2018 - 2019
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.
Lanna grew up in San Marcos, Texas where she started Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at the age of 3. She performed with The Pointé in local productions of Mary Poppins and The Nutcracker. At age seven, she moved to Austin with her family where she continued to dance with Smith Academy Performing Arts School and competed at the National level in Las Vegas. Following that year, she joined D’Ette and Co Dancers where she has been dancing since. Here, she focuses on Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Pointé. Every year, she performs in a rendition of The Nutcracker and continues to compete at the city-level. Lanna also attends summer conventions like the Junior and Senior Ballet Austin Summer Intensives, as well as the Texas Association of Teachers of Dance. In the summer of 2014, she was nominated for the Junior Ballet Scholarship, ultimately winning it the next summer. During the fall season of 2017, Lanna began her love of contemporary dance under Jeremiah Jenkins, who introduced her to Lotus during their guest performance with Ballet East’s production, Bajo la Luna. This will be her first season as a performing artist for Lotus, where she continues to grow as a dancer and a person.
ANNA DEYOE - PEDRAZA
Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, Anna started dancing at the age of four with Dancentre of Edinburg. There she practiced ballet, jazz, tumbling, flamenco, tap, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. She helped choreograph and starred in A Chorus Line as Cassie Ferguson with her high school Theater Department. Then her senior year choreographed her high school’s production of Grease the Musical along with playing the character Cha-Cha DiGregorio. For two years she also choreographed three pieces in Dancentre of Edinburg’s annual production of Peter and the Wolf in her home town. Throughout high school she danced in the Ritmo Dorado Competition Team learning swing and folklorico. She studied musical theatre and learned Broadway Jazz with The University at Austin and multiple workshops. Recently, Anna moved to San Marcos and is currently a sophomore studying at Texas State University. Currently earning a degree in Environmental Studies and working with Lotus Contemporary Performing Arts she is excited to continue improving her dancing skills with talented and hardworking people.
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.
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.
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.