ABOUT

Welcome to my page.

I am a mother of two, I have been in the world of dance, dancing professionally at the age of 13 with Ballet West / Ballet West Arizona, teaching since the age of 14 and helping build Children's & Teen's Programs from that point on, a guest artist and/or performer, a coach, a choreographer, an artistic director and about everything in between.

I am here to help you on your journey be it better & stronger technique in the classical or commercial realm, for a dance team or a musical production, for a classical variation or a moving/acting role, as an athlete or an older individual. 

I have experience choreographing large scale productions (Super Bowl XXX for Ms. Diana Ross, Marguarita Bowl Half Time Shows, Insight dot com Bowl Games, Boston College half time productions for dance teams) to industrials to concert dance works to intimate settings.  Currently, I am assisting the coaches of Xavier College Prep and Cactus Shadows High School Spirit lines with their teams in improving and strengthening their technique.  I teach privates to up and coming serious ballet students, those wanting better technique for contemporary and classical pointe students competing on the national and international level.  I assist those wanting to get into Summer Dance Programs with improving dance technique and assist in the audition submission process (video, setting barre/center combos, photographing required pictures, etc.).  I have had many students progress in dance either professional performers, choreographers, studio owners, college programs or dance companies. 

I am the Artistic Director/Founder of AZDance Group / NEWDance since 2002 and in 2005 founded Movement E-Motion (MEM), a dance and performance program for young adults with Down Syndrome and Autism. MEM performs throughout Arizona and California bringing joy, understanding, education and amazement to audiences. 

 

**  Quality over Quantity, Technique over Tricks

** Reach. Educate. Inspire. 

My coaching fees adjust to your economical needs.  

I also have gotten back into photography. In 2019 I was thrilled to photograph the PHS Gameday POM. This then got me back into shooting concert dance shows at high schools and professional venues. In 2020, my goal was to photograph each kid due to parents unable to see their child doing what they loved to do - dance, football, cheer, soccer, basketball, and more. In 2021, I plan on doing more! Reach out to me. My photography fees are reasonable (there are better, more seasoned professionals out there, believe me, but I would still love the opportunity to capture your athleticism and artistry!)

Artists of AZDance / NEWDance
* most photos shown on this page by Patty Kaufman of ItsUPhoto
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KENDA NEWBURY

Founder, Creator, Artistic Director

* 40 years in professional dance world

* MFA, The Boston Conservatory

* Two Children, Happy with Hubby

* Professor of Dance - Dean College, BU, Boston College

* Instructor - Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, Phoenix School of Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Le Studio (Australia), Pineapple Dance Studio (London), Dynamic Motion Dance Academy, Spisaks, La Pierre, Royal Dance Works

Performer -  World Wide - Classical Ballet Companies to Cruise Ships

* Choreographer - Entertainment & Concert Dance Works from Super Bowl XXX Half Time Production with Ms. Diana Ross to Black Box Theater works

In Memory

 

PAULA BURTON

Performer, Beloved Dancer

* We lost Paula to Pancreatic Cancer 

* AZDancer from 2009

* Leaves behind John, husband, dogs and beloved friends

* Former principle dancer with Ballet Pacifica

 

KATIE RENNELL

Performer, Rehearsal Director, Choreographer

* Calculus, Differential Equations & Honors Algebra 2, at Chandler High School

* Graduated ASU - B.S. Mathematics 2009, M.Ed (Secondary) 2010, Trained AZ Sunrays

* Marching Band Member & Drum Major in H.S. & ASU

* Twin Sister, Nicole, Dr. and Dancer; Mom Nathalie, Dad Dean

* AZDance 2004, short break, came back 2009

LINDA RAMSEYER

Performer, Rehearsal Assistant, Choreographer, MEM Stage Assistant

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

DR. NICOLE PERSON-RENNELL

Performer, Choreographer

* Doctor - San Francisco

* Graduated ASU & Mayo

* Was Marching Band Member & Drum Major in HS & ASU

* AZDance since forever!

* Trained - Arizona Sunrays & more

ELIZABETH FADELL

Performer, Choreographer

* Dance Teacher at Arizona Dance Artistry

* AZDance since 2014?

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

RAINI LEVEEN

Performer, Trainee Choreographer

* Student at NAU.

* Graduated Horizon HS

* Trained with Kenda, started in company in 2009?

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

 

SAM KELLY

Performer

* Teaches, Performs, Creates

* Performs with Showstoppers, Convergence Ballet & AZDance Group since 2010?

* Trained - Scottsdale School of Ballet, Ballet Etudes, in Ballet Arizona company

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

 

ASTRIT ZEJNATI

Guest Artist

* GUEST ARTIST

* Former Principal Dancer with Ballet Arizona 

* Former Artistic Director Albanian National Ballet

* Artistic Director/Ballet Master Ballet Etudes

* Has an incredible Daughter

* AZDance since 2006

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LEAH DODD

Former Performer & MEM Demonstrator & Assistant

* AZDance's MEM as Demonstrator and Helper with Dana 2009. INCREDIBLE!

* Becoming a Lawyer

* Family: Terri, mom, who also volunteers her time for MEM ...

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

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KATIE CARROLL

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 2006

* Loves: Dancing, music, her friends, her dogs, traveling, special olympic sports, eating chicken fingers & TV

Attends: ON Agnels Wings Day Program, Scully Learning Center & Church

Family: Sisters Tham, Meghan, Bil, Robert, Niece Lily, Mom Maura, Daddy Brian (in heaven) & Pups Killian, Rosy * Percy

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SHAELEIGH O'BRIEN

Performer & MEM Demonstrator /Choreographer for MEM

* Student, Dancer & Equestrian 

* Principle's List & Honor Roll since 3rd Grade, SPECIAL award 4th Quarter PHS Honors List 2020

* Daughter of Artistic Director, Sister to Colin

* AZDance since infant

* currently PHS POM team member (photo by Kenda Newbury)

BRIANA SANTA CRUZ

Performer & MEM Demonstrator/ Choreographer for MEM

* Student, Dancer, Sports Enthusiast

* Recipient 2016-2017 CCUSD Excellence Award

* Twin Brother, Nicholas

* AZDance since 2010

Currently at on CSHS Pom Team

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COLIN O'BRIEN

Performer & MEM Demonstrator

* Student, Minecraft, Musical Theater & Football Enthusiast

* Currently studying dance at Bender Performing Arts

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

JEFFREY POLSTON

GUEST ARTIST, Performer, Choreographer

* GUEST ARTIST

* 30+ year professional dancer

* Former principle dancer Complexions & Philadanco

* Lives in Myrtle Beach, SC

* AZDance since 2008

* Trained - North Carolina School of the Arts

 

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DR. OMAYA AHMAD

Performer, Choreographer

* Married to Andrew Thoesen & gorgeous son

* Graduated ASU PhD in Sustainability, BSE in Chemical Engineering

* State Regulation Senior Analyst at Arizona Public Service

* AZDance since 2004

* Movement Source Dance Company since 2010

* Trained - Scottsdale Dance Academy

 

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THAM CARROLL

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 2006

* Loves: Making people smile, Dancing, singing, playing on her IPad, being with her friends, adult coloring books, cooking & taking care of her rescue dogs

* Attends: Attends On Angels Wings Day Program & Scully Learning Center & Church  Family Sisters Kate & Meghan; BIL Robert, niece Lily, Mom Maura, Dad Brian (in heaven)  & pups Killian, Rosy & Percy

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SHERIDAN WHEELER

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 

* Loves: spending time with her family, loves to draw, is so creative, and writes tremendous poetry, travels a lot

TERESA HOMAD

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 2011

* Loves: spending time with her family, bike riding on the Greenbelt, shopping at Costco, cleaning, swimming, and traveling with her family.  This year she went to Costa Rica, Yellowstone, and the Caribbean

*Attends: eresa attends STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehab) where she folds towels for the Fire Department, and cleans remotes and cords.  She also attends Civitan where she does janitorial work.

 

*Family: Teresa has two sisters, a brother-in-law, and a new nephew Zeke

JORDAN 

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 

* Loves: spending time with her family, Baker and Owner of Jordan's Sweet Treats!

DANA DUMAPLIN

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 2006

* Loves: to dance, any style of dance, swimming, archery, horseback riding, yoga, coloring in adults coloring books, seeing musicals & ballets, hanging with friends, travel

* Attends: On Angel's Wings, Takes Hip-Hop, Attends a Social Group

* Family: Yves and Kathy, parents; 2 dogs Hunter & Jazabelle, 4 Horses, and 60 chickens. Sister (best friend since Kinder-Emma) and Godson Miles

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KERRY O'BRIEN

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM performs when she visits her family in Arizona

* Loves: spending time with her family, Kerry travels a lot with her mom, loves her family, lives in Walpole, MA

(photo by Kenda Newbury)

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ANNIE PERRY

Performer, MEM Participant

* AZDance's MEM 

* Loves: spending time with her family, Annie travels a lot

AMBER KOCKLYS

Performer since 2009?

* Student at NAU

* Loves: spending time with her friends & family, dancing

* was on the CSHS Pom Team

SHANNON CHUMBLEY

Performer since 2009?

* Student 

* Loves: spending time with her friends & family, dancing

* was on the CSHS Pom Team