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.

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.

Tara Smartnick

Tara Smartnick is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from the Academy for Performing Arts. She began studying dance at the age of three, and holds national titles in Team Dance, Solo Work, and Ballroom Partnering.  In 2005 she moved to LA to continue her education in dance with JJ Villar's, "The Road to Hollywood." She moved to Texas in 2006, and received her degree in Multi-Media Technology, as well as certifications in Web Design, and Digital Video Editing.

Tara still teaches, choreographs, and dances professionally with several companies throughout the Southwest. Tara began to study aerial arts in March of 2012, and believes she has found her true calling. Though she has only been doing it for a little over a year, she has had many opportunities to train, perform, and share her passion for aerial dance. You can now see her perform above Pacific White Sided Dolphins and Beluga Whales at SeaWorld San Antonio's show, "Azul".  Whether it's dance on the ground, or in the air, Tara enjoys every moment, and hopes to continue this amazing adventure for years to come.

Jennifer Edmonds-Jones has performed and choreographed in various dance companies, films, videos, musicals, benefits and festivals throughout the world in every genre of dance from ballet to hip hop. Her versatility as a performer can be attributed to her passion and respect for all movement styles and her love of challenging herself through learning; values she instills in her students. Jennifer has been an educator for over 20 years. Jennifer left NYC and moved to San Antonio in 2007 where she continues to pursue her career as an educator and performer.

San Antonio credits:San Antonio Dance Academy, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Third Coast Dance Center, Northwest Vista College, Urban Connection-San Antonio. Performance projects with ModaColab and Spareworks.

Career Highlights in Film: Idlewild (HBO Productions), Theatre: Play On! (Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodman Theatre), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Fox Theatre), Cotton Club Rhapsody (La MaMa), Concert: Cecilia Marta Dance Company, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Dance>Detour (mixed abilities), Bryant Ballet, Life:  Dante Jones (husband), Glory Jones (daughter), Lareina Jones (daughter).

Jennifer is a member of Actor’s Equity. She has a BA in performing arts management from Columbia College Chicago.

Marshall Jarreau is a professional dancer and circus aerialist. He also holds licenses to practice massage therapy and to teach Zumba fitness classes. He began his dance training in the BFA dance program at the University of Colorado in Boulder. From Colorado, he began performing around the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 5 years and was also a top finalist on the first season of FOXís So You Think You Can Dance.

In 2010, Marshall began formal training as an aerialist at the New England Center for Circus Arts and, afterward, was featured as the Walrus character and dancer in Cirque Du Soleilís LOVE. Since then, Marshall has continued to perform in shows and venues across the country. He is currently teaching dance, circus, and Zumba classes in the San Antonio area and performing throughout the US.

Leeza Peche is currently a fulltime student at Our Lady of the Lake University majoring in Early Childhood education. Leezaís passion for dance grew at the age of eight where she took folkloric dance lessons at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. There she was committed and showed much dedication in the Academy and was awarded a full Scholarship for dance. While being introduced to flamenco at Guadalupe Dance Academy Leeza continued her education until the age of fourteen. At fourteen, Leeza attended North East School of the Arts where she was a dance major for three years. She later danced for Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirezís dance company Entre Flamenco. She was a company member for five years and toured around the southern states.

Leeza currently dances with Parks and Recreation for San Antonio and performs throughout the city. Leeza also recently attended Amor de Dios in Madrid Spain for Master Flamenco classes and continues her education in dance.

My name is Kevin Brewster, and I'm a Bboy. I've been Breakin(breakdancing) for 5 years. Teaching other people how to dance is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Seeing someone's face light up from learning a new move brings happiness to my life. My dance knowledge doesn't stop at just Breakin. I'm able to teach choreography, popping, and many other styles. My main goal is to spread the love of dance. Join me and help me accomplish my goal.