Executive and Board Governance Committee Member
Bobi is an educator, dancer, anthropologist, community activist and believer that dance transforms lives. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Dance from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an Education Specialist Credential from California State University, Northridge. Her dance career began as an original dance member of Leimert Park's Dance Wonderland and was trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance under the direction of Carolyn Skyers and Karen McDonald. Bobi was a member of City College of San Francisco's Dance Repertory (CCSF), PURE Dance Ensemble, and Nancy's Standing Stone Dance Company from 1999-2001. While attending CCSF, she was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique by Alicia Pierce with whom she first traveled St. Louis, MO to attend the Katherine Dunham Dance Technique Seminar. Bobi is currently a Katherine Dunham freelance researcher.
She has taught at Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a Gallery Teacher as well as assisted in the research for the Education Departments sixth grade curriculum on Ancient Civilizations. She also taught special needs preschoolers with multiple disabilities for six years at Roosevelt Elementary School in Pasadena, CA and English/Language Arts and History to ninth to twelfth graders for seven years at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles.
While teaching at Washington Prep she taught ballet and choreography classes to the Dance Repertory and Dance Team. She also taught an after school yoga program to the athletic teams that included: football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Bobi currently teaches a High School Diploma/GED program for Five Keys Charter Schools, Inc.
Bobi has traveled to London, Paris, Amsterdam, many islands in the Caribbean including Jamaica but her most recent trip to Brasil with Viver Brasil's Dancing at the Source impacted her greatly. Bobi was transformed by the people and their intense love of their culture and the ways in which they use knowledge of dance and song to share their folklore and their lives. This experience inspired Bobi to create dance curriculum that will engage children and give tools that will teach them to investigate traditional African technique as a source of innovation in modern dance. Upon returning home from Brazil, she wanted more of Brazil, and has chosen to become involved with Viver Brasil as spokesperson for the extraordinary work the company does to enlighten and embellish audiences and community worldwide, and to develop educational curricula for the company.