2017 - 2018
The performing artists of Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts are a collective group of inspiring individuals who practice a holistic view of a balanced mind, body, and spirit, along with the study of techniques and artistry to engage and captivate audiences to be present and aware of their environments and social arenas.
MARINA DEYOE - PEDRAZA
Marina grew up in Rio Grande Valley, where she first starting dancing at the age of four. She danced ballet, tap, swing, and folklorico all through high school. She then went to college in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Since moving to Austin, she has been puppeteering with Glass Half Full, and acting with Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Theatre en Bloc, Generic Ensemble Company, and Teatro Vivo. This her first time, in a very long time, that she will be dancing in a company. She is grateful to Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts for accepting her with open arms, and pushing her to be a stronger dancer and human.
SAMANTHA HUERTA GUERRERO
Raised in Austin, Texas where she began dancing at the age of five, Ms. Huerta studied many forms of dance such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theater. At the age of 10 she joined her first dance company, Believe In Me, starring in three productions. There she studied under Tamara Barrington, Laura Agnew, Leticia Rodriguez, and Valdo Perales. Ms. Huerta attended high school at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy performing in over 12 productions. After high school she took three years away from dance to focus on her education at The Universtiy of Texas at Austin. To refocus on dance, samantha took many major and non-major dance courses at the University. She studied modern and contemporary dance with Lorn MacDougal and Andrea Beckham. Earlier this year she performed at the University in the production S.E.E.D, Students Exhibiting Experimental Dance. In May 2013, Samantha graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Performing five seasons with Ballet East Dance Company, and nursing a recent injury, An original Lotus company member, Ms. Huerta joined Lotus in it's premiere season of May 2015.
Jeremiah earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts at Sam Houston State University. He has danced with numerous Dance Companies around the U.S. Including; Urban Souls (TX), Dulce Dance Company & Scorpios Dance Theater (AZ), Gaspard Dance Company (NY) and has guest artist with numerous companies and independent artists. Jeremiah's choreography work has been selected at the BETA Dance Festival, MultiPurpose Dance Works, and the Las Vegas Dancing in the Desert Festival to name a few. Jeremiah participated in Dance Italia on a full scholarship in June 2014 in Lucca Italy. He has taught in over 6 states, for numerous dance studios and multiple Master Classes. Jeremiah is now residing in Austin TX where he plans to continue to touch the lives of others through dance and the arts. He celebrates his first season with Lotus, in it's Fall 2017 season.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Jones received most of her training at various NYC dance classes including Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center. As an undergraduate of William Smith College, she minored in Dance and Social Justice. She performed works by Afro-Caribbean dancer and choreographer Chris walker and represented her school at ACDFA. In her junior and senior years, Sade went to Minneapolis to join the Ananya Dance Theatre becoming part of their touring cast. In summer 2012, she attended the complexions Dance Company Summer Intensive in NYC. with 13 years of dance training, Sade's fierceness emerges when she uses dance to communicate the social agenda of her people. She is a freelance performing artist and choreographer in the Austin arts scene, Founder of Ashe Academy, and dance instructor at Texas Empowerment Academy. She was awarded "Best Movement" for the play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf", by the 2012 Austin Critic's table Awards, and "Best Supporting Actress" for h er performance as "The Woman In Green" by the Austin Theater Examiner Awards 2011. She is currently a psychology M.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. A former dancer of Ballet East Dance Company of 5 years, she proudly joined Lotus in May 2015 as a pioneer performing artist in it's first founding season.
Raised in Palm Bay, Florida, Desiree Kibbee began dancing at the age of seven learning ballet, jazz, lyrical, and even gymnastics, at Heather’s Dance Studio. Moving to Texas at age twelve, she continued to study dance at Frances Lea Dance Center for six years. Here she explored new styles such as: tap, clogging, contemporary, modern, and musical theater, and danced competitively with her studio for three years. New to the Austin area she is currently a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology with hopes to minor in dance. Excited to experience different forms of expression in her movement, she is a warm addition to Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts family.
CHARIS "REESE" ROSARIO
Charis "Reese Campbell received her dance training at an early age in her native San Antonio, mainly at Pat Holbrook’s Studio Ten Co. Motion Dance Company. Reese holds a BFA in Dance trained in Hawkins technique from Texas State University. Company credits include Merge Dance Company and Orchesis Dance Company. With these companies, she had the privilege to collaborate with credited choreographers and showcase pieces such as "Boots", performed at Ballet Austin Theatre. Reese performed numerous pieces that included “Undress Me Not” and "Mujeres de Juarez", which was featured at Los Angeles Highways Performance Dance Space, and "Sick", performed at New York's Dumbo Dance Festival. In 2011, Reese was a soloist for Nadine Mansour's "We Should Be Lover's", Christina R&B music video. A year later she performed as a back up dancer for Nadine's follow up single, "Love for Life", on KENS 5 Great Day S.A. Reese joined Ballet East Dance Company in Austin, Texas focusing on Horton technique, in her second season, Reese had the opportunity to promote Ballet East on Good Day Austin, with a performance duet choreographed by Julie Nunan Bohn. She also performs as a back up dancer for an Israeli rock band, Seek Irony. Her main passion is educating children and teens through dance and theater. She currently teaches dance and drama classea at Jackie Smith Dance Academy, Soul 2 Sole Dance Academy, and One Academy of Dance. After four seasons with Ballet East, Mrs. Campbell has decided to continue her journey of dance and theater by becoming a first season member of Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts in May 2015.
Jayne is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. Growing up as an army brat she has lived in many places including Mannheim Germany, spending most of her life in Brooklyn, NY and Jacksonville Florida where she began dancing in high school at age 14. Following high school Ms. Thomas took a break from dancing to focus on attaining her degree, and graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. She relocated to Austin 2 years ago to pursue an IT career with General Motors and has continued her dance training. Ms. Thomas has had the opportunity to dance with the Austin Vipers Premier Minor League Football Team for a season. She enjoys dancing and learning new techniques; and practices in many different styles including hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. Ms. Thomas is celebrating her first season with Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts.