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. Lindsie studied 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 Fine Arts- 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 has also started forming new interests in photography and interior design. A couple fun facts about Lindsie is that she hopes to own a fox one day and loves Taco Bell. When Lindsie is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, reading, DIY projects, camping and being outdoors and enjoying being a new aunt!
Born and raised in Arizona, Brandon Farrer found inspiration from watching a friend move and was drawn to the art of dancing. He was a college student at Paradise Valley Community College where he studied 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. In addition to dancing with MAC & Company, Brandon also dances with CaZo Dance Company. Excited to work with many different people and learn new things, Brandon is an inspired dancer, hopeful of one day becoming a choreographer.
Malikah Fernandez, originally from Memphis, TN, began her training at Dance Dynamics, under Natalie Fotopoulos. In 2010, she moved to Chicago to train with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, joining their Emerging Artist Ensemble in 2011. In 2014, she toured with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater's first company, performing as a soloist and corp member in New York City, Baltimore and Chicago. She performed their signature repertoire works under the direction of Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbot and Nicole Clark Springer. Malikah has performed in musical theater, flash mobs, backup dancing and more. After moving to Phoenix, AZ for personal reasons in 2015, Malikah has performed with several companies and festivals in the valley including Wight Noise Dance, Desert Dance Theater, Cazo Dance and the Blaktinx Dance Festival. This will be her first season with Mac N Co and excited to be performing with them.
Originally from Mexico, Carla Guerrero started dancing at the age of 16. She continued her training at Grand Canyon University where she received her BA in dance education. She has also trained in musical theatre, modern, jazz and hip-hop with several Phoenix based companies including Phoenix Theatre, nueBOX, Phoenix Center for the Arts and currently became member of the Hip-Hop company CROWN Rising. She is currently the dance director and Pom coach at Tolleson Union High School where she has also choreographed for the semi-annual concert shows as well as different musicals for several high schools across the valley. She is excited to be part of MAC company where she hopes to further her performance career.
Martha Hernandez is a born native to Mexico and a painter. She began her dance training at age 15, and received additional training with Ballet Arizona and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She uses her non-dance background in martial arts, yoga, acro-yoga and aerial arts to influence her creativity. Her most recent choreography was presented at the 2019 Blaktinx Dance Festival. She has performed for Center Dance Ensemble, Roberto Villanueva’s BalaSole Dance Company at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City, Cazo Dance Company, Scorpius Dance Theater and Movement Chaos.
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 is 24 years old and was born and raised in Arizona. She 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 will graduate in May 2021.
Allie is an Arizona native with a versatile dance background of many different styles. Allie started dancing at Centrestage Dance Studio when she was 12 years old, and continued dancing there for seven years. During her time at Centrestage, she learned ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, pom, and musical theater. She also competed on a pre-company team one year and placed first with her team at many of their competitions. After her time with Centrestage ended, Allie went to Paradise Valley Community College where she studied dance for three years and earned her Associates degree in Fine Arts in Dance. One of Allie’s favorite memories from college was getting to perform and represent her school at the American College Dance Association. After graduating from PVCC, Allie went to Grand Canyon University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. She now currently works as a preschool teacher in Paradise Valley while also furthering her education to pursue her dream of becoming a Child Life Specialist. Allie loves being part of MAC & Company and looks forward to seeing what other dance opportunities life has in store for her.
Robyn Tye-Lennex fell in love with dancing when she was just five-years-old. She is a classically trained ballerina whose teachers include Lee Gerlack, Nina Marlow, Sally Smith, and Dawn Chambers. She attended a summer intensive with Long Beach Ballet Arts, which included guest teachers such as Edward Villella and Gelsey Kirkland. Robyn has also taken a variety of classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has taught and choreographed ballet at various studios in Arizona and Colorado, including Royal Dance Works in Phoenix. Robyn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from ASU, and teaches Visual Arts for Higley Unified School District. She also teaches dance to her students as part of a unique electives program at her school. Robyn danced with Terpiscore Dance Company and performed in several original works. She currently performs with a local theatre company (State 48 Theatre) and has been seen on their stage in Shakespeare and musical productions. When Robyn isn’t dancing or acting, she enjoys painting, drawing, reading, spending time with her husband, and caring for their three cats.