Vi Dieu graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Minor in Interdisciplinary Arts, May 2015. During his undergraduate career with the Dance Program, Vi received the opportunity to perform with University of Houston Dance Ensemble and work with Teresa Chapman, Karen Stokes, Becky Valls, Sara Draper, Jhon Stonks, Catilina Molnari, Jackie Nalett, Jennifer Sommers, Marc Bamuthi, and Sophia Torres. Vi has a background in hip-hop dance and combined his love and passion for dance to form United As One Dance (Unason) and became the director/choreographer. Unason performed many of Vi’s original choreography at different talent shows, like University of Houston Best Dance Crew and Kollaboration, and under his leadership; they won first place at a K-Pop competition. Unason is currently anticipating a performance on June 20, 2015 at this year’s Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival. This is his fourth season with Psophonia.
Melissa Juneau began her training at Dancescape by Joyce in Pearland, TX. After 15 years of dance training, she was accepted into the BFA dance program at Sam Houston State University. While at Sam Houston State University. Melissa performed and choreographed many dances before she graduated in 2014 with a BFA in Dance. This is her second season with Psophonia.
Kate Rash is a graduate from the University of Houston with a BA in Dance with a focus in Choreography and a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts. She has danced for numerous Houston and Texas dance festivals, including Barnstorm Dance Festival, Houston Choreographers x6, and Brazos Dance Festival, as well as apprenticed one year with Open Dance Project’s first premiered season. Rash is excited to be a company member with Psophonia Dance Company for the 2016-2017 season. As well as dancing, Rash is also a dance educator with Young Audiences of Houston, previously at Rice University through their recreational center, and a proud member of Becky Valls, “Dance of the Insects” children’s show that teaches science through dance.
Arielle Tesia Rojas is a trained hip hop dancer, but later found her passion in Modern and Contemporary dance while attending the University of Houston. She was a part of the University's dance ensemble for two years, and received the best choreography award for her piece "Aftershock" which was taken to ACDFA. Since then, Arielle has graduated from the University of Houston with honors receiving a bachelor's in Dance. She has been a company member of Psophonia Dance Company for two years, while simultaneously traveling around the state of Texas teaching various workshops and having her pieces performed by prominent dance companies. Rojas is also part of Young Audiences of Houston where she currently has a residency with Roberts Elementary as the dance director for their school musicals.
Karin Celeste has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. She toured nationally with Dance Revolution Dance Convention for 8 years. In addition to her classical training at Houston Ballet, she is a skilled hip hop artist. She is currently an art student at the Art Institute of Houston and teaches at Define Dance and Art. This is her third season with Psophonia.