“We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains.  93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.”
― Nikita Gill, author


On SATURDAY June 1st, I’ll be collaborating with MADU.CHINO/Matthew Dumpit alongside NXA Music and Szeho for Sound Pedro: An Evening of Ear-Oriented Multi-Sensorial Presentations.

Angels Gate Cultural Center (3601 S. Gaffey St. San Pedro, CA 90731)

6PM-10PM; My set is approx. 7:15PM

Pangalay is a movement meditation of the Sulu archipelago, Philippines.  In my Pangalay teachings, I’ve learned that our very breath is considered the foundational layer of our music.  After that, layering your accompanying music is flexible– as long as one establishes their breath as first and foremost.  Being based on Tongva lands, Los Angeles, I acknowledge that I am of a place where there are as many forms as there are people from all over the world, and I approach this practice with respect and invitation to the native people of this place and to all places.

In the last few months, my movement practice has expanded to frequent yoga, and aqua fitness and rehabilitation, in addition to hula, Philippine dance, and free-flowing shamanic movement.  Everyday in my line of work, I move with and am attuned to children, adults, and elders, and I hear stories from all walks of life of how people approach shifts/lessons as their bodies age.

Throughout the 4 hours, I’ll be dancing Pangalay in meditation, in relation to the ethereality of light design by MADUCHINO, sounds by NXA Music and Szeho, and special guests from our LA kapwa community.  I’ll be adorned in what we envision as Future Filipinx.



Indigenous Contemporary Dance Gathering


Mabuhay, Kia Ora, Aloha-

We are hosting a gathering of dialogue and sharing on the potential for cultivating an indigenous contemporary dance community on these lands of the Chumash, Tongva, and the Tataviam.

Our long-term goal is to create spaces for our cultural art practices to be conducted beyond the entertainment platform. Our intentions for this gathering are to meet and hear one another, and brainstorm on possibilities to maintain and strengthen our communal networks to support one another.

This is a potluck gathering. Please bring something to contribute, as well as a sacred object for our altar.

Confirm your attendance through our Facebook event page so that we may properly prepare the space.

SALAYSAY: An Embodied Tagalog Workshop


LOCATION | Native Sol, 2018 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814


This interactive workshop is a creative and embodied approach to learning Tagalog. Through intentional breathing, movement gestures, dialogue, and performance, participants together will engage with activities that intend to activate the language from within—through the visual, vocal, sonic, and somatic senses. This workshop aims to create a safe space to explore creative ways to learn the Tagalog language through the artforms of performative storytelling and interpersonal communication.


re~imagine how we learn language | activate language from within | speak from our ancestral pallette | explore creative, embodied, and multisensorial ways on language learning  | use art, performance, & song/music to learn via emotional and intuitive intelligences | establish a safe space to be comfortable with thinking with your entire body

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I LAND @ UCLA: Jack Gray Regents Lectureship

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall 200
UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance presents:
UC Regents’ Lecturer
Choreographer Jack Gray
Performance activation and talk by Jack Gray of Aotearoa (NZ) with I Moving Lab (Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho, Sammy Dizon, Toni Pasion and Bianca Hyslop). I LAND 2018 is part of a global movement of Indigenous performance making where contemporary and ancestral activations create a sacred space of communal inclusion and intercultural empowerment. The performance features short works by guest contemporary dance artists from Asia-Pacific and Turtle Island and a new student work choreographed by Gray.
Sponsored in part UCLA American Indian Studies Center and UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program

TeAda Self-Care Workshops & Performance


Toni Pasion is a 2018 TeAda Productions fellow.  From April 2-28, Toni will be part of the TeAda Productions team in helping to facilitate self-care workshops in association with the UCLA LABOR CENTER and the LOS ANGELES WORKER CENTER NETWORK.
“TeAda invites community members, artists, activists and workers to unite in a FREE month long workshop series lead by Shruti Purkayastha and Malia Gallegos. Participants will engage in story circles, mindfulness meditation, trauma resilience somatic healing, and an array of theater methods intended to help participants connect with community and self.
Monday April 2nd 5-8pm Downtown UCLA LABOR CENTER
Saturday April 7th 2-5pm Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)
Monday April 9th 5-8pm Downtown UCLA LABOR CENTER
Saturday April 14th 2-5pm Downtown UCLA LABOR CENTER
Monday April 16th 6-9pm Garment Worker Center
Saturday April 21st 2-5pm Downtown UCLA LABOR CENTER
Saturday April 28th 2-5pm *Final community performance sharing @ Downtown UCLA LABOR CENTER
“I am honored to be part of this TeAda Fellowship and help facilitate self-care workshops for the LA communities– particularly communities of color and those who are constantly giving. As an arts educator and performing artist, my focus is on empowering our heritages and stories, connecting with our ancestors, and using art as a mode of liberation. I look forward to strengthening our connections, and sharing space and methods of self-care, so that we can sustain our energy and good work for our communities.” -Toni