Shannon Mockli is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in choreography and performance. Shannon has danced with choreographers such as Stephen Koester, Harry Mavromacalis of Dance Anonymous, Doug Elkins, Brent Schneider, Eric Handman, Abby Fiat, Tandy Beale, Lisa Race, Pamela Geber, Satu Hummasti and Brad Garner. She performs and presents work regularly throughout the Northwest U.S., and nationally at the La Mama Theater in New York City. White Wave Dance Festival in Brooklyn, New York Dance Alliance 50th Anniversary, and at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Theater in Salt Lake City. International presentations include the Physical Theatre Lab in Slovenia, and the Festival Internacional Dance al Borde in Tijuana, Mexico. Her dance film, “Fluctuating Frequencies” was one of three highlighted at the World Dance Alliance Americas Assembly at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla 2016. Shannon was recently honored with the Thomas F. Herman Award in Specialized Pedagogy form the University of Oregon 2017.
Orlando Julius Canova began his ballet training in Southern California with Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg at the Anaheim Ballet School. At age 16 he moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. There, he received a full tuition merit scholarship and was sponsored by Debbie Allen. Orlando furthered his ballet training with Miami City Ballet School. In 2001, Orlando became an Arpino Apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and in 2003 he joined as a full company member. While at Joffrey, Orlando played the part of apprentice in Robert Altman's movie, The Company.
At Ballet Austin Orlando has danced lead roles in The Nutcracker, Cult of Color: Call to Color, Truth & Beauty: The Bach Project, Romeo & Juliet, Nine Sinatra Songs, silence within silence and The Magic Flute. He has worked with such choreographers as Stephen Mills, Twyla Tharp, KT Nelson, Dominic Walsh, Nicolo Fonte, Sonya Delwaide, Toni Bravo, Michelle Thompson, Reginald Harris, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Orlando has also had the pleasure of dancing for Molly Lynch’s National Choreographers Initiative in 2012 and 2013. There he worked with Darrell Moultrie, Melissa Barak, Val Caniparoli, Frank Chavez, Kitty McNamee, and Susan McCullough. In addition, Orlando teaches dance at the Ballet Austin Academy, the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness, Saint Mary’s Hall, Austin City Ballet, and Alamo Heights High School.



TRAVIS PROKOP is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Lamar University. He received his MFA from Sam Houston State University and BFA from West Texas A&M University. Travis is currently a company member in NobleMotion Dance and Hope Stone Dance in Houston, and has showcased choreography at The Dance Gallery Festival New York City. He also performed on the ABC broadcasting show, American Crime in its second season. Travis has also worked and performed as Dance Captain for TEXAS: The Musical Drama, performed as a principal dancer for Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo, TX, and studied Jiri Kylian, Gaga and Batsheva repertory in Lucca, Italy. With performances under his belt at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Travis has also choreographed numerous theater and musical theater productions including Trojan Woman and CHICAGO: The Musical.