Jeanne d’ Arc Simone Casas Panouze (1984) was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. At three years old, she began studying ballet, Spanish dance and later she studied flamenco including contemporary dance. Jeanne d’Arc holds a bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies from the Humanities Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and is a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher. In 2011 she completed a Master in Fine Arts specialized in choreography and performance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she also taught Flamenco and Modern dance. Since 2012 she became part of the flamenco dance company Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca based in New York and Madrid. Jeanne d’Arc has a passion for performing and teaching, where thru her classes she channels and undertakes all of her master skills. During the fall of 2014, she developed and taught; Flamenco: Theory and Practice for the Department of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, becoming the first Flamenco theory and practice course ever taught on the island. In 2016, she earned an artistic residency from the Performing Arts Center Luis A. Ferré in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the residence, she choreographed and presented an adaptation of the play The House of Bernarda Alba written by Federico García Lorca called Hij@s de la Bernarda, which is an experimental dance-theatre flamenco and contemporary dance work directed by Rosa Luisa Márquez. Hij@s de la Bernarda was been presented at the “Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro" in Cádiz, Spain, Pregones Theatre in Bronx, New York, “Mayo Teatral" in La Habana, Cuba and in the 33rd “Festival Internacional de Teatro Hispanoamericano" in Miami, Florida. Jeanne also plays the main role in La Zapatera Prodigiosa written by Federico García Lorca, also adapted and directed by Rosa Luisa Márquez. Most recently Jeanne d’ Arc Casas was a guest artist for the Zorongo Flamenco Company who presented Garden of Names at The Cowless Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in April 2018 and with Passion y Arte Company directed by Elba Hevia y Vaca at Philadelphia, May 2018. During the semester August- December 2018 Casas will be teaching Contemporary Dance at the University of Sagrado Corazón, Santurce.