MEET OUR STAFF
Jennifer Roberts (Owner)
Lisa Ketchum (Office Manager)
Christie Marini is a graduate of Utah Valley University, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in modern dance performance. While at UVU, she performed as a member of the Utah Valley Dance Team, and Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Christie also performed as a member of the Utah Flash’s Downeast Dance Team in the 2010-2011 season, performing at games and making appearances in the community. Most recently, she has had opportunities to serve her church and community by performing as a cast member in the Mesa Easter Pageant in 2013 and 2014.
Christie has discovered that in her love of dance, there is also a love for teaching dance to others. She has been teaching for 15 years, with the last 8 years being devoted to the students at JEM Dance. She finds a great sense of fulfillment in seeing her students achieve emotional and physical success, while helping them to gain their own passion, love, and artistry of movement and dance.
Anna Jones was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Arizona at a very young age where she started dancing right away. She attended Scottsdale Community College and graduated with a certificate in Applied Science in Dance Technology. While making strides in her college career, Anna has learned very useful tools such as choreographing original works, photography, creating original sound scores, injury prevention/rehabilitation, anatomically-based technical skills, film/video work, and program editing. Throughout the years, Anna has had the pleasure of dancing for and working with companies and artists such as CONDER/dance, Epik Dance Co, Angela Rosenkrans (of Rosenkrans Dans), Mike Esperanza (of Esp. by Mike and Bare Dance Co.), Chad Michael Hall (former company member for Diavolo), Ashleigh Leite (former company member and Artistic Director for Stephen Petronio), Kathryn Alter (current company member for the Limon Dance Company), Liz Ann Hewett (local dance theatre producer/director), and more. Anna has also enjoyed being an Assistant Rehearsal Director for Instinct Dance Corps (Scottsdale Community College) and Dance Program/Company Director for Experience Arts School. Anna currently dances professionally for Halo Movement Collective and Co-Directs Halo Institute. Anna also directs the contemporary program for The Rise Dance Academy (home of the Elektrolyte name), instructs and choreographs for JEM Dance, works under her own name (AK Visuals akvisuals.design).
George Jones started dancing in 2008 after high school. George immediately started dancing for The Elektrolytes Dance Crew led by Sal Banuelos, which has since enabled him to expand his horizons in the dance world as far as gaining experience in performance, learning choreography, and networking with other dancers, dance crews, dance companies, and dance business partners around the world. While being a part of the Elektrolytes, George has earned a degree in Fine Arts from Scottsdale Community College and continues to grow his knowledge in dance. Elekrolytes have won 1st place multiple times in the nation at Hip Hop International (2011 and 2018) and 7th (2011) place in the world at Hip Hop International out of 50 countries. George has also had the opportunity to be a part of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew (season 7 Champions and season 8 runners up), Disney Channel’s Shake it Up, America’s Got Talent, 1st in Dance 2 Dance San Diego, performed in Dance to Dance Switzerland, XIII Latin Grammy performance, Epik Dance Co., performances in Vail, Colorado, Lagos, Nigeria, and London, England. George has worked with Rosero McCoy, Scotty Nguyen, World Dance Management, Beau 'Casper' Smart, Pharside, Napoléon and Tabitha D’umo, LMFAO, Flo-Rida, NE-YO, Pitbull, and KRS One. George also continues his training in Ballet, Jazz, and other contemporary modern styles. Along with four other original Elektrolytes crew members, George owns a studio called THE RISE DANCE ACADEMY that has produced crews such has ElektroBotz (Americas Got Talent /World of Dance Season 2) and Elektrolytes Mega Crew (over 50 members), Elektro Elite (World of Dance Season 2), LYTES Contemporary, The Rise Dance Company, Elektrolyttlez, Lyte Pack Mafia and The Rise Crew.
Angel 'Halo' Castro started his career in the arts at a young age in acting and musical theater. It wasn't until his senior year in high school, at the age of 18, when he started dancing. His training started at the South Mountain High School dance magnet. Upon graduating in 2008, he auditioned and was accepted into the ASU School of Dance where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. During his time at the school of dance Angel had the privilege to train with many instructors including Shouze Ma, Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, Cynthia Roses-Thema, Jessica Mumford, and Carley Conder.
Angel has danced professionally with and choreographed for many of Arizona's leading dance companies: Scorpius Dance Theatre, EPIK Dance Company, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad, NBA’s Phoenix Suns Solar Squad,. His athletic yet fluid choreography style has made him one of Arizona's most sought-after choreographers and instructors. His choreography has been also been performed on many stages including CONDER/dance’s Breaking Ground Festival, ARTELPHX, Phoenix New Times Big Brain Awards, and Phoenix ComicCon, BlkTina Dance Festival, nation wide on tour with Celebrity Dance Competitions, and on multiple NBA Arena courts. He is currently on Faculty with ChoreographyPros Convention which provides performance ready routines for professional and collegiate level dance teams nationwide.
Angel's work has been recognized by JAVA Magazine as “At the Forefront of Contemporary Dance in Phoenix, and in 2015 he received a Nomination for Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award. He was also named one of Phoenix’s 100 Creatives of 2015 by Phoenix New Times.
Angel has choreographed and produced multiple short independent dance films. He has choreographed 3 versions of his debut evening length work Underland: White Nightmare, 2 versions of Savage Beauty, his Repertory evening length centered around fashion. In 2017 he premiered CELL, and in 2019 he premiered EXILE. In 2018 he also founded the HALO Institute which is set to open their debut performance in November 2018. He is currently hard at work with HALO Movement Collective on their 5th original evening length work REST IN THE MOURNING set to premiere February 2020.
Kayla Coxon began dancing at the age of thirteen at Jeanne’s School of Dance East Mesa, and she has been training there ever since. She is currently in her third year on Jeanne’s senior competition team, and she’s in her final year at Red Mountain High School where she is also active in their dance program. Kayla first became affiliated with Halo Movement Collective when she performed with her studio in the opening piece for CELL. From there, she continued her dance education under members of the company, including Angel Castro, Anna Jones, and George Jones. In 2017, she was a recipient of Halo’s Scholarship and Mentorship Program and later became a full company member. In the Fall of 2019, Kayla plans to attend Arizona State University as an Exercise and Wellness major to help her reach her goal of becoming a personal trainer as well as a professional dancer and dance instructor. This is Kayla's first season with HALO.
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