hasten dance & Kaia Makihara

hasten dance

hasten dance is an emerging Los Angeles based female dance theatre duo. Chelsea Roquero (BA Dance, 2019 CSULB) & Krystal Masteller (BA Dance Science, 2021 CSULB) separately are artists with their own ambitions and ideologies, but together they culminate an entity that explores all aspects together through physicality, intricacy, & constantly inviting play. 

hasten dance has presented work at MashUp’s International Women’s Day Festival (2023) & Disco Riot’s; Choreo & Fly festival presented at La Jolla’s; Wow Festival with collaborator Kaia Makihara (2023). They have been invited teaching artists at Genesis Studios, Emerging Artist Class Series (2023), Stomping Ground LA’s Community Free Day of Dance event, See Yourself (2023 & 2024) & at Renaissance Art’s High School for their scholarship students.

This will be the company’s choreographic debut in Los Angeles under the established name “hasten dance”!


kaia makihara 

Kaia Makihara (he/him) is a professional LA-based dancer from Sonoma County, California. He received his BFA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach in 2019. Since graduating he has appeared in film projects for Rebecca Lemme and musical artist Half Alive (choreography by the JA Collective). In 2021, he began working with Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective & has performed live works by Dolly Sfeir, Kevin Williamson, and  Jessie Lee Thorne. Makihara has also been a teaching artist for Ground Grooves TV.


Kaia is working towards his interior design certificate through UCLA extension. His current interests and gained skills in interior design have been lended towards building the set for this project.