JALISA WALLERSON (Understudy & Dancer) is a 22-year-old technically trained NYC based dancer
and choreographer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she started her training with Victory Music
and Dance Company INC at the age of eleven years old. She then went on to attend
Brooklyn High School of the Arts. During her summers Jalisa Wallerson attended Earl
Mosley’s Institute of the Arts where she got the chance to work with Clifton Brown,
Alexander Diaz, Antonio Brown, Ruddy Frias, and Earl Mosley. She made her debut in a
commercial for the Nike x NYC Parks collection launch back in 2019. Jalisa is currently
at Hunter College pursuing her bachelor's degree in dance with a psychology minor so
that she can continue to perform and teach professionally.
As DAVA’s understudy, I am honored to work with such an educated and talented role
model. I feel truly blessed to work closely with Dava, representation is important and
being a young black woman in the dance community, I find it refreshing to stand
JULIETA RODRIGUEZ-CRUZ (Dancer & Production Assistant) is a emerging choreographer from the Bronx. She participated in the 2020 Dance your Bronx UP! choreography program with BAAD! under the mentorship of Alethea Pace. Julieta is also a recent graduate of Hunter College(‘22) where she received her BA in dance. As a student she performed in works by Kyle Abraham and Christian Von Howard. During her time at Hunter, she also gained a deep interest in lightning design and lit for several of her peers' works. After graduation, Julieta worked as the assistant lighting designer and stage manager for the Davalois Fearon Dance company.
Dava has been my teacher since I was 14 years old and it’s always exciting to work with her. I’m grateful for her mentorship and for all the opportunities she and her company has given me to grow in my craft. I’m thrilled to be her production assistant for this Danspance program.