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, choreography, and teaching. She currently chairs the Dance Department at Xavier College Prep and has taught at South Mountain High School, various Arizona community colleges, the University of Arizona and Gaulladet College in Washington. Mary Anne holds a BFA in Dance and Secondary Education from Arizona State University, as well as an MA in Dance from the University of Arizona, specializing in dance for the hearing impaired. She is a native Arizonan and an active member of the local arts community.
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.
Omaya, a Phoenix native, developed her passion for dance and movement from an early age. Her particular technique and style is attributable to Katherine O’Connor, with whom she trained for 10 years at Scottsdale Dance Academy. Her professional dance career began when she joined AZDance group, another Phoenix based dance company with whom she danced and choreographed for 7 years. She is also a certified Pilates instructor who has taught classes for nearly 6 years. Aside from dance, Omaya is very focused on her academic career, which concentrates on sustainable development. She holds a BSE from Arizona State University in chemical engineering and is currently working to earn her PhD in Sustainability. She also works as a research assistant for the Decision Center for a Desert City. This is her fifth year performing with Movement Source Dance Company.
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.
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 12 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 earned her BA in English and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and her Masters in Dance Education from SUNY Brockport in New York. Before moving to Arizona, she attended various institutions such as Laban Center for Movement, American Dance Festival, and EastWest Somatics; and she performed with Hallmark Danceworks. Stacy teaches dance at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, Arizona. She also performs with and choreographs for AZDance Group.
Nikki "ShaVon" Turner
My joy is inspiring out of nowhere a way of DISTINCT EXPRESSIONS. My name is Nikki “ShaVon" Brown and entertainment is my path to entrepreneurship. I am the founder of D.N.A. (Distinct New Authentic) my life’s work. D.N.A. is moving with full force and bringing authenticity to the entertainment industry here in the Greater Phoenix Area. D.N.A. simply put, is all about being YOU through expression. At D.N.A. the whole spectrum of being a dancer is embraced. Expression is considered a gift that must be given a form, a movement, a dance. Young girls need to know that their expression is their life force and by not connecting to our life force and allow authentic expression, we inhibit the revelation of our gifts and empowerment to inspire and create beautiful positive life changing moments. Every performance I have realized from “Tapestry in Motion”, “Sister Moses”, “the One”, fashion shows and women inspirational conferences has molded a clearer understanding of who I am and given me the revelation of the value of the work of D.N.A. Together as a dance community we will examine and experience with our young dancers the way to forming their hopes and dream into authentic reality. "D.N.A. ..... In the Genes Authentically"
Dr. Jessica Randolph
Dr. Charlie Smith