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Whether you’re a dance aficionado or a dance newbie, you’ll enjoy this annual show featuring contemporary works by faculty and guest artists with the pre-professional dance company, The UH Dance Ensemble.

University Dance Theatre would like to thank
all that contributed to the
Joanna Friesen Dance Scholarship Fund

The Joanna Friesen Dance Scholarship Fund was created in the Spring of 1998. The Scholarship fund honors Joanna Friesen’s twenty years of work at University of Houston by offering financial support to aspiring dance students in the School of Theater and Dance. These young artists will shape the field of dance in years to come. It is our goal to have a growing scholarship fund to finance their Education at the University of Houston.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to this fund, please send your check made out to School of Theatre and Dance (memo: For Joanna Friesen Scholarship Fund):

School of Theatre & Dance
University of Houston
CWM Center for the Arts
Houston, TX 77204-5071

There is one intermission.
Any taping, filming, recording or broadcast of this play is strictly prohibited. Please turn off all phones and other electronic devices as a courtesy to other patrons and to the actors.

A strobe light will be used during show.

Program Order

March of the Donkeys
Choreographed by Somya Gupta
Lighting Design by Alicia
Music:  Volkslieder Weltliche Vokalwerke by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performers: Marcella Acosta, Sara Barchie, Lindsey Davis, Ceroncia Jessie, Gaby Luna, Liannet Madrazo, Joseph Perez, Rachel Redding, Juan Ventura

Choreographed by Koreena Lopez
Lighting Design by Juan
Music: Petricor by Ludovico Einaudi
Performers: Courtney Gregory, Hasina Sadiwala, Miriam Valencia

Choreographed by Alma White
Lighting Design by Ryan
Music:  Peponi by The Piano Guys
Performers: Aubrey Adkison, Zaji Cox, Jasmine Crutch, Alexa Dalpedri, Lindsey Davis, Michaela McGraw, Ariel Montemayor, Julie Rubio

Choreographed by Mallory Lenio
Lighting Design by Teresa Chapman
Music: Voices of Light: XII. The Final Walk by Richard Einhorn
Performers: Marcela Acosta, Mallory Lenio, Michaela McGraw

Choreographed by Gaby Luna
Lighting Design by Hudson
Music: In His Own Words: Vietnam War (YouTube Online Interview), Departure (Lullaby) by Max Richter
Performer: Josh Eguia

Fork in the Mind
Choreographed by Nichole Logan
Lighting Design by Shelby
Music:  In the Rowans by Balmorhea
Performers: Aubrey Adkison, Ashley Boykin, Katrina Henry, Ceronica Jessie, Hasina Sadiwala


Dos en Una
Choreographed by Liannet Madrazo
Lighting Design by Celeste
Music : Alpenrausch by Monolake
Performers: Gaby Luna, Liannet Madrazo     

Choreographed by Kara Stenz
Lighting Design by Jonathan Middentz
Music: Gone In Bloom and Bough by Caspian
Performers: Marcela Acosta, Sara Barchie, Lindsey Davis, Katrina Henry, Michaela McGraw, Zaji Cox (or Kara Stenz depending on her health)

Natural Disaster
Choreographed by Katrina Henry
Lighting Design by Jason
Music: Violin Concerto: I by Philip Glass
Performers: Somya Gupta, Juan Ventura

She Are
Choreographed by Kryztal Vazquez
Lighting Design by amanda
Music: Gnossienne 1 by Erik Satie
Performers: Ashley Boykin, Alexa Dalpedri, Ariel Montemayor

Choreographed by Juan Ventura
Lighting Design by Jason
Music: Watching Lara et First Rendez Vous by Yann Tiersen
Performed by: Juan Ventura  

Choreographed by Jasmine Crutch
Lighting Design by Trent
Music: Exposition by Takenobu
Performers: Gaby Luna, Lianet Madrazo, Hasina Sadiwala, Alma White

The-Mari-Go-Round Broke Down
Choreographed by Josh Eguia
Lighting Design by Gabriella
Music:  Merrily We Roll Along by Charles Tobias, Murray Mencher, and Eddie Cantor; 18 Morceaux, Op. 72: No. 2. Berceuse (arr. for theremin and piano) by Clara Rockmore
Performers: Lynsey Davis, Gaby Luna, Michaela McGraw, Kara Stenz, Juan Ventura, Krystal Vasquez

Artist Bios


Jasmine Crutch is a Dallas native attending the University of Houston where she is receiving her BA in Dance and minor in Interdisciplinary Art Studies. Crutch was a scholarship recipient of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Intensive where she worked with a range of guest teachers including Dudley Williams of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. She was also accepted into the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and worked closely under her mentor Kierea Amison; of Muscle Memory Dance Company in Dallas, Texas. While her attendance at the university she danced with the pre professional Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Teresa Chapman and worked with Karen Stokes, Becky Valls, Jennifer Wood and Randall Flinn. She will debut her second piece of work entitled “Yahweh” at the Emerging Choreographers Showcase. Crutch will graduate this December and continue pursuing her career as a professional dancer and will later seek her Masters in Education or Dance Therapy.


Joshua Eguia is a junior in the BFA Acting program at U of H. His most recent credits include Emerging Choreographers Showcase (2013, 2014), ¡Bocon!, Texas! The Outdoor Musical Drama, and Cuckoo. This is his second year choreographing and third year performing in the emerging choreographers showcase. He is also a member of the UH 2015- 2016 Dance ensemble and will be performing in the Ensemble Dance Works this spring.


Somya Gupta attends the University of Houston as a Communications major with a focus in Media Productions and a minor in Dance. She currently works and has worked with local companies such as Suchu Dance, Vitacca Dance Productions and Company, Leon Dance Arts, and Texas Musical Drama Company. With a focus in Ballet and Modern dance, Somya hopes to continue dancing professionally upon graduation.


Katrina Henry will receive her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Dance from the University of Houston in December 2015. She has practiced many different dance styles and received training at various studios and schools in the greater Houston area such as Adamson’s Ballet studio, Becky’s Dance Company, The Met and Allegro West. Katrina was ranked as a top officer during her high school years as a drill team member at Seven Lakes High school. She is thrilled to be representing UH dance at this performance.


Mallory Lenio was raised in Friendswood, Texas and moved to Houston to start her studies in Kinesiology and Dance. She began her passion in the studio at Bonnie Siscoe’s School of Dance training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop and performing in company pieces at dance competitions in the Houston-Galveston area. She continued performing under the Friday night lights dancing with the award-winning Clear Brook High School Celebrities Drill Team. Mallory continues to study dance at the University of Houston and plans to graduate in 2017. She plans on continuing her education in hopes of becoming a dance therapy.


Nichole Logan has her B.S. in Psychology and her B.S. in Sociology. Logan will graduate from the University of Houston in May 2016 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in American Sign Language Interpreting. Logan started her training at the University of Houston where she was a UH Dance Ensemble member from 2014-2015. After graduation, she plans on being an educational interpreter and pursue a career in creative dance.


Koreena Lopez is a senior majoring in Liberal Arts studies. She has danced through high school and at San Jacinto College where she received her A.A in Dance and was also a member of the Performing Arts Company. After graduation, Koreena plans on teaching and advocating dance and the arts to high school students and eventually plans to become a college professor. Her love for dance, knowledge, and her family support all help to keep her moving forward.


Gabriela Luna is a fourth year Kinesiology major at the University of Houston. She has already tasted a bit of what the dance world has to offer; she has performed with NobleMotion Dance Company, No boundaries Dance Company, Chris Huston, SoReal Dance Crew, and is currently performing with
the UH Dance Ensemble. She had the opportunity to be a summer intern at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She also modeled for Dance Spirit Magazine in 2011. Gaby loves working with children and had the pleasure to work with children at Children’s Memorial Hermann in the medical center. She
hopes to become a Pediatrician and also study dance medicine to help aid dancers with injury prevention.


Liannet Madrazo is a senior at the University of Houston, studying dance and majoring in kinesiology. Originally from Cuba, she has danced since childhood in La Habana Cuba with Tony Menandez Dance Company. She  performed in multiple venues and theaters in La habana. In houston she has danced with Suchu Dance Company and Aliene Maps. You can also see her in the Official Music Video for "Smile at the Moon" by recording artist Alycia Miles.


Kara Stenz is currently a senior at University of Houston where she will receive her B.A. in dance in May, 2016. Kara was a member of the UH dance ensemble and has worked with Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, Becky Valls, and Courtney Jones. Within the last year Kara interned with the Houston Dance Collective and danced with the Houston Symphony in there production of The Pilgrimage of the Rose. She is a company member of His Company International and has traveled overseas on two European dance tours. Upon graduation, Kara plans to continue performing and teach dance in Houston schools.


Kryztal Vazquez is a San Antonio native currently studying Dance and Business Administration at the University of Houston. She will be graduating in Spring 2016 and hopes to share her passion for dance with others, especially underprivileged children. Her dance interest began at a young age at Earle Cobb Dance Studio, studying ballet, tap, and jazz. She participated in their competition team and furthered her dance career as a twirler and color guard captain for Winston Churchill High School.  She has won regional, state, and national titles for individual and team competitions in twirling and represents the University of Houston as the Feature Twirler. She has recently studied dance under Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, and Rebecca Valls at UH and is producing her first choreographic work this Fall titled, "She Are."


Juan Ventura was born in Santa Ana, California and moved to Houston, Texas in 2004.  He did not grow up dancing, but became enthralled by music and movement at an early age.  Juan began his modern dance education at the age of 15 through color guard and then went on to study classical ballet at Artisan School of Dance.  He has performed with The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as a featured performer and soloist, as well as with Cypress Independent Colorguard.  Juan has since continued on to study biology and dance at the University of Houston.


Alma White is a native Houstonian and Senior at the University of Houston. White will graduate in May 2016 with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Education. She has received training two consecutive summers with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and was accepted in an Intensive at Dance Theatre of Harlem under Artistic Director Virginia Johnson of New York.  As an ensemble member 2013-2014 she has worked with Karen Stokes, Jennifer wood, Jackie Nalett, and Becky Valls in venues such as Jones Hall, Miller outdoor Theater, and Discovery Green just to name a few.  Recent performances include Barnstorm dance Festival, Motown Dancing in the street Produced by base productions, and Tales by the Nickel. Her Aspirations are to train in Chicago and teach dance in Public Education

Production Team

Dance Production Faculty:  Toni Valle
Stage Manager: Anastasiya Kopteva, Miriam Valencia
Assistant Stage Managers: Christine Gouldin, Lisa Forger
Props Mistress: Maddie Calais, Bonnie Langthorn
Lighting Board Operator: Jason Cochran
Sound Board Operator: Costanza Braggiato
Stage Crew: Jacob Mustain, Jacob Mangum
House Manager: Ashley Boykin, Ceroncia Jessie
Videographer: Toni Valle
Photographer: Michelle Largent