Peter de Grasse is a dancer and choreographer whose company credits include Sacramento Ballet, BalletX, and Spectrum Dance Theater, where he was a principal artist under Donald Byrd. Peter completed his company career with a four year term as a soloist with Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany. He has performed and presented work in both dance and film at a variety of festivals and events in Europe, South America, and Asia. Peter’s current dance practice is grounded in an ongoing investigation of popping, waving, and liquid dance styles. His choreographic practice often delivers intimate biographical content through voiceover and recitation, and is informed by German Tanztheater, spiritual esoterica, and film. He currently serves as Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at Whitman College. He holds a BFA in Dance from Juilliard and a MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University.
Mico Fuentes is a visual artist living and working in Jacksonville, FL. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Jacksonville University. Mico has a background in printmaking, and utilizes the principles of printmaking towards the creation of an object. He has produced many works for public consumption including commissions and collaborations, both locally and abroad, for organizations like MOCA Jacksonville, Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, and Performatica (Puebla Mexico).
Mico was born in San Jose, CA, has lived in Austin, TX, and New Orleans, LA. Mico began his training in the fine arts as a child with his grandmother, and currently works with printmaking and mixed media. His work has been featured in galleries throughout Jacksonville, and he recently completed a commission for the Chef Gray restaurant, Moxie. Mico is involved in a diverse array of activities including music - having preformed, managed, and toured with bands throughout the country. He works within the University of North Florida system as the Event Coordinator for the Museum of Contemporary Art, he also orchestrates the niceties of the hospitality industry as the Front of the House manager of NOLA MOCA, the museums Food & Beverage Department. Mico studies wine and spirits as a first level Sommelier with the Master Court of Sommeliers. Mico is currently working on several art shows for 2016 and lives
Jennifer Logan, founder and creative director of Studio Fuse, Inc. in Los Angeles, specializes in visual design strategy for nonprofit, educational institutions and companies who facilitate and produce cultural experiences. Her projects range from brand development and messaging for organizations and events to marketing and advertising campaigns—including interactive, print and out of home implementations. She’s worked with some fabulous clients: The Music Center, LA Opera, Steinway & Sons, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, LA County Arts Commission, LACMA, Cal Poly Pomona, Grand Performances, and many more on projects aimed at generating engagement. Jenn is also a dancer and choreographer; and is currently executive director of Nancy Evans Dance Theatre.
Talani Torres is co-director of It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions, a collaborative dance company working with media technologies. Originally from Miami, she was founder and artistic director of Miami Children’s Dance Ensemble and co-owner of The Dance Space. Professionally, she danced with Mia Michaels’ Miami Movement Dance Company. She is the recipient of the 2007 NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship, a 2011 United Arts Council of Raleigh Project Grant and in 2012, she received a grant from Ovation TV’s One Chance One Dance. Talani earned her MFA from the University of NC at Greensboro and her BA from Florida International University. Her dance for camera work has been screened at the Center for Performance Research in NYC, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and the NC Dance Festival. Currently, she is director of dance at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Alex Willemin is an independent filmmaker with a specialization in writing and directing micro-budget films. He earned his MFA in motion picture production from the University of Miami and, while in graduate school, worked at the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Film Archive where he organized and created footage packages for documentaries that aired on ESPN and PBS. His thesis film, American Karoshi, screened at various film festivals across the country and garnered awards such as Best Micro Budget Film at the American International Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan and an Award of Merit at The Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, California. He currently runs the film program at Jacksonville University.