Mr. Hernandez is a native of Monterrey, Mexico, where he was introduced to costume design while attending Arts Magnate High School. His professional career started in architectural design, Ballet and Folklorico dance. Mr. Hernadez merged skills as an architecture with his technical abilities as a dancer, and channeled his creativity into costume design. He formed Fernando Costume Designs, creating several designs for dance companies in Mexico and at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey.
Mr. Hernandez serves as an adjunct faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has created costume designs for Orchestra of New Spain, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Bruce Wood Dance/METdance, Flamenco DNA, Ballet Dallas, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ohio and Red Clay Dance Company, Chicago.
Mr. Hernandez’s collaboration with Bridget L. Moore started in 2012. Moore invited Mr. Hernandez to Seoul, South Korea in 2017 to design costumes for BOUND II. His costume designs premiered at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference. He has created designs for Moore’s choreographic work, BOUND I, Uncharted Territory, Following Echoes, African Strings, Body of Evidence, Unearthed, Shadow of Your Smile and To: Marvin-From: Love.
CHRISTOPHER M. HAM (Lighting Designer)
Christopher M. Ham has designed costumes, lighting, projection, scenery and sound, and has worked in all technical areas at the professional level. After completing his Master of Fine Arts at Meadows School of the Arts, Ham traveled to New York, where he designed and produced trade shows for SONY and HASBRO. He also spent close to 10 years freelancing in the Washington, D.C. area, working in design, production and technical direction for dance and theatre companies all along the eastern shore. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Ham has worked as a production manager, designer, technician and producer for several companies big and small. Ham has contributed his dance lighting designs to the American College Dance Festival, both at the regional and Kennedy Center national level; the International Choreographers’ Showcase in Spain; the Meadows Dance Ensemble at Southern Methodist University; the Division of Dance at Kansas State University; the St. Louis Ballet; The Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis; and the Shenandoah University Dance Ensemble, where he was an adjunct assistant professor teaching dance production and color theory classes; at Shenandoah, he also held the position of lighting designer/technical director for the dance division. Ham designed for Harford Community College Dance Theatre’s “Kinetic Canvas,” an annual performance series inspired by the works of Salvador Dali, and toured and designed for Flying Lions Dance Company of Winchester, Va., while living in the mid-Atlantic region. He is also the production designer/technical director for the Doniphan Project Dance Company based in Tupelo, Miss., and designs/consults with Ekilibre Dance Company of Winchester, Va., which premieres new works both regionally and internationally. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Ham has designed for Hathaway Academy of Ballet, Plano, Texas; Repertory Company Theatre, Richardson, Texas; Upstart Productions, Dallas; Cara Mía Theatre Company, Dallas; Shakespeare Dallas; WaterTower Theatre, Addison, Texas; Big Thought/Creative Solutions, Dallas; and various dance companies for studio recitals and dance graduation ceremonies.
Erik Jair Mayao Ponce is from Mount Pleasant, and currently resides in Dallas. He is a visual artist and professional cinematographer. Ponce has received honors/awards for his achievement and excellence in media arts. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Dallas. Ponce is also the Director of Media at the Art of Digital Influence, where he works with brands across Dallas, creating, visually pleasing and unique media.