Onward, Upward, and Sometimes Upside Down

Invertigo’s dance theatre creates a unique spin on the world.

MEET OUR VISIONARIES, OUR GUIDES

Invertigo Dance Theatre is extremely grateful for the ongoing guidance and support provided by our Board of Directors. Over the years, we have met and collaborated with many incredible change makers, thought leaders, and arts advocates.

Interested in joining our Board? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to: [email protected]

Linda Berghoff

Linda Berghoff

Board Member, Dancing Through Parkinson’s Teacher
Fiona Karlin

Fiona Karlin

Board Member
Francine Ringold

Francine Ringold

Board Member
Carla Sparks

Carla Sparks

Board Member

Linda Berghoff

Board Member, Dancing Through Parkinson’s Teacher

Linda Berghoff (Dancing Through Parkinson's teacher, Invertigo board member, person living with Parkinson's) has danced recreationally all of her life. When she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2006, the diagnosis struck a blow at her most beloved activity. She continued to stay active and take dance classes. While in NYC visiting her children and grandchildren, she found out about the Dance for PD® program and received teacher training with Invertigo Dance Theatre members, both in Brooklyn and LA. She is proud to collaborate with Invertigo to bring an invaluable program to people living with PD. Linda's health continues to be strong, perhaps aided by her continued movement, travel, Ladino study and dance regimen, including being a teaching artist for multiple DTP classes.  She is also a board member of Invertigo Dance Theatre.

Fiona Karlin

Board Member

Fiona Karlin is proud to work with the board members and artists of Invertigo Dance Theatre, and to be very involved in the Dancing Through Parkinson's classes. She admires Laura's choreography and values the opportunity to bring such a creative art form to Los Angeles. She also works as a docent giving tours at LACMA, and is a former chair of the Docent Council.

Francine Ringold

Board Member

Francine Leffler Ringold (Johnson), Ph.D., was the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma 2003-7 and a 2003 winner of the “Writers Who Make A Difference” award from the nationally distributed Writer Magazine, a Katie Westby Lifetime Award from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, and a “Sadie” and “Newsmaker” Award from Women in Communications. Her name is also synonymous in the minds of many with Nimrod, the international literary journal that she edited and championed for over 47 years.Fran’s published work ranges from poems to plays to guides for creative writing and includes: Still Dancing: New & Selected Poems, and The Trouble with Voices, both winners of the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, 1996, 2004; Every Other One, 2001, a collaborative venture with her husband, poet Manly Johnson; Voices, 1981; prize-winning plays, including one-woman presentations based on the lives of Mercy Otis Warren and Isadora Duncan; and two volumes detailing her creative writing approach, with examples from her students: A Magic Journey: Writing and Painting at Gatesway (a school for persons with developmental disabilities), and Making Your Own Mark: A Guide to Writing and Drawing for Senior Citizens (with art therapist, Madeline Rugh, Ph.D.)  She has just published a memoir: from Birth To Birth: a Memoir and Guide to Writing Your Memoir, 2016. Fran has also won several playwriting contests so long ago that she can’t remember the year, and is currently working on a play called “Family Theater.” Another play “Kicking Up Her Heels” was produced in 2014.A devoted teacher, Fran has taught literature, creative writing, and theatre at the University of Tulsa, and in the Oklahoma State Arts in Education and Artists in the Schools programs. She has taught in prisons, The Center for the Physically Limited, Gatesway Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, at Resonance Foundation in a special program for children of parents who are incarcerated, as well as in diverse classrooms in public and private schools. Fran is the mother of four grown children and four fast-growing grandchildren. She is a sometimes swimmer, a sometimes dancer, and, of course, an acrobat.

Carla Sparks

Board Member

Carla Sparks is a cheerleader for happiness. Her current title and position as C.E.O. of Twisted and Tangled Lifestyle Brand is her dream job. In 2017, Carla walked away from Corporate America to pursue entrepreneurship. She enjoyed a successful sales and marketing career in the Fashion and Entertainment industries. She is living her best life spending quality time with family, exploring fun activities about town, and traveling the globe. Mentoring students from under-resourced communities for over twenty years is one of her greatest personal accomplishments. Carla loves and supports the Arts Community and is a board member of Invertigo Dance Theatre. Originally from Vallejo California, Sparks resides in Los Angeles.