MEET THE DANCERS
Dancer/Assistant Director/Contributing Choreographer/HALO Institute Co-Director
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), and is the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for KTRNA Activewear. This is Anna's 7th season with HALO.
Dancer/Assistant Director/Contributing Choreographer/HALO Institute Co-Director
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 (20111 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. This is George's 6th season with HALO.
Founding Member/Dancer/HALO Institute Director Assistant Director
Kalli grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in May 2006 with a B.A. in dance and a minor in psychology. While in Minneapolis, she enjoyed dancing in various projects – including the Minnesota Fringe Festival, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, a reconstruction of Trisha Brown’s Planes at the Walker Art Museum, Rainy Day Cabaret, and spent 2006-2008 as a professional apprentice and performer with Carl Flink’s Black Label Movement. Summer 2009, she completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the U of MN and relocated to Phoenix. Since moving to Phoenix, she has been a company member with Dulce Dance Company, is currently a dancer/aerialist with Scorpius Dance Theatre, and has worked with various independent artists in the Phoenix dance community. She has been fortunate to tour nationally and internationally. Kalli is a founding member of Halo Movement Collective. She enjoys juggling it all while raising her 2 daughters with her husband. This is Kalli's 7th season with HALO.
Jenna Lyn Myers grew up in Las Vegas where she trained as a competitive dancer under Robert Contreras and Inez Mourning. She also danced with Future Shock, the youth division of Culture Shock Dance Troupe. After high school, she moved to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Business. Alongside being a dancer, Jenna is also a certified Pilates instructor through Pilates Sports Center.
Jenna specializes in contemporary, jazz and aerial dance but has a passion for street styles as well. Jenna realized her career in dance when she became a finalist in the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition in 2007. From there, she knew any dream was worth pursuing. She can be seen on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Season 9) when she was put straight through to Las Vegas. Her most recent television appearance was on Travel Channel’s "Xtreme Waterparks." In the past, Jenna has been invited to audition for Cirque du Soleil and is part of their database for potential performers. She currently performs regularly with HALO Movement Collective and EPIK Dance Company, two Arizona-based dance companies.
In addition to performing, Jenna is the Assistant Director for EPIK Dance Company and often choreographs for their shows and other performances. She has also been the Artistic Director of Celebrity Dance Competitions and Conventions for 8 years. Throughout the past 8 years, she has choreographed numerous pieces for Celebrity Shows and teaches at Celebrity Conventions nationwide. Jenna frequently teaches at dance studios all over Arizona and is sought after across the country for choreography, workshops and intensives. This is Jennas 7th Season with HALO.
JENNA LYN MYERS
Brianna Bishop grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she trained for 14 years at Tucson Dance Academy. In addition to dancing competitively, Brianna participated in her high school's dance team and won 4th in the nation at UDA her senior year. She relocated to Scottsdale in order to attend Arizona State University as a psychology major. While at ASU, Brianna danced for the ASU Spirit Squad. Currently, Brianna performs with EPIK Dance Company and Halo Movement Collective in Arizona. She specializes in jazz, contemporary and ballet and enjoys teaching young dancers how to follow in her footsteps! This is Brianna's 4th season with HALO.
Rylee Locker is a dance artist and teacher from Phoenix, Arizona. She recently graduated from Arizona State University, receiving her BFA in Dance Education. During her time at ASU, Rylee was highly involved in the dance program, involving herself in multiple productions, projects, and residencies, which include working with Teena Marie Custer and Kyle Abraham. Her studies have developed her interests in modern, jazz, and urban movements forms, with a concentrated focus on voguing. As Rylee’s interest in vogue and ballroom culture grew, she has devoted time to cultivating the culture in Arizona’s community. She has managed and assisted events that focus on ball culture to educate and encourage community engagement. Additionally, Rylee travels to participate in ball functions across the country. She has also had the opportunity to study and further her training through intensives such as Danielle Agami’s “Gaga Movement Language Workshop,” as well as Rennie Harris’, “Illadelph” summer intensive. During the summer of 2019, Rylee attended the America Dance Festival, a six-week professional dance intensive, where she studied Counter technique and Afro-contemporary and had the opportunity to be cast in the street dance repertory piece. Rylee is an active member of the Arizona dance community. She teaches around the Metro-Phoenix area, engages in community events, and has worked with local artists. She has danced with Scorpius Dance Theatre, EPIK Dance Company, and currently dances for Halo Movement Collective, directed by Angel Castro. Rylee desires to continue spreading her love of dance throughout her teaching practices, choreography, and dancing.
Jaylene Verhaagen was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona and started her dance training at 3 years old. After training and competing with several dance studios, she then graduated from Glendale Community College with her associates in the Arts followed by Arizona State University with her bachelors in Dance Education. Now as a high school dance teacher, Jaylene is ecstatic to have the opportunity to extend her joy for dance to many young adults. Jaylene has professionally performed with EPIK Dance Company for eight years, Scorpius Dance Theater for four years, and is now joining HALO Movement Collective for her second year.
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 sedond season with HALO.
Miranda started dancing at the age of 4. She has trained in most genres of dance including
ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, pom, hip-hop and contortion. She has been
a successful competition circuit dancer since she was 8 years old. She has trained at multiple
reputable summer intensives such ass Joffrey Ballet NYC, LA and MIA as well as the Alonzo Kings
Lines Ballet Company in San Francisco. Miranda is currently studying Finance and Dance at
Arizona State University. She teaches and choreographs at her home studio the The Dance Zoo.
This is Miranda's first season with HALO.
Randee is a dancer, self-taught painter, and content creator working and residing in Phoenix, AZ.
She interweaves her creativity with technical understanding, spirituality, and positivity. In 2016 she
shifted her focus to solely developing and refining her artistic voice by redirecting her collegiate
studies from psychology to art. She studied dance at Scottsdale Community College then furthered
her education at the Sam Houston State University. Randee has a passion for designing and creating movement rooted in worship. Combining kinesiologically sound movement, classical modern and ballet techniques and urban music. Randee is inspired to create a community of far reaching impact. Not only does she want to live a life full of spiritual freedom but she wants to inspire others that they can do the same for their dreams.
Katie Young has been dancing in AZ since the age of 8. She danced competitively for many years
and is well versed in many styles such as, Jazz ,Ballet and Contemporary. Katies spent her final
two years of high school traveling the country with LA Dance Magic Convention. She had the opportunity to assist teachers such as, Jackie Sleight, Blaise Cattafi and Kurtis Sprung. After high school Katied attended Scottsdale Community College where she was introduced to modern dance and was further educated on injury prevention and dance kinesiology. The summer after Katie's first year in college she was accepted into Broadway Dance Center's Professional Training Program. She spent all summer living and dancing in the heart of New York City. Katie currently is teaching around the valley and hopes to share her joy for dance with her students. This is Katie's second season with HALO.
Jeremiah D Jenkins is a multi-city dance artist who has recently made his way back Home, to Phoenix,AZ. Jeremiah studied dance at Scottsdale Community College & Sam Houston State University. Over the years he has danced for companies in a multitude of cities; Urban Souls (TX), Dulce Dance Company, Scorpius Dance Theater (AZ), Gaspard Dance Company (NYC) Lotus Contemporary Arts Co-Artistic Director (ATX), Halo Movement Collective (AZ) and has guest artist with numerous companies as a independent artist. Jeremiah has had his Work selected at Breaking Ground Dance Festival, BETA Dance Festival, MultiPurpose Dance Works, Las Vegas Dancing in the Desert Festival, to name a few. Jeremiah participated in Dance Italia on a full scholarship in Lucca Italy & has taught in over 6 states, for numerous dance studios and multiple Master Classes. Jeremiah currently sits on the Judges Panel for 8National Dance Competition and on faculty for Motiv8 Dance Conventions State wide.
Brayan started his dance journey at the age of 19. He trained vigorously at SCC to quickly improve his dance technique and fell in love with the art form. He is currently teaching at different high schools sharing his knowledge with his students. He is currently workin on obtaining his bachelors degree in dance education. He is dancing with Scorpius Dance Theatre. This is Brayan's first season with HALO.
Sara Henson was born and raised in Arizona. Her dance experience started when she was two and a half years old. So from then on it became her passion. She grew up training in many different styles of dance as well as participated in a number of competitions through local dance studios. Sara has trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater and much more. She has had the opportunity to work with many prominent choreographers in the valley and out of state. Sara has graduated with a dual degree in Fine Arts in Dance and Applied Science in Dance Technology. She also uses her passion of dance through teaching many students in the valley. Sara enjoys setting choreography and has set work on many students throughout her life and even took many of them to competition. She loves being able to share her knowledge of dance as well as being able to encourage her students to be themselves whether in dance class or on a daily basis. Sara has enjoyed being able to set a positive outlook on other people’s life’s. She is currently working and educating many students at a few local dance studios in the valley. Sara is also a member of two local dance companies which include The Be Kind People Project and HALO Movement Collective. Sara is currently an education specialist for The Be Kind People Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the youth programs that will help build a generation of respectful, responsible, healthy citizens and leaders. Her credits also include Microsoft, Fiesta Bowl, Arizona Diamondbacks and many more. Sara is looking forward to this amazing opportunity to share her passion for dance with so many other artists as well as being challenged and pushed out of her comfort zone.