emerge alum AmeliaUzategui 160x160Amelia Uzátegui Bonilla (2009)
Born in Lima, Peru, and raised as a young immigrant in Los Angeles, Amelia grew up bi-lingual and bi-cultural. She is now  a professional dancer, director, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2007, she graduated from The Juilliard School's Dance Department (NY) with Scholastic Distinction and received the Inter-Arts Award for leading interdisciplinary outreach projects. In NYC, she worked as a free-lance dancer working with Adam Barruch and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and taught in the NYC public schools with Mark DeGarmo/Dynamic Forms. She interpreted the works of Tino Sehgal and Marina Abramović in renowned NYC museums such as the Guggenheim and the MoMA. In Europe, she danced with Sodaberg in Germany and Croatia. In 2009, she had the pleasure of reclaiming her Peruvian-American artist-identity at the EMERGE NYC fellowship program, leading her to move to Peru in 2010, delving into her cultural heritage and collaborating with Peruvian artists in Lima and Cusco from the ballet, contemporary, folklore, urban dance, theater, visual arts and performance art scenes as well as producing her own artistic ventures. She taught dance passionately in private and public universities and studios, as well as volunteering her time with numerous community art projects in under-served neighborhoods. She co-founded Rio Danza Comunitaria in 2013, a collective focused on deepening environmental conscientiousness through community dance workshops and performance rituals in Lima and Cusco. In the fall of 2014, she moved to San Francisco and is currently a Tamalpa Institute training program student, co-founded by Daria and Anna Halprin.