Mary Love Ward began her professional dance career in Washington, DC performing for several seasons with two of the city’s established contemporary companies. As a company dancer with Carla & Company she toured the north-east performing repertory from a variety of nationally recognized contemporary choreographers. While in DC she also danced with the post-modern based company Dance Antonini, which performed in the National Improvisation Festival and various site-specific works. More recently she has danced with Fuzion Dance Artists, Repertory Dance Theater at Florida State University, and Mary Love Dance Projects (MLDP) a research based company she also directs. With MLDP she has toured the east coast and appeared in a broadcast Ted (X) production. She has had the honor to perform a diverse body of historic and contemporary choreographic works including dances by Isadora Duncan, Marius Petipa, Lynda Davis, Alan Danielson, Liz Lerman, Helenius Wilkins, Nellie Rainwater, Amy Marshall, Sandra Neels, among others. Ms. Ward’s choreography has been presented nationally and abroad in The Florida Dance Festival, West Fest Dance Festival (NYC), NewGrounds (FL), The DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), CoolNY Dance Festival, DC Art-O-Matic, The South Carolina Dance Festival, Atlanta Blabbermouth Dance Festival, The Shift Orlando, The Gateway Center for the Arts (FL), and internationally in the Dominican Republic. She has also been commissioned to set work at Darton College, Daytona State College, and the pre-professional program at The Center for Contemporary Dance, where she is the recipient of an artistic residency. Ms. Ward holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, a BS in Biology with a minor degree in dance from Winthrop University, and is a certified Pilates trainer through the Physical Mind Institute. She has taught dance at Valencia College, Florida State University, and frequently serves as a guest instructor for various dance intensives and conferences. She is the professor of contemporary dance at Florida School of the Arts.
Jessica Mayhew, originally from Miami, FL, is a graduate of the arts program at Coral Reef Senior High. She attend Santa Fe College as a recipient of a talent scholarship and became a member of the performing company Dance Theatre of Santa Fe (DTSF), working closely with artist in residence, Alberto Alonso of the National Ballet of Cuba. She was featured in many of his ballets and appeared in the documentary film “Dance of my Heart,” which followed Mr. Alonso’s professional career. Jessica made her professional debut with Florida Dance Theatre of Lakeland, FL before finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in Criminology and Law. She holds an MFA from Florida State University in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at FSU she performed with Dance Repertory Theatre and in works by José Limón, Gerri Houlihan, Michael Foley, Alan Danielson, Andrew Noble, Tim Glenn and Lynda Davis to name a few. After receiving her MFA Jessica continued to dance professionally with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre in New Smyrna, FL. She has had her choreography presented internationally in Kazakhstan as a collaboration with Peter Kalivas and the PGK Project of San Diego. Nationally, Jessica’s work has been presented at the DUMBO White Wave Festival and the Dance Gallery Festival in NYC, the Alabama Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, Florida Dance Festival, NewGrounds Festival, and the Ringling International Arts Festival. Jessica was also commissioned to set work for The Tallahassee Ballet and a MFA thesis concert at Florida State. Jessica has served as a dance staff member at Florida State University, Santa Fe College where she was also director of the student dance company, Dance Theater of Santa Fe. Jessica is the professor of ballet at Florida School of the Arts.
Jenne Vermes is a professor of tap dance at both the University of Florida and Florida School of the Arts. She earned her Bachelor's and two Master's degrees from Florida State University. She is also an instructor and director of the tap program at several studios and conservatories in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Fleming Island. She is the owner, choreographer and principal dancer of her own tap company, “Noise Complaint,” which has released several professional videos and performed at major convention events such as MegaCon, Florida Anime Experience and DragonCon. Additionally, from 2010-2012, Jenne toured as a dancer/singer for the internationally acclaimed band, The Cruxshadows, traveling across Europe, the Caribbean, and North America, dancing on stages at major international festivals.
Morgan Brown is originally from Los Angeles, California. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She has danced professionally for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre and worked abroad as a guest artist performing and choreographing in Ghana, West Africa, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Lennestadt, Germany. From 2002-2004 in Accra, Ghana, she studied the infusion of African dance and culture with Western dance forms. She also earned a grant from the U.S. Embassy of Ghana to produce a ballet based on an African war dance that incorporated the National Theater of Ghana Dance and Music Ensemble. Morgan has been a faculty member at the College of the Canyons in Southern California, Harvard-Westlake School, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, as well as Florida School of the Arts. She also directs her professional dance ensemble, Morgan Brown Dance Company.
Dewitt Cooper is from Jacksonville FL where he studied at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He holds an MFA in modern dance from Case Western Reserve University and he has an undergraduate musical theater degree from Florida State University, where he was the first African American Male to be admitted to the program. During his time at Case Western Reserve University he was nominated for the Wittke Undergraduate teaching award. In 2006 he was awarded the Okie Award by the La Villa School of the Arts for most inspiring Choreography. Recently in 2007 his choreography was recognized at theNuvo Dance Competition and in 2008 his choreography was awarded Platinum Awards at the Applause Talent Competition. Mr. Cooper has also set choreography for the production of Julius X for play writer Al Letson at Players by the Sea, Dream Girls and the FAMU Connection Tour at the Essential Theatre. Today DeWitt Cooper continues to work with Garth Fagan at the Summer Movement Institute where he trains intensively as a teacher and student under Garth Fagan and Natalie Cropper. His professional dance experience includes Phlava Dance Company, Great Lakes Festival Ballet, and Verlezza Dance. Mr. Cooper also continues his professional career in musical theatre. He has played the role of “Simon” in the Alhambra’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other professional credits include: West Side Story, Anything Goes, She Loves Me, Aint Mis Behavin, Once on this Island, and Black Nativity are just to name a few. He has sung for the Ann Reinking Doctorial Ceremony. He has also performed at the Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom where he is a cast member of Finding Nemo the Musical. Currently, he is an artistic director with CooperMorgan Dance and is a faculty member at Florida School of the Arts and Bowles High School.
Larry Albright, aka, The Beast, has been choreographing, teaching performing, and training in his style of Hip Hop for 14 years all over the U.S. and abroad. He has choreographed for artists such as Mohombi "Bumpy Ride," Sean Kingston "Fire Burning," and Sophia Del Carmen "No Te Quiero." He has been featured as an opening act for such artists as Nelly, Common, Lil Mo, and Fabolous. Larry has also been seen on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" where he opened for Pitbull. Though he loves to perform, his passion lies in teaching. His teaching experience is quite extensive having taught all levels from elementary to collegiate and professional. He has conducted master classes for many conventions including Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Pick The Stars International (Can), and StreetStylz Hip Hop Convention. He has also taught at many colleges including Rutgers University, Florida International University, Northwood University, Florida State, and Florida School of the Arts. Currently, he is the lead choreographer for new Interscope recording artist J Randall"Spirit of the Radio - Step Up 3D Movie Soundtrack."