Nepantla Dance Company

Alcorta's Compañía de Danza Folklórica

Ad Deum Dance Company

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So Def Nation 

Edinburg, TX

2023 Guest Artists

Houston, TX

Corpus Christi, TX

Costa Rica

DYLAN ALLEN is from Houston, Texas and attended High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a dance major. While there, he performed works by Jose Limon and Troy Powell. He also was a part of the Houston Met Too Youth Company performing works by Marlana Doyle, Kiki Lucas, Terrill Mitchell, Sydney Skybetter, and Joe Celej. He Graduated Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. He has been able to perform works by Ruben Graciani, Matt Pardo, Kiesha Lalama, James Gregg, Douglas Bentz, Adam Hougland, and Jason McDole. Dylan has also worked with METdance company performing works with Kate Skarpetowska and Joshua Manculichand. He also worked with American Neoclassical Ballet Company, and is currently with Ad Deum Dance company and has performed works by Steve Rooks, Randall Flinn, Caleb Mitchell, and Durell Comedy. He has also been a part of the Ad Deum summer Missions tour, performing and teaching in France, Switzerland, and Finland.

STACEY ALLEN is a performance artist, curator, and advocate for arts education all while being a wife and mother to three beautiful children. Maintaining her artistic practice while navigating Motherhood has come with challenges, but integrating the art of mothering with her insistence on telling Black stories through movement and material culture has been worth the while. She is founder of Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective and also serves as the Director of Artistic Programming at Harris County Cultural Arts Council. The Fairytale Project” was showcased at SXSW EDU in March 2023 and took a state tour in Summer 2023. Learn more about her work at www.staceyallencde.com IG: @theblackartysmom.

ALEXIS ANDERSON-CHAVES, a Corpus Christi native, received her B.F.A and M.F.A from Sam Houston State University. She was a company member, for five seasons, and choreographer with Urban Souls Dance Company. Before moving to El Paso, she was a featured choreographer in Elijah Alhadji Gibson’s premiere of The Black Card. Anderson-Chaves studied Horton and Dunham technique with Urban Souls Dance Company, Forsythe and Graham technique / repertory at the American Dance Festival and Forsythe repertory, Batsheva repertory and Gaga technique in Lucca, Italy. She had performed at Vanderbilt University Theater, The Alvin Ailey Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Jacob’s Pillow. Anderson-Chaves collegiate residencies includes Houston Community College- Spring Branch, San Jacinto College- South, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas -El Paso and Stephen F. Austin University. Her works were showcased at the American College Dance Festival at Lamar University and Bailando International Dance Festival at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Recently, she produced a repertory for Urban Souls Dance Company for their 2021-2022 performance season.
Anderson-Chaves is currently the Districtwide Coordinator in Dance at El Paso Community College. She is receiving a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at The University of Texas-El Paso. She is married to her college sweetheart, Mark Chaves, a freelance dancer and choreographer from Houston, TX.

Cámara Danza 

Mexico

2023 Guest Faculty

ARGELIA ARREOLA Bronx based Mexican dancer, choreographer and musician, passionate about rhythm and everything related to African influences within artistic expressions. Graduated from Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, with a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Dance. Formally trained in traditional African Dance of Guinea for 20 years. She seeks to make an artistic contribution to the field of contemporary dance by bringing to the fore the dynamic relationship between the music and the language of African (Guinea & Senegal), Afro-Cuban and Mexican folk dance. She is currently on faculty at Gibney Dance and has developed her own AfroKorp style. Argelia has her own artistic project AcustiKorp, where she involved all these movement languages, she is also dancer and choreographer of Ballet Nepantla, dancer and musician of La Mezcla (a polyrhythmic San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble), and member of the afromexican band Jarana Beat. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2016 & 2022, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Lincoln Center Summer Stage, Battery Dance Festival 2018 & 2019, BAM Dance Africa 2017, Bryan Park Dance Party, Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Ailey Citigroup Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Joe’s Pub Theater, Symphony Space Theater, Summer Stage Harlem Festival 2015, Queens Theatre in the Park. She has been awarded in many occasions with the fellowship of the Mexican National Program of Scenic Creators FONCA as choreographer and dancer.

MEGGIE BELISLE is a mover, a mother, and a lover of listening. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Mei/Co. Dance and has performed, choreographed, and taught nationally and internationally. As a performer, Meggie has danced with Ingredients Dance Company, Arise Dance Company in The Netherlands, Roxey Ballet, Ad Deum Dance Company, Open Sky Arts Collective, The Next Stage Project, and various projects in NYC. Meggie has also choreographed for and performed in the music videos Trace the Lines by Lizi Bailey and Summertime Anytime by Dannah. Meggie’s choreography has traveled from Texas to NYC and throughout various parts of Europe. She graduated with a BFA in dance from Belhaven University. Meggie is passionate about sharing her art with others and living with gratitude for each moment and movement.

KATE BURRILL - •More than 25 years as a Professional Dance Teacher and Yoga Instructor, Classroom Teacher, Adjunct Professor, Choreographer, Theater Director, and Stage Dance Performer.

MARK CHAVES, a Houston native, recieved his B.F.A. from Sam Houston State University. Chaves has been dancing for eighteen years with various dance styles, including breaking, house, popping, locking, jazz funk, ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary. In 2009, He placed top 16 for America's Best Dance Crew season 2 with HIStory Dance Co. In 2019, he recieved a residency to work with UTEP for "New Voices in Dance." Chaves has worked with Millie Heckler, Noble Motion Dance, Urban Souls, Nicolay Dance Works, David Deveau and Elijah Gibson as a guest artist. He is a proud husband and Co-artistic director of AMC Dance Project with his lovely wife Alexis Anderson-Chaves.

AMBERLY ALTAMIRANO DANIELSOriginally born in Brownsville Texas, Mrs. Daniels is an alumni from Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. While completing her BFA, she performed for NobleMotion Dance and performed various works choreographed by Elijah Gibson, Manuel Vignoulle, Revolve Dance Company, Recked Productions and Bliss Kohlmyer. Upon graduation, Daniels had the privilege of performing as a company member with NobleMotion Dance and founded NobleMotion's pre-professional youth company, NMD2. Daniels is now established as the Director of Westside High School's Inertia Dance Company and performing as a company dancer with Social Movement Contemporary Dance Theater. She plans to further extend her artistry through teaching, choreography, and performance.

ELISA DE LA ROSA, daughter of migrant farmworkers, and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants; Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University, is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, and the founding artistic director of De La Rosa Dance Company. De La Rosa’s research is focused on Dance of the Latinx Diaspora: Pre-Hispanic Indigenous, Mexican, and Tex-Mex dance forms. Prior to teaching at Texas Woman’s University, she was a dance educator for 14 years in public schools. De La Rosa received a BA in Dance with Secondary Teacher Certification from Texas Woman’s University and an MFA in Dance from Montclair State University.

ALLEN LAPOINT holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a BFA in Dance from the University of Houston. LaPoint has trained in Modern, Jazz, African, Post-Modern, Graham, Ballet, and Colorguard while focusing the most on Horton technique. LaPoint has danced under the direction of multiple choreographers including Karen Stokes, Sarah Gamblin, Teresa Chapman, Becky Valls, Toni Valle, Tracie Jackson, and Janie Yao. LaPoint was also a company member with Suchu Dance under the Direction of Jennifer Wood. In the past, he has presented original works at numerous places including Barnstorm Dance Festival, Mind the Gap, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Houston. As a teacher, LaPoint is an adjunct faculty member at TWU and Dallas College, and a teaching artist at Withers Elementary in Dallas, Texas. LaPoint has taught internationally and has also been on staff at Texas City High School.

JOSE ÁNGEL CUEVAS MACHORRO - Dancer, choreographer and teacher graduated from the Bachelor of Dance at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Director of the interdisciplinary company So Def Nation. He has given workshops at conferences such as World Dance Alliance at the University of Texas El Paso, (2019) festivals such as Bailando Dance Festival at Texas A&M University (2019-21-22) and dance symposiums such as the V and the VI Symposium of Dance at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo ( 2019-21), has participated as an interpreter in different festivals in pieces such as “As long As it take” by Skandalisi Dance company from the Netherlands during the International Contemporary Dance Festival from Mexico City (2018). Creator and developer of the Full Action training program.

ARIELLE ELONYS holds a Bachelors of Art in Dance from the prestigious Loyola Marymount University. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including Nashville, Making Moves, and So You Think You Can Dance. She has worked with artists such as but not limited to Tiesto, Kygo, Miguel, Tim McGraw, Dillion Francis, Kane Brown, Halsey, Liz Hewitt, DJ Mustard, Jon Bellion, 3Oh!3, Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco), Kill the Noise, Zealyn, Baby Bash, Thrice, and Every Time I Die. Arielle Elonys has also choreographed several commercials for companies such as McDonalds, and Eureka Vacuums. In addition, Elonys is also an International model & actress, working with companies like Tesla, Cadillac, Vanity Fair, Poprageous, Showstopper Dance Competition, Image Comics, Harlequin Floors, Tenth House, Yoga Democracy, Aryn K, Englebert Strauss. As an actress, Elonys played the lead role in a dance film called Where We Begin that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. She has even appeared in a Kia Super Bowl commercial. Recently, she has become a published writer for the number one Teen Dance Magazine, Showstopper Magazine. Her uplifting and informative articles can be found in every edition of the magazine.

SARAH GONZALEZ, M.F.A., is a dance educator, choreographer, mover, administrator, and arts enthusiast from Corpus Christi, Texas. Gonzalez received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. She has been a dance educator throughout the Corpus Christi community for over a decade, gaining experience in teaching early childhood through the collegiate level. Gonzalez has performed and trained nationally in both commercial and concert forms. Her mission of ensuring growth and sustainability of the dance arts in South Texas continues to drive her forward as she pursues her major goals of creating low-cost and highly accessible visual performance art to increase dance appreciation, and to cultivate future, well-rounded artists and educators in the field. Gonzalez is currently in her fourth year with Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, having most recently been appointed as the new Assistant Professor of Dance. She is also a proud mommy to her wonderful son, Greyson.

MYA EVANS is an artist from the Dallas- Fort Worth area. She began her dance journey in church at the young age of three and has been cultivating her training and experience ever since. Mya participated in drill team in elementary and high school. Along the way she trained in styles like Ballet and Modern as well as performing in her schools performing company: DC3. After high school Mya began to further her dance education at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. Mya has performed in works like, Black Woman Steps Up to Mic By: Kourtney Surgent which was regionally recognized at the 2022 American College Dance Association. Mya just finished her final performance season of her undergraduate career, seen dancing in faculty works like; B Flowin'...Be Smooth, choreographed by Abdel B. Salaam for Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and The Space Between Us, choreographed by Professor Sarah Gamblin. Ms. Evans began teaching straight out of high school and has offered technical training to majorette teams like Elegant Princess Diamonds and Next Level Dance in Dallas, Texas. Mya also owns a up and coming production company; High Caliber Divisions, dedicated to elevating the perspective of people of the African Diaspora through all lenses. The company consists of four divisions: Music, Media, Fashion, & Performance. They are working to become a fully functioning company one division at a time. Some works you may know from the company include, I Put A Spell On You and Lipstick. This past summer the Dallas native spent six weeks working as a stagecraft apprentice at the American Dance Festival. Mya graduated this spring with her bachelor's in dance, she aspires to travel the world training, choreographing, performing, and learning about how people dance all around the world.

RANDALL FLINN has served as the Artistic Director for Ad Deum Dance Company, a Houston based professional modern/contemporary company for over three decades. His work and the mission of Ad Deum has had a global outreach, bringing beauty, hope, and inspiration through dance to many nations worldwide. Mr. Flinn has over 45+ years of professional experience in the art and mission of dance. His formative professional dance education was under the masterful training of Houston’s dance legends such as Patsy Swayze, Glen Hunsucker, Dina Vail, Camille Long Hill, Jan Simonds, and instructors at Houston Ballet Academy. He has served as a modern/contemporary dance educator and as a guest choreographer for Houston Ballet Academy, University of Houston, Belhaven University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, University of St Thomas, Kinder HSPVA, YWAM’s University Of The Nations, Bayou City Ballet, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and American College Dance Festival. He has taught and choreographed internationally for Cirque Du Soleil, Hong Kong Ballet, Guangzhou Modern Dance Company-China, City Contemporary Hong Kong, Xaris Danz Europe, Bailando Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, Overflow Dance Fest Paris, Summer Dance Intensive Switzerland, Life Arts Camp Bulgaria, Project Dance USA, Europe, Australia, and The University of The Nations. His classes focus on Graham and Limon based techniques. Mr. Flinn also brings his background as a professional jazz and musical theatre dancer.

CAMI HOLMAN is a Dallas native and founder of CamiCollabs LLC, a company that provides choreography, performances, masterclass teaching, and consultation on performing arts projects. Cami has a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman's University and prides their work in cultivation of self-identity, agency, and voice via dancemaking. Their work is geared toward BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people and their stories.

HANNAH METTLER is a performer, educator, and choreographer in the greater Houston area. Her early training was in classical ballet and rhythm tap, while her professional career has been in contemporary and modern dance. Since moving to Texas in 2017, Hannah has danced with Ad Deum Dance Company performing works by Randall Flinn, Shizu Yasuda, Caleb Mitchell, Durell Comedy, Steve Rooks, Alicia Graf-Mack, and Gabriel Speiller. Additional performing credits are with Ad Deum 2, Open Sky Arts Collective and Mei/co Dance. Ms. Mettler's passions are equally reflected in teaching the next generation of dancers, equipping them with the technical tools and passion they need to move forward towards their goals in dance. This will be Hannah's second year teaching Rhythm and Broadway Tap at Bailando and she is thrilled to be returning to this community.

ADOLFO PAZ-GUZMAN

EDWARD TRUITT

MARIO VIRCHA is an internationally recognized choreographer, dancer, educator, and former artistic director of the National Dance Company of Costa Rica. Vircha's choreography has been performed at festivals and dance centers in the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Spain, France, Greece and Jordan. As a dancer, he has performed with the National Dance Company of Costa Rica, Chamber Dance Company of the National University of Costa Rica, and COREConcert Dance Company. Vircha has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Georgia, University of Utah, National University of Costa Rica and Costa Rica University. Vircha has an MA in Dance from the National University of Costa Rica, and an MFA and Certification in World Performance Studies from the University of Michigan, USA. He is currently the artistic director of the Chamber Dance Company of the National University of Costa Rica.

JESSICA ZAMARRIPA is a dance educator, choreographer, and performer originally from Laredo, Texas. She pursued her undergraduate dance studies at the University of Texas at Austin and later pursued her Masters of Science in Kinesiology at Texas A&M International University. In 2009, she founded Nudo Piedi Contemporary Dance Company and two years later, she founded the Laredo School of Contemporary Dance in Laredo, Texas where she has served as its Artistic Director and head faculty member ever since. For five years, she also served as adjunct faculty member of the dance department at Texas A&M International University.

Jessica has been a guest Master Teacher with international contemporary dance company, Compañia Cuerpo de Indias, in Cartagena, Colombia, and has toured as part of the Red Norte Festival de Danza Contemporanea teaching Horton technique to dancers at professional dance schools in Mexico. She has also led Professional Development workshops for the Brownsville Independent School District dance department and has been a guest dance teacher at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Jessica’s choreographic work has been presented at the New Century Dance Project Gala in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Austin Dance Festival on several occasions.

          ALEXIS ANDERSON-CHAVES                           TRAVIS PROKOP                                  ELISA DE LA ROSA

2023 ADJUDICATORS

Academic dance educator, TRAVIS PROKOP, currently serves as Assistant Professor of Dance for the University of Houston's School of Theater and Dance. Professor Prokop has also served as a faculty member for Lamar University (tenured), Sam Houston State University, and Southern Methodist University.

You may have seen Travis’ choreographic works produced locally for the Houston Health Museum: Body as a Work of Art, NobleMotion2, JUXTAPOSE: Arts Collective, Houston Contemporary 2, and Barnstorm Dance Festival. Travis’ choreography has been showcased regionally for the south-central American College Dance Association and nationally for The Dance Gallery Festival New York. Professor Prokop has also been commissioned by West Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, Stephen F.
Austin University, and Grand Canyon University to serve as guest artist and choreograph work. Stage choreography credits include CHICAGO: The Musical (Lone Star Montgomery)and Trojan Women (Sam Houston State University).

As a performer, Travis Prokop has danced with numerous companies in the Houston, TX area including Hope Stone Dance, Chapman Dance, Noble Motion Dance, LEON: Contemporary Dance, and 6 Degrees Dance. Travis has also acted as a soloist for Lone Star Ballet (Amarillo, TX) as well as served as dance captain for TEXAS: The Outdoor Musical (Canyon, TX). Travis has performed nationally in the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. areas while continuing to serve the Houston dance community.

ANDREWS ROBERT SMITH is originally from Ingleside, Texas and received his BA in Dance Performance from the University of Texas-Pan American. While at UTPA, he performed with the UTPA Blazers Dance Team, UTPA Dance Ensemble, and UTPA Ballet Folklorico, with whom he performed with at the National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Professionally, Andrew has traveled the world and performed as a dancer and aerialist with Cedar Point Amusement Park, Carnival Cruise Lines, RWS Entertainment Group, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas, and Norwegian Creative Studios. Other credits include “Pepe" in West Side Story (AD Players at the George Theatre). In addition to dance, Andrew is a third generation comprehensive Pilates instructor. Currently, Andrew is a second year graduate teaching assistant at Sam Houston State University where he is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts in Dance.