SANDRA ORGAN SOLIS was Houston Ballet's first Black ballerina, and after 15 seasons under Ben Stevenson, left to found Sandra Organ Dance Company (SODC), now EARTHEN VESSELS. Taught in the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus by Valerie Roche in Omaha, Nebraska, she graduated valedictorian from Duchesne Academy, entering Houston Ballet Academy on scholarship. Her international career with the Houston Ballet encompassed a diverse range of roles in the classical and contemporary realm, from choreographers Balanchine, and MacMillian to Bruce and Taylor. She has choreographed nearly 90 ballets in the last 13 years, has served as Trustee for Dance/USA, and is married to Dr. Carlos Solis.
REBEKAH CHAPELL is from Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated with a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2009. She attended and performed at American Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, and North Carolina Dance Theater summer intensives. Rebekah was a founding company member of The Doniphan Project. She has recently relocated to Houston after living and teaching dance in Costa Rica.
CANDACE RATTLIFF graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance earning a TCU Fine Arts Guild Scholarship, and danced in Susan Jaffe's Uncaged,. Her early dance training: Beverly Torres' School of Dance, Margo Dean School of Ballet and Alvin Ailey Summer Intensives. She has danced with EVSODC three seasons as well with Hope Stone.
ROBERTA CORTES received her classical ballet training in Brasil, and earned her Associates Degree in Arts from Houston Community College, with Heinen Scholarship. She has performed in Brazil and the United States: HCC Ensemble, Lisa Gonsales and Psophonia. Currently Roberta teaches and dances for Hope Stone Dance Company, Pink Ribbons Project, Inc., and her 5th season with the EVSODC.
PAOLA GEORGUDIS was born in Santiago, Chile. Her international studies in dance have included modern, jazz, tap, contact improvisation, and ballet. She began her professional dance career in 1986, working with a wide range of companies and choreographers including Karen Connolly Dance Company, Contemporary Santiago Ballet, and Santiago Ballet. She moved to Houston in 1997, and has danced for Sandra Organ Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Hope Stone, Inc., among others. Ms. Georgudis is a founding member of DWDT and has received praise from critics like Marene Gustin of Dance Magazine who called her "powerful" after DWDT's inaugural program. Most recently, she was honored as a Critic's Choice for "Outstanding Female Dancer" in 2005 by Dance Europe for her performance in Walsh's Bello, and also received praise for her portrayal of Juliet in Walsh's world premiere Romeo & Juliet. Ms. Georgudis is also a certified Pilates and Gyrotonic® instructor. She enjoys doing voiceover work, practicing yoga, and being part of the Ecstatic Dance Houston community.
SARAH LEUNG began dancing at Mitsi Dancing School and Dance of Asian America in Houston, TX. In college, she continued taking dance classes at The University of Texas at Austin and received an Associate of Arts in Dance from Austin Community College. She has had the pleasure of choreographing and performing internationally including Honduras with CarolinaMershon Dance Company and Macau. In Houston, she has had the privilege of dancing with Stephan Koplowitz's Taskforce, Suchu Dance Company, Rednerrus Feil Dance Company, and now EVSODC.
MICHELE KITCHEN Originally from Austin, TX; Michele started her formal training at Festival Ballet Atlanta in Georgia. She then continued her studies at Ballet Austin Academy, where she trained in the Pre-Professional Division until graduating in 2006. She also received additional training from American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Boston Ballet. In 2010 Michele graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance as part of the inaugural class of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet/Dominican University. While at LINES, Michele had to opportunity to work closely with Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Gregory Dawson, Arturo Fernandez, Carmen Rozestraten, Julie Adams, Ben Levy, and Yannis Adoniou. Michele has performed and choreographed professionally in San Francisco, Austin, and now Houston; where she is also a Ballet and Gyrotonic instructor.
LAUREN PERRONE BAY, a native Houstonian, began her dance training with Paula Sloan and performed with The Texas Tap Ensemble. She graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on receive her BFA in Modern Dance Pedagogy under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt of the Houston Ballet, Denise Vale of the Martha Graham Company, and Austin Hartel of both Pilobolus Dance Company and the Jose Limon Dance Company. In New York City, she studied with Mark Morris, the Limon Dance Company, Nicole Wolcott, and Julian Barnett, among many others. Professional credits include: Houston Grand Opera’s Aida; Galveston Island Musicals’ My Fair Lady, America the Beautiful, and Hello Dolly. She has toured nationally as the dance captain of Mame and internationally to France and Paraguay with the Modern Repertory Dance Theater. Her New York City credits include the Jeff Rebudal Dance Company, Murray Hill Productions, and Lance Cruze Performance Group. Currently, Ms. Perrone is returning to the stage two years after bringing forth Charlie, son to she and Geoff.