Dawn Frank was raised in Oakland, California, where she formally studied R.A.D. ballet for over ten years and improvised feverishly in all the local parks. She developed her choreographic skills early by crafting evening length dances for her younger siblings and friends to perform at holiday parties.
A Bard College graduate with a BA in writing and modern dance (emphasis on choreography), Dawn has also studied contact improvisation, aikido, and various dance techniques in San Francisco and in New York. Teachers who have influenced her include Martin Keogh, Ray Chung, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, Eric Kupers, Susan Osberg, Jean Churchill, Aileen Passloff, Albert Reid, Lenore Latimer, and others.
Dawns recent evening length work, Unearthed, was chosen by Rita Felciano of the San Francisco Bay Guardian as one of ten major San Francisco dance events in 2000, alongside the SF Ballet, Baryshnikov, ODC, and ShaSha Higby, to name a few. Described by Rita as poignant and unpretentious, Dawns work has been presented domestically in New York, Maine, and throughout California, and internationally in Italy.
A longtime company member with Dandelion Dancetheater, Dawn often chooses to focus her energy on her own work, but she has performed in the Bay Area with June Watanabe in Company, Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians, pieces of e dance exchange, Kate Foley and Company, Nancy Kelly, and others.
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