Join us for a special multidisciplinary experience involving dance, theater, and site-specific performance by Miami-based dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Enrique Villacreses. Luina is inspired by the geometry and overall energy that Villacreses feels when visiting the nearby "Torch of Friendship," compelling him to create this movement while reminiscing about friendship, family, people of all nations, and the fire that enlightens their passageway to carry them ahead. The performance includes 10 Miami-based dancers and is accompanied by a musical score composed by Miami-based artist Kael Baez.
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Enrique Steven Villacreses Bucheli
Choreographer & Costume
Enrique Villacreses is a Miami-based dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker. He is a recipient of the "Dance Miami Choreographers' Program." His works have been presented in ScreenDance Miami Festival, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Magazine, Contact Quarterly, The Kampong, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and on the Dancemakers: New Works series at New World School of the Arts.
He has performed works by Robert Battle, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, Eduardo Vilaro, and others. He holds a BFA from New World School of the Arts under the direction of Mary Lisa Burns.
Kael Baez Trillos
Kael Baez is a multi-faceted creator and performer. With experience in the fields of music, dance, and film, he is frequently involved in the world of production and entertainment. He has choreographed and performed dance pieces for Art Basel Events, Doral Museum exhibitions, and Manolo Valdes exhibitions. He composes original soundtracks for films, dance, and video games. Most recently, he directed and released a short film called "Human Vibrations" which you can find on his IGTV.
Deja N. Darbonne was born and raised in Fairfield, CA, where she began dancing at Center Stage Ballet Academy under the direction of her mother Anita Hope. Darbonne admired her mother for being one of the few Black women to teach classical ballet and have her own business, which influenced Darbonne's admiration for the ballet technique. Darbonne mainly focused on the techniques of concert dance (ballet and modern). However, was influenced by various cultural dances such as West-African Dance, Flamenco, Salsa, Afro-Brazilian, and Haitian Folklore.
In April 2017, Darbonne graduated with honors from New World School of the Arts College in Miami, FL where she received her BFA from the University of Florida. Darbonne has danced professionally with Peter London Global Dance Company, Dance Now Miami, Ballet Hispanico Dos, Ruddur Dance, and OCA Dance.
She has performed works by Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Ronald K. Brown, Gustavo Ramirez, Michelle Manzanales, Robert Battle, Jamar Roberts, Eduardo Vilaro, among others. Darbonne has attended numerous dance programs such as Ballet Hispanico's ChoreoLab, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Francisco Gella Dance Works, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco City Ballet. In recognition of her academic excellence and scholarly achievement, Darbonne was awarded the Miami-Dade College Honors Dance award in 2015.
Ale Werble is a Miami-based dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Her works have been presented in the Dancemakers: New Works at New World School of the Arts.
Werble was cast for works by Robert Battle, Anthony Velazquez, Chris Hernandez, Jason A. Rodriguez, Fernando Hurtado, Lucia Rodriguez, and more. She is working on completing her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Florida at New World School of the Arts.
A Miami native, Maria Burt began her training at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and attended New World School of the Arts College where she has performed repertoire by Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, and Paul Taylor. She also had the opportunity to work closely with Eduardo Villaro in the production of the work "Chance of Thunder." In the summer of 2018, Burt attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance summer intensive where she learned choreography from Christian Burns and Alex Ketley. Currently, she is a dancer with the Peter London Global Dance Company and was an apprentice of the company during their 2019/2020 season. Burt has recently joined Adele Myers and Dancers as a Guest Artist. She has earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts with the graduating class of 2020.
Marion-Skye Brooke Logan
Marion-Skye Brooke Logan is currently an educator and performer in the Dance world of Miami. Logan grew up dancing at her mother's school the Dance Empire of Miami, and then on to New World School of the Arts College finishing with a BFA in Dance. Logan spent many summers studying abroad in San Francisco, New York, and Israel to better understand gaga and how it can add to her improvisational style using its research and rehabilitation.
Determination led her to Alvin Ailey to assist Jamar Roberts in his choreographic processes and aided him as a rehearsal assistant for his premiere work with the Juilliard school. Logan is currently a dancer in Peter London Global Dance Company, and is head of performing arts at Doral Academy Preparatory School.
Jade Scott was born in Maryland and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a graduate of New World School of the Arts-University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Throughout her academic career, she had the opportunity to perform works by such masters as Merce Cunningham, Alwin Nikolais, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Robert Battle, Mark Morris, Jon Lehrer, Derrick Minter, and John Parks. In 2019, Scott was selected to perform in the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration at the 92Y Harkness Center.
Scott has presented her choreographic works at the Adrienne Arsht Center, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Valencia College Performing Arts Center, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Revolution Live, and the Faena Forum. Additionally, she stays engaged in the community as a FEMPOWER member, Barre Fitness Instructor, mental health advocate, modeling coach, visual artist, and vessel of musical arrangements as MANIA. Currently, she is a freelance performer with the Peter London Global Dance Company & NWD Projects, and Director of Ballet department at Jus Hip-Hop Dance Studio.
Jennifer Ima is a Cuban American artist who is currently working towards her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance through the MDC/UF New World School of the Arts college program. She has been seen previously dancing in Latin award shows such as Premio Lo Nuestro and Premios Juventud for J.Balvin, Jeon, Anitta, etc. under the direction of Susie Garcia. She has also danced in the television program Teleton USA in eﬀorts to raise money for children's rehabilitation centers next to artists such as Olga Teñon and Leslie Grace. Ima has created her own works on film as of late 2020 touching bases on her own Hispanic roots as well as the mental health of creative artists in today's industry.
Lauryn LaPread is a Miami-based dancer and choreographer. Her works have been presented on the "Dancemakers: New Works" series at New World School of the Arts and the annual dance festival in New York under Jimmy Locust. She has performed works by, Eduardo Vilaro, Jimmy Locust, Monica Richardson, Bernadette Pierre, Lucia Rodriguez, and others.
Natalia Marie Rocamonde
Natalia Marie Rocamonde is a Cuban-American, Miami native dance artist and choreographer. She is a graduate of Ballet Etudes School of South Florida under the direction of Susana Prieto, where she has performed in several full-length classical ballets. She has had the opportunity to perform in festivals such as the Mauro Youth Arts Festival in Puerto Rico and the Merce Cunningham Centennial in New York City. Rocamonde is a senior in the New World School of the Arts dance class of 2021, where she has performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Robert Battle, Jeﬀrey Lloyd Smith, and Lara Murphy. She has choreographed for Ballet Etudes, Kirova Ballet Academy, and NWSA's "Dancemakers: New Works," Black History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month showcases.
Originally from Mississauga ON, Canada, Danielle Davis moved to Miami to study her BFA in Dance at New World School of the Arts. Davis is currently in her final year of studies. During her studies, she had opportunities to perform choreographic works by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Paul Taylor (Paul Taylor Dance), Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Jennifer Archibald, Peter London, Jeﬀrey Lloyd Smith, and Gerard Ebitz. Danielle was also taught by faculty all of whom helped guide and nurture her process as a young artist and gave her the tools to pursue a wonderful and vast career path.
Davis has received additional training from summer studies with Batsheva Dance Company, PreMIP, Bounce!, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Summer Program, and ArchCore40 (Jennifer Archibald). She has had the pleasure of performing for Walt Disney World, TEDxToronto, Miss Universe Canada, and the Mississauga Arts Awards. Additionally, Danielle has had the opportunity to set choreographic work at Cawthra Park Secondary School's Regional Arts Program and Peel District School Board. Danielle is currently in the final stages of receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at New World School of the Arts.