Promoting the distinguished dance legacies cultivated in California
President, Board of Director
Philip R. Homsey II, Esq. has been a practicing attorney in Los Angeles for the past 45 years. His area of practice includes nonprofit and charitable organizations. Mr. Homsey has served on the board of a number of nonprofit community organizations including Chairman of the Board of Glendale Memorial Hospital, Regional Board of Catholic Health Care West, Los Feliz Improvement Association, and AVMPCA. Mr. Homsey is an active supporter of the arts having funded numerous projects in dance and theater.
Founding Director and Board of Director
Bonnie Oda Homsey’s career encompasses roles as dancer, artistic director, producer, educator, author, curator, actor, paralegal, and arts funder. She curated American Repertory Dance Company’s (ARDC) programs of 40+ reconstructions, and authored ARDC’s Curriculum Guides for teachers. A former principal with the Martha Graham Company, she performed on Broadway, toured domestically and internationally, originated roles in dances with Rudolph Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn, and was featured in segments of ‘Dance in America’ and ‘Life from Wolftrap.’ Since 2000, she is Chair of Dance for The Princess Grace Foundation USA, supporting emerging talent in Dance, Film and Theater. She joined the inaugural freshman class when The Juilliard School relocated to Lincoln Center, later receiving a B.A. from University of Hawaii, and M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine where she was the Chancellor’s Fellowship recipient. Bonnie received two Lester Horton Awards, and was nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America. Currently, she presents professional development workshops and teaches at California Institute for the Arts and USC/Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Social Media Director
Linda Chiavaroli is a versatile and informed communicator. She started her career as a journalist writing features about numerous subjects and reviewing dance and theatre. She later had her own public relations and marketing firm specializing in the performing arts and served as Director of Communications for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now the L.A. County Department of Arts and Culture). She currently does social media for several non-profit organizations and contributes to the blog of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
“I believe each artist can claim a place in the generational links of our dance legacies, representing the diverse worlds of our concert, commercial, heritage-based and social dance forms.” - Bonnie Oda Homsey
Bonnie Oda Homsey is Director of Los Angeles Dance Foundation (LADF), and also serves as Chair of Dance and member of the Arts Advisory Board for The Princess Grace Foundation USA (www.pgfusa.org) Formerly a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company under the direction of Ms. Graham, she also danced with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ethel Winter Dance Company, and Hawaii Opera Guild. She founded LADF and co-founded American Repertory Dance Company its award winning performance entity. For ten years, she lead the company to produce 40+ reconstructions presented in thematic concerts that informed ARDC’s arts education and outreach programming.
Twice a grantee of the National College Choreography Initiative, Bonnie’s educational and research writings have been published in journals and books, and she was guest editor for Choreography and Dance. Funding panel service includes National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, California Arts Council, United States Artists, and municipal funding agencies. She was honored to join the freshman class when The Juilliard School relocated to Lincoln Center, later receiving her B.A. from University of Hawaii, and M.F.A. from University of California, Irvine where she was selected as the Chancellor’s Fellowship recipient and subsequently taught for six years. Her seminar, “Professional Plan for Dance” is presented to undergraduate and graduate students around the country, and she continues to promote dance legacy from her base in Los Angeles.