Micaela Church, MFA, is currently an Adjunct Faculty for the dance programs at Paradise Valley Community College and Mesa Community College. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, where she also taught as a Faculty Associate. She has earned both a 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 PVCC, ASU, CGCC, and MCC. She has danced for H.Lab Performance, Conversion Dance Project, Michigan Dance Collective, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, and the Blue Lake International Ballet. During her time at ASU, she had the opportunity to study with the Beijing Modern Dance Company in China and perform in a work for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. She presented her research in 2010 on the integration of music and dance at the National Dance Education Organization’s conference.
Li Pei Khoo
Li Pei started ballet training at the age of 11 and has completed the Intermediate level with both Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD). Upon graduation from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Accountancy, Li Pei taught children’s ballet for a period of 5 years. Thereafter, Li Pei moved to Arizona, USA, to pursue further studies in Dance Education at Arizona State University (ASU). At ASU, Li Pei studied dance history and philosophy, creative practices, dance pedagogy, and post-modern contemporary technique. She was recognized on the Dean’s List every semester and was also awarded the Special Talent Award in Dance scholarship as well as the Kathy Lindholm Lane Scholarship in Dance Education. In May 2011, Li Pei graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (Dance Education). She was also the recipient of the ASU School of Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research. Since graduation, Li Pei has been teaching dance at Copper Canyon High School in Glendale, Arizona.
Rachael Adams has followed her dance passion for the past ten years. She received her dance training from various studios around the East Valley and in Minnesota, focusing her training on ballet. After her first performance, Rachael fell in love with the stage and began to follow her dream of being a performer. In the spring of 2011, she decided to focus her studies on dance at Chandler-Gilbert Community College where she studied ballet, modern, and jazz. She has also performed each semester in both the faculty and student dance shows for the college. After joining CGCC's TranscenDance Company in 2012, Rachael has built her experience performing in the American College Dance Association Festival for three consecutive years, the Arizona Dance Festival, and the 2014 Maricopa Artist of Promise Competition at the Phoenix Orpheum Theatre. She was awarded 3rd place in group choreography the year prior for the Maricopa AP competition. She recently graduated with her Associates in Dance from Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
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.
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 three young children and helping her husband manage their engraving company.
Tawny Hyster is a Minnesota Native from Apple Valley; she started dancing at the age of two. Tawny continued her dance training at the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a BFA in Dance. At the U of M she worked with amazing artists such as Paula Mann, Carl Flink, Nathan Truce, Uri Sands and Shapiro and Smith Dance among others. She received her 200 hr RYT certification from CorePower Yoga. Tawny also got involved in the administrative, and production side of dance in addition to perusing her dance career. That pursuit took her to Phoenix Arizona where she has danced with Scorpius Dance Theatre, Dulce Dance Company and other independent artists.
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.
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.
Kori began her dance training in San Diego, CA, studying at both the Academy of Performing Arts and the San Diego Dance Academy. She continued her education at San Diego State University and Grossmont College, where she received her BA in English with a minor in Theatre Art. She has trained with Joe Tremaine, Angie Bunch of Culture Shock, Hamilton Evans, Nick Lanzisera, and Brian Friedman at The Edge in Los Angeles. She received the "New Choreographer" award at the Tremaine Dance workshop from 2000-2002. She holds a Dance Masters of America Certification in Jazz and Contemporary. She currently also performs with Scorpius Dance Theatre and is a dance instructor at Desert West Dance Academy.
Brandon Trieu, a New York native, is a choreographer raised in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of 14 he ventured to the southwest, where he is currently based, and began his dance training in modern, contemporary, jazz, and ballet. He then made the conscious decision to pursue this art form which brought him to the school of Film, Dance, and Theatre at Arizona State University as a BFA Dance Education student. In addition, he has studied abroad in London, England at the University of Roehampton gaining experience in contact improvisation, Limon, and Graham technique. Through his dance training, he has had the opportunity to dance under local, national, and international artists such as Vincent Cacialano, Kimberly Bartosik, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Gemma Donohue, Goergia Tegou, Matthew Paluch, and Mary Fitzgerald. He is currently working to develop a company, SomaKinetic Movement Collective, whose mission is to delve deeper into the creative processes, aiming to make work that is equal in athletic rigor and reflection.