Momentum: Choreographic Mentorship is a five-month program for emerging artists, both from within and outside of academia, to create artistic works in the Tampa Bay Area. This mentorship offers 3 budding artists the opportunity to receive creative, financial, and administrative support toward a fully produced weekend of performances in conjunction with projectALCHEMY company members at The Studio@620.

Meet the Artistic of Momentum: Choreographic Mentorship 2019


Rachel Lambright

Rachel Lambright is a graduate of the University of South Florida, earning a BFA in dance performance and choreography in 2017. Beginning her training at a young age, she cherished the freedom and confidence dance brought her as she moved around the studio. A native of Sarasota, FL, she attended Booker High School's Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program, where her love of movement became a focal point for her future. She followed this love to the University of South Florida, where she presented original choreography and performed works by Ohad Naharin, Robert Moses, Kara Davis, John Parks, Bliss Kohlmyer, Andee Scott, and many more. During her time at USF, she participated in the International Creative Dance Seminar, hosted in Beijing, China, performing original works by John Parks and Jeanne Travers.

Currently residing in Sarasota, FL, Rachel joined Sarasota Contemporary Dance, under artistic direction of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, as an apprentice in 2017, being promoted to company dancer in 2018. Since joining the company, she has worked with choreographers such as Kira Blazek-Ziaii, Ana Maria Alvarez, Millicent Johnnie, Pamela Pietro, Lucy Bowen McCauley, and Doug Gillespie. Rachel has had the privilege of presenting an original work, "atta-chm-en-t", during SCD's "Voices of SCD", a main stage program dedicated to showcasing rising choreographers. She has enjoyed developing her voice as a teaching artist, choreographer, and performer.


Luis Torres

Hi, my names Luis. I’m originally from California, but now I live Bradenton, FL I like to challange the norms or the social world. I am what I call a fusion dancer—I don’t limit myself to one genre. I like to mix and integrate several styles into one dance when I choreograph. I’ll leave you with this thought, “A lotta people will tell you, you can't do something/But the reality of the situation is they can't do it” -Jabbar Hakeem.


Dakota Kuharich

Dakota Kuharich {BA} is a performer, instructor, and creator in the Tampa Bay Area. Originally from Litchfield, CT, Dakota attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where she spent her four years of high school as a Musical Theater major studying acting, voice, and all styles of dance. Dakota is currently a senior at the University of Tampa where she is continuing to explore her passion for movement as an Applied Dance Major. She has been given multiple opportunities to choreograph and perform for the University of Tampa’s Dance Program and Theater Program. Dakota is a certified BarreAbove instructor and currently teaches dance at The Y Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, FL. Dakota has been honored to work with professional choreographers Jon Lehrer, Bill Evans, and Amanda Kay White.

Artists will:

• Receive one-on-one mentoring with projectALCHEMY artistic director Alex Jones

• Learn about budgeting and funding their work

Photography by Denzel Johnson-Green

Photography by Denzel Johnson-Green

• Learn about marketing as it relates to their creative work

• Access to Rehearsal space

• Receive $200 honorarium

• Have access to peer dialogue to help aid artistic process

• Engage and expand their artistic footprint in the community via artist talks and web postings

• Receive full technical support for their new work

• Present 2 nights at the Studio@620 to debut their work alongside new works by projectALCHEMY