PRDC_logo_transparentTHE PATRICIA RINCON DANCE COLLECTIVE is a San Diego-based professional dance theatre performing company aspiring to educate dancers and enrich San Diego audiences by providing diversified, socially-conscious, innovative programming and choreography.

Patricia Rincon Dance Collective is known for its adventurous programming and cultural investigations. Now on its 34th year of dance making, working both independently and collaboratively with other prolific artists and arts organizations since 1982.  PRDC continues its programing of engaging artists who move towards risk-taking and broadening audience perspective.



Patricia Rincon jpg by Jim Carmody 2013_2PATRICIA RINCON has performed, directed, choreographed and participated in annual workshops and performances in Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and California. As Artistic Director of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective she has continued developing the popular annual Blurred Borders Dance Festival and the Myth Project: American Dream dance-theatre series, set in San Diego each year. The company completed a performance tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012, and this year is performing in the TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival, with other performances in Zurich. Patricia also continues to develop numerous dance video-film projects. She has been awarded numerous University of California San Diego (UCSD) research grants for research and development on the documentary film series Latino Now: Landscape of Desire about the American Dream and the immigration debate. It was filmed in Mexico, Argentina, and California, and was screened in Buenos Aries, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and in San Diego at the San Diego Repertory Theatre production of Tortilla Curtain. Patricia’s video-film Waiting has been selected into various film festivals, including the 15th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival in March 2010. Patricia recently returned from Mexico where she was doing additional film research for The Myth Project series. The company has performed in the TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival in Switzerland, and the “Cuerpos Entransito International Dance Festival” at the Centro Cultural Tijuana Performing Arts Center. The company has been presented by UCSD’s University Events Office in their National Dance Series, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art’s Arts Partnership Program in La Jolla and at Sushi Performance and Visual Arts. Most recently the troupe performed as part of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse “Without Walls (WOW) Festival” in October 2013. Patricia is currently working with Beatrice Jaccard of Company Drift on their collaboration of  “Clouds In My Room” that premiered at the UCSD Dance Series in San Diego and which makes its debut in Switzerland in December 2013.

Each summer for the past 30 years Ms. Rincon is invited to annual artist-in-residences at the Universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and in Konstanz, Germany. She also taught for many years at the Universities of Zurich, Bern, and Lugano in Switzerland, and in 2011 she was artist-in-residency with her company at the prestigious IUNA Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aries. Ms. Rincon is currently Head of both Graduate and Undergraduate Dance at the University of California San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance. This year marks the 30-year anniversary of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective


IMG_9362NATALIA VALERDI (Associate Director, Press) is a choreographer and new media artist born in Mexico City. She has performed, taught and choreographed in Cuba, Europe, Mexico and California. Her recent choreographic works include Arts in Action: Connected, which explored social media mapping through choreography, Disintegration, Traces of Water and White Dreams. For the last two seasons, Ms. Valerdi has co-produced PRDC’s Salon Dances series at the Encinitas Library where she premiered her choreography “Caught.” She recently completed a tour with PRDC to the international TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival in Switzerland and Europe in November 2013. Her video projection design collaborations with Patricia Rincon include BODYPARTS, Protest, Peeled and The Myth Project: Altar. She co-produced the documentary dance film LATINO NOW: Landscape of Desire with Patricia Rincon, a film about the American Dream and the immigration debate, ­filmed in Mexico, Argentina and California, and which had its premiere screening at the UCSD Art Gallery’s Fronteras Series, “Re-Remembering Fronteras,” in March 2011, with a rescreening at San Diego Repertory Theatre’s Tortilla Curtain in 2012, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011. Ms. Valerdi has also collaborated as projection designer with UK choreographer Yolande Snaith’s One Hundred Feet, which has been performed with acclaim on numerous stages, and with choreographer Alicia Rincon on various projects including Working Class and Rites of Passage. She has also performed with Jean Isaacs, Allyson Green, Yolande Snaith, Loretta Livingston (Los Angeles) and Ricardo Peralta (Mexico). Ms. Valerdi received her M.F.A. in Dance and Technology from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, and works with inner-city youth through the arts integration organization Collaborations: Teachers and Artists. This is her 10th year with PRDC.

kenna2013_2_2KENNA CROUCH (Performer) is a yogini, dancer and performing artist.  Growing up in the south San Francisco Bay Area of California, she trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance with Jean and Suzanne of the San Juan School of Dance (Los Altos/Willow Glen), and in jazz and contemporary dance with Keith Banks of Studio 10 Dance (Cupertino).  Kenna is certified at the elementary level of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and competed extensively through out her youth, in the regional and national circuit.  Just prior to graduating cum laude in 2008 with degrees in Dance and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, she began dancing with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective.  She continues to create, perform and teach with the professional contemporary dance theater company, through out San Diego, as well as in Europe and South America.  Kenna lives and teaches yoga and barre in North County San Diego, where she also loves to surf, cook healthy meals and venture into nature whenever possible.  For more information on Kenna visit www.kennacrouch.com.

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BONNIE LEE (Performer) earned her BA in Linguistics with minor in Dance and has performed in various dance productions while studying at the University of California, San Diego. Her early training was focused on classical ballet. Later on, she diverted her attention towards jazz and contemporary ballet, which had an impact on her further studies of dance and recent choreographies. Bonnie is currently a member of corps de ballet of California Ballet Company.

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SAM MITCHELL (Performer) is fascinated with the collision of dance, theatre, movement, text, film and design. He’s excited to return as a dancer with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, where he was part of the company for two seasons.  Sam has danced with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, Malashock Dance, Johanna Meyer and Sommer Ulricksonn as well as other numerous artists, poets and musicians.  Sam, who is Yaqui Indian, was recently invited to join in the creation of a new choreographic work that was part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival, in Alberta, Canada.  He was honored to be a part of the creative process among the other 7 Indigenous artists from various nations, backgrounds, and countries.  He received his MFA for Dance Theatre at the University of California, San Diego in 2015.

Sarah NavarreteSARAH NAVARRETE (Performer) is a contemporary dancer & choreographer, a movement educator and model. Her performance credits include: Project in Motion (NM), Yung-Li Dance (NYC), Patricia Rincon Dance Collective (CA), and Sombodies Dance Theatre (CA). Sarah has performed and collaborated with various artists from coast to coast and toured internationally. As a movement artist, she is interested in what moves people versus how they move. Drawing parallels to emotivism which transcends movement that resonates with the human condition. Sarah is currently performing and creating in San Diego, CA, teaching Pilates & Yoga, learning from others, and traveling with an open mind. http://www.sarahannenavarrete.com


Special thanks to former PRDC artists who have gone on: Sarah Navarrete, who performs throughout Southern California; Paul Laurey, a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego; Justin Viernes new artistic director of Brown Paper Bag Dance Co.; Keely Campbell, who moved to San Francisco; Sarah Larson, who is traveling the world; and Paula Zacharias, who continues to tour making films and teaching contact improvisation.  Good luck to you all!



Like our new look? Our new logo was designed by Roosevelt Ulloa, featuring dancer Kenna Crouch. We are excited about featuring Kenna as the face for PRDC.