Tonnie Sammartano is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of dance. As a dancer she has performed as a company member of Isaacs, McCaleb and Dancers, Patricia Sandback and Dancers, San Diego Dance Theater and Yolande Snaith’s, IMAGO. Since 1997, Tonnie has annually commissioned five independent choreographers to set work on her for a showcase entitled “5×1″. In 2001, she expanded the commissioning project to include three more dancers, entitled Under the Tongue, in 2004, she invited eleven artists entitled, Eleven Heads Project- UpRooted, and in 2012 she continued her collaborative work with film maker, Mark Sissone entitled, /hom/. Under this format, Tonnie has performed works by Joe Goode, Kim Epifano, Stephanie Gilliland, Nina Martin, Mary Reich, Yolande Snaith, and Christopher Pilafian, to name a few. Tonnie has received the 1998 and 1999 San Diego Area Dance Alliance Tommy Award for Excellence in individual performance and the 1999 SDADA Tommy Award for Recognition for the 5×1 project. As a teacher, Tonnie currently teaches at University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos. Tonnie is also Associate Director and teaching artist at TranscenDance Youth Arts Project. As a Choreographer, she has been commissioned to create work at University of California, San Diego and San Diego City College, San Diego Dance Theater Summer.