Camps – Choreographers

(subject to change)

Marissa Cantu Harkless – Assistant Director, Latin Dance

Marissa is originally from San Antonio, Texas but grew up in Austin, Texas where she attended Crockett High School. She was a member of the Tex Anns Dance Team for three years and then went on the join the World Famous Texas State University Strutters in San Marcos, Texas for four years. Marissa graduated from Texas State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with teacher certification and a minor in Communications. She then moved to Houston, Texas to become the head director and founder of the Show Stoppers dance team at G. C. Scarborough High School. After four years of building a successful and award winning team at Scarborough she moved on to be the Head Director of the Heights High School Redcoats Dance team in 2016. Taking the Redcoats from District champions to Regional Champions and in 2019 to State Level Champions and nearly tripling the team size.  This will be Marissa 5th year with Dance Houston’s No Limits Summer Dance Camp.

Hannah Ruskan – Ballet

Hannah’s early training was completed at North Jersey School of Dance Arts with a focus in the Vaganova ballet technique. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in dance and professional training from Messiah College in Harrisburg, PA. She recently relocated to Houston to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company 2 for the 2017 – 2018 season under the direction of Shizu Yasuda and Randall Flinn. She has received additional training from Mark Morris Dance Group and The Radio City Rockettes.

Janie Yao – Chinese Dance

Janie is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Dance of Asian America (DAA), a non-profit dance company established in 2001.  Ms. Yao trained with Mitsi Dancing School and the Houston Ballet in Chinese classical and folk dance and classical ballet. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in ballet, modern, and jazz, and she is a certified teacher of the Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Syllabus.  Her choreography has been invited to the grand opening of Cirque de Soleil: Dralion and the grand opening of the Meadows Museum in Dallas. In 2009, DAA was select as one of eleven dance companies in Houston to perform in Dance/USA’s Showcase – “The Power of Movement” – at The Wortham Center, for which she also served as Production Manager. Ms. Yao is the Co-Director of Mitsi Dancing School which was invited to compete in Season 8 of America’s Got Talent Live at Radio City Music Hall.

Bryan Peck – Modern Dance

Bryan Peck is a graduate of the University of Houston with 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.

Andrea Cody – Director, Lindy Hop

Andrea Cody has worked in the arts and entertainment industry for over thirty years with clients including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Dance of Asian America, METdance, Texas Dance Educator’s Association, University of Houston, Citgo, Camden, and Grantmakers in the Arts.  She is a graduate of St. John’s School with a bachelor’s degree in the humanities from University of Chicago.  She is the executive producer of H-Town Get Down and Swing, Baby, Swing! at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  She serves on the advisory board of Hope Stone Dance Company and has served as Vice President of Chicago Swing Dance Society and The Houston Swing Dance Society.  She learned to dance from Margo Marshall School of Ballet, the Houston Ballet Academy, Carnell Pipkin, Frankie Manning, and Norma Miller, and she enjoys teaching dance at Texas Southern University, Avenida Houston, the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center and Queensbury Theater.

Tina Bose Kumar – Bollywood

Tina is a life-long dancer from the sunshine state of Florida who directs Infused Performing Arts. She is a certified BollyX instructor who perfected her teaching skills in Dance while working as an assistant to renowned Bollywood Choreographer, Anil Diwakar, while pursuing her Degree in Business Communications at St. John’s University in New York. She began training in ballet and the classical Indian dance of Bharathanatyam as a young child and completed it in her youth under the direction of Guru Smt. Uma Nagarsrseth. During high school, she represented the Austin High School Angels dance team. She has been running a successful dance studio since 2009 and looks forward to returning to No Limits Summer Dance camp in 2018!

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