San Antonio Dance Academy New Facility Update
San Antonio Dance Academy New Facility Update

Rosemary Tatum

Rosemary Cavazos Tatum began studying dance at age seven with her uncle, Doria Avila.  She was chosen Most Outstanding Dancer at SMU Drill Team Camp and was a Gold Medal winner at The University of Texas State Dance Competition.

A charter member and principal dancer with the Rio Grande Valley Ballet, Ms. Tatum attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a soloist with the Austin Ballet Theatre.  She moved to New York City at the age of nineteen and performed with the Ballet Hispanico of New York, American Dancemachine (West Side Story, Cabaret, Hair and Brigadoon) and was the featured dancer in Don Giovanni with the Bronx Opera Company.

Rosemary appeared in five productions of the Broadway smash hit Evita, touring the United States, Canada and Europe, where she served as Dance Captain and was featured as the Tango Dancer.  Ms. Tatum made her television debut as a Flamenco soloist on the Ti-IN Educational Network Series.  She has also been featured as the Flamenco soloist at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas and headlined Mr. Avila’s “Ballet Espanol”.

Rosemary has studied with some of the most important teachers in dance including; Igor Youskevitch, Finis Jhung, David Howard, Richard Thomas, Lee Theodore, Wayne Cilento, Paul Draper, Pilar Rioja, Jose Molina, Mariquita Flores and Jose Greco Jr. and returns to New York City every year to continue her studies and offer the latest in dance technique to her students.  Ms Tatum is the Owner/Director of San Antonio Dance Academy, a member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild.  She has served on the city- appointed Performing Arts Panel for the Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Rosemary is the proud mother of Garrett and Anelise.

Andrea Hernandez Gonzales

Andrea Hernandez Gonzales is a San Antonio Dance Academy alumna. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, ballet folklorico and flamenco under three SADA roofs; there she had the opportunity to learn from dance artists here in San Antonio and the surrounding area. In 2001, Andrea had the wonderful opportunity to attend the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in Austin. She attended the North East School of the Arts as a dance major and her senior year was a scholarship recipient in the National Foundation of Advancement of Arts’ Arts Recognition and Talent Search.

While attending the University of New Mexico, Andrea studied West Afrikan Dance and modern techniques along with ballet, flamenco and jazz. In New Mexico she danced with the Blythe Eden Dance Company and performed in New York and San Francisco. Andrea studied with Afrikan drum and dance master, Abdulrahman Laryea Addy and performed with his troupe Gbotsui Afrikan Dance Troupe. When she came back to San Antonio she continued studying flamenco with Antonio Granjero and Stephanie Ramirez and now with Pilar Andujar in Austin. Currently she is performing and working on new projects with artists such as Francisco J. Orozco “Yiyi” and Steve Arispe.

Don Nuñez

Don Nuñez is originally from Corpus Christi and San Benito, Texas. Mr. Nuñez received both a B.A. and Masters degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville. He has taught Elementary, Middle, High School and at the University level. Don presently teaches at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, where he has taught Ballet Folklorico, modern and jazz for the last fourteen years. He danced with Amelia Hernandez’s “Ballet Folklorico de Mexico” for five years, on Broadway in Bob Fosse’s “Dancin”,  in “Hello Dolly” with Pearl Bailey, and “A Chorus Line”, the world tour with Liza Minnelli. Mr. Nuñez danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company in Canada and also at Queen Elizabeth’s special Performance in London. He received certification in Ballet Folklorico from Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Don has received several awards in choreography and costume design. In 2006, he received a gold medal in Fine Arts for his dedication to the art of Ballet Folklorico from the President of Bellas Artes of Mexico. Mr. Nuñez has been the Artistic Director for Texas A&M University Ballet Folklorico, Network for Young Artes, is the Artistic Director of Ballet Folklorico de Edgewood and teaches the intermediate and advanced levels of Mexican Folkloric at San Antonio Dance Academy.

Barbara Phillips

A native Texan, Barbara Phillips teaches rhythm tap as a faculty member and guest artist in both public and private dance institutions; including intensive workshops, residencies and master classes throughout the U.S. Her passion and inspiration was ignited by many of the great contemporary artists and masters including Sam Weber, Lynn Dally, Lane Alexander, Dianne Walker, Fred Strickler, Acia Gray and Heather Cornell to name a few.

She is dedicated to passing it on to the next generation, providing opportunity through accessible programming, producing outreach programs, concert performances and collaborations within the extended dance community. Barbara has appeared as a soloist and master teacher nationwide including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Summer Festival, and Soul to Sole Festival, Tap Jammin at the Kaplan Theater, Rhythm Extravaganza, Dance Festival SA, Dance for USA, Dallas National Tap Dance Day Celebrations among others and is the founder of Third Coast Rhythm Project now celebrating its 12th season.

She appeared in the live concert series of “JUBA ” Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance with Lane Alexander, as a guest performer with Especially Tap Chicago, and has staged numerous productions for the San Antonio Symphony's Pops Series including “Big Band” under the baton of the irrepressible Michael Krajewski. Barbara teaches throughout the year as a guest instructor at Tapestry Dance Academy in Austin, works with numerous youth companies across the U.S., and is currently artistic director of the critically acclaimed R.P.M. (Rhythm & Percussion in Motion) Youth Tap Ensemble, and Artistic Producing Director of Third Coast Rhythm Project. She was recently recognized by San Antonio Women magazine as San Antonio’s first lady of tap and honored as the recipient of the 2009 Texas Tap Legend award by the Dallas Dance Council for her contribution to the art form, artistic and educational achievement and service to the community.

Adriano de Rosa

Jackie Rodriguez-Navar “La Morena” from San Antonio, has been dancing since the age of three.  She began her professional dancing career at age thirteen with Campania De Arte Espanol under the direction of La Chique and Jose Linares.  She served as dancer in the City of San Antonio’s group Fandango, and was a principal dancer for Danza Hispana De San Antonio.  She traveled across the country and internationally dancing at the Bellas Artes Theatre in Puerto Rico, Germany, and Mexico.

Throughout her dance career Jackie has had the opportunity to perform for the Democratic Hispanic Gala for President Clinton, The President of Mexico and Barbara Bush.  In 2001, she furthered her flamenco studies with Flamenco master classes in Spain with Lola Greco, Juan Amaya, Rafael Campallo and Jose Granero.  Most recently Jackie choreographed a flamenco segment ad for production Rumba Dreams, a latin musical at the Josephine Theatre.  She has studied under La Chique, Javier Villegas, Huamantzin Lopez, Ricardo Munoz, and Rual Valdez.  You can still see Jackie entertain at local café, Carmens.  Jackie has completed master courses at the Maria Benitez Workshop in Santa Fe with Antonio Granjero and Angel Munoz.  Jackie is very happily married to Jesus Navar.

Adriano de Rosa

Adriano De Rosa was born in Munich, Germany and moved to San Antonio at age 6, where he fell in love with dance. He started training at San Antonio Dance Academy and 13 years later… Mr. De Rosa is teaching Boys Hip Hop!

Adriano was selected to perform in the San Antonio Fashion Show and to dance as Michael Jackson for the video game “The Experience”. KENS 5 and News 4 WOAI have both interviewed and showcased Mr. De Rosa. He was part of a Verizon Wireless commercial directed by Napoleon (Nappytabs) from “So You Think You Can Dance” along with 40 New York dancers. Adriano is also a part of the Michael Jackson Tribute Tour- Laser Spectacular. He has received scholarships for hip hop from Misha Gabriel and Kenny Wormald. His choreography won 1st place at JUMP, CoDance, NUVO, and iHollywood, 1st overall at CoDance and the ‘Entertainer Award’ from iHollywood.

Tara Smartnick

Tara Smartnick is originally from Albququerque, New Mexico and graduated from the Public Academy for Performing Arts where she majored in Dance and Cinema Production.  She has been studying dance from the age of three and holds national titles in team dance, solo work, and ballroom partnering.  She won 2nd place overall, along with a college scholarship for her solo at the Contest of Champions Nationals in Orlando, Florida when she was just 15 years old. Shortly after, Tara and her partner were named Junior American Rhythm Champions at the People’s Choice in Arizona, and were invited to join the Junior Olympic Ballroom Team.

In 2005 she moved Los Angeles, California to study and perform many different forms of dance with JJ Villar's, "The Road to Hollywood." There she had many opportunities to dance with some of the most prestigious dancers and choreographers in the nation. She moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2006, and graduated from college with a degree in Multimedia Technology, and two MSAs in Web Design and Digital Video Editing. Tara still dances professionally with many different dance companies around the Southwest, but she spends most of her time teaching and performing in the San Antonio area. Her award winning choreography has been given some of the highest titles in the nation, and has been showcased around the world. Recently, Tara has taken up aerial arts, and hopes to further her dance experience with this amazing new adventure.