Dance: Up Close and Cultural 2016

For their Dance: Up Close and Cultural outreach tour of March 29, 30, and 31, AD&M Performance Group will present excerpts of works from their diverse and compelling repertory. This FREE mini-tour was held at senior homes and youth centers in Santa Barbara and Goleta as part of AD&M’s annual Dance: Up Close and Cultural program under the Artistic Direction of Carrie Diamond, with live piano accompaniment provided by Music Director, Eric Valinsky. The program featured dancers Melody Collins, Sally Schuilling, and dancer-choreographer, Nathan Cottam.

“For our 10th anniversary season, American Dance & Music (AD&M) will bring Dance: Up Close and Cultural directly to those folks who would otherwise not be able to attend a dance performance, or experience dance in this intimate way”, said Carrie Diamond, Artistic Director of AD&M. “These upcoming performances at senior residence homes such as Heritage House and Wood Glen Hall, and for Girls, Inc. will provide artistic nourishment and engagement, and bring the fun and excitement of dance into the lives of those with the greatest need. It’s a part AD&M’s mission that we have been strongly committed to since our inception in 2006.”

These performances have been made possible with the support of the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, and the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Here is a complete list of times/dates/locations:


  • March 29: Wood Glen Hall ~ 4:00 pm, 3010 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara
  • March 30: Girls, Inc. (SB) ~ 11:00 am, 531 E Ortega Street, Santa Barbara
  • March 30: Oak Cottage ~ 1:30 pm,1820 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara
  • March 31: Heritage House ~ 11:00 am, 5200 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara
  • March 31: Girls, Inc. (Goleta) 2:00 pm, 4973 Hollister Avenue, Goleta

The Program

Midnight Tangle

Choreography: Lizabeth Skalski
Music: Kurt Weill: Selections from Dreigroschenmusik
Dancers: Melody Collins and Nathan Cottam


Choreography: Carrie Diamond
Music: Daniel Levitan: Inventions # 7, 1, and 4
Dancer: Sally Schuilling


Choreography: Carrie Diamond
Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 28 (“Pastorale”)
Dancers: Sally Schuilling and Melody Collins

Elements of Permutation

Choreography: Nathan Cottam
Music: Mauro Giuliani: Variazioni Op. 24 for violin and guitar
Dancers: Melody Collins, Nathan Cottam, Sally Schuilling, and Carrie Diamond


Choreography: Carrie Diamond
Music: Eric Valinsky: Jumble
Dancers: Sally Schuilling and Melody Collins