Dance Biography: Kerin Martinez
Kerin began studying tap, musical theatre, jazz, and ballet at the age of seven in Northern California. She was a varsity dance line member and choreographer for both her high school and junior college dance teams. She began teaching tap at the age of sixteen at the Katherine Wheeler Dance Studio in Santa Rosa, California. At eighteen she was hired as a drama and dance instructor for the West County Theatre Arts Guild in Petaluma, California. Before moving to Austin, Texas, she lived in Anaheim, California where she performed dancing, singing, and character roles in parades and stage shows at The Disneyland Resort, which was a dream come true. Kerin was part of the faculty at a central Austin studio beginning in 2003, promoted to Assistant Director of the studio at large in 2010, and she spent 17 years as the Artistic Director of their award-winning competition teams. From 2009 to 2017, Kerin co-directed this team with Ryan Miller. She decided to retire from this position in May of 2020.
In August of 2020, Kerin began teaching dance outdoors. She founded Open Air Dance Collective in November of that year as a way to foster the community of students she was working with during the pandemic. She is fascinated by movement theory and the inspiring, healing power of dance. In addition to over 20 years of dance teaching experience and expertise, she continues her education as a dancer by taking in-person and virtual dance classes, regional convention classes and traveling to the DanceTeacher Summit each summer. She holds an ACE Certification for Group Fitness Instruction and is a 2021 graduate of the Yoga, Meditation & SEL Certificate from Breathe For Change. She was hired as an instructor for Ballet Austin in 2022.
She specializes in alignment, flexibility training, conditioning, tap, jazz, kick choreography and drill prep. For several seasons, Kerin has enjoyed her work as a choreographer and conditioning coach for drill teams all across the great state of Texas.
Dance Biography: Ryan Miller
2023-2024 TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Yellow Company Teacher's Assistant
Orange Company Teacher's Assistant
Teal Company Teacher's Assistant
Pink Company Teacher's Assistant
Tuesday 3:30pm Teacher's Assistant
Thursday 3:30pm Teacher's Assistant
Wednesday 3:30pm Teacher's Assistant
OADC was founded in 2020 by dancer & choreographer, Kerin Martinez.
Since 2021, she has been joined each season by a rotating professional guest faculty from across the country.
Ryan Miller (Alabama Dance Works) : 2022-2023 Professional Artist In Residence
Nicole Greene-Cramer (MFA Dance Science, Trinity Laban)
Helen Estrella (Motion Dance Center & Boulder Dance Workshop)
Eugene Peabody (Lion King Broadway Touring Cast)
Shelley Schmidt (SMSD)
Samuel Rutland Simpson (Alabama Dance Works)
Sara Arnold (UT Pom Alumni)