The CDE Dancers
Scott has a diverse background as a professional dancer, singer, choreographer and performer. He received a vocal scholarship to Utah State University and studied Opera, Musical Theater, Classical Ballet and Modern. He received a BS in Psychology and continued on to obtain a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University. He has since performed many leading roles with his singing and dancing in the international Broadway tour of Saturday Night Fever, leading roles on the luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises, Houston Grand Opera, Omaha Opera, and a founding member of Utah Festival Opera. Scott has worked with Dayton Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater and with international choreographers including Doug Verone, Christian Holder, Mark Morris, James Clouser and many others. Scott’s teaching pedagogy and choreographic works include Musical Theater, Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Modern and has been accepted and performed by Center Dance Ensemble, Arizona Youth Ballet, Dayton Ballet 11, and in many colleges and universities. Scott is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College and is persistently active in promoting and teaching dance for youth organizations, dance troupes and intensives. Scott is excited to return to CDE for his 4th season to share, learn, grow and participate in the art, love and passion of its dance founder Frances Cohen.
Priscilla discovered dance in her childhood with Folklorico, though it wasn’t until her introduction into Ballet and Modern that she found her passion. She began her training under the tutelage of Nicole Olson and went on to dance with both Scottsdale Community College’s Moving Company and Glendale Community College’s Verve. Throughout this journey, Priscilla has been able to perform her own work in addition to choreography from Becky Jung, Sara “Saza” Dimmick, Kenny Jezek, Sheryl Cooper, Elizabeth George and Andrea Hansen. Priscilla considers it a blessing to be able to work with so many inspiring individuals in addition to studying such a variety of dance. She is excited and grateful to continue her journey in her second season with Center Dance Ensemble.
Kelly is in her second season with Center Dance Ensemble. She trained in a variety of styles at Gainesville Dance Center, Russell School of Ballet, and American Dance Institute in the Washington DC area. She spent her summers training at ballet intensives such as Boston Ballet, BalletMet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from George Mason University in 2011. She has been a member of Moveius Contempory Ballet, NextReflex Dance Collective, West End Dance Company, and Desert Dance Theatre. While working with these companies she performed in a variety of venues and festivals including the Capital Fringe Festival, Atlas Intersections Festival, and VelocityDC Dance Festival. Kelly has also been a guest artist with H.T.Chen & Dancers, Alexandria Ballet, and Angela Knight Ministries. She is excited to be working with Center Dance Ensemble this season.
Rosy is thrilled to return for her fourth season with Center Dance Ensemble. She received most of her formal training at Scottsdale Community College and is currently taking academic classes at Arizona State University. She received her degree in Psychology from ASU in 2014 and currently works as a dance instructor for teens with special needs. In 2011, she co-founded her own performance art company, Ignite Collaborative. Rosy choreographs and directs many of Ignite’s performances in venues such as The Alwun House and RAW Phoenix. Also through Ignite, Rosy teaches weekly adult dance fitness classes at SNAP in Scottsdale. When not dancing, Rosy spends her time practicing yoga, mountain biking and reading.
Gina, Mexican dancer, is a graduate with the Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Dance) by the Universidad Veracruzana, and Development Master Academic Skills for Higher Normal Education from Simon Bolivar. Graduates features: The Body Wonder Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, Teacher Training Diploma in Yoga by the International Association of Yoga Yoghismo. As a performer she has taken part in dance companies, to name a few: Modulo contemporary dance, Barro Rojo, Scenic Art and Independent Ballet. She has received awards and scholarships which are: best dancer in the XVII International Festival of Contemporary Dance, DIF Waldeen, San Luis Potosi, SLP; first place in the Video Documentary Eternity is Barro; Young Artists Scholarship Veracruz (1997-98); grant from the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Veracruz (1999-2000); grant from the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Veracruz (2006-07). As a teacher he has taken part in art schools, which are: College of Arts of Veracruz; theatre faculty of the Universidad Veracruzana. dance faculty of the Universidad Veracruzana; faculty of arts degree in contemporary dance at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua. Mexico. This is her second season with Center Dance Ensemble.
D. Daniel Hollingshead
Mr. Hollingshead is returning for his 17th season with Center Dance Ensemble. Mr. Hollingshead received his BFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University and has performed in Arizona and Colorado with Desert Dance Theatre, A Ludwig Co., The Dance Connection, Boulder Jazz Dance Co., the Jan Justice Dance Company, among others. In addition to performing, Mr. Hollingshead works as a costume designer, hair and make-up designer, cutter/draper for both theatre and dance; he has also worked as a cutter/draper and theatre technician for many local and national theatre and dance companies throughout the state and southwest region. In addition to his work with Center Dance Ensemble, Mr. Hollingshead is currently the Costuming and Wardrobe Director for Childsplay in Tempe.
Kelsey is a 27 year old Chapman University graduate. She graduated in May of 2016 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. During her time at Chapman University, Kelsey had the pleasure of working under instructors/choreographers such as Sean Green, William Johnson, Liz Maxwell, Amanda White and many other great teachers. She was inducted in 2015 into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and graduated with honors given through the National Dance Education Organization. Kelsey is currently the resident choreographer for the International Baccalaureate Dance program at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and also a dance instructor at Leap of Faith Dance where she teaches a variety of different dance styles. She is returning to Center Dance Ensemble after her two year school break and will begin her 6th year as a full member of CDE. Kelsey is excited to bring her newest dance training from Chapman University and hopes to one day become a college dance professor. She will be looking into a graduate program to receive her Masters of Fine Arts. Kelsey thanks her friends and family for their love and support throughout all the years making it possible for her to follow her dreams and pursue her career in dance.
Madison began dancing at the age of 6 under the direction of Susan Silverman at Dance Theater West. She attended Arizona School for the Arts where she took dance at Ballet Arizona and graduated from Arcadia High School in 2004. She also attended Phoenix Dance Academy and Dance Factory. Madison is now a teacher at Dancers Domain in Scottsdale, Dance Gallerie in Avondale, and also has come full circle to teach at Dance Factory. She also does choreography for community theaters throughout the valley. Madison is so honored to have received two National Youth Award nominations for “Outstanding Choreographer” for her work in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Bye Bye Birdie. In her 15th season with Center Dance Ensemble, Madison is also currently performing in CDE’s school-touring shows The ABC’s of Dance and From Ballet to Beyonce, which she thoroughly enjoys.
Katherine “Katie” McDowell
Katie discovered dance at the early age of 5 and was fortunate enough to find Dance Theater West when she was 7 years old. There, she trained in ballet under the direction of her beloved friend and mentor, Susan Silverman. During her ten years with the studio and her six years with Storybook Ballet Theater, she performed lead roles in several ballets including Coppelia, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Odette in Swan Lake. After graduating from Arcadia High School in 2007, Katie attended Arizona State University. She is currently performing in CDE’s school-touring shows:The ABC’s of Dance and From Ballet to Beyonce. This is Katie’s seventh season with Center Dance Ensemble and she could not be more excited and grateful for the opportunity.
Emilio was born and raised in Venice, Italy. Although he carried a lifetime interest in the arts from drawing to singing, it was not until he moved to Phoenix that he began training in the field of dance at the age of 18. While his exposure was belated, he excelled in the field as many boys do and worked in the industry doing film, television, and live stage as a dancer, choreographer and actor. After establishing and running his own company for several years in Northern Arizona, he now directs his own company based in Phoenix. His decision to re-establish himself as a performer led him to join Center Dance Ensemble. Emilio is excited to return for his ninth season with the company.
Rebecca began her dance training at the age of 5 at the School of Ballet Arizona. Since then she has continued her ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus with Mary Moe Adams and Andrew Needhammer. In 2008, Rebecca was a semi-finalist at the Genee International Ballet Competition in Toronto. Rebecca graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. While at St. John’s, Rebecca choreographed and performed for the College’s theater group, as well as a creating a ballet piece for the Danchibition, a dance showcase of the students. In her third season with Center Dance Ensemble, Rebecca is a part of the school-touring shows The ABC’s of Dance and From Ballet to Beyonce. Currently she teaches at Phoenix Dance Academy and School of Ballet Arizona.
(Outreach Program Director)
LaTonya was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and started dancing at the age of two. She attended the prestigious Oklahoma City University majoring in Dance Performance and was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. She then continued her education with the University of Central Oklahoma for Dance Education, and Cecchetti Method of ballet and holds her grade one through five teacher’s certificates. She has 17 years of teaching experience throughout the Midwest. Her teaching experience and choreography include dance studios, elementary schools, pageants and high school dance teams in all dance styles. She has performed with Ballet of Oklahoma, Radio City Rockettes, Silvertree Productions. Along with performing with CDE, LaTonya is the Outreach Program Director and dancers’ representative on CDE’s Board of Directors. She is excited to continue to bring the lecture/demonstration The ABC’s of Dance to schools along with the newest show From Ballet to Beyonce. La Tonya hopes to touch, inspire, move, and encourage not only dancers but the audiences as well. She believes dance is the language of the soul, which can move us to feel and experience something greater than ourselves and feels blessed to be able to share her love for dance. She is excited to call Center Dance Ensemble her new home.
Amber started her dance training at age 6. She attended Glendale Community College and, under Lenna DeMarco, started her career as a lifelong student, dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Amber attended ASU and worked choreographing for many high schools and colleges around the valley, as well as danced for Parke and Dancers. After graduation she relocated to Savannah, GA and danced in the corps de ballet and earned soloist roles for Ballet South, but returned to Arizona and found her true home with Center Dance Ensemble. Amber is in her 16th season with CDE under Frances Smith Cohen, is the company ballet mistress, and principle dancer. She has danced many lead roles for CDE such as Anne Frank, Ophelia, and Snow Queen. During the off season Amber dances under Diane McNeil Hunt with Elevate Danceworks. They have performed in Phoenix, Las Vegas, California, and Chicago. Amber is also co-founder at Kaleidoscape Dance, which is a studio for adult dancers as well as a performing dance company. Many thanks go out to her amazing friends and family that continually support her passion and artistic vision in this field. Without them none of this would be possible.
James began dance at age 3 in Wisconsin where he trained in Jazz, Tap, and Tumbling. At 6, he moved to California and continued his dance training at several studios. In 1999, he joined a competitive dance team at Burbank Dance Biz and placed either 1st or 2nd in every competition. After a few years of competing, James joined the Patsy Metzger Dancers at Debbie Reynolds Rehearsal Studio. He began performing in and around Los Angeles for the Israeli Festival, Haha Café, and Knotts Berry Farm to name a few. James is also an accomplished Martial Artist having won several national and world titles. He was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and his acting credits include guest appearances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Profiler, and Young and the Restless. James also starred in ” Ninjas High Noon at Mega Mountain” alongside Hulk Hogan. He currently owns Surprise Family Karate in Surprise, AZ, and enjoys choreographing routines that combine dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. This is his third season with Center Dance Ensemble, and he is currently performing in CDE’s school-touring shows The ABC’s of Dance and From Ballet to Beyonce.
Felicia began dancing at the age of nine at Arizona Desert Dance Power where she started her studies in styles of dance that included ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, musical theater and tap. Upon entering high school, she joined Skyline High School’s dance company, Ascension, where she was presented with many opportunities to perform around the valley and choreograph for her peers. In her final year, Felicia was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. In 2013, she began attending school at Mesa Community College where she furthered her education and training in dance. She performed with The MCC Dance Company for two years under the direction of Tina Rangel, and graduated in December of 2015 with an Associate of Arts-Fine Arts, Dance degree. The past summer, she was selected to train with Giordano Dance Chicago during their summer intensive. Felicia is thrilled to perform with Center Dance Ensemble for the first time this season.