Joy Davis a dance artist and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique and improvisation. She began studying Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and became a Teacher in 2012. She teaches all over the US including the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Lion's Jaw Dance + Performance Festival in Boston, and the American Dance Festival. Her initiative joyproject produces collaborative dance theater performance since 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers, Choreographer's Lab Artist with New Dialect (Nashville), NeXt Choreographer for Urbanity Dance (Boston), and Special Edition Artist with The Theorists (Austin). She currently collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and together with Alexander Davis, The Davis Sisters, were named 2018 Schonberg [Boston] Fellows at The Yard where they created a new evening length work Junk Drawer. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College in 2015, and has since taught as Visiting Faculty at Smith College, Wesleyan University and Harvard University. Joy is an Associate Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. www.joydavisproject.com
Suzie Jary, MSW, LCSW-S, TEP, received the Dance Council of North Texas’s Mary Warner Award for Service to Dance in 2014 for her work with Career Transition For Dancers, CTFD, a national not for profit organization that assists dancers in choreographing their futures. Her professional association with CTFD spanned over 20 years. While in New York City, at the agency’s headquarters, she held roles from Staff Counselor and Group Facilitator to Director of Client Services. Suzie returned to her hometown, Fort Worth, in 2008 and served as National Outreach Consultant traveling throughout the US presenting workshops for CTFD. Recognized as a specialist in the issues facing performing artists, she has been a guest speaker at Symposiums in Lausanne, Switzerland and The Hague, Netherlands. Suzie’s initial contact with CTFD was as a client while she was dancing on Broadway in David Merrick’s 42nd Street. Her dance background included performing locally at Casa Manana, the Fort Worth Opera and with Ballet Concerto to continuing on to perform in dinner theatre, summer stock, national tours, Broadway and Europe. Suzie holds a Master of Social Work from Hunter College in New York and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor and a Board Certified, Trainer, Educator, Practitioner, TEP, of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Weatherford College in the Substance Abuse Counseling Program and was named Faculty Member of the Year for 2018. Suzie has a small private counseling practice in Fort Worth and continues to be an invited guest speaker for college dance departments and dance schools and periodically tap dances at local arts events!
Grace Park has been dancing since she could move. She began taking ballet and tap when she was six, and progressed to jazz and toe in her teens. At Tufts University, she discovered modern dance, and performed in a Massachusetts modern troupe after graduation for several years. Grace’s dance teaching experience includes line dance and international folk dance at senior centers and Zumba Kids. She has taught adaptive dance for several performing arts companies. Grace holds numerous Zumba licenses, and is licensed to teach Bolly X. Grace was a Special Olympics rhythmic gymnastics coach for several years and enjoyed building relationships with these athletic dancers. Her teaching credentials include Texas Early Childhood through Grade 6, Special Education, and School Counseling. Currently, Grace works with families for Covenant Kids and teaches Zumba at YouFit.
Rachael Lieck Bryce is the owner of Pilates Methodology, Dallas’ premier classical Pilates studio. As Methodology’s Senior Instructor, Rachael has been teaching Pilates for almost 20 years. She is dedicated to the classical Pilates Method and trains students of all ages and levels of fitness. Rachael teaches from a place of authenticity, with the goal of enriching people’s lives through movement. A fixture of the Pilates scene in Dallas, she has brought Pilates to Dallas Public Schools, the Farmers’ Market and Klyde Warren Park. Pilates Methodology marks Rachael’s third studio to build, open, and operate. A former contemporary dancer, Rachael was introduced to Pilates in 1997 through her college ballet teacher. She first trained with Colleen Glenn in Dallas, completing a rigorous program through The PilateSystem in 2001. Colleen is listed in the national registry of Who’s Who and was heralded as one of America’s TOP 55 TRAINERS in Vogue magazine. Rachael completed her second certification with New York-based Power Pilates in 2006, and became a Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates in 2009. In 2014 Rachael embarked on a new adventure with Alycea Ungaro through her Synthesis Mentorship program. After years of training with some of the most respected instructors in the industry, Rachael herself has become a leader in the world of classical Pilates. Pilates Methodology has grown to be an essential thread in the vibrant fabric of Uptown Dallas. In addition to teaching Pilates students, Rachael is a Lead Teacher Trainer for an international network of studios who train and educate Pilates instructors for Real Pilates, one of the most respected Pilates education programs in the industry. Rachael is dedicated to training new teachers who uphold the standard in classical Pilates as they change lives in their communities.
Rachael also enjoys writing. Below are three of her stories she wrote that were published and give a personal account of different parts of her life.
Zach Law Ingram is from Miami, Florida where he graduated from New World School of the Arts. He is a National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Gold medalist and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Ingram trained with The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Miami City Ballet, to name a few. Ingram went on to join Alvin Ailey’s second company (Ailey ll), and soon became a founding member of Space T.U. Embrace project. Ingram has danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Armitage Gone!, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lion King Las Vegas, Lion King on Broadway, and Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Lion King. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Dwight Rhoden, Alonzo King, Martha Graham, Judith Jamison, Twyla Tharp, Karole Armitage, Earl Mosley, Troy Powell and Peter London. An innovator and choreographer, Zach has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lion King Las Vegas, Ballet Noir, Dance Black Dance Theatre ll, and numerous dance studios throughout the nation. He began his own company, 6 o’Clock Dance Theatre in January of 2014. 6oclockdancetheatre.com
Brandon Tijerina is an award winning director, choreographer, dancer, and photographer from San Antonio, Texas. He earned his degree in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked professionally for the past 15 years. He has served as a director on the board of the Dance Council of North Texas and currently serves as the Dallas Swing Dance Society board president. Brandon specializes in portrait, dance, fashion, and fitness photography.
Originally from Cameroon, West Africa, she trained for more than 13 years in African tribal dances. She has been teaching since the age of 17, and is knowledgeable in jazz, lyrical and children’s combination classes. Some of her dance and choreography credits include Brookhaven College Bears Cheer Squad, Radio Disney AM 620, Alter’d Ego, CNN Fit Nation, Dallas Stars Ice Girls, Texas Legends Dancers, and recording artist J’anelle Avery. She was a character stage dancer for Black Eye Peas during the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show. She is the founder and creative director of the Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival, owner and master choreographer for Hip Hop Heels, and artistic director of Risq’. She also produces and stage directs the Face of Africa USA pageants, and is the choreographer for the Sideline Dolls. instagram.com/geenadriven geenaonline.com
Mark Lowry was the theater critic at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1998 to 2008. In 2009, he co-founded TheaterJones.com, a website devoted to writing about the performing arts scene (theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy and spoken word) in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He continued to write for the Star-Telegram as a contractor through 2017, and has also written for the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Voice, the Dallas Morning News and others. In 2018, TheaterJones became a non-profit under the umbrella of Metropolitan Arts Media, Inc.. In 2019, MAM will launch a separate website, ContextDFW.com, covering visual art. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, where he serves as the membership chair, and on the committee of the ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award. He lives in Oak Cliff. Follow Mark on Twitter