Tikiri Shapiro hails from Knoxville, TN and earned a BFA in dance from George Mason University. After graduating, she had a brief stint in Seattle performing with Gender Tender and then traveled back to the East Coast for the next several years to pursue her love for teaching as she opened Lighthouse Dance & Yoga, a studio in Selbyville, DE. As choreography at the studio took flight, she formed Sea Legs Dance and took the group on an international tour to Sri Lanka as well as other shows in Delaware, Maryland, India, and NYC. Tikiri eventually moved the company to New York City for a few years before moving to Austin, TX. She is thrilled with the Austin dance community and thanks everyone who has welcomed her and Sea Legs to Austin.
Rachel Cox Culver
Rachel Cox Culver holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). She currently performs with NobleMotion Dance, Ventana Ballet, and as a freelance dancer in Austin, TX. Before moving to Austin, Rachel danced with Nicolay Dance Works and as an apprentice with Bruce Wood Dance. While studying at SHSU, Rachel had the pleasure of working with many guest choreographers including Maurice Causey, and performing in many SHSU faculty creations. Hailing from Elida, NM, she studied classical and contemporary ballet and spent her summers studying with the Kirov Academy of Ballet, among others.
Denali Huff is from the small town of Rockport, TX where she discovered her passion for dance and performing at a young age. She trained at the Kinetic Movement Center attending competitions and conventions across the state. Then, she made moves to study dance at the University of North Texas but soon switched to an online school that allowed her to travel the U.S. and Mexico while simultaneously teaching dance and yoga. After her recent travels, she landed in Austin where she is finishing school and working on other dance projects with Lisa Nicks, Sea Legs Dance, and Ventana Ballet. Since her move to ATX, she has also been introduced to the film industry where she performed in several music videos and featured films.