||Cari Coble received her early training at the prestigious Washington School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Professionally, she has danced for such companies as Alabama Ballet Company/Ballet South, The Appalachian Ballet Company, Festival Ballet-Atlanta, and The Ballet Company of Spokane. She has also appeared as a guest artist for many projects including the Spoleto Festival-Charleston, the International Ballet Competition Gala-Jackson, the International Improvisational Festival- Birmingham, Adele Myers and Dancers-New Orleans, Several Dancer’s Core- Atlanta, The People’s Touring Project-NYC, and Sydney Olympics 2000. Cari received her BA from Birmingham-Southern College and her MFA in dance at Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Fellowship and the School of Visual Arts and Dance Teaching Fellowship. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Dance at Jacksonville University, Florida, where she has choreographed and performed numerous original works.|
||Lana Carroll Heylock, has spent her life involved in dance. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from The University of Akron, Ms. Heylock served as Head of Dance Institute, the pre-professional dance program for children ages 3-18, as well as full time dance faculty at The University of Akron from 1994 - 2008. Under her direction, Dance Institute produced the first full length fairy tale “The Snow Maiden” at the Akron Civic Theater and E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. She also created a valuable collaboration with GroundWorks Dance Theatre, and participated as a founding member of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Ms. Heylock envisioned and created the Gena Carroll Scholarship Fund and was the driving force behind the annual “Pointe to the Future” Benefit that raises money for scholarships, faculty recognition, and school productions.|
Ms. Heylock’s extensive performing experience includes the companies of Ohio Ballet in Akron, Ohio and Pearl Lang, Peter Sparling, and Diane Gray, all in New York City. In 1980, Ms. Heylock was invited to join Jennifer Muller/The Works Dance Company where she performed as a soloist for over 14 years. As Special Projects Director of the Muller Company, Ms. Heylock assisted Jennifer Muller in the restaging of “Speeds” on The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company in New York City, “Couches” and “The Enigma” on the Kriztina de Chatel Dance Company in the Netherlands, “Glass Houses” and “Fields” on the Bat Dor Dance Company in Israel, and the full evening production of “Beach” on Tanzforum Dance Company in Germany.
Nationally and internationally, Ms. Heylock has garnered a reputation as a master teacher and rehearsal director at reputable schools such as Jacobs Pillow, Stephens College, The Martha Graham Dance Center, The Limon Institute, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Sarah Lawrence College, Barnard College, and New York University. Among numerous other engagements around the world, she has taught workshops at the Tokyo and Osaka Schools of Dance in Japan, The Amsterdam Theatre School in the Netherlands, The National Ballet School in Belgium, The Dance Point Festival in Germany, Le Menagerie de Verre in Paris, The Dance Loft in Switzerland, The International Dance Weeks Festival in Austria, and the Opera House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ms. Heylock has been honored by her students for several years to be listed as one of the “Best Teachers in America” in Who’s Who among Americas Teachers and she is very proud to have received the “Outstanding Artist” in Dance Award from the Akron Arts Alliance in 2004.
||Michael Lomeka graduated from The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. Upon graduating, he joined the Tony Award winning Broadway revival cast of The King & I with Lou Diamond Phillips, Donna Murphy, Faith Prince, and Marie Osmond. Additional Broadway credits includes, A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden with Choreographer, Susan Stroman. He toured the United States, Europe, and Asia with Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project. Michael performed live and can be seen in the DVD of Celine Dion's A NEW DAY... directed by Franco Dragone with choreograhy by Mia Michaels. Mr. Lomeka is currently performing with Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS in Las Vegas choreographed by Tabitha & Napolean. In addition, he has performed in numerous regional musical theater productions around the country including Romeo & Juliet:The Musical at the Goodspeed Opera House and Ordway Theater, conceived and directed by Terrence Mann.|
||Kristi Vincent Johnson earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a certification in Pilates from the Physicalmind Institute. Kristi has studied with such prominent artists as Fernando Bujones, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Christian Von Howard, Peter Kalivas, Rodni Williams, and faculty at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. She has danced professionally for ITCOD, Reach a movement collective, and RyanStrati & Co. Kristi is currently an active member of the National Dance Association/ American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) where she serves as the Dance Division Performance Chair for both the Florida Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (FAHPERD) 2007 and the Southern District (AHPERD) 2009. Kristi has served in multiple capacities throughout the Jacksonville dance community including Adjunct Instructor Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Adjunct Instructor Florida Community College at Jacksonville; and present Director of the FCCJ DanceWorks Dance Ensemble. |