About DAGDAG Dance
DAGDAG Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Long Beach, CA. It was founded in 2017 to provide performance opportunities for local dancers and musicians to work closely in a collaborative and professional environment.
Since its inception, the company has performed in dance festivals such as Front & Main Dance Festival in Temecula, CA, MixMatch Dance Festival in Santa Monica, CA, San Pedro Festival of the Arts in San Pedro, CA, and SoCal Dance & Choreography Festival in Downey, CA, receiving “best choreography award” in 2017 and 2019.
DAGDAG Dance has also participated in benefit events such as Dance for Montecito in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition, the company has been invited to perform as guest company at Uni High School in Irvine, CA, and Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA.
The company’s unique style is rooted from
Jestoni’s modern, jazz, contemporary and classical ballet background.
Founder, Artistic Director
Jestoni is a choreographer, dancer, and instructor based in Long Beach, CA. Born in the Philippines, he moved to the United States at the age of 14. He was introduced to his first formal dance class at Fullerton College, and soon became deeply passionate with the art form.
A few years later, he transferred to the University of California, Irvine. There, he earned a BFA in Dance Performance in 2015, and received an Excellence in Dance Performance arts award. He has had the pleasure of dancing with companies such as Shaun Boyle and Artists, Donald Mckayle’s Etude Ensemble, Multiplex Dance, Palm Dance Collective LA, Re:borN Dance Interactive, and Southern California Dance Theatre.
After performing multiple years as a freelance dancer, he
has developed a new passion for choreography. Jestoni founded DAGDAG Dance in 2017 to further nourish his choreographic endeavors. Most importantly, to provide performance opportunities for local dancers and to collaborate with local musicians in Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles area. As an artistic director, Jestoni hopes to bring out the best from his dancers and collaborators, and to continue learning from them.
DAGDAG Dance's mission is to create innovative and quality works that will resonate in the hearts and minds of both dance enthusiasts and local audiences. Our vision is to collaborate across disciplines by fostering local talents in Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles area.
We also aim to promote and provide performance opportunities for the local dance community, maximizing the wonderful experience of dance making.
DAGDAG Dance aims to produce works that touch the soul, stir emotion, and spark imagination.