Micaela Church, MFA, is currently the resident dance faculty for Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, where she also taught as faculty associate. She has earned both her BA in dance and a BM in viola performance from Alma College. Her commissioned works have most recently been performed at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and Alma College, in Alma, MI. While in Arizona, she has choreographed and produced several works shown at ASU, CGCC, MCC and PVCC. Her choreography for MAC & Company has been chosen for performance at dance festivals in Arizona, California and Nevada. She has produced all of MAC & Company’s full length performances and has toured the company throughout the Southwest. She has danced for several companies in addition to MAC & Company, including H.Lab Performance, Convergence Dance Project, Michigan Dance Collective, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, and the Blue Lake International Ballet. She has danced throughout the country and internationally in China and Europe. She presented her research in 2010 on the integration of music and dance at the National Dance Education Organization’s conference.
Lindsie is a native to Arizona and began her dance training at 5 in multiple forms of dance at Benders Performing Arts (formally Betty Jonson's School of Dance) in Phoenix. In 2010, Lindie pursued a degree in dance at Paradise Valley Community College, where she performed multiple times, in addition to performing at Tempe Center for the Arts and the American College Dance Association Regional Conference. While at PVCC, Lindsie continued her training in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Pointe, Modern, Choreography and also started learning a little bit of country dancing. In 2018 she graduated PVCC with an Associates degree in Dance. Her next goal is to get a degree in Psychology and start a career in Dance Therapy, where she hopes to make an impact with those that are struggling and wish to express themselves through dance. Lindsie plans to teach dance classes and continue to choreograph work.
Born and raised in Arizona, Lillian began dancing at the age of 3 years old with a determination to keep up with her older sisters. She competed in dance competitions across the nation for over 10 years, training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Although she stopped dancing competitively to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Arizona State University, she continuously found ways to jump in to as many dance classes as possible. Lillian has choreographed and taught dance in multiple styles, including as an assistant teacher for ASU's Latin/Swing/Ballroom course. Lillian is inspired by the therapeutic capabilities of dance and believes that dance can be a powerful tool to inspire change in not only the dancers, but the audience as well.
Born and raised in Arizona, Brandon Farrer found inspiration from watching a friend move and was drawn to the art of dancing. He is currently a college student at Paradise Valley Community College working toward his Associates in dance. Brandon plans to continue expanding his knowledge of the art form by achieving a higher education degree. He has performed in the Arizona Dance Festival, and in a variety of shows at PVCC in both faculty and student work. Most recently, he presented his own solo choreography work at the PVCC Spring Dance Collection in 2015. Excited to work with many different people and learn new things, Brandon is an inspired dancer, hopeful of one day becoming a choreographer.
Andrea Hayes was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Bonnie Ardelene’s School of Dance where she fell in love with the art. She moved to Arizona at the age of 12 and began dancing with The Dance Studio. She was a member of their pre-professional dance company. She participated in competitions and performances around the southwest region winning scholarships and various awards. She began choreographing and teaching dance classes after graduating high school. Her choreography has won awards and recognition at performances and competitions. She is inspired by her peers and loves to learn new styles of dance from master teachers such as Todd Shanks, Jessica Starr, Kolby Rozenfeld, and more. Her goal is to continue her love for dance and sharing it with those around her by performing in her community.
Martha Patricia Hernandez
Martha Hernandez is a born native to Jalisco, Mexico. She was first a painter, and then began her dance training at Metropolitan Arts Institute in 2005. Martha gained additional training from Ballet Arizona, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and martial arts. She has performed previously with Physical Graffiti, Center Dance Ensemble, and Roberto Villanueva’s BalaSole Dance Company at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City. Martha is currently a dance company member of CaZo Dance Company, and both a dancer and aerialist in Silks/Trapeze/Lyra for Scorpius Dance Theater. Recently earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Media for Dance from Arizona State University, she has produced many works that have earned her awards and recognition.
Brittany Hood is a Tempe, AZ native. She graduated from McClintock High School and continued her education at ASU, where she earned a BA in dance. While attending ASU, Brittany danced in several faculty, graduate, and undergraduate works. She culminated her studies with a choreographic work that included live music. After three years of dancing with H.Lab Performance, Brittany now continues her dance pursuits with MAC & Company. Brittany's day jobs consist of raising her four young children and helping her husband manage their engraving company.
A California native, Kathleen Kennedy-Estrada is a visual artist, musician and a dancer. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a BA in Art. While at the university, Kathleen studied painting and performed with various wind ensembles, experiences that now inform her movements as a dancer. After relocating to Arizona, she began taking ballet classes and has not stopped dancing since. She has studied at Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College, performing in several of PVCC’s student collections. Kathleen has also performed with Desert Dance Theater and in Interconnected- A Hybrid Performance.
Michelle began her dance training at age of 8 in the styles of hip hop and jazz dance. Her training in these styles was under the direction of hip hop star choreographer Oscar Hernandez. Michelle's passion for dance allowed her to be on dance team in junior high and high school. In high school Michelle expanded in her technique training from U of A teacher Courtland Peterson who also gave her the opportunity to showcase and explore her choreography skills and was given the award of performer of the year her senior year. Michelle then continued her passion for dance and attended PVCC dance program from 2012-2015. Here, she was awarded dance scholarships each term and danced for micaela church and sonia Valle. She then, auditioned and transferred to the GCU Dance Education Program in 2015, where she received dance and academic scholarships, and continued her training in ballet, modern, jazz and educational teaching methods for k-12 students. Michelle graduated in 2017 from gcu dance education program. Her hope and dream to find a high school dance program to call her own, where she can share her passion and love for dance with the youth and make an impact.
Taylor began gymnastics at the age of 7 and continued competitively until the age of 12. When she began jr. high she joined the cheerleading team and became very involved with it. In high school, she became even more active in cheerleading and competed with both the cheer team and the pom team until she graduated. In college she decided to pursue a degree in dance where she took her first ballet and modern dance classes. Two years later she graduated with her Associates in Fine Arts- Dance from Paradise Valley Community College. Currently she is pursuing her Bachelors degree in early childhood education and she plans to transfer to Arizona State University in the next year.
Mary Schmitz was born and raised in Arizona and has a passion for dance and discovering how dance and science interconnect. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in chemistry and a minor in dance from Arizona State University in May 2016. Mary began dancing at Paradise Valley Community College as a way deal with stress and soon fell in love with the movement based expression. She has studied ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, postmodern contemporary and choreographic techniques. Mary has performed in The Genesis Dance Project at the Tempe Center for the Arts, in Crystal Lewis’s work at PVCC, and in a variety of graduate dance projects at ASU including See Cha’s thesis project. Mary plans to continue dancing as she pursues further education.
Allie started dancing when she was 12 years old at Centrestage Dance Studio. She danced there for seven years and performed on a pre-company team during her senior year of high school. After high school, she left Centrestage to go study at Paradise Valley Community College where she graduated with an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts in Dance in 2016. During her time there she studied many dance styles including modern, ballet, and jazz. Her favorite college experiences include performing and representing her school at the American College Dance Association, as well as choreographing her own piece for one of her school’s shows. Allie has always been very passionate about dance and hopes to someday become a dance teacher and choreographer at a studio like the one she started at.
Emily is 24 years old and had been dancing since she was 3. She started out with tap, jazz, and ballet in White Lake Michigan, and moved to Arizona at the age of 9. Then she began dancing at Dynamic Motion Dance Academy continuting to train and compete as well. In college she danced with Verve Dance Company at GCC for one year, while also teaching classes at a local dance studio for ages 2-12. This year Emily is attending ASU and hopes to obtain her bachelors in Elementary and Special Education in the fall of 2019.