Lee Balan has always been involved with art and writing. Balan woks in three different mediums: Digital Montage (Photoshop), Assemblage, and Acrylic painting. Lee had became the administrative director for ONE in Long Beach, Ca where he established a program for the arts as well as being the first art-curator for the center in Palm Springs. Lee became a mental health professional and worked as a manager for a “Clubhouse” program for adults with mental illness. He helped organize and facilitate workshops in art and writing to help clients manage symptoms. Lee has a Bachelors degree in Art and a Graduate Certificate as a Counselor-Aide. His art has been exhibited in several galleries in California, where he lived for 40 years. Having performed at Intersection in San Francisco and Beyond Baroque in Venice, Ca. Lee published his first novel, Alien Journal, in 2009
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Michael LaSalata began his dance training in classical ballet studying with Gayla Zukevich and Jon Christofori in Flint Michigan at the Flint Institute of Music where he also danced with the repertory company. He then was hired to dance with the Nutmeg Ballet Company in Torrington CT and was trained in the Vaganova technique. He was also introduced to modern dance with guest teacher Cynthia Arenillias. In 1982 he moved to NYC and received a scholarship at the Cunningham Studio under the direction of Merce Cunningham. He was soon asked to join the Cunningham apprentice company while continuing his classical training with, Maggie Black, Marjorie Mussman, Alphonse Cata, Finis Jung, and Jocelyn Lorenz. In 1984 he was hired for a European tour with Douglas Dunn and dancers and was introduced to structured improvisation. After the tour he remained in France and for the next 6 years he taught Cunningham based technique classed and choreography workshops at the Conservatories in Mulhouse, Lyon and La Rochelle. He was invited to teach at The Montpellier Festival in 1986 where he was introduced to Dominique Bagouet who hired him to tour with his company as dance master. During this period he continued to work with Douglas Dunn and dancers in NYC. He also taught at La Menagerie de Verre in Paris. He's been a yogi since he was 17 studying Iyengar and Ashtanga styles. He also studied Alexander technique with Barbara Chang in NYC.