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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 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.


Keaton Dear is an eighteen year-old, multi-disciplined dancer and performer with an extensive background in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and rhythm tap. Keaton has been dancing for fifteen years, but most notably are her ten years under the direction of Barbara Phillips. As a nine year member of RPM Youth Tap Ensemble, Keaton has studied with inspirational professionals including Acia Gray, Dianne Walker, Lane Alexander, Katherine Kramer, Tasha Lawson, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Nicholas Young, Michelle Dorrance and many others. Keaton enjoys passing on the traditions of tap to the next generation as a member of RPM and as an assistant youth tap instructor at Third Coast Dance Center from 2012 - 2014. Keaton was the first recipient of the Rhythmic Souls Tap Scholarship awarded through the Dance Council of North Texas in 2012. In 2014, Keaton was also awarded the Buster Cooper Tap Scholarship through the Dance Council of North Texas. Keaton has appeared in numerous concerts and events including Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s JUBA! at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011 and 2012, Third Coast Rhythm Project’s Jazzed on Tap and Participant Showcase, Sole to Soul’s Participant Showcase, Houston’s Space City Tap Festival’s Showcase, the Dance Council of North Texas’ Before-the-Show Show in 2012 and 2014, Tapestry Too’s Over, Under, Around, and Through in 2013, the pregame show for the San Antonio Spurs, Black History Month celebrations, and Luminaria Arts Night. Keaton currently attends the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is majoring in Biology/Pre-Dental and is minoring in Dance.


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 Compania De Arte Espanol under the direction of La Chique and Jose Linares.  She served as lead 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. Jackie 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 the production Rumba Dreams, a latin musical at the Josephine Theatre.  She has studied under La Chique, Javier Villegas, Huamantzin Lopez, Ricardo Munoz, and Raul Valdez.  You can see Jackie perform locally at Carmens de la Calle.  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.


Samantha Lopez has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, Mexican Folkloric, Flamenco, and lyrical for 14 years at San Antonio Dance Academy as well as being a member of the Revolution 360 Company for 5 years. Samantha performed at competitions and conventions including The Pulse, Nuvo, New York City Dance Alliance, Tremaine, Houston Salsa Congress, Las Vegas Salsa Congress, Baylor Latin, B.I.G., Texas Salsa Congress and Dallas Bachata Congress. While in high school she assisted Ms. Tatum and taught Mexican Folk I. Once she graduated from Ronald Reagan High School she continued studying dance at San Antonio College. She found her love for Latin Dancing when she joined Xibuke at the age of 16. She then expanded her studies in dance by learning Bachata and new styles of Salsa. She joined the Island Touch Company in 2014 and co-directed the Bachata team and the Ladies Bachata team. She was the assistant teacher for Bachata and Salsa classes in 2015 and continues to help grow the Salsa and Bachata community. She now teaches Kinder Ballet and the Teen Latin Night at SADA and she teaches jazz, ballet, tap, and musical theatre to the Production Theatre class at Ronald Reagan High School.


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.


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 FOX’s 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 Soleil’s 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.


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.


Jessica Ann Ahr (Bauer), born and raised in San Antonio, TX began her formal Flamenco dance education in 1995 with Teresa Champion and was promptly invited to dance in the summertime production of Fiesta Flamenca with Los Flamencos de San Antonio. Jessica then joined the Ballet de Casa España, directed by Beatríz Aguilar, which later became known at Grupo Flamenco España Viva. She then moved to study with Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez for a short time before traveling to San Boi de Llobregat near Barcelona, Spain to attend the Seminario Percusio organized by Juan Flores and Sergio Ramos (of Ojos de Brujo) where she attended seminars and workshops given by Paquito Gonzalez, El Pájaro, Jóse Carrasco, Aleix Tobias, and Massud. In the summer of 2011, Jessica found her way back to Spain for Córdoba’s Festival de la Guitarra where she attended dance courses and received certificates for Bata de Cola with Inmaculada Aguilar, Técnica y Coreografía from Javier Latorre, and Ténica de Buleria from Antonio “El Pipa”. Jessica has also been very fortunate to have attended workshops with many great Flamenco artists and musicians: Vicky, Sabas Santos, Eva La Yerbabuena, Antonio Vargas, Chua Alba, Miguel Vargas, El Farru, and Susana Lupiañes La Lupi.

Jessica has recently completed a domestic tour with Gala Of The Royal Horses in the role of “La Flamenca” and can currently be found performing regular Flamenco shows at Carmens de la Calle and España Bar de Tapas with various local Flamenco artists and musicians.


Kathleen Martin is originally from Grayslake Illinois and is now in her sixth year as a professional dancer. She joined Ballet San Antonio in 2015 and was quickly promoted to Soloist for the 2016 season. While with Ballet San Antonio Kathleen danced Principal roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Tiger Lilly. Prior to San Antonio Kathleen danced with Ballet Wests second company under the directorship of Mark Goldweber and Adam Sklute. While with Ballet West she originated the principal role The Little Mermaid and stared in the BBC Worldwide production of "Breaking Pointe", a document-drama featuring the lives of modern day ballerinas. Kathleen's growing repertoire includes Balanchines Serenade and Rubies, Ben Stevenson O.B.E Dracula and Swan Lake, Anna Marie Holmes Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Scheherazade, Alice in Wonderland, and August Bournonville's Tarantella of Napoli, among others.

Kathleen also is a continued guest principal dancer for A.V.A Ballet Theater based in Reno Nevada and is on faculty for The Jillana School, an intensive summer program, directed by Jillana, focusing on Balanchine technique and style. In addition she also staged Swan Lake while being interim ballet mistress for True Dance, a studio based in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Alyssa Tindall has been dancing for 15 years. She has danced with the Elite Dance Academy, located in League City Texas competing for 9 years and danced for her High School drill team for four years. She served as Captain in her senior year. She danced in the Stephen Boyd Dance Ensemble for two years at the Houston MET. She now attends Texas State University as a dance major in hopes of one day opening her own dance studio or becoming a High School dance team director.


Liz Tanner is a dancer and choreographer who has enjoyed the gift of dance her entire life. Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Liz began dancing at the age of 3 in a local ballet studio. After gaining basic knowledge, she danced with many competition teams with various different studios across the Salt Lake Valley. During this time she trained with Jody Anderson, Bonnie Story, and Annette Jones. This training continued during her high school years while she was a member of the Alta High School Dance Company where she was a team officer and choreographer. After high school, Liz was a member of Odyssey 2 a pre-professional company under the direction of Eldon Johnson and Deryl Yeagar. Here she had many opportunities to perform with Odyssey Dance Theater including the popular shows “Thriller”, and “Shut up and Dance”. Liz recently graduated the University of Utah with a minor in modern dance. While in school, she enjoyed a leadership position as her class Student Art Council Representative. She also was selected to be a member of the department’s Performing Dance Company in Jessica Pearson’s piece titled “4 years”. Liz currently works as a performer at SeaWorld parks and entertainment while also sharing her talents through teaching others at various different studios and through master classes. She looks forward to a continued career in dance, through performance and choreography.