Photo Credit: Erika Record
Meet the Artists and Collaborators
Artistic Director and Community Artist:
Board of Directors Member/Collaborator: Jessica Murphy
Photo Credit: Brave Productions
Jessica Murphy graduated in 2017 with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. Previously she completed her Master in the Art of Teaching degree with dance and elementary certification and her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and liberal studies (elementary education) at Sweet Briar College. Her dancing education began at the young age of four. She has studied the techniques of modern, ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, and hip hop. She has trained extensively under the mentorship of Ella Magruder (Menagerie Dance Company/ Mimi Gerrard), Mark Magruder (Menagerie Dance Company/ Beverly Blossom/ Mimi Gerrard), Sarah Gamblin (Bebe Miller), Jordan Fuchs (Jordan Fuchs Dance Company), and Mary Williford-Shade (Mark Taylor/Mark Dendy). She has taught at various locations throughout Virginia and Texas including Sweet Briar College, Texas Woman’s University, the Central Virginia Ballet, Jamerson Family YMCA, Downtown Lynchburg YMCA, and the Templeton Senior Center to students with ages ranging from three years to ninety-plus. Her choreography has been showcased at the 2013 and 2011 ACDFA Mid Atlantic Region’s Adjudicated Concerts, the National American Miss Pageant, the Miss Choon-Hyang Korean Pageant, the Mr. L.C. Pageant, the Pannell Art Gallery’s Gods & Monsters exhibit opening, and at the 7 Stories/ 7 Doorways event addressing homelessness in Tulsa, Oklahoma just to name a few. Murphy’s philosophy of education is student-centered and she is currently experimenting with ways to make her dance-making process reflective of this philosophy. More specifically she is looking at ways to make the structure of her creative process more democratic where the choreographer and dancers are seen as co-owners of the work created. Born and raised in the small town of Lynchburg, Virginia, Murphy currently resides in Bedford, Texas where she is an instructor at Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas.
Company Member: Alexandria Brooks
For Alex, the love of dance began when she was just three years old. With a total of nineteen years in training, her passion to learn and educate others has only grown stronger. Alex has a background in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, modern, ballroom, gymnastics and afro-dance. Competition dance was a major role in her life for thirteen years.
Alex began teaching dance at eighteen at Dance Prodigy Studios located in Greenville, Texas. Here she taught ages two to adult level classes. Her class styles ranged from ballet, jazz, hip-hop, afro-dance, stretch and conditioning and ballet-tap combo. Alex was also one of the studio's competition choreographers for three years and Competition Director for one year. Her duties as director included organizing and planning curriculum for the competition teams along with planning which competitions and conventions the team would attend. Alex's experience also includes set and costume design.
Alex earned her Associates in Arts degree at Collin County's Community College studying dance. Currently Alex is attending Texas Woman's University and will complete her Bachelors in Dance. During her time at TWU she has been developing her teaching strategies as well as her personal dance technique. Alex's mission in teaching dance is to make the experience for her students as inclusive as possible. She believes everyone can find the passion for dance and movement if they are guided in the correct way.
Company Member: Precious Harris
Photo Credit: Andrew Perez
Precious began her dance training at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy where she was a 2014 inaugural graduate. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Mountain View College where she choreographed her own works and performed with the Mountain View College Dance Company, Darrell Cleveland, and a local dance company called Pie in the Sky. These companies range in style from contemporary modern dance to aerial dance.
Precious is currently attending Texas Woman's University where she is pursuing a degree in Dance Studies with a minor in teacher certification. During this time, she has performed with TWU International Dance Company, at the American College Dance Association, as well as the TWU Black Box Theater and Margo Jones Hall. During this time her choreographic works have also been showcased in TWU's dance concerts. Outside of her life as a student, she is currently working at the Movement with Purpose dance studio, a program where they partner with school districts to bring dance and other art forms to a diverse body of students in the form of an after-school activity. She is currently working and choreographing to explore and experiment with the relationship between dancers and musicians in a shared space.
Company Member: Martha Hernandez
Photo credit: Candidly Sarah Photography
Martha Hernandez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. In 2010, she started dancing on the Colt Kicker Drill Team at Arlington High School performing in dance competitions, at Dallas Stars games, and at the AT&T Stadium. Martha has also danced with Rhapsody Movement Company at Tarrant County College Southeast, performing at American College Dance Association and with Cholorock Dance Collective performing in the Denton, Texas area at annual shows, Colleciones de Cholorock and Vida de Amor. Her goals in life include performing with and for as many dance companies as possible to expand her array of different styles of dance. Also, to keep exploring how her artistry, culture and expression can inspire other individuals. Ms. Hernandez hopes to support her extended family through her dancing so they can retire. Martha wants to broaden the minds of dance hopefuls to be successful adults in our society through experiencing both the physical aspects and art forms of dance when she teaches.
Company Member: Chelsea Monday
Chelsea Walker began dancing at the age of three at Central Oklahoma Dance Center in Ada, OK and quickly fell in love with the art form. Growing up she trained every summer at various programs such as: Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Summer Wind Youth Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. In December 2015 Chelsea graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. While studying at OU she was a member of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma for three years performing on the University stage and many outside events. She currently teaches a variety of classes at Classical Ballet Academy and Central Oklahoma Dance Center. Chelsea is a company member of Hartel Dance Group under the direction of Austin Hartel and a company member of Brave Productions under the direction of Cylene Walker-Willis.