Entity Contemporary Dance was founded in 2009 by choreographers Will Johnston, Marissa Osato, and Elm Pizarro with the intent to forge connections between the Southern California hip hop and contemporary dance communities. Based in Los Angeles and directed by Will Johnston and Marissa Osato, Entity Contemporary Dance is a professional contemporary dance company that interweaves modern, jazz, and hip hop dance techniques to present dynamic repertory that explores the depths of human emotionality and connectivity. Fostering creative, communal collaboration and emphasizing a cross-genre dance education, Entity Contemporary Dance’s mission is to bridge the gaps between commercial and concert dance in Los Angeles.
Entity has performed in numerous festivals, benefit shows, and industry showcases throughout California and has produced two full length works, "Braxon vs. Oregon" (2014/2015) and "PEEL" (2016/2017), which ran in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Entity Contemporary Dance holds open company class every Wednesday at 5:30pm at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA, as well as annual summer and winter intensives. Most recently, the company won the grand prize at the 2017 Capezio A.C.E. Awards in Long Beach, CA and premieried a new evening length work, TRANSPARENT/SEE.
Watch their winning piece here