San Antonio Dance Academy New Facility Update
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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 began her studies of flamenco and ballet folklorico with Theresa Champion at the age of three. Having dreamt of one day becoming a ballerina, Andrea ventured into ballet, jazz, tap, ballet folklórico and flamenco under the direction of Rosemary Cavazos-Tatum at San Antonio Dance Academy. Andrea expanded her studies of flamenco with instructor Micaela Garza-Rodriguez at The Academy of Dance Arts. In 2001, Andrea participated in the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive in Austin, Texas. Andrea attended the North East School of the Arts as a dance major and participated in many NESA productions. Her senior year she received a scholarship from the National Foundation of Advancement of Art and was a finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search and had the opportunity to study with Rosa Mercedes, artistic director of Duende Ballet Español.

Andrea attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 2005-2008. As a dance major in the Department of Theater and Dance, Andrea studied West Afrikan dance with Afrikan drum and dance Master Abdulrahman Laryea Addy and performed with his troupe, Gbotsui Afrikan Dance Troupe. While studying modern dance techniques Andrea danced with the Blythe Eden Dance Company and performed in New York and San Francisco. Andrea also performed with Ballet Theater of New Mexico and studied flamenco with Eva Encinas-Sandoval and Adela Campallo, Israel Galvan, Pastora Galvan, Isabel Bayon, Karime Amaya and “La Tati.”  Upon returning to San Antonio she continued her studies of flamenco with Antonio Granjero, Stephanie Ramirez and Pilar Andújar in Austin, Texas. Andrea made her first trip to Spain in the summer of 2012 and studied intensively with los gran maestros Alfonso Losa, Nuria Truco and La Truco.

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.

Adriano de Rosa

Jackie Rodriguez-Navar began studying flamenco at a very early age with San Antonio Parks and Recreation. She quickly became a member of Fandango and later on a principal dancer in the city’s semi professional troupe Danza Hispana under the direction of La Chique Linares. Under La Chique’s training and direction, Jackie’s love of Flamenco evolved and this love took her to Spain to study the art form and take lessons from artists such as Juana Amaya, Rafael Campallo, and Lola Greco.

She has had the honor of dancing in Germany, and Puerto Rico to perform with Antonio Santella’s flamenco production Llanto por Federico Garcia Lorca. Jackie was the lead dancer with the San Antonio symphony’s “Sombrero de Tres Picos.” In 2008 Jackie was part of Entre Flamenco’s Cuatro Estaciones under the of Antonio Granjero and Stephanie Ramirez. Jackie has taught flamenco dance at SADA for over 12 years. You can find Jackie performing at local tapas restaurants Carmens and Espana with Sonya Jimenez, Steve Arispe and YiYi Orozco.

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.

Laura de Guia Villalobos received her training at the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California.  She has performed with several companies across the United States, such as Nevada Ballet Theatre, Ballet Oklahoma, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, the Dallas Opera, Kentucky Ballet Theatre and The Montgomery Ballet.  Laura has performed principal roles in numerous ballets, including Balanchine's Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares?, Agnes de Mille's Rodeo, and Arturo Fernandez' Dracula. She has also performed in many of the classics- Grand Pas Classique, Spring Waters, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, and the title roles in Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Raymonda.

Laura was accepted, along with husband and fellow dancer Joseph Villalobos, as a competitor in the 4th International Ballet and Modern Competition in Nagoya, Japan.  Laura and her husband were married in May of 2007, and welcomed their daughter, Lydianna Camille, in May of 2011. This is Laura’s first year at SADA.

Joesph Alexander Villalobos a native Texan, Joseph began his training in Dallas under Tanju Tuzer and Anthony Noa.  From there, he has gone on to perform with various companies across the country, such as The Montgomery Ballet, Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Ballet Oklahoma and the Dallas Opera.  Joseph has an extensive repertoire, performing principal roles in classical ballets such as Raymonda, Spring Waters, Cinderella, Firebird, Les Sylphides, Flower Festival and Swan Lake.  He has also performed principal roles in Balanchine's Who Cares?, and Tarantella, Arturo Fernandez' Dracula, and Choo San Goh's In the Glow of the Night. Joseph was accepted as a competitor in the 4th International Ballet and Modern Competition in Nagoya, Japan.  Joseph and his wife Laura welcomed their daughter Lydianna in May of 2011. Joseph performed as part of SADA’s 2013 recital, and has been on faculty since the fall of 2013.

Morgan Faye Little, also known as Mo, is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from California. Mo began her dance study as a freshman in high school and earned a spot as co-captain and choreographer by senior year, leading the team to a 1st place competition win. After graduation, Mo studied at Desert Eagle Productions in El Paso, Texas and landed her first career gig with Baby Bash and DJ Unk.

Mo began her professional career in 2008 after landing a spot in a teacher training intensive with dancer/choreographer Chopper Platt (You Got Served, Jason Derulo). She earned an invitation to teach at his Hollywood studio, Ography Dance Studio, which has housed artists such as Omarion and rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars. She has since been a dancer in music videos, live shows, and movie promos such as Despicable Me, choreographed for Route 66 Hotel & Casino, iHollywood Dance Competition, and international artist Lillywood & The Prick. She has also toured internationally as a performer in China.

Mo continues to pursue her career with a focus on teaching classes and workshops that inspire and mentor youth and encourage a positive, healthy lifestyle amongst her peers.

Sarah Montemayor has lived in San Antonio all her life and has recently graduated from the University of Incarnate Word with a Degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology. Sarah has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballroom, Contemporary and Modern. She attended North East School of the Arts, where she was in various Musicals and Dance productions. She has taken various master classes/workshops with The Dallas Black Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey, Sarah Fazio, Kathy Dacey, Jay Frankie, and Dena Mabry. Sarah has competed at Tremaine, L.A Dance Force, Show Stopper, Encore, Stage One, Dance Showcase USA, New York City Dance Alliance, Star Light and Rainbow Dance Competition. She has performed with the Moscow Russian Ballet in “The Nutcracker” and at various venues in San Antonio. Sarah has also taught Ballet, Hip Hop and Art classes for the Carver Community Cultural Center. Sarah is the proud mother of 2- year- old Camille Rose. This is Sarah’s first year teaching Tap at San Antonio Dance Academy.

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.

Brittnee Ferrell - Started dancing at age two in ballet, jazz and tap and added contemporary at age 8. By age 15, Brittnee had won many national titles at dance competitions and was performing with StarPower's 'Power Pak' and with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in two half-time shows. After attending the "Break the Floor" convention in New York City, Mrs. Ferrell was asked to join the tap choreographer's original off-Broadway show and has continued to train and dance alongside many "SYTYCD" Choreographers and contestants. An instructor for 16 years, Brittnee is excited to share her knowledge and love of tap with the students of San Antonio Dance Academy.

Rudan Custodio began dancing with San Antonio Dance Academy at the age of 6 in the Boy’s Dance class for a year, but came back 10 years later studying Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern and Tap. A member of SADA’s Revolution 360 Dance Company, Rudan brought home several Platinum and High Gold awards and was singled out by Hip-Hop pro, Tucker Barkley, for the CoDance Millenium Dance Center’s highest scholarship in 2011.He is now the Boy’s Hip-Hop teacher. Starting out as a self-taught Hip-Hop dancer from Youtube videos, Rudan has a strong value of not only the technique behind dancing, but also the culture and history behind it. He is currently a computer-engineering student at UTSA and part-time Youtube Partner making videos for fun.