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PEACE Project

I began working with the Parkinson’s community by teaching Dance for PD® at Danspace, where an amazing community has since grown into their own 501c3 called PD Active. Along with my dance company dNaga, dancers with Parkinson’s have been thoughtfully delving into issues of identity and are working to overcoming the oppression of this debilitating disease. Together in the studio, we engage in an intellectually rigorous inquiry about issues that we all face include aging, discrimination and disempowerment. These ideas are then transformed into movement, dances and eventually larger bodies works over time. The work around Parkinson’s Disease is called the PEACE Project and started in 2010. My interest in working with differently-abled bodies is to find the interconnectedness and balance  that bring the struggle, wisdom, strength and fragility of real life stories onto the stage. The art serves as a tool for transformation and through its transformation the art becomes a larger vehicle for building change, acceptance and awareness in the greater community.

On this site, you will find information about Capturing Grace, the documentary by Dave Iverson that Claudine Naganuma and dNaga are part of and information about screenings and upcoming broadcasts.

In the drop down menu of dances, you can find archival footage of past dances and reels of our PEACE Project. E-mail if you would like to purchase our newest DVD Shaking & Shocking, about to be released in June.

Visit for more information about how to participate in a Dance for PD® class with Claudine Naganuma and PD Active at Danspace or http://danceforparkinsons.orgfor information about where you can find a class Nationally and Internationally.

The GIRL Project

returns to EastSide Cultural Center April 6-10, 2015

GIRL Project; Blossoming Yin



dNaga will offer a Spring Break workshop for Middle School aged girls living in the San Antonio District of Oakland from 9 to 3pm from April 6th - 10th, 2015. This will be dNaga’s second Spring Break workshop at the EastSide Cultural Center for girls. This year’s week-long workshop will include classes in modern dance with Bianca Mendoza, hip hop with Janey Madamba, music composition with Pamela Z, dance choreography with Claudine Naganuma, self defense with Shawn Tamaribuchi-Keiser, gardening with SOL Garden and how to ride a bike with folks from the Bikery and Cycles of Change. Middle School aged girls living in the San Antonio District are invited to attend the workshop for free. Visit the Blossoming Yin page to download the flier in English, Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese or Chinese or to see more information about the program. The week long intensive will culminate in an informal open public showing on April 10th at 2pm. If you would like to attend, please reserve a spot by e-mailing Arianna at







Tapestry at the Oakland Temple Auditorium on Saturday, May 2, 2015


Laney College Theater June 19 – 21

Proteinology is dNaga’s newest dance that explores how protein is absorbed by the body and how it competes with Carbidopa-Levodopa, prescribed to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Whichever gets to the cell first blocks the other. This causes a struggle in the body to get enough medication and/or protein. My approach to this subject is to examine food intake in relationship to the timing of medication intake. Rather than deal with the subject head on which can be quite depressing and overwhelming, we are exploring this subject through examining our relationship to ice cream. Ice cream has approximately 2-3 grams of protein in a ½ cup of ice cream. Interestingly, many of the people I interviewed with Parkinson’s Disease expressed their love for ice cream. By focusing on ice-The first draft of Proteinology will be performed by an inter-generational cast that includes young company members and dancers with Parkinson’s at Mills College. Come join us and be part of the process of creation!


As part of Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week dNaga offers an open rehearsal on Saturday April 25, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 at Danspace. You are invited in for a peek to see what happens behind the scenes. We will share the process of creation by listening to an interview and developing movement vocabulary in a laboratory setting. The company will also share the development of new work. Join us for tea and dialogue with the company.


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