The Dancers of,
The Company at Sparrow 

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Amelia Andreoni
 

Amelia, and has been dancing her entire life! She danced on a competitive all-star dance team in Albuquerque, NM where she developed a passion for jazz, lyrical, and musical theater. Amelia was on staff for the Universal Dance Association for three years in college where where she had the privilege of teaching dancers all over the country.

 

Her teaching philosophy is to empower athletes to bring the best version of themselves to the floor, and to always lead with kindness. Amelia is a community support worker for a mental health agency in New Mexico and is currently working towards her masters in marriage and family therapy. She has a passion for people, and loves getting to connect with others through dance!

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Ryan Blair 

Ryan started dancing at the age of twelve. His first time attending a dance class was at Rio Rancho Middle School, where he studied dance under Mrs. Christina Daly. From there, his passion was ignited and he was introduced to all kinds of dance styles. Ryan fell in love with ballet! Since then, Ryan has been dancing ballet and continues to love it more and more each and every day. His love for ballet has turned into a passion for teaching the artform. Ryan now teaches multiple ballet classes at Sparrow Dance Productions. He feels joy in seeing children flourish, love, and dance in his ballet classes. His long term goals are to gain enough knowledge about the art of ballet to pass on to his classes, and eventually graduate to teaching higher levels of ballet classes, and older students, at Sparrow Dance Productions.

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Julisa Garcia

Julisa Garcia first began dancing at Rio Rancho Middle School with her teacher, Mrs. Christina Daly. It was at the middle school where she discovered her love and passion for dance. Over the years, Julisa has committed herself to mastering the crafts of numerous dance forms including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Since dancing with Sparrow Dance Productions, she has had the opportunity to perform in competitions, travel for various dance opportunities, perform at several venues throughout New Mexico and is now dancing in major professional productions with the The Company at Sparrow Dance Productions. In addition, Julisa has begun teaching several classes each week for Sparrow which she loves so very much. Her students fill her with joy while also inspiring her to lead the way for future dancing generations. 

Pedro Gonzalez 

 

Pedro has been dancing for most of his life. Although he didn’t start official training in dance until his late teens, Pedro was involved with many other practices. Pedro’s debut theater role at the age of five was as “Spider” from the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Since then, he’s been involved with theater and the performance arts. Pedro’s work ethic has led him to lead many of his teams as captain. His favorite mantra currently is, “Effort and Intensity enslave the Impossible.” Pedro’s love and enthusiasm for life have led him to many opportunities and many endeavors. He’s been able to dance at remarkable venues, work with industry leaders, and train under many amazing teachers. Pedro’s love for sports, movement and body mechanics have led him to train athletes from all walks of life. He’s trained middle school athletes to take championships, helped rehab injured dancers, and has trained NCAA athletes in mindfulness to gain an edge in competition. Pedro is a self-proclaimed “life enthusiast” and hopes to inspire you to live a life full of magic and wonder. When Pedro isn’t dancing, he loves practicing yoga and his ukulele. Pedro has historically proven to bring out the champions in those around him.

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Danny Harvey
 

Though originally from Arkansas, Danny Harvey has come to call New Mexico home. Harvey’s love for dance is infectious to all who step into his Hip-Hop classes. He began dancing Hip-Hop as a rambunctious twelve year old and now dances professionally throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. In addition to guest teaching at Cleveland High School, performing in various productions and music videos, and choreographing, you may also catch him playing the ukulele and singing a sweet tune. He is thrilled to be working with Sparrow and to especially help build a fierce Hip-Hop program.

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Ashley Hopson 


Ashley started ballet at the age of four in California as the Sue Dalton School of Ballet, now the Classical School of Ballet. While studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she continued taking ballet classes, as well as belly dancing and Argentine tango. After moving to Albuquerque in 2011 she joined the La Mesa Dance Academy to continue to pursue her passion for dance. She has also performed in multiple performances of The Nutcrackers with New Mexico Ballet Company. After relocating to Rio Rancho with her husband and two beautiful children, she continues to work in the engineering field is very excite to now be a part of the Sparrow Dance family. 
 

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Jennifer Leach

Jennifer Leach has been dancing as long as she can remember. While dancing with the company at Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, Leach has had the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake to name a few. She has also recently performed a lead role in Sparrow's production of "Onward and Upward to Narnia and the North." In addition to earning her BS in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico, she committed time to earning her Minor Degree in Dance. Teaching ballet over the past decade has helped her to harness what it is to be a skilled and intuitive instructor. As a new mom of two, she is excited to bring her ballet experiences to her growing family and to the community of Rio Rancho as a member of the Sparrow staff.

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Riley Swinney

Riley has been a dancer his whole life, if there is music, even in his head, he is dancing. Riley started dance classes at the age of nine at Veneration dance, taking jazz and hip-hop classes. Riley began dancing at Sparrow Dance Productions at the age of 13. At Sparrow, he was introduced to many different styles, and began to fall in love with the art of dance. Riley is part of Sparrow’s competition team and has competed with the team in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. Riley now teaches hip-hop and breakdancing at Sparrow Dance Productions. He loves getting to share his love for dance with his students. His love for dance shines through his choreography.  His long term goals are to attend college majoring in dance, and to eventually dance on Broadway, or for a company. He also hopes to continue to teach, and help students fall in love with dance.

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Lennon Washburn

Lennon started her dance career at the age of 3, with New Mexico’s Ballet Repertory Theatre. She started dancing for Sparrow Dance productions the spring of 2022. Lennon has also danced with other companies inside and outside of New Mexico, some being, New York’s Joffrey and Keshet dance company. She has preformed in many Nutcracker productions and has been in other performances such as “The Wizard of Oz", “Sleeping Beauty”,  and “The Little Mermaid". Lennon is currently a student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a career in dance, in the hopes to one day travel for dance and teach it.