Toni Pasion (she/her/they) is a second generation Filipina with lineages from Laoag, Antipolo, and Pampanga, Philippines. Toni is a performance artist, community organizer, Founder of A Stage of Our Own: Oceania Contemporary Art Collective, and Philippine Dance instructor at Pamana Kali Philippine Martial Arts & Culture. Toni’s practice centers on movement meditation, 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 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. In her daily work, Toni instructs Yoga and Aqua Fitness at LA Fitness. Toni’s mission is for collective peace and empathy-in-practice through the medium of the body, and is geared towards all ages and life stages.
Toni has conducted workshops and performances 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).