Skye just moved to LA after completing her MFA in Acting at
ART/Harvard, June 2009. She has danced professionally for over 10 years with several companies from around the world. Most
recently with Vital Spark Dance Company of Orlando, FL. She’s also performed with Southern Dance Theatre, Orlando Ballet,
North Carolina Ballet, and the Bordeaux Ballet of France. She is thankful to have this opportunity to work with Leaps N’ Bounds
Dance and to stretch herself artistically in the LA area and would like to thank her parents for their unending love and support.
Tim is a professional dancer in modern, contemporary,
ballet, jazz, hip hop, swing, latin, interpretive, improv, lyrical, dance drama. Tim is a dancer with Leaps N’ Bounds
Dance for the fall 2009 season, as well as serving as the Media Coordinator on behalf of DancerTim.
Born in Pernambuco, Brazil,
Jonia began Brazilian folk dances such as Pastoril, Frevo, Xaxado and Forro when she was just six years old. By age
10, she studied Jazz and then Hip-Hop. With a scholarship to study ballet, she graduated at the 6th Level at age 19
from London’s Royal Academy of Dance Program in Sao Paulo. Jonia
has always had a passion and fascination for dance and went on to graduate from the University of
Sao Paulo with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education.
Competing and placing in numerous dance festivals in Sao Paulo, and finally in one of the largest dance festivals
in the world, the Joinville Dance Festival, Santa Catarina, just south of Brazil, she danced professionally in Hip Hop with
Reebok-sponsored Cia de Performance Dance Company and performed for such corporate notables as Coca-Cola, Dupont, Amway and
Procter and Gamble.
Her love of Hip Hop brought her to Los
Angeles where she danced with Madonna Grimes Dance
Theatre Company and Culture Shock Los Angeles. Out of her native Brazil, she rediscovered the
beauty of her own culture as she developed deeper dance appreciation and skills.
After eight years performing Samba and Brazilian rhythms all
over the U.S., including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Oklahoma, Philadelphia,
Atlanta and internationally in Lebanon and China, Jonia decided to bring her cheerful passion and extensive experience as
a dancer to her own dance company, and in 2007 she founded Raiz Brazil Dance Company.
Jonia lives in Los Angeles with her husband
and two daughters.
Jason Ryan Walker
Jason is the newest member of the Leaps N’ Bounds Dance Training Program. Jason graduated from Hollywood High,
Performing Arts Center June 2009. During his
four years at the Performing Arts Center, Jason studied under Keny Long and Lisa Goldschein, majoring in Ballet, Modern, Jazz
and Wold Dance. Some of Jasons favorite dance productions included Stellalunasol, Audacious, and Storm Warnings;
and favorite musical theater productions included Aida, Tommy the Musical, A Chorus Line (Bobby) and Fame (Tyrone).
The support and love from his family, friends and teachers allowed Jason to develop his artistry thus far. Jason has
a deep passion and love for the performing arts, which was evident when he went from Varsity Basketball to Advanced Ballet
in less two years. He lives by the phrase "Don’t follow your dreams; chase them."