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. Susan has been very fortunate being surrounded by a group of loving Dancers for the past 30 years she has been with the company. There have been many choreographers that she has had the privilege to work and dance with. All of these have helped her continue to learn and grow as a dancer/choreographer/ teacher/ woman.  Ellis Wood, Brad Garner, Fred Darsow, Mary Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Herding, Karen Schupp, Chad Michael Hall, amongst many others. All of these amazing people have come through the door of Movement Source and she is truly grateful for the opportunities she has with her dance family.


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.

Kelly Alifano

Kelly is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer originally from New York. Kelly received her BFA in dance from Adelphi University, her MA in Dance and Dance Education from New York University, and an MFA in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College. Kelly has taught at many colleges, schools, and studios across the country. Kelly was the co-choreographer for Dualdance, a modern dance company based out of NYC from 2004-2010. Kelly has performed and presented work at St. Marks Church in NYC, Steps Performance Lab, WaxWorks, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, The Dance Complex in MA, Joyce Soho, Boulder International Fringe Festival, Cool NY, Artward Bound, Whitewave Dance Festival, Riverside Church in NYC, Dumbo Dance Festival, and Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival to name a few.  Kelly was a dancer for Circle of Dance Repertory Company from 2005-2016, as well as Impetus Dance Collaborative from 2013-2016.  Kelly co-choreographed and performed in Water Dances in Ogden Utah in 2017 and was on faculty at Weber State University and Imagine Ballet Theater from 2017-2018.  Kelly was on the board of Utah Dance Education Association from 2016-2018. Kelly currently lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and 2 daughters.  Kelly is honored to be a part of The Movement Source.

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.

Shannon Dooling-Cain

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Shannon Dooling-Cain was born in New Mexico, grew up dancing in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and moved to Arizona in 2016 after spending six years in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She holds an MFA in Dance from University of Maryland College Park and a BA in Dance from DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She danced professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre, a regional ballet company in Pennsylvania, and with several modern dance companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her choreography has been showcased at venues from New York City to D.C. and in Arizona, including the Triskelion Arts Center (NYC), the Baltimore Museum of Art and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Dance Place and The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival (D.C.), and Tempe Center for the Arts and the Tucson Museum of Art (AZ). She has taught ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, improvisation, and dance history in colleges, K-12 schools, community centers and dance studios, and is also certified to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique method. The author of several articles on dance education, including a feature article for the U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education Newsletter, Shannon also maintains a blog at www.shannondoolingdances.com. Since moving to Arizona, Shannon has served as a faculty member, guest teacher, and adjudicator at studios, colleges, and schools, and performs and choreographs with Movement Source Dance Company in Phoenix. She and her husband, cellist Jonathan Cain, have been collaborating since 2012. 

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 20 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 16 years, she has taught dance at Xavier College Preparatory and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to do what she loves every day!

Callista Mincks

Callista’s education in dance began at a small studio in Phoenix called Dance Theatre West and she later ventured to Terpsicore dance, Cannedy, Southwest ballet, and Ballet theatre among various private lessons and summer intensives. She gained further dance education through her high school and middle school training at Arizona School for the Arts and Metropolitan Arts Institute. She has performed with professional companies such as Southwest Ballet in the Nutcracker, and is currently a part of the modern company, Movement Source, where she has had the opportunity to work with guest choreographers and choreograph her own pieces as well. She has also worked with the modern company, Center Dance Ensemble Two, in their yearly production, American Voices and Snow Queen. She currently attends Scottsdale Community College as a dance major and member of the school dance company, Instinct, planning to gain her associates and then go on to pursue her master’s degree. This program has introduced her to many guest teachers and master classes which have allowed for a broad perspective in her technique and choreography.

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!!

Tiffany Velazquez

(ASU Intern 2018-19)

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Tiffany Velazquez is in her last year at Arizona State University, she found her voice as an artist through exploring various art mediums with the guidance of her professors. Professionally, she has performed with CONDER/dance at Beta Dance Festival and Phoenix Art Museum, the Sizzle Series for [nue]BOX in a work by Felix El Cruz, JordanDanielsDance at the Mesa Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, and Breaking Ground. Involved at Phoenix Center for the Arts, teaching creative classes utilizing the ballet form in the youth dance department. She has enjoyed her time working in the Phoenix arts community as she strives to further her career by continually performing, experimenting, choreographing, teaching, and expanding her knowledge.

Miquella Young

(ASU Intern 2017-18)

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Miquella is a performance artist interested in therapeutic effects of movement and energy sharing. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago learning every style of dance imaginable: from body percussion to flamenco, and rhythmic gymnastics. She competed in national competitions and regional festivals: traveling to New York for the finals of Youth American Grand Prix in 2016. With Illinois Dance Conservatory she starred in annual ballets like The Little Mermaid and The Nutcracker. She graduates from Arizona State University in 2018 with a degree in Integrative Health and a minor in dance. She aspires to be a naturopathic physician, exploring all the ways that nature and science together can heal the body.


Board Members

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Baron Gordon

David Hafner

Linda Ramseyer

Dr. Jessica Randolph

Dr. Charlie Smith

Laura VanNess

Kelly Zahoudanis