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Stacie previously danced as a Demi-Soloist at the Festival Ballet of North Texas in Denton, TX,  with the First Wing Company of the Ballet Foundation in Carrollton, TX, and Ballet Renee Company in Killeen, TX.  She received the bulk of her ballet training from Newcomb School of Ballet in Killeen, TX under the direction of Margaret Newcomb and Renee Gillenwater where she studied both Russian technique and the American Ballet Theater Curriculum.  She also trained with the dance department of Sam Houston State University, Sun King Dance, Texas Ballet Theater, the Dance Institute of Dallas, and Contemporary Ballet Dallas.  

Stacie has participated in several performances throughout the years.  She has been a part of several World Premiers as a Demi Soloist and Corp member including The Purple Rose, Preludes, Beethoven the 5th, and Happy Prince. She was the leading role as the Empress in the Empress Nightingale with the Ballet Renee Company.  She also has performed in several Nutcrackers throughout the years where she had roles including Snow, the Waltz of Flowers, Garden, Spanish Chocolate, Chinese Tea, Reed Pipes, Icicle, and a parent.  Stacie has choreographed a few dances including A-Flat, and was the former choreographer and leader for the GC Crew Step and Dance Teams in Killeen, TX.  Outside of dance, Stacie is a Registered Dietitian and is currently working on her PhD in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.  She recently completed her research on Using Athlete’s Plate for Easy Training/ Weight Management on Dancers, and she plans to continue to do research in dance nutrition for her dissertation.

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Morgan is a student at Cedar Valley College, where she is obtaining her Associates in Science. She is going into her fifth year of classical ballet training at Ozsoy School of Ballet, while also learning modern and contemporary. Through Essence Dance Academy, Morgan has had the opportunity to teach early childhood and elementary aged kids, starting as an intern in the summer of 2016.

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Anna is originally from Fairfield, Texas. She trained under Lydia Spano (Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Magnificat!) at Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, Texas. Anna also graduated with her Associate of Arts Degree from Mclennan Community College in Waco,Texas. As a student, she trained during the summer (2009­-2013) at Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensive in Jackson, Mississippi and also at Ballet Academy East in New York City. In 2012 and 2013 she was selected to be a part of the pre­professional company at Ballet Magnificat! Summer Intensives.  Anna was accepted into the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program as a Trainee II in the fall of 2013. During her years as a Trainee II, she was also a part of the Events Company at Ballet Magnificat!. Anna toured nationally and internationally for two years as a part of the Events Company. In July of 2015, Anna was invited to be a Company Apprentice with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet. She toured nationally with the company during that year and performed many leading roles. Anna was invited to become a Company Artist at Vivid Ballet in July of 2016 and finished her last season with the company in June of 2017. She became a Company Artist in June of 2017 with Dallas Neo­ Classical ballet. Anna has been teaching all styles of dance to all ages for over the past 9 years.

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Avery Jai

Avery-Jai grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  She received her BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2014.  She enriched her dance training with international instruction in Austria at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and in Israel at Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s international Dance Journey program.  She is a dancer for Indah Walsh Dance Company, New York City, and Keyhole Dance Project, Padova, Italy, where she is also a co-director. Other freelance performances include Polaris
choreographed by Crystal Pite, Sacred Sky, Sacred Earth choreographed by Allyson Green (Florence, Italy), and a new creation in Hamburg, Germany that premiered at Monsun Theater.  Avery-Jai’s teaching credentials include: Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, STEP! Scuola di Danza, Scuola di Danza Bassiano, and International Dance Bassano.  Also, she is a certified mat Pilates instructor.  Currently Avery-Jai performs
with New York based cullen+them, and is developing Don’t Ask Why, a contemporary dance company based out of Dallas, Texas.

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Grace has 22 years of dance training. As a child, she studied all forms of dance such as jazz, lyrical, modern, and ballet at Invasion. At the age of ten, she took jazz, contemporary, and technique classes at Momentum Dance Studio in Mansfield Texas. For 4 years, she was part of the Mansfield Summit High drill team where she was captain during her senior year. After graduating, Grace became a member of the professional dance company Rhapsody Movement, previously under the direction of Mrs. Jamie Perrin, where they performed all over the metroplex.  

race went on to study at Sam Houston State University. After that, she came back and spent 5 more semesters with Rhapsody Movement, becoming a student choreographer and later a guest choreographer. She choreographed a piece that was performed at ACDA during the spring of 2014. Currently, Grace is a Dance instructor for Family Dream Center, a mobile dance instructor for Dancing Little Stars, Mansfield Summit High School technique instructor, Essence Dance Academy instructor, and Owner/Artistic Director of Shades of Motion Dance Company.

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Stephanie "Passionz"  began her dance journey in high school drill team. During her senior year as Co-Captain, she choreographed her team's hip hop competition routine and officer hip hop; leading them to three 1st place trophies from different competitions. This kick started her choreography niche. Since then, Passionz has lead numerous Texas high school drill teams to 1st place in the hip hop category and founded Passionz HipHop Choreography Agency; where she focuses on concert and commercial dance training for less-fortunate dancers who are looking to get their feet moving in the Dallas dance industry

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Camri is a senior at Dallas Baptist University and will be obtaining her Bachelors of Art in EC-6th education with a minor in Spanish. She started dancing in the third grade at OCBF for the children's dance ministry. She was taught under creative director Ms. Shannon for several years. It was at OCBF that Camri became acquainted with ballet, lyrical, hip hop and liturgical styles of dance. In the 7th grade, she transitioned over to youth under Mrs. Sha'Rae and remained in youth dance until the 11th grade. In addition to the other styles of dance she learned earlier, youth allowed her to experience the styles of contemporary, modern, and an advanced level of hip hop. Camri was also introduced to mime and African. In 2008, she was given the opportunity to help choreograph a dance for a play at FCA. In 2009, she started choreographing for the children's dance ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. She choreographed really exciting works for their Christmas,  Easter and fifth Sunday pieces. From 2010-2012, she danced at various churches and at several volunteer and special events in the DFW area. In the fall of 2012, she was given the opportunity to choreograph for the Essence Dance Academy (EDA). Through EDA, she's been able to receive more technique training and gained exposure to afro-modern and jazz. She's also been able to work with and assist children from early childhood to eighth grade. Her primary group to work with was FCA 4th-8th grade. Camri is happy to have the experience to challenge and inspire the technique and artistic expression of her students.

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Tiara is a 2017 graduate from the University of North Texas located in Denton, Texas, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance. She began her dance training in her early childhood years at the Mary Lois School of Dance in Desoto, Texas. Throughout her elementary and middle school stages, she received strict training from Dallas Black Dance Theater (Dallas, Texas) enjoying the diverse movement of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and African dancing. Although, her journey did not stop there. Over the summers, she spent countless hours training at Texas Ballet Theatre, Tuzer School of Ballet, Powerhouse School of Dance, and many more. As she graduated from Cedar Hill Collegiate High School, she also graduated from Ozsoy School of Ballet Theatre in Duncanville, Texas, giving her the best seven years of classical ballet training, truly solidifying her love for dance.

Tiara's years spent at the University of North Texas brought a second level of confidence for her dancing career. She dug deeper into the realm of Modern/Contemporary dance, engaging in intense Floor work and performance. After graduation, she continues her practice at Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Through Essence Dance Academy, she has had the opportunity to teach early childhood and elementary aged students, private lessons, and summer camps starting as an intern in 2014.

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Cierra, a native of Baltimore, MD, graduated with honors from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2007 and is a 2011 graduate of the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University B.F.A. Program in Dance. While a student in the Ailey/Fordham program, she performed works by Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Elisa Monte, Francesca Harper, George Faison, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christopher Huggins, Earl Mosley, Paul Taylor, Joyce Trisler, and Scott Rink. She also performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey's "Memoria" in 2009 and 2010. As a freelance dancer, Cierra worked with various companies in NYC including the Francesca Harper Project, Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, and for R&B artist Chrisette Michele. She has taught and assisted classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern to students of all ages at various schools in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Georgia, & Texas including the Ailey School, Connecticut Ballet Center, Newburgh Performing Arts Academy, Harlem YMCA, Academy of The Arts, Georgia Ballet, Westminster Ballet, Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Studio Atlanta Dance, AREA Atlanta, & Park Cities Dance. Cierra currently works for a non-profit in Dallas, TX, called Behind Every Door Ministries, where she is the co-director of The Rose Community Center.  Her heart is for young people to know their value and identity in Christ, become who God has destined them to be, and rise up to be leaders in their community. Cierra also currently serves as the dance ministry director for Restoration Community Church Dallas. She worked for Essence Dance Academy in 2016 and is excited about returning to educate and inspire students to reach their fullest potential. 

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Hope is an intense performer that effortlessly molds herself into multiple styles of dance. Although she enjoys performing, her true passion is teaching youth to positively express themselves through the art of dance. Hope received her BFA in Dance and Education from the Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. She received her earlier training in the Dallas Fort Worth Area at Mary Lois School of Dance, Stacia’s Dance Studio, Essence Dance Academy and The Dallas Black Dance Academy. She currently teaches dance full time at Wilmer Hutchins High School and has worked with Big Thought, Ultimate Dance Camp, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), and her home away from home Building the Kingdom Community Church. Growing up under the leadership of Avis Sauls, Hope has been inspired to give back to the young ladies that are dancing along the same path.

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Sha'Rae has 29 years of dance experience. She started at the age of six at a daycare dance class in Glenn Heights Texas and has been dancing ever since. Her passions consist of coaching, mentoring, and providing choreography for various individuals, groups, and dance ministries. Sha’Rae enjoys encouraging those she works with to tap into their own passions and to find their own voice.

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Amaria is a native of Dallas, Texas where she began studying dance at the age of 4. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and is currently studying at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (Los Angeles, California) where she has performed works by William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Jiří Kylián, Dwight Rhoden, and many more. She has trained at several studios including Dallas Powerhouse of Dance, United Performing Arts Center, Next Step Performing Arts Center, and Dallas Black Dance Academy, receiving additional training during summers spent with the School at Jacob's Pillow, the Joffrey Ballet School, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the Ailey School. Amaria will also be traveling to Ghana this summer to study West African dance, music, and other art traditions at the Dagbe Cultural Institute and Art Center. While living in Los Angeles, she has worked on film projects with established artists including Solange Knowles, as well as with up-and-coming artists including Amir Kelly, David "Lami" Friebe, and Rachel Harris.

         In addition to her training, Amaria has served as an instructor for Essence Dance Academy since 2015, as well as an instructor for Emerging Dancers of Dallas since 2017. She is also the co-founder of 3rd Space Arts Collective, a space for artists of every medium to discuss, create, and share effective art from a spiritual perspective.  She is currently preparing to enter her junior year at USC, where she also studies anthropology in hopes of using her dance career to promote cultural awareness.

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Kourtney Surgent

Kourtney is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana where she began dancing at the age of six. She received her early training as a studio dancer studying ballet, pointe, jazz, some tap and competitive dance.  She was also a member of Alexandria Senior High School's Dance team for four years and Co-Captain her Senior year. 
Kourtney received her formal dance education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette Louisiana where she also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Kourtney studied ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre.  She performed choreographed works under the direction of Professor Kenneth Jenkins, Director of Dance, and assistant professors, Marie Broussard and Khristi Carr.  She also performed professional works choreographed by Chard Gonzales, Tara Brewer, Anna Morris and Mathew Couvillion.  Kourtney was also a member of the UL Lafayette Ragin Jazz team under coach and choreographer Michelle Bernard.
Kourtney received her first choreography job at the age of 15 for her high schools production of Guys and Dolls.  While in college, she choreographed contemporary works of her own such as Deep Rooted Faith, and Churchin’.
Kourtney enhanced her dance studies by attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Summer Intensive. She danced professionally for Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Rod Rodgers Dance Company in New York City and Hello Kitty National Tour.  She is currently the Cover girl of Brown Girls Do Ballet 2018 "We Assemble" Calendar, a Middle School Dance Educator for Lancaster Independent School District, and a performing company member of Zion Dance Project in Dallas, TX.