Faith grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. She began dancing at the age of 8 and quickly fell in love with the artistry and athleticism of dance. She went on to receive her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in May 2014. Faith joined Noumenon Dance Ensemble in 2015. She has enjoyed growing her skills and artistry with the company, even making her professional choreographic debut in the Spring of 2019 with NDE. She looks forward to continuing to dance and perform with Noumenon this coming season!
Shanna A. Cruzat
Shanna A. Cruzat is native to Chicago where she began her formal training with Homer Bryant at Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Shanna received her B.F.A in Dance and B.A. in English from University of Michigan under the guidance of Robin Wilson, Peter Sparling and Judy Rice. Since graduating, she has danced with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Cerqua Rivera Dance, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Theater 2. She has performed works by Kevin "Iega" Jeff, Gary Abbott, Diane McIntyre, Reggie Wilson, Wilfredo Rivera and Fana Tshabala for his work, Indumba, that was award dance of the year in the Chicago Sun-Times. Shanna enjoys sharing her love of dance through various teaching at various schools throughout the city. Shanna is excited to begin her first year with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.
Alana Sahara Larry
Alana Sahara Larry has been dancing for eight years. She began her training at the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center. Through dance, she has been fortunate to travel to Hong Kong, St. Thomas, Paris, and many other fascinating places. At 18 years old, she is the youngest member of NDE! For Alana, dance is therapeutic. She is so excited for the upcoming season!
Caitlyn Huynh grew up in Central Illinois, where she began her training under Stacy Terry. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Contemporary Dance and a Certificate in Arts Administration. Upon graduation, Caitlyn moved to Chicago where she is currently a program coordinator for the Joffrey Community Engagement. This will be Caitlyn's 4th season with Noumenon.
Evan Nicole Gayles is a Chicago native, born and raised on the city’s south side. At a young age Evan developed a burning passion for the performing arts. She spent her childhood studying various art forms, yet her heart always belonged to dance. Evan began her dance training at age three under Homer Hans Bryant at the Chicago Mutli-Cultural Dance Center. Evan is currently a senior at DePaul University pursuing a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. She is looking forward to being back on stage and beginning her first season with NDE!
Tyler Thompson was born and raised in Chicago. She began her dance training at the Hyde Park School of Dance and later continued her training at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Tyler went on to attain her BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. After graduating, she returned home to find her place in Chicago’s thriving dance community. She started with creating her own company, 773 Dance Project to bring accessible dance experiences to Chicago’s South Side. Now, she’s excited to return to performing as an apprentice with NDE!
Alison Weber, from DeKalb, IL, began dancing at eight years old, studying primarily jazz dance, and rounding out her technique in ballet and tap. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in English from Beloit College in Wisconsin under the direction of Chris Johnson. While earning her degree at Beloit, she had the opportunity to study with Margi Cole, Kate Corby, David Dorfman, Carl Flink and other members of Black Label Movement, members of Zenon Dance, and more. Thereafter, she began her professional dance career with Joel Hall Dancers 2, studying under the legend Joel Hall himself, as well as Will Gill, Betsy Herskind, and Dereque Whiturs. She has also had the privilege to study with Homer Bryant, Cesar Salinas, Nick Pupillo, and Eddy Ocampo. She is returning for her third season with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.
Tara Dubac is a graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BFA in Dance: Specialization in Performance and Choreography, as well as a minor in Business Administration and Writing. The Slippery Rock Dance Department awarded Tara “Most Outstanding Dance Major” out of her senior class. Upon graduating, she moved to Chicago to pursue her passion for dance. Tara has recently begun an internship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago with their Youth Dance Education Program. She will be entering her second season dancing with NDE!