Company Bios

Claudia Anata Hubiak (Founder and Artistic Director) is a choreographer and film maker based in San Francisco. Originally from Boulder, Co. she holds an M.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (2011). She studied at NYU on a full scholarship Dean’s Fellowship and was honored with the position of Graduate Student Assistant in Film for Dance. While in New York, Claudia had the privilege of performing the works of Trisha Brown, Gus Solomons Jr, Patricia Hoffbauer and Kay Cummings. In 2011 she taught choreography and technique at NYU for the Future Dancers and Dance Makers program.

Claudia did her undergraduate studies in dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with honors. She has performed professionally as a member of ABD Productions (04-06) andDance Ceres (04-09)

Claudia was a co-founder of Vispo Dance, (2004-2009) and founded The Anata Project in 2011. Anata was the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Spring Artist in Residence in 2015, and a Shawl Anderson and California Historical Society Resident Artist in 2016. Claudia currently teaches choreography at the Ruth Asawa School Of The Arts (SOTA) in San Francisco and has recently founded the Anata Wellness Outreach Program dedicated to bringing dance, meditation and somatic practices to schools throughout the Bay Area. Her work has been presented at Z Space, ODC, Dance Mission Theater, The West Wave Dance Festival, SPF7, 111 Minna Gallery, The Garage, Judson Memorial Church (NYC), NYU, DanceNow’s Joe’s Pub, The Atlas Theater, LaMama’s Ellen Stewart Theater, The Wave Rising Series, Danny Studios, and The Dairy Center For The Arts, (Boulder, Co).

Julie-Ann Gambino, (dancer) was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in April 2014.  She has performed as a guest artist with ODC on Alcatraz Island for Ai Wei Wei’s art exhibition @Large, with Christine Cali, and is a current company member with Inside Out Contemporary Ballet and The Anata Project. She has performed as a company member with Palanza Dance and Kristin Damrow & Company. This past April Julie-Ann premiered Mother Mary, her choreography debut in San Francisco, as a resident at SafeHouseArts. Her choreography has also been showcased at Little Boxes Theater in San Francisco at Jeremy Lautan’s show H(E[AR)T TRAVELS. Julie-Ann premiered Run Towards The Rabid Dog, a duet she choreographed and performed with Yoshie Fujimoto Kateada at West Wave Dance Festival (2016), and later presented the duet at RAWdance’s CONCEPT Series: 19. Julie-Ann is thrilled to be performing her third season with The Anata Project.

Yuko Monden is a professional dancer from Tokyo, Japan. She performed in the 2002 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Japan, the national Japanese Festival event in Guam in 2003, as well as several Japanese music shows and television events. Ms. Monden received her degree from Japan’s Women’s College of Physical Education in Tokyo. She moved to New York City in 2011 and performed with The Next Stage Project and Nimbus Dance Works. In 2013 she moved to San Francisco and has since performed with Levy Dance, Anne Bluethenthal and dancers, Copious Dance Theater, CALI & CO dance and The Anata Project. Yuko teaches hip hop, jazz, contemporary classes and holds workshops in Yosakoi dance. She is a certified Simonson Technique Method teacher. This is Yuko’s third season with The Anata Project.

Mallory Markham grew up studying ballet in Jackson, Mississippi before obtaining her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. During college, Ms. Markham danced with both the Oklahoma Festival Ballet as well as Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, which provided her the privilege of learning from great dancers and choreographers such as Violette Verdy, Dudley Williams, Frederic Franklin, Helen Simoneau, as well as many others. Mallory also had the opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 as well as Merce Cunningham’s Inlets II. After graduation, she relocated to Columbus Ohio where she danced with contemporary ballet company, Columbus Dance Theatre, for one season before deciding to explore the West Coast. Since moving to the bay area in 2011, Mallory has danced for and collaborated with various local companies and choreographers including Kristin Damrow and Company, Blind Tiger Society, Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, Garrett + Moulton Productions, and is also a founding member of ka.nei.see|collective. This is Mallory’s second season with the Anata Project.

Jessica Egbert’s dance training spans two decades, culminating into her undergraduate studies at California State University, Long Beach as a BFA major in Dance. Upon her graduation in 2015, Jessica received the Most Outstanding Graduate Award for the College of the Arts, in addition to several accolades including the Betty DuPont, Richard and Joanna Baker, and COTA Scholarships. Jessica has received extensive training in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Improvisation, and Choreography and performed in multiple venues in Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. She currently dances for Reach BC Dance Company, and Slick Babble Dance Project and has performed as a guest artist for Gabriel Mata Movements, and Rebecca Bryant and Dancers. She has additionally worked with Andrew Vaca, Keith Johnson, Gerald Casel, and Rebecca Lemme.  Jessica currently teaches Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Tap in the South Bay and also works as a Production Assistant for Mark Foehringer Dance Project | San Francisco. This is Jessica’s second season performing with The Anata Project. 

Emily Hansel, from Rochester, Minnesota, received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida in 2016. She has performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Robert Moses, Brenda Way, Katie Faulkner, Carl Flink, Bliss Kohlmyer, Maurice Causey, Paula Nunez, and Andrew Carroll, among others. Emily is an active choreographer and her work has been presented at various venues in Tampa, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, Paris (Fr.), and San Francisco. She joined The Anata Project in 2017 and also currently dances with SOULSKIN Dance Company.




Eric Garcia
Victor Talledos
Ashlie Kirby
Sarah Sandoval
Ismael Acosta
DeShawn Marshall
Ashley Trottier
Jackie Arko
Gabby Grady

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