Estela Tejeda is a native of Chicago and is in her third year as dance faculty adjunct for Mountain View College. She holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University where she received a full artistic scholarship. Before coming to Dallas, she lived in New York City and was a founding member of Sanza Nemo Collective Dance, a company originally based in Italy which relocated to New York. Tejeda has worked with a number of smaller companies including, Cecilia Marta Dance Company and (New York-based) Ballet de Puerto Rico where she performed principal roles. She has taught internationally as well as regionally for over 15 years and has presented her own works in Europe, New York and in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. In addition to teaching at Mountain View College, she serves as co-artistic director for the contemporary ensemble, The Project at the Hathaway Academy of Ballet.
Leslie Scates is a movement artist and educator from Houston, Texas. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Houston and studied dance at Sam Houston State University. Leslie earned a “Best Dancing by the Side of the Road” award from the Houston Press in 2000 for “Drive By Dancing”, a multi-site specific project staged on Houston roadways. Leslie has received recognition and support from the City of Houston and Diverseworks Artspace. Leslie has been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Houston Theater and Dance program since 2006. She founded the HTOWN CONTACT IMPROVISATION JAM in 2007 and continues to support a Contact Culture in Houston and in Texas through participation in the Faculty and Coordinating Committee for the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. Currently, Leslie serves on the Artist Board for Diverseworks Artspace Houston. Leslie continues to perform as a member of Lower Left Dance Collective and a guest artist with Core Performance Company, Recked Productions and with Jordan Fuchs Dance.