Since she has been back in the valley, she has performed with Center Dance Ensemble, Terpsicore Dance Company and AZ Dance Group. She has been dance captain and most recently choreographed Carousel for Mesa Encore Theater. Ms. Cafarella has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with her MFA in Dance.
His works have been presented by Dance Iquail, Ashani Dance, Owensboro Dance Company, ACDFA Gala at Little Rock, AR, NY Summer Stage and the show They Called it Rock. His television appearances include PBS’ Setting the Stage, NBC’s 20th Hispanic Heritage Awards, Hispanic Day Parade with Brenda Blackmon, Puerto Rican Day Parade with Ernie Anastos and the documentary “Pedro Ruiz Home Coming” among others.
Mr. Rivera works as Assistant Professor of Dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Eric taught at Western Kentucky University as an assistant professor where his works were funded by grants from WKU Research and Creativity Activity Program (RCAP). In his creative work as well as in his teaching, he is constantly exploring ways in which to dialogue with and share his Hispanic heritage. Mr. Rivera is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teachers Training Intensive in Primary through level seven of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
His first experience dancing in the United States was in June 2013 where, in collaboration with the University of Arts and Sciences in Alabama, he participated in a workshop of dance theater that was performed in the cities of Tuscaloosa and New York. He then started working for the Cuban dance company, Malpaso Dance. In this company he worked under the tutelage of Osnel Delgado, resident choreographer of the group and also had the opportunity to work with Trey McIntyre and Ron K. Brown, two American choreographers.
From 2013 to date Joan has danced in about fifteen cities around the United States and has danced in theaters and festivals such as the Joyce Theater and Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard and the Laguna Dance Festival in California, among others. He also participated in the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada. During this time he gained experience not only as a dancer, but also as a teacher, choreographer and even as artistic director. Joan recently decided to make his life in the United States and now lives in Phoenix where he hopes to continue contributing to the world of dance.
Antoinette Klimek lived and trained throughout the United States, studying at Ballet Omaha, American Ballet Theatre, Visceral Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Western Arkansas Ballet, and on scholarship with Dayton Ballet. After graduating from the University of Chicago, where she studied on academic scholarship, she joined Chicago’s professional dance community as a classical and contemporary artist. She holds a large repertoire of classical roles, her favorites including the title role in Giselle and Dulcinea and Mercedes in Don Quixote. These she danced primarily with Ballet North as well as in guest artist appearances with Midwest Ballet Theatre and Western Arkansas Ballet. She also worked in the contemporary genre through Geiger Dance Project, Jaxon Movement Arts and Elements Contemporary Ballet. Antoinette moved to the Phoenix area in 2013 to pursue teaching opportunities and continues to train and perform locally. She has since appeared as an independent artist as well as with Center Dance Ensemble and Terpsicore Dance Company.
Haydehn started his dance training at Scottsdale Community College in Fall 2011, but has been dancing since 2008 at Washington High School. Since then he has performed with all over the valley and internationally with Scorpius Dance Theatre, CaZo Dance Company, SCC Moving Company, SCC S.A.J.E, and SCC Instinct Dance Corps. He has been in shows presented by Grace Gallagher, Liz Ann Hewitt, and Angel Castro.
Jadyn's training is comprised of several intensive programs including three summers with American Ballet Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, BalletX, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Master Ballet Academy.
Miss Reddy is currently a 2016 company member with James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis that has tours and projects in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Grand Rapids, New York City and Montana. Her early professional roles include working with Tony Award Winner, Ben Vereen, as a hired soloist, as well as lead roles in the Ernie Flatt Tribute concert and Jazz in Arizona Showcase. She has performed as a Principal with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the annual "Magic of Christmas" show and most recently in Myron Johnson's "Nutcracker (Not So) Suite" by James Sewell Ballet.
Lauren was born and raised in Appleton, WI. She received her training from Jeanette Makaroff at the Markaroff Youth Ballet. She also studied at Milwaukee Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre's extension program, and Batsheva Dance Company in Isreal.
She continued her training at The Boston Conservatory where she received her BFA in dance. At the conservatory she performed a lead role in Gerald Arpino's ballet "Light Rain" along with works by: Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Larry Kegwin, and many others.
Lauren joined the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to the company in 2014. Lauren is now doing soloist work with the company. Lauren is very excited to join Convergence Ballet for her first season.