Ali Duffy is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Flatlands Dance Theatre. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Tech University, where she also teaches in the Honors College. Ali holds a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. UNC Charlotte recently awarded her with its inaugural College of Arts and Architecture Distinguished Alumni Award. She was named a TTU Integrated Scholar in 2018 and has been honored with a Service Learning Scholar award, an invitation into the President’s Leadership Institute, the 2016 Mortar Board Apple Polishing award, the 2015 and 2010 Gloria Lyerla Memorial Research Award, three Scholarship Catalyst grants, the 2012 New Faculty Award, and acceptance into its regarded Teaching Academy.
Ali’s choreography has been selected to appear in a variety of national and international arenas. Since co-founding FDT in 2010, she has artistically directed all of the company’s productions and touring performances. Her work has been selected for presentation at Virginia Tech, University of Detroit, Trinidad’s COCO Dance Festival, the  Festival, Houston Fringe, Austin Dance Festival, Barefoot Brigade Festival, UNC Greensboro, and Colorado Dance Alliance Open Stages, among others. Ali has been commissioned for teaching and choreography residencies at several universities, companies, and organizations including Lindenwood University, Colorado Mesa University, Elon University, Hollins University, Troy University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Charlotte, the NC Dance Project, Danca Nova Company, National Dance Alliance, and American College Dance Association. Ali has performed internationally with Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Line as a dancer, singer, and dance captain. She has performed in American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow, Central Park’s “The Gates” exhibit, the NC Dances Festival, Choreo Collective, PILOT Festival, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concerts, and with the Moving Poets. She has performed works by Donald McKayle, Patti Colombo, Martha Williams, BJ Sullivan, Ann Dils, Delia Neil, Till Schmidt-Rimpler, Posy Knight, Sarah Gamblin, Tricia Zweier, Melissa Pihos, and Katherine Kiefer Stark.
As a scholar and writer, Ali has been recently published in the Journal of Dance Education, Dance Education in Practice, Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship, Research in Dance Education, World Dance Reviews, Ballet-Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Classical Voice of North Carolina, The World and I, and is featured in The Longwood Guide to Writing. Her book about careers in dance is under contract with Human Kinetics Publishing. She sits on the Advocacy Committee of the National Dance Education Organization. The Dance Critics Association named her their honorary Gary Parks Scholar, and she was elected to the DCA National Board of Directors in 2010. Her written research is consistently presented nationally and internationally at dance studies conferences.
Amiee Dixon, (Executive Director) is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Dance and a minor in Business. Amiee is the Commencement Coordinator at Texas Tech University.
She has also been a teacher and choreographer at Encore Dance Academy in Brownfield, TX, where she teaches ages three to teens and loves every minute of it. Amiee aspires to help children express themselves through dance.
Allison Beaty (Performer/Choreographer) graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Dance and minor in Health Professions in May 2016 as the top College of Visual and Performing Arts student. She has been dancing since the age of four, competing with studio dance teams at numerous regional and national competitions. She is trained in modern, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. While at Texas Tech, Allison was a performing member of the University Dance Company for three years and served as President her last year. She was also Vice President, President, and Service Chair of Chi Tau Epsilon, Banquet Chair for Mortar Board, an Ambassador for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, an Undergraduate Research Scholar in the Honors College, a member of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and an undergraduate Teaching Assistant at Texas Tech. Allison has performed in the Fall Dance Festival, DanceTech, and R.R.A.D.S. at Texas Tech, and has had the opportunity to attend and perform at the American College Dance Festival. Her senior choreography was presented at the adjudicated concert at the Southcentral ACDA conference in March 2016 in Canyon, TX. Allison was also an Apprentice Company Member for Flatlands Dance Theatre in Lubbock, TX for two years, performing in four professional shows and several community outreach performances, and is now a full Company Member performing and choreographing with the company. Allison has taught at Artistry in Motion Performing Arts Center in Keller, TX, and was commissioned to set choreography at Wimberly Dance Elite in Wimberly, TX. She is currently an instructor at Ballet Lubbock and an Assistant Advisor for the Texas Tech Scholarship Office.
Sulma Benitez (head shot and bio coming soon!)
Almendra Melodia Gonzalez Berrios (Performer) is a dancer and graduate of the University of Chile. Focused on artistic, corporal and musical education for children and adults, her greatest passion is to give her knowledge to others and to be a contribution through art. She was currently accepted to work at the Flatlands Dance Theater in Lubbock. She has spent more than 15 years dedicated to dance, focusing mainly on contemporary and modern dance. She has participated in different competitions, performance and dance encounters throughout her life in her country of origin, Chile, receiving two awards: one as best student (2008 Balmaceda youth art) and the other as best dancer (2015 Arcis University spring festival). She has been part of two dance companies during her career, in addition to various work groups, also investigating in the theater establishing herself as a great contribution for teamwork and creative. She currently resides in Lubbock Texas and continues working hard to deliver her best as both a dancer and a person.
Grayson Bradshaw (Performer) is a performing artist who began in the theatre world. His interest in movement and physical theatre lead him to dance at Texas Tech University.
After graduating with a BFA in Theatre in 2014, Grayson was accepted to Dell’Arte International, a school of physical theatre, where he recently received his MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre. He has had opportunity to travel and study both theatre and dance in Bali and Greece.
Tanya Calamoneri (Performer) – Tanya Calamoneri hails from New York by way of San Francisco. She created and directed Company SoGoNo in NYC since 2003, winning awards from NY Innovative Theater Awards and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Live Music for Dance. Previously she directed violent dwarf in San Francisco and danced for Shinichi Koga’s inkBoat, and toured to Germany, the Czech Republic and Japan.
She is thrilled to be an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech and dancing with Flatlands Dance Theatre.
Genevieve Durham (Choreographer/Performer) is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Dance in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Her choreography has been commissioned by Old Dominion University in Virginia, Spelman College in Atlanta, Dallas’ Repertory Dance Theatre of Texas, Texas Woman’s University, South Carolina’s Litchfield Dance Academy, Atlanta’s Poetics, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Oklahoma City’s Perpetual Motion. She has held teaching positions at Tarrant County College and at Texas Woman’s University, and has given residencies and master classes at educational institutions across the country. Genevieve has been an invited presenter of original research and workshop design at numerous conferences. Her choreography has been seen nationally, including an honorary presentation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Professor Durham DeCesaro is the elected South Central Regional Director of the American College Dance Festival Association, a position that follows election to a second term on the ACDFA Board of Directors. Genevieve holds a BFA in Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and an MA and MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, where she was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award in the Department of Dance. Among her recognition at Texas Tech University, she is the receipt of the Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award, the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Professor Award, the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, election to the Teaching Academy, and recognition by the national honor society Mortar Board as an Outstanding Professor.
Sarah Estrada (Performer) started dancing after seeing Lone Star Ballet’s Nutcracker when she was three years old. From there, she studied classical ballet with Neil Hess at both Lone Star Ballet and Hess School of Dance. After moving to Lubbock at age 12, she began to expand her dance training by taking tap, modern, and jazz classes with Lubbock Fine Arts and Ballet Lubbock. She has trained with guest artists from all over Europe and has been invited to guest teach at many different schools throughout West Texas. Sarah performed in Palo Duro Canyon’s TEXAS: The Musical during her sophomore year of college, while studying dance at West Texas A&M University. She currently teaches both dance and gymnastics and is a full-time mommy to a sweet two-year-old boy. She is excited to be part of Flatlands this year and can’t wait to continue performing.
Courtney Ferguson (Performer) began taking dance at the age of 4 and began teaching dance at the age of 15. At her home studio in Groves, TX, she studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and pointe. She competed nationally in pointe competitions throughout high school winning second in the nation her senior year. Courtney danced on her collegiate dance team for 2 years and was captain of that same dance team her sophomore year in college. Throughout her teaching career, Courtney has taught science, theatre, and is currently the head of the dance department at Frenship High School in Wolfforth, TX. She teaches jazz II and began the tap program there just two years ago. Today the school offers Tap I, II, and III. She has choreographed for several of the high school’s musicals such as White Christmas, Shrek, The Addams Family, and Tarzan. She is currently the varsity dance team coach and took her team to compete at the national level in February of 2016. She has committed her career to the art of dance and is excited to start her journey with Flatlands Dance Theatre.
Valerie Hill (Choreographer) received a BFA in art, a BA in Dance, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts at TTU. She taught dance in the magnet program at Lubbock High School for 24 years, and was an adjunct in Dance at Texas Tech for two years.
Currently she teaches Yoga and Fitness at Maxey Community Center and is also a freelance visual artist. She is also a founding board member of Flatlands Dance Theatre.
Katheryn McKnight Performer) moved to Texas from Arizona in 2010 where she graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2016. Her senior year she joined drill team that earned the title of National Champions.
From there she gained the confidence to move to Lubbock to be a dance major at Texas Tech University.
Currently serving at 2 restaurants while teaching dance after school at an elementary school leaves just enough room for DANCE in her free time.
Sarah Mondle (Media Specialist/Choreographer/Performer) is a Wyoming native and alumni of Texas Tech’s School of Theatre and Dance. Mondle has choreographed for the TTU dance department, Lubbock Independent School District, Flatlands Dance Theatre, and many other venues. Mondle’s work In Quiet Tribute was accepted for performance at multiple festivals including the Barefoot Brigade and the Austin Dance Festival. She is also involved with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals working as a performer and dance captain. She recently played the title role of Peter Pan. Her most recent collaboration with local artist and MFA student Kristy Kristinek was hailed by art reviews as innovative, creative, and engaging. She is also responsible for FDT’s multimedia production including videography, editing, and their commercial debut. When Mondle is not working in the world of dance she teaches at a local middle school.
Briana Marie Moody (Performer) is originally from Tucson, Arizona but moved to El Paso, Texas at age 3 which is when she began taking Ballet and Folklorico. Briana then moved into musical theatre at the age of 12 and never looked back. She focused on taking jazz and contemporary dance in high school and college to stay active and now has been in over 15 musicals; including Grease, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and will be working on Mamma Mia next! Briana is ecstatic to return to dancing with Flatlands and is so grateful for her husband’s support in following her dreams.
Kris Olson (Performer/Choreographer) started dancing seriously when she turned 30, figuring it was “now or never.” At that time she studied intensely through Zenon Dance Company’s scholarship program in Minneapolis. Though modern has been her main focus, she has also studied ballet, tap, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, hip-hop, house dance and contact improvisation. Kris currently dances with Caprock Morris and was a founding member of Schulfunk, a Minneapolis based performance group that combined song, dance and percussion. Kris has an MA in music education with an emphasis in Orff-Schulwerk, an educational philosophy that incorporates movement into the music classroom. Kris has been teaching music for 22 years in public, private, rural, and inner city settings. She currently presents teacher training workshops throughout the U.S., and teaches parent/child music classes though Lubbock public parks and is a children’s storyteller.
Molly Roberts (Performer) received her Dance and Health & Kinesiology degrees from Tyler Jr College where she also worked in the dance department. She later earned a Kinesiology degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her dance background includes, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, ballroom, folk dance, aerial silks, and modern. Dance intensives and master classes include Complexion, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Texas Ballet Theatre and the International Academy of Ballet in Canada, where she trained under Victoria Mironova, and Elena Dmitrieva and Anton Korsacova soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre and ballet master in chief with the Tchaikovsky Ballet. Currently, Molly performs with Flatlands Dance Theatre of Lubbock and teaches at Ballet Lubbock and Rock Solid Athletics. Molly is also a certified first responder and instructor.
Sarah Sabin (Performer) holds a BFA in dance and art history from Tulane University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Colorado College. In 2005, she studied dance and art in New Zealand at the University of Auckland. Before moving to Lubbock in 2014, Sarah was a member of Ormao Dance Company in Colorado Springs and a high school visual arts teacher.
In Lubbock, she has taught classes through Lubbock Parks and Recreation, Ballet Lubbock, and was an adjunct instructor in the Dance program at Texas Tech University. Currently, she is the art teacher at Harmony Science Academy, a K-8 charter school. She has two daughters, Evangeline and Imogene.
Madison Sandvig (Performer) is a senior from Rowlett, TX, pursuing a B.A in Communication Studies with a minor in Dance at Texas Tech University. She started dancing at the age of four with Dance Force Studio and later TJ’s Dance Factory in San Antonio, TX. Dancing under the direction of Janette and Valerie Krecek, and Terri Johnson, she trained in a variety of genres and competed with their competitive team. During college, she has had the privilege of dancing in Fall Dance Festival for three years and is a member of University Dance Company and Chi Tau Epsilon.
Misty White Seay (Bio and headshot coming soon!)
Kaylie Seitz (Performer) has been dancing since the age of two, performing with several studios in the Dallas area. She apprenticed with Epiphany DanceArts, a contemporary company in Dallas, before pursing her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Texas Tech University. She graduated with her B.A. in Dance with a minor in English in May 2018, and will graduate again in August 2019 with a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with a teaching certification. Kaylie is trained in classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. During her time at Texas Tech, she was a member and service chair for Chi Tau Epsilon, an Ambassador for the Chancellor, an Ambassador for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and a member of several honor societies across campus. She has taught community outreach classes for Ballet Lubbock, and also at Maxey and Hodges Community Centers. Kaylie currently teaches English Language Arts and Reading at a middle school in Lubbock. She is excited to continue her passion for dance through performance with Flatlands Dance Theatre.
Tamara Smith (Performer) began dancing at the age of 3. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelor’s in Dance and minors in Music and Theatre. Her recent productions include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as Sarah, Sister Act as Dance Captain, and Pirates of Penzance as Isabel. Some of her choreography includes Addams Family Musical and Musical of Musicals the Musical for Lubbock Community Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast Jr. for Moonlight Directions. She works full time as a Special Education teacher for LISD.
Rachel Ure (Performer/Choreographer) grew up being very involved in the performing arts in Utah. She performed as a singer/dancer for four seasons at Lagoon Amusement Park. During this time she also attended workshops by Repertory Dance Theater and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. Rachel has years of stage experience including touring with BYU Idaho’s Showtime Company in the production Lessons of Love. She performed two summers with her husband at The Jackson Hole Playhouse in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Oklahoma. She was the dance captain for both shows. She spent a summer performing for thousands as one of four back-up singers/dancers for Thurl Bailey. Rachel has performed and choreographed for Idaho State University’s Dance Company. While at ISU, she also co-choreographed the stage production Dancing at Laughnasa. While living in Idaho, she directed Aberdeen High School’s dance team and choreographed their school’s production of Oklahoma. She currently sings with jazz guitarists The Wheeler Duo. She is excited to be involved in dance in Lubbock and to raise her five children here.
Breana Young (Performer) began her training at The Plano Dance Theatre at the age of 14. She graduated from Texas Tech University with her BA in Dance in May, 2016. During her time at Tech, Breana performed in numerous productions and was the Choreographer and Assistant Director of Interior Panic winning her a Meritorious Achievement Award for Choreography from The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. Since graduating, Breana has performed with Flatlands Dance Theatre, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals and Lubbock Community Theatre. Most recently, Breana performed the role of Frenchy in LMM’s production of Grease and worked as the choreographer for LCT’s Legally Blonde Jr. Breana is thrilled and honored to be working with Flatlands again this season!
Former FDT Company Dancers and Choreographers:
Nathalie Van Gilder