Bonnie Simoa was born and raised in California. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance with emphasis in Choreography and Performance from Mills College. Bonnie is a certified Continuum teacher and Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist through ISMETA-International Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist Association. In 1990, she formed the Bonnie Simoa Dance Company, with performances throughout California, in Germany and Indonesia. Bonnie has studied with Anna Halprin, Nita Little, Ellen Bromberg, June Watanabe, Joe Goode, Margaret Jenkins, and Martin Kravitz; and has performed with Walter Kennedy, DanceAbility International, Christopher Watson Dance Company, Ellen Webb Dance Company, Ellen Bromberg Dance Ensemble, and the Mills Repertory Company.
In 1996, Bonnie began her regular travels to Indonesia where she studies traditional dances of Bali: Legong, Teruna Jaya, Gambuh, Rejang; and Pribadi (Individual) Movement Art, exploring improvisational movement in temples, sacred places and Nature with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Java. Bonnie has taught in colleges and universities, and in the community since 1990. She has created over 30 dance works. In her teaching and choreography, Bonnie creates a supportive and nurturing atmosphere to explore and experience the inherent intelligence of the body, the magic of community, and the healing power of movement. Bonnie is Lead Dance Faculty at Lane Community College.