Hassan Christopher teaches Hip Hop dance at UCLA. A native of Chicago, Hassan began dancing as a Deep House freestyle artist influenced by Breaking and martial arts. On a dare he took a dance class and ended up with a two year scholarship to Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Hassan's passion for dance led him to NYU's Tisch school of the arts where he studied contemporary dance and experimental theater.

Christopher has traveled extensively to the areas of Eastern and Southern Africa, Brazil, India, Southeast Asia and Japan. On his journeys he studied the styles, roles and social relevance of the performing arts within different cultures.

His travels deeply influenced his belief in the transformative power of dance and theater. Hassan's career in the performing arts has spanned nearly 15 years. Using an experimental approach, he draws from classical, modern and contemporary urban dance forms to realize his vision of *"Post-Hip Hop kinetic storytelling".

To learn more about his dance company
and to contact Hassan visit
www.companyofstrangers.org/gpage5.html

Liza Savage-Katz grew up in upstate New York and received a bachelors of fine arts from RIT. Liza began an interest in yoga about 10 years ago while living in London, England. In London, she worked as a Senior Art Director in advertising for clients such as L'Oreal, Disney and Coca-Cola.

As Liza began to get more and more interested in yoga, she started practicing and doing workshops with instructors such as John Scott, Mark Hill and Baron Baptiste. In 2001, Liza left London and the corporate world to pursue her passion for Yoga. She traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal where received a Hatha Yoga teacher training certification. After Nepal, she traveled to Thailand and New Zealand to broaden her life experience and later to Australia, where she deepened her practice studying with instructors Matthew Sweeny and Lance Schuler. She moved to Los Angeles about three years ago.

Contact Liza at lizasmilessunshine@yahoo.com

 


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