Dara Beckley is a former New Mexico Ballet Company Assistant director and principal dancer and former Director of the National Dance Institute’s Albuquerque program. She has danced, taught and choreographed world-wide. Dara currently expends her energy chasing her two small children and trying to keep up with her athlete husband. Her upcoming goals include surviving the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in May and not losing her shoes during the Camp Pendleton Mud Run in June. She is happy to be working with Patricia Dickinson again on another exciting venture!
Kyle Linzer studied on scholarships with teachers from American Ballet Theater, Joffrey, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi, Hubbard Street, Ballet Aspen, as well as from Twyla Tharpe’s and Martha Graham’s companies. He trained at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Dance Space, the Dance Foundation, the Dance Academy, the College of Santa Fe and Prince Ballet in Santa Fe, the Arrowhead Manor School of Dance in California, and UNM in Albuquerque. His lead roles include Blue Jean Blues, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderfella, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Nuts Crackers and Sweets, Swingin’ Suites, Pandora’s Box, Footsteps in the Sands of Time, Oklahoma!, and The Wizard of Oz. In addition to teaching and performing dance in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, Kyle stays in shape by also teaching Yoga and Pilates classes at Cleveland High School, Defined Fitness, the Placitas Fire station, and internationally for resorts in the Caribbean.
Joe Moncada, a native of El Paso, has been dancing since the age of 16. He performed with the El Paso Association for the Performing Arts, Ballet Repertory Theater of New Mexico, New Mexico Ballet Company, Moving People Dance Company, Baila! Baila! and Ballet Folklorico Rio Grande. He has trained and competed in the professional American Rhythm division in Ballroom Dancing for over 10 years, receiving awards in the professional division including top teacher for numerous Pro-Am competitions with Fred Astaire Dance World. He now shares his time between teaching his students to reach a higher level of competitive ballroom dancing and exhibition dancing. When not wearing his dance shoes, Joe is dedicated to the design and construction of his beautiful and very creative dance costumes, using his unique vision to design each costume to enhance and flatter each dancer’s specific body type and dance style.
Shane Montoya began dancing in 1999, forming the dance crew U.H.F. (United Hip-Hop Family), which continues to travel the country competing and performing. Mr. Montoya teaches at various studios, schools and outreach programs. He has been given the opportunity to perform with several leading dance companies in Albuquerque, as well as organize some of the biggest hip-hop based events throughout the community. Through these opportunities he has been able to share his knowledge and gain experience in other disciplines such as: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Latin, and Ballroom. Shane has danced in The Firebird and Dracula, A Love Story with Festival Ballet ABQ.
Andrea Owens began her ballet training in England under Harriet Greene at the age of ten. Subsequent training included The Dance Center of Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Boston Ballet, Long Beach Ballet and fourteen years at Dance Theater of the Southwest. Performed and trained with Luis Fuentes in 1998-1999. In 2000, she toured Taiwan with Los Angeles Ballet under David Wilcox. Andrea has danced professionally with New Mexico Ballet Company for eleven years, performing in The Nutcracker, Dracula,Serenade, Coppelia, Billy the Kid, and many more. Andea joined Ballet Repertory Theater in 2008 performing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella’s step sister, Larks Acceding, Arabian Soloist and has performed many other lead and corp roles. Since Ballet Festival of Albuquerque was founded she has performed as a lead in Ode to the Troops and Dracula.
Jennifer Smiley was born in El Paso, Texas, where she began ballet at the age of eleven at Barbara Driscoll’s School of Ballet. She attended the University of New Mexico in 2008 to major in dance. Jennifer was apart of many faculty and student productions throughout her career such as, Rise Rhythm 2009, Meta-Morph 2010, Leverage 2010 and Strada 2011. She worked with guest artists such as Laura Bennett, Eric Newton and Peggy Lyman in works choreographed by Martha Graham and Paul Taylor. Ms Smiley was also one of the four students chosen from the university to be invited to Austria and dance in a production called Hannibal 2011.