2020 ResiDent Choreographers
Vincent Chavez - Resident Choreographer
Vincent Chavez was born in Albuquerque, NM, where he raised livestock, rode and broke horses with his Dad. At age 17 he began his pre-professional training. Receiving dance education from Dance Theatre Southwest, Ballet Hispanico, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and the LINES Ballet Training Program. From this training, education and experience, Vincent resides in the Bay Area as a freelance Dance Artist- Dancing, teaching and choreographing . He is one of the founding members of ZiRu and one of ZiRu's active dancers. Having the opportunity to dance and collaborate with many different projects. Company experience includes New Mexico Ballet Company (2003-07), Nevada Ballet Theatre (2007-2011), Robert Moses' Kin (2012-present), ZiRu Dance (2012-present) and Oakland Ballet Company (2013-present).
BABATUNJI JOHNSON - Resident Choreographer
Babatunji Johnson was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. Though never formally trained as a child, Babatunji was always moving his body to the beat. At the age of 15, he discovered the art of hip hop. Following over a decade of self-taught street performance, he has developed a unique approach to various styles of hip hop such as breakdance, popping, and krump. While cultivating his own movement language, Babatunji simultaneously trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary, going on to work and perform around the world with Alonzo King LINES Ballet for six years among other inspiring companies. He has been with ZiRu dance since 2011. In 2015 Babatunji was awarded a Princess Grace Award, as well as a Chris Hellman Award for his outstanding achievements and promise in the world of dance.