Zaquia Mahler Salinas
DISCO RIOT Director and Co-Founder, Zaquia Mahler Salinas (she/her), was born and raised in San Diego. She believes that revolution is possible through a collective awakening of mindful, embodied art practice, and that dance is a critical tool for building a better world. Zaquia wears many hats: administrator, producer, choreographer, performer, and educator. She has been choreographing and producing work since 2011; her art and life practice is grounded in cultivating responsiveness to the present moment, community building, and the magic of collaboration. With movement as the central medium, her work is a mixture of dance, text, and video, in both live and digital platforms, connecting audiences to visceral, intimate, thoughtful, and introspective narratives. Zaquia is a big fan of lifelong learning and holds a BA in Dance with Honors from UC Santa Barbara (2011), an MFA in Dance: Creative Practice with Honors from Saint Mary’s College of California (2017), 500 hour yoga teacher certification (2012/2019), a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego (2021), and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential for Dance (2022).