David Starry

Cofounder + Production Manager


David discovered dance (and his wife) in high school and majored in Dance at the University of Arizona. He is a true product of the 1980s dance craze. David commits his energy and talents as an extreme performer, digital artist, and makeup designer. Away from the company he is the building manager for Metropolitan Arts Institute, loving husband to Lisa, and proud father to their boys, Christian (15) and Leo (5).

Nicole Olson

Associate Director


Nicole received her BFA in Dance from the University of WI-Stevens Point after attending Milwaukee Ballet School. She has worked with numerous dance companies throughout Milwaukee and Chicago, and has received recognition for her choreographic endeavors. Currently, she directs the dance department at Metropolitan Arts Institute. Nicole joined Scorpius in 2000.

Kalli Sparish

Aerial Team

Kalli grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in May 2006 with a B.A. in dance and a minor in psychology. After graduation, Kalli spent the fall of 2006 dancing and living in NYC. Upon returning to Minneapolis, she has enjoyed dancing throughout the city in various projects – including the Minnesota Fringe Festival, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, a reconstruction of Trisha Brown’s Planes at the Walker Art Museum, Rainy Day Cabaret, and spent 2006-2008 as an apprentice and performer with Carl Flink’s Black Label Movement. This summer she completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the U of MN and recently relocated to Phoenix. Kalli joined Scorpius in 2009.

Angel Castro

Admin Assistant & Aerial Team

Angel started his career in the arts at a young age when he began to study acting and musical theater. It wasn't until his senior year in high school, at the age of 18, when he started dancing. His training started at the South Mountain High School dance magnet. Upon graduating in 2008, he auditioned and was admitted to the ASU School of Dance where he is currently pursuing his BFA in Dance. In 2009, Angel performed with Aaron McGloin Dance and Dulce Dance Company. He is currently dancing with EPIK Dance Company and Scandalesque. Angel joined Scorpius in 2010.

Jose Soto

Assistant Choreographer to Lisa Starry & Aerial Team

Jose graduated from Maryvale High School where he started his dance training at the age of 17 with Ms. Elizabeth Roper in ballet. He has been a company member of Center Dance Ensemble and was a member of Epik Dance Company for 3 years. He has worked with the Mercury Hip Hop Squads for two seasons and the NBA. Jose has choreographed for The Arizona Sidewinders Dance Team (NFL) and has worked with many high schools around the valley. Jose has participated in a “My45” Commercial, Ms. Asia Arizona Pageants and Celebration of Dance. Right now, Jose teaches at 3 dance studios while performing with Scorpius and Scandalesque. Although he has been involved as a guest artist with Scorpius, his first official season with the company started in 2010.

Bridgette Caron

Costume Assistant

Bridgette graduated from Arizona State University in 2007 with a BFA in Dance Choreography. While studying dance in college, she had the honor of playing Division I softball for San Diego State University and finishing her career at Arizona State University. Bridgette danced in 32 Flavors Dance Company and taught Ballroom lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio upon graduation. Perhaps her most ambitious endeavor was establishing her own Massage Therapy Practice in Phoenix in 2009. Bridgette joined Scorpius in 2010.

Gavin Sisson

Assistant Rehearsal Director & Aerial Training

Gavin is originally from Belleville Illinois. He began his professional career at the age of 18 for the St Louis MUNY Theatre, America’s largest outdoor amphitheater. He worked with MADCO from 1998-2002 before moving to New York. In New York he worked with several small companies and was then hired as one of six select dancers for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company.  In 2005 a dream came true for Gavin, as he performed classic original works choreographed by Mr. Hawkins, at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Gavin returned to MADCO in 2007 as a principle dancer, where he most recently worked with Frank Chaves (River North Dance Co), Robert Battle (artistic director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre), and Janice Garrett (Janice Garrett & Dancers). He also served as a teaching artist for the St Louis ArtWorks, a nationally recognized program that uses the arts to provide job training skills for youth in need. Gavin joined Scorpius in 2011.

Lisa Hammond
Admin Assistant

Lisa grew up dancing in the Phoenix area.  After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, she returned to teach at various studios throughout the valley  and Mesa Community College.  Along with teaching and co-directing the dance company at Desert Star Dance, she chases her three kids, Taylor, Sydney, and Jake (also dancers).  Lisa first joined Scorpius in 2006 for two years and is very excited to be back.

Haydehn Tuipulotu

Aerial Team

Haydehn started dancing at Washington High School. Currently, he is working on his Associate's Degree in Fine Arts at Scottsdale Community College, where he has performed with SCC Moving Company, Southern Arizona Jazz Ensemble, and Instinct Dancecorps. Haydehn is a founding member of No Limitz Dance Crew. This is his first season with Scorpius.

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Anca Mihalcescu


Anca was born in Romania and moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1998, where she began her training.  Anca continued her dancing at the Univ. of Alaska.  She was able to work with many guest choreographers and attend the NW’s ACDFA conference. In ‘09, Ms. Mihalcescu moved to Tempe, AZ, where she attended Mesa Community College. At MCC, Anca continued performing/choreographing, winning 1st place for Solo Choreography, Solo Performance, and Group Performance at the Artists of Promise Dance Competition in Phoenix. Anca is currently attending ASU as a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Dance.  This is her first season with Scorpius. 

Liliana Gomez


Liliana has been in awe of Scorpius for some time -- first as a fan while in high school, then as an apprentice and guest artist, and finally, as a company member. She has also worked with Instinct Dancecorps, LizCasebolt Dance, Garner-Guttirez Dance, and now co-directs Dulce Dance Co. She is passionate about art that educates and fills the soul and is a strong supporter of the downtown art/dance scene. She enjoys watching movies and riding her bicycle. Lili first joined Scorpius in 2003.

2013/14 Apprentices

Andrew Hagerty


Andrew Hagerty began dancing at the age of 9 and graduated under the direction of Donald Dadey and Sibylle Acatos-Dadey at the Scottsdale School of Ballet. Andrew attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program on full scholarship and went on to perform in PBT’s Giselle, and 30 performances of The Nutcracker Suite under the direction of Terrence Orr.

Andrew joined Scorpius in 2013.

Martha Patricia Hernandez


Martha Hernandez is a born native to Jalisco, Mexico. She was first a painter, and then joined dance at Metropolitan Arts Institute in 2005. Martha gained additional training from Ballet Arizona and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has performed with Physical Graffiti, Center Dance Ensemble, and Roberto Villanueva’s BalaSole Dance Company at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York City. Recently earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Media for Dance from Arizona State University,  This is Martha's second season with Scorpius.

Ashley Zarr


Originally hailing from Iowa, Ashley moved to the Valley in 2010 following the completion of her B.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa. After having taught dance for six years at various studios throughout Iowa, Ashley decided to fully pursue her own dreams of dancing professionally. She has danced with Dias Dance Life, Desert Dance Theatre and is currently in her third season as a core member with Dulce Dance Company. Ashley is thrilled to be joining Scorpius after much admiration from afar. Ashley joined Scorpius in 2013.

Liz Ann Hewett


Liz Ann Hewett started dancing at 14 in Houston, Texas as a street and break dancer. She has toured with the Mexican pop group Kabah and done opening performances for Jordin Sparks, Ricky Martin, Fat Joe, and The Roots. She appeared in Janet Jackson’s 20 Y.O. DVD in 2006 as a dancer in Janet’s private audition process. She also represented the USA in the World Hip Hop Championships in Bremen, Germany. She moved to Phoenix in 2008 when she received a scholarship to the School of Dance at Arizona State University. She continued her training with ASU, EPIK Dance Company, and now performs with Scorpius Dance Theatre. Within the last year Liz Ann has graduated ASU with a minor in Dance, was featured in the online series AXI: Avengers of Extreme Illusions, and attended “Vegas Week” for So You Think You Can Dance Season 9. Her goal is to continue evolving as a dancer and bring something to every style. Liz joind Scorpius in 2013.

Samantha Dutcher

Julia Goraj

Teala Jacobs

Moriah Kelldorf

Erin Runbeck


Erin started dancing her freshman year of high school at Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, AZ. During her years there, she performed in many school and professional productions including Celebration Of Dance and was awarded the 2010 Young Adult Choreography award by the Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival. She joined the company as an apprentice in January 2012 and currently studies genetics and cell biology at Arizona State University. Music and movement continues to be her passion and preferred method of expression. Erin is ecstatic to continue dancing in more wonderful performances with her Scorpius family.

Dominque Bailey


Dominque started  training when he was eighteen years old and knew right away he had a passion for dance. Dominque has danced for Verve Dance Company for the past year and a half and describes his dance style  as diverse fusion of contemporary  modern. Dominque is currently studying to receive his bachelor’s degree in forensic science at Grand Canyon University. This is his first season with Scorpius.

Corey Weiss


Corey  has been involved in the arts from a young age, first studying music and theatre. He first discovered his love for movement while training in gymnastics at the age of 8. He took his first dance class at Glendale Community College. He performed for GCC's Verve Dance Company for 2 years. Corey is currently pursuing a degree in Dance.

Travis Richardson


Travis began his dance training at Metropolitan Arts Institute. He received his Bachelors in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 2013. He has danced with Pennington Dance Group in Pasadena, CA and has had the pleasure of performing at the RedCat Theatre in Los Angeles. Now back in his home state of Arizona, he's glad to be back where it all started and is looking foreword to the next adventure. This is his first season with Scorpius Dance Theatre.

Jay Bouey


Billie-Joe, "J", began his dance training at South Mountain High School, where he studied ballet, modern, jazz, and choreography.  J is currently attending ASU to receive   a BFA in Dance Education.  J. had founded a student-run organization named “Free The Dance” and joined Dancers and Health Together Inc. as the Community Engagement Coordinator.  J feels his calling is to offer the opportunity of dance to as many people willing to learn as possible, as well as continuing to perform and choreograph.  This is his first season performing with Scorpius.