Toni Temehana Pasion is a dancer, researcher, and educator focusing on Philippine dance, hula, and arts for somatic healing and community organizing. She is the founder of A Stage of Our Own (ASOO), an inter-disciplinary Philippine and Pacific Island womxn and non-binary centered arts collective. ASOO creates performances and creative gathering spaces rooted in ancestral knowledge and tradition, to manifest innovation and healing. She advocates for sacred places and indigenous arts. Toni credits her artistic journey through O’ahu, Molokai, Kauai, Big Island, Maui, the Philippines, Guåhan (Guam), New York, Aotearoa New Zealand, Samoa, Germany, and her home state of California in informing her kuleana (responsibility) to organize creative spaces rooted in ancestral practices.
Noted performances include: Festival of Pacific Arts (Guåhan), Queen ʻIolani Festival (Kauai), Indigenous Dance Forum (Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU), Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside (UCR), Merrie Monarch hoʻike (Hilo, Hawaiʻi), I Moving Lab (UCLA, Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi), Urban Indigenous (SoMa San Francisco), East Meets West Festival (Maui), United Nations Small Island Development Conference (Samoa), and the Teuila Festival (Samoa).