AD&M Performance Group Choreographers
Carrie Diamond, Founder, Artistic Director
Carrie Diamond, President, AD&M and Executive and Artistic Director of The Dance Hub; Artistic Director, AD&M Performance Group, is a 2019 Recipient of the Apogee Award for Excellence in Education. Her lifelong interest in dance developed early on by the mentorship of three individuals: Don Hewitt (ballet), Marilyn Allen Suleiman (choreography), and Virginia Storie-Crawford (modern dance). She later trained with Cecchetti master teacher, Margaret Craske, and such luminaries as Lawrence Rhodes, David Howard, and Benjamin Harkarvy. She danced professionally in New York City for over fifteen years and holds an M.F.A from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, she founded New American Ballet Ensemble, a New York City company that promoted new music and choreography. She was an instructor for the Alvin Ailey School, the 92nd Street YM/YWHA, Peridance, and Marymount Manhattan College. In Santa Barbara, Ms. Diamond co-founded American Dance and Music in 2006 with Eric Valinsky, where she directed the AD&M Studio, AD&M Performance Group, and Moving To Learn, a curricular dance program for elementary school children. In 2017, the AD&M board of directors opened The Dance Hub, a thriving community dance space where Ms. Diamond serves as the executive and artistic director and principal ballet teacher for adults of all levels and ages. She is dedicated to bringing as many people as possible into and back to dance at The Dance Hub, whether they are 18 months or 84 years old.
Mari Sandoval, Guest Choreographer
Mari Sandoval was trained in Spain and the U.S by such notables as Carmelita Maracci, Enrique “el cojo”, Carmen Mora, Inesita, Nana Lorca, Lupe del Rio and Roberto Amaral. Mari performed with Roberto Amaral’s Ballet Español de Los Angeles as principal dancer and was the company’s ballet mistress. She has performed in theaters such as the Lobero, Wilshire Ebell, Japan American, Fox, Smother’s, as well as numerous other venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mari Sandoval was a choreographer for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts from 1987-2009, and she has created choreographies inspired by Garcia Lorca’s work such as Lorca, Child of the Moon, and opera, Yerma, Donna Rosita la Soltera, Blood Wedding, and Las Mujeres de Lorca, as well as many other annual productions produced in Spanish and English. Ms. Sandoval currently teaches flamenco to adults at various venues in Los Angeles. She currently studies with Inesita.
Nathan Cottam, Guest Choreographer
Nathan Cottam was raised in Buffalo, New York, where he studied theater and music from an early age. He attended ballet class as a Sociology major at Brigham Young University and performed with the University’s ballet company. Following a summer intensive in Vermont in 2000 where he began to choreograph, Nathan first danced professionally with Northern Ballet Theatre in Nashua, New Hampshire. After a few years in the North East, he earned his MFA from the prestigious School of Dance at the University of Arizona. He also served as the Dance Director for Legacy Dance Theatre's 2008 production of Pioneer Legacy and performed in China on tour with Kim Robards Dance. In 2010, he was featured in AD&M Performance Group’s production of Carrie Diamond’s Wisperfal, performed in residence at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara. Nathan spent 2012-2014 in Belgrade, Serbia, where he danced with the National Ballet and formed his own touring company, Mannakin Theater and Dance. Nathan has created ballets for his company as well as the Oberlin Dance Collective in San Francisco and Peninsula Ballet Theatre in San Mateo, CA. Nathan is pleased to be continuing his collaboration with Carrie Diamond and American Dance and Music.