Leadership and Staff
Founder & Artistic DirectorShow Bio
From sanitation workers to firefighters, power linemen to maintenance teams, Allison Orr creates award-winning choreography with the people whose work sustains our everyday lives. Inspired by the beauty and virtuosity in the movement of labor, and building on her background in anthropology and social work, Allison has honed a methodology of ethnographic choreography that engages community members as co-authors and performers in the creation of large-scale civic spectacles. Challenging audiences to expand notions of dance and performer, her dances have been performed for audiences of 60 to 6,000+.
In recent years, Allison has been named a MacDowell Fellow, a Dance | USA Fellow in Social Change, a Doris Duke United States Artist Fellow, Best Choreographer by The Austin Chronicle, Most Outstanding Choreographer by the Austin Critics Table, one of Tribeza Magazine’s Top 10 Austinites, and one of eight “Extraordinary Texans” by Texas Highways Magazine. Her large-scale work The Trash Project was named a #1 Arts Event by the Austin American-Statesman, #1 Dance Event by The Austin Chronicle, and Most Outstanding Dance Concert by the Austin Critics Table. It is also the subject of a feature-length documentary film entitled Trash Dance.
Allison has been commissioned three times by the Fusebox Festival and was the single US choreographer selected by the Kyoto Arts Center as part of the National Performance Network’s Asian Exchange program. A guest artist for numerous dance programs including Williams College, Wake Forest University, the University of Maryland, and Texas A&M, Allison has been a Mellon Foundation Creative Campus Scholar at the Center for the Arts of Wesleyan University. Her work has been funded by the City of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Doris Duke Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the MAP Fund, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Engaging Dance Audiences/Dance USA, numerous foundations, and the City of Venice, Italy.
Currently a Distinguished Fellow of the College of Environment at Wesleyan University, Allison directed The Artist in the City — a hands-on course in her community-based dance-making practice where Wesleyan students embedded within the local water/wastewater department to create collaborative artistic projects with city employees. Allison has also taught children, adults over 65, and people with disabilities. Before founding Forklift Danceworks in 2001, Allison danced and studied with Deborah Hay and MacArthur Award winner Liz Lerman. She holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University. Allison is a fourth generation Texan and lives in Austin with her husband and two children.
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Associate Artistic Director & Community Collaborations DirectorShow Bio
Working in the mediums of dialogue, participation, and collaboration, Krissie Marty makes dances with people who aren’t traditionally considered dancers. As Associate Artistic Director and Community Collaborations Director of Forklift Danceworks, she most often engages working people in dance-making. She created and directed RE Source, featuring the employees and machinery of a Goodwill recycling warehouse, and conceived and co-directed with Allison Orr the multi-year project My Park, My Pool, My City, dances for city pools and their people, including Bartholomew Swims, Dove Springs Swims / Nadamos Dove Springs, and Givens Swims; Served, a dance for Williams College Dining Services staff; The Trash Project Rotterdam as a commission for the International Community Arts Festival, PowerUP featuring employees of Austin’s electrical utility; Play Ball Downs Field on a historic Negro League baseball field; Afoot! a marching band extravaganza in Houston’s East End; The Trees of Govalle featuring employees of Austin’s Urban Forestry Program and Govalle neighborhood residents.
Krissie’s community-based choreography has been made in partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Stratford Circus (London), Chateau de Cazals (France), and Adugna Dance Company (Ethiopia). Krissie worked as a faculty member and choreographer with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for over a decade. She choreographed movement for theatre with Big Art Group (NYC and international tours), Washington Shakespeare Company, and Imagination Stage (DC). Krissie has worked with countless artists, teachers, and students at Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Pediatric Unit at Georgetown Medical Center, and in home health/hospice care centers.
Organizational StrategistShow Bio
Lisa Byrd’s interest lies in exploring the intersection of the arts, civic engagement, community activism and cultural preservation. Lisa has a 30+ year career in the arts with roles ranging from audio engineering and production management to providing organizational leadership as production director for dance companies and executive leadership for community based arts organizations. Lisa has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Theater History and Criticism from Texas State University. She continued her studies in leadership and organizing with Marshall Ganz’s Leadership, Organizing and Action, an Executive Education program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy.
Utilizing her leadership skills as well as her skills as a community organizer Lisa developed what is now Texas’ only African American cultural district, Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural Heritage District. Lisa continues her work using a collaborative learning model in partnership with artists and arts organizations and those interested in public policy and civic action. Her current collaborative partnerships include Civic Arts and Forklift Danceworks on projects that center the arts as an organizing pathway to addressing civic life.
Over the years Lisa’s work has been recognized for its positive impact on communities she has engaged. In 2015 she received the Dewey Award from SXSW Conference. The award is given as an acknowledgement to the honoree’s dedication to creating positive and lasting change in their communities. In 2016 she received an award for her leadership as a community partner from the University of Texas at Austin’s Division on Diversity and Community Engagement. And, in 2017 she received the Ada DeBlanc Simond Trailblazer Award from the Austin Black Democrats. Lisa is also very proud to have been elected in 2019 to the Community Education Council representing District 3 for the New York City Department of Education.
Choreographer & Program CoordinatorShow Bio
Francis Rodriguez (she/her) is a dance maker, performer and educator currently based in Austin, Texas. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the UTeach Dance program. Francis’ journey with Forklift Danceworks began in the summer of 2018 as an Artistic Intern for Dove Springs Swims/Nadamos Dove Springs. Since then, she has collaborated on Austin FC Collaboration (2021), Dances for Dogs and People Who Walk Them (2022), The Way of Water: Waller Creek (2022), and the ongoing Leaps & Bounds creative movement program.
Vanessa Alvarado Flores
Development ManagerShow Bio
Born and raised in deep South Texas – aka the Rio Grande Valley – Vanessa is a proud Fronteriza of Mexican heritage. She lives by Howard Thurman’s quote, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
What makes Vanessa come alive is following her heart into uncharted territory – what has been seemingly non-existent/impossible – for someone like her with her type of cultural/social/economic background. For example, saying yes to training in New York City at the Atlantic Acting School – Evening Conservatory and somehow happily surviving in the great big apple for three fabulous years. OR like working at Forklift – a celebrated innovative arts organization – when no one ever told her that working full-time in the arts was an actual thing to want!
She comes alive as an actor, singer/songwriter, cultural worker building community with other artists, and as a performer and producer of dance performances with Frontera Dance Project – a dance collaboration based in the Rio Grande Valley, which she co-founded with Choreographer, Erica Garza, in 2019. Creating, co-creating, and working with humans who love to imagine and make big ideas come true gives her life.
Vanessa graduated with a Master of Liberal Arts from St. Edward’s University and with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Hispanic Studies from Texas A&M University.
Development & Administrative AssistantShow Bio
Marina Garbalena is a dancer and choreographer with a background in arts education and nonprofit administration. She is a lifelong creative and grew up loving music, playing soccer, and riding her bike around the streets of La Chaveña in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua. In her formative years at Academia and Centro Municipal de las Artes, she found a supportive community that inspired her to pursue dance, and witnessed first hand the power of arts as a conduit for connection, community, and cultural preservation.
Marina has collaborated with National Dance Institute, and Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance in New York City, Danza Total in Mexico City, El Paso Opera, UTEP Department of Theater & Dance, and Eva Maria Dance. She served as teaching, administrative and artistic staff, as well as Interim Co-Artistic Director with Kids Excel El Paso, a non-profit arts education organization. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance from University of Texas in El Paso, and is a founding member of Mountain Movement Dance Company, with which she has had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Operations ManagerShow Bio
Shobie is an arts administrator with a passion for dance and building community. Before joining Forklift Shobie worked at Creative Action as the Director of School & Community Partnerships. She also spent many years working as a theater director and as a location manager on feature films. Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Shobie holds a MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon and a double major in Communications and Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio. In her spare time she enjoys teaching Jazzercise classes at the Austin Rec Center, volunteering with her daughter’s school, and potlucks with friends and family.
Communications ManagerShow Bio
Penny Snyder is a communications professional who helps arts organizations share what they do with the public. Her work is characterized by a focus on narrative storytelling, accessible and engaging prose, and an iterative approach to content and strategy based on outcomes and analytics. She has worked in communications at Sasaki, a planning and design firm outside Boston, MA, in PR at the Blanton Museum, in Austin, TX. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 with a BA in English and received High Honors for her General Scholarship thesis on art museums, architecture, and public space. She is an incoming graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Institutional Giving ManagerShow Bio
Gretchen LaMotte (she/her) is a community-based performance maker, facilitator, and arts administrator. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University with concentrations in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and a Certificate in Environmental Studies. At Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, Gretchen worked for the Creative Campus Initiative, Zilkha Gallery, and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. With Forklift, she has collaborated on The Artist in the City (2016), My Park, My Pool, My City (2017-2019), Served — Williams College (2018), From the Ground Up (2019), and Take Me Out to Downs Field (2020).
Digital Media CoordinatorShow Bio
Born and raised in Austin Tx, Damian comes from a background of film. At 18 years old he wrote and co-directed his first short film and debuted it at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, he’s continued to work on his craft, exploring other avenues of visual media in commercials, music videos and feature films. Damian has done work for Microsoft, Capital Metro, Austin FC, E4youth, I ACT, DAWA and others. “I enjoy the process of filming and editing, but I love having the ability to turn a life’s moment into a beautiful story”.
Touring Projects CoordinatorShow Bio
Jane joined the staff of Forklift Danceworks in November 2016 to manage national touring associated with the On Campus project. She has been following the work of Forklift since she met Allison in 1998 and is excited to be helping to expose the world to its extraordinary work.
Her full time work is at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland where she is a key member of the curatorial team and is the primary program design generator and leader of all initiatives, projects and programs in the area of campus and community engagement. While she has been at UMD she has established two campus/community working groups, each with the focus of integrating creative expression into conversations and activities about social justice.
Jane worked in various capacities, including Managing Director/CEO, at Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for 13 years. Prior to that, she was manager of the Culture in Community Fund at the New England Foundation for the Arts after her work for several years at The Music Hall, a multi-disciplinary arts presenting organization in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Jane has served as a panelist for grant reviewing in many parts of the country and enjoys talking and writing in various forums about community building through the arts. Long ago, she was a professional musician in New York, favoring chamber music because it provided collaboration and co-creation opportunities. She is based in Catonsville, Maryland, where she lives with her family, and continues to investigate how to be anti-racist and what it means to be an arts citizen in an ever-changing and complex society.
Production DesignerShow Bio
Stephen Pruitt has been working as a photographer, designer, writer, director and performer since getting his first camera in high school. After studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, he switched directions by spending two years at Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati working under several well know directors and playwrights, including Lee Blessing, Edward Albee and Rebecca Miller. Shortly after, he began designing lighting and sets and became interested in dance, becoming the resident designer for Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theater, where he worked with many nationally known Dance groups and choreographers including Parsons Dance, Urban Bush Women, Doug Varone, David Dorfman and many others.
Since moving to Austin in 1997, Stephen has worked as a freelance Lighting, Scenic, and Video designer, collaborating with many of Austin’s biggest and most creative theater and dance groups including Forklift Danceworks, Tapestry Dance Company, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance (as resident production designer for all three), Trouble Puppet Theater (resident lighting designer), and Rude Mechs (company member) as well as Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, Conspirare, Scottish Rite Theater, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Physical Plant Theater, and St Edwards University. His company, Fluxion Scenic and Light, has produced and designed many seminal Austin events, including Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, the Mayor’s party at City Hall for First Night, and opening night parties for Cirque du Soleil’s first two Austin Premieres. In addition to his work in Austin, Stephen tours and travels frequently and also produces performance work through Catastrophe Theory Arts.
Stephen has received many nominations and awards from Austin’s critics and arts community including each of his collaborations with Forklift, and is the only designer in Austin to be nominated for Critic’s Table and B. Iden Payne Awards in both the Scenic Design and Lighting Design categories, and his work is routinely recognized in the many end of year top ten lists. In the past couple years, Stephen has been spending more time on his photography work, with recent shows at Prizer Arts and Letters, and Link & Pin Gallery. All of his work in various media can be found at www.stephenpruitt.net
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improvisor Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky, the Rude Mechs and Forklift Danceworks.
Heard throughout the world in films, on TV, on stage, and on radio, from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, and BBC to NPR, he’s scored HBO’s “The Diplomat”, “Before Midnight” with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, “Bernie” featuring Jack Black, the Rooster Teeth TV series “Day 5”, and many more. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature “A Scanner Darkly” was named Best Soundtrack of the Decade by Cinema Retro magazine.
With the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, Reynolds has repeatedly toured the country
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improviser Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls with collaborators across a multitude of disciplines.
Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio, he recently scored Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette with Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Laurence Fishburne for Annapurna Pictures, Happy Jail for Netflix, the Rude Mechs’ Stop Hitting Yourself for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin’s Grimm Tales, and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, The Marfa Triptych. He has performed on an array of legendary stages, from the Kennedy Center to the Green Mill Tavern to the Conan O’Brien Show. His Creative Capital Award winning project, Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance, a bilingual cross-border opera created with librettists Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Mexico City) and director Shawn Sides (Rude Mechs), has been staged in over a dozen cities in North America.
As Artistic Director of the non-profit Golden Hornet, he leads efforts which draw on the collaborative spirit of rock bands and the composer-led nature of classical music, with a focus on commissioning new music, fostering young and emerging composers, and presenting adventurous works in non-traditional settings. Alongside Kronos Quartet’s longtime cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, he curated The Sound of Science, an interdisciplinary, multimedia performance that is touring internationally.
Reynolds leads the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio. He is a company member with the internationally acclaimed Rude Mechs theater collective and resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater and Forklift Danceworks. His accolades include a Creative Capital Award, an Independent Music Award, two Frederick R. Loewe Music Theatre Awards, nine Austin Critics Table Awards, the John Bustin Award, multiple Austin Chronicle Best Composer wins, and a B. Iden Payne Award. Graham released a twelve album set on Innova Recordings in early 2017 and his newest studio effort, MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite, came out on November 22, 2019. Find out more at grahamreynolds.com.
José Ome Mazatl
Guest ArtistShow Bio
José Ome Navarrete Mazatl is a native of México City. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. He has studied dance with Sara Shelton Mann. In 2004, José Ome was the recipient of a Bessie Schönberg residency at The Yard, and a Djerassi residency. José is the recipient of a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. He has taught dance and performance to youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He was a 2018 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellow, a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow. José Ome’s curatorial practice can be seen at the FRESH Festival and at Eastside Arts Alliance’s Live Arts in Resistance (LAIR) initiative, which provides residencies and performing opportunities for artists of color in East Oakland.
Guest Musical ArtistShow Bio
Vanessa Burden is a Multidisciplinary Creator, Visionary and Party Starter.
Originally hailing from Houston, Texas, Vanessa earned her degree in Audio Engineering from San Jacinto College.
Vanessa produced and hosted Beats of Burden, a Latin music show on KOOP 91.7fm from 2011-2017. The show’s legacy lives on in each curated set that explores anything from mambo to salsa to baile funk and cumbiatronica. Her musical style is a journey through time and space while keeping the listener on their toes. When not DJing, she can be found performing with local Latin psych rockers, Los Alcos or cutting a rug on a dancefloor near you!
Guest Musical ArtistShow Bio
Orión García is, at heart, an artist in every sense of the word. Orión García as the Dj has been performing and producing music for over 20 years. As a curator he is the owner and founder of the art and music collective Peligrosa, a latin party that celebrated their 15 year anniversary in 2022. Peligrosa recently became the official djs of the Austin FC MLS team. He holds and runs one of Austin’s longest running weeklies in east Austin at Volstead. The producer, engineer, and promoter works on his label, Discos Peligrosa, producing records and events supporting new and emerging artists. On occasion he will perform live with drum machines and samplers. Orión is also a visual artist, producing music videos, performing visuals live, and creating 3d art using a combination of generative art and 3d softwares. He also enjoys repairing and tinkering with electronics, creating unique devices for controlling music and visuals. He loves arts and crafts nights, listening to really sad old music and is a burgeoning woodworker 🙂
Guest Musical ArtistShow Bio
DJ GL is a musician from Austin Texas. DJ GL specializes in electronic soundscapes with danceable beats.
Guest Musical ArtistShow Bio
Heavily influenced by the soul, funk & jazz scenes of Chicago’s south side, DJ Shani has always been enveloped by music. Throughout her childhood, her family taught her the roots of her sound (Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Soul), while the radio (Energy 88.7fm, B96, WGCI) taught her the future of her sound. After a few years in the rave scene, first as a patron and then as a promoter, she noticed that the energy was inviting, but it was missing something. While she was a junior at Loyola University – Chicago, she set in motion what would be her biggest contribution to the House music scene to date.
In May of 1998, DJ Shani created & produced a Deep House radio show coined “The Groove Temple®” on WLUW-88.7FM that filled a void for the most prominent, yet canceled house music radio station, WBMX. She has a humble, personal & realistic outlook on the DJ craft, “For me, it was & still is about sharing music, providing a music experience to people & giving exposure to DJs who aren’t given the chance to play out. I come from musicians – both grandfathers played music in the same band. My grandmother played piano, my uncle plays guitar and my immediate family still plays music for a living.”
Her father was an avid record collector, and her stepfather, guitarist Abdul Hakeem of the world music Chicago-based group Funkadesi, toured with Rita Marley when she was in high school. Her brother, who goes by the moniker KrushLove, has been making music longer than she’s been a DJ. Her mother is the only one that doesn’t make music, but she more than makes up for it by being a playwright. When people say they’ve grown up with music, she relates.
Even after her graduation from Loyola in 2001, she continued to produce The Groove Temple®, was a freelance writer for various Chicago music magazines (5Magazine, L’Afrique) & worked at the famous Gramaphone Records. There, she helped promote both, by organizing the first-ever record fair between Gramaphone & WLUW. In 2004 she moved to Paris & attended L’Universite de Paris – La Sorbonne. She performed at La Maroquinerie with Karl The Voice (Playing for the City) and at Sanz Senz with DJ Wamba (Les Nubians). Once returning from Paris, she kept producing & hosting The Groove Temple®, continued as a freelance music journalist & DJ’d throughout Chicago for various residencies, events & music festivals. In 2006 she worked with Jay-Cee & Glenn Underground, wrote & performed “Mon Ami, Mon Amour”.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with MS and attributes the music & DJ culture to her healing. For 17 years, DJ Shani was the Executive Producer of the Saturday night, 4-hour radio show, with hundreds of listeners worldwide. The Groove Temple® has hosted an impressive roster of guest DJs & interviews like Derrick Carter, DJ Touch (France), Osunlade, DJ Légo, Alix Alvarez, Sean Haley, Oscar McMillan, Lady D, DJ Frique, Bucie, Andre Harris, Phil Asher, Leonard Part VI, Black Coffee, DJ Heather & Ron Trent just to name a few. In October of 2017, she relaunched The Groove Temple® and partnered with Soundwave Radio and 92.3 fm in London, England. The Groove Temple is now back to basics with the same vibe and energy that it once had almost two decades ago. As of September 2020 “The Groove Temple” was featured on Shared Frequencies Radio’s monthly radio show. Also in 2020, she was an official SXSW Artist. In 2022, she was again a SXSW Official artist. In 2009 she moved to Austin, Texas where she currently resides. Since moving to Austin, she’s performed with Future Front Texas (formerly BossBabesATX) had residencies at The Line Hotel, Halycon, the Eastern & Volstead, and performed at The Moody Center, The Long Center, 3Ten ACL Live, Empire Control Room, The Carver Museum, SoHo House (ATX), The Coconut Club Complex, Dante’s Hi-Fi (ATX), Plush, Sahara Lounge, Cheer Up Charlie’s and more
Intern, University of TexasShow Bio
Megan Davidson (she/her) is a Junior BFA Dance Major with a minor in African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent credits include: Dance Repertory Theatre’s Emerge (Spring 2023) and Quake: The Revival (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023). Megan has also choreographed and taught in various areas of Austin and Dallas, TX. This is her first time working with Forklift Danceworks and she is incredibly excited for this opportunity!
Intern, Wesleyan College of the EnvironmentShow Bio
Liz is an intern and fellow from Wesleyan University. This past semester, she took a class with Forklift and loved her experience! Liz is a theater major with a background in film as well as art history. Originally from New Jersey, she’s worked with some local theaters and museums in New York. She is excited to come to Austin this summer and brave the heat.
Intern, University of TexasShow Bio
Lexie Nelson (she/her) is a performer, dancer, choreographer, and creator currently based in Austin, TX. Originally from Brownsville, TX, she holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Arts Management and Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Lexie spent her time at UT Austin being heavily involved with the dance department doing performances and projects as well as being a member in a dance organization known as Dance Action. She also has experience with creating skits and TikToks that required modeling and acting for a local college. Lexie also has an extensive background in music with singing. Lexiehas worked with different choreographers and professors such as Leah Cox, Dorothy Overbey, Gesel Mason, Charles Anderson, Quilan Arnold, and Jesse Zarritt, who she learned various styles of dance from such as, contemporary, african, ballet, and house.
Intern, Wesleyan College of the EnvironmentShow Bio
Rebeca Treviño (she/her) is a Junior at Wesleyan University currently pursuing a double major in Art Studio and Dance with a minor in Art History. Rebeca is passionate about sharing her knowledge for Latin dance to her local community. She has served as a teaching artist at local community venues including The Free Center in Middletown. This past summer she had the privilege to initiate a dance program for residents of her current hometown Dallas, Texas. This program was launched at Samuell Grand Recreation Center and at The Oak Cliff Cultural Center allowing residents of all ages to experience the vibrancy of latin rhythms. With her background in design, Rebeca is currently working on her Thesis proposal that explores the dialogue between architecture and dance.