Founding Artistic Director
An Albuquerque native, Christina Daly began her training with Ballet Repertory Theatre before transitioning to the prestigious Virginia School of the Arts. Daly trained with VSA intensively on scholarship for two years, as well as with the schools at Kansas City Ballet and Ballet Pacifica. Upon her acceptance to SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, she graduated high school early to earn her BFA in Dance Performance. Accomplishments during her college career include: earning a Minor Degree in Asian Studies, training at Taipei National University of the Arts, premiering her first choreographic work in representation of SUNY Purchase at New York, NY’s world renowned Dance Theatre Workshop, performing two featured roles for an original Dianne McIntyre work and graduating summa cum laude.
Following college, Daly launched her dance company, Sparrow Dance Productions, doing numerous productions throughout New York. Since returning to New Mexico, Sparrow Dance Productions has performed at The African American Performing Arts Center, The Wheels Museum in Downtown Albuquerque, Santa Fe Fashion Week annually since 2013, Zendo, Fusion Academy of the Arts, and Therapy Art Space. In the meantime, Daly has performed as a Senior Company member with Ballet Repertory Theatre and Festival Ballet Albuquerque. In recent performances with BRT, Daly was featured, with great honor, as Carmen in Alex Ossadnik’s ballet, Carmen, and as the Sea Witch in, The Little Mermaid.
Christina Daly’s joy and passion for her dance is further demonstrated in her position as the Director of Dance for Rio Rancho Middle School – the only full-time dance program in the public education system of our state. Daly is known for creating opportunities for the dancers of New Mexico whether by welcoming superior dance professionals into the performance company of Sparrow, recruiting young male dancers for Festival Ballet who may not have had the chance to pursue their dreams of becoming dancers otherwise, or mentoring pre-professional dancers in their transition into the professional world. She eagerly anticipates another incredible year with Rio Rancho Middle School and especially this new chapter with her beloved Sparrow Dance Productions.
James D. Smith
Director of Operations
James D. Smith is an Albuquerque native who has grown up with a sense of “New Mexico pride.” Though, not a dancer, he has a heart for community outreach,the arts, and local businesses. As an active participant in food pantries, co-owner at Active Interlock, co-owner at Sparrow Dance Productions, and avid supporter for the arts, Smith aims to promote community in whatever capacity needed. His ability to adapt and accommodate the needs of the community have never gone unnoticed. When he is not out on the field,Smith enjoys snowboarding, rafting and kayaking throughout our beautiful state. In addition, James is currently enrolled at Central New Mexico Community College in pursuit of his Associate’s Degree in Brewing and Beverage Management with the long-term goal of one day owning his own brewery.
Assistant Artistic Director
Tiffany Cunningham started dancing in Dallas, TX at Ballet Dallas and then at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. After her family relocated to Springfield, MO, she studied dance at Springfield Ballet and then received a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Southwest Missouri State University. After graduation, she moved to St. Louis, MO and danced with MADCO Dance Company. She then continued her education at The Ohio State University on a fellowship and received a MFA in Dance Performance. While in Ohio, she danced with Hi-Jenks Dance Company and was an assistant teacher for Joe Alegado at Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria. She moved to New York City, NY and lived and danced there for 10 years. She danced with LKB Dance, Philippa Kaye Dance Co, and for Germaul Barnes. Tiffany moved to Albuquerque, NM in February of this year and is pursuing a career in education. She could not be happier to be a part of Sparrow Dance Productions.
Administrative Assistant, Company Member, & Ballet Instructor
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. 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 eight years has helped her to harness what it is to be a skilled and intuitive instructor. As a new mom, she is excited to bring her ballet experiences to her growing family and to the community of Rio Rancho as a new member of the Sparrow staff.