About the Teaching Artists

Teresa Chapman is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Chapman received her MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. As a performer, she has danced for some of the finest Houston-based choreographers, but exclusively with Karen Stokes Dance. In the past, she has danced for choreographers and companies in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City, and Hamburg, Germany. Chapman is an independent choreographer and Director of Chapman Dance, which currently works on a project-to-project basis. Her work has been presented in Houston, Nebraska, California, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and New York City.

Keith Anthony R. Cross has worked for such organizations as Texas Commission on the Arts, Dance St. Louis, Dance Masters of America Inc., Dance Olympics of New York, Jazz Dance World Congress, International Ballet Competition and Festival, Tulsa Ballet, Huntsville Ballet (Al), Ballet Met, Jazz Met, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Western Arkansas Ballet, Academy Lupec’s Mexico, Stephen’s Academy of Dance Amsterdam, and Southwest Jazz Ballet.  Television credits include: The Sammy Awards, Houston Grand Opera’s “Tremonisa,” NBC Chicago Emmies, and Star Search.

Jennifer Mabus is an artist and educator living and working in Texas. She comes from a rich career as a performing artist working regionally and internationally for choreographers and companies such as Robert Battle (founding dancer of Battleworks, NYC), Amy Marshall Dance Company (NYC), Heidi Latsky (NYC), Takehiro Ueyama (NYC), Bruce Wood Dance Project (TX), Noble Motion Dance (TX), Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (founding dancer, TX), and Aimed Dance (TX). As an educator, she has served on the dance faculties of Texas Christian University, Booker T Washington HSPVA, Interlochen Arts Academy, Houston’s HSPVA, San Jacinto College, and Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Jennifer has presented her own choreography in New York and Texas at festivals and residencies, such as Dumbo Dance Festival, Cool/NY Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, UT/Dallas, Omega Dance Company, Elle Danceworks and at the historic Wynne Home and Arts Center. She was the 2015 Rice University Dance Artist in Residence, one of Noble Motion Dance’s 2016 “Next Step” emerging artists, and has presented her work through the Dance Gallery Festival and with other regional festivals and companies.

Mabus received her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and her MFA from Sam Houston State University. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance at Sam Houston State University, and one of Dance Source Houston’s 2017 Artists in Residence.

Alicia Graf Mack is a former lead dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alicia has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, BeyonceJohn LegendAndre 3000 and most recently, Alicia Keys on the 2013 Set the World on Fire World Tour. Mrs. Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in History from Columbia University and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management.  She is the Co-Founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative she created with her sister, Daisha Graf, to empower young dancers (www.dnaartscollective.com). She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. 

Dorrell Martin is founder of the jazz and contemporary dance program, LEON Dance Arts Houston that is associated with LEON Contemporary Dance Company New York, of which Martin is the Artistic Director. He is the creator/former director of the Jazz and Contemporary Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He is also former Artistic Director of Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. He was a soloist for the national and international touring company “A Few Good Men Dancin” and has danced in shows such as Aida, West Side Story, Lion King, Swing and appeared in the movie ENCHANTED. Martin has also performed with numerous professional companies, including Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Arch Dance, Locke Contemporary Dance, Elliot Feld Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Richard Rivera’s PHYSUAL as well as Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Martin appeared on the talk show THE VIEW with singer Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls. He has performed with recording artists Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna and Debra Cox. Martin is presently a dance faculty member at St. John’s School and teaches at West University Dance Center, Allegro West Ballet and Amy Blake’s Dance Academy. Martin continues to guest teach and choreograph nationally and internationally. He premiered his new work “Red Rain” at the JCC’s Choreographer X6.

Jacqueline Nalett has taught jazz, modern and aesthetics at UH for many years. She is also adjunct dance faculty at Rice University where she teaches jazz, hiphop ,and contemporary dance and where she recently received the Frank W. Bearden Award for Teaching Excellence. She is an independent choreographer and performer as well as a dance teaching artist with Young Audiences of Houston. With Young Audiences she goes into classrooms and combines creative dance with academic subjects. Her choreography has been presented at Wortham Theatre in downtown Houston, Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, UH, Rice, Mount Holyoke College, American College Dance Festivals in New England and Texas, and the Houston Jewish Community Center's Summer Series. As a performer she has danced in her own works at Big Range Dance Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, jhon stronks’ Venturing Out Series and performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre in the work of Teresa Chapman. She received her B.A. in Dance and Visual Art from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts where her biggest dance influences were former Bill Evans dancers Debbie Poulsen and Terese Freedman and musician Peter Jones. She also trained to be a ballroom dance teacher at the River Oaks School of Dance and taught modern dance at The Hope Center in Houston.

Fırat Kazbek Ozsoy was born into a family of artists and started studying ballet at Hacettepe University National Conservatory in Ankara, Turkey. He is a graduate of the Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest Hungary. After graduating with honors he moved to the United States, danced with Delta Festival Ballet and worked with Fernando Bujones at Texas Christian University. He was invited to join the Houston Ballet where he danced for 7 years. Under the direction of Ben Stevenson and Stanton Welch he performed the roles of Ptolomy in Cleopatra, Jester in Cinderella, Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Gopak in Nutcracker, Duet in Five Poems, Rooster in La Fille Mal Gardee, John in Peter Pan, Dr. Suess in Touched, Coyote in Tales of Texas, Pas de Cinq in Suite en Blanc, Jaguar in Fire Bird, Soloist in Ketubah, Soloist in Miraculous Mandarin. He also performed various rolls in Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Snow Maiden, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Gloria, Second Before the Ground, The Shadow, Madame Butterfly, Divergence, Giselle, La Sylphide, Merry Widow, Etudes and Graduation Ball. Mr. Özsoy teaches ballet to students and professionals at the University of Houston, Houston Ballet Academy, Hope Stone Inc. and many studios around Houston.

Sophia L. Torres is Founder and Artistic Director of Psophonia Dance Company. She has choreographed numerous works under Psophonia and has received awards and recognition for her innovative choreography. Torres’ work has been presented at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Cincy Fringe Festival (Cincinnati, OH), 254 Dance Festival (Waco, TX), Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival (College Station, TX), Alma Thomas Theater, Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX), Bethell Hall, St. David’s Episcopal Church (Austin, TX) and Performing Arts Center, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Her choreography was seen at the 2017 Superbowl LI- Houston LIVE Event at Discovery Green. Torres has performed with several outstanding companies and worked with talented choreographers including Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Stephan Koplowitz, and Karen Stokes. She has created new works for Rice University’s Dance Theatre, University of Houston’s Dance Ensemble and Houston Community College’s Performing Ensemble. Torres has taught at the University of Houston, University of St. Thomas and Houston Community College. Most recently, she worked with Main Street Theater on the play, Mockingbird directed by Troy Scheid and Ramona Quimby directed by Robin Robinson. Through her company, Torres works with Young Audiences of Houston providing in-school residency programs and performances centered on arts integration.

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Karen Stokes named

Best Choreographer in Houston by Houston Press in 2014 & 2015.

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