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Cory-Jeanne Murakami Houck-Cox, BA, ABT® Affiliate Certified Teacher Levels Primary-5 ABT NTC, is a choreographer, coach, teacher and retired prima ballerina. CJ is also certified and licensed in Progressing Ballet Technique®. Currently a national Policy Board Member for NDEO, her credits as a Teaching Artist/Adjunct Faculty include: USF, Adams State, LaRoche College, CSULA, LAUSD Adopt-A-School, and Armand Hammer United World College. By invitation, she attended the Sundance Choreographer’s Lab and has had two screenplays in finals of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. She was the first ballerina to perform at a Presidential Inaugural Gala Ball. She co-created and performed in“Winter War”& “Proud Heritage”, recipients of Irvine Foundation and National Endowment of the Arts, which were presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. Due to her work with children in arts and education, CJ was named an Aspen Institute Scholar Fellow. She has been a recipient of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts Teacher of Excellence Award. She teaches both in Public Schools & Private Sector. Due to her deep belief in National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), she has helped charter new chapters in private studios and conservatories. A Master Teacher for the Florida Performing Arts Assessment, she is currently a national adjudicator for dance and ballet competitions. She is a member of IADMS, Classical Dance Alliance, Dance USA, and Americans for the Arts. She is an Ambassador for Russian Pointe International. She has choreographed for ballet companies, opera, pageants, musical theater, and dance festivals. Her choreography has made the YAGP Finals in New York and numerous Overall Awards in various dance competitions. Her former students can be found on Broadway or performing and choreographing throughout the world in both classical and contemporary companies.
Alyssa Hopkins began dancing at the age of three with a local studio, Doxa Dance Studio, in Gainesville, Florida. She continued to dance at Doxa until she dual enrolled at Santa Fe College on scholarship with a focus on dance. While at Santa Fe College, Hopkins had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Doug Gillespie, Cornelius Carter, Wes Chapman, Stephanie Batten Bland, Joffrey Ballet artistic director Davis Robertson, and Broadway director Evan Pappas. She also had the opportunity during her time in Gainesville to teach dance at Doxa Dance Studio for two years. Hopkins moved to Tampa, Florida where she recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies. She has worked with artists such as John Parks, Andee Scott, Bliss Kholmeyer, Jeanne Travers, Paula Nunez, Andrew Carroll, Michael Foley, Heidi Henderson, Cindy Hennessy, Dean Xiao, Alex Ketley, Eileen Hebron, Franco De Vita, Carmela Gallace, and Raymond Lukens. During her time at USF, she has also researched the effectiveness of mental imagery administration by dance educators as a part of the Bachelor of Arts track within the university.
Hopkins is based in Tampa after founding Revelation Art Studios and continues to teach dance classes at her studio.
Hannah Smith is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida where she studied under John Parks, Michael Foley, Andee Scott, Bliss Kohlmyer, Jeanne Travers, Paula Nunez, Osmany Montano, and Andrew Carroll. She has performed original guest works by Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, and Ulysses Dove’s "Vespers" (staged by Alfred Dove).
She has studied in various summer programs under Kevin Quinauo, Catherine Denecy, and Wanjiru Kimuyu in France, and Jennifer Archibald, Attila Joey, and Heidi Henderson in America.
Hannah is a keen choreographer whose perception of intellectual ideas in communication theory shapes her movement invention and quality. As a woman whose truest identity lies in her faith in Jesus Christ, her work in intrinsically Christian. Her belief that humans were created for community, relationship, and intimacy informs her movement and choreography. Her works have been performed in concerts and festivals in Tampa and Atlanta.
Her extensive knowledge in both communication and movement theory allows her to express the relationship between the intellectual and artistic through dance performance. Armed with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and a BA in Communication, Hannah hopes to continue to make work that challenges the mind, body, and soul in the Tampa Bay area in her own dance company.
Jenn Klammer is a Miami native choreographer, dancer, and artist. She began her training at Vladimir Issaev's School of Classical Ballet, while pursuing a dance major for high school at Miami Arts Charter. She is a graduate from the University of Florida with a BFA Degree in Dance, where she credits her love for modern and contemporary dance. Exposure to these forms of dance have sparked her international interests, and currently finds herself dancing, training, and creating back and forth between the United States and Florence, Italy. She has served a role during her undergraduate career as a Modern Dance Teaching Assistant, hosted master classes in her Gainesville community, and with her college's student organization, Dance in a Suitcase. Jenn has studied at University level with artists such as Elizabeth Johnson, Nita Little, Trent D. Williams Jr, Dante Puleio, and Isa- Garcia Rose. She has also attended numerous summer intensives. Jenn has attended the Bates Dance Festival studying with Carl Rogers, Shonach Mirk Robles, and masterclasses with David Dorfman Dance, under full scholarship. Recently, she has attended Dance Italia, expanding her knowledge of gaga technique and contemporary forms with previous Batsheva Company dancer Chisato Ohno, previous Kidd Pivot dancer Sandra Marin Garcia, Andy Noble, Maya Orchin, and Eugenia Demeglio. Jenn has performed in works globally, including the Florence Dance Festival in Florence Italy, the Big River Dance Festival, Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, and other performances in her community. She is recipient of the Maria Taglione Dance Scholarship with Accademia Europea di Firenze and National Honorable Mention of the 2015 NDEO National Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award. Currently, Jenn resides in Gainesville, FL creating works with her peers, along with individual projects, supervised by her beloved cat Mel.
Robert Kelley, company member of Moving Current Dance Collective, received his Associates of Arts in Dance Performance from Valencia College in Orlando, Florida and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a concentration in Modern Dance at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Mr. Kelley has had the opportunity to work with and perform the works of many renowned national and international artist including Robert Moses, Alonzo King, Ohad Naharin, Xiao Xiangrong. His international performances include dancing by invitation in the International COCO Festival in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in 2014 and 2016, Participating in the International Creative Dance Seminar in Beijing, China in 2015, performing in Seoul, South Korea as part of the 7thAnnual Concert: The Society for East-West Music in 2017 and, performing in LEAP Dance Festival in Liverpool, United Kingdom in 2018.
Robert has presented his own choreography at various venues. Mr. Kelley has debuted works that have premiered at Valencia College, as well as work that made its debut at The University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College. Most recent works include the premiere of “Streaming (Wisps)” as part of the 2018 Korean Dance Festival (KoDaFe) in June 2018 and the premiere of “FORMULATED Freeverse”, as part of HOLDING COMMON GROUND: Pathways To Cultural Exchange in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in April 2019. Both were collaborative works with Florida-based artist, Katrina Soricelli.
Mr. Kelley works and perform as a freelance artist in the South Florida area and is a cook at Ulele in downtown Tampa.