About Toni

Toni Temehana Pasion (she/her/they) is a Holistic Personal Trainer, Educator, and Choreographer.  An avid mover, Toni is also an instructor of Aqua Fitness, Yoga, Philippine Dance, and Intuitive Dance. Toni’s dance training and philosophy is rooted in Hula, ori Tahiti, and Pacific worldview.

“Movement is my language and my magic.”

Toni is born on Ohlone Territory (San Jose, California), and raised in Tongva Territory (Los Angeles, California). She is a second generation Filipino American. Toni’s creative work is site-specific, and thereby draws from various Pacific islands and indigenous creative gatherings she has partaken in.

Toni is the founder and director of A Stage of Our Own: Creative Cultural Collective, founded in 2017. ASOO serves as a safe space for culture-based creativity and storytelling. ASOO is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, and has conducted work throughout movement studios and performance stages in Los Angeles, California, and Honolulu, Hawai’i. In 2018, ASOO was a recipient of the Social Practice Art initiative of Fulcrum Arts.

Toni holds a Masters of Arts degree in Dance with an emphasis in Culture and Performance Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, degrees in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College.  She has also completed coursework in Māori Studies and Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

As a holistic movement practitioner and proponent of mental health, Toni is dedicated to spreading movement as accessible, alternative medicine. Toni’s vision is to cultivate a paradigm anchored in genuine intersectional care through Movement, Culture, and the Arts.

Toni’s work has been presented at the University of California – Riverside, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Arizona State University, and more. She has conducted workshops and curated performances at Pieter Performance Space, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Halikha Contemporary FilipinX Studio, Women’s Creative Center for Work, Self-Help Graphics, Carson Civic Center, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) and more. Internationally, she has performed and/or conducted workshops in the Philippines, Germany, Aotearoa New Zealand, Guåhan (Guam), Samoa, United Kingdom, Hawaiʻi, Arizona, Manhattan, San Francisco to Los Angeles, and more.

Toni acknowledges and supports the Tongva peoples of the lands she resides upon, and the Indigenous peoples of the world, and meditates for the flourishing of the Indigenous ancestors of past-present-future.