Onward, Upward, and Sometimes Upside Down

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

A big-hearted, light-footed thank you to the funders, supporters, presenters, and arts institutions for championing the work of Invertigo, helping us to bring inspiring, impactful dance theatre onto stages and into communities.

MEET OUR PARTNERS, OUR CHAMPIONS

Sofia Klass and Sadie Yarrington

Invertigo Artists and Community Engagement champions

Sofia is a founding member of Invertigo, and Sadie joined as a dancer in 2013. Sofia and Sadie have collaborated on, and danced in many Invertigo performances, and they are both extraordinary artists onstage and off. They each led the way in shaping vital parts of our community programming. Sofia was our first company manager, and she was a big part of founding and crafting Dancing Through Parkinson’s. Sadie played a major role in Invert/ED as the manager and primary teaching artist. Her thoughtfully designed programs were transformative for her students. Invertigo would not be the company it is without these two incredible women, artists and leaders.

New England Foundation for the Arts

Supported the creation and touring of Formulae & Fairy Tales

The National Dance Project grant, through the New England Foundation for the Arts, is one of the most prestigious awards for dance in the United States, and one of the most comprehensive. Invertigo was selected as an awardee for Formulae & Fairy Tales. NEFA offers a holistic approach to supporting their artists, which was instrumental in our interwoven process of creation residencies, tech residencies, community engagement, curriculum development, performance, and touring.

The Broad Stage

Formulae & Fairy Tales presenter

The Broad Stage has consistently featured dance companies from its hometown of Los Angeles.  Our world premiere of Formulae & Fairy Tales was a dream partnership, and we collaborated on an epic education initiative for the show. It included the creation of a program that trained teachers in local school districts to guide their classes through a curriculum for the show.  Students then attended a school matinee grounded in the subject matter, and the post-show discussion was the liveliest we have ever had!

Shirley Reynolds

DTP dancer & Invert/ED champion

Shirley was a beloved dancer in our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program, and she also introduced us to Hope Street Family Center. In 2013, Shirley gave the Center and Invertigo seed money for a pilot program, enabling us to bring dance classes to the awesome kids of Hope Street. This partnership has deepened ever since, demonstrating the power of our intergenerational interconnected programming and the many people who create these dance worlds with us. Shirley passed away in 2018, but her legacy lives on in Invertigo’s devotion to Hope Street’s communities and our ever-growing partnership with Hope Street. Shirley was a gracious, engaging, and kind woman whose thoughtfulness, joyful dancing, and luminous smile are all deeply missed.

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Champions Rona Leuin

Rona Leuin

Executive Director Donor Circle

In 2012, Rona asked Laura, “What does Invertigo need to take a big step forward?” Laura replied, “We need to hire an Executive Director, but it’s such a huge investment.” Rona suggested we create an Executive Director Donor Circle, saying, “Many hands make light work.” She was the first member. The investment of the Donor Circle allowed Invertigo to hire our first Executive Director, the wonderful Tara Aesquivel, who helped us to grow and transform for four years, and set us up for the extraordinary David Mack to become our next Executive Director. Big moves often come from small, meaningful acts of care — Invertigo is grateful for Rona’s stewardship.

CURRENT FUNDERS

NEFA
National Dance Project Award

LACDAC
Organizational Grant Program

LACAC
Arts Internship

CAC
Local Impact

Parkinson’s Foundation
Community Grant

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas

LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

City of West Hollywood Trans Arts Initiative

Beverly Hills Rotary Foundation

Department of Cultural Affairs

PAST FUNDERS

Taproot Foundation

Tom’s Shoes
The Tomorrow Project (DTP)

LA City Council Member Greig Smith