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Tanesha Payne

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Tanesha Sumerset Payne began her dance training in Jacksonville, Florida where she was born and raised. After graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with her art seal, she performed with Danceworks Repertory Company for three years. During this time, she performed works by Alonzo King, KT Nelson and Michael Foley just to name a few. In 2006, Mrs. Payne moved to Miami to pursue her BFA in dance at New World School of the Arts where she studied under the direction of Peter London and Elaine Wright. Two years later, Mrs. Payne was accepted into the certificate and fellowship programs at Alvin Ailey, however life lead her in another direction. 

 

In 2007, Tanesha Payne joined Arch Dance Company in NYC where she had the opportunity to teach and perform across the United States. After living out her dreams in New York, Tanesha returned to her hometown in 2010 to begin another chapter of her life. She married a U.S. soldier and had two beautiful children. Since then Tanesha Payne has continued to teach and choreograph. In 2016, Tanesha added Group Fitness Instructor to her list of many titles. Mrs. Payne has much more to offer the world; and looks forward to using her craft to inspire all that she encounters.

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Hailey Sindelar

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Hailey Sindelar has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography from Texas State University where she was on the Dean’s List for four semesters. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was chosen as the J. Ralph Harrel Scholar for her dedication to and involvement in the Dance Division. While attending Texas State University, she served as Artistic Director for Orchesis Dance Company, a student-run organization, as well as Rehearsal Director for CIM TEYA (Creation in Motion – Touring Ensemble for Young Audiences) under the direction of Kaysie Seitz Brown. 

 

Hailey also performed in two BFA Senior Thesis concerts, including her own, and Opening Door Dance Theatre’s concert while at Texas State University. Hailey danced with Kathy Marfin's Dance School in San Antonio for fifteen years, studying Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Cheerleading and Tumbling. Hailey has continued her dance education outside of school by attending several American College Dance Association conferences and the Dance Teacher Summit NYC in 2014. She has been awarded a Choreography Award and an Entertainment Award from Bravo! Dance Competition. Hailey just completed her sixth year as an Instructor at Kathy Marfin’s Dance School. 

Brittany Lopez

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Brittany Lopez is a contemporary dance artist, educator and feminist who earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from Texas State University. She has performed and presented choreography throughout the state of Texas as well as in Asheville, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mexico City, Mexico. 

 

Currently, Brittany is an Instructor in the dance program at Northwest Vista College and directs the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble. She also performs with Out on A Limb Dance Company in Waco, TX and is thrilled to be serving on the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival Coordinating Committee for the first time this year. Most recently, Brittany served three years as President of the San Antonio Dance Umbrella, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the dance community.

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Arica Basil

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Arica Basil has been dancing for ten years. She began at James Madison High School completing four years of dance team then attended Northwest Vista College studying jazz, modern, and ballet while performing with the NVC Repertory Dance Ensemble. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in Dance, she continued her education at Texas State University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies. As a dance student, Arica was a member with CIM TEYA (Creation in Motion - Traveling Ensemble for Young Audiences), a company whose mission was to teach S.T.E.M. concepts through creative movement to elementary-aged children. 

Last year, she interned at the Coco Dance Festival in Trinidad and Tobago where she helped with festival administration and performed. Recently, she performed at the San Antonio Tricentennial Founder’s Day Gala with a piece choreographed by Brittany Lopez to the poem “This River Here” read live by Dr. Carmen Tafolla. She continues to train in Hip Hop with Countdown Dance Company and also teaches at the Academy of Arts Mexico in San Antonio, TX. 

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