Asha Benjelloun is a native of Harrisburg, PA and received her dance training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet under Adrienne Dellas Thornton and Sandra Carlino. She continued on to the LINES Ballet Training program where she performed works by Maurya Kerr, Gregory Dawson, David Harvey, Shannon Gillen, Erik Wagner, and Uri Sands. She has also spent summers with the National Choreographic Intensive, LINES Summer Program and Batsheva Dance Company. Asha is thrilled to be working with tinypistol.
Alex Carrington was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She received the majority of her training at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the LINES Ballet Training Program. Alex is a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and has also performed with detour dance and The MoveMessenger(s) in San Francisco, and Donald Sales' Project20 in Vancouver, BC. Alex has been a member of tinypistol since 2013.
Alexander Diaz began his training at the Bronx Dance Academy, as well as the Bronx Dance Theater. From 2009 - 2010 he was a Fellowship recipient as part of The Ailey School's Junior Division. He is a certificate graduate at The University of the Arts, and recently graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Alex has had the pleasure of performing works by Sidra Bell, Clifton Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Shannon Gillen, Maurya Kerr, Sara Shelton Mann, and Earl Mosley. He joined tinypistol in 2017.
Stephen DiBiase was born in Toronto, Canada but grew up in Irvine, California. He began dancing when he was eighteen years old, and received the majority of his training from The Ailey School and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Stephen has also attended programs at Jacob’s Pillow, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He is a freelance artist in the Bay Area and has worked with the San Francisco Opera, Oakland Ballet, Levy Dance, The MoveMessenger(s) and tinypistol, among others.
Robyn Gerbaz began her training with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet before graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy and Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University with a BFA in Dance. Additionally, she has trained at Cornish College, SF Conservatory of Dance, P.O.R.C.H/Ponderosa Tanzland, New Dialect, Springboard Danse Montréal and with Anouk van Dijk at Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia. She has performed works by Sidra Bell, Christian Burns, William Forsythe, Amanda Miller, Kate Wallich and Johannes Wieland. Robyn has been a member of tinypistol since 2012 and is also currently performing with Alex Ketley's The Foundry.
Megan Wright was born in New York City and is a current member of the Stephen Petronio Company. She danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco from 2013-2016, touring nationally and internationally. In 2014 she served as assistant to Katharine Hawthorne at Springboard Danse Montréal, and as dance dramaturg for the Brooklyn-based performance collective I AM A BOYS CHOIR. In 2016 she was an apprentice with Kate Weare Company. She is a founding member of Maurya Kerr’s tinypistol, and has performed with Hope Mohr Dance, Christian Burns, Robert Moses’ Kin, RAWdance, and many others. Her critical writing on dance has been published and cited in a number of outlets. She is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School of the Arts.
cleo ledet - graphic designer
Cleo Ledet is a Baltimore-based graphic designer. Through her work with the branding agency Design B&B, she has had the opportunity to work on global brands including McCormick Spices, Dove Chocolate, and Johnson's Baby. Her real passion, however, is helping artists and small businesses tell the world who they are. Cleo holds a BFA in graphic design from Academy of Art University. Her past lives as a dancer, barista, and audio tour salesperson also inform her work.
stephen texeira - photographer
Stephen Texeira is an Oakland, CA-based photographer who specializes in dance photography, portraits, and street photography. He brings to his work the same focus he applies elsewhere in his life: he pays attention. When the world is going through each day as though it were just like the one before, he pays attention...and it makes a difference. It makes a difference in how he views the world and how he photographs the people and places in it. His goal is to make photographs that are honest, emotional, funny, touching, sad, beautiful, and moving.