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Aaron Medina first explored movement in high school as a member of his high school choir where he mastered the art of step touch and the infamous jazz square. Interested in a career in musical theatre, Aaron began taking numerous classes in different dance genres including hip hop, street jazz, jazz funk, and contemporary. He is currently a director for Lunchbox Dance Crew, Riot Squad and Wyldstyl Dance Team. Aaron also teaches regularly at Soundbox Studios, Dancezone, Vdanse Company and, on occasion, choreographs and teaches for other school and companies all over the nation. While teaching and mentoring, Aaron strives to broaden his dance vocabulary by taking all styles and immersing himself in all things dance.
Emily Roy Sayre graduated from Belhaven University in 2013 with a BFA in dance and immediately began her professional career performing and choreographing in Louisiana and Texas. Her career has included features in 225 Magazine, The Advocate newspaper, VoyageHouston’s Most Inspiring Stories, dancing on the runway for the Avenue Rouge Fashion Show and performing aerial harness 40 feet in the air for the Louisiana Blues Festival. The choreographers and companies Emily has had the honor to work with include Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, Uptown Dance Company, The Pilot Dance Project, Frame Dance Productions, Houston Grand Opera (Nixon in China, West Side Story, and The Pearl Fishers), Sean Curran, Julio Monge, Eric Sean Fogel, Christine Crest, Mina Estrada, Sandra Parks, and Jennifer Mabus. Emily has also begun dance for camera work. Her first dance film, Fields of London, was presented at Short + Sweet Hollywood in Los Angeles, while her second film, HEADspace, was screened in Atlanta and Houston. Emilyroysayre.com// @emilyroysayre
Emily Roy Sayre
Richard Bowman is an acclaimed international ballet master, coach and répétiteur with dance organizations throughout the world. Richard Bowman was born and trained in Auckland, New Zealand. At 16 Richard Bowman was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to complete his training at the Royal Ballet School in London, England and is the recipient of the 1987 Sir John Logan Campbell Award – New Zealand’s highest ballet award.
Richard Bowman has performed with many world-renowned ballet companies as a guest and principal artist including the Vienna State Opera, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, Australian Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre. He has been noted throughout his career not only for his physique and technical brilliance, but also his ability to capture audiences with ease.
In 2012, Richard was appointed as a member of American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum Artistic Board of Examiners & Instructors. Shortly thereafter, he became a senior faculty member at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in NYC. In 2015, Alexei Ratmansky appointed Richard Bowman Children’s Ballet Master for his reconstruction of ABT’s Sleeping Beauty.
In addition to the Youth America Grand Prix, Richard Bowman also serves as a judge and master teacher for many international ballet competitions and schools.
Currently Richard Bowman serves as ballet master for Open Dance Project at Hunter Dance Center and Excelsior Ballet, Houston Texas.
Herman Charles III
Herman Charles III, originally from Houston, TX, began his dance career as local performer. He quickly became one of the city's most sought after performers and dance instructors. Herman has worked with talent manager, Mathew Knowles (Destiny's Child) and creative director, Kim Burse as a choreographer & creative director. He has worked with artists such as Frankie J., Solange Knowles and Tri-ni-tee 5:7. In recent years, he has developed artists such as Josh Levi and Normani Kordei. He has also choreographed for Pro Teams: Houston Rocket Power Dancers and Houston Dynamo Girls. Herman has also, staged and choreographed musicals, Saturday Night Fever, The Wiz, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, The Wizard of Oz & Cinderella. He is currently on tour with the youngest female rapper to ever be signed to a record label, That Girl Lay Lay!!
Paige White was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She began her dance training as student at The Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School where she graduated. In 2013 she moved to New York City to continue her dance training at The Joffrey Ballet School. During her time at The Joffrey Ballet School, Paige was cast as Lead Flower in The Nutcracker and Canary Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. After three years at The Joffrey Ballet School she then joined METdance in 2016 as a member of the professional company. Paige has since performed works by Bridget Moore, Camille A. Brown, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Rosie Herrera, Mario Zambrano, and Robbie Moore. With METdance Paige has traveled to Dallas Dance Festival, Austin Dance Festival, Green Box Arts Festival, and Jacob's Pillow. Paige is thrilled and eager to see what this 24th season has in store!
Dwayne Cook (Ensemble) began dancing/performing at the age of three at The Houston Ballet Academy/J.C. Sanderson Elementary,Lamar Fleming MS, and was accepted into HSPVA. Dwayne’s also trained at the Ailey School, the School of American Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem,PNB and Complexions . Dwayne’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He’s danced for Philadanco as well as resident company METdance .His commercial dance credits include dancing with “Get on the Good Foot” national/international tours,Frank Gatson (Beyoncé), Chris Brown, SYTYCD , Jazmine Sullivan, Deborah Cox.
Lindsay Cortner began her classical dance training under Beth Gulledge Brown and Carolyn Gulledge when she was fourteen years old, and joined Uptown Dance Centre’s pre-professional company shortly thereafter, where she had the opportunity to travel to China, Austria, Mexico, and Costa Rica to perform. After graduating, she moved to New York to train at The Ailey School under Ana Marie Forsythe and Milton Myers, among others, and performed choreography by Sidra Bell. When Lindsay moved back to Houston, she became a founding member of Uptown Dance Company and danced in several projects with Sandra Organ Dance Company. Over the last few years, she has transitioned into freelance dance, and has performed with Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, Psophonia, Frame Dance Productions, Pilot Dance Project, and Juxtapose Arts Collective, to name a few.
For the last twelve years, Lindsay has also taught multiple dance disciplines, such as ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary, and creative movement. She is also a certified Forrest Yoga teacher. Lindsay graduated with a BA from the University of St. Thomas with a major in Psychology and English.
Jane Thayer (co-owner) is also co-director of the NHPA™ II Dance Company and a member of Revolve Dance Company. She was born in Joliet, Illinois and grew up in Spring, TX where she began her dance training at NHPA™ in 1995 under the instruction of Amy Cain, Dawn Dippel, and Ken McCulloch. Jane has also had the opportunity to work with other choreographers/teachers in the Houston area such as: Fred Strobel, Barbara Bears, Naomi Glass, Damian Schwiethale, and Clara Cravey of Houston Ballet, and Randall Flinn of Ad Deum Dance Company. Other notable instruction has come from Wes Veldink, Jason Parsons, Natsuo, Malaya, Mandy Moore, and Ryan Heffington (from New York and L.A.), and Yung Woo of Korea. She has performed in Revolve Dance Company's concerts since their premiere in 2005, as well as in Ad Deum Dance Company's "Mystery and Miracle" in 2007, Dance Houston, Choreographers X6, DAA's East Meets West, and the "Revolve On Camera" premiere at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in 2014. Jane has her degree in Theatrical Costume Design which has provided her with opportunities of seamstress work for iMEE, and to work with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater as a seamstress and Wardrobe mistress for several productions. She has also been the resident costume designer and seamstress for the NHPA™ and NHPA™ II Dance Companies and Revolve Dance Company since 2005.
Ben Delony, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana spent summers at Ballet Austin, Harid Conservatory, and Hubbard Street before matriculating through the ballet department at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Upon graduating with a performance bachelors degree, he had been featured in numerous works ranging from George Balanchine to Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Frederick Ashton and Joshua Bergasse. He spent multiple seasons with Ballet Memphis and Ballet Nouveau Colorado and later formed a strong relationship with Houston Grand Opera, where he was a regular dancer since 2013. Regional theater credits include the Arvada Center Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Central City Opera, and Boston Early Music Festival. He is a former member of the ballet chorus at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as well as former faculty for Ballet Academy East, Rioult Dance Center, and New York University. He is based in Houston, TX.
Sinclair Davis, from Oak Park, Illinois began training at the age of three and studied at various studios throughout Chicago. She graduated Western Michigan University in 2017 with a BFA in dance. While in college, she performed works by Lew Christensen, Antony Tudor, Joshua Manculich, James Gregg, Frank Chaves, Ohad Naharin and Kyle Abraham. She was also a member of Western Michigan University’s touring ensemble, Western Dance Project. She has furthered her training at the Lou Conte Dance Center’s summer scholarship program, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion’s summer intensive. In 2016, her choreography was selected to represent WMU at the American College Dance Association east central regional conference. After college, she danced as an apprentice with Eisenhower Dance Detroit and taught dance throughout the metro Detroit area. This fall will be Sinclair’s second season with METdance.
Clyde Spears IV is an All Styles Dance Instructor reigning from Houston, TX. Clyde started dancing at age 11 under the tutelage of Miss Sheila Milner and Herman Charles III. Clyde received his formal training at Dancezone, Johnston Middle Achool(now Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts MS) and HSPVA. He has been teaching and choreographing for 9 years. Currently, he’s teaching at VDanse Company, Dancezone, Spread Love Studios, Soundbox Studios, Imperial Athletics and The Tribble School for the Performing Arts. Clyde has worked with Dancezone, Riot Squad, Wyldstyl, Soreal, Frankie J, Normani Kordei, Seeing Sounds, Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and Spring ISD as a competition choreographer. He is Currently the Head Director of Seeing Sounds. While teaching and mentoring young performers and seasoned dancers, he puts the Fun in Fundamentals and believes peace, love and positivity will get the job done.
Clyde Spears IV
Vincent Calleros was born and raised in Arizona and started his professional dance training at Scottsdale Community College, under the direction of Angela Rosenkrans. While in Arizona, he was recognized at Young Artist of Promise as a 1st place soloist, performed with EPIK Dance Company and with The Be Kind People Project, a non-profit focused on youth character development. Growing an interest in Countertechnique (CT) Vincent has been studying the system for the past 4 years. His most recent training was One Body Once Career in Montreal, as well as FACT/SF 2015 and American Dance Festival 2017 (ADF). He was awarded The Harkness Foundation ADF Tuition Scholarship and was honored to work with Lucinda Childs, performing in her work “Kilar”. Being a recent graduate from Sam Houston State University, Vincent was given a special opportunity to perform in works such as Robert Battle’s “Battlefield”, set by Jennifer Mabus and Dido & Aeneas Opera in Nishinomiya, Japan, choreographed by Dana Nicolay. Being extremely grateful, he is blessed to have spent a season with METdance and now with Elijah Alhadji Gibson as a member of Social Movement Contemporary Dance. Vincent is eager to pursue his career as a performer and educator.
Jada Tyler is the new Acrobatic instructor at Vdanse Academy. She has over 10 years of dance, professional choreography, and instruction experience. Jada specializes in Acrobatics and Tumbling classes. However, she trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop. She has trained with Majestic’s Dance Works, Apex Cheer, Dance Du Coeur, and METdance. Jada currently is an undergrad student at Houston Baptist University going for her bachelors in Marketing. She is also the studio owner of En Pointe Dance Academy and the founder of 8 Counts Dance Team. Jada instructs and choreography routines for Stafford MSD, Extended Day program, local drill teams within the Fort Bend County area, Studio V in Missouri City, Texas, at local drill/dance auditions, etc. A saying that she not only goes by, but instills in every dancer is, “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”
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