Kristi Farr is a choreographer and dance teacher for Star Steppers Dance Studio in Friendswood, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston in 2007 with her BA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Over the years, Mrs. Farr has performed choreography by Suzanne Oliver, Michelle Manzanales, Victoria Loftin, Teresa Chapman, Toni Valle, and Becky Valls at venues such as Weekend of Contemporary Dance, ACDFA, ACDFA Nationals in Washington, D.C., Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Big Range Dance Festival. She lives in Pearland with her wonderful husband Matt and two beautiful Dobermans. This is her second performance in the Sistahood and has really enjoyed being a Sista.
Mallory Horn is currently studying dance at the University of Houston where she has performed with the Ensemble and the Young Audiences Touring Company. She has worked with Becky Valls, Freneticore, 6 Degrees, and Vault. Her choreography has been presented in the UH dance student showcase the past three years and at ACDF in 2009 and 2011. This is her second Memoirs performance. Mallory is happy to be back with the Sistas for Chapter Three.
Natasha Manley, soprano, is a local artist who received her master of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She was a member of the NEC Opera Studio Program under the direction of John Moriarty. She finished her first season with Divergence Vocal Theater this past summer. In June of 2010 she premiered her first production as part of the HopeWerks Emerging Artist Residency Program entitled Stand by...and go. It incorporated original music for voice, cello, piano, and percussion as well as modern/contemporary dance. Other recent collaborative efforts have included voice over work for choreographer jhon r. stronk's Swinging ____ in the Dark, vocal soloist for choreographer Anneke Hansen's We Should Call it Many Things and voice and movement for choreographer Leslie Scates’ The Billies. She is thrilled to be joining the Memoirs family.
Nicole McNeil is thrilled to be a part of Memoirs again. She received her B.A. in Dance from the University of Houston. While studying there, she was a member of the UH Dance ENSEMBLE for four years and had the opportunity to work with choreographers; Teresa Chapman, Karen Stokes, Sophia Torres, Becky Valls, Toni Valle, Jackie Nalett, Amy Ell, Kelly Knox, Lori Amare, and Jhon Stronks. She has also attended summer dance workshops with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Washington D.C. and Dallas Black Theatre. She also enjoys working and performing with Suchu Dance, directed by Jennifer Wood.
Joani Trevino is honored to return as a performer in the next chapter of the Memoirs series. Mrs. Trevino has studied dance at San Jacinto College-South, Texas Woman’s University and University of Houston. Over the last 10 years, she has trained with and performed the choreography of Suzanne Oliver, Michelle Manzanales, Becky Valls, Sara Draper, and Amy Ell. Joani continues to dance with local companies/choreographers whenever possible. Recently, she joined the newly formed ariel dance company, “Vault”, and is looking forward their upcoming performance in May 2010. Mrs .Trevino currently works as a Biology professor at San Jacinto College-South in Houston, Tx.
Toni Leago Valle is the Artistic Director of 6’. Valle received a B.A. in Theatre from University of Houston in 2000. Valle has produced and choreographed 4 evening-length concerts and numerous individual works. She received two Individual Artist Grants from Houston Arts Alliance to produce It’s All Relative in 2002 and again in 2007 for tetris in 2009. Valle premiered CRACKED in 2006 and Baptism in 2010 as a recipient of two DiverseWorks Artist Residencies. Her choreography has been seen at DiverseWorks, JCC, University of Houston, San Jacinto College, HSPVA, Freneticore’s Fringe Festival and various art openings and outdoor events. www.6degreesdance.org
As a performer, Valle has performed with Dancepatheatre, Psophonia Dance Company, Suchu Dance, and is a current member of Travesty Dance Group/Houston under Karen Stokes and Becky Valls & Company for Young Audiences. Valle has been featured in numerous concerts, including Open Book, Open House by Stephan Koplowitz, A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, and Marta Lichlyter’s A Thin Line as part of the University of Houston’s Choreography in Action series on PBS. Valle is also an adjunct faculty at University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance.
For the 2011-12 season, Ms. Valle will be featured in Karen Stokes’ The Secondary Colors (October at Hobby Center) and Becky Valls' Memoirs of the Sistahood: Chapter Three (November at DiverseWorks), the third concert in the Memoirs series.
As Project Coordinator of Dance Source Houston, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting dance, Ms. Valle has been coordinating the production of Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre for 11 years. This season DSH has added Dance Days at Discovery Green and 12 Minutes Max! at DiverseWorks.
Kara Ary received her BA in Theatre/Dance from the University of Houston in 2006. Recently, Ms. Ary danced in Houston Grand Opera's Aida. She has also performed with Teresa Chapman, Julie Fox, Karen Stokes, Sophia Torres, Toni Valle, Becky Valls, and Jennifer Wood. She is in her sixth year with Karen Stokes Dance.
Jenny Dodson received her BA in Communication – Public Relations/Advertising from the University of Houston, where she also studied dance and was a member of The Ensemble. Jenny has performed with Suchu Dance, Sara Draper, Psophonia Dance Company, Leslie Scates, Travesty Dance Group, Toni Valle and Becky Valls. In her other life, Jenny is a Regional Account Manager with John Hancock Retirement Services and is a new mother to a son named Pierce.
Marlow Fleming, a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Marlow trained at various schools including Pinellas County Center for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, Pittsburg Ballet Theater School and The Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago. He was awarded an apprenticeship for two years before joining the Joel Hall Jazz Dancers. Performing with Ballet West in Central Florida, .Fleming performed Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Don Q under the direction of Mervet Elnabarawi and Wagih Aboella. Mr. Fleming has had works set on him by both modern and jazz dance artist such as Paul Sanasardo, Lisa Johnson Willingham, Kirby Reed, Tommy Cousins and Duwane Pendarvis. Marlow is currently a student of Anthropology and Dance at the University of Houston.
Mechelle Flemming grew up in London, England and has been dancing since she switched her college major from Biochemistry to Dance, in 2004. Mechelle was a member of the University of Houston's pre-professional dance group, ENSEMBLE from 2005-2008 during which time was a recipient of the Joanna Friesen Scholarship, and awards for both performance and choreography. She also presented work at the American College Dance Festival during that time and her work ‘details,’ was selected for the 2007 Gala. Mechelle has also studied at the Laban Center in London and has had the pleasure of working with Becky Valls, Jennifer Wood (SUCHU), Psophonia Dance Company, Teresa Chapman, with whom she performed for at the Cunningham Dance Studio in NYC in 2007, Toni Leago Valle, Douglas Dunn and Travesty Dance Group (Houston), under Karen Stokes. She was an aerial fabric teacher and performer under the direction of Amy Ell in her new company, Vault, Ell’s in air/on ground dance company. Mechelle has presented solo and collaborative work at Big Range Dance Festival, Diverseworks= A12 Minutes Max,@ the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Merging Modes. Mechelle is now a resident of Arizona and continues to perform aerial dance.
Kathy Hallmark received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance at the University of Houston in 2011. She began dancing at the age of 20, but has been a performer all her for life. Her theatre career was launched at Playhouse 1960, then continued with Theatre Southwest, The Unheard Voices, and BigGreenBunny. At UH she peformed with the UH Dance Ensemble for four years and was a member of the Young Audience Touring Company directed by Becky Valls. Kathy is thrilled to now be a part of Memoirs of the Sistahood.
Stephanie Rodriguez received her BS in Fitness and Human Performance from UHCL. She has been teaching all levels of ballet, tap, and jazz for over 15 years. She is also an adjunct faculty member at San Jacinto College South in the Physical Education Dept for dance. She has danced with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as an apprentice, Exclamation Dance Company, and the Community Dance Collective at San Jacinto College South. She was a member of the cast for Memoirs of the Sistahood- Chapter One and Chapter Two: House performing in Houston and New Orleans.