Audrey holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance from the School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University. Georgia raised, she trained at Dancentre South in Woodstock in her youth.
Her professional work includes the theme park stages of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Six Flags Magic Mountain dancing at Howl-O-Scream, Christmastown, Looney Tunes Kids Club, Fright Fest, and Holiday in the Park. As a newlywed living in Los Angeles with her husband Jake, Audrey performed with L.A. Unbound, the Speak Hill Dance Project, City Ballet of Los Angeles, and Amaterasu Dance Company.
Audrey is now teaching at Atlanta Dance Central, performing with Sideways Contemporary Dance Company, and truly thrilled to begin her first season with Fuerta Dance Company!
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Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Mati has had the opportunity, throughout her education in dance, to train all over the world with many dance companies, institutions, and festivals including NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, The American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, AbrahaminMotion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The American Dance Festival, Florence Dance Company, and others.
Mati graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in December 2016, obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. In addition to joining Fuerta Dance Company, Mati is a company member with Gotta Dance Contemporary and Underground Ballet. Mati also teaches in conjunction with choreographing at dance studios around the southeastern region as well as teaching Pure Barre in the Atlanta area. She is ecstatic to be in her first season with Fuerta.
Josh is a Georgia native who has been dancing since he was 8 years old. In 2003, Josh performed with the Atlanta Hawks Junior Dance Team as back for Mariah Carey at the NBA All Star Gam Halftime Show and has also had the privilege of dancing with Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, B2K, and Usher. In 2006, he became a dance major at Pebblebrook High School.
Josh attended the University of Florida with a B.A. in dance, where he had the honor of performing the works of Jose Limon, Shapiro and Smith, David Dorfman, Micahel Foley, Ohad Naharin and the Bat Sheva Dance Company, Ann Liv Young, and many more. Josh spent time working for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME as a counselor for the Young Dancer’s Workshop and studied abroad in Israel in 2010, where he performed his work in Tel- Aviv and Jerusalem.
Josh is currently teaching around metro Atlanta area and joined the Fuerta Dance Company in 2017.
Kristel Rose Tedesco
Kristel trained at The Ailey School and then went on to earn a BFA in Dance and BS in Dance Science from Elon University in 2014. Upon graduation she performed with Gaspard & Dancers in Durham, NC and was a featured dancer in the independent film Alto (2015), directed by Mikki del Monico. Since relocating to Atlanta in 2015, Kristel has performed with T. Lang Dance, Fuerta Dance Company, Bluebird Uncaged and independent choreographers including Otis Sallid, Bella Dorado, Kamali Hill and Rachael Shaw. Recently, her choreography was commissioned by Fulton County Arts Council for National Dance Week and was also presented at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery as part of the Boiler Room series. Her dance science research has been presented at academic conferences for the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Dance Medicine Association. Kristel continues to explore complexities of the human form as a personal trainer, dance educator and choreographer.
Leah began her pre-professional dance training at the British Academy of Performing Arts and furthered her abilities at Valdosta State University. There she received a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and a bachelor’s of Business Administration. At the University Leah was fortunate enough to dance in annual dance concerts and multiple dance festivals. such festivals include SOMAfest NYC 2013 with Professor Catherine A. Schaeffer, New Grounds Festival 2013 with Critical Mass Dance Company and the M.A.D. Festival 2014 with SWADance Collective. Since 2015, Leah has been teaching at Atlanta Dance Central and dancing with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and is currently entering into her third season. In summer of 2016, Leah was invited to join Fuerta Dance Company for one of their many short dance films "ID". This summer Leah is excited to be joining Fuerta once again for her first full season. Newer opportunities include dancing with Gotta Dance Contemporary Dance Company March of 2017 and this upcoming summer with MOTO Artis.
Atarius began dancing at the University of Mississippi where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance in 2015. Upon the start of his college career he quickly fell in love with dance and composition; he soon after began dancing and choreographing for Mississippi: The Dance Company and Ole Miss Student Dance (and served as their Artistic Director for two years).
He's been privileged to train under the American Collegiate Dance Association, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, David Dorfman Dance, Rioult, and Thodos Chicago. Atarius now teaches, performs, and choreographs for theatres and dance companies in Mississippi and Georgia.
He's thrilled to begin his first season with the Fuerta Dance Company!
As a Native New Yorker, Diarra began her Pre-Professional dance training in New York City at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. As a member of the Young Artist Program, she studied Graham Technique intensively under the direction of Oliver Tobin, Amelie Bernard, and Principle Dancer Tadej Brdnik, before moving to Atlanta for college in 2012.
Diarra graduated from Agnes Scott College, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While at Agnes, Diarra continued to deepen and develop her love of Graham Technique under the direction of Bridget Roosa. She participated in collaborative projects with both Emory and Brenau University dancers, as well as participated in the American College Dance Festival annually. Diarra is currently a member of RAIIN Dance Theater, and is super excited to explore the dynamics of movement as a new addition to the Fuerta Dance family!
Alainna began her training at Fancy Dancer in Dublin, Ga under the direction of Laura Carswell and continued dancing under the direction of Abby Avery, Gilda Loyd, and Mario Mitchell. Through her years training at Fancy Dancer, she developed her skills in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop. After graduating high school, Alainna was honored to become the Hip-Hop Director at Fancy Dancer. Alainna continued her training at Valdosta State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While in college, Alainna was a member of VSU’s repertory dancers and had many performance opportunities through this ensemble. It was in college that she fell in love with Modern dance and began to study it in depth. She recently performed and presented choreography at the American College Dance conference. The Communication Arts department at VSU awarded her with the “Creative Research Award” in dance. After graduation she moved to the Atlanta area and began dancing with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company. Alainna also has a passion of teaching dance. She is the competition director at Giselle Diblasi School of Ballet and recently became the Modern Dance Adjunct at Heritage High School in Conyers, GA. She is excited for her first season with the Fuerta Dance Company.