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The Dance Project Dancers and Artists

Alex Crank

Maddie Dagleish

Courtney Edgerton

Yasmin Kayce

Rebecca King Mahler

Tiegan Korgel

Grace Marcum

Heather Miller

Maranda Moody

Riley Noble

Isabella Tiemann

Diana Wang

Marissa Wiseman

Olivia Westmoreland

Hope Marcum

Ellie Newton

Veronica Boccardo

Rose Mitchell

Mya Lazala

Christina Hanna

Avery Williams

Michelle Barfield

Jocelyn Green

Hailyn Garcia

Jamie Lahiere

Ella Loper

Emi Matsumae

Alivia Langley

RESIDENT ARTISTS

Alex Crank
Dancer/Choreographer

Alex Crank started his dance education at Metamorphosis Dance Academy under the instruction of Melanie Kregel, Melissa Glouchkova, and Latisha Coffey. Alex was trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical dance. After training for several years he auditioned for the local dance company Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble. During his time at AMDE he performed in several productions choreographed by Erin Morton and Emily Torgerson.

From 2010-2012 Alex studied dance at Austin Community College under the instruction of Darla Johnson, Allison Orr, Roxanne Gage, and Kathy Dunn Hamrick. He studied modern, ballet, jazz, as well as choreographing & improvisation courses. While studying at ACC he was chosen to attend the American College Dance Festival in Louisiana and performed a piece choreographed by Jose Bustamante in 2010. In 2012 ACC brought a piece choreographed by Roxanne Gage to ACDF in which Alex also performed.

In 2013 Alex left ACC to pursue a career in the financial industry where he was hired as a Cash Management Specialist and worked directly with the 1st Vice President of the International Bank of Commerce; Deborah Portman. 

While working at IBC Bank Alex joined The Dance Project as a dancer and choreographer, after a couple performances he was

offered a position on TDP's Board of Directors. Currently Alex has moved his career to UBS Financial Services, Inc. where he is studying investment banking while still holding an active position on TDP's Board of Directors.

Alex is a huge supporter of the arts and is excited to see how much The Dance Project can offer the Austin community in artistic resources and entertainment."

Maddie Dalgleish
Dancer

Maddie began dancing at the age of 4 at Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre.  She joined their Junior Performing Troupe at the age of 8 and was a member of their Senior Performing Company for 7 years. She has also trained in summer programs at Ballet Austin with Jamie Lynn Witts, Ian Bethany, and Bill Piner. She studied the Cechetti ballet method for five years and is a certified level 4 Cechetti dancer and won 3 Cechetti scholarships as well.
For 3 years, she studied under Randall Flynn, Shizu Yasuda, Vincent Hardy, Durrell Comedy, the amazing Steve Rooks, and the Ad Deum Dance Company at multiple dance intensives and master classes in Houston.  This year she began taking ballet and modern dance classes with Cheryl Copeland to enhance her technique training.
Maddie received the “Innovative Concept” award for her duet choreography in 2017 at the Act 1 Dance Competition.  She is currently a company dancer and choreographer with The Dance Project, and she is a teacher and co-director of the pre-professional dance company, Emerge, at Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre.

Courtney Edgerton
Dancer

Courtney grew up dancing at Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern for 10 years. Throughout high school, she danced and competed with Next Step Performing Arts School in Frisco, Texas and was also a member of LakeCities Ballet Theatre II for two years. Courtney is currently a student at UT and enjoy dancing and teaching in the Austin area. She is excited to be performing with The Dance Project again! 

Yasmin Kayce
Dancer

Yasmin Kayce has been dancing since her first ballet class at age three. This immediate love of dance led to her education in contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, and lyrical styles, as well as levels I-III of the Cecchetti method of ballet, all of which she passed highly commended. She also attended a Cecchetti convention in 2015, in which she was awarded a 1st place scholarship from the Southwest Cechetti Council of America. She has been given the opportunity to take masterclasses with Ad Deum's Randall Flinn and Shizu Yasuda, LÉON Dance Arts' Dorrell Martin, and FUSE Dance Company's Josh Romero. Additionally, she has performed in the Bailando Dance Festival in Corpus Christi, City of Austin Holiday Trail of Lights, Dance to Breathe cystic fibrosis fundraiser, Zilker Hillside Theater, Daugherty Arts Center, Ballet Austin's Venture Theater, and the Rollins Theater in the Long Center. She has been dancing with the Dance Project since 2014, and currently teaches and takes class at Round Rock Repertory Dance Center. She danced with RRRDC's performance troupe for three years, participating in multiple competitions with small group, trio, and solo performances. Aside from dance, Yasmin is an aspiring artist and intellectual. She is a member of National Honor Society, the 2017-2018 chapter President of the National Art Honor Society, and has received gold medals for two mixed media pieces and a pen drawing that received a perfect score at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event. She is currently a senior at Gateway College Preparatory High School and is excited to begin her college education, where she plans on studying natural sciences. Fall of 2017 is her first season entering The Dance Project as a choreographer, and she is honored to watch it grow and be able to take part in its development. The Dance Project has given Yasmin the opportunity to grow both as a dancer/choreographer and a human being, and she is forever grateful for this fantastic community she has become a part of. 

Rebecca King Mahler
Dancer

Born and raised in South Texas, Becca began dancing at the age of 8 with Mayra Worthen at Ballet San Antonio. After discovering how much she loved to dance, Becca trained at various ballet academies including Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin and The Washington School of Ballet. After an injury got in the way of dancing professionally, she began to focus on school and began studying to be a nurse at The University of Texas here in Austin. Becca is now a Registered Nurse at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center on the Labor & Delivery unit! She loves to maintain her love for dance taking classes and performing in between her days spent helping deliver babies.

Tiegan Korgel
Dancer

This is Tiegan’s fourth year with The Dance Project.  She began dancing at the age of 7 at the Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre and now trains at the Austin School of Classical Ballet.  She is also a member of the Dragonettes drill team at Round Rock High School.  She has regularly participated in Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and has attended pre-professional summer intensives at American Ballet Theater, LEON Dance Arts, Joffrey Chicago, and Ballet Austin, and is headed this summer to intensives with San Francisco Ballet and The Juilliard School.  She has been honored to work with the talented choreographers in The Dance Project, including Latisha Coffey, Diana Wang, Dani Juarez, Dane Burch, Meghan Bowman, Rebecca Gamborino, Dre Torres, and many more.

Grace Marcum
Dancer

Grace started dance classes at age 2.5 years old in Austin, Texas. At age 6 she began competing in dance, by the age of 7 she knew that dance was much more than a hobby and was turning into her passion. Grace competed in dance competitions for 6 years, winning numerous awards and scholarships, before deciding to focus more on technique and her training. She has trained in many forms of dance including ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballroom and aerial. Her favorite styles of dance are ballet and contemporary. In 2016 she submitted an audition to dance and perform on stage with Justin Bieber. She was chosen to perform on state with him in concert in Houston, Texas! Grace enjoys traveling conventions to assist and train with some of the top choreographers in the United States. In June 2018 she was chosen as Radix Dance Convention 1st Runner Up 2018 National Female Teen Core Performer by faculty (Brian Friedman, Tessandra Chavez, Tyce Diorio, Tina Casparay, Nappy Tabs, Billy Bell, and more). In July 2018 she attended and won Tremaine Dance 2018 Teen Female Dancer of the Year. She will travel and assist faculty such as Joe Tremaine, Tiffany Maher, Tony Bellissimo, Meghan Sanett, Keri LeGrand, Derrick Schrader, and more. Grace also travels and assists with Revel Dance Convention and traveled and assisted with Streetz Dance Convention from 2014-2018. race is an ambassador and model for Sadie Jane Dancewear and has modeled dance costumes for Artistic Dance Designs 2014 – 2018 Catalogs. Grace loves having the opportunity to work with and learn from the choreographers and dancers of The Dance Project!

Heather Miller
Dancer

Heather has been dancing ever since her first class in Colorado at the age of 4. Heather trains at The Dance Works in Round Rock, TX.  She has been a part of the DW Competitive Team since 2013 and part of the Sr Elite team since her Freshman year in 2016. She was honored to be selected as the team dancer of the year the past two years by her teammates. She loves to dance all genres and the challenges each technique presents. She is honored to be chosen to train for The Dance Project for the first time and is excited for this experience

Maranda Moody
Dancer

Maranda has been dancing for over 20 years and specializes in contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and tap. She received her B.A. in Theatre/Dance from the University of Texas. She also sings and dances with Austin’s Premiere Show Choir, River City Pops, and was a member of the Austin City Showgirls for three years. She has been seen in Austin musicals such as Chicago (Half and Half), Oklahoma! (ZTP), and Hairspray (ZTP).

At this time she is currently dividing her dance time between River City Pops and The Dance Project.

She looks forward to both performances. 

Riley Noble
Dancer

Riley Noble is experienced in jazz, musical theatre, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, modern and tap. She aspires to be a Broadway dancer or a Radio City Rockette. She is currently a Junior at Round Rock High School. She has danced at Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre since the age of eight and was a Senior member of the Emerge Dance Company. She's had extensive training with Vincent Sandoval, an experienced Broadway dancer and Radio City Rockette choreographer. She has been apart of DTV, a music video performance group part of Cathy Roe's Ultimate Dance Competition.

She is now a Resident Artist with The Dance Project and  looks forward to this year’s experiences and a great year!

Isabella Tiemann
Dancer

Isabella started dancing at Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre where she had the opportunity to train in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary. During her time at Round Rock Repertory Dance Centre, Isabella was a Senior Member of Emerge Dance Company for 5 years. Through Emerge Dance Company, Isabella had the opportunity to choreograph, teach and dance for the various shows Round Rock Repertory created. She also performed as a Guest Artist in five Dance Project shows. She has also performed in the Bailando Dance Festival in Corpus Christi for two years as well as the City of Austin Holiday Trail of Lights. In 2017, Isabella was honored to chosen to be on the Georgetown High School Georgette drill team. Isabella has also been given the opportunity to take masterclasses with Ad Deum's Randall Flinn and Shizu Yasuda, LÉON Dance Arts' Dorrell Martin, and FUSE Dance Company's Josh Romero. Isabella is excited for this upcoming season with the Dance Project as a New Artist. 

Diana Wang
Dancer/Choreographer

Dr. Diana Wang is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Dance Project which started in 2011.  This project was born from her desire to continue dancing and creating after she retired from Ballet Austin in 1999.  Diana's goal was to form a community of dancers who may not currently be professionally employed, but still desired the opportunity to dance and to choreograph, bringing dancers from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages to join in a performance celebrating the love of dance.  

Diana started ballet training at age 5 and grew up dancing at the Ballet Austin Dance Academy. She subsequently joined the company as an apprentice and danced from 1995-1999 with Ballet Austin where she performed in Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia and more.  After graduating as a Plan II major from UT Austin, she attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, and due to her strenous academic schedule, she could only dance freelance.  During the period from 2003-2011 she dance intermittently with Austin Dance Ensemble, which became currently Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, Austin Classical Ballet, and Borealis Dance. Diana continued to dance and began choreography as well during her Obstectrics and Gynecology residency training here in austin with the University of Southwestern Residency Program. Diana became an Assistant Professor for the UTSW OBGYN residency program from 2009- 2013.  During this period, she founded The Dance Project and has performed and choreographed multiple pieces including some of her favorites:  Pieces of Light, Chaos and Tranquility, At Peace and the End of the Season, and Branches.  Diana is currently a private practice obgyn with Austin Area Obgyn. She continues to love dance and is excited about this coming new season with The Dance Project. 

Olivia Westmoreland
Dancer

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Raised in Austin, Texas, Olivia began her dance career as a competitive gymnast beginning at the age of two. With her gym, Acrotex, Olivia received multiple awards from USAG before retiring from the sport at the age of 14. During this time, Olivia had also taken classes at local studios, including Dancers Workshop, Cedar Park Dance Company, and Evolution Dance Center. After continuing to dance and compete through high school, Olivia realized that she wanted to continue dancing in college, so she auditioned for the Kilgore College Rangerettes. After being selected for the team, Olivia was given many incredible performance opportunities, including the Cotton Bowl Classic, opening the State Fair of Texas, the Contest of Champions in Orlando, Florida, participating in the 75th commemoration of the attack of Pearl Harbor, the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Black Tie and Boots Presidential Ball, and Rangerette Revels. She has also had the opportunity to take classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Olivia is looking forward to continuing her performance career with the Dance Project!

Marissa Wiseman
Dancer/Choreographer

Marissa grew up in Tyler, TX where she studied jazz and ballet under the direction of Pamela Erwin, Paula Sansom, and Helen Chambers. She joined Tyler Civic Ballet where she performed in yearly Nutcracker productions and danced pieces from ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Pas de Quatre.

Marissa attended Arizona State University and graduated with a B.F.A in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography in 2004. During her time at ASU, she received training  in Modern technique and danced in multiple guest artist pieces.

Marissa and her husband, Darrell, moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2004 where she served as the head Dance Instructor at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School. She taught ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical and intro to ballroom to all levels of students. She also choreographed pieces from a variety of musicals for the school's dance company, including Fosse, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity and The Pajama Game. She spent time in NY performing with various choreographers at various performance venues around the city and had the opportunity to perform her own work at Artery Dance Festival.

Marissa and her husband moved to Austin in 2008, where she  taught ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, Musical Theatre,  Pilates and Zumba at Dance Xplosion Austin for six and half years. She also had the privilege of serving as Store Manager and Purchaser at Bright Lights Dancewear, a dance retail store. Marissa had the great pleasure of dancing with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company from 2008 - 2009 and also served as a guest choreographer for the Longhorn Singers, the official show choir at the University of Texas at Austin from 2008 - 2010. She also choreographed for the River City Pops Spring 2018 show. River City Pops is a pop/variety show choir that has been entertaining family audiences in Austin, TX, since 1984.

Marissa is excited for another season with The Dance Project and to share her passion for dance  and choreography with everyone.

New Dance Project Dancers

Ellie Newton
Dancer

Bio coming soon!

Mya Lazala
Dancer

Mya has been dancing since the age of 3. If you ask her mom, she will tell you that she started dancing in her belly. Mya’s love of dance has led her to train in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, lyrical, and hip hop. She has competed in regional and national competitions acquiring numerous scholarships and making friends along the way. She has performed in many community dance performances and various musical theatre productions throughout the years. She has shared her passion for dance through mentoring younger aspiring dancers while assisting at various studios in the Tampa area. She moved from Tampa to Austin in May 2018. She loves the local dance culture, community, and opportunities that exist which feed her many interests in dance technique, creativity, and personal growth.

Rose Mitchell
Dancer

Rose just returned from a two-year hiatus in Chicago where she danced with multiple companies, including Joel Hall Jazz Dancers, Matter Dance Company, Innervation Dance Coop and Music Theatre Works. She is excited to be back in Austin and dancing with TDP for the first time this Fall. She is currently choreographing Tommy for City Theatre, and is grateful to be back in her hometown and still have so much art in her life. A previous graduate of the University of Texas' Theatre and Dance department, she has been performing and choreographing her way across Austin for the last thirteen years.

Veronica Boccardo
Dancer

Veronica Boccardo began her early training in dance at the age of five. Continuing dance throughout high school with drill team and outside of school dance experiences. In 2017, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A. In Dance with a certification in dance education through the Uteach dance program. She has performed works by Alvin Rangel, Shen Jun, Charles Anderson, and many more, Including UT's production musical "Little Women." Veronica has also created her own choreography and collaborated with other artists in freelance projects. She has had training at Joffrey Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, ABT Austin, Ballet West and more. She competed for YAGP and has performed Nutcracker roles like principal reed flute (Ballet Southwest Academy) and the Arabian pas de deux (Allegro Ballet of Houston). She has extensive training in Vaganova technique however, her teaching repertoire spreads throughout the spectrum, including Jazz, contemporary, Hip-Hop, social dance (Ballroom, Latin, country – trained by Sonia Jupiter), improvisation, and more. She also has experience with commercial work. She is very excited to be a part of The Dance Project as her first season's debut and hopes to continue to make new experiences with the growing-artists around her.

Hope Marcum
Dancer

Hope began taking dance class at the age of 3 years old in Austin, Texas. She started taking ballet and tap and began more formal training at age 6. Hope has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and some ballroom. Hope began competing in jazz, hip hop, contemporary and tap at age 7. Hope enjoys attending dance conventions to work with choreographers from all over the United States. Hope traveled and assisted Streetz Dance Convention for the 2017 season as part of their Company Team. She is now focusing on her academics and training in ballet, modern, and jazz, with the hopes of performing more in 2018 and 2019. Hope is an ambassador and model for Sadie Jane Dancewear and has modeled dance costumes for Artistic Dance Designs 2016 - 2018 Catalogs. Hope is very excited to be performing her first show with The Dance Project!

Christina Hanna
Dancer

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Born and raised in Austin, Christina began dancing at the age of 3 at D’Ette & Company Dancers in South Austin. Under the direction of D’Ette Ray-Rice, Jade Greenough, Paula Sansom and Karen Elliott, she trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and modern for 15 years. During her time at D’Ette & Company Dancers, she was a member of the competitive dance team, Rhythm Force, for 10 years. Through Rhythm Force, she had the opportunity to attend numerous dance competitions, TATD (Texas Association Teachers of Dancing) dance convention, and has performed at The City of Austin’s Trail of Lights and many other local benefits. Christina maintains her love for dance by taking classes and choreographing in the Austin area. She is excited for her first season with the Dance Project!

Hailyn Garcia
Dancer

Hailyn started dancing at age two and has been a competitive dancer since she was four. She has also been a member of Cedar Park Dance Co’s elite company for the past nine years. Hailyn has trained in several dance styles, with her strengths being contemporary and hip hop. She also enjoys teaching and choreographing in addition to being a performer. Hailyn is excited to be working with The Dance Project’s diverse choreographers and dancers!

Jamie Lahiere
Dancer

Jamie began training in dance at the age of eight, establishing a strong foundation in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet. She spent 10 years training, performing, and competing with Alisa’s Dance Academy and Austin’s Dance Elite (ADE), before joining the world-renowned Strutters at Texas State University, where she studied Business Management & Entrepreneurship.
While earning her BBA, she conceptualized business plans for a dance company she envisioned and won National Awards for her dance-themed elevator pitches. This positive experience led her into a management consulting career, where she discovered her love for teaching and coaching by developing and implementing training programs for F500 clients. After transitioning to a permanent position with Whole Foods Market, she began teaching classes at Balance Dance Studios to foster a love for dance in the next generation.
She is fusing her hearts passions of dance, training, and business development at The Dance Project and is thrilled at the opportunity to continue pushing the limits of artistic expression and pursue her performance dreams.

Emi Matsumae
Dancer

Emi started dancing at the age of three with The Dance Works. She took classes in ballet and tap there until she joined their competitive team in 2014. While on the DanceWorks Team, she trained in genres of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, open, and hip hop. In 2017, she joined Evolution Dance Collective , where she continued to dance and compete for one year. With Evolution, she further developed her artistry and love for dance. For this dance season, Emi joined her school’s drill team, Tiger Dancers, where she enjoys performing for the football games and contest pieces. She is honored and excited to join The Dance Project this season, and hopes to learn and grow from performing with them.

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