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SB Dance (aka Strange Beast Dance Circus) is an award-winning arts group known for surprising range and innovation. The company is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provokes many comments along the lines of "I had no idea something like that could exist here." In fact, thanks to a loyal following of hard core fans, the gracious energy of Board Members, and the support of many individuals, foundations, businesses, and public agencies, SB Dance has thrived in its unlikely home.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit since 1998, SB Dance is a resident organization of the Salt Lake County Rose Wagner Center and has been rewarded with a NEA Grant for New Choreography and the Salt Lake City Mayor's Award.

SB Dance produces and presents original works of dance and theater. Our mission includes building a community that is curious about new art and the process of art-making. SB Dance’s work is supported by ticket sales, public and foundation grants, private individuals and businesses, and supplemented by net income from an annual fundraiser and workshops.

Program areas
NEW CREATION is the company's primary focus. We generally make one big show in June and a smaller, fleeter presentation in January. Dancers, actors, musicians, moving objects-- dance circus is the best description. In this corner of the nation, SB Dance holds the distinction of being the only regularly-producing single artist creation shop-- that is, an arts organization dedicated to producing the vision of one dude. Our audience gets a pure hit of innovation, unfiltered by third parties.

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT programs include the Cultural Confidential conversation series and The Sugar Show, an annual showcase of emerging artists. Both are meant to stimulate curiosity in art, artists, and our cultural community.

ARTS LEARNING at SB Dance focuses on theater art as a way to develop thinking habits. Currently, our main program is professional development for teachers (of art and non-arts subjects).





















































1) SB Dance Board
2) Directors
3) Current Designers and Performers
4) Past Designers and Performers

SB Dance Board
Tamara Gibo, President
Bill Arthur, Treasurer
Cole Adams
Cody Adams
Lou Borgenicht
Johna Brehms
Stephen Brown
Kade Clark
Brent Godfrey
Chandler Lund
Osman Sanyer
Billy Stern
Tracey Thompson

Stephen Brown (Director, choreography, writing)
Stephen is a theater artist who, like other artists, has survived by developing offstage competence in operations and management, production, and education. He likes poking around new territory without a map and that inclination explains many of his successes and some of his flogs.

Details: After his freshman year in college, Stephen dropped out to become a dancer. He adored the mix of athleticism and ideas and was soon performing with diverse modern companies in New York and the West. He landed his dream job with a hot dance-maker named Mark Morris and was promptly disappointed with being a figurine in the great craftsman’s glockenspiel.

Fast forward: Dropped out of dance to get a BS at Columbia University, Summa Cum Laude; worked in a fruit fly research lab; back to dance instead of grad school; wandered the country performing, choreographing, and living out of a duffel bag; and started his own dance company, determined not to reproduce the glockenspiel model.

Present day: Stephen's current work uses actors, storylines, dancers, original and live music as often as possible, and lots of objects. It embraces an off-beat sense of humor, an affection for taboo subjects, and a terrific crew performers and designers, some of whom have been collaborating with Stephen for over 10 years.

Stephen serves on the Board of the Performing Arts Coalition, where he has been President since 2007 and the Utah Arts and Cultural Coalition. Most recently, he has taught a think tank about creativity at the University of Utah's Honor College.

Stephen hits the trails by foot, tread, and board as often as he can. He is married to a beautiful and hugely loving wife and has two young daughters nicknamed Evil and Beast.

Carolyn "Winnie" Wood (Associate Director)
Winnie has had a long and complicated career in the performing arts. After graduating in 1976 with a BA in Theatre and Dance, she began a long association with the Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City. In 1980 she was a founding member of Dance Theatre Coalition. Winnie wrote and performed radio comedy for DesertAire, heard on KRCL once a month for ten years. She has acted and danced in, directed, choreographed and produced theatrical producions in the Salt Lake area for almost 30 years. In 2001 she received one of the Mayor's Artist of theYear Awards. She served as President of the Performing Arts Coalition and was instrumental in the completion of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Currently, Winnie is on the faculty of the Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

After being an unofficial mentor of SB Dance for several years, Winnie officially began working with the company as director for the 2010 production of Yoga Confidential. In 2012, she was named Associate Director.

Current Performers
Nathan Shaw (dancer)
Nathan dances for RDT, RawMoves, and has appeared in several theater productions for SLAC and the Egyptian Theater. He promises his mother that it’s all in the name of art and believes that, mostly, it is.

Juan Carlos Claudio (dancer)
Juan Carlos Claudio danced for Ririe-Woodbury for over 10 years and is an Assistant Professor-Lecturer at the University of Utah’s Department of Modern Dance. His heart belongs to Puerto Rico, but his ass is owned by Utah's world of dance. He first began performing with SB Dance in 1999.

Christine Hasegawa (dancer)
Christine was a full-time dancer in a previous life, before becoming a nurse. After a six year break, she joined SB Dance again, a sorceress of impossible ideas and lifts. A princess of powder and about everything else that allows mountain movement.

Annie Kent (dancer and actor)
Annie loves physical theater, studying and working with Camille Litalien before landing on the alien planet of SB Dance. Annie is also a yoga teacher and proprietor of The Parlour Movement, an event space in downtown Salt Lake.

florian Alberge (dancer and actor)
Coming soon

Dani Diaz (dancer)
Coming soon

Dan Larrinaga (actor)
From DREAMTIME! at The Ed Sullivan in New York to NYU Film School to many many local productions, At last, Dan’s rich and acclaimed acting career landed him in a dance company. Natalie Portman-- eat your heart out.

Liberty Valentine (dancer)
Dancing for many years with Ririe-Woodbury, Libby has also been a part of SB Dance since Waltz of the Dog-faced Boy in 2000. She’s a visual artist, videomaker, choreographer, manager of Washington Square Cafe, and proprietor of the Clock Tower Catering.

Jenny Larsen (dancer)
Jenny gets hearts pumpin’ and feet thumpin’, on the stage for SB Dance, as a fitness teacher for over 16 years, and former medal-winning fitness competitor. She’s certified in almost everything and can often be found teaching and training at Body Wise Fitness in Foothill.

Current Designers
Jess Greenberg (lighting and production)

Stefanie Slade (lighting and production)
A devoted believer in theater, Stefanie Slade finds herself seeking a balance between blur and precision. She keeps involving herself in projects that push her every direction. She considers her involvement with SB Dance to be part of her pilgrimage. She wants to start a cult but can't think of a good name yet.

Victoria Hindley (visual media advisor)
Victoria is a program director in the arts as well as an artist, writer, and independent curator. She works primarily with photography, language, the book form, and in collaboration with others. A gifted teacher, Victoria instructed for several years at the Transart Institute in Berlin and New York. She first began working with SB Dance in 2001 on Frank's Ticker and continues to contribute ideas about all things visual.

Craig Berman (rigging and objects)
Craig danced for several years with Momix and
then originated and starred in the roles of Sgt Pepper and The Queen for Cirque du Soleil's Love. Living in Las Vegas, he is an elite-level climber and full-time physical therapist but remains involved in creation for his own projects and with SB Dance.

Selection of Past Designers and Performers
Jimmy Fassler (composer, arranger, sound design)
Jimmy has worked in almost every part of the commercial music industry since age 10. He has been a member of many bands, most notoriously the touring dance act, Perfect Tommy. Traveling throughout the 80s with Perfect Tommy and a clunky Apple II computer, Jimmy began honing his skill for creating digital music. Recording and mixing all genres of live bands and artists, he now works as a producer and sound engineer for several music labels including his own.(composer, arranger, sound design) has worked in almost every part of the commercial music industry since age 10. He has been a member of many bands, most notoriously the touring dance act, Perfect Tommy. Traveling throughout the 80s with Perfect Tommy and a clunky Apple II computer, Jimmy began honing his skill for creating digital music. Recording and mixing all genres of live bands and artists, he now works as a producer and sound engineer for several music labels including his own.

Mattson McFarland (Set and object designer)
When Mattson first worked with SB Dance in 2003, Stephen asked him “Would you mind hanging a thousand ping-pong balls from the ceiling individually with fishing line?” He said “No problem.” “Now would you take it down and could you do that again, again, and again?” Mattson said “That’s fine.” Stephen was pleased and has ruthlessly exploited this shamelessly naïve attitude of Mattson’s every year since then. There have been illustrations of dissected rats, Calder-esque mobiles, life-size cut-out figures, art salons, illustrated Bible stories and latex fetish monsters. . . With SB Dance, Mattson rarely knows what he’ll be saying yes to next. But the answer is still yes.

Christopher Larson (costumes)
Chris designs for commercial fashion, theater and dance. His work can be seen on Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet West, and, for over 6 years, at SB Dance. Mad about wigs and bicycles and men who can handle both.

Glenn Linder (lighting and technical design)
Glenn is a lighting machine around Salt Lake City. He lights for SB Dance, Sugar Space, and many others. At night, he carries a couple of flashlights to illuminate footpaths, birdbaths, interesting rocks, aliens, and federal agents. Artificial LEDs have changed his life.

Stevan Novakovich (dancer)
Raised in the state ballet system of Tito’s Yugoslavia (ask about shooting prop rifles in dances celebrating the Revolution), Stevi has performed for Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury, and many others throughout the world. He served as an arts ambassador for the USIA , has a MFA in dance, and is a member of the dance faculty at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Toni Lugo (dancer)
Toni N. Lugodanced with RDT for five years and dabbled in some musical theater including Gypsy and Jesus Christ Superstar. Recently she worked on SEVEN with Pyg Theater Co. She worked with SB Dance on several new shows before moving to NYC.

Kate Crews-Linsley (dancer)
Kate is often a redhead, 6' tall on pointe, and has played the most famous witches and bitches in the ballet world since her teens. Kate was soloist dancer with Ballet West for 10 seasons, and, before that, danced with Kansas City Ballet for 5 seasons. Kate shares her passion for dance with a passion for yoga as the Director of Inbody Outreach, a non- profit that connects therapy programs and in need existing service programs to skilled yoga teachers.

Rosy Goodman (dancer)
Rosy dances with Repertory Dance Theatre, is a founding member of RawMoves, and performs with SB Dance whenever possible. Her first pole dance was with SB Dance. In 2011 she gave up the hope of ever having a day off for the privilege of working with children and books at the SLC Public Library Her greatest joy is coming home at the end of a long day to her two dogs and Rob, the love of her life.

Paul Mulder (actor)
Paul was playing a 7 year old boy when he first worked with Stephen. In fact, he was a 7 year old boy. His professional credits include tv, movies and stage productions both national and local.

Brenda Sue Cowley (actor)
Brenda Sue has been working as an actress in this town for 20 years. She was thrilled with the unusual opportunity to work with SB Dance; a strange and marvelous departure from her natural habitat.


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