ABOUT THE DANCERS
Meet the Company Members and Collaborating Partners
for Adele Myers and Dancers
Alondra Balbuena, born in New York City raised in Miami, Florida is a freelance dance artist working to deepen her understanding of human connection through performance-based movement. She holds a BFA degree from the New World School of the Arts College where she performed works by Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin and Peter London. After receiving her degree, Alondra has performed with the Peter London Global dance company, National water dance projects, and with artist/curator Geovanna Gonzales on her solo exhibition “HOW TO: Oh, look at me” commissioned by Locust projects. Currently she is based in New York City and performs with Adele Myers and Dancers.
Kayla Castellon is a vibrant dance artist, choreographer, and movement educator based in Miami, Florida. She has performed works locally by Pioneer Winter, Maya Billig, Isabel Lewis, Ana Sanchez Colberg, Sandra Portal-Andreu, and Mango Hernandez. Kayla is a 2020 Knight Arts Challenge winner for her founding project Show and Talk, a movement based works in progress showing followed by a facilitated feedback session. Her original work has been commissioned by Miami Light Project and Screendance Miami. She graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in dance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Kayla is thrilled to be working with Adele Myers and the cast that is truly beautiful inside and out.
Maria Burt is a Miami native. She began her training at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and attended New World School of the Arts College where she has performed repertoire by Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, and others. After graduating college, Maria continues to delve deeper into herself as an artist, performer, and human being, as well as the research of movement as an expressive vocabulary. She has worked and performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center with the Peter London Global Dance Company and was an apprentice of the company during their 2019/2020 season. Currently, Maria is involved with Adele Myers and Dancers as a Dance Artist since Spring of 2021. She has earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts with the graduating class of 2020.
Kashia Kancey is a Miami-born performer and choreographer, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from New World School of the Arts. While at NWSA, she performed works by Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, and others. Upon finishing her education, Kashia presented choreography on the Dancemakers: New Works Series at NWSA, and choreographed two commissioned works for Peter London Global Dance Company, titled “War of the Women” and “Everyday is February”. Since then, she has apprenticed with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, and is currently working with Adele Myers and Dancers and Abby Z and the New Utility. Kashia is now based in Brooklyn, New York, and continues to pursue her professional career as a dancer and choreographer.
Cristina Moya-Palacios is a Venezuelan-born Miami-raised dancer with a BFA from New World School of the Arts College. During her time at New World, she performed works by Robert Battle, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Ohad Naharin, and others. Her most recent professional work includes performing and touring with Adele Myers and Dancers as well as performing in Peter London Global Dance Company's "Crossing", Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre’s "Tropical Depression" and in Jamar Roberts’ "The House of the Most Loved". Since graduating, she has moved to New York with hopes to further her career as an artist. She aspires to collaborate with artists globally and absorb from every opportunity and experience that arises in order to continue to further her development as a dancer and performer.
Jennifer Rivera (She/Her) is a Miami-based choreographer, performer, dance scholar, and teaching dance artist who began her studies at Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus under the direction of Michelle Grant-Murray and received an Associate in Arts degree in Dance (2019). She continued her studies in Philadelphia, PA, at University of the Arts School of Dance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance (2021). Jennifer was recently a Miami DanceMaker 2022 resident artist with Adele Myers and Dancers and premiered her work GIRASOL at the Perez Art Museum Miami in November 2022. She also worked in collaboration with Miami DanceMaker 2022 resident artist Chachi Perez and musician David Velazco, and performed Dame La Receta! at the Perez Art Museum Miami. She was the Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus Leaps and Bounds Artist 2022 Alumni Award Recipient and created her most recent work in collaboration with Jubilation Dance Ensemble, InterDimensions: ACTIVATED. Jennifer currently studies at Rennie Harris University to become certified in Hip-Hop and Street Dance Styles, is dancing professionally with Adele Myers and Dancers, is performing and presenting work as a guest teaching artist and alumnus at Miami-Dade College Artistry in Rhythm Dance Conference 2023, and continues to give back to dance communities through her love of teaching dance in South Florida and beyond.
T.W.I.S.T Collaborators + Stage Manager
Kathy Couch is an artist, educator, advocate, and Bessie Award winning designer living in Northampton, MA. Working in mediums of light, space, collaboration, and improvisation, Couch creates visual landscapes for performance and installation with/in traditional and non-traditional spaces. Couch’s work has been seen at New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, the Chocolate Factory, LaMaMa, the New Museum in New York City, the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, as well as in Prague, Armenia, Russia, Latvia, Serbia and throughout New England. She has recent and current collaborations with a canary torsi/Yanira Castro, Vanessa Anspaugh, improvisation ensemble The Architects, and musician Batya Sobel. Couch has collaborated and toured nationally with Adele Myers and Dancers on multiple evening-length projects since 2013. She teaches Lighting Design at Amherst College and is a founding board member and current President of the Northampton Community Arts Trust which seeks innovative ways to preserve and steward space for imagination and creativity.
Aeon De La Cruz
YoungArts alumnus and Miami Native Aeon De La Cruz is an interdisciplinary artist/dancer who initially joined the TWIST project as a visual artist through his graphic design brand, Flat Earth Graphics. Created in 2020, the brand specializes in custom designs for dance projects like Show and Talk, Jessie Young Pilates, and The Jellyfish Jam. In addition to graphic design, his experimental music compositions began surfacing at live performances like Grass Stains by Pioneer Winter Collective and Allegra Preuss’ “You Had to be There” at Miami Art Society under the guise of his sound project, BLIND CARBON COPY. His multi-disciplinary approach to dance has inspired his collaborations and performances with Alma Dance Theater, Raw Pop Up, Kayla Castellon, Lijun Zhou, American Dance Festival, YoungArts, Pioneer Winter Collective, visual artist Lotus Lien and Here & Now at Miami Light Project.
Pangea Kali Virga
Pangea Kali Virga is an enthusiastic creator whose work spans many sides of the art and fashion industry. She is a fiber artist, designer, stylist, curator, creative director, educator, and producer with high standards and a conceptual spirit. Her aim is to build collaborative inclusive networks and moving experiences through her work and all of her projects. Pangea loves creating wearable art of upcycled materials, supporting her belief in the power of clothing as storyteller, cultural marker, and political catalyst. She has found great comfort and liberation through clothing and fashion, and the work she creates is made in hopes of extending those experiences to the viewer and wearer. Ms. Virga also regularly produces community-minded fashion projects with events that focus on sustainability, creativity, and inclusivity. Her work has been published in 60+ international publications. www.pangeakalivirga.com
Edwidge DeJean-Subirats Also known as Judy or Mz.Juju Not only a Stage Manager, She is a Singer, Cake Artist, Dreamweaver, Homeschooler and Creator. She is the mother of three beautiful and talented children. Judy has a BFA in Theatre Arts from FIU and previously worked for the Miami City ballet for seven years as a Stage Manager, and later on as Children's Wardrobe Supervisor. She currently works with several local up and coming Dance and Theatre Companies. Judy loves researching and helping others with her knowledge and wisdom. Her love of the arts and music is infectious and she is happy to share it with the community.