Ilaan Egeland Mazzini is a performing artist, educator, curator and founder of Family Dance Jam. Her eclectic past includes Cal Arts, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures, NYC, dance companies, grants, commissions, films and music videos. As a modern dancer she worked for David Rousseve, Victoria Marks, Lionel Popkin, Carol McDowell, Heidi Duckler and Susan Rose. In Los Angeles her dances have been presented at Highways Performance Space, Skirball Cultural Center, LACE, UCLA’s Hammer Museum and Japan American Theater. She has taught in Universities, High Schools, Elementary Schools, and Preschools, most currently at New School West. Ilaan was the Head of Family Programs at the Skirball Cultural Center creating family events, performances, and workshops. Ilaan left to create Family Dance Jam and merge her interests in dance, families, education and public art making.
Ally Voye grew up dancing in Utah and graduated from the World Arts and Cultures department at UCLA where she studied contemporary dance, world dance, dance filmmaking and dance education. Ally is co-founder and co-artistic director of IN/EX Dance Project, a Los Angeles-based collaborative dance company dedicated to the creation of unconventional performances. In addition to being a lead facilitator for Family Dance Jam, Ally is currently, a dance-teaching artist at The Growing Place, First Pres Nursery School and the Crossroads School.
Carol McDowell is an interdisciplinary dance artist and educator. Born in California and raised in Hawai’i, she fell in love with modern dance while studying with Betty Jones and teaching creative movement at KCAA Preschools. McDowell creates movement scores and performance events concerned with the curiosity, presence, compassion, and difference. Her work has been presented at the Skirball Cultural Center, Sweeney Art Gallery, Highways, The Kitchen, DTW, PS122, and abroad. Currently she teaches at several local colleges and universities and takes great delight in working as a facilitator for Family Dance Jam.
Maisha Morris-Reyes hails from Texas where she danced since the age of 5. She moved to Los Angeles at seventeen to train at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. She also pursued her Early Childhood credential and taught at the Reggio Emilia inspired preschool New School West for three years. Maisha currently is a visiting artist with Contra-Tiempo dance company and works with Family Dance Jam.
Gloria Tinajero is a Los Angeles Native, mother, dancer and certified Pilates instructor. She works as a food activist with EngAGE, a non-profit organization, to facilitate nutrition and health workshops for low-income seniors. Gloria dances for choreographer Keith Glassman in his site specific, concert and community dances. In her spare time Gloria coaches Pop-Warner Cheer in Bell, bikes in L.A., and dances, professionally & just for the fun of it. She holds her BA in Dance from CSULB.
Christine Suarez is a Santa Monica-based choreographer, performer and dance educator. She is presently working on an evening-length dance-theater work about her experience of motherhood. She is also currently co-creating a dance program for The School for Better Living, a psycho-social research initiative a the West Los Angeles VA Hospital and is a teaching artist for the HeArt Project. She received an MFA from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures Department and BA from Emory University.
DJ PHIL/Phil Darovic spins a wide, wide variety of music; new, old, famous and obscure. His taste for world beats, hip-hop, 80s and modern indie dance always influences his sets. His mantra is dance, dance, DANCE.