Chika studied Graham, Dunham, Horton, ballet and jazz techniques at The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Peri Dance in New York and modern and ballet at UT-Austin. She received most of her technical training from Rodolfo Mendez and Melissa Villarreal of Ballet East Dance Company. Chika has had the honor and privilege of performing with a number of Austin based modern companies including Ariel Dance Theatre, Spank Dance Company, Diverse Space Dance Theatre and Ballet East. She has worked with numerous choreographers, both local and national. She loves musical theatre and performed in West Side Story for Zilker Hillside Theatre and Zachary Scott Theatre’s Aida. Chika is a dancer, heart and soul, but finds great fulfillment in her day job as a teacher for children with special needs.
Bonnie started training in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip-hop eleven years ago at T.J.’s Dance Factory in San Antonio, TX. After graduating from high school, Bonnie moved to Austin and studied dance at Austin Community College, where she had opportunities to perform in Atlanta, Georgia and at the American College Dance Festival in College Station, Texas. In 2009 Bonnie transferred to Texas State University where she is a teaching assistant and member of Merge Dance Company. With Merge Bonnie performed in Los Angeles, California and has studied with international dance companies. Bonnie has also been a principal dancer in Diverse Space Dance Theatre for three years under the artistic direction of Toni Bravo. After graduation in December 2011, Bonnie aspires to get her Master’s degree in dance and become a professor.
Sheila Cruz began her dance training at the age of 10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she was born and raised. She became a member of the Hunter College Dance Company and studied modern, jazz, hip hop, and ballet at Broadway Dance Center. She also became a member of the Danza Jazz Company of Puerto Rico, and began her career as a professional dancer/choreographer working with a number of famous Latin stars. She has choreographed musicals for Teatro del 60, attended the Alvin Ailey program in New York City, and taken classes at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. In 2003, Sheila and her husband moved to Minneapolis where she continued to teach dance and obtained a scholarship to train with Zenon Dance Company. In Austin she has performed and choreographed withToni Bravo and Ballet East.
Lisa del Rosario
Nominated for Best Short Work and Best Dancer for the Austin Critics Table Awards and Outstanding Choreographer for the B. Iden Payne Awards, Lisa is a multifaceted artist–an actress, dancer, teacher, choreographer, and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM. Clare Croft of the Austin American-Statesman referred to her as “One of Austin’s most thoughtful, yet quirky, performers.”
A native Texan, Lisa trained at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and as a presidential scholarship student at the University of Texas. She went on to live in the Philippines and dance with the Philippine National Folk Dance Company Bayanihan. Her eclectic style is exemplified through her teaching modalities as well as in her choreographic work in performance.
Lisa teaches at Ballet Austin, Tapestry, and Core Therapy & Pilates, and will begin teaching at the Khabele School this coming ’11-’12 school year. Keep an eye out for her work with local performing companies: DA! Theatre Collective, Califa Collaborative Arts, and The Sheep Army.
Angie has been dancing in Austin since 2001, and has enjoyed working with Blue Lapis Light, Chaddick Dance Company, Zach Scott Theater, The Getalong Gang, and several talented choreographers- including Sharon Marroquín, who she met during one of many seasons with Ballet East Dance Theater. Aside from dancing, she is the producer for a commercial music and sound design company, a certified Gyrotonic Expansion System® instructor, and a grateful wife and mama.
Elizabeth began dancing in studios as a child, where she discovered her life-long passion for dance. She studied at the Kansas City Ballet School for five years and obtained a BFA in Dance Performance from Missouri State University. Since moving to Austin she has performed and choreographed for Ballet East Dance Company and filled in as a guest teacher in several public schools. She currently teaches ballet, lyrical, and contemporary classes at Austin Dance Company and is interested in gardening and learning to speak Spanish. She is thankful for her husband, family, and friends for their endless support and is very excited to be working on this project.
Michelle Marroquin is a choreographer, dancer, trainer and educator based in Western Massachusetts. She teaches dance at Springfield College, performs Classical Indian Dance with Nataraj Dancers and has a private practice in Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis. Michelle is proud to be a part of this important project.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance from Texas State University, and is a certified Dance and P.E. Teacher. Shehas performed in shows at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and in “Women: Voices & Whispers” at the Austin Ventures Theater under the direction of Sharon Marroquín, Toni Bravo, and Anu Naimpally. Other choreographers Emily has worked with include Dane Burch, Sarah Rucker, Jennifer Weitz, Danielle Ricci, Gina Patterson, Eric Midgley, and Annelize Machado. She has performed at Dance Carousel, Big Range Austin Dance Festival, 10 Minutes Max, American College Dance Festival in Oklahoma, Haiti Benefit Tribute, and the Seton Benefit at the Palmer Events Center. She is honored to be a part of Sharon Marroquín’s Project.
Ciara is 11 years old. She is going into the 7th Grade at Murchison Middle School. She has been dancing at Tapestry Dance Company since she was 4 years old. Her teachers there include Sharon Marroquin, Brenna Khun, Stacie Stalmach, Stephanie Chavez, and Siobhan Cook. She has performed in Women, Voices, and Whispers as well as annual dance performances at Tapestry Dance Company. Other than dance her hobbies include playing the harp, gymnastics, and spending time with her sister, Maeve, and her brother, Donovan.
Elizabeth is the founder and co-artistic director of ticktock, an unabashedly experimental post-modern aerial circus and dance company based in Seattle, WA. Originally from Austin, she began her modern dance training with Darla Johnson in 1996. She spent ten years performing in New York and L.A. before settling in Seattle in 2008. Elizabeth is passionately committed to advancing the art of aerial movement beyond the realm of tricks and feats to a place that demands the fullest awareness of the body in performance. Keep up with her at lizaroseaerial.com.