Natalie Uehara

Natalie Uehara is a former professional dancer who holds a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She is an award-winning choreographer and sought-after dance educator who is skilled at helping dancers of all levels reach their highest potential. Many of her former students are current professionals in the dance & theatre industries all over the world.

She is the Co-Director of the McCallum Youth Dance Company and the resident choreographer for MAC Theatre, both located at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX. Before relocating to Austin from Honolulu, HI, she was the director of Castle DanceForce and resident choreographer for the internationally recognized Castle Performing Arts Center. For 10 plus years, she directed theatre education programs and choreographed shows at Diamond Head Theatre, most recently, the Hawaii premiere of Matilda in 2019. In 2010, she won a Hawaii State Theatre Council award for choreography for her work on the Hawaii premiere of the musical, Zombie Prom.

Additionally, She has received multiple nominations for the Heller Awards (Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards), winning the award for Best Choreography in 2019 for 42nd Street and Best Production in 2023 for Pippin. Additionally, she is the Musical Theatre Director for Dance Discovery & Avery Ranch Dance, Co-Choreographer for the AISD Summer Theatre Series, and adjunct teacher at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in Houston, TX. Natalie is married to Chris and together they have two beautiful children, Kobe & Giabella.

Terrance Carson

Terrance L. Carson Jr. (Austin, TX) began his dance training in the 7th grade under the direction of China Smith and Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance Company where he trained in African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, and Contemporary. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Afrique.

He attended the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy as a dance major taught by faculty members Rachel Murray and Brazie Adamez. During his time in high school, he worked with guest artists such as Amy Morrow, Quinton Weathers, Rosero McCoy, and Olivia Chacon before graduating in 2016.

In 2020, Terrance earned a BFA in Modern Dance as a Nordan Fine Arts Scholar at the Texas Christian University School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. His performance highlights at TCU include works by faculty Suki John, Nina Martin, and Susan Douglas-Roberts, and guest artists Jordan Fuchs, Lee Wei Chao, Jennifer Nugent, Abby Zbikowski, Francisco Aviña, and Adam Barruch.