Tsunami, a member of the Soulshifter artistry collective and world renowned dance crew Circle of Fire, is a Bay Area native artist who has performed and shared her passion through dance, movement and art for over 3 decades. Tsunami has come to embrace all aspects and styles of dance. In the early 90’s,
she began her journey into the underground House and Hip-Hop scenes in the SF Bay Area and has been recognized as one of the pioneering women club dancers on the on the West Coast. Her own versatility of free movement comes from a fusion of house, hip hop, capoeira, bgirling and ballet. As a cultural diplomat and educator, she nurtures and supports the club culture and freestyle dance movement locally and worldwide through performing, teaching, judging competitions, mentoring and co-producing events such as the R16 USA, All the Way Live and Bay Area House Dance Festival. She has wholeheartedly traveled to Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and El Salvador to share her passions with underprivileged dance communities and at-risk youth and continually looks forward to sharing her passion and artistic expression. This past February, she traveled to Yangon, Myanmar as an educator and cultural diplomat for the Next Level USA Hip Hop exchange program. Her work included a 2-week dance curriculum for 30 students within the Yangon urban dance community to educate and exchange hip hop culture, history and dance and performance techniques. Tsunami hopes that her passion and experience for cultural diplomacy, artistic expression, leadership and her strong commitment to the cypher/club culture and the urban dance scenes will inspire others to build and expand the common ground we share, be it dance, art or music.