KATIE BURKS – Rehearsal Director
Katie is a proud native of Dallas, Texas, and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University, from where she graduated cum laude. Katie has danced professionally for Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre, New York’s Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Portland’s Fault Line Dance. She has created and presented choreographic work across the United States. Apart from performance, Katie teaches dance for The Aspire Project and provides relief work through HARP, Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Project. (harprescue.org)
HEATHER HINDES was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Lindenwood University. There she studied various forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Heather spent two years performing, choreographing, and teaching with the site specific dance company Leverage Dance Theatre. In the summer of 2016, Heather relocated to Portland, Oregon and joined The Holding Project as a dancer and artistic collaborator. Heather is consistently exposing herself to new styles of dance and researching the healing, dynamic, and ever-changing power of movement in her own form. Current projects include directing and performing in various dance films, dancing in freelance performances, and instructing at The Aspire Project and Pure Barre Portland.
ANNIE LEONARD is a diverse performer and teacher, specializing in Ballet, Rhythm Tap, Jazz-Funk, Contemporary, and more. Annie was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and earned Bachelor degrees at the University of Alabama in both Dance and French in 2012. During her time there, she was a recipient of The University of Alabama Dance/Theatre Scholarship. Annie was a member of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, a Dance Alabama! artist, and her original choreography was selected and presented in The Next Dance Experience. Most recently, Annie performed on the Bodyvox stage in Katie Burks’ Beacon as part of PDX Dance Collective’s Voices: A Choreographer’s Showcase. Annie continues to follow her passion for dance as an educator and an aspiring choreographer, focusing on Contemporary and Rhythm Tap styles.
NICOLE MASCORRO is a Bay Area native and brand new to the Portland area. Beginning her dance career at the age of four, Nicole studied Ballet at the California Academy of Ballet and attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Diablo Ballet, and School of Creative and Performing Arts. She trained as an apprentice for Moving Arts Dance and performed and competed nationally with her High School’s Dance Team. Nicole graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Dance. Nicole continues to further her dance education in as many styles as possible and shares her love and passion for dance with others through teaching for The Aspire Project.
ELLA MATWEYOU began studying ballet in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, where she trained at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron. She went on to study Modern and Jazz dance as a dance major at Point Park University before transferring to The Ohio State University. Ella graduated from OSU Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction, attaining a BFA in Dance with a minor in English. She has had the opportunity to perform choreography by Ohad Naharin, Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Melanie Bales, Abby Zbikowski, Eliza Larson, and others. Ella is a certified yoga teacher and Pure Barre instructor. She is also certified in Pre-Primary-Level 3 of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, and is a recent recipient of a Project Plié scholarship from ABT. Here in Portland, she teaches for The Aspire Project, Northwest Dance Project, Pure Barre, and Living Yoga.
LUZ ODETH MEJIA is a Los Angeles native. She decided to take dancing adamantly upon beginning junior college at East Los Angeles Community College in early 2012, where she gained the opportunity to perform Jazz (Funk), Hula, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Social Dancing in front of a live audience. She then transferred to Humboldt State University in late 2014 to earn a Bachelor of Arts as a major in Dance Studies and ended up pursuing a minor in Recreation Administration as well. Luz performed as ensemble member in HSU Theatre Department’s Kiss Me Kate, a musical production written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music by Cole Porter. She also performed works pertaining to African Dance, Belly Dance, Tap, Jazz, Swing, Ballet Folklorico, Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary. Luz is thrilled to make her Portland performance debut in Leone Dance Theatre’s A Night of Jazz.
AMANDA STOLTZ grew up dancing in Ellensburg, Washington where she studied Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, and performed in many professional productions. She later moved to Portland where she continued her passion for dance at many local studios while attending college. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Portland State University, and went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Amanda is grateful and honored to have been working as a pediatric physical therapist for the past 14 years. After a long hiatus from dance, she has reconnected with her love of dance and is excited to join Leoné Dance Theatre. Amanda is also a proud mama of two wonderful children and loves having impromptu dance parties with her family. She would like to thank her husband for his steadfast support and love.
MIKE DOOLIN is a guitarist of some 40 years professional experience. He received his formal music education at Mt. Hood Community College and North Texas State University. He played music professionally through the 80’s, then became a software engineer and technical writer for the early 90’s. In 1995 he founded Doolin Guitars, working as a solo luthier crafting handmade acoustic guitars. In his 15 years in lutherie, he built instruments for recording artists Esperanza Spalding, Muriel Anderson, John Stowell, Justin King and Nancy Conescu.
Mike has performed with such Northwest mainstays as Mel Brown, Shirley Nanette, Louis Pain, LaRhonda Steel, Fred Stickley, Gary Ogan, Mitzi Zilka, Soul Vaccination, Dan McElrath, Body and Soul, and Cruise Control. His recording credits include Dan McElrath’s “907 Central”, Obo Addy’s “Wonchi Bi”, Timothy Bryson’s “Playground”, Linda Daiber’s “Remembring June” and The Flying Stickley’s “Behind the Hangar”. He released “Reflection”, his first CD as a leader, in 2009.