Bonnie Lavin-Hughes- My name is Bonnie Lavin-Hughes, I graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from Ohio University in 1982. Upon completing my Master’s in dance and a teaching assistantship at U.C.L.A., I began to choreograph and perform throughout California with a diverse array of choreographers and dance companies: Tandy Beal, Karl Schaeffer, Martha Kalman, Heidi Duckler, The Pacific Dance Ensemble, Michael Mizerany, and Suarez Dance, to name a few. I was fortunate enough to train with first generation Nikolais dancer Gladys Bailin. I also studied with Marcia Sakamoto, Donald Byrd, and Madeleine Scott in modern dance, with Mia Slavenska, Elizabeth Inuit-Lee, and Harriet DeRea in classical ballet, and with Al DeRea, Michelle Ouellet, and Lindsay Lorenz in rhythm tap. In 1987, I wrote and developed the dance curriculum for the Brentwood School, located in the Sunset corridor of west Los Angeles and directed their upper division dance program. Since 2008, at Pierce College, I have taught choreography, modern dance, and regularly contributed choreography to the Pierce Dance Productions. As a dance educator, my work has spanned secondary and higher education.I have presented my work at venues such as Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (L.A.C.E.), The Los Angeles Theatre Center, (L.A.T.C.), The L.A. Fringe Festival, The Downtown Artists Lofts District, The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, and in the Kaleidoscope Dance Festivals at the Ford theatre. I served as the Horton Awards co-ordinator for two years for the Dance Resource Center (DRC) of Greater L.A. and as a member of their task force to help them rebrand their organization and mission. I believe strongly in dance advocacy and community activism. An active member of the CDEA/NDEO since 2006, I served for three years as an on-site exhibits co-ordinator for the NDEO National Conference and for two years as Executive Board secretary for CDEA.