Rosie Herrera is a graduate from the New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has been commissioned by The Miami Light Project in association with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing and the American Dance Festival in 2010, 2011, and 2013 where her company was presented to sold-out audiences. She has had two residencies at ADF recreating her work “Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret” on ADF dancers and creating a new work in progress this past summer entitled “Make Believe.” Rosie is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano and performs with the Performers Music Institute Opera Ensemble in addition to choreographing and staging operas independently throughout Miami. She has also collaborated on productions with The South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, New World School of the Arts, The University of Central Florida, Six Floor Ensemble, Zoetic Stage and with theater artist Rudi Goblen as well as filmmakers Adam Reign and Lucas Leyva. As a rehearsal director, co-choreographer and performer, Rosie was in residency at the Chat Noir Cabaret in Miami Beach with the interdisciplinary performance ensemble Circ X. Her company has been presented by the Northrop Dance Series, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gotham Dance at Skirball and Focus Dance at The Joyce. Rosie is a 2010 MANCC choreographic fellow and a 2011 Miami Dance Fellow. Most recently she was awarded a Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship for her new work with Ballet Hispanico entitled “Show.Girl.”
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is half-Colombian and half-Belgian, and completed her dance training at the Royal Ballet Academy in Antwerp, Belgium. She appeared with various German companies before joining Djazzex, a contemporary jazz-dance company in 1993. In 1997, she joined the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam for seven years as a soloist. Since leaving her performing career in 2003, Ochoa has so far created works for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, the Gothenburg Ballet, State Modern Ballet Ankara, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater Chicago, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Whim W’Him, IncolBallet de Colombia, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza and Scottish Ballet.
Miguel Mancillas received his formal education in contemporary and classic techniques in Mexico City, under Xavier Francis, Isabel Hernández, Ángeles Martínez, Zygfryd Rzysko and Guillermo Maldonado, among others. His inclination towards plastic scope of his art led him to enter the realms of stage design, illumination and makeup while studying at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas de la UNAM (National School for Plastic Arts, National University). He developed his career as an interpreter while a member of several dance companies in Hermosillo, Sonora (Northern Mexico), Mexico City and Montreal, Canada. He was honored as one of the best ten dancers of the 20th Century, in the book “México; su apuesta por la cultura” (Mexico, Its Confidence on Culture), co-edited by the magazine PROCESO and Random House Mondadori México. Miguel’s work is part of the repertoire presented by companies throughout Mexico and USA. In his role as a teacher he gives lessons in South America, the United States and throughout Mexico. He has done choreographic set ups for companies such as Mordine Dance Company, Luna Negra (Chicago,IL), Paralelo 32 and Danza Contemporánea Universitaria.Along with his teaching experience, he created the Un cuerpo expresivo (An expressive body) laboratory. Miguel is currently working as General Director of the Project Antares Danza Contemporánea and Núcleo-Antares contemporary dance school, with the support of CONACULTA (FONCA), the Sonora Culture Institute and the Municipal Institute for Culture and Arts (in the frame of Mexico on Scene, a support program to the Scenic Arts Professional Artistic groups).
Gustavo Ramírez Sansano was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009-2013, after directing proyectoTITOYAYA in Valencia, Spain for four years. Sansano has received numerous choreographic awards, including first prizes at the Ricard Moragas competition in Barcelona and at the Dom Perignon competition in Hamburg. He has been commissioned to create works for Compañia Nacional de Danza, the Hamburg Ballet, TanzTheaterMünchen, and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others. As a dancer, Sansano performed works by Jacopo Godani, Hans Van Manen, JiÅ?í Kylián, and more, working for the Ballet Joven de Alicante, Ballet Contemporaneo de Barcelona, Ballet de la Comunidad de Madrid, Nederlands Dans Theater II and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Sansano was chosen by the magazine POR LA DANZA for its 15th anniversary as one of the ‘Fifteen Choreographers to Watch.’ Dance Magazine featured him in its annual '25 to Watch' list in 2012, and he was named 'Chicagoan of the Year in Arts & Entertainment' by the Chicago Tribune.
Originally from Mexico, Edgar Zendejas began his interpretive career in Chicago where he performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Jazz Dance. In the early nineties, Edgar joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, now BJM Danse, where he found himself evolving as an artist and choreographer. After the successful premiere of Zendejas's first work, "Breve Enlace," Louis Robitaille, artistic director of BJM, promoted Edgar to associate choreographer which led to choreographic commissions in Mexico and the United States, most notably from Jacob's Pillow; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet; DanceWorks Chicago; Luna Negra Dance Theater; and Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico. Zendejas won the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition in 2010, competed as a finalist for the Milwaukee Ballet’s choreographic competition “Genesis” in 2011, and won the Outstanding Choreographer Award from Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In January 2006 he co-founded ezdanza along with Julien Gagnon and Neelanthi Vadivel. Since then the company has evolved as an open space focused on research, creation and dissemination.