Eye Candy


Caitlin Heflin
Caitlin, originally from Nashville, Tennessee, holds a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  While studying, she performed works by Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, Joost Vrouenraets, Billy Sigenfield, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Upon her graduation, she joined Thodos Dance Chicago and freelanced with multiple choreographers and companies in the Chicagoland area. In 2017, she relocated to Los Angeles, and has worked with Cherice and Charissa Barton, Christian Denice, Vincent Paterson, and is currently dancing with Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre. Her choreography has been featured at shows in Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and she is the ballet instructor at MMSDance in Long Beach and Thrive Dance Center in Thousand Oaks. She says that beauty is a person accepting that they are their own kind of beautiful, despite the manifold definitions that society thrusts upon them.

Dominique Kersh
Dominique is a dance artist and educator. She has recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with her BFA in Dance Performance and her BA in Education Sciences. Upon graduation, she received a professional dance position with SpectorDance Company in Monterey, CA. With the Company, Dominique has performed in several original choreographic works created by founder, Fran Spector Atkins. This year, she performed in New York City at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals with SpectorDance Company. Dominique has recently moved to Los Angeles, CA where she is currently performing and teaching dance. She describes beauty as something that is only found within – we are all unique and diverse individuals with a story to tell.

Leah Ramos
Born and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Leah grew attached to dance and went on to receive her BFA in ballet at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She later performed with companies including Ballet Pensacola and De La Dance Company and gained experience as an educator in dance as well. Since moving to Los Angeles in August of 2017, Ramos has been performing with Kayamanan Ng Lahi- a Philippine folk dance company, and A Stage of Our Own- a Philippine and Pacific Islander collective of artists, organizers, and researchers. She has also been learning hula to perform at the end of May and is overall excited to be creating with so many amazing artists especially for EYE CANDY. Beauty is whatever is honest, genuine, and in it’s truest form. Physical beauty standards all over the world are so high and unattainable that it corrupts the perception of ourselves. Despite these standards, beauty can still be found everywhere, we just have to look in the right places with the right perspective.

Brianna Milner
Brianna is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. Dance and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Her training includes a variety of styles such as modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, hip-hop and ballroom. Her most recent accomplishments include dancing in Norwegian Cruise Line’s production of the Broadway musical, After Midnight, and Kwerk with Shade Productions. She has also presented choreography in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Young Artists’ Festival, and Kaleidoscope. She defines beauty as self assurance. If you accept yourself, you are beautiful.

Valeria Oviedo

Valeria is a visual and performance artist, she received her BFA in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Photography at Universidad de Guadalajara and a Certificate in Entertainment Management from San Diego State University, under the tutelage and direction of Jay Sheehan. Oviedo has participated with artist and companies from both sides of border, such as Lux Boreal (Tijuana) and somebodies dance theater (San Diego).

Beauty. I wonder why a concept so ambiguous, as diverse as humanity itself and subject to change constantly, has had so much power through time.

Amit Patel
Amit, a native of Fremont, CA, is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher living in Los Angeles. As a first generation Indian American, he strives to fuse his cultures by bringing together different disciplines of dance. With this in mind, he fused his Eastern culture and Western training to bring an unconventional style of dance called “Indian Contemporary.” His dance training consists of Bollywood Fusion, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and an extensive training in Contemporary and Modern Dance. His goal as an artist is to create a dance movement that has the potential to unite, inspire, and empower people across cultures.

Joshua White, Michael Levy, National Raga Company of India, Nina Simone, Andrea True Connection, Heart of the Dragon Ensemble, and Karl St. Charles