Stella Aryan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. She was invited to join Intersect Dance Theatre in 2010 and continues to work hand in hand with Sofia Carreras, the Artistic Director. Stella was featured in the solo “El Toro” which was asked to be performed at the BlakTina Festival in 2013. The trio “Underground” was invited and selected as a runner up at the 4×4 competition in Tijuana hosted by Lux Boreal. She has collaborated and danced in popular works like 3B, Under the Boot, Stand, and Stand part II. She is excited to continue to explore the journey and the vocabulary of Intersect.
Stella also dances and collaborates with beautiful Mrs. Julie Freeman, the Artistic Director of WHAT Dance Theatre which emerged in 2015. After working on Julie Freeman’s year-long MFA project on experimental choreography in 2014 at University of California, Riverside, Stella was very eager and interested to continue the creative process with Julie in her new company. Stella was featured in the duet “Buy-in” with talented Casey Avaunt and solo “iSelf” which were well received in the Riverside Community. Currently, Stella is the Co-Artistic Director of Safe Space Dance Collective with her main squeeze C.J Logel. They are actively exploring the idea of long distance collaboration.
is a Latino dance performance artist located in Riverside California. Mr. Cervera began his training in local community centers in San Bernardino County until he graduated with his B.A in Dance from the University of California, Riverside in 2012. Since his graduation, Alfonso continued his training with local artist until he received internships to train professionally from Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco and the Bates Dance Festival located in Portland, Maine. He continued his training in contact improvisation and contemporary techniques from artist like Nancy Stark Smith, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Joe Goode, Julia Burrer and other artist. Not only has he continued his dance training but Cervera has been able to showcase his work in the Culver Center of The Arts in Riverside, Chez-Bushwick in New York, La Pena in Berkley, 4 x 4 in Tijuana Mexico, and most recently Home/LA in Los Angeles. Cervera is also a company member in numerous dance companies such as Ballet Folklorico Grandeza Mexicana, WXPT under Taisha Paggent, Mulit-Plex with Chad Michael Hall, dancer and master teacher of Intersect Dance Theatre with Sofia Carreras, director and dancer of Eloku Dance Company, and has recently joined WHAT Dance Theatre under Julie Satow Freeman. As of now Alfonso Cervera will begin his MFA at UCR where he will be working on his Masters in Experimental Choreography and will continue to teach in the Los Angeles area and Riverside areas.
Morgan Davison started her dance training at Riverside Ballet Arts under the direction of Glenda Carhart and where she first met Sofia Carreras. She then furthered her studies at Ballet Pacifica. Morgan began her professional career at 17 years old with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. She continued her education on scholarship at the University of Utah, dancing with the Department of Ballet’s resident student company, Utah Ballet. She was then invited to join Nashville Ballet’s second company. During her time in Nashville, she grew more interested in exploring modern and contemporary dance through working with Banning Bouldin and Gina Patterson. She decided to explore further, moving to Chicago to train at the Lou Conte Dance Studio under the direction of Claire Bataille. After a year in Chicago, she danced with the Madison Ballet in Wisconsin for a year. Since returning to Southern California, Morgan has danced with Kenneth Walker Dance Project and Intersect Dance Theatre as well as teaching for a number of studios in the area. Morgan is beyond thrilled to continue dancing with her Intersect family.
Kristen Holleyman graduated from The University of Colorado-Boulder in 2010 with her B.A. in Spanish Literature, Secondary Education, and a Minor in Dance. While in Colorado, Kristen’s training included various studios such as Elite Dance Academy, Cleo Parker Robinson, Motion Underground, and Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, and taught at studios and schools. Kristen performed with various sports teams and companies in the Denver area, and danced on a U.S.O. Europe tour under Sarah Schacterle performing for U.S. troops as well as teaching dance to their children. Her passion for dance and acting drove her out to Los Angeles, where she has been dancing with companies such as Jam Today Dance Theatre, Datugan Dance Theatre and LA Rock Opera, working with Robyn O’Dell, Ken Datugan, and Janet Roston respectively. Kristen’s Los Angeles training includes the Summer Gaga Dance Workshop taught by Danielle Agami, Tom Weinberger and Shahar Binyamini, and trains under Tasha Hamilton. Some of Kristen’s industry credits include dancing with artists such as Mya, Daft Punk, and Psy, and she has worked with choreographers such as Kumari Suraj, Luana Simpson, Sienna Lyons, Nami Sazuki, Kyle Hill, Dejan Tubic, Noelle Bajandas, Eric Sanchez, and Rich and Tone. Kristen enjoys giving back by teaching dance to children and special needs students, and by performing at charity events such as “Mending Kids”. She is also passionate about acting, and trains at The Actors Room with Steven G. Lowe, and at The Groundlings School. Kristen is currently working on a dance/silent acting fusion film that she has created/choreographed, in which will be submitted to film festivals in 2015. This is Kristen’s second year on Intersect Dance Theatre, and enjoys every minute of creating and performing with the company.
started his dance training at Riverside City College in multiple genres and has worked with the City of Riverside, Parks and Recreation Department as a dance instructor. Justin has choreographed for RCC’s Celebrate Dance in 2012 and 2013 and has performed in both the faculty and student choreographed concerts. He has performed in numerous community events throughout Riverside and neighboring cities, including Between the Tables at Back to the Grind, Trolley Dances Riverside, Histoire du Soldat with the Redlands Symphony. He has performed works created by Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop of Summation Dance Company, Kirsten Johansen, Mark Haines, Sue Roginski, Holly Johnston and as a member of Intersect Dance Theatre. Justin is now continuing his education at Cal State University Long Beach in hopes of attaining his BFA in dance.
Robyn O’Dell graduated from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor degree in Women and Gender Studies.While at the University of Redlands, Robyn served as the Theatre Department’s Choreographer/ Movement Coach for various productions, including “Macbeth”, “Angels in America”, and “The History of Bowling”. Robyn was the U of R Dance Company’s Artistic Director from 2007-2009 and has been awarded ‘ Best Choreography’ for her works within the company. Robyn is a current company member of Intersect Dance Theatre, directed by Sofia Carreras, and Ptero Dance Theatre, directed by Paula Present. Past companies include Datugan Dance Theatre, Brockus RED, Joseph Allen Decker Dance Company, and founded, dance workshop group, Jam Today Dance Theatre. Robyn has trained with renown choreographers including Kate Hutter, Danielle Agami, and, Israeli dance company, Hofesh Shechter. Robyn’s choreographic works have been presented at Landis Performing Arts Center, The Queen Mary, Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Lineage Performing Arts Center, and the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Robyn is adjunct faculty at Riverside City College, teaching Modern Dance, and is the Director of the Arcadia High School’s Orchesis Dance Company.