Oliver Dominguez graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he received a BFA in Dance Performance Cum Laude. While at UTEP, Oliver received the department award for Outstanding Dance Performance Major and the Myron H. Nadel E. Poss Dance Scholarship. Other accolades he has received include: American Dance Festival (ADF) scholarship, Kim Robards Dance (KRD) Summer Intensive scholarship and the Alambrazo Danza scholarship in Florence, Italy. Oliver is currently completing his first year as an adjunct dance faculty at New Mexico State University. He has also been a dance instructor for nine years at Shundo Ballroom Dance Studio, is a professional competitor for the National Dance Council of America, and is certified with Dance Vision International Dance Association in American Smooth. He is also a member of Kim Robards Dance Company in Denver, CO. His works have been showcased at UTEP, El Paso Community College, the American College Dance Association 2017 gala concert, ADF student concert series, Alambrado Danza and Mountain Movement Dance Company Strata. Oliver would like to give a special thanks to his friends, family, and dance mentors Christy Mitchell, Lisa Smith, Myron Nadel, Andrea Vazquez, Leanne Rinelli, Rainy Demerson, Mackenzie Rosales, Debra Knapp, Ann Gavit, Ray Backlund, and Mando Rodriguez.
BRANDON RAY ALBA
Brandon Ray Alba is pursuing a BFA in dance from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and is graduating in the spring of 2018. At UTEP, Brandon has served the registered student organization Desert Dance as an officer for the past 3 years, received the Myron H. Nadel E. Poss Dance Scholarship and the Department of Theater and Dance 2017-2018 Audience Advocate Award. Brandon has performed with UTEP's Department of Theater and Dance for four years in the faculty concerts; he has also performed in various student performances, and interned for Elite Dance Cup in Saint Louis, Missouri (2015). He desires to pursue an MFA in dance choreography so that he can become a professor. Brandon trained in Los Angeles, California where he initially learned hip hop, and his skill sets in this field range from jazz-funk to krump. He has worked for four years as a dance instructor in El Paso, teaching hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. He currently holds a position with British Ballet Academy where he is learning to grow as an educator, choreographer, and businessman. His greatest passion lies in choreographing by which he has created pieces for UTEP, British Ballet Academy, Breakin' Beats Dance Studio, the City of Commerce in California, and various high schools in Kentucky, California, and the local El Paso area. Brandon would like to give a special thanks to his artistic mentors Myron Nadel, Lisa Smith, Leanne Renilli, Kristy o'connel, and Janice Macias.
ANA CRISTINA ARELLANO
Ana Cristina Arellano is currently pursuing a BFA in dance at UTEP with an emphasis in classical ballet and is graduating in the Spring of 2018. She is a Ballet teacher at LAT Studio and plans on opening her own studio in the future. Ana began dancing Ballet when she was 3 years old in Cd. Juarez with Liliana Martines, and gained much more experience with Camelu at Coupe Studio, and Liliana Medina at Petipa Academy. She has participated in numerous shows, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Carmen, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, Firebird, Sugarplum (UTEP performance), and more. Ana is planning on staying with the company as long as she can to gain more experience and opportunities in the local dance community. She will like to give a special thanks to all her artistic mentors, Liliana Martinez, Camelu, Liliana Medina, Lisa Smith, Myron Nadel, Leanne Rinelli, and Christina Mitchell. Also would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Jessica is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance at UTEP. She previously studied contemporary dance at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) Monterrey, Mexico. She is currently teaching at Universal Dance Center and Academia Expresión in Cd. Juarez. She would like to thank her directors, Brandon Ray Alba and Oliver Dominguez, for the opportunity to be part of this company. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their love, patience, and support.
Katie Harding is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Communication studies, and plans to graduate in fall 2018. She has studied jazz, contemporary, and ballet since she was 4 years old, and has also pursued music theater and tap in college. This past summer she studied in London, where she explored various forms of theater and dance, where she worked with instructors from all parts of the world. Her passions also include writing, including an ongoing blog, and she hopes to intern with Dance Magazine next summer. She will also appear in the UTEP Dinner Theater’s production of A Chorus Line at the end of January.
Rebekah began her training at British Ballet Academy when she was 7 years old. She continues to train at British under the direction of Kristy O’Connell and Erica Salazar. Rebekah recently graduated with a BA in Dance Education from the University of Texas at El Paso in May 2017. She was a part of many UTEP productions throughout her college years and spent 6 months training with the El Paso Youth Ballet, where she performed in their production of Cinderella in 2013. Rebekah has attended conventions such as TATD where she was asked to be a prodigy for the ballet instructor Libby Lovejoy, and is working towards her certification.
Skye Adams is a 2016 UTEP graduate, where they received a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Liberal Arts Cum Laude. They have been dancing for 20 years, and received training from Ms. Vivian Youric, British Ballet Academy, Desert Eagle Productions, Isaac Williams, Andrea Vazquez, Lisa Smith and Myron Nadel. Skye would like to thank Oliver and Ray for presenting this amazing opportunity to explore dance and perform with this amazing company.
Stephanie Rangel holds a BFA in Dance Performance, which she earned from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2016. At UTEP, she performed in the main stage show Carnaval de Danzas and In Between. During the summer of 2017, Stephanie was given an opportunity to study abroad with the Alambrazo Danza in Florence, Italy. Stephanie also assisted in inclusive creative dance program for children organized by the Institute for Improvisation and Social Action in 2017. She is interested in integrating her education with border culture, and to share this with the surrounding community.