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JEE EUN AHN is a choreographer, performer, and educator from Seoul, Korea. She holds a MFA degree in Dance Performance and Chorography from Florida State University. She formally trained at Korea National Ballet School and majored in Dance Education at Seoul National University. Jee as the co-artistic director of the Ainos Dance Company choreographed and danced at prestigious festivals both at home and abroad. Since she has moved to the States, her choreographic works have been invited and presented at Women in Dance Leadership Conference, Wave Rising Series, KoDaFe in NYC, Wave Rising Series, Dumbo Dance Festival, Reverb Dance Festival, Sans Limites Dance, Of Bones/Mouthfull, SpectorDance’s Choreographer’s Showcase and more. Recently, Jee has been selected as one of 12 choreographers in Doug Varone’s Devices Choreographic Mentorship program, and she will present her new work at Gibney Dance, NYC this summer Jee is currently teaching dance courses at Texas A&M International University.

SHANNON BENTON began dancing at a young age. She hails from central Virginia where she studied at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Virginia School of the Arts and Central Virginia Ballet. She attended Liberty University where she founded Divine Call Dance team, which began her journey as a teacher and choreographer. She was also introduced to the world of arts administration during an internship with The Alvin Ailey Foundation before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Communications: Advertising and Public Relations. After graduation, Shannon continued her dance training at The Ailey School and Dayton Contemporary Dance 2 before moving to Houston to join Ad Deum Dance Company. Shannon enjoys performing the company’s diverse repertoire. She also values the opportunity to teach a variety of styles - ballet, jazz, modern, and African fusion - both in Houston and abroad.

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.

MARK CHAVES has been dancing for fourteen years with various dance styles that include Bboying, House, Popping, Locking, Ballet, Modern and Contemporary. He was given the opportunity to perform on television show “Heroes Among Us”, Peoples magazine, The Tony Danza Show, and MTV’s Americas Best Dance Crew Season 2. In the B-boy community he is known as “Marksman.” Winning his first two on two in Dallas at “B-boy Massacre,” Mark continues to enter in many local competitions. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. He plans to teach in the Independent School District and create a Hip-Hop curriculum to engage in community outreach.

VICTORIA DERENZO is a dancer/choreographer originally from Tampa, FL. She received her classical training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap from New Tampa Dance Theatre, and continued on to receive her BFA in Dance at The Ohio State University. After graduating from OSU, Victoria moved to New York where she created, performed and taught her creative work with a foundation in athleticism, partnering and floorwork. Shortly after moving, Victoria was hired by

Pilobolus Dance Theatre as a company member.  From 2010 to present day, she has toured internationally performing in twenty-eight countries on four different continents.  She is currently pursuing her MFA at Sam Houston State University and dancing with NobleMotion Dance Company.  

JARED DOSTER is from Huntsville Texas, where he started dancing in college in 2004.  He went on to complete a B.F.A in Dance and a B.S. in Industrial Design from Sam Houston State University. Jared is a diverse movement artist with a background in Hip Hop, Modern, and Partnering. He was a founding member of NobleMotion Dance Company, where early on he was a part of the collaboration of many of their signature works. Jared has been touring internationally with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for the past 5 years and has performed in over 25 countries on 5 different continents.  

RANDALL FLINN is the founder/artistic director of Ad Deum Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company based in Houston which includes an apprentice and trainee program which has drawn dancers to Houston from all accross the world.  Ad Deum celebrates their 14th year anniversary this season. Mr. Flinn began his own dance training in Houston over thirty years ago with Glen Hunsaker, Camille Long Hill, Dina Vail, Jan Simonds and Patsy Swayze.  His most recent modern dance influences have come from studies with The Limon Company and Steve Rooks, former principal dancer with Martha Graham.

DANI HAMMACK began her training in Houston, TX.  She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Southern Methodist University where she performed works by Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey, and Martha Graham.  Upon graduating she moved to Houston, TX to become a company member of Ad Deum Dance Company and to serve on faculty as modern dance instructor for the High School for the Performing Arts. She was also the Company Director of Dance Du Coeur Dance Studio in Sugar Land, Texas where her company team won numerous awards at their national competitions. She has also been on faculty in NYC and Houston for Project Dance, an internationally touring, open air dance concert. Ms. Stinger was a member of The Martha Graham Dance Company for the 2014-2015 season where she performed works such as Serenata Morisca, Chronicle, and Diversion of Angels. She has also worked with Deborah Zall in the Deborah Zall Project, performing her work entitled Shadow of Her Sister.  Mrs. Hammack is currently the Associate Artistic Director and a Principle Dancer of Ad Deum Dance Company.

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.

SUHASINI MUTHAKRISHNAN is an Indian classical dancer specializing in BharataNatyam. She graduated from the world renowned college Kalakshetra, Rukmini Devi College of fine arts, India . A staunch believer in lifelong learning as an artiste, she continues to hone her skills under Maestro Professor C. V. Chandrasekhar. Her experience and association with a Sanskrit theatre group has further enhanced her dancing and choreography. She has worked with many leading choreographers in the field from the great maestros to emerging artists, and has performed in many countries including United States, Canada, Mauritius, Reunion Islands, UAE, Poland and Mexico. Her most recent performances include : Performing at WDA  Americas 2016, Mexico and at cultural interchanges, Ladek, Poland. All this experience has only made Suhasini enjoy what she does best – dancing. As the artistic director of Sharmadayini Dance Academy, she teaches other dance enthusiasts with the dedication and conviction with which she learnt, loving every second dancing and never compromising on quality. Suhasini currently lives and teaches in Atlanta, Georgia

DAT NGUYEN is a native from Vietnam. He received his BFA degree in Dance at Sam Houston State University where he was first exposed to dance and technology that later became the driving force in his art making. He is currently based in Salt Lake City where he is pursuing a MFA degree with a Screendance Certificate at the University of Utah – School of Dance. As a visual artist, Dat loves exploring different media/technologies (photography, film, installation, projection, animation, etc…) and their often intangible relationship with dance. This allows him to expand his artistic landscapes and understand the dancing bodies through invigorated perspectives. His current physical research focuses on creating the “Fantastic Moving Bodies”, bodies that exhilarates in 3D space & time while their composition allows a sculptural quality to be captured in 2D still. In 2014, He founded his own business - MotionVivid™ - to further this research and put it in practice by relocating it from academia to the local community that he is serving.

LUIS PIEDRA has his Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts, University of Costa Rica graduated in Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts and Master of Arts of the University of Costa Rica. Master in Dance, National University of Costa Rica. Luis is the Co-founder of the independent group Danzacor (1975). Co-founder, dancer and choreographer from 1978 to 2003 of Danza Universitaria. He directed the group of Aspirants of this group from 1981 to 2001. From 2006 to 2010 he assumes the artistic direction of Danza Universitaria.
He has created choreography for Danza Universitaria, for the Danza Abierta Program, the Camera Company Dance-UNA, Free Dance, the Dance School of the UNA, Contemporary Independent Dance, the National Dance Company and for Imago Dance.
He has received National Dance Awards in 1994, 1997, 2002 and 2006 of the award as the best group, with the Compañía Danza Universitaria, with which he has performed in stages of Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Colombia , Venezuela, Brazil, United States, England, Argentina and China.
He currently serves as director of the DANZA ABIERTA Program, co-director of the independent project IMAGODANZA, and is a teacher at the School of General Studies of the UCR.

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.

JOEL “JUDO” RIVERA has been dancing for 17 years with experience in b-boy, house, jazz, salsa, modern, contemporary hip hop, and more. With 4 years of experience in internationally known Inertia Dance Co throughout his high school career, Joel has performed in New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, all over Texas, and was honored to represented the United States at the 8th Annual Folk Art Festival in Su Zhou, Shang Hai, and Beijing China. Joel also appeared in People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us”, The Early Show on CBS, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. Participated in projects such as NobleMotion “Collide’ Show as a guest artist, Choreographer/Lead Performer under “Illuminate” for The Methodist Hospital Benefit, co-choreographer for the 2014 HEB Thanksgiving Parade, co-director for the 2015 “H-town Get Down” Hip Hop show. Joel was invited for the 2015 ERJCC DanceMonth: 4+4 Show at the Kaplan, and was selected to be 1 out 3 artist for the 2014-15 Dance Source Houston’s “Artist-In-Residency” Program to set a piece in the 2015 Barnstorm show. Also known as, "Judo" in the Hip Hop community, Joel has won dance battles such as 2006 Top Finalist for the I.B.E. US qualifier, All The Way Live, B-boy City, Dance Houston: Warehouse Live All Style Battles, BYSF 8 and more to come. Joel has served as an instructor at ERJCC Hip Hop program, DanceHouston kids program, and 5 years as a dance instructor at Westside HS and Westbriar MS.  Currently enrolled at Sam Houston State University, Joel had the honor of representing SHSU at ACDA Nationals and Jacobs Pillow while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in dance. 

LEAH WIERICHS is in her fourth season as a principal member of Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas. She holds a degree in dance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Leah has traveled with Ad Deum both nationally and internationally. She has served as a jazz and ballet dance faculty member of Ad Deum's summer intensive in Biel, Switzerland for the past two years.

Known as one of the most energetic and inspiring teachers across the country, Thom Clower's "evangelistic" approach to teaching has touched the lives and careers of dancers around the world for 40 years. With extensive training in the Vaganova, Balanchine, Cecchetti, and Bournonville techniques, Mr. Clower combines the qualities of each one of these styles to present a technique that is true and versatile.
Trained in Dallas, The School of American Ballet in NYC, Paris, Amsterdam, and London, Thom performed eleven seasons with Dallas Ballet, served as Artistic Director of Ballet Dallas, Ballet Master for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Artistic Director of Yuma Ballet Theatre in Arizona.
Believing very strongly in Regional Dance America, Mr. Clower has served as the Director of Ballet at numerous RDA Craft of Choreography Conferences (NCI), and at The Glenda Brown Choreography Project. He has been a guest teacher for Regional Dance America Festivals since 1992, and faculty at the National Festivals in 1997, 2007, and 2017. Mr. Clower has proudly served in the capacity of Adjudicator for SERBA, RDA/NE, RDA/Mid States, and most recently for the 2017 RDA National Festival.
Since 2001 Thom Clower has worked around the world as a freelance master teacher and choreographer. He has been a guest teacher for Oklahoma City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Atlanta Ballet. He has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, as Associate Ballet Master for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and has served annually as Ballet Master for Young! Tanzsommer/Austria since 2002.
EVELYN TOH graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee with the National Arts Council Overseas Scholarship, Al and Pat Houston Scholarship, Jan Veen Scholarship and Ana Marie Sarazin Award. Upon graduation, she danced with Nimbus Dance Works and toured extensively as a company member of MOMIX. She then joined T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore) where she had the privilege to perform in multiple productions and festivals throughout Asia. Evelyn is currently an MFA candidate at Sam Houston State University. She is in her first season dancing with NobleMotion Dance.
AMBERLY ALTAMIRANO is a Sam Houston State alumna from Brownsville Texas. While completing her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, she apprenticed for NobleMotion Dance and performed works choreographed by Elijah Gibson, Manuel Vignoulle, Revolve Dance Company, Recked Productions and Bliss Kohlmyer. Her training experience consists of Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hiphop, Tap, and Ballroom dance styles. She appeared as a Vegas Finalist for Season 10’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and was also awarded “Fan Favorite” for RGV’s annual Dancing with the Stars event. In 2016, she attended the Dance Italia workshop in Lucca, Italy to study from Erik Abbott, Elita Cannata, Cristiano Fabbri, Cristina Planas Leitao, Bruce Michelson, Nicole Von Arx and Ohad Naharin Reperatory from Chisato Ohno. Amberly is thankful to be on faculty at American Academy of Dance, Texas Academy of Dance Arts (TADA) and Dance Infinity where she continues to share her passion for dance with students of all ages. Amberly looks forward to performing with season’s NMD dance company, as well as being involved with NobleMotion2.
Wesley Cordova started dancing at age eight, and was instructed in several forms of dance at North Harris Performing Arts. Before becoming a part of NobleMotion, he was a member of Revolve Dance Company for seven years. In addition to several, annual, live performances with Revolve, he was also a cast member of Gothic South Production's, Revolve on Camera; a series of several, short, dance films, directed by Benjamin Epps. Revolve on Camera was presented at Houston's Dance Gallery Festival in 2014. Additionally, he has performed in several East meets West productions, performed along side the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and performed in NobleMotion's, Storm, as a guest artist in 2015. Wesley has worked under Wes Veldink ,the creative director of the Wes Veldink Movement in NYC. He has received instruction from Ryan Heffington (Sia Video Choreographer) and Amon Harper of Hubbard Street. He has studied under; Lindsey McGill (Houston Ballet), Randall Flinn (AdDeum), Elijah Alhaji Gibson (SHSU), Andy Noble (NobleMotion), Manuel Vigoulle (Cedar Lake), and Amy Caine and Dawn Dippel (Dominic Walsh Dance Theater/Revolve Dance). Wesley has instructed dance classes, at NHPA, for the past seven years. This summer, he accepted an invitation to instruct Summer intensive classes for the Lake Charles, LA., Civic Ballet. Wesley is pursuing a B.F.A. in dance, at Sam Houston State University (SHSU).

VALENTIN HERNANDEZ - Dancing for over ten years, Valentin has grown to be a fine choreographer, director, and mentor. Valentin's dancing consists of swift intention, and creative choreography. He is energetic, has excellent coordination, confidence, uncommon stamina and strong musicality. Valentin’s dance history includes performances and competitions with Brown Bag Special in Monsters of Hip Hop and World of Dance Dallas, where they placed in second, Refined Dance Company in World of Dance Dallas, placing first twice, and FSA Goodphil UTA where they placed first. Currently, Valentin dances with The Neighborhood, and has competed in World of Dance Dallas and Houston, SBS Meltdown, and Dancers Paradise Playa de Carmen, Mexico, placing high in all competitions.

ALLIE DURBIN grew up in Katy, Texas where she developed a passion for dance through competing as an elite level gymnast during her primary school years. Allie enjoyed her years of dance competitions, high school drill team, as well as studying and performing with MetDance in their Met Too youth company. Allie graduated as a Nordan Fine Arts scholar in the class of 2017 from Texas Christian University with her BFA in Modern Dance. In October of 2015 Allie performed with Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Company in their Fall Series, and had the pleasure of working with Joy Bollinger, Leah Cox, Leslie Scates, Doug Elkins, Christian VonHoward, and Kihyoung Choi during her time at TCU.

ANNA HANDELSMA N began her dance training in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 11 to improve her grace as a figure skater. Soon she became fully devoted to dance (being warm) and began studying at various studios in Ohio including Patty Pille’s School of Dance, Dance Kids Studio, Cincinnati Youth Ballet, and the School for Creative and Performing Arts. While majoring in dance at Wright State University, she also trained as a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s second company for two years. During this time she had the honor of working with artists from Koresh, DCDC, Jon Lehrer, and Broadway’s Greg Graham. Anna was also blessed to have the opportunity to train for two summers with the late River North Dance Chicago; first as a summer intensive student and then as an apprentice. Since graduating cum laude with her BFA in dance in 2015, she has enjoyed teaching for programs such as Revolution Dance Theatre and performing for Crossroad Community Church’s production of Awaited. Anna is so grateful to have found a new home with Ad Deum Dance Company.