Staff and Faculty

Dana Reed
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AND DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Dana M. Reed grew up in Mississippi and discovered her love for dance at the early age of three. Dana graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Dance Education in 2003. Dana has been a part of the Bates Dance Festival’s Youth Arts Program since 2002, starting her journey as an intern and moved to director in 2008. Currently, Dana lives in New Orleans, LA and is the Director of Hope Stone Kids; a free arts education program for New Orleans youth. She is the artistic director of her dance company, Alternative Collaborations Dance and was awarded performance residencies at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Chen Dance Center in New York City and an artistic residency at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Indonesia. Dana has also performed with many dance companies in New York City and is currently performing with Artist Inc and Gris Gris Strut in New Orleans. However, her true passion lies in teaching dance to others; which she has taught world-wide for over ten years. Dana believes that art has encouraged her to respect herself and others and to have pride in her work. It has also allowed her to create an original artistic voice and the strength to move forward no matter what obstacles she may encounter. This is why Dana finds instruction in the arts a necessity in all communities.
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Christine Todd
Dance
Christine Todd studied classical ballet at New Orleans area dance studios and at the Dallas Ballet School's summer intensive. Later, she trained in Modern Dance/Choreography and performed at ACDF while attending the Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts. She taught dance in metro New York area elementary schools while earning her BA in dance and developmental psychology from Sarah Lawrence College. Since returning home she has studied floor barre, ballet, yoga and somatics, taught modern dance and performed with Gabrielle Pickard and the Anne Burr Dance Company. She received her Children’s Yoga Teacher Certification from Next Generation Yoga and has passed the Music Together® Teacher Training Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. Last summer she participated in Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute. She currently teaches Music, Dance, and Yoga for Upturn Arts. Christine is also the Grant Research Director at Upturn Arts.
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Daria Dzurik
Music
Daria is a musician and songwriter that performs locally on steel pan, piano, and vocals. Originally from Tallahassee, Daria graduated from the College of Music at Florida State where she studied classical piano and ethnomusicology. Daria has two full length albums of original music that were both recorded in New Orleans, one of which will be released September 12th, 2015 at Chickie Wah Wah with her band, Daria & The Hip Drops. In addition to performing and composing, Daria also teaches private piano lessons and has worked as a teaching artist in various schools and arts intensive summer camps.
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Jacqueline Ehle Inglefield
Visual Arts
Jackie was born in New Orleans in 1968 and has been an artist ever since. She began teaching art while she was still in high school at various local recreation centers and at the Boys and Girls Club. Jackie has taught art and shared her passion for self-expression with the Hope Stone New Orleans student artists. Jackie has two sculptures currently on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Louisiana Contemporary exhibit.
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Jamie Neumann
Dance and Theater
Jamie is a New Orleanian who grew up in the arts. She studied ballet, tap, and jazz at Giacobbe Academy of Dance, and was a member of the New Orleans Youth Ballet. She then studied musical theater at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, NY. She studied modern dance in New York City and has performed with various productions around the country. She is also a member of the High & Mighty Brass Band. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Sankalpah in New York City and has practiced before and ever since. She comes from a family of educators and is happy to carry on the tradition.
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Cristina Hatheway
Theater
Cristina has been studying and performing theatre since she was just five years old. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts/Musical Theater. “Cuba” is also an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors with training in eight different weapons. She works professionally Fight Directing shows for theater companies in and around the New Orleans area. Her teaching journey began in 2009 and Cristina currently teaches Talented Theatre in St. Charles Parish. She loves working with young artists and teaching the beauty of self-expression using theatre!
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Mary Carol Chenet
Dance
Mary Carol Chenet began dancing with Ida Winter Clarke in Lake Charles, LA. She was a member of Ballet Joyeux, a pre-professional dance company, that was founded by Mrs. Clarke and her daughter, Cissie Clarke. Mrs. Chenet earned her Bachelor Degree from California State University of Long Beach. While obtaining her degree in English, she fell in love with modern dance and studied the techniques of Limon, Cunningham and Graham. She later studied with the Fort Worth City Ballet under the direction of Paul Mejia, where she was offered an apprenticeship. Since moving to New Orleans she has performed with New Orleans Dance Collective, Barbara Hailey, Nicole Colbert, Monique Moss, Anne Burr Dance Theatre, Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre and Eddy Villalta. Mrs. Chenet has choreographed the works entitled, Destination Evacuation, Take Care, Lovely and Affinity, all performed at the CAC. In New Orleans, she has taught for NOBA as well as New Orleans Dance Academy under the direction of Jackie Frye. Mrs. Chenet believes that a dancer is always a student and is always in training. She is very passionate about giving her students the best training and the most positive experience.
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Tess Losada
Dance
Tess Losada graduated from Illinois State University with a B.A. in Theatre-Dance Performance, and a B.A. in Recreation Management, with a French minor. In college, she performed with the Illinois State Dance Theatre company and served as the President of the Illinois State Dance Association. She was passionate about studying dance improvisation, composition, and history, as well as jazz, ballet, and modern dance. In 2014 she moved to New Orleans to intern for Upturn Arts, and has been involved with the organization in many capacities since then. Tess dances with New Orleans-based company, Good Dance Since 1984, run by artistic director Donna Crump. She also teaches Pilates mat & reformer sessions at Nola Pilates. Tess is the office and website manager at Upturn Arts.
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Sean Ambrose
Photography
Sean loves and believes in his community and being a part of it through his photography as well as other forms of communication. He aspires and loves to teach and be taught continually and finds the kids to be some of his best teachers. If you see him on the street he loves conversation, coffee, cats and occasionally alliteration followed by irony. All photos on this site were taken by Upturn Arts students in a photography workshop with Sean at our Summer Arts Camp in 2015.
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Boyanna Trayanova
Music
In a city known for great drummers, Boyanna Trayanova stands out, not because of her gender, but her versatility. Boyanna is so much more than just a female drummer. She is also one of the best drummers in New Orleans, as well as a world-class musician. Switching seamlessly from jazz to blues to funk to rockabilly to Balkan to Afrobeat, Boyanna plays across a spectrum of musical styles with accuracy, rhythmic finesse, and a fierce attitude. Boyanna is a big believer in preserving musical traditions. You can catch her keeping the New Orleans brass tradition alive with a number of brass bands across town. She has also founded the Eastern European folk outfit Mahala to reconnect with her Bulgarian roots and preserve the old traditions of her native land. Her work popularizing Bulgarian music has led to unexpected fame in her home country. Boyanna also performs regularly with master percussionist Seguenon Kone from the Ivory Coast, the Russian band Debauche, Brazilian drumline BateBunda, as well as leading her own group, reggae and ska phenomenon One Love Brass Band. In addition to playing over 300 gigs a year, Boyanna also enjoys teaching and working with children, and ensuring that musical traditions will be passed on to the next generation.
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Carolina Lambert
Visual Arts
Carolina Lambert, a passionate Art instructor of 6 years, graduated from Loyola University in 2014 with a Bachelor in Psychology and Visual Arts. Mentored by some of the city’s most influential figures, Carolina has worked with seasoned artists stemming from both the classical and contemporary worlds. So inspired by the dynamic of the city, Carolina moved to New Orleans from Miami Beach in 2009. Although her artistic background is deeply rooted in sculpture, Carolina has developed a variety of visual arts techniques, which she teaches to an even more diverse range of students. “Students need to have the ability and the support from educators to creatively explore. It is through this exploration that one can open new doors and truly mold the future.” -Carolina Lambert
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Nathan Childs
Visual Arts
Nathan Childs is a painter originally from the Pacific Northwest. He has a Masters Degree in Fine Art. He was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Award in 2015. His most recent work has focused on the physical boundaries between reclamation and appropriation within the American urban experience. His work with the young artists has included mural design and execution, class room projects, and curriculum development in visual literacy.
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Jourdan Barnes
Jourdan Barnes has always been influenced by and surrounded in art. He has had work displayed across the world in Dublin and Wexford, Ireland. Barnes's work has also been in highly respected museums such as The Guggenheim of New York, The Ogden Museum, and NOMA. Barnes aspires to become a Pediatric Art Therapist, who will utilize his talents to serve his community and children.
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Mary Colleen Halley
Yoga
Mary has been educating in New Orleans for over 4 years. She teaches reading remediation, ESL, poetry, pre-k yoga, art, and movement and dance at the international school of Louisiana, Lycée Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans, and St George’s Episcopal School. Dedicating her life to her passions of art, music, and peace education fulfills her. Mary believes in alternative approaches to education, education for all, and opportunity for all. She also does face and body painting at birthday parties and concerts; is studying French and Yoga; likes to travel and build things; and just recorded her first demo cd.
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Kate Lickter
Dance
Kate grew up in California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and began appreciating beauty as early as she can remember. Arts communities have always felt like home to her. In and out of school she focused on art, theater, photography, and dance classes, and she moved to Italy her senior year in high school for a year of intensive art study. Living abroad awakened a passion for cultural diversity and social justice. While earning a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in Latin American studies from UC Santa Cruz, she also explored the healing arts and became a Certified Massage Therapist. Her ongoing interests in somatic experience and cultural enrichment finds an even more inspiring outlet through creative movement. Tango, blues, and swing dance have all enriched Kate’s life greatly, and she wants to pay that forward by encouraging others to learn, grow, and move their bodies. Working with Upturn Arts and watching her dance students feel empowered to deepen their self-awareness, expression, and connections is a dream come true. This summer, Kate will be a dance education intern with the Bates Dance Festival's Youth Arts Program.
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Angela Leonino
Angela Leonino is a Filmmaker, Visual and Performing Artist. I specialize in Photography and Personal Documentary Independent Filmmaking. I have been a Teaching Artist for 15 years in the cities of San Francisco, Portland, OR, and New Orleans. I hold an MFA in Cinema and was a college instructor for 7 years. In my spare time I like to cook, watch movies, and go to shows.
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Pamela Marquis
Theater and Film
Pamela Marquis founded and produced Shakespeare in the Park, and with John Grimsley’s Dog and Pony Theater Company presented 5 seasons of Shakespearian plays. She was also a member of the Louisiana Shakespeare Company and has a blog on myneworleans.com, is the garden columnist for New Orleans Home and Lifestyles, and writes for several regional magazines. She spent 16 years at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center where she was the education curator. She has extensive experience teaching and is proud to be teaching videography to students executive director and founder of the non-profit agency, Shine A Light Louisiana.
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