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Ashley Gayle and Noah James are professional artists. Theyโ€™ve worked across the United States with various choreographers and met while dancing for PUSH Dance Company in 2013. Organically they've combined their passionate love for dance and visual arts to create Visceral Roots Dance Company, which is in itโ€™s 4th year of fruition! VRDC creates work that highlights social issues by exploring the visceral experiences of life while fusing different art forms to create real stories. Initiated by collaboration, the duo strives to present work with artists from all mediums and expand their artistic development.

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Visceral Roots debuted โ€œUnparalleledโ€ at PUSHFest 2016 through the PUSHLab process; this led to them being selected as the 2017-18 Black Choreographers Festival AMP Artists! The company has participated in multiple residencies with SAFEhouse Arts that culminated in a home show in 2018. As a fiscal sponsor, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center is a second home and includes VRDC throughout the year for local showings. The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, directed by Antoine Hunter, mentors and presents VR each year since 2017. Viewerโ€™s have said their movement is multifaceted, witty and courageously takes them on an intimate spiritual and intellectual journey.

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Ashley Gayle  (she/her) graduated from UC Irvine with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and minor in Business Management. After moving back home to the Bay Area, she has performed with Alayo Dance Company, PUSH Dance Company, LV Dance Collective, David Herrera Dance Company, Mixโ€™d Ingrdnts, and Urban Jazz Dance Company. She regularly teaches youth and adults throughout the Bay Area as well as growing her Arts Admin skills through various Dance organizations.

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Noah James (he/him) is deaf/ hard of hearing. His artistic voice has grown and flourished into curating installations, poetry and a thriving podcast. INOAHPLACE encourages and uplifts sickle cell, chronic, and mental health warriors to continue to pursue life. His book, The Gift of Pain: Bookmarks of a Sickle Cell Warrior Vol.1 is available now on Amazon. Inspired by his own journey, Noah serves as a life coach and chronic pain advocate within various communities across the world. In addition to standing up for Sickle Cell, Noah is an agent with Financial Education Services where he offers tools and resources to establish financial freedom. He is a featured poet on HelloPoetry and a freelance photographer in his spare time.

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Their goal is to continue sharing who they're as influencers in the greater Bay Area, California & beyond. VRDC values community outreach, service, and collaboration. For more information about other classes and projects, hover over the ABOUT section of this page. If you are interested in working with us please use the contact form below. Also check out our blog community by clicking Our community. 

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Thank you for visiting our site & remember to always nourish your roots. 

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 Berkeley Poetry Festival

October 25, 2020

from 2-3pm via Zoom / FB Live

"To the canvas: are you ready?"

A poetry and dance performance featuring VRDC Co-Directors and dancers.

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FREE Event

Join us HERE

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