Cynthia Harada is originally from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BFA in Dance-Performance and a BA in sociology where she received extensive training in ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz from renowned faculty such as David Allan, Molly Lynch, Jodie Gates, Loretta Livingston, Donald McKayle, and performed in works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Molly Lynch, Caleb Mitchell, and others. Prior to UCI, she performed with The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Palos Verdes Ballet. With the Houston Met, Cynthia has performed in works by Kate Skarpetowska, Caleb Mitchell, Kiki Lucas, Paola Georgudis, jhon r stronks, Pattie Obey, Jason Parsons, Jane Weiner, Erin Reck, Suzi Taylor, Larry Keigwin, Ricky Ruiz, Peter Chu, and Jason McDole. Additionally, she has performed at the APAP conference, The Dance Gallery Festival, Bayou City Arts Festival, the Texas Contemporary Dance Festival, and St. Louis Dance Festival. Cynthia is thrilled to be a part of The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company for her fourth season.
Kerry Jackson is a native Houstonian started his professional training 6 years ago at the Houston Met Dance Center with the Met Too Youth Program. He has performed all around Houston and the United States and has received many astonishing awards such as a full scholarship to Point Park University International Summer Dance Program, Millennium Dancer Award from West Coast Dance Explosion, Jazz in AZ Dance Scholarship and Most Outstanding Choreography Award at the 2008 Black History Festival. Kerry has performed and worked with many great choreographers with the Houston Met such as Larry Keigwin, Kiki Lucas, Kiesha Lalama, jhon r stronks Julie Fox, Jason McDole, Erin Reck, Jane Weiner, Peter Chu, Ricky Ruiz and Kate Skarpetowska. Both Jason and Kate featured Kerry in their most recent works on the Company. He has performed at Artopia, Bayou City Arts Festival, Grier School Gala, Texas A& M International University, Dance Gallery Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in New York, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Barefoot Brigade, Spring into Dance and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance series in Massachusetts. Kerry teaches, choreographs and volunteers throughout Houston. This is his fifth season with the Houston Met Dance Company.
Max Jones is a native Houstonian. He has performed with Disney Entertainment internationally in Japan, as well as in Orlando, Florida. He completed two contracts at sea with Celebrity Cruise lines as the company's Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer. He then worked in NYC for 2 years and performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2009 and 2010. While dancing with The Met, Max has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Peter Chu, Kiki Lucas, Jason McDole, Erin Reck, and Jane Weiner this past season. He also was able to perform in the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival in Dallas, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Rhode Island. He is thrilled to be dancing with The Met for his second season.
Allie Kronick graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a BA in Jazz and Modern Dance Performance. She has been seen at the American College Dance Festival, NewMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, and Synthesis Dance Project in New York. Allie is in her fourth season with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, with whom she has performed works by Peter Chu, Larry Keigwin, Jason McDole, Kate Skarpetowska, Joe Celej, Caleb Mitchell, Jason Parsons, jhon r stronks, Erin Reck, Jane Weiner and Kiki Lucas. Other credits include Artopia, Bayou City Arts Festival, Texas Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Houston, The Grier School Gala in Pennsylvania, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in NYC, Barefoot Brigade in Dallas, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in Massachusetts, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, RI. Additionally, Allie teaches and choreographs throughout the Houston area.
Terrill Mitchell is originally from Morgantown, WV and is an alumnus of Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance. He has worked with companies such as Attack Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, West Virginia Public Theatre as well as the Playhouse Dance Company. Since joining the Houston MET he has performed works from choreographers such as: Caleb Mitchell, Jason Parsons, Spencer Gavin Hering, Erin Reck, Joe Celej, jhon r stronks, Kiesha Lalama, Peter Chu, Salim Gauwloos, Jason McDole, Kiki Lucas, Kate Skarpetowska and Larry Keigwin. He has performed at venues such as The Dance Gallery Festival, Bayou City Arts Festival, Artopia, Texas Contemporary Dance Festival, APAP Conference in NYC, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Bearfoot Bridgade and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance series in Massachusetts. He is currently the assistant for the MET TOO youth company. Additionally, he is the Company Director for Elite Dance Academy, as well as teaches and choreographs for various dance studios, dance teams, and youth companies around the US. This is his sixth season with the Met.
Noa Tumpkin received his formal dance training at Grand Valley State University receiving his BA in Dance Performance. Noa has performed with the Detroit Shock and Automotion Dance teams, Columbia City Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Washington Reflections Dance Company as well as Lucy Bowen McCauley Dance Company in Arlington VA. With the Met, he has performed works by Kiki Lucas, Larry Keigwin, Kate Skarpetowska, Peter Chu, Jane Weiner, jhon r stronks, Spencer Gavin Hering, Kiesha Lalama, Jason McDole, Julie Fox, and Ricky Ruiz. Noa has performed at Artopia, Bayou City Arts Festival, The Grier School Gala in PA, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in NYC and the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance series in Massachusetts, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, RI. He currently teaches throughout the Houston Area. Noa is very excited to be in his fifth season with the Houston Met.
Lisa Wolff is a native Oklahoman and is in her seventh season with the company. Since moving to Houston, she has performed in Quirky Works, Mixing It Up, Squared Dancer, The Vessel, Weekend of Contemporary Dance, Dance USA’s Power of Movement, Grier Gala, Barefoot Brigade, Bayou City Arts Festival, Artopia, Dance Gallery Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in New York, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance series in Massachusetts, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis and the Great Friends Dance Festival in Newport, RI. She has also had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Peter Chu, Larry Keigwin, Kate Skarpetowska, Jason Parsons, Kiesha Lalama, Jason McDole, Salim Gauwloos, Suzi Taylor, Caleb Mitchell, Eddy Ocampo, Kiki Lucas, jhon r stronks, Spencer Gavin Hering, Paola Georgudis, Jane Weiner, Erin Reck and Joe Celej. Lisa has choreographed for the Houston Met Too Youth Company in 2011. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Oklahoma City University in Performing Arts and toured with the American Spirit Dance Company domestically and internationally. She has also performed multiple seasons at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, and toured with them to Las Vegas. In 2005 and 2006 Lisa performed throughout the eastern Caribbean for Stiletto Entertainment aboard the Zuiderdam, a Holland America cruise ship.
Mia Angelina, Apprentice
Mia Angelini is originally from Jefferson, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. While at Point Park, she performed works by choreographers such as, Doug Varone, Kiesha Lalama, Sidra Bell, Garfield Lemonius, and Kellie Hodges. She also had the opportunity to perform in the International Choreography Competition as a part of the Jazz Dance World Congress. This past season with the Met, she performed works by Kiki Lucas, Peter Chu, Kate Skarpetowska, Larry Keigwin, Jason Parsons, and Jane Weiner. Mia also performed at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, as well as the Great Friends Dance Festival in Rhode Island. This is her second season as a part of the Houston Met Dance Company
Patty Hogan, Apprentice
Patti Hogan began her dance training in Massachusetts. then continued her training at Point Park University, where she recently graduated and received her B.A. in dance. Throughout her college career, Patti had the opportunity to train under numerous talented professionals and perform pieces and shows choreographed by choreographers such as Kristofer Weinstein Storey, Doug Bentz, Ron Hutson, and many of her talented peers. She also got the chance to perform in Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Project with Xhale Dance Company last summer in New York City. Patti is currently a dancer with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. Since being with the Houston Met, she has had the opportunity to work with Jane Weiner, Ricky Ruiz, and Peter Chu. One highlight of Patti’s first season dancing with The Met was being fortunate enough to be a part of “The Vessel,” a production choreographed by Kiki Lucas. Most recently, she travelled to Newport, Rhode Island with the Company to participate in The Great Friends Dance Festival. At this festival she had the opportunity to perform work choreographed by Kiki Lucas, Larry Keigwin, and Kate Skarpetowska. Patti could not be any more excited for her second season dancing with The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.