PhaeMonae Brooks is a movement engineer originating from DC. Currently living in Atlanta, GA for the last 4 years creating and working in all forms of art making. PhaeMonae also enjoys the art forms of hair, make-up, styling, and design. PhaeMonae is currently practicing the merge of dance and vocal in live performance!
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Gianna Mercandetti is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and arts administrator living and working in Atlanta. She holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography, and a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Mercandetti is currently a company dancer with Staibdance, collaborator with The Mediums Collective, and freelance choreographer--currently she is working on a solo piece premiering in California this summer. In spring 2019, she was a guest instructor at Emory University, teaching advanced Modern in the Dance Program. Mercandetti’s movement research focuses on the nexus points of place/space/architecture, and body/memory.
Priscilla Smith, an Atlanta-based artist, creates and performs works from theater and film to jazz to poetry to performance art. Her most recent performances were in Alan Ball's feature film "Uncle Frank," set for a spring 2020 release, in the Medallion Pictures 48-Hour Film Project "Refuge", and in a 24-hour reading of The Mueller Report. She was playwright and assistant composer for Core's performance for youth "Heart of the Matter".
Benji Stevenson is a movement artist from Alabama. They received their dance training as well as a B.A in Political Science and Arabic from Emory University. When not dancing at Core Dance, Benji moves with Staibdance and creates their own original works. Benji enjoys incorporating poetry and prose in their creative process as a means of facilitating thoughtful dialogue on identity and interpersonal relationships.
Scott Wheet, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, began dancing at the age of 17. In 2015, Scott graduated summa cum laude from Troy University with a BFA in Dance. On his journey from academia to present, Scott has received mentorship from Kristin O’Neal, Dominique Angel, Kyle Abraham, Tracy Gilland, Claudia Lavista, Jen Nugent, Robbie Cook, . Since graduating and moving to Atlanta, Scott has performed with T. Lang Dance, Staibdance, Fly on a Wall and is currently with Sue Schroeder/Core Dance as a full time dance artist. In addition to being a board representative - and the Production Manager as of last fall - this is his 4th concurrent season with the company.
Nikki Morath a native of South Carolina, received her BFA in dance from Point Park University. Nikki most recently completed a season as a Performing and Teaching Artist with ClancyWorks Dance Company in the Washington, DC area. Currently, Nikki is performing domestically and internationally with Core Dance. She is thrilled as she embarks on her first season with the company! She possesses a strong desire to expand and share her knowledge of the arts, and is equally excited by the opportunity to give back to the community and to other artists who are looking to progress their craft!
Adam Castaneda is a dancer and arts administrator living in Houston, Texas. He is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Pilot Dance Project, a non-profit arts organization with the mission of transforming and empowering communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art. His programming receives funding from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Morales Foundation, HoustonFirst, the Midtown Management District, and Dance Source Houston. As a company member of the Pilot Dance Project, he has performed in evening-length work by Ashley Horn, jhon r. stronks, Jennifer Mabus, Jaime Frugé-Walne, Heather VonReichbauer, Lori Yuill, and Brother(hood) Dance (Brooklyn, New York). In 2018, he graduated with the second class of Houston's Artist Inc., and was one of 15 dance presenters selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the Jacob's Pillow National Dance Presenters Forum. He was recently chosen as one of Dance Source Houston's 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence, which culminated in a finished piece of choreography at the 2019 Barnstorm Dance Fest. He was also awarded a Let Creativity Happen! Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to present an evening of dance and literary works in partnership with Writespace. When not dancing with his own company, he often appears onstage with Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood. Photo by Pin Lim
Felicia Thomas is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor from Houston. After obtaining her B.A. in Dance and English from Sam Houston State University, she danced for Second Generation, Urban Souls Dance Company, Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company, & LD Dance Company. After company work, Felicia Co-Founded the dance collaboration Pretty Cultured and was a 2016 DSH Artist in Residence. Both solo and with Pretty Cultured, she has presented choreography in “Barnstorm”, “Anything Goes”, “Houston Fringe Festival”, “Know Your Roots Festival”, “Dancing the African Diaspora”, and is now focused on integrating ease, therapy, family, and nature into her work.
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Heather vonReichbauer is a choreographer, educator, and Artistic Director of Bones and Memory Dance, currently based in Houston, TX. vonReichbauer has been presented at Barnstorm Dance Fest, Mind the Gap, 254 Dance- Fest, Houston Fringe Festival, Houston Choreographers x6, American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow, NC Dance Alliance’s Annual Event, and Greensboro Fringe Festival. In Houston, she has been commissioned to create work for FrentiCore Dance, The Pilot Dance Project, and Houston Community College. vonReichbauer is a former Dance Source Houston Artist in Residence and recently created a new evening length work, Madness, Memories, and Woe: A Fantastical Journey Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe that premiered in Houston in 2018.
vonReichbauer has served on the dance faculties of Houston Community College, Greensboro College, Catawba College, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Rice University where she was Dance Director for four years. She received her BA in Dance for Coker University and her MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.