AD&M Performance Group Dancers
Juliana Bertelsen, Guest Artist
Juliana Bertelsen, a Santa Barbara native, has danced professionally with the Hartford Ballet, Ballet Iowa, Rhode Island Festival Ballet, The Universal Ballet, and was a principle ballet dancer in the American National Ballet of Duluth (Minnesota). She danced as a guest artist with Ballet Santa Barbara's first two seasons. Juliana also enjoys choreographing, and has choreographed and produced dance concerts collaborating with other artists. Juliana enjoys many styles of dance, and also is a licensed and certified sports and therapeutic massage therapist.
Melody Collins, Dancer
Melody Collins, a native of Santa Barbara, received her early training from Gustafson Dance and Goleta School of Ballet. She continued her dance training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Graduate Program during the 2010-2011 school year. Her summer intensives include two summers at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet Choreographic Intensive, and Sacramento Ballet on full scholarship from Regional Dance America. She has danced in professional performances with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, State Street Ballet, and Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo. Melody loves teaching dance and Pilates, and is excited to join AD&M for the 2015 season!
Nikki Pfeiffer, Dancer
Nikki Pfeiffer is originally from Santa Barbara, CA and has received awards from the SB Dance Alliance, SB Dance Arts, and the City of Santa Barbara for her accomplishments in dance. In the spring of 2013, she received a BFA in Dance and Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts. Additionally, Nikki has trained abroad on scholarship in Barcelona, Spain with Ingve Groven and Stephane Boko (Summer 2012), and at the Limón West Coast Summer Intensive at CSUF (Summer 2011). Some of her various performance experiences include works by Twyla Tharp (directed by Rika Okamoto), Ohad Naharin (directed by Danielle Agami), Daniel Charon, Glen Eddy, and Colin Connor. Nikki is currently a company member of AD&M and Santa Barbara Dance Theater.
Sally Schuiling, Dancer
Sally Schuiling Proctor has performed professionally with the Merce Cunningham Understudy Group, Charleston Ballet Theatre in South Carolina, and freelance projects with Mark Morris, Karole Armitage and the NY Improv Festival. Her choreography has been produced at dozens of venues in the US and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and received a BS in Ballet from Indiana University. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2011 with her husband and two kids.
Darion Smith, Dancer
Darion Smith, a native Californian, studied dance at Folkwang University in Essen, Germany and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. He worked as a professional dancer in New York City and has performed with companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theatre, New York Theater Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. Darion co-founded Janusphere Dance Company in 2007 and serves as its artistic director and resident choreographer.