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Autumn Rosemond is the Owner and Artistic Director of Houston Dance Works. She is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, clogging, tap, pointe, and drill team technique. In her early days, she studied at Marsha Woody Academy, Debbie’s Dance Etc, Dance Rhythms, and Taylor Dance Studio and was a member of her high school drill team at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area.
During her competitive dance years, Autumn earned many awards at competitions, performed at professional football games at halftime, and received a scholarship from the Roland Dupree Jazz ‘N Tap Expo workshop. As a teacher and choreographer, Autumn earned numerous awards, including overall and choreography awards at regional and national competitions, and has judged dance competitions, dance auditions, and pageants. Most recently, Autumn has a contemporary piece to “Fix You” inducted in the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge in 2013 and has been awarded an Excellence in Jazz Choreography Award for Houston Dance Works’ own first overall scoring jazz piece performed by the Accelerated Dance group in 2014.
Autumn has studied at The Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, California,
studying under many of today’s most innovative choreographers. Additionally, Autumn has studied New York City studying under Bob Rizzo, Mandy Moore, and Mia Michaels, among many others.
Autumn has held many leading roles as a principal artist in Second Generation, a professional contemporary modern dance company. Being a member of the company, she has been presented with the opportunity to perform at various events around Houston and in other areas of the nation and has been invited to perform as a guest artist with several companies.
She graduated with honors from Texas State with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. Throughout her tenure at Texas State University-San Marcos, Autumn also studied various genres of dance and performed in college concerts.
Autumn was recently honored as a "2017 40 Under 40" by the Houston Business Journal and a "30 Under 40" by The Leader Newspaper. Autumn is a local resident with her husband and two daughters.
Robin Judice has been involved in dance most of her life either as a student, performer/professional or as a teacher/choreographer. She is a native Houstonian who has studied with notable teachers in the Houston area and across the country.
Robin has performed at the World’s Fair in New Orleans and in 1989 named Houston’s Best Tap Dancer and represented Houston in New York for the great American tap dance challenge. She was an NFL Houston Oiler Cheerleader and a USFL Houston Gamblers Cheerleader along with many professional performances throughout her career. Her students have won numerous local, regional and national awards along with titles for both dance and pageants in combination with many choreographer awards. Robin has had the pleasure of working with many students and now enjoys many second generation students. She brings 33 years of class room experience and is excited to be on our teaching team.
Leanna possesses large amounts of energy and is well organized, thus enabling her to teach arts programming and stay in performance shape. Her love of dance and family keep her fulfilled. Her drive to be the best keeps her motivated. Ms. Sparacino has over 45 years of experience in the arts. She has performed, choreographed, taught, produced and directed for stage, television and film. She trained with Patsy Swayze, Robert Joffrey and Manolo Agullo of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She has performed lead roles in “42nd Street”, “Evita”, “Brigadoon”, “Paint Your Wagon” and “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Feature films include “Urban Cowboy” with John Travolta and “Liars Moon” with Matt Dillon. Originally from Houston her career has taken her around the globe to places such as St. Petersburg, Russia, where she danced with the Kirov Ballet, Berlin Germany to choreograph a German American collaboration at the Schlotzplatz Theatre, Nice France to work with La Compagnie Rick Odums, and Los Angeles & New York City. Former students have attended universities on scholarship and are working on Broadway, in Los Angeles and around the world.
National Education Dance Organization
We are also a member of the National Dance Education Organization, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance.
Arlene Yanes is the Operations Director of Houston Dance Works. She began her tap and ballet training at age 6 at Texas Tap Ensemble. She was given the opportunity to train at the Houston Ballet and was able to perform in its version of the Nutcracker. Although she loves and understands the importance of ballet, Arlene shifted her artistic focus towards tap and was accepted into the Tap Company at Texas Tap Ensemble. She later joined the Tap Company at the Houston School of Dance and Musical Theater. There. she was trained in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Musical Theater.
Arlene had the opportunity to perform at various dance concerts and events all around Texas and other parts of the country, including Walt Disney World. In her travels, she has trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York and has won several awards for her tap pieces at competitions.
Arlene continues to study genres of dance and performs at college concerts. She is currently studying at the University of Houston-Downtown to become a Physical Therapist.
Brittany Jones was born and raised in Houston, Tx where she began her dance training at 11 years old. She went on to graduate from The High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) where she studied ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and tap dance. During her time at HSPVA, Brittany was privileged to perform in musical theater productions and in dance concerts featuring choreography from special guest artists. After graduating high school, Brittany began teaching, choreographing, and assisting with productions at the middle school where she started her dance training. In 2014 she auditioned for and began training with Urban Souls Dance Company 2 in Houston, Tx. Brittany continues to train and perform in the Houston area and is currently a student at the University of Houston.
Maggie Allain graduated May 2016, from Louisiana State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration and minor in Business. Her dance training began at the age of 3 and over the past 18 years she has trained in various types of dance classes including pointe, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and modern from several competitive studios in the state of Louisiana. Maggie is the dance team choreographer for the Spirit Steppers dance team at the Louisiana State University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Outside of the studio and choreographing, Maggie is a dance team competition judge. Some of her dance judging includes the 2016 Varsity Dance Summit All Star Nationals Competition held in Disney World, American All-Star Louisiana State Dance Team Competition, and tryout judge for various middle and high school cheer and dance teams in the state of Louisiana since 2012. Maggie was a member of the 2012-2013 NFL New Orleans Saints Professional Cheerleading Team, The Saintsations. Maggie brought her pointe talent to the stage under the direction of Renee Chatelain, performing in the Baton Rouge Mid City Nutcracker as the Demi-Soloist in Flowers and Snow. She attended high school at St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge where she was a 4 year member and senior captain on the St. Michael Dance Line. While on the St. Michael Dance Line, Maggie and her team won the 2009 UDA State Jazz Championship and also became the 2009 UDA Nationals 7th runner-up in the jazz category. During her senior year, she was a member of the Macy’s 85th Thanksgiving Day Parade UDA All Star Dance Team in New York City. This is Maggie’s first year with Houston Dance Works and she is looking forward to getting back into the studio!
Belle Alexander was born and raised in Louisiana where she began dancing at a young age. The deep expression and storytelling aspect of dance is where her passion lies. Her training consists of modern, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, musical theater, and liturgical. After moving to Texas in 2014, Belle became a community dancer for Urban Souls Dance Company and a company member of Sonkiss’d Dance Theater.
Belle received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana Monroe. During her time at ULM, she danced in the Repertory Dance Ensemble, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, musical theater and football halftime shows. She is now training and performing with groundwork studios while continuing to teach, choreograph, and make solo appearances around Houston.
Jennifer Rodriguez LaThanh
Jennifer was introduced to dance at the age of two by her mom, who is the proud owner of Debbie’s Dance Etc in Groves, TX. She has extensive training in jazz, tap, ballet, clogging, modern and drill team technique. Throughout the years, Jennifer danced competitively for many years with her dance company, as well as her high school dance team, where she was a lead officer. Jennifer continued her training in both theatre and dance at Sam Houston State University, where she was a select member of Dance Spectrum. After attending college, she was then offered a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. It was here where Jennifer became a proud member of the AMDA Dance Company and had the opportunity to study under some of Broadway’s top choreographers. In addition to her conservatory training, Jennifer has also had the opportunity to train at both Broadway Dance Center and Steps in New York City. Some of her favorite Theatre and Dance credits include: Hello Dolly!, Hairspray, Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bug, 9 to 5, and Fuddy Meers. In New York, Jennifer was also a member of Dramatic Adventure Theatre; a select group of artists who traveled throughout South America performing for various communities, aiding in service projects to help the less fortunate, and ultimately striving to make a difference through their art. Jennifer currently resides in Houston, TX, where she teaches and choreographs for local dance studios and is on staff with VIP Dance Competition.