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Angelita Rozier - Director
As a dancer of twenty years and a ten year dance educator, Ms. Angelita Rozier believes every child regardless of socio economic status, age, race or gender should be given a genuine Chance to Dance! A New Jersey native, Ms. Angel has trained with influential teachers at Philadanco, The University of the Arts, Adelphi University & many others who instilled passion, technique, and respect for the artistic process. Upon receiving her Bachelors of the Arts from Delaware State University in 2008 Ms. Angel followed her feet. She moved to Houston Texas anticipating making her mark in the budding Houston Dance community. Dedicated to providing young dancers with technique, dance history, healthy lifestyles and self -confidence Ms. Angel began teaching in Houston, The Woodlands, Pearland, Clearlake & Friendswood, however the opportunity to work with Dance Houston in 2009 made the largest career impact. Currently, Ms. Angel is sharing her passion with the students of HISD’s John E. Codwell Elementary Performing Arts Magnet School, providing her students with structured creative classes, while helping her students develop a love and appreciation for the arts. Her experiences in Houston have motivated her to concentrate on giving, A Chance to Dance, to the promising and talented youth in Houston’s lower socio economic areas. Approaching every opportunity remembering the words of the inspiring Judith Jamison, “Pray, Prepare, Perform”, Ms. Angel is confident helping students prepare for successful future, their performance in life will be memorable.
Ms. Angel is eager to welcome new and returning dancers this summer! With a welcoming, understanding and creative environment she is confident every dancer will complete his/her summer session more passionate and self-confident as a dancer. Ms. Angel teaches with words of Martha Graham on her heart, “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. ”
Keisha Robinson - Hip Hop
Keisha Robinson is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’ s of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography. While at ASU she was a member of the Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (D.A.R.T) the resident dance company. Keisha’s passion lies in teaching youth and choreography. Her teaching clients include The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, The City of Carson & City of Houston, Los Angeles & Compton Unified School Districts, Spring, Houston & Klein Independent Schools Districts, The Bara- Hambright School of the Arts, and Dance Houston. Keisha is currently artistic director of Spirit & Truth Dance Theatre which is based in Spring, Tx
Shaté L. Edwards - Hip Hop
Shaté is currently enrolled at Sam Houston State University where she is studying to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Dance. Shate’s style can be described as engaging, skillful, and powerful. A passionate dancer and choreographer with a diverse background that includes styles ranging from ballet, jazz , tap, and modern, to hip-hop and stepping, Shate’ Edwards delivers movement that adds a special flavor indicative of her authentic personality. After graduating with honors from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Shate’ began her pursuit of a professional dance career. Since then, she has performed and presented works in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China, as well as in her hometown Houston, TX. Her credits include Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue, Capezio Fashion Show, DJ Flexx, World of Dance Tour, Sammie Davis Jr. Awards, Halloween and Party Expo, Texas Southern University Honors Awards, and The Ensemble Theatre’s productions of “Lotto” and “Annie Goes to Oz”, among others. As an artist who appreciates both street and studio dance forms, Shate’ is dedicated to creating work that encompasses spiritual and cultural components as well as a fusion of dance styles. She is also a master instructor who has taught thousands of students throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Zinnijah Guadalupe - Pan-African
Zinnijah Guadalupe is Kucheza Ngoma's 28 years young artistic director. She began dancing when she was 3. She learned traditional West African and West Indian Folk dance by attending dance classes for Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Sundance Theater, and West Indian Folk Dance Company and their rehearsals with her mother, Ruth. At a young age, she knew she wanted to have her own dance company and help people explore the world through dance. Zinnijah says, "If they can follow directions, then they can dance!"
Isidro Salas - Ballet Folklorico
Isidro Salas was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He began his dance studies at age 5 and immediately became interested in Danza Folklórica Mexicana (Mexican Folklore Dance). He studied in La Casa De La Cultura De Monterrey and in the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza Carmen Romano in Monterrey, N.L. He received his certification from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon and the Instituto de Investigación y Difusión de La Danza Mexicana A.C. Armed with his studies, Salas founded Ballet Folklórico Coyoacan and was also a dancer and director of the Department of Public Relations of Ballet Estampas Mexicanas de la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and the Department of Public Relations for Ballet Folklórico Magisterial de Nuevo Leon. Mr. Salas is currently the founder and general director of the 24 member company, La Compañia Folklórica Alegria Mexicana (CFAM), in Houston, Texas.
Tina Sabuco - Arts Alive!
Tina Sabuco, Artistic Director and Foundress of ARTS ALIVE! Inc., holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Drama and Children’s Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Northern Michigan University. She began dancing at age three in her hometown of Escanaba, Michigan and has never stopped. 2012 marks her 37th year of teaching. Tina founded ARTS ALIVE in 1994, blending her drama and dance backgrounds to offer an expressive arts program for students of all ages and abilities. Her students include babies and their parents, children of all ages, seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia and special needs populations. Ms. Sabuco is impassioned about teacher education - - not only for teachers that have been in the field for some time, but also for teachers of the future. She combines unique teaching methodologies with her extensive teaching experience to provide workshops in arts education for classroom teachers.
Jerrica Mark - Chinese
Jerrica, Dance of Asian America Soloist, trained at Mitsi Dancing School, Houston Ballet Academy, and Houston Dance Theatre. She is currently a Dance Major at the University of Houston. She has performed major roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Her beautiful performances have been well received in Dance Houston Festivals, Regional Dance Festival Southwest, East Meets West and Splendid China.
Bryan Peck - Hip Hop
Bryan Peck is a senior at the University of Houston and is pursuing a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Dance. He graduated from San Jacinto College South with an Associate of Arts in Dance. He currently dances with UH Dance Ensemble, Karen Stokes Dance, Suchu Dance, ChinaCat Dance and J & D Entertainment. He has trained in modern, jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and gymnastics and worked with many choreographers and dancers such as Terrance Harrison from Step Up, Twitch from Step Up 3D, and Dacia James. He has attended the American Dance Festival Summer Intensive and the American College Dance Festival with San Jacinto College Dance and UH Dance Ensemble. Bryan has also done modeling for the Halloween Party and Expo; has performed in music videos with Patti LaBelle, Prodigy, Von Won, and Macy Medford; and he has performed in Step Up Revolution with Cindy K's Dance Studio. He has choreographed for Cindy K's Elite Competition Team, Dance Houston's No Limits Dance Camp, and many high schools in the local area.
Stacey Baldon - Modern
Stacey Baldon graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Spanish. In addition to Sam Houston State University she has studied at various summer intensives including Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Katherine Dunham Technique Seminar. While living in Austin, TX she performed for various companies including Ballet Afrique and Ballet East as well as several freelance projects. She is very passionate about sharing her knowledge of the physical, historical, and cultural aspects of dance with students of all ages. Stacey is also pursuing a Master's of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies at University of Houston Clear Lake. In May 2013, Baldon was selected to present original choreography at the esteemed 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in NYC. She is excited to continue her professional career in her hometown of Houston, TX teaching at The Rhodes School and performing with Urban Souls Dance Company and KoumanKe'le' African Dance and Drum Ensemble.