Executive Director, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Kelly is a dance film creator and curator from Canada who currently lives in Los Angeles. In September 2018 she was named the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance Camera West, after co-founding the Los Angeles festival of dance film in 2001. Kelly has a Masters in Dance Film from NYU, a Contemporary Dance degree from Concordia University and a Communication Studies degree from the University of Windsor. She danced with Gina Lori Riley in Windsor and Tammy Forsythe in Montréal before moving to New York City to study and perform.
Kelly has produced and directed several dance films that are shown internationally, and has been traveling as an invited speaker to dance film festivals since leaving DCW in 2009. Hargraves has been a board member of the Silver Lake Film Festival and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. She has also worked with film distributors such as First Run Features, Film Movement, Icarus Film and performing art venues such as CAP UCLA and REDCAT, where she currently runs the Marketing and Media Relations department.
Board of Directors
GeoRge LUGG, BOARD CHAIR
George has been working in the field of contemporary dance and performance for more than 25 years. He was on the founding team that launched the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater and served as Associate Director of REDCAT for a decade. Through REDCAT’s annual New Original Works Festival and ongoing Studio series, he presented more than 250 new works and works-in-progress by Los Angeles artists. He was an Associate Producer for two editions of RADAR L.A. and served as Hub Site Representative for the National Dance Project (2012–14), Lead Program Consultant in the Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation (2011–2012), and on the U.S. curatorial team for the National Performance Network’s Performing Arts Asia Project (2011) and Performing Americas Project (2009–10).
David Roussève, a choreographer/writer/director/performer, is a magna cum laude grad of Princeton University and a Guggenheim Fellow. His dance/theater company REALITY has performed throughout the UK, Europe, South America, and the U.S., including three commissions for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Roussève has created 17 commissions for other companies and three short films, the most recent short screened at festivals in eleven countries and received ten awards including four for “Best Film.” Roussève has been published in collections by Bantam Press and Rutledge Press, and was twice a Fellow in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter Lab. Roussève just completed Twit, a feature screenplay based on his 2014 dance/theater work Stardust. In 2017, Twit was a finalist in two “Best Screenplay” categories at the Nashville Film Festival and a semi-finalist for the Los Angles Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab. Among other’s, Roussève’s awards include a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance) Award, three Horton Awards, the CalArts/Herb Alpert Award in Dance, a Creative Capital Fellowship and seven consecutive NEA fellowships. At UCLA, Roussève is Professor of Choreography in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. For the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture he has served as Associate Dean (2014-15), Acting Dean (2015), and Interim Dean (2015-17).
Originally from Versailles, Cati Jean grew up in Grasse, South of France and studied extensively with renowned teachers from the nice conservatory, Cannes, the Cuban Ballet and Paris Opera. She performed a wide range of the classical repertory before studying the Jose Limon and Martha Graham techniques in Paris. As a performer, Cati worked in television and performed in renowned cabarets in Paris, lived in Japan and then moved to Los Angeles. Cati is involved into creating visual numbers for aerialists, coaching numerous actors in dance. directing live shows and short films. She is an adjunct professor at Santa Monica college, teaches master classes around the world and is recognized as an inventive choreographer, conceptual artist and visual poet. She is the producer, creator and director of the successful French-style cabaret L’effleur des Sens” and Nuit Blanche. She has choreographed onstage for Kylie Minogue, Janes Addiction, Carrie Underwood, and for music videos by Rancid, and Silk to name a few. Cati has performed with Prince, Bryan Setzer Orchestra, Toni Braxton, Ricky Martin, The Gipsy Kings, East 17, Jay-Z and Tina Turner. Her film credits include, Ms Claus, Cinderella, Three to Tango, Rock Star, Ocean’s Eleven, Jag, The Shield and Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang.She judged and choreographed for Bravo’s reality show Step it Up and Dance, created aerial choreography and trained Jessica Biel in Powder Blue.
2018 marks the 25-year anniversary of Green Galactic (GG). Its founder, Lynn Tejada, couldn’t be happier to celebrate its silver anniversary doing what she loves every day. Based in Los Angeles, the PR firm boasts an eclectic roster of alternative art and culture producers. Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Tejada – an avid music and movie fan – created the firm on the foundation of her love for electronic music/DJ culture. Green Galactic provides publicity, promotion, and marketing services to a diverse array of clients who frequently blur the line between popular culture and fine art.
elena minor is the financial manager for REDCAT. She is an experienced nonprofit arts administrator with a background primarily in literary arts and theater. She is an award-winning writer with extensive publication credits, including a book of bilingual poetry. She also teaches creative writing to high school students.
minor is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in more than two dozen literary journals. Work from TITULADA was included in BAX 2015: Best Experimental Writing. This book of bilingual poetry was published by Noemi Press in 2014. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is also the founding editor of PALABRA. She has been awarded the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize.
Sophie Robertson has a background in the performing arts and education. She earned her BA in Music from City University, London, a teacher's certificate at the University of East Anglia and a Master's in Education from Long Island University, New York. After a career where the arts and education have diverged and converged at different times, Sophie has settled in the field of early childhood education. She is currently Director at Westwood Presbyterian Church Preschool (WPC Preschool) and co-director and founder of The Willow Tree, a small inclusive transitional program for young children of all abilities.
Sophie started her career in the US in the marketing department at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she was introduced to the world of contemporary dance and became an avid supporter of dance performance and film. In 2007, Sophie moved to Los Angeles and landed at UCLA Live (now CAP UCLA) becoming the Marketing Manager and interim Marketing Director. She soon began to feel the pull of her education background and love of working with children and decided to take the position of Assistant Director at a small preschool in Venice and then director at WPC Preschool. While working in the early childhood education field, she developed a strong interest in creating inclusive programs that enable young children with autism and other special needs to learn alongside neuro-typical peers.
EMERITUS DIRECTOR, TONIA BARBER
Tonia Barber has been the Executive Director of Dance Camera West for the past 7 years. Barber promoted and produced the West Coast Premieres of Wim Wender’s Pina and Bess Kargman’s First Position, as well as producing the festival in some of Los Angeles’ most prominent venues including the J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA, Hammer Museum, The Music Center, MOCA and the Annenberg Beach House. Barber started her career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and continued on to the Broadway stage by age 17. Her credits include “42nd Street” and original cast member of Tommy Tunes’ 9-time Tony winner “The Will Roger’s Follies.” Barber has staged and choreographed numerous plays, commercials and industrials including Budweiser, Salon Selects and Gillette as well as working with fashion giants Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Barber produced Interstate 84, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was sold worldwide. Barber then Executive Produced the race car indie, QuattroNoza, which was in competition at Sundance 2003 and won best cinematography. After moving to Los Angeles 2003, Barber wrote, directed and produced the short film, RAW that premiered at Sundance 2005 and screened at the AFI FEST 2005. Barber is currently producing EXALTATION, a documentary capturing sacred dance in 20 countries including Turkey, Haiti, Japan, and Peru.