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.
Kanami, originally from Tokyo, Japan, started dancing ballet at the age of three in Portland, Oregon. Upon returning back to Japan, she went to Noriko Kobayashi Ballet Academy and The Tokyo Ballet School to further her classical ballet training. In high school, she enrolled in professional program at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, where she studied various dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and character dance. After graduating with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada Award, she went to The University of Texas at Austin, Theater and Dance Department. Majoring in Dance, she worked with various American choreographers including Charles O. Anderson, Alex Ketley, Abby Zbikowski, Kate Watson-Wallace and Sidra Bell. Upon graduation, she returned back to Japan and has performed in many projects by choreographers including Pichet Klunchun, Kota Yamazaki, Kazuyuki Futami, and Naoya Aoki and also choreographed her own work. Currently, she is dancing at Galveston Ballet as a Guest Artist. Her solo work, "Optimize Obligation" was selected for Barnstorm Dance Festival Digital Edition 2020.