Deborah Slater Dance Theater - Collaborating Artists

Collaborating Artists

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Andrew Merrell
Company Member

Andrew Merrell graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BA in Dance in 2008. From there, he completed a 200hr yoga certification through Laughing Lotus in San Francisco. Andrew has danced professionally with Keith Johnson and Dancers as well as Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones. He has been commissioned to choreograph works for Santa Ana College and Cerritos College. Since moving to Oakland in 2010 with his husband and frequent dance partner Rogelio Lopez, he has had the privilege to work with many bay area choreographers, such as, Catherine Galasso, Abigail Hosein, Cathy Davalos, Nina Haft, and Deborah Slater. Andrew has also shown his own work at Randee Paufve's 8x8x8, The Garage, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. He is one third of a dance collective called Stranger Lover Dreamer with Shaunna Vella and Elizebeth Randall. Andrew is currently earning his MFA in Creative Practice from Saint Mary's College, where he also teaches yoga and modern technique.