Courtney OM, a native from Toronto Canada, has been teaching contemporary dance classes, internationally, since 2011. Her work has been recognized as emotionally driven and physically demanding, captivating many audiences. She has produced works for professional dance companies along the east coast, created works for competitive studios and is scheduled to share her original works with local colleges and universities this season. Courtney is excited to share her talents as a teacher and choreographer at Threehouse Studios. She will be teaching contemporary and technique drop-in classes, as well as leading her professional dance company, OM grown dancers.
STEVEN JAMES RODRIGUEZ VELEZ
Steven was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and began studying Karate, Judo and Kong fu, specializing in Khatas and became recognized in black belt at the age of 13. It was at 13, that he decided that dancing was his passion.
Steven moved to San Juan in 2004 where he attended The University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus; there he studied dance. He discovered his passion for contemporary movement while working with Petra Bravo, founder and artistic director of Hincape and was later invited as a company dancer. Additionally, Steven performed works by Petra Bravo, Norberto Collazo and Viveca Vazque. In 2009 he joined the company Andanza and worked with respected choreographers from Puerto Rico, Spain, Brazil, and Canada. In 2015 he moved to North Carolina and began working with Ronald West, dancer and founder of BlackIrish Dance Company. In 2016 he joined Blackbox Dance Theater directed by Michelle Pearson. Steven instructs classes throughout the triangle.
Raquelle (rocky) Pollock
Raquelle Pollock (Rocky) has been dancing since the age of eight, initially training at Dance Attack in San Jose, California and continuing at Miller Street Dance Academy in Charlotte, NC. While studying at Appalachian State University she was able to work with guest artists Jan Van Dyke, Rodger Belman, and Paul Ibey. Her student choreography credits include the Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble and North Carolina Dance Festival, as well as presenting work for adjudication at the regional American College Dance Association. She graduated from Appalachian in May of 2016 with BA’s in both Dance Studies and Psychology. Professional credits before OM grown dancers include apprenticing for SG Dance Theatre and working as Dance Captain/dancer at Horn in the West.
Hannah Nicole Marr, from Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated in May 2017 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in contemporary dance under the direction of Susan Jaffe. She began attending UNCSA as a high school senior and continued on to graduate from college in three years. Ms. Marr’s love for modern-contemporary dance sparked in her earlier years of high school when she began taking modern dance classes and as a result saw her first company performance: Doug Varone and Dancers. She has attended summer intensives including Movement Invention Project, The American Dance Festival, and Body Traffic. She has performed works by Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Wayne McGregor, Juel D. Lane, Ming-Lung Yang, Netta Yerushalmy, and Kira Blazek. In her time at UNCSA, Ms. Marr has choreographed two pieces and has taken many composition classes. She has a strong passion for choreography and enjoys integrating this love into her performance and professional work. As of November 2016, Ms. Marr has joined OM Grown Dancers under the direction of Courtney OM.
Anthony "Ay-Jaye" Nelson Jr is a Durham native performer, choreographer, and instructor. With Hillside High School being his first dance home, he has thus branched out broadening his movement vocabulary and technique with a particular focus on modern movement, release technique, hip-hop, heels, and jazz influenced styles. He has been featured in various Dance Theatre performances and has also performed works for Chris Grant, renowned choreographer for Beyoncé, Leah Wilks of VECTOR, ShaLeigh Dance Works (SDW) and continues to perform around the Triangle with various independent dance organizations such as The Triangle Dance Project, Tobacco Road Dance Productions, DIDA and more. Anthony is currently a primary dancer of ShaLeigh Dance Works (SDW) under the direction of ShaLeigh Fairbanks.
Lara goodrich ezor
After years of long-distance running and hiking, Lara found herself craving a more joyful and expressive form of movement. In 2015, Lara wandered into a BollyX class in Somerville, Massachusetts, and she was immediately hooked. Though she didn’t previously think of herself as a dancer, Lara has come to believe that dancing is for everybody - and every body! In her high-intensity, Bollywood-inspired class, you can expect to get sweaty, unleash your inner rockstar, and smile the whole way through.