Serena Chavez - Lyrical and Adaptive Dance Instructor
I am a 18-year-old high school graduate and I have been dancing since I was in the 6th grade. I danced for two semesters at Rio Rancho Middle School between the 6th and 7th grade but began to take dance seriously in the 8th grade. I danced all year long with Miss Christina Daly and began to work on my technique. Freshman year at Rio Rancho High School, I studied under Ms. Lois Moreno. I worked hard and auditioned for the Master Dance company going into my sophomore year. I have been in the company for two years now, going on three. Our most recent show was in May 2018 and I was one of the company’s soloists, choreographed by Mrs. Kaitlyn Lerma. January 2018, I became a Sparrow and began to dance with the company. My time at Sparrow Dance Productions has been phenomenal. I’ve grown profoundly and have learned to love dance everyday more than the last. I will be joining the United States NAVY in September of 2019 in order to serve my country. I plan to continue dancing and to only get better.
Sarah Joy Dadey - Lyrical & Jazz Instructor - Competition Director
Sarah Joy Dadey’s passion for dance began at the age of three upon her enrollment into Fusion Academy of the Arts-formerly called Duke City Stars. Dadey excelled at Fusion, earning multiple state and national dance championship titles for herself and the academy. She considers her greatest success; however, to be sharing her knowledge of dance as a teacher. Aside from teaching her students technique and skills, her philosophy of teaching children, “how to let the music move you across the floor,” makes her unique to the teaching profession. “My favorite part of dance is the feeling I get after taking apart the lyrics of a song to create movement. Once this happens, I have created choreography in which bodies are the main characters with music as the driving theme.” In addition to dancing with Sparrow Dance Productions, Dadey is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist. As a Physical Therapist, she aims to help regenerate injured and veteran dancers through physical therapy.
Melissa Heinrich - Ballet and Jazz Instructor
Melissa studied ballet, jazz, and modern at Dance Academy of Libertyville in Libertyville, IL as a child and young teen. She moved to Rio Rancho in high school and enjoyed performing with the Master Dance company at Rio Rancho High School. While studying for her B.A. in Psychology, she took ballet classes at UNM and other local studios. She found Sparrow Dance Productions in late 2017 and loves the opportunity to continue pursuing dance as an adult.
Emily Snell - Belly Dancing and Hip Hop Instructor
Emily Snell has had a varied background in dance, studying Irish step dance with numerous eminent instructors, multiple styles of belly dance with several renowned performers, as well as African dance, Bharatanatyam, ballet, hip hop, and ballroom dance. She has danced competitively, qualifying for the World Championships of Irish Dance ten years in a row and achieving a top five placement at the international level, as well as being one half of the winning couple at her university’s Spring Fling salsa dance competition. Emily has choreographed for Irish dance, belly dance, and musical theatre, and currently student-teaches for the McTeggart School of Irish Dance. She continues to perform in Albuquerque's belly dance scene, has danced with Duke City Gladiators dance team for the past two seasons, and is one of Sparrow Dance Productions’ newest members.
When Ashley Torrez was 8 years old she was awarded a full scholarship to dance and train with Ballet Repertory Theatre when their City Dance Program was first introduced in 1995. She danced and trained full time for six years as a young dancer and performed in several productions including BRT’s The Nutcracker, Manuel Flores’s Coppélia, and as Thumbelina in Celia Dale’s Tales of Hans Christian Anderson. In 2014, Ashley decided to revive her love of dance and began teaching and training once again with BRT. She has been honored to be a BRT company member for two seasons and has worked with the following choreographers since 2014; Katherine Giese, Alex Ossadnik, Celia Dale, and Christopher Bornet. Her favorite pieces to be apart of have been as a Twin in Alex Ossadnik’s Alice in Wonderland, Celia Dale’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena as well as Dale’s Unusual Road as a partnered duet with Edward Montoya, and in Christopher Bornet’s Amethyst Resonating…In Six. Ashley is excited and honored to get to work with Sparrow Dance Productions this season!