basile
Hsiang-Hsiu Lin
Company Dancers Maria Basile
Dominic Duong
Kelisha Gardeen
Katherine House
Amanda Lacro
Hsiang-Hsiu Lin
Gabriel Mata
Frankie Rivera
Hannah Vaughan
Orchestra San José Chamber Orchestra
Gary Masters 2016
Gary Masters, sjDANCEco co-founder and co-artistic director
Maria Basile 2016
Maria Basile, sjDANCEco co-founder and co-artistic director
Julia Booker 2016
Julia Booker, sjDANCEco company manager
Fred Mathews 2016
Fred Mathews, sjDANCEco choreographic advisor
Barbara Day Turner at Skywalker
Barbara Day Turner, sjDANCEco music director and principal conductor

Based in San Jose, California, sjDANCEco is a contemporary dance company founded in 2003 by artistic directors Gary Masters and Maria Basile, and Melanie Doerner. The sjDANCEco is in residence at the San Jose State University.

The sjDANCEco evolved out of the San Jose-based Limón West Dance Project, which Gary Masters founded and directed from 1994 to 1998, with present-day sjDANCEco dancers Maria Basile, Hsiang Hsiu Lin, Raphaël Boumaïla and Robert Regala. During its first 10 years, sjDANCEco has presented 42 World Premieres, six Revivals, works by master choreographers Donald McKayle and Fred Mathews, and eight works by José Limón during a five-year collaboration with the José Limón Dance Foundation. In addition, sjDANCEco also provides two annual showcases for new works by professional San Francisco Bay Area choreographers through its two annual ChoreoProject Awards and through its "FESTIVAL @ SANTANA ROW", celebrating National Dance Week.

The sjDANCEco is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves both the community of San Francisco South Bay residents and the community of local dance artists. They introduce new audiences to dance and strive to install a lasting appreciation for the art form.

Selected performances

  • Tango Fatal (2013)
  • The Moor's Pavane (2012)