Brenda Way, Artistic Director of ODC Dance, was trained at The School of American Ballet and Ballet Arts in New York City. She founded ODC Dance, the ODC Theater and ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco's Mission District. She has choreographed some 80 pieces over the last 40 years, holds a PhD in aesthetics and is the mother of four children.
Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and Artistic Director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) and mentor to many young artists as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). Jenkins began her early training in San Francisco, and after 4 decades, the MJDC has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco, dedicated to the making and touring of new work, international exchange, and programs that support process, choreographic mentorship and performance opportunities. mjdc.org.