Tammy DeCaro is a mixed media artist from SW Florida. She manipulates fluid acrylic paint, resin, glass, shells and many other textures in her art to provide depth and layers. Tammy has been an artist for many years, is an accomplished speaker and instructor, and has exhibited in galleries and art festivals in SW Florida. She recently left a 30+ year career as a healthcare administrator to pursue art full time.

Christopher Balzano is a writer, folklorist, and host of the podcast Tripping on Legends. His work combines storytelling and history to tell the complete tale of local legends throughout Florida.

 

My name is Riquelson Pierre-Louis, I normally go by the nickname of ” Ricky “. I have been dancing ever since I was 9 years old. I never really took dance seriously until I was about 17 years old. This is when I discovered Hip-hop, and fell in love with the culture and the raw and authentic energy and passion it had. I immediately started to do my research and study the history of Hip-hop and also the foundation of Hip-hop dance. Now that I have mastered the style I attended many battles and showcases, and I am also allowed to share and pour my new found knowledge into those willing to learn and experiment. Ever since Hip-hop found me, I have turned into a better me. I have also joined a Hip-hop dance crew, that is now one of the most known dance crews here in Southwest Florida. I’ve been with this crew for 3 years now and they have been a part of my Hip-hop journey and without them, my growth couldn’t get any better. Now I would love to share my experience with the rest of the world.

My name is Mariana Jordan-Moril,  my dance journey, I’ve also had other hobbies that contributed to my journey such as gymnastics, cheerleading, Track, Soccer, Ballet with and without pointe shoes, Modern Contemporary and also musical theatre dance. I’ve done gymnastics since I was 3 up until today. I will always continue to strive to be more and more flexible as I continue to grow in my dance career. I’ve also done cheerleading, track, and soccer for all about 5 and half years until I came across Ballet and Modern Contemporary and fell in love. So far, I have been training in Ballet and Modern Contemporary for 6 years now and ever since I’ve graduated Lehigh senior highschool, I have been sharing my knowledge and growth with the new and upcoming generation at the Alliance for the Arts, Mermaid Tails Dance Company in Marco Island, and also spreading the love and passion for dance to my little sister. I’ve come to a point in my career where I feel the younger generation needs to have the same opportunities that I have been granted throughout my journey, and this is why I’m here today to continue to spread the knowledge, love and energy wherever I go and teach.