Caryn Ipapo-Glass received a BFA from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts and has earned credits such as the "Girl in the Yellow Dress" in Susan Stroman's Tony Award winning, Contact. She has also had the opportunity to work with prominent choreographers including Toni Pimble, Artistic Director of Eugene Ballet and Elizabeth Streb, Artistic Director of STREB Extreme Action. Since relocating from New York City, Caryn has worked as a guest artist with the Malashock Dance Company, Marshall Middle School, Canyon Crest Academy, Visionary Dance Theatre, and Visionary Youth Theatre.

 

Caryn is also the co-artistic director for [the] movement initiative which has presented work at White Box Live Arts, San Diego International Fringe Festival, and Diversionary Theater. The company's contemporary work, SPACES, was chosen for the La Jolla Music Society's 2015 CHOREOLab, and their critically acclaimed dance theater production, Victor Charlie, was awarded prizes for the Top Box Office Seller and Audience Favorite at the 2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival.

Mandy Santiago started dancing at 3 years old at one of Australia’s leading performing arts schools ‘Conroy Dance Centre’ in Brisbane, Australia. At the age of 14 she started her first job performing Australia wide with the “Starz Production team”. Mandy trained in RAD and CSTD methods and received two CSTD teachers Diploma’s in Theatrical dance and Tap. Her work in Australian commercial dance includes tv commercials, movie premieres, movie extras, Cabaret theatre shows, QLD Rugby cheerleading and touring Australia with the Children’s show “The Boogie Woogies”. At 19 years old Mandy choreographed her first TV commercial “Kicks”. Mandy joined Princess Cruise lines with Australia’s “Grayboy Entertainment” and toured the world for 3 years.

 

In her dancer role with Princess Cruise lines she also performed an Ariel silks act. Mandy has worked with directors such as William.A.Forsythe, Jason Coleman, Troy Christian, Rhonda Miller of Pace university NYC and Kelly Kono (Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson). One of her proud accomplishments has been directing and creating four productions during her teaching years. Her teaching experience includes Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Acrobatics and contemporary for 10 years in the USA at schools in San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego. One of Mandy’s passions in teaching includes creating a solid Jazz and Tap technical foundation and adores seeing students grow and really feel proud at their hard earned accomplishments. She is thrilled to be passing on her knowledge and experience in Jazz and Tap at LDI.

ANGELICA TILTON was born in San Diego, California.  Her early years of ballet training began with Ben and Laurie-Michelle Houk at San Elijo Dance and Music Academy in San Marcos, CA. Angelica attended various summer intensive programs from 2007-2015 at: Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Arizona. When she was 14, she was invited to study under Lola de Avila and Patrick Armand in the Pre-professional program at the San Francisco Ballet School from 2009-2013. She was then offered a full scholarship to study in New York City under Franco De Vita at American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School from 2013-2015. She trained with Lupe Serrano, Martine van Hamel, Melissa Allan Bowman, and Richard Bowman. Angelica danced with Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company under Carlos Valcarcel from 2015-2016. From 2018-2019 Angelica trained with Timothy Lynch and Alexandra Dickson. Angelica has been teaching ballet and other styles of dance in the San Diego County area for the last three years. Angelica’s passion is to share the love of dance and self-expression and to help young dancers find their authenticity and joy in movement.

Marisa Shimano graduated from North Western University with a BA in English and Psychology, as well as a special recognition for Dance Excellence, and completed her professional dance training at the Ailey School in New York City. Marisa has been teaching dance since 2011, and loves connecting with students of all ages and abilities. She has taught and choreographed at institutions throughout Orange County including Jimmie Defore Dance Center and South Orange County School of the Arts, and went on to serve as Artistic Director of Graffiti Dancers; a collegiate contemporary dance company. In 2016 Marisa partnered with Vanessa Valecillos to create a version of Stravinsky's Firebird for Ravinia Festival's Reach*Teach*Play program, bringing classical dance to schools in the Chicago area. 

Marisa is in her second season as a company member with Malashock Dance, and is also a member of Malashock's teaching faculty for youth classes. Since moving to San Diego in 2018, Marisa has had the privilege of performing with BAD Dance Collective, Blythe Barton Dance, the PGK Dance Project, and Continuum Dance Project, and for independent choreographers Brittany Taylor, Clayne Hammon, and Jacob Soble. Marisa is a 200HR certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks. 

Kelsey Bevington is from Mesa, Arizona where she began dancing with her twin sister at the age of 4. Kelsey received her initial training with pre professional ballet company, Ballet Etudes, under the direction of Sharon Seder Meko. There she had many varied and unique performance opportunities including featured and solo roles over the years in original productions of the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia and Peter Pan.

Ms Bevington attended summer intensive programs with Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theater all under full scholarship.  At the age of 16, Kelsey moved with her family to Washington state to further her training under full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, including two years in their Professional Division Program where she also trained under the instruction and tutorage of both Timothy Lynch and Alexandra Dickson. 

While at PNB, Ms Bevington additionally had the opportunity to perform in ballets with the company such as Kent Stowell's The Nutcracker, Cinderella and George Balanchine's Western Symphony.

Kelsey spent a season performing with each Cincinnati Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater prior to the invitation to join City Ballet of San Diego in 2015 where she danced as a full company member beginning in 2017. Additionally, Ms Bevington was also on the faculty with CBSD until retiring following the 2018 Nutcracker season. She remains a part of their Outreach Program at Hardy Elementary school where she teaches children considered high risk instilling discipline, respect, and fun through ballet.

Some of Kelsey's favorite roles in the past include Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields with Pacific Northwest Ballet; Collaborating with Cirque de Soleil and performing as a "Tall Fairy" in Balanchine's/PNB Midsummer Night's Dream with Nevada Ballet; George Balanchine's La Source and Serenade with City Ballet San Diego and "Summer" in Geoff Gonzalez's Vivaldi's Seasons.

Dr. Lisa Apple earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington (2009) and her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Psychology/Human Biology at Bastyr University (2005).  She is certified in BASI Pilates method with a dance emphasis (2003).

She became inspired to become a physical therapist during her fifteen-year career as a professional ballet dancer.  As a professional dancer, Lisa performed in over 150 performances a year with San Francisco Ballet, Ballets Des Monte Carlo, and as a Principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet.  She toured through the United States and Europe with these three major dance companies and had the opportunity to work with many choreographers along the way.  

She has worked with dancers from Boston Ballet School, North Carolina Ballet School of the Arts and Pacific Northwest Ballet School.    She enjoys teaching ballet and has taught in many regional ballet schools throughout the United States.  Lisa also offers a unique Pilates fusion mat class.  It is inspired by floor barre, Pilates, yoga and conditioning, combining strength, grace, balance and power.  This class called Pilates fusion mat class is the perfect combination of three-dimensional movement, weight-bearing exercise, core control and grace for dancers. 

Website:  www.revitalizempt.comYou can contact Lisa at lisa@revitalizempt.comor 206-930-7476.

JoshSpell is a licensed social worker in the state of Washington. He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and is currently working toward his independent clinical licensure. He began working with eating disorders in a partial level of care setting in 2017 and has also worked in a generalized partial hospitalization program for mood disorders. Josh offers a compassionate and direct approach when working with clients in order to break down perceived problems into manageable steps, remain in the present moment with curiosity, provide a willingness to learn from distress and identify specific goals that are in line with overarching values. He has been intensively trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy and utilizes principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, among others. Josh danced professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for ten years and the Kansas City Ballet for two years. His former career as a professional ballet dancer informs his current approach, and he is passionate about working with athletes. Josh is currently a Primary Therapist with Opal Food + Body Wisdom in Seattle, WA. He is excited to return to the dance world in a new role consulting with professional and aspiring dancers from a holistic perspective.

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