Benita Bike, Artistic Director

Choreographer Benita Bike began her dance training in Arizona at the age of three. In college, she studied with Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, the faculty of Bennington College and the faculty of the University of Arizona. In New York, she studied with Robert Christopher, Emmy Devine, Karen Levy, and Ruth Currier. An important influence on Benita's artistic work was Tucson dance teacher and photographer Virginia Robinson. Benita's dance work has been shown in the U.S. and in Europe. Benita is a three time winner of the ARC grant (Durfee Foundation and the Center for Cultural Innovation). She was a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Choreographic Fellowship recipient and a former Artist-in-residence at Massachusetts College of Art. In Massachusetts, Benita was the Chair of the Boston Dance Alliance and a member of the Boston Cultural Corporation's Curatorial Board. In Los Angeles, Benita served on the Board of the Dance Resource Center for two years. She has taught dance at her studio in Boston, at Boston Center for Adult Education, Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro and at Whittier College in Whittier, California. Benita was Co-producer of the Fountain Theatre's annual Festival of Solos & Duets in Hollywood and Coordinator of the Dance Series at the Brand Library & Art Center.

The Company

Micay Jean

Micay Jean grew up in New Jersey where she began her journey as a competitive dancer while training in New York at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps. She transitioned to her professional career in Los Angeles and has received a BFA at Hussian College Los Angeles, In Studio. Micay is excited to continue her professional career and use the universal language of dance to share experiences and open the minds of others.

Nola Gibson

Nola Gibson is from Los Angeles, CA where she grew up training at the City Ballet of Los Angeles. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2017 and recently completed her BFA in Dance Performance at University of California, Irvine. 

Lauren Gold

Lauren Gold is a Bay Area native who grew up in Pleasanton, CA. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained with Alvin Ailey, Kansas City Ballet, Perry Mansfield, The New Ballet School, the University of Utah, and more. At age 15 she joined modern dance company ConDanza as a trainee. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Lauren is currently doing freelance work in the Los Angeles area and is a company member with Benita Bike’s Dance Art in Pasadena, CA.

Lydia Marie McDonald

Lydia Marie McDonald is originally from Longwood Florida. She began her dance training at the age of 12 and has trained in styles such as modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, improvisation, and more. Lydia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2018 and spent two seasons dancing as a company member of imPULSE Dance Project during college. Immediately after graduating college, she became member of Ad Deum Dance 2nd company for 2 seasons. Now in L.A., Lydia is a company member of Benita Bike’s Dance Art and Geometry 2.

Skye Schmidt

Skye Schmidt is a dance artist based in California. She has been mentored by Salwa Rizkalla, Southland Ballet Academy, Houston Ballet Academy, Bodytraffic, Lillian Barbeito, Alex Ketley, and David Maurice, and earned her BFA degree in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine in 2016. She is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency and has performed professionally for American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, Florence + The Machine’s “Spectrum,” Festival Ballet Theatre, MULTIPLEX DANCE, and National Choreographers Initiative directed by Molly Lynch. Skye is also an accomplished professional photographer, a founding member of Ballare Carmel, and the Director of Operations at HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance. www.skyeschmidt.com

For former company members

Board of Directors

Sandra Spade Abeles
Kelly Adrianse
Cheryl Banks-Smith
Benita Bike
Clare Kiklowicz
Trudy Niess
Karen Schetina
Daphne Trager
Loui Tucker

Technical

Shawn Fidler, Lighting Design
Dean Wallraff, Composer in Residence