Dance Instructor
Talaessa began her dance journey in 2005 under the direction of Mona Enna (Artistic Director of Storling Dance Theater) at The Culture House Conservatory of the Performing Arts. In 2008, she auditioned and was accepted into the conservatory’s Artist’s Development Program furthering her training with an emphasis on Martha Graham, Vaganova, Classical Jazz, and Corporal Mime. After graduating the program in 2010, she appeared, as a guest artist, in Storling’s Dance Theatre’s encore performances: “The Little Match Girl”, “Butterfly”, “Underground” and their debut performance:“Voices” for the Opening Gala of the Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts. From 2013-2014 she worked as both performer and choreographer for Sarah Johnston (Crash Alchemy) and Toni Bravo (Diverse Space Dance Theater) in Austin, TX.  She competed with GO Dance’s West Coast Swing Team directed by World Champions: Gary McIntyre and Susan Kirkland, performing their 2013 Championship choreography for the ASDC. In 2015 she toured as a dancer, aerialist, and co-choreographer for On the Fly Productions LLC, a dance/aerial company featured on the hit reality shows: America’s Got Talent, Fake Off (Season 2), and Little Big Shots. During that same year, Talaessa choreographed and performed her own work: “Father’s Piano” for Fran Spector Atkins of SpectorDance in Monterey, CA. and co-choreographed the finale of “Percussion Pointe”, a collaboration between Ballet Lubbock and Texas Tech University. In 2016 she was signed with Movement Talent Agency and developed her skills acting and dancing for the camera. She has since performed with VIDA Dance Company at the KC Fringe Festival, appeared in Calvin Arsenia’s Music Video “Headlights” and performed with KC Zapphire at the 2019 Salsa Congress in St. Louis. In February 2020 she presented her own choreographic work “Particles Observed” for Making Moves at the Capsule in Kansas City. Talaessa is currently teaching dance in the Kansas City Metro while choreographing and performing for various artists. Talaessa is thrilled to start her third season on faculty at The Pulse Performing Arts Center!