Darling Shear is a Kinetic Linguist, Healer, Historian, Guerrilla Anthropologist. Darling is a Chicago Native but has roots in Atlanta where Darling started dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where Darling was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African. Darling began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time worked with many great choreographers. The highlights were working with Bubba Carr choreographer/artistic director to Cher for 12yrs and counting, Rhonda Henriksen soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp, Tracy Vogt former Philadanco dancer, Hinton Battle the Original Scarecrow from the broadway production of “The Wiz” and Lauri Stallings Hubbard street soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. Darling moved back to Chicago the summer of 2011 to start Suna Dance, a collaborative artist group and had the first performance in November of 2011. In 2018 Darling was chosen as the cover model and also quoted in Micah Salkind’s Oxford published book ‘Do you remember house? Chicago’s queer of color underground’. Followed by receiving the Between Gestures scholarship to Austria to attend Impulstanz in Vienna also the Chicago Dancemakers Forum fellowship and Links Hall CoMission Fellowship along with a 3Arts nomination in 2019. Darlings career has been one with a strong spiritual center and allowance of universal well-being.
Janet Lo is a second-generation Chinese Canadian/American interdisciplinary storyteller and conscious dance facilitator with a background in Theater, Dance, TV + Production. After many years and multiple burnouts in the industry, she now focuses on creating heart-centered wellness spaces for healing and empowering the concept of safe play in relationship to the body. Since discovering the Dance From The Heart modality with Critical Mass Dance Company (CMDC) in 2018, Janet is passionate about teaching and building a community of self-healers, movers and shakers through tapping into the feminine divine, sensuality, conscious dance + movement, and other embodiment practices. She leads CMDC’s virtual Dance From The Heart programming, collaborative workshops and teacher training with the heartfelt intention of creating safe and brave spaces for exploration and transformation. Virgo Sun, Libra Rising. 4/6 Reflector. Instagram: @Jglowgirl
Bonnie Buckner holds a PhD in psychology, with an emphasis in media, from Fielding Graduate University, and a PCC level coaching certificate from ICF. She is adjunct faculty for the GWU CEPL e-CO Leadership Coaching Certification program. Author of Dream Your Self into Being, her academic and professional work since 2008 has centered on the study and use of images, dreaming, and the spontaneous imagination as cognitive tools for behavioral and communal change. Her private consulting practice teaches these tools to individuals, organizations, and performing arts foundations/individuals to stimulate creativity and to find creative solutions to social and global challenges.
Jennifer Sun is a third generation Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist and Nutritionist based in Amsterdam and New York. As a first generation American, Jennifer practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a child with her father, Dr. Sun, but it wasn’t until a few years ago she truly found a deeper connection to her culture and to her own body through pursuing a degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism. In the summer of 2018, Jennifer launched Sun for Soul, an East-meets-West approach to TCM through herbal food products. What started as a food passion project turned into a full-time venture where Jennifer aims to help others understand how to consciously develop a holistic relationship to their bodies through TCM Nutrition courses and personalized food therapy coaching. Her mission with Sun for Soul is to continue the lineage of traditional Chinese healing with the hopes that together, we can all learn to honor, appreciate, and consciously practice true wisdom that is Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Catherine Drury, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in supporting dancers through injury, stress, burnout, and career change. At her Manhattan-based private practice, Catherine treats adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and histories of trauma using cognitive behavioral and evidence-based treatment modalities. She has also delivered workshops and lectures to dance institutions such as The Ailey School, the American Ballet Theatre JKO School and Studio Company, and the Princeton Ballet School, fostering resilience and emotional intelligence among pre-professional dance students. In partnership with The Actors Fund, Gibney Dance, Dance/NYC, and the NYU Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Catherine facilitates support groups and programs designed to meet the unique needs of the dance community. She has published on her work with injured dancers, presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, and contributed to articles in Dance Magazine and Dance Informa Magazine. Catherine has a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where her research is dedicated to eating disorder treatment and athletic performance enhancement for dancers.