Guest Choreographers

Charles O. Anderson

Charles O. Anderson is artistic director of dance theater X (dtX), an afro-contemporary dance theater company founded in Philadelphia in 2003. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his MFA in Dance from Temple University. He has performed in the companies of Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Mark Dendy and Miguel Gutierrez among others. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has earned recognition by numerous grants and organizations such as the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, and one of ‘12 Rising Stars in the Academy” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine. Anderson is currently based in Austin, Texas where he is an associate professor of African Diaspora Dance Studies and the MFA coordinator in Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.

Christian Burns

Christian Burns received his classical training from The School of American Ballet (1990 - 1993) and The Pioneer Valley Ballet (1981 - 1990). He began his Improvisation education in 1994 and since then has been researching various improvisational methods. Between 2003 – 2008, Burns collaborated with Kirstie Simson and, together, they gave over one hundred improvised performances for intimate audiences extensively through Europe as well as New York City, San Francisco, and Massachusettes.


Burns was a company member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet (1999 - 2002) and James Sewell Ballet (1993 - 1998) and has worked with numerous independent choreographers across the nation.


In the San Francisco Bay Area, Burns has presented work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Z Space. Nationally and abroad, his work has also been presented at Canal Danse (Paris), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan), Nightingale Theater (Brighton), WINLAB Independent Festival (London), Escapade Festival (London), The Dada House (Zurich), OT301 (Amsterdam) and many more.


His choreography has been commissioned by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, Stanford University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and many others. In 2007, The Forsythe Company invited Burns as a guest artist for the creation of William Forsythe’s installation piece EQUIVALENCE.


Burns has been awarded a Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) grants, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Choreography, the National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, the Paula Citron Award for Choreography for Camera, a McKnight Artist Fellowship, and was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center (NY).

Liu Yi Feng

Liu Yi Feng graduated from the School of Art and Dance Department at the Central University for Nationalities in Hengyang, China. As a choreographer, prize winning works include “Drum Song” for the Beijing Dance Competition and “Meditation” for the Tian Jin Dance Competition. He was commissioned by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs Ministry of Culture to create work in 2006. As a dancer he performed with the China Central Nationalities Song and Dance Ensemble. He was a company member of LDTX/Beijing Dance for 6 years, during which he traveled extensively around the world and was an original cast member in several award winning works. Liu Yi Feng is currently an independent choreographer and teaches at LDTX/Beijing Dance and the Rainbow Studios in Beijing, China.

Shaylen Keller – Founding Member / Dancer

Shaylen Keller has a BFA in dance performance from Chapman University and has danced for boogiezone Breed oc/la, and Funkanometry sf. She has shown pieces in Pulse, Monster Ball, Chapman’s Spring Showcase, and the Sock Hop 3. Shaylen also produced and directed “Dancers for Hope”, a breast cancer benefit featuring top choreographers. Shaylen loves to share dance, and has taught for various art programs for the past nine years all over the West Coast.

Scott Putman

Scott Putman (choreographer) is an Associate Professor in dance and choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the founder and Artistic Director of  Amaranth Contemporary Dance as well as the creator of the  Elemental Body Alignment System and faculty member in the Summer Arts Program at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Scott received the distinguished 2008 Theresa Pollack Excellence in the Arts Award for his work with his company, Amaranth Contemporary Dance, and continues to be presented internationally in Italy, Mexico and Scotland along with choreography showcases throughout the United States and commissions by both ballet and modern dance companies. Scott’s acclaimed choreography has received several awards including the National Choreography Plan Award for exceptional choreography from RDA, Pacific. He has danced for Mordine and Company Dance Theatre, Dimitrius Klein Dance Company, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Chicago, Donald McKayle, David Alan, Douglas Becker, and Geri Houlihan. Scott received his B.A. from Columbia College, Chicago, and M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine, where he was a Chancellors Fellow and William Gillespie Scholar.

Sunny Shen – Founding Member / Director of Cultural Liaisons / Choreographer / Dancer

Sunny Shen is an independent dancer and choreographer based in Beijing and San Francisco. He is a founding member of Philein/ZiRu Productions and a freelance script writer. Sunny was born in Wuxi, China. He graduated from Beijing Capital Normal University in 2005 and then worked with LDTX until 2009. As a dancer and choreographer in LDTX, he visited many international dance festivals including performances in America, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, and South Korea. Sunny believes that dancing is a process of identifying one’s ego, observing the movements the body can create, and directing the human spirit so that people don’t lose a sense of self in this rapidly changing world. Interactions between people and one’s perspective of the world can both be based on simple, direct, and precise actions. Sunny’s work has always approached his environment from a unique angle. His “Endless Being” (2003), “Culprit Bad Hand” (2004), and “He, She or It” (2005) explored the limitations of humanity and the limitless effect of our environment on the human being. These works were each recognized with positive reviews in the Guangdong Modern Dance Week. “Toxic Dance” (2007) investigated the philosophical duality of everyday objects like cigarettes. His dance drama “Love, so…” (2009) presented the paradox between imagined and real love.

Sunny has collaborated with British lighting artist Hugo Dalton, Chinese-American choreographer Hou Ying, Macao multi-media calligraphic painter Wu Shaoying, Taiwai director Jiang Zhengeng, Swiss artists Simon&Monika, Chinese-American dancer and choreographer Philein Wang, Chinese artist Wang Jianwei, University of Texas at Austin Professor Charles O. Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Scott Putman, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. He has toured to the United States three times to work with Philein/ZiRu Productions. This is his third season with the company.

Yuri Zhukov

Yuri Zhukov began his studies at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and danced professionally with the Kirov Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. He performed principal roles in several full length ballets, including the Prince in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake as well as Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphides, Colas in La Fille Male Garde, Poet in Les Sylphides. Yuri has danced in three of the World’s most renowned ballet companies and has also received several awards for his choreography including Best Choreography for With Time We Go in the 2007 RDF Festival in Long Beach, CA and two Isadora Duncan Awards Nominations for the Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Best Ensemble performance. Not only was he a guest master teacher for the San Francisco Ballet, Cullberbag Ballet, and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Company, he was also a Ballet Master for several productions including “Push Comes to Shove” by Twyla Tharp and “The Second Deatil” by Forsythe. He recently became the Ballet Master for the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, continuing his career as a renowned international teacher, performer, and choreographer.

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