Lynn Lane is a noted national photographer. He was recently selected as one of Top “100
Creatives” in Houston by the “Houston Press.” He received a BFA from University of North Texas and attended Texas A&M University for Environmental Design/Landscape Architecture. His photography,
art, film and furniture design has been presented in museums, galleries and film festivals internationally. He was represented in London and NYC for his documentary film work. Lane has curated two
film events at the Anthology Film Archives (NYC) and written/ shot photography for: International Documentary Magazine. In addition, he has co-produced/directed: “Ring Days” (Boxing Documentary
featuring: Joe Frazier, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tony Danza and many others). He has also co-produced/directed “The Hardcore Hall of Fame” Television Show (New York) and co-produced/directed
“Skillz DVD Magazine” (New York). Recently, his work has been featured in Dance Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Go Magazine (NYC), Arts+Culture Magazine, Houston Press, Free Press Houston, Houston
Modern Luxury, Dance USA, Dance Source Houston, CultureMap (Houston), The Racing Times (Cycling Magazine), Wesleyan Magazine, Origins, Elle Décor, Wallpaper Magazine (UK), Metropolitan Home,
Metropolis, Echo, Interior Design, Home and Garden, Wohnen (Germany), Vogue Home, Azure, Domino, Interiors, New York Times, Paper Magazine, CityNY, Dwell, Metro (New York), and The Met (Dallas,
Texas). He designed furniture for LeSac in Tokyo and his furniture can be seen in various films such as Hannibal, etc. His design work is still still represented in NYC. He is currently an instructor
at the Houston Center for Photography and has taught documentary filmmaking/videoblogging at Evander Childs High School, South Bronx, New York.
Catalina Molnari is a native of Bogota, Colombia. She holds a BA in Theater and Dance from the University of Houston. She has also trained at the Instituto Superior de Arte in La Habana, Cuba, and at various national and international festivals. Her choreography has been seen at ACDFA, Big Range Dance Festival, San Jacinto College, DiverseWorks’12 MinutesMax, HopeWerks, (Hope Stone, Inc.'s young artist residency program,) and at Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theater. Catalina has performed for various artists in Bogota, La Habana, Ireland, France, and Houston, and she currently works at GYROTONIC® Houston, teaches at Hope Center, and performs with Vault and Hope Stone Dance.
Toni Leago Valle is the Artistic Director of 6’. Valle received a B.A. in Theatre from University of Houston in 2000. Valle has received two Individual Artist Grants from Houston Arts Alliance to produce It’s All Relative in 2002 and tetris in 2009. Valle premiered two more evening length concerts: CRACKED in 2006 and Baptism in 2010 as a recipient of two DiverseWorks Artist Residencies. Her choreography has been seen at DiverseWorks, JCC, University of Houston, San Jacinto College, HSPVA, Freneticore’s Fringe Festival and various art openings and outdoor events. As a performer, Valle has performed with Suchu Dance, Dancepatheatre, Psophonia Dance Company, and is a current member of Karen Stokes Dance, Becky Valls Memoirs series and Becky Valls & Company for Young Audiences. Valle has been featured in numerous concerts, including Open Book, Open House (2000) and Natural Acts in Artificial Water (2012) by Stephan Koplowitz, A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, and Marta Lichlyter’s A Thin Line as part of the University of Houston’s Choreography in Action series on PBS. Valle is also an adjunct faculty at University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. As Project Coordinator of Dance Source Houston, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting dance, Valle has been essential to the implementation of The Dance Card, The Dance Table, and the production of Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre for 12 years. She also serves as graphic designer/production consultant to numerous dance and music companies throughout the Houston area.
George Heathco (Composer) composes music for a variety of ensembles in a wide range of styles. His music blends elements of contemporary concert music with rock, jazz, and various other pop genres. Ensembles and organizations he has written for include the Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Da Camera of Houston, and Scordatura Music Society, Divergence Vocal Theater, and the University of Houston’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble. Recently, George contributed string arrangements for singer/songwriter Chris Telfer’s MATTOO E.P. Current projects include composing music for ReGifting Lions, an evening length dance collaboration with choreographers Toni Leago Valle, Catalina Molnari, and photographer/choreographer Lynn Lane; a song cycle in collaboration with soprano/writer Misha Penton; and the formation a contemporary music ensemble with percussionist Luke Hubley. George was a member of the 2010-2011 Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, and in 2011 was the graduate division winner of the Sarofim Composition Contest at the University of Houston. As a guitarist, Mr. Heathco has performed all over Texas with various musicians, ensembles, and bands, including: Opera Vista, Divergence Vocal Theater, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, the Free Radicals, and as the guitarist for progressive/math metal band, The Pant Factory. He has taught guitar and music theory privately in the Houston area, music theory at American Festival for the Arts, and has taught music fundamentals at the University of Houston. George received a B.M. in music business and an M.M. in composition from the University of Houston.
Jesus Acosta (performer) is originally from Guanajuato , Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University where he studied under Jennifer Pontius, Andy Noble, Dionne Noble, Dana Nicolay, Jonathan Charles, Kista Tucker, Melissa Wynn, and Hilary Bryan. While at SHSU he performed in pieces by Rennie Harris, Bill Evans, Astrid Von Ussar, and Mitchio Ito. Jesus has been working with M.A. Dance and Auxiliaries for eight years teaching, choreographing, and judging all over the United States. He works with local high schools such as Travis and Dulles High School teaching and choreographing for their dance teams. He has national titles in jazz choreography and has danced nationally in venues such as The Ailey Theatre in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and The Rose Wagner PAC in Salt Lake City. He was a guest artist for Dangerous Lorraine's Dance Theatre and a performer for The Kista Tucker Dance Company for two seasons and has also worked with Reck Productions and Rednerrus Feil Dance Company. A Dance Magazine Panel recognized him at The National American College Dance Festival for "his fluidity of motion that was punctuated by sharp arrests of motion and dynamic shifts of focus and presence." He is a founding member of NobleMotion Dance and is on his fourth season with the company. This marks his second season with Hope Stone Dance Company and loves working with such amazing people.
Roberta Paixao Cortes (performer) was born and raised in Brazil and received most of her classical training there. While in Houston, she was introduced to modern and contemporary dance and has had the opportunity to work with local choreographers and companies. Roberta has an Associate Degree in Arts and is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher.
Emily Robison began dancing ta age 4 and is a current dance student at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts/Houston. She has traveled all over the country to study under Mia Michaels, Tyce DeOrio, Dave Scott, and Chris Judd. Emily is a self proclaimed stalker of Joseph Gordon Levitt and is obsessed with Black Holes and that Spaghettification is the coolest thing ever. Emily wants to be a Theoretical Physicist and photography and creating stop motion dance videos are her hobby. Emily made her professional debut performance in a preview of Regifting Lions at the Big Range Dance Festival 2012.
Lindsey Sarah Thompson (performer) is living and working in Houston as an artist and educator of many mediums and processes. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston, but her investment extends into performance arts, dance, and design. Lindsey has been teaching photography, electronic multimedia, filmmaking, movement, drawing and painting in some significant capacity since 2008, as an employee of Cypress Fairbanks ISD, Living Lines Dance Center, and since, through organizations such as Aurora Picture Show and Houston Center for Photography. Lindsey has been performing with Jennifer Wood and Suchu Dance since 2004 and currently is appreciating the opportunity to work with as many choreographic talents as she can handle. She continues to develop her own choreography, photography, and video work personally and professionally.
Brit Wallis (performer), a native Houstonian, grew up training at Shelly Power's Academy of Dance, and continued her studies at the Houston Ballet Academy. She was a member of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for 5 years, and had the opportunity to work with luminaries such as Kate Skarpetowska, Margo Sappington, and Mario Zambrano. She spent a season in Chicago working and touring with Luna Negra Dance Theater, and a summer in New York City performing with Molly Rabinowitz/Liquid Grip. Brit remains actively involved in the Houston dance community. She is currently in her 4th season with Hope Stone Dance, her 2nd season with NobleMotion Dance, and her 1st season with Frame Dance Productions. Additionally, she is performing with Vault, 6 Degrees, Recked Productions, and Chapman Dance.