Recently graduated from Southern Methodist University, Belleza has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Health Management. In her time at SMU she performed major works by Carter Alexander, Martha Graham, Matthew Neenan, Zach Law Ingram, Brandi Coleman, Michele Gibson, and Kimberly Cooper. She has choreographed three student works for Student Choreography Showcase and one main stage work for SMU's Senior Dance Concert. In the spring of 2021 Belleza founded Finding Compassion: a virtual choreography festival, with her business partner Shelby Green. Belleza is now residing in New York, NY where she is performing as a company artist with MODArts Dance Collective, training with the José Limón Dance Company, and continuing her freelance choreographic endeavors.
Sharon Moreno is an artist born in Panama City. She began training in dance at 18 and quickly realized that she had a passion for modern dance, teaching, and performance. Staying true to her roots, she also teaches multiple Afro and Latin American folkloric dance styles. She graduated from undergrad at the University of Panama and the National School of Dance in Panama in 2020. In 2021, she moved to New York City to study at the Martha Graham School. She has since performed at Lincoln Center's "Table of Silence," at Judson Church with Movement Research and performs with the "Pajarito Pinta'o" company by Daniel Fetecua; Company Redacted; Fruto Ancestral company; Sur dance company; and now MODArts Dance Collective along with many more freelance performances ranging from theaters to festivals and parades. Sharon dedicates her life to sharing the skills she has been honored to learn by teaching in Latin America, where there is less access to specific techniques. She has taught in Chile, Panama, and Colombia with plans to continue sharing affordable and accessible workshops through the educational project Sharon created and founded -Compartiendo por Latam.
Toni Owens (she/her) originally from West Palm Beach, FL began training at the age of 13 at Ballet East. She continued her training at A.W Dreyfoos School of the Arts and graduated in 2018. She then attended the Ailey School Certificate Program as a member of Ailey Student Performance Group and graduated in 2022. Toni is currently an artist with Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn and is joining her first season with MODArts Dance Collective.
Jessica Park, originally from Maryland, pursued her B.F.A. in Dance and Psychology as a double major at the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program. She earned her M.A. in Dance Education from Hunter College and is currently the Director of Ballet at Talent Unlimited High School. Mrs. Park has studied with world-renowned teachers in diverse dance styles, with her strengths highlighted in ballet, contemporary, Horton, and Graham. As a student, she has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Jamar Roberts, Stefanie Batten Bland, Christopher Huggins, and Jae Man Joo amongst others. Professionally, Mrs. Park has performed with Mook Dance Company and Monica Bill Barnes & Company at venues across New York City, including at New York City Center in the Fall for Dance Festival. This is her first season with MADC.
Ianne Fields Stewart (they/she) is a multi-hyphenate creative working at the intersection of art, activism, and pleasure. Their work spans across many fields including: theatre, film, dance, creative writing, arts administration, and social justice. She is dedicated to creating art, facilitating spaces, and influencing organizational practices that allow Black queer and trans people to radically luxuriate in our own joy. To put it simply, she wants to make their people feel good. The NYC/Brooklyn Dance community has previously witnessed Ianne in SLM Dance’s Purple: A Ritual in Nine Spells and Nova Black’s another goddamn lesbian movie / a choreopoem.
In Theatre and TV/Film, Ianne has worked consistently in productions at NYC venues such as: Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, La Mama, and many more. Ianne was personally requested by Sara Ramirez (And Just Like That) to play their love interest in an interracial polyamorous couple of color in the 3-Time Emmy-Nominated web series The Feels. Other Film/TV Credits include: Dash & Lily (Roberta), The Bold Type (Chloe Blair), and Pose (Pretty Bartender).
Yasmin Venable is an artist from Harlem, New York City. Her dance training began at the Rod Rodgers Dance Company Youth Program under the direction of Kim Grier-Martinez . Shortly after, she attended Talent Unlimited High School where she trained in various dance styles and learned choreographic techniques. Simultaneously while attending Talent Unlimited, Yasmin also trained at pre-professional programs at The School at Steps, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Manhattan Youth Ballet. After graduating highschool Ms. Venable attended The Ailey School for two years on a level two scholarship. As a freelance performer she has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Earl Mosely, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Deborah Wingert. As well as danced with Rod Rodgers Dance Company, VashtiDance Theater and The DynamitExperience. Ms. Venable performed at The Joyce Theater in the premier cast of the All-City Panorama with The Martha Graham Dance Company. As well as performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a Revelations 50 Cast Member. Recently Ms. Venable performed at BAAD! in collaboration with Arthur Avilés. This is Yasmin’s second season with the MODArts Dance Collective.