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Ciarra D'Onofrio

Ciarra D’Onofrio (they/them) is a queer dancer, aerialist, and educator with a passion for using dance as a means of storytelling, social analysis, and community building. They specialize in dance trapeze, contemporary dance, and vertical dance. They have performed in redwood forests, cathedrals, and on trampoline walls, and most recently have danced here in the Bay Area with Zaccho Dance Theater, Epiphany Dance Theater, Olallie Lackler, and Helen Wicks Works. They studied dance and choreography at Lewis & Clark College where they received the 2015 Distinction in Dance Choreography Award. They then expanded their training in the circus arts as a member of the Circus Project’s Training and Performance Company. They are a head of the aerial department at Camp Winnarainbow and run their own aerial program here in the Bay Area. Their current choreographic work explores grief, the co-creation of queer identity, and how gender lives in the body and in physical space. Recently their work has been presented in the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, the Tenderloin Arts Festival, and the CounterPulse Festival. They are currently a member of Bandaloop’s Training Group and a Shawl Anderson Dance Center Artist in Residency.

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