• 2004  recipient of a 2004 GOLDIE (SF Bay Guardian’s Outstanding Local Discovery) award.
  • 2004-2005 recipient of CHIME, Choreographer in Mentorship Exchange



BA in Dance, San Francisco State University

Multi-Subject Elementary Credential with a k-12th authorization to teach Dance, San Francisco State University









2017, June

Created Looping Swans for Yerba Buena’s ChoreoFest
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA

2017, December
Created a work for Joe Landini’s 25th Anniversary “My hero! Bill T Jones”
Safe House for the Arts at the T room, San Francisco CA

2017, September
West Wave Dance Festival curated by Amy Lewis “SHE WENT/The Rise” at Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA

2017, June
“The RISE”
San Francisco International Arts Festival The Firehouse in Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2017, April
Concept Series curated by Rawdance at War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA

2016, April
“The RISE”
Joe Goode/Feedback
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco, CA

2016, July
SHE WENT/4 solos
SPF9 Festival at ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA

2015, September
“She Went”
WestWave Dance Festival at Z space, San Francisco, CA

2015, February
DIRT Festival “SHE WENT 4” at Dance Mission, San Francisco, CA


  • She Went”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham with collaborators: Caitlin Daly, Karla Quintero, Romina Rodriguez, Irene Hsaio, Daria Kaufman, Keryn Breiterman-Loader, Arletta Anderson/ part of SPF7 Festival, ODC at the Mott, SF, CA
  • new choreography” Alma Esperanza Cunningham / part of RAW (resident artist workshop), The Garage SF CA


  • “Change… and Other Meditations” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement.The Garage, SF CA


  • motherhood: opted out of making work due to personal health issues and motherhood


  • Princess”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Joyce SOHO, NY


  • Princess” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement,  Judson Church/Movement Research, NY
  • “Untitled” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement,Yerba Buena Garden Festival, SF CA
  • “ODC 6-Week Choreography Project ” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, ODC Theater, SF, CA
  • More” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement , West Wave Dance Festival,SF CA
  • Shiver” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, San Francisco International Arts Festival, SF, CA
  • “Hurt” Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement , Women on the Way Festival,SF, CA
  • “Hurt”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, ODC Theater, SF, CA


  • “Shesheheshe”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Jon Sims Center, S.F (3 week run) and State Theater, Austin, TX
  • “Hello Show”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Dance Mission, SF, CA


  • partnered with Robert Moses in CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange), a program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
  • Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Buriel Clay Theatre, Viva Variety 37
  • “Pile-Driver” Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Dance Mission, SF  CA


  • Stardust”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, Dance Mission, SF, CA


  • Sweet Valentine”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement , Dance Mission, SF, CA


  • moved back to San Francisco from New York
  • formed Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement (AECM).
  • “inside departure” Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Movement Research at Judson Church. NYC, NY
  • “tsunami”  Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Dance Mission, SF, CA




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