ABOUT

NEWDance

NEWDance LLC is a dance company which utilizes and integrates professional, pre-professiona, studentsl and retired dancers and young adults with disabilities. NEWDance, formally AZDance Group and prior to that K-Lynne Dancers has really been "in existence"  since 1983 when Dr. Timona Pittman of Phoenix School of Ballet helped Kenda Newbury with her first dance company at the young age of 15. 

NewDance not only creates & produces two to six large scale productions each season, including Joy, Joyous Christmas, Run for Life  Moving Through Domestic Violence and Passages to name a few,  but is involved in numerous community events. NEWDance has also offered dance classes & performing opportunities since 2005 to those with disabilities (Down Syndrome, Autism and/or physical challenges), thanks to the Arizona Community Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Lawson and the Molly Lawson Foundation when they were a nonprofit 501c(3).  

 

Kenda Newbury, NEWDance Director, offers private, semi-private & class or dance team coaching to all. If interested please contact her.  

 

NEWDance & Movement E-Motion performs for galas and festivals, and donates their time to many causes including Autism Speaks, Rotary Club of Anthem, Veteran's Day.

KENDA NEWBURY

Founder, Creator, Artistic Director

* 36+ 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

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

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

* Lives with 2 wonderful furry children, Sydney & Widget, Graciously supported by mom, dad, twin and boyfriend, Steve

* AZDance 2004, short break, came back 2009

* Trained - Arizona Sunrays

LINDA RAMSEYER

Performer, Rehearsal Assistant, Choreographer, MEM Stage Assistant

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?

RAINI LEVEEN

Performer, Trainee Choreographer

* Student at NAU, studying ...

* Graduated Horizon HS

* AZDance 

 

SAM KELLY

Performer

* UNDER CONSTRUCTION

* Teaches ...

* Graduated ...

* Performs with Showstoppers, Convergence Ballet & AZDance Group ...

* AZDance since ...

* Trained - Scottsdale School of Ballet, Ballet Etudes, More ...

 

ASTRIT ZEJNATI

Guest Artist

* GUEST ARTIST

* Former Principal Dancer with Ballet Arizona 

* Former Artistic Director Albanian National Ballet

* Artistic Director/Ballet Master Ballet Etudes

* Daughter:

* AZDance since 2006

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

COURTNEY FRAZARRI

Performer

* New Mother

* AZDance during elementary & high school and returned

* Trained - Dynamic Motion Dance Academy, colleges

SHAELEIGH O'BRIEN

Performer, MEM Demonstrator & Choreographer for MEM

* Student, Dancer & Equestrian (Eventing)

* Principle's List & Honor Roll since 3rd Grade

* Daughter of Artistic Director, Sister to Colin

* AZDance since 2004

* currently at Royal Dance Works

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 Bender Performing Arts

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

 

DR. OMAYA AHMAD

Performer, Choreographer

* Recently Married to Andrew Thoesen

* 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

 

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

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

COLIN O'BRIEN

Performer, MEM Demonstrator

* Student, Minecraft & Soccer Enthusiast

* Currently studying dance at Bender Performing Arts. Was on B.O.B. and a team at Royal Dance Works

LEAH DODD

Former Performer & MEM Demonstrator & Assistant

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

* Loves: ...

* Attends: UofA, currently in Paris ...

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

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