Marty Thomas Vocalist
Marty Thomas is a Grammy Nominated recording artist who has performed on Broadway in XANADU, WICKED and made his debut at age 11 in THE SECRET GARDEN. He was named Mr. Broadway 2008, and was a 1992 Ed McMahon's Junior Vocalist Star Search Champion, beating out a then unknown Britney Spears. He was featured in the film Big Gay Musical, and can currently be seen on the CBS sitcom, TWO BROKE GIRLS. He has also been seen on VH1, MTV, Inside Edition, The Tony Awards, The Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Entertainment Tonight, The Soup, Jay Leno, and Regis and Kelly. He has sung with such acts as Grace Jones, Billy Porter, Debbie Gibson, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle, and many more. His dance single "Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up)" was named Billboard Magazines song of the year in 2001 and is currently on the international instor playlist in Abercrombie & Fitch and Express stores. Marty hosts/produces a show weekly in midtown Manhattan called DIVA featurind some of New Yorks finest female vocalists paying tribute to histories most over the top icons. www.martythomaspresentsdiva.com for more info. Follow @martythomasbway. www.martythomas.com
Parker Grant Guest Artist- Canada
Originally from Edmonton, Canada, moved to New York City in 2015 to study at the Joffrey Ballet School as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee. Upon completion of her training there, she started as a student in the International Training Program at the Peridance Capezio Center. During her time in NYC she has had the pleasure of performing at a number of different showcases and festivals, including the Biomorphic Dance Festival, the Spotlight Showcase, Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies Showcase, the Peridance Faculty Showcase, the Leg Up On Life Showcase benefitting The Trevor Project, Rush Through – Stillness Within Chaos at Anita’s Way, Spark Dance Forum’s Triple Bill and 8 in Show at Dixon Place. Some other favorite past performances include performing in the Grey Cup Halftime Show, the Columbus Day Parade opening number, and as a backup dancer for Saving Forever in the US Open opening performances.
Parker has had the pleasure of being an apprentice with Move DiPR under the direction of Dionna PridGeon for two seasons. She is currently working with Winnie Berger in Mook Dance Company, Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez de Banos in Doubletake Dance, Kelley Donovan in Kelley Donovan and Dancers and looks forward to future performances with all of the talented dancers and choreographers involved in these companies.
Melody Domfort Carter Guest Artist
Melody Domfort is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Melody graduated with honors from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Dance. While at UArts she performed works by Ronen Koresh, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Kim Bears-Bailey, Molly Misgalla and guest artists such as, Al Blackstone and Adrienne Abdus-Salaam. Melody was awarded a scholarship at the :pushing progress a company/a workshop intensive where she has worked with many artists such as, Calen Kurka, Chris Hale, Bryn Cohn, Mike Esperanza, Lauren Adams and Sidra Bell. Melody is currently a company member of the LMproject and MADArt Creative. She is currently a dance teacher and choreographer at multiple competitive studios on Long Island and a Fitness instructor in NYC. Melody is very excited to be a part of DoubleTake Dance and grateful for the opportunity to work with the company.
Garazi Prieto Guest Artist- Spain
Graduated in Classical Dance by the method Vaganova in the School of Igor Yebra, later continued forming in the School of Ross in Contemporary and jazz. At the same time she has taken classes in Biarritz ( three consecutive years), Germany, New York, London, Italy,… and was part of the European Ballet company of London.
She get a Scholarship to take classes at Peridance Capezio Center in NY by Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martínez de Baños and has worked in the musical of the short film by Pedro Olea.
She has also studied in the School of Dramatic Arts and Dance of Euskadi, Dantzerti. Within ti she met Iratxe Ansa and was selected to work no two of her projects, Methamorfosis Dance Collective in México; collaborating with the CEPRODAC Company of México and Methamorfosis Summer Course in Donostia; with performances at the San Telmo Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.
Emmanuel de Jesús Makeup Artist
Born and Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His most recent work playing the lead role of Bernardo in the West Side Story International Tour in countries like Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Israel, among others. As a dancer he worked with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Balleteatro Nacional and Andanza Modern Dance Co. In Ballets such as Raymonda, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Combat, Serenade, Carmina Burana and A midsummer's Night Dream. He has toured and worked throughout America with many International Latin artist like 5 time grammy winner Olga TaÃ±on, Yolandita, Manny Manuel, Myriam Hernandez, Ednita Nazario and Gilberto Santa Rosa. He has also danced and coreographed for the Puertorrican version of Dancing with The Stars, Objetivo Fama (Univision), Miss Tourism, Mr. Model and Miss World Pageants (Telemundo).
He has also danced and coreographed for the Puertorrican version of Dancing with The Stars, Objetivo Fama (Univision), Miss Tourism, Mr. Model and Miss World Pageants (Telemundo). He has also danced and coreographed fashion events for companies such as Loreal, Redken and Wella. His theater works include Larry in a Chorus Line and Chicago. As a professional model he as walked the runways of San Juan's Fashion Week, Puerto Rico Fashion Trends and he held the Mr Puerto Rico Tourism tittle in 2005. As a Director an Owner of Ensayos Dance he taught and trained dancer for over 8 years who have led successful international careers. He graduated Biology and Natural Science major from the University of Puerto Rico.
Travis Morin Vocalist
Travis Morin can be seen performing in NYC and the surrounding area as a member the critically acclaimed Broadway Boys, the Broadway Inspirational Voices gospel choir as well as in many new and developing projects. Travis was part of the Washington D.C. premiere of Altar Boyz and has since performed the role of Luke two more times. Other credits include Rock of Ages, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, Bubble Boy: The Musical, and Suessical. Travis is the lead singer of the band Takeover Tomorrow and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Michaela Herlihy Romulo Guest Artist
Mica Romulo is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in the Boston - NYC area. Originally from Manila, Philippines where she was classically trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary under her mentors Venus Basas (Symmetry Dance Studio), Peter Alcedo Jr. (Powerdance, LSDC-Contemporary, UP Filipinana), and Nancy Crowe (Hotlegs). She got her professional start teaching children's ballet and jazz classes at Symmetry, M studio, and Palms Country Club. In 2016, she was hired by De La Salle University as the trainer for the La Salle Dance Company Folk, where she produced and choreographed for their 4th year anniversary concert, "Tala". In the same year, she also became a member of Hotlegs Dance Company, Manila's premier commercial jazz dance company. Notable performances include TV appearances on Eat Bulaga, the Richard X Richard concert at Solaire Theatre, and corporate shows for PLDT, Avon, and UNILAB to name a few. In 2017, she formed the Dance Collective comprised of other independent dance artists in Manila and together they produced and choreographed the show "DancExchange" for Manila's Fringe Festival.
With a strong desire to keep learning and developing herself as an artist, she moved to NYC and trained at Broadway Dance Center upon acceptance to their training program in 2017. Since then she has appeared on stage in works by Shiela Barker, Michele Barber, Paul Alan Brown-Lombardi, Julia Kane, and DoubleTake Dance Co. She is currently part of the project based dance company Alpas Dance (founded by Mica Butnar and Alicia Kee) and appeared in their premier dance film, "Rise Up". In the fall of 2020 she choreographed, and directed her first dance film, "To Be Free" and looks forward to continuing to explore this new medium of artistic expression on film.
She is thankful and excited for the opportunity to be a guest artist for DoubleTake Dance Company in their upcoming NY Fashion Week show at Dixon Place.
Daphne Chu Guest Artist
Daphne took an interest in dance during her college days when she auditioned for La Salle Dance Company - JAZZ. She was trained in modern, jazz, and contemporary by Peter Alcedo Jr. (Douglas Nierras Powerdance) and through her work in the company she has graced the stage in numerous company concerts, toured in Singapore, and performed for the annual Pasinaya festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Other notable performances include guest appearances with PILENTO and Hotlegs Dance Company, Manila’s leading and oldest commercial jazz dance company.
In 2015 she moved to NYC and got introduced to Ashley and Vanessa’s class at Peridance and since then she’s been consistently training and honing her skills. She appeared on “Blaze” Vanessa’s debut dance film and is set to walk the runway in NYFW with DoubleTake Dance. She is both thrilled and excited to be dancing with her teachers. Thank you for the opportunity!
Jenna McNeill recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and International Studies. At Marymount,
Jenna studied jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and composition under the direction of Katie Langan. There she performed works by Catherine Cabeen, Andrea Markus, and Alberto Del Saz. Jenna also had the opportunity to be both an apprentice and company member of Boston
Community Dance project, where she had the opportunity to perform in
various venues around Boston, New England, and New York City including
Carnival NYC, Boston GreenFest, Ring the Alarm, and Dixon Place. Alongside performing, Jenna has been teaching a variety of dance styles since she was in high school. Currently she is teaching jazz, ballet, and contemporary at X-Quisite House of Dance in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
Mariel Mayz Pianist
Mariel Mayz is a sought-after composer, pianist, educator, and administrator.
Mariel’s most recent compositions include commissions by two-time Latin Grammy nominee João Luiz, the Sarasa Ensemble, and Porto Pianofest— for their 2019 New Music Series, 2020 Digital Season, and 2021 Arts in Dialogue Series.
The upcoming season includes two commissioned piano works for “The Illustrated Pianist,” celebrating the centennial of American author, Ray Bradbury; and an electro-acoustic work for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (Los Angeles, CA) as a recipient of "The Kintsugi Spirit" 2021 Artist Grant. Mariel will additionally be the piano soloist for a performance of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the Greenwich Choral Society in 2022.
Mariel is an Adjunct Professor of music theory at CUNY Hunter College, and currently a PhD candidate in Composition & Theory at Brandeis University. She is, additionally, the Program Coordinator of the Hunter Mellon Arts Fellowship; a pivotal program for diversity and inclusion within the arts management scene of New York City.
Mariel is the Co-Founder and Associate Director of Porto Pianofest.
Brian Morales Composer
California-native Brian Morales has established an exciting presence on the New York music scene, with a reputation for excellence as a composer, conductor, and orchestrator. Nominated for an Olivier Award (Best Orchestration for the West End production of The Color Purple - directed by John Doyle), Morales continues to explore soundscapes with dramatic elements. He has been named the 2019-2020 Composer-in-Residence with fp Creative where he has composed an interdisciplinary story ballet, Strangers, in collaboration with choreographer, Julia Bengtsson. He recently self-produced a recording of his folk song cycle, Wild Axiom, with text by Grey Grant. In 2020, he was chosen as an Academic Fellow for the Alba Music Festival and was one of a handful of composers who participated in the inaugural Composition program as part of the Cascade Conducting Workshop. In 2019 he was an Academic Fellow at the Talis Festival & Academy in Sarajevo where his oboe quartet, Visions of Sacrifice was premiered (with Celia Craig on oboe and Beatriz Blanco on cello). He was the winner of the 2018 Pittsburgh Philharmonic EQT Young Composer Contest, resulting in the premiere of his orchestral piece Arrivals and was also selected as a winning composer for the 2019 Stradella Baroque Festival’s NEWTRACKS @FBS series with a performance of Una Macchina Per Rosa premiered by the Bryggan Ensemble.
Claudio Rodriguez Photographer
Claudio Rodriguez studied art, design and photography in his native Colombia and at the Cooper Union in New York city. After graduating from Cooper Union he returned to Colombia, where he taught photography, drawing and print-making at the art school of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota. He also worked as a graphic designer and illustrator and exhibited his drawings, paintings and photographs in numerous group and individual shows. Later Claudio moved to New York, where he has been working as a photographer, videographer and motion graphics designer as well as continuing his pursuit of fine art photography and drawing.
Audrey Lipson, from New Jersey, began her training at The Ballet Barre under Suzanne Sarlitt. When she was 13, she began training at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre with Franco De Vita, where she performed ABT repertoire and works by Alexei Ratmanksy. A recent graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program where she studied ballet, Horton, Graham, West African, jazz, and contemporary techniques, Audrey had the opportunity to dance works by Pedro Ruiz, Natalie Lamonte, Brice Mousset, Joanna Kotze, and Phil Orsano. She appeared in a short dance film by Wilma Casal with Wolf and Swan Company, and she is thrilled to have had her debut with Doubletake Dance in October of 2022.