Toni Pasion is a second generation Pilipinx with lineages from Laoag, Antipolo, and Pampanga, Philippines. Toni is the founder and director of A Stage of Our Own: Oceania Contemporary Arts Collective. Toni’s practice centers on accessing embodied ancestral knowledge via meditation and movement; creative peacebuilding; Philippine dance and martial arts; and Hawaiian hula. Toni holds a Masters of Arts degree in Dance with an emphasis in Culture and Performance Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and degrees in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Riverside.
In her daily work, Toni is the Culture and Development Coordinator and Philippine Dance instructor at Pamana Kali Philippine Martial Arts & Culture, Hawaiian Hula instructor at Boogiezone Utopia, and Yoga and Aqua Fitness and Rehabilitation instructor with LA Fitness. Toni’s mission is for peace, respect, and equity throughout the world through movement and ancestral connection.
She has conducted creative work at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, Pilipino Workers Center, UCLA Labor Center, CARECEN, Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Festival of Pacific Arts on Guåhan, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department, UCR Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Symposium, Urban x Indigenous in SoMa San Francisco, and more.
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).