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713 STAFF

EMILY FIGUEROA

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Emily Figueroa is a 25-year old dancer, teacher, and dance studio owner! Emily grew up in Houston, training mainly in Hip hop, tap, and modern dance. She attended HSPVA where her passion for dancing and teaching blossomed. Some of Emily’s credits include performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Super Bowl 50, Astroworld with Pharrell, and choreographing for artists such as Haleston Dare Chlo Subia. On top of these amazing achievements, emily has also had success being an award winning choreographer winning over 10+ competitions. She currently manages her family restaurant alongside opening her own dance studio in 2021 and teaching dance throughout the greater Houston area. In her free time, Emily loves to spend time with her dogs, cook, and find new ways to be active, whether cross training, taking gymnastics classes, or rollerskating.

Khalil is the co-studio owner of Garage 713 in Houston, TX and a working choreographer. Khalil first got the itch to perform and entertain after doing a rather odd rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for his 5th grade talent show. By fall 2008 Khalil Joined a performance dance team called FLY Dance Company. Here he trained in a few foundational styles such as popping, breaking, and locking. He was also able to build up his performance skills by performing locally all over the Houston area in various shows and/or events like the Bayou City Arts Festival, HighSchool spring shows, expos, quince’s, & more. From 2012 to 2021, Khalil got into the choreography & competition side of the dance community when he joined SoReal Dance Studio as a student, dancer, & instructor where his choreography would go on to win numerous awards. A career highlight for Khalil was winning an online choreography competition hosted by Jaquel Knight. Some other highlights include dancing in the Justin Bieber “Second Emotion” Music Video & the 2022 Billboard Music Awards with Diddy.  He has worked with various industry choreographers associated with Michael Jackson, Beyonce, N.E.R.D., Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Pharrell, Megan Thee Stallion and more. Khalil now hopes with owning a studio and having a new found leadership in the community the he bring back a little of how it was when he was just starting to dance. 

KHALIL MCNEIL

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MANDY MONTEITH

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A 25 year-old New York native, has been working and dancing in Houston since she was a kid, focusing on ballet and contemporary from a young age. She’s been dancing for 21 years and her favorite style is contemporary! She grew up performing ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary as well as doing competitive figure skating and playing sports. She later moved onto focusing on dance, obtaining her BFA in Dance at Arizona State University as well as studying overseas in contemporary dance. When she’s not dancing, Mandy does fashion styling and nutrition coaching, alongside her day job. Some of her favorite dancers are Micaela Taylor, Gigi Faye, Kiira Harper, and all of her talented friends! She’s performed in shows all throughout Houston with different artists and choreographers including Houston Contemporary Dance Company, 6 Degrees Dance, and presented a Christmas show/toy drive in collaboration with Jessica Figueroa. Her credits include directing multiple dance shows at Arizona State, coordinating costume design for Casey Choreo’s 14th Lovers Lane dance production, performing in VH1’s A Hip Hop Family Christmas produced by Jamie Foxx, and presenting films in three international film festivals. 

Noemi is a  26 year old professional dancer based in Houston, Texas. She has been dancing for over 14 years and her training began at Aldine Dance Company with ballet, contemporary, jazz and Hip-hop. Noemi then attended Hussian College in Studio in Los Angeles, California where she earned a BFA in Commercial Dance. She was an elite member at KreativMindz Dance Academy where she established her signature grooves and was able to get signed with Bloc Talent Agency. She made appearances in music videos and live performances around LA working with artists such as Daddy Yankee, Meghan Trainor, The Jonas Brothers, Daya Luz, and more. Noemi currently resides in Houston and just finished a season with the famous NBA’s Clutch City Dancers for the Houston Rockets. She has also worked professionally in her hometown with artists such as Erika Banks, Frankie J, and, Baby Bash. She prides herself in passing down her industry knowledge to the Houston dance community and now specializes in teaching Jazz Funk and Hip-hop!

MIMI SALAZAR

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JURNEY NEELY

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24 year old training since the age of 14 in modern day hip hop, credits and specialties include creating sets for competing dance teams from Middle, High school and college ranging from hiphop, hype style, to jazz. Training alongside some of the best dance Mentors such as Meoka McBride, Sheila Milner and Garage 713’s very own Khalil McNeil and Emily Figueroa; so many levels of opportunity have been unlocked and there are many To go! While my glasses are growing my slot offers a great place for a personalized, intimate experience with choreography that will push you to your limit. Some performances and credited sets: Houston rockets halftime hype crew guest performance-2017 ,Judge/Choreographer for Nex pro college hype dancers, Lamar high school Spring competition, Progressions dance studio summer showcase, Bellaire High school (Alumni) spring, summer, fall competition and showcase sets-2017-2023 ,Monsters showcase -2018 etc!

Damaris Salazar

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GRASHUSS ARIE

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DEVIN AUGUSTIN

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GRASHUSS ARIE

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