Guest Artists and Faculty Presenter Bios

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Guest Artist – 2019 Spring Festival

MARLANA DOYLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the Houston METdance Company and Center is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a BA in Dance. Marlana has been apart of  METdance for the past sixteen years and was a major part of the company’s reorganization in 2003. Under her direction, Marlana’s artistic vision has taken the company to new levels of excellence and growth while holding tightly to the company’s long tradition of diversity and versatility in its dancers, choreographers, collaborators, and content. Through her commitment and drive, the company has performed at venues across the country including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out (2012,2014,2017), Green Box Arts Festival, Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC, Dance Chicago, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, the 17th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA, in addition to local venues such as the Dallas Dance Festival and Austin Dance Festival. Her strength of vision has brought many sought-after choreographers to METdance and the Houston public including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Larry Keigwin, Rosie Herrera, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. Marlana represents METdance as a member of Dance Source Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Dance USA, spending 2009-2012 as an emerging leader at both APAP and Dance USA. She was awarded the Dance USA Leadership Mentee Fellowship for the institute of training in 2012 and is currently serving as a Dance USA Board of Trustee and Artistic Director Council Chair for the third year in a row. Marlana has also served on many grant and organizational panels for the Houston Arts Alliance and Dance Source Houston. As a dancer, Marlana has performed works by many of the talented METdance choreographers and continues to delight audiences on stage with the company. Marlana is a regular faculty member at the METdance Center and directs the highly successful MET too and MET ensemble youth companies an intense program focused on preparing young dancers for dance programs at universities and a career in dance performance. Marlana is also a guest teacher and an award-winning choreographer for her students in Houston and  throughout the United States. She lives in Sugar Land, TX with her husband Ben and her two adorable daughters Olivia and Evie.

METdance, founded in 1995, strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertoire that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration.  Based in Houston, TX, METdance performs throughout the United States presenting works by established choreographers and emerging artists including the artistic visions of Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Camille Brown, Peter Chu, Larry Keigwin, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska.  METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and instill the company’s work with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality.  From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member regardless of their background, age, sex, or experience with dance.  In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content. “The METdance’s gorgeous dancers push the choreography to its fullest and most generous capacity, while sharing the joy and electric verve of their craft with the audience.” Adam Castaneda, Houston Press, June 4th, 2015.

Guest Artist Houston METdance Company Members

ANDRES DE BLUST-MOMMAERTS is originally from Bogota, Colombia. Andres began studying ballet at age five, and at age twelve entered the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp in Belgium where he trained in a wide range of dance techniques. During this time, he was invited to work with choreographers such as Tamara Roso, AnnVan den Broek, and Toru Shimazaki (whose company PATCHWORK he performed with in Japan). Andres was selected for the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne, Switzerland, giving him the opportunity to work with various international artists and to dance with Béjart Ballet Lausanne during part of its European tour. In 2008, Andres joined the Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC) in London, UK. At RADC, Andres performed extensive repertory as a corps and solo dancer in works by Richard Alston, Robert Cohan, and others, while undertaking significant touring with RADC in the UK, Europe, and the United States (including City Center and the Joyce Theater in New York City). Andres has also been a guest performer with the Donlon Dance Company and the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Germany. Andres also performed as a dancer with the Theater Trier in Germany as an ensemble member, performing in shows choreographed by Sven Gruetzmacher such as Winterreise and The Tramp, and the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Birgit Scherzer. Andres also enjoys choreographing and costume production/design. The production of Four Seasons, in which Andres’ choreography was featured, won the Best Performance award at the 2014 GraFiTi Festival in Trier. As a dancer with METdance, Andres performed a premiere by Connor Walsh, a principal dancer of Houston Ballet, and has worked with choreographers including Rosie Herrera, Mario Zambrano, Andrea Dawn Shelley, Hattie Haggard and Emily Schoen Branch. Andres has most recently performed with METdance at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Massachusetts and Green Box ArtsFestival in Colorado, dancing in Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Snow Playground and in New Second Line by Camille A. Brown. Andres is excited to start his second season with METdance.

RISA D’SOUZA is a native to Houston, TX, where she began her training in the MET too Youth Company. During this time, she had the opportunity to perform works by Pattie Obey and Kiesha White, and danced in Tidal Intersections by Katarzyna Skarpetowska with METdance in 2010. She graduated from Point Park University in December of 2013 with a BFA in Dance. During her time in college, she performed works by Randy Duncan, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ohad Naharin, Toru Shimazaki, Doug Bentz, and Garfield Lemonius, and worked with Cheryl Mann, Tobin Del Cuore, and Jamy Meek. She also was awarded a scholarship to the 2013 Parsons Dance Summer Intensive. After college, she danced with a Pittsburgh project-based company, Reed Dance, where she got to perform work by Terence Green and Christopher Huggins. She finished her third season with METdance performing work by Mario Zambrano,  Rosie Herrera, Joshua L. Peugh, Camille A. Brown, Joe Celej, Larry Keigwin, Jess Hendricks, jhon r. stronks, and her all-time favorites Kiki Lucas and Katarzyna Skarpetowska.  Risa is extremely excited to start her fourth season with METdance!


2019 Festival Faculty coming in January!