​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​DWAIN TRAVIS - OCTOBER 28​ 
is a Houston native, trained locally in dance from ages 3 to 11. At 12, he began training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, where he performed many variations from classical Vaganova ballets. He started his professional career with a company in Houston, BAHBT, where he spent four years as Principal and Artist in Residence under Luis Fuente and Lynette Mason Gregg. His first piece of choreography, Dearly Departed, was selected for the RDA/SW Dance Festival, as well as the 2010 Craft of Choreography Conference, and further awarded the RDA Choreography Connection Grant with the opportunity to choreograph on the Canton Ballet in Ohio. His next original work, Pulse, was chosen for the 2012 RDA National Festival in Montreal, Canada. Dwain has also toured and worked with many other schools/companies including Houston Ballet, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Joffrey Ballet's JKO School, the Harid Conservatory, Houston Dance Theatre, Galveston Ballet, League City Ballet, and Louisiana Dance Theatre. Most recently he became a co-founder and choreographer for Juxtapose Arts Collective in South Houston as well as company member at Houston METdance, where he’s performed works from the likes of Mario Zambrano, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Dominic Walsh among others. 


JENNIFER MABUS - NOVEMBER 1 1  
hailed as “bold” by the NY Times, Jennifer Mabus has performed with Robert Battle (NYC), Amy Marshall (NYC), Heidi Latsky (NYC), Takehiro Ueyama (NYC), Bruce Wood Dance (TX), Noble Motion Dance (TX), Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (TX), and is currently a core artist with the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective). She has served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, Booker T Washington HSPVA, Interlochen Arts Academy, Houston’s HSPVA, and Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Jennifer has presented her work at the Dance Gallery Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival, and UT/Dallas, and she created work for the Miller Outdoor Theater and Zilka Hall/Hobby Center with the Foundation for Modern Music and the Windsync ensemble. She was a Rice University Dance Artist in Residence, a Noble Motion Dance “Next Step” artist, a Dance Source Houston A.I.R., and has choreographed on the Pilot Dance Project, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, and Muscle Memory Dance Theater.  She is currently developing a new dance program at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with METdance, and co-creating new interdisciplinary work with the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective.   


KATE RASH - DECEMEBER 16
is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Dance and a minor in Interdisciplinary Art. She has danced with Open Dance Project as an apprentice under Annie Arnoult, Psophonia Dance Company as a company member with Sophia Torres, and 6 Degrees Dance as a company member with Toni Valle. Rash has shown work at Dance Source Houston’s Mind the Gap, “In This House, We…” in 2017 and was selected to participate in Dance Source Houston’s Artist in Residence program in 2018 that premiered “WOMEN: Stranger (does this turn you on?)” in 2018. As well, Rash is a dance educator through Young Audiences of Houston and Core Dance Company’s Dynamic X-Change.

   
CARA SHANKS - JANUARY 27   RESERVE NOW!
is co-founder and resident choreographer for Juxtapose Arts Collective, teaching artist for JETPAC, and business development manager for NOV. Her technical training credits include Houston Ballet, Houston Met, and Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Cara attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts studying dance and composition working with artists JoDee Engle, Janie Carothers, Peter Chu, LuAnne Carter, Jeanne Dournbas, and Jane Weiner to name a few, and graduated cum laude from the University of Houston. Upon graduation, Cara danced professionally for BABHT, Houston Rockets, and Juxtapose Arts Collective under the direction of Luis Fuente, Lynette Mason-Gregg, Heather Steele, Dontee Kiehn, Kevin Cahoon, and Misha Bart. Cara gained a passion for choreography in her younger years, empowering her to submit works to Regional Dance of America Southwest where she was awarded the Monticello Choreographer Award, twice in 2009 & 2011, allowing her to attend the Craft of Choreography workshop in Seattle, Washington. Most recently, Cara has presented her works at various festivals in Houston (Mind The Gap, Houston's Fringe Festival, Generations Dance Festival, etc), Austin (The Dance Project), and New York (The Series Vol. III) as well as original works throughout the Juxtapose Arts Collective performance season. Session reservation open NOW!


PATY LORENA SOLORZANO - FEBRUARY 24
is a dance artist originally from México. Her work is guided by improvisation, environmental psychology, walking, identity, memory and connection to place. Most recently, she was resident artist at Guapamácataro Center for Art & Ecology, MX and associate artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts with Master Artists Jennifer Monson and Zeena Parkins. Other past residencies include E|MERGE, Earthdance; Performática, MX; Laboratorio Condensación, MX; ResExtensa, Italy; and the Florida Dance Festival. She has performed her work in México, Israel, Detroit and New York including at Performática (México); Vertigo Eco-Art Village (Israel); the Lightbox, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, SpreadArt gallery (Detroit); Triskelion Arts, and Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC). She is co-organizer of INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival, Queens NY and a proud 2018 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellow. Solorzano holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and a MFA from University of Michigan.


EMILY ROY-SAYRE - MARCH 31
is originally from Louisiana where she trained at an early age with Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. She graduated from Belhaven University in 2013 with a BFA in dance and emphasis in modern dance technique. After graduation, Emily danced professionally for Of Moving Colors, Louisiana’s leading contemporary company. Through OMC she was featured in 225 Magazine and The Advocate newspaper, danced on the runway for the Avenue Rouge Fashion Show and performed aerial harness 40 feet in the air for the Louisiana Blues Festival. Since moving to Texas in 2014, Emily has danced for companies such as Uptown Dance Company (2014-2016), The Pilot Dance Project, Frame Dance Productions, and Houston Grand Opera (Nixon in China and West Side Story). She has taught at studios including Masters Upper Level, Uptown Dance Centre, METdance, Texas Academy of Dance Arts, and LEON Dance Arts. Emily’s choreography has been featured twice at Mind the Gap and Houston’s Fringe Festival and set on San Jacinto College, Of Moving Colors, and Uptown Dance Company II. She is excited for her dance for camera film, “Fields of London”, to be presented as part of the Short and Sweet Festival in LA!


KARA KO - APRIL 28
is originally from Austin, TX where her passion for dance started. She began dancing at the age of five and trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, improvisation, musical theatre, and clogging at her dance studio, Cedar Park Dance Company where she also danced competitively. Kara holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education from Arizona State University where she received multiple dance scholarships, including Katherine K. Herberger Institute of the Design and Arts, The Special Talent Award and The Lessard & Swartz Award in Dance. During her undergraduate career, she performed and choreographed under the mentorship of Karen Schupp and Carley Conder as well as taught at multiple dance studios in the Phoenix area. Her work has been presented at Nuebox (Art Experimental Night), Arizona Dance Festival at Tempe Center for the Arts, and many more. Currently, she is the Assistant Dance Director at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, TX. She loves challenging and inspiring students with the gift of dance and spreading her artistry, discipline, and technical ability to all. Kara’s passion, determination, and devotion to dance are inevitable as she continues to perform and create work that brings light to this world.


LINDSEY MCGILL - MAY 19
was born in Houston, Texas. She began her formal dance training under Elizabeth and Rosemary Molak in Orange County, California and continued training at the Houston Ballet Academy under the direction of Ben Stevenson, Clara Cravey, and Priscilla Nathan Murphy.  Since graduating from the Houston Ballet Academy, Lindsey has worked with several companies in Houston, New York, Portland, and West Palm Beach including iMEE, NW Dance Project, Group Acorde, Hope Stone Dance, Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, NobleMotion Dance, The Next Stage Project, KDNY, and O Dance.  She has also had the opportunity to dance in projects by jhon r. stronks, Teresa Chapman, Vault, Freneticore, and iLluminate, among others. Lindsey has been choreographing since 2004 and has created works for iMEE, NW Dance Project, Group Acorde, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Revolve Dance Company, O Dance, Freneticore, 12 Minutes Max, Frenetic Fringe Festival, and the Big Range Dance Festival.  Lindsey currently dances for NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon and Group Acorde in Houston, Texas.


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