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SAMANTHA CADENASARZATE

MIKE ESPERANZA

CHOREOGRAPHY I
PERIOD 2

BIOGRAPHY

born in Manilla, Philippines and raised in Southern California

BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton

artistic director of BARE Dance Company

established himself a sought after teacher and choreographer

His approach to visual construction has influenced his choreography, allowing him to create unique
movements on stage.

his work can be described as "captivating visuals of impeccable lines and shapes" Jessica
Abejar, Broadway World

BIOGRAPHY (cont.)

His work has been commissioned by several prestigious college and university dance programs
such as Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UNLV, Cal State Long Beach, etc.

In 2005, he was awarded the "Dance: Creation for Performance" grant presented by Dance/USA
and the Irvine Foundation, with this award BARE Dance Company was born.

In 2005, he founded BARE Dance Company in Southern California, but in 2012 the company
relocated to New York City.

RECOGNITION

He has been a finalist at the Palm Desert Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in 2006,
2008, 2009 and 2010 taking second place in 2009 and winning the paid engagement award in 2010.

In 2011, he choreographed a short film produced by Germay's Twistville, called "Big Breakin'".

BARE was nominated for numerous Lester Horton awards for productions in the Southern California
including Manhattan.

VITALS, 2014

WALLPAPER, 2015

VENOMOUS, 2014

VENOMOUS, 2014

WHERE TO FIND MIKE

He currently teaches contemporary jazz at Peridance, Steps on Broadway and serves as a guest
teacher at Broadway Dance Center. (in New York City)

BARE will be at the Temecula Dance Festival in Temecula, CA on March 20 at 2pm

BARE WEBSITE: www.baredanceco.com

DESIGN WEBSITE: http://www.mikeesperanza.com

EMAIL: mike@baredanceco.org

INSTAGRAM: @MIKEESPERANZA

LEARNING CHECK
1. What is Mike Esperanza BFA?
a.fashion design
b.graphic design
c.interior design

2. What dance company is Mike Esperanza the artistic director of?


a.Hubbard Street
b.Chunky moves
c.BARE

3. What was he awarded in 2005 that allowed him to start his own company?
a.Kids Choice Award
b.Princess Grace Award
c.Dance: Creation for Performance

VIDEOS

WALLPAPER & VENOMOUS: https://vimeo.com/150211498

POLLEN: https://vimeo.com/137802503

PERSONAL STATEMENT
I admire Mike Esperanza and his choreography. His pieces are always very
interesting and unique. I love how Mike incorporates his visual designs into his
choreography, to create unique movements and presentations on stage. MIke
Esperanza is an inspiration because although he doesn't have a BFA in dance,
but graphic design, he was able to create a highly successful dance company.

REFERENCES

http://www.baredanceco.com/mike-esperanza

http://www.apastudios.com/Mike_Esperanza_Contemporary_Dance_San_Diego.php

http://www.mikeesperanza.com/about