Natalia Duong is a performance artist, choreographer, and writer, native to the San Francisco Bay Area. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University in Psychology and Dance, her interdisciplinary research focuses on Kinesthetic Empathy as a resources for conflict resolution. She has collaborated with artists to perform internationally in Edinburgh, Paris, Vietnam, and Uganda. Her work investigates the physical proliferation of war as embodied through people affected by Agent Orange in a movement-based research collective. Her goal is to create an innovative research process that integrates both her academic interests in Neuropsychology and Performance Studies with a somatic approach to researching embodied memory. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. www.nataliaduong.com
KK Apple is a Minnesotan at heart. When not dancing with Project Agent Orange, she choreographs for Urbanity Dance, performs sketch comedy with Astronaut Theatre, and writes about silly gendered things on the internet. She is so grateful to be part of the PAO journey.
April Dayok earned her degree in dance from Point Park University. While in Pittsburgh, she performed with The Pillow Project and H20 Contemporary Dance, and taught youth jazz and ballet. Now living in Brooklyn, she dances with Anahata Dance and Beings Dance, and is grateful to share in conversation with PAO.
Sasha Nelson lives in Brooklyn, teaches yoga, studies nutrition, and dances. Her background includes dance, French, theater design, and an MFA in fashion merchandising. Last year, Sasha found herself at PAO's first ever rehearsal. She is a student and employee at Integrative Nutrition in NY. Sasha is thrilled to be a part of PAO.
Maho Shimpo grew up in Okayama, Japan. She undertook ballet, modern, and jazz training with Jun Kyoya,Takako Asakawa,Yukihiro Kozaburo, and Masahiro Okada at Tokyoza Dance Company. In New York since 2008, Maho has studied at The Ailey School and performed works choreographed by Earl Mosley, Darrell Moultrie, Robert Battle, Princess Mhoon Cooper, and Maguette Camara.
Institute. She did her undergraduate studies in Dance and Communications at the
University of Maryland in College Park as a Creative and Performing Arts scholar.
She is returning to performing after six years in arts administration.
Krista Zegura received her BA in history from Stanford University where she also studied dance, working with choreographers Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert, and Larry Pech. Outside of PAO, Krista works in immigration law and will be pursuing her Master’s in law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts in the fall.