Guest Artists

2018-2019 Guest Artists

Brian Enos


Mr. Enos, originally from San Francisco, CA, began studying ballet at the age of 16. After his training at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre and The Houston Ballet Academy, he was invited to join Houston Ballet at the age of 18. After several years performing with Houston Ballet, Mr. Enos went on to dance for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for eight years, before retiring from the stage in 2010. He's danced leading roles in works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Ben Stevenson, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Bruce, among others. Mr. Enos also has an impressive choreographic career spanning 15 years, with over 30 original works, and glowing reviews from both critics and audiences throughout the United States and abroad. Some of the companies on which he's created work include: Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, and many more. As the artistic leadership behind The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, Mr. Enos is always seeking to push the artistic and technical level of the company, cultivating diverse and engaging repertoire.

Autumn Eckman


Autumn Eckman received her ballet training from Susan Banks Bebee, Tom Pazik and the Houston Ballet Academy before dancing professionally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Giordano Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet. Her performance repertoire includes works by Benjamin Millepied, Twyla Tharp, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow and Mia Michaels. Currently, she is a member of Chicago-based company, The Cambrians. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of Giordano II. as well as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and has choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams-Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stephens College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Forming AutumnEckmanDance in 2015, her work has been presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Jazz Dance World Congress, Midwest RAD Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival and the Kalamazoo Aesthetic Research and Education Program. From 2009-2015, she was an Instructor of Dance at Northern Illinois University and has taught as master faculty at Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, Florida Dance Festival, Summer Dance Lab (Walla Walla, WA), Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase and the Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers and Professional Division. An Iowa Arts Fellow, Autumn received her MFA in Choreography at the University of Iowa. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor of Dance at the University of Arizona.

Maray Gutierrez

Maray Gutierrez is a native of Havana, Cuba where she trained at the National School of Dance. She was a principal dancer for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba for 10 years and worked with esteemed choreographers Giovanni de Cicco, Donald McKayle, Joaquin Sabaté, Jan Linkens, and Marianela Boan, among others. She has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Caribbean, as well as for British television and the Venice Opera. Since relocating to the U.S., she has danced with Hedwig Dances for 11 years, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Concert Dance Inc; the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Houston Grand Opera. She was an Emmy-nominated dancer in 2008 performing “Billy Sunday” (Ruth Page Foundation) and was selected by “See Chicago Dance” as one of the 10 Top Women in 2006 for her choreography, Eterno Despertar for Luna Negra Dance Theater.

Victor Alexander

Victor Alexander is a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He trained at the National Dance School in Havana and was a principal dancer for the National Contemporary Dance Company of Cuba for ten years. He has studied with distinguished teachers such as Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis and Jeffrey Bullock from the United States. Victor has danced with Hedwig Dances since 2002 and has also performed with Luna Negra Dance Theater; Concert Dance Inc (CDI); the Lyric Opera of Chicago and as a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2008. He has also danced with the Houston Grand Opera and was nominated for an Emmy Award as a Dancer (2008) with the Ruth Page Foundation’s production of Billy Sunday. In 2012, Victor was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artists Grant and became a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist and was honored by Dance Magazine as “25 to watch 2013,”. Victor is currently the Director of the Ruth Page School Of Dance.

Jennifer Mabus


JENNIFER MABUS, a dance artist currently living and working in Texas, possesses a rich performance background. Hailed as “bold” (New York Times) and “living calligraphy” (Boston Globe) and she has performed internationally as a soloist and founding member of Battle Works, Robert Battle’s company before he became the director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Additionally, Mabus has danced for the Amy Marshall Dance Company (NYC), Heidi Latsky (NYC), Takehiro Ueyama (NYC), Bruce Wood Dance Project (TX), Noble Motion Dance (TX), and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (TX), among others. Mabus has presented choreography in festivals, such as the Dance Gallery Festival (TX), the Dumbo Dance Festival (NYC), Cool/NY Festival, and the 254 Festival (TX), and she has been commissioned to create work for the dance companies, METdance, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Pilot Dance Project, Muscle Memory Dance Theater, Omega Dance Company, and Elle Danceworks, as well as for university dance programs around the nation.

In Houston, she has been commissioned to create work for the Miller Outdoor Theater and Zilka Hall at the Hobby Center by the Foundation for Modern Music and the Windsync Ensemble. Mabus was a Rice University Dance Artist in Residence, a Noble Motion Dance “Next Step” emerging artist, and a Dance Source Houston Artist in Residence. She is also a founding member of the Transitory Sound and Movement Collective, where she has co-created original, experiential evenings in venues such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Rothko Chapel, Rec Room and the Rice University Gallery.

Mabus is the Dance Program Chair at the University of St. Thomas, and has served on the dance faculties of Texas Christian University, Sam Houston State University, Houston’s HSPVA, San Jacinto College, Booker T Washington HSPVA, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Mabus received a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and an MFA from Sam Houston State University, and she is also a 500-hour certified yoga instructor.

Recent Repertory for the Main Stage performances has included:

Out of Pocket (Taylor Mitchell)
A Choreographic Offering (José Limón)
Psalm (José Limón)
Caffeinated (Larry Keigwin)
Sing, Sing, Sing (Gus Giordano/Nan Giordano)
Rush Hour (Robert Battle)
DanceSport (Harrison McEldowney)
Sound Effects (Sam Watson)
Sabor a Mi (Susan Quinn)

New choreography created for the dance ensemble includes works by:

Geoff Alexander (Big Middy Dance Company, STL); Victor Alexander (Hedwig Dances, Chicago); Jennifer Archibald (Arch Dance Company, NYC); Elizabeth George (University of Arizona); Maray Gutierrez (Hedwig Dances, Chicago); Cesar Salinas (Giordano Dance Chicago); Jennifer Weber (Decadance Theatre, NYC)


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