Directors

Mary Anne Fernandez-Herding

Mary Anne is the director and founding member of The Movement Source Dance  Company. Her professional background encompasses dance, arts administration, program development, choreography and teaching. She currently chairs the Dance Department at Xavier College Preparatory where she established the program/curriculum in 2002.  She holds a BFA in Dance and Secondary Education from Arizona State University, as well as an MA in Dance/Drama from the University of Arizona, specializing in dance for the hearing impaired. She recently created and implemented guiDANCE, a mentoring program for serious dance students to connect with touring, professional dance artists. She is a native Arizonan and an active member of the local arts community. Mary Anne enjoys the diversity each season brings, and is grateful to be able to direct and dance with such an amazing, vivacious and authentic group of dancers, in Movement Source!

Susan Pine-Harris

Susan holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She has performed with and directed Arizona State University’s Dance Repertory Theatre, The University Dance Ensemble in Tucson and Janlyn Dance Co. in San Francisco. She has taught and choreographed at the Willow Glen Dance Center in San Francisco, Young Conservatory Theater in San Jose as well as various high schools and junior colleges throughout Arizona. She is currently teaching dance, yoga & Pilates at Notre Dame High School in Scottsdale as well as assisting the company with administrative duties.


DANCERS

Omaya Ahmad

Omaya, an Arizona native, has enjoyed dancing with Movement Source since 2011. She also choreographs and performs with AZDance Group. A proponent of technical studies and fields, dance has always been her artistic outlet. She holds a BSE in chemical engineering, a PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University and works in State Regulation and Compliance at Arizona Public Service.

Thomas Blee-Carlyle

Originally from San Diego, California, Thomas graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona. After an injury, Thomas parted ways from dance to breathe life into his life-long passions of art and painting, following in his mother’s brushstrokes, Barbara Blee Carlyle, an internationally recognized painter. He worked at the Chuck Fischer Studio in New York, one of the top decorative painting studios in the United States. In 2001, Thomas started Blee Studio, a decorative painting company based in Phoenix. With decorative artwork in several states and Mexico, his work was recently showcased in Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, January 2008 edition. His latest mural commission can be seen at Doug Vinci’s Restaurant at the Gainey Ranch Shops in Scottsdale.

Kristen Hugins

Having studied and performed a wide variety of dance styles early on, Kristen began her training of contemporary dance under Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen at Principia College in Illinois. After moving to San Diego, she trained and performed with Faith Jensen-Ismay of Mojalet Dance Company. She taught Mojalet’s outreach programs and technique classes, as well as served on their Board of Directors. She also choreographed for and performed with Soulscape Dance Company. While in San Diego, she earned her 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and began an innovative series of classes that integrated contemporary dance and martial arts. In addition to dancing, Kristen is an avid reader, writer and life coach, and graduated with a BA in Philosophy and English from Principia College. A native Arizonan, she is grateful to be back in her home state and is thrilled to be dancing with Movement Source.

Jennifer Kaufman Fourness

Jennifer studied dance and administration at the University of Wisconsin, H.T. Chen and Dancers and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. She holds a Bachelor’s in Art Administration, a Master’s in Education and has had the pleasure of training with Li Chiao-Ping, Buff Brennan, Anita Lemon, and Anna Nassif. For the past 18 years, Jennifer has worked as a dancer, teacher and administrator for a variety of dance, theatre, and educational organizations in Arizona. Jennifer is a dedicated arts advocate, realizing her passion through performing, teaching, and grant writing.

Kelly Martell Scovel

Originally from Michigan, Kelly has now been in the valley for 18 years. She received her BFA in Choreography from Arizona State University, along with her certification in Secondary Education. She has a vast dance background which encompasses many styles and has been teaching and performing professionally in Arizona since 2002. Kelly has found an incredible passion for teaching, and thoroughly enjoys sharing the art of dance with her students. For the past 14 years, she has taught dance at Xavier College Preparatory and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to do what she loves every day!

Stacy M. Shane

Stacy Shane earned her BA in English and Sociology with a Dance minor from Franklin and Marshall College and her Masters in Dance Education from SUNY Brockport.   Stacy has attended various educational institutions such as Laban Center for Movement, American Dance Festival and EastWest Somatics, and she has performed with numerous companies including Hallmark Danceworks, AzDance and Movement Source Dance Company (with whom she currently performs).  Stacy teaches at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, Arizona where she developed and implemented the dance program at the school’s opening in 2004.  She was recently awarded the Deer Valley Unified School District Teacher of the Year, AzAHPERD’s K-12 Dance Teacher of the Year, AAHPERD’s Southwest District K-12 Dance Teacher of the Year and NDA’s National K-12 Dance Educator of the Year. In her “free” time Stacy enjoys yoga, partaking in as much wine as possible and spending time with her little man Dax, husband Jason and pup Winston.

Nikki "ShaVon" Turner

Nikki Turner is an artist in the expression of movement. Although rooted in styles of African interpretive and hip hop dancing, it did not stop her from embarking on new adventures that challenge and help her to grow as a dancer/choreographer.  Joining Movement Source created space for her to expand in her creativity as a dancer and choreographer.  She now teaches dance at the Mesa Arts Academy while freelancing as a choreographer, teaching after school programs for high schools, community centers and organizations. Teaching for the “Phoenix Day School for the Blind and Deaf” has been one of most rewarding experiences she has had. Her authenticity to her craft provides limitless opportunities and boundaries for her to explore, connect and set the stage on FIYAH!!


Board Members

   

 

 

Baron Gordon

David Hafner

Dr. Jessica Randolph

Dr. Charlie Smith

Laura VanNess

Kelly Zahoudanis