Jennifer began her dance training at the age of five in Anchorage, Alaska at Dance Spectrum School of Dance. Beginning with preschool ballet and tap, she quickly learned that she loves movement and gradually added a variety of styles to her repertoire including modern, jazz, contemporary, pointe, and hip hop. Jennifer joined the school’s company, Dance Spectrum Alaska, at the age of 14 and performed seven seasons with the company under the direction of Gail Florio. She eventually moved to Virginia to pursue an education in psychology and counseling at Christopher Newport University. There she joined the Silver Storm Dance Team and enjoyed performing at numerous games and school events.
Jennifer moved to Tulsa in 2012 and quickly sought out dance opportunities in Oklahoma. She found Portico Dance Theatre in 2013 through their full-length production, "Combined Minds," and joined the dance company and aerial dance program the following season. Jennifer has trained in aerial fabric and lyra and provides instruction in aerial fabric training for PDT. In addition to her work with Portico Dance Theatre, Jennifer enjoys performing in musicals and pursuing skills in other expressions of movement including partner acrobatics, contortion, and pole arts and well as continued training in all forms of dance on the ground and in the air. Jennifer is currently the Aerial Director for PDT and sits on the Board of Directors.
Sage was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Booker T. Washington High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from OU in 2016, and is currently working towards getting into the Physical Therapy Assistance program at OCCC. Sage studied at Miss Shelly's School of Dance and Center Stage and Acrobatics. Sage started learning aerial in 2013 through the PDT classes, then moved on to teach and co-choreograph aerial silks and lyra and create performance pieces. "BorN" was the first PDT production Sage saw and volunteered for, which inspired her to learn more about the company and "Mob Mental.ity" was her favorite PDT work in which to perform. Sage's favorite color is probably red or gold (or a combination of the two) and she has two cats: Koko and Marie. She is currently a server and soon-to-be bartender at McNellies in Norman. Sage's mom, Kimberly Harper, has been her largest support through her entire life.
Keith joined PDT in Summer 2015. Keith studied dance at Oral Roberts University and specializes in tap. He currently teaches at PC Dance Co.
Sami joined PDT in fall 2016 and is a teacher with Tulsa Public Schools.
Cherie grew up in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and has been following her passion of dance since the age of three. She attended Oklahoma City University where she earned a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance with a focus on choreography theory and ballet, tap, and jazz pedagogy. While studying at the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, Cherie had the opportunity to perform and tour with the American Spirit Dance Company under the direction of Jo Rowan. After graduating she went on to dance professionally in Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Some of Cherie’s favorite dance credits include multiple seasons with Larrwell Productions for Mary Kay Cosmetic Conventions, Rob Lake Magic Inc. as a dancer and magician’s assistant, Cedar Fair Theme Parks in Pennsylvania, industrials for Sally's Beauty Supply and DIFFA, Phenom Dance Team, and multiple performances with RAW Artists exhibitions in Los Angeles. In addition to dancing Cherie teaches multiple styles of dance for all ages and instructs Pilates and barre fitness classes. She’s very excited to be back permanently in her home state with her husband and to have the opportunity to continue dancing locally in Tulsa with Portico!
Emily joined PDT in February 2011.
Linda joined PDT in February 2011 with a crazy performance in the New Genre Festival and has been in every production since (except for that one when she had a baby). Linda has danced since age four and continued dance training at Southern Methodist University, where also she co-directed a student theatre company. Linda choreographed and danced in several musicals at SMU and in community theatre, including "The Who's Tommy," "Cabaret," "The Fantastics," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and "The Pajama Game." As a child, she dreamed of being an actress and a professional dancer and is grateful that PDT has provided the opportunity to make her dreams a reality at the local level. Linda has her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Theatre and a MA in Arts Administration. Linda fights for social justice in her community, sits on the Board of the Tulsa SPCA, and serves PDT as the graphic designer, marketing/press coordinator, fundraising coordinator, and the Board President. Linda loves her family that allow her to do this, and her seven cats that allow her to pet them sometimes.
Kimberly has loved dance and music from a young age. She grew up in Woodward, Oklahoma and studied tap, jazz, and ballet with Brenda Alexander at the Woodward Studio of Dance. She then studied music at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and earned a Music with Elective Studies in Business degree. When she moved to Tulsa for a marketing internship at the Tulsa Ballet her love of dance was rekindled while she studied tap and jazz with Nancy Clarke at the Nancy Clarke Studio of Dance. After seeing Portico's Project Alice she immediately wanted to become a part of the group. She joined Portico in September of 2010. Some of her favorite Portico productions are Super Suite, BorN, and Mob Mentality. She has also performed in several Theatre Tulsa productions including Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, and Cabaret. In her life outside of dance, Kimberly teaches 6th grade Language Arts at Union's 6th/7th Grade Center. Her husband, Todd, and son, Owen, are her biggest fans and supporters. Kimberly also serves on the PDT Board of Directors as Vice-President.
Luis joined PDT in fall 2016.
Anna Bennett received her dance training at the University of Tulsa, where she performed in and choreographed for the 2014 dance concert and studied with artist-in-residence company Gallim Dance in 2013. She also choreographed for the 2014 eMerge dance festival. Her solo show, "Confessions of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl," was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. Anna also serves on the PDT Board of Directors as Secretary.
Hillary is one of the original PDT members, joining the company in 2009. Hillary is originally from Houston, TX, and studied dance at University of Oklahoma. In her other life, Hillary is a family doctor and psychiatrist. Hillary also serves PDT as costume mistress and sits on the Board of Directors.
Andrea joined Portico Dance Theatre in January of 2016. She started her training in Houston, TX with Tiny Tots Dance & Gymnastics, continued in Tulsa, OK with Fun Times Dance & Gymnastics and Jenks Dance Company. She competed nationally for 10 years, and received numerous awards and dance scholarships. While attending Jenks High School, she was a member of the pom squad for 4 years, a UDA Varsity All-Star, and a member of the All-Regional Dance Team. She has coached and choreographed for several cheer and dance teams in the Tulsa area, as well as production numbers at the collegiate level. She was a member of the Arena Football League Tulsa Talons Cheerleaders for seven years, along with being the Cheerleading Director for two years. She was also the Dance Team Director and Choreographer for the CPIFL Oklahoma Defenders Indoor Football team for two years. Andrea has had the opportunity to perform in several musicals with Theatre Tulsa and Tulsa Project Theatre, such as Miss Saigon, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, and West Side Story to name a few. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting, and is currently working as an Accountant at the BOK Center and Cox Business Center. Andrea also serves on the PDT Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Shana has been a member of Portico Dance Theatre since 2008. In that time she has had the great honor of performing and choreographing works for the company. Shana grew up training in Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. She spent her summers studying with the American Ballet Theatre and Kansas City Ballet. Shana is proud to hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Missouri State University. While studying at Missouri State, Shana had the honor of performing and having her choreography chosen to represent the University at American College Dance Festival. In the summer of 2006, Shana was also chosen to attend and perform with MSU at the Congreso de Pedagogia en la Danza (dance pedagogy congress) in Bogotá, Colombia. Shana’s teaching experience includes subbing ballet, modern, and assisting partnering classes for Missouri State University. She was also a member of Inertia Dance Company through MSU, a community outreach dance company that annually brings dance to over 1,000 school children. Since moving to Oklahoma, Shana has taught dance at Central High School Fine Arts Magnet, Nancy Clarke School of Dance, and Owasso Dance Company. Shana enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons, who she is immensely proud of, as well as her loving extended family. She loves them all "more." In the fall, you are sure to find her and her family at all Arkansas Razorback games. Go Hogs!!