Ninfa Ruby Leal began dancing at the age of 16 with her high school drill team. During her sophomore year at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she joined the nationally ranked Division I Islanders Dance Team. Her time with the Islanders taught her game day style jazz, hip hop, and pom, while competing at NDA nationals for two years. Upon transferring to the University of Houston, Leal is currently studying for her B.A. in Dance. Ruby looks forward to her last few years at UH while preparing for her first professional show with Toni Valle's company, Six Degrees.
Liannet Madrazo is a native of Cuba, La Habana. She will be receiving her B.A in Dance and B.S in Kinesiology from the University of Houston in May 2018. She studied danced since childhood in La Habana Cuba with Tony Menendez Dance Company and performed in multiple venues and theaters in La Habana. She was accepted at the National School of Arts before moving to Houston, TX. She continued her training at Robert E Lee High school under Keisha Breaker. In Houston, she has danced with Chapman Dance, Karen Stokes Dance, Ailene Mapes, Jacqueline Nalett and Suchu Dance Company. Liannet was a member of the UH Dance Ensemble, where she worked with John Beasant III, Teresa Chapman, Randall Flinn, Dorrell Martin, Karen Stokes, Leslie Scates, Sophia Torres, Becky Valls and Jane Weiner. Currently, Lia an apprentice for Karen Stokes Dance.
Kylie McIntyre is a sophomore at University of Houston. She has been dancing since she was four years old. McIntyre received her dance training at Divine Dance Academy and DanceZone. Kylie’s favorite style of dance is ballet and has grown to love modern. Kylie is looking forward to growing as an artist and dancer at University of Houston.
Mary Catherine McReynolds received her training from Barbie Rhodes Dance Studio in Lake Jackson, Texas, where she was a part of the Senior Competition Team and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. She also worked as a ballet teacher and the Teen Competition Team coach for 2016-2017 at the studio. She is now a freshman working towards her BA in Dance at the University of Houston. In the future she hopes to make her career as a performer, and later on, by teaching dance at the collegiate level.
From the San Jac Dance Pac company to the UH Dance Ensemble, to being a guest performer for Karen Stokes Dance, Ariel Montemayor has performed for the past 7 years in Houston. She recently graduated with Cum Lade Honors with a focus in Interdisciplinary Arts and a BA in Dance from the University of Houston. After working with HISD and PISD, Montemayor is now a pre-ballet and creative movement dance instructor at Jewish Community Center and a current company member of 6 Degrees. Montemayor wants to share with you her favorite words of empowerment from Theodore Roosevelt. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Know that you can reach your dreams.
Carlos Perez is a sophomore at the University of Houston, working towards a BA in Dance. He started dancing at the age of 13 in ballet, modern, and contemporary. Perez has also taken part in theater, choir, and color guard and was the dance soloist for Cypress Independent Colorguard 2017. His choreography has been showcased at “UH Goes to the MATCH,” Lone Star College Cyfair Dance Concert 2017, and ACDA South-Central Conference 2018. Perez has performed in works by George Staib and Paul Appleman. Perez is a current company member of 6 Degrees and Suchu Dance, two contemporary companies based in Houston, TX.
Michelle Reyes is in her sophomore year at University of Houston and has been dancing for 11 years. Prior to UH, she was a student at Studio G. Dance in Manvel, TX where she trained in hip-hop, ballet, modern, tap, and point. She is currently working on a BA in Dance and is a member of the UH Dance Ensemble. She has choreographed and performed at Emerging Choreographers Showcase, UH Goes to the MATCH, ACDA South-Central Conference 2018, and performed in Ensemble Dance Works. She recently studied dance abroad in Costa Rica with Professor John Beasant III where she was able to co-choreograph and perform.
Kate Rash is a freelance dancer and dance educator in Houston, Texas. She graduated with a degree in Dance from the University of Houston in 2015 and has since danced for Open Dance Project, Psophonia Dance Company, and 6 Degrees. She is a current Artist in Residence with Dance Source Houston, premiering new work during Barnstorm Dance Festival 2018. She also teaches through Young Audiences of Houston as a current Teaching Artist at Harvard Elementary as well as performs with Becky Valls in Company, "Dance of the Insects," an interactive performance that teaches science through dance.
Tyler Colton Scarberry graduated from the University of Houston in 2015 with a BA in Music and a minor in Dance. Tyler is both a dance teacher and color guard director at Summer Creek High School in Humble ISD. Tyler began his movement training in high school Color Guard. In 2012 & 2013, he was a member of Code Black Independent Winter Guard, who took second place at the Winter Guard International World Championships in 2013. Past teaching experiences include color guard at J. Frank Dobie High School & Pasadena High School, as well as summer color guard camps for Marching Auxiliaries in 2013. He is looking forward to continuing as both a dance teacher and color guard director, as it allows him to share two of his passions with and provide a safe haven of self-expression for young adults.
Davis Stumberg graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Dance. Aside from his dance background, he was a collegiate cheerleader and has taught gymnastics and cheerleading for many years. He is a fitness enthusiast with a love for movement. Davis is a current member of Open Dance Proejct under Annie Arnault and teaches aerial fabric at Hunter Dance Center.