Jamie Carbetta Hammond began making dances for the neighborhood children at the age of 5 to her dad’s Shirley Bassey records, gradually morphed into a light theatre ingénue before earning her MFA in dance at University of California, Irvine in 2000. While at UCI on a full graduate fellowship, she created a one -person show based on her research about modern dance pioneer, Helen Tamiris, which was performed at various venues including the National Museum of Dance in New York. Jamie has had the honor of receiving numerous grants, from the National Museum of Dance, California Arts Council, Long Beach Arts Council, Center for Cultural Innovation and University of California, Irvine. Her work has been performed in Japan, Ohio, New York, Washington and California. In 2011, Jamie founded Pony Box Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company integrating visual art, theater and original scores with ballet. Currently, Jamie teaches at 4 Los Angeles colleges and enjoys her spare time with her husband, an accomplished musician, her college age daughter and son who is in third grade.