Staff & Company

ABD Ensemble
Alyah Baker has trained and performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet of New York, Oakland Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Carolina Ballet. In 2003 she received a B.A. in Sociology with a Dance Minor from Duke University where she trained under former Joffrey Ballet principal Tyler Walters, and Clay Taliaferro, a long time principal dancer with José Limón Dance Co., among others. She has been featured in works by Balanchine, Laura Dean, José Limón, and Alonzo King. She is currently a member of Dance Through Time, ABD Productions, and was recently featured in the movie PICO: Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera.


Laura Elaine Ellis maintains a non-stop career of performing, choreographing and producing. She is a principal dancer with Dimensions Dance Theater, and is co-founder and executive director of the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition, co-presenters of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now.  Ms. Ellis has been a member of ABD since 1990.


Chinchin Hsu was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and loves to move, create and share. She has trained in ballet, various modern techniques, tai chi, Chinese martial art and improvisation while playing the violin.Chinchin is a graduate of Tsoying High School, and received her BFA from New World School of the Arts. In 2008, Chinchin moved to San Francisco and has worked with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, ODC, KUNST- STOFF, Tanya Bello’s Project.B. and Kara Davis of project agora, Lenora Lee’s Asian Improv and Here Now Dance Collective. Thanks to her beloved husband and family for their support through time. She joined Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers in 2009.


Frances Gay Teves Sedayao is a Philippine native who has been performing in the SF Bay Area for the past 12 years. She found and fell in love w/ martial arts & dance at CSU Hayward, & continued training at the Alvin Ailey School in NY. She has performed & toured since w/, artist-activist Pearl Ubungen, NUBA Dance, Amara Tabor-Smith, YC Movement Theatre (NY), Randee Paufve, Dandelion Dance, among many. As an independent artist, she has presented original works in the Bay Area, NY & Canada. Frances is a Serpent Source Grant Recipient & was honored as the Dance Featured Artist for 2003 Apature in SF. In 2007 she was awarded a New York Arts’ Residency from Dance OMI International. She currently works as the choreographer for “A History of the Body” Project, performs with Nina Haft, Facing East Dance, & is enjoying her 10th year with ABD.