Amanda Ruiz (dancer)
graduated from the University of Florida with her BFA in Dance and is an alum of Miami Dade College where dance found her. She has had the privilege of studying, working and dancing with a slew of artists such as Nita Little, Raja-Feather Kelley, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Pioneer Winter and many more. She has been influenced by so many minds, experiences, relationships and cultures, so everything she does is an accumulation of every one that has shaped her to date. She has choreographed her own works and collaborated in choreographing In the Heights the musical during her time studying at the university. Auditioning for Brazz Dance Theater has been an exciting shift in her life and she feels honored to be dancing with the company.
Bruno Jacques-Louis (dancer)
Originally from Miami , Bruno Jacques–Louis started his dance training at the age 19. He was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that encouraged the Arts, which aided him in the grand scheme of things .In his lifetime Bruno has taught, choreographed and directed for both dance and theater productions. Bruno is proud to be almini of The New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and the Young Contemporary Dance Theater. Company and Ensemble credits include the Area Stage Company, The Peter London Global Dance Theater, Dance to Life and the New World School of the Art Dance Ensemble. This is his first season with the Brazz Dance.
Manuela Sanchez (Rehearsal Director)
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Manuela attented Talent Unlimited High School, The Martha Graham School, and Ballet Hispanico. She received her BFA in Dance from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus in 2010, along with a minor in Psychology. Manuela has been a member of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Amalgamate Dance Company and MoveWorks. She has also been a guest artist with Perceptions Contemporary Dance, Maverick Dance Experience, Eva Dean Dance Company and INSPIRIT Dance Company and has freelanced with many artists including Fredrick Earl Mosley, Nathan Trice, and Sandra Parks. In addition to her dance career, Manuela is also a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, Thai Bodywork Practitioner and an administrative assistant for Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Inc. Manuela joined ASBD in 2013 and is excited for another season!
Raina Mitchell (dancer)
is a native of Atlanta, GA that began her dance training at Valdosta State University in 2008. Upon the receipt of her BFA in 2012, she was awarded the Outstanding Service in Dance Award with her numerous contributions to the growth of the BFA Program. Raina has performed under the direction of T. Lang of T. Lang Dance, Leonie McDonagh, and the legendary Dianne McIntyre. Raina has also worked under the direction of countless independent choreographers in the Atlanta area including, Kamali Hill, Bella Dorado, Anicka Austin, Morgan Carlisle Thompson and Kristel Tedesco. In addition to dance, Raina trains and performs with The Imperial OPA Circus as an acrobat and in her spare time she loves teaching modern, jazz & acrobatic dance to eager youth.