Mariah Steele

Mariah Steele, Choreographer & Artistic Director, grew up dancing at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, New York, with May O'Donnell technique at the core of a modern-dance based curriculum. Mariah graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a major in Anthropology and minor in Dance. She combined these two passions by studying traditional Kandyan dance in Sri Lanka for two months and then writing her anthropology thesis about the experience: "Dancing Away the Divide Between Ritual and Art." Ze'eva Cohen and Rebecca Lazier were her main dance teachers and mentors at Princeton. She went on to perform professionally in New York City in the companies of James Martin, Beth Soll, and Kelley Donovan, and in Boston with Sokolow Now!, the Anna Sokolow archival company, Rebecca Rice Dance, Nell Breyer and Sara Smith, among others. In 2011, Mariah earned a Masters Degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, concentrating in non-profit management and conflict resolution. For her thesis about using dance in peacebuilding, she traveled to Ireland to study Irish Modern Dance Theatre's Fall and Recover by choreographer John Scott, a work with two professional dancers and eleven torture-survivors and asylum-seekers from different countries. Named a "Rising Talent" by The Boston Globe Magazine in 2013, Mariah continues to develop her unique blend of original choreography and anthropological investigation in her company Quicksilver Dance and through teaching, workshops, and commissions. Her choreography has been shown extensively on both coasts and internationally at the St. Ambroise Festival in Montreal, Quebec, where she was nominated for "Best Choreography" in June 2014. In August 2016, she completed her MFA in Dance at Hollins University. Mariah's college teaching includes: Modern Dance, Dance History and World Dance Cultures at Endicott College in Beverly, MA (January 2012-May 2015); "Science, Dance and The Creative Process" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2014); guest choreography at Santa Clara University in California (Fall 2015); and The Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh (Summer 2010). At other points in time, Mariah has tutored high school students, traveled extensively, and worked in international development non-profits.

For more information about Mariah's dance background, please read this interview by Karen Krolak; and this feature article by Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe Magazine, published April 28th 2013.

Hans Rinderknecht

Hans Rinderknecht, Dancer & Technical Director, grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a constant reader, musician, and dreamer. He chanced into theater in the ninth grade, which quickly became an outlet for a creative energy he didn't realize he had. Arriving at Princeton University with an eclectic training in yoga, capoeira, tai chi and movement-based stage work, he changed his focus to dance, having discovered he is much better on stage when he keeps his mouth shut. At Princeton, Hans performed works by Ze'eva Cohen, Christopher Williams, Marianela Boan, Edisa Weeks, and Millicent Hodson. In 2005, he traveled to Kobe, Japan, to assist Ms. Hodson in setting her reconstruction of Nijinsky's "The Rite of Spring" on a Japanese cast for the opening of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center, in which he also performed. His chronicle of the experience was published in the Ballet Review (2006, Vol 34, #3) and on the website Hans graduated in 2008 with a major in Physics and a minor in Dance. Since then, he has performed continually with Mariah Steele, and worked with her in generating many new works. In addition to dancing, Hans has provided musical and technical support to Mariah Steele/Quicksilver Dance. In 2015 Hans completed a PhD in Physics at MIT, where he researched plasma physics with nuclear fusion applications. His dance "Into the Ring: a Fusion Odyssey" based on that research and performed live by MIT students won the Science/AAAS Dance Your PhD Contest 2014 in the category of Physics. He is currently a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Hannah Cardiel

Hannah Cardiel, Dancer, was raised in a small town in the Sierra mountains and moved to the Bay Area to attend Sonoma State University. She completed her B.A. in Theatre Arts (Dance) in Spring 2015, and has continued to dance and work in the surrounding area. Hannah has had the pleasure to perform with local choreographer Christine Cali and also teaches at Tip Tap Toe Performing Arts Studio of Benicia. She is very excited to work with Mariah and dancers on Quicksilver’s new projects this Fall.

Alexa Manalansan

Alexa Manalansan, Dancer, a San Francisco native, holds a B.A in Sociology from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa where she began her modern dance training. Upon graduation, she trained at the Alvin Ailey School’s Independent Study Program in New York City. She is currently a company member of Kristy Keefer’s Dance Mission Theatre in San Francisco where she has performed works by Sarah Shelton Mann, Daiane Lopes da Silva, Dexandro Montalvo, and Sarah Bush. She is also a member of Molly Fletcher-Lynch’s Maligrad Contemporary Dance Company where she had the opportunity to teach and perform in Arezzo, Italy in 2017.

Hannah McNany

Hannah McNany, Dancer, hails from Valencia, CA, and studied under the directorship of Gary Masters at San José State University. Earning her B.F.A. in Dance, she has danced with Peter & Co. (SF), REACH BC Dance Company, sjDANCEco, and previously worked with Robert Dekkers, Maria Basile, and Project Agora (Kara Davis). Prior training includes Santa Clarita Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, BalletMet and R.A.D. Now living in Pacifica, Hannah teaches at Spindrift Performing Arts school while also finding time to study for her two-year RAD teacher training program. Hannah is excited to be dancing her first season with Quicksilver Dance.

Jenna Valez

Jenna Valez, Dancer, currently resides in San Francisco where she dances for Quicksilver Dance and Molly Fletcher Lynch's Maligrad Contemporary Dance Co. She has also appeared in works by: Christine Cali, Kristen Daley, Nancy Lyons, Scott Wells, Wade Madsen, and Nichele Van Portfleet. Jenna has presented her work in the Bay Area and at the American College Dance Festival. She holds a BA in Dance from Sonoma State University.

Oona Wong-Danders

Oona Wong-Danders, Dancer is a Bay Area native, born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. She received her early training at Berkeley Ballet Theater, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, with Stefani Berger at The College Preparatory School, and the ODC/ Teen program, as well as working with numerous choreographers and artists in the area over the years. She completed her B.A. in Dance at San Francisco State University, where she was accepted as ODC/Dance's Student Apprentice and performed as a guest artist in their 2015 home season. She has also performed work by Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton, Cathleen McCarthy, Amy Foley, Raissa Simpson, Katerina Wong, and Nol Simone. In addition to Quicksilver Dance, she is currently dancing with ka·nei·see | collective, Ayana Yonesaka, and is a part of Garrett and Moulton Productions’ movement Choir. If she were not so in love with dance, Oona would most like to live in Tokyo and open up an eco-friendly flower shop!

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