Alia Carlberg grew up dancing at Heart of America Dance Centre in Lee’s Summit, MO. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. At Belhaven, she performed a duet in Marc Wayne’s Spiritus Dei, worked collaboratively with Ryan Corriston, and was chosen to be part of an improvisational ensemble with Nancy Stark Smith. At the end of her Sophomore year, she received the Bezalel Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, and in her senior year was inducted into the National Dance Honors Society. Alia is thrilled and blessed to be starting her first season with Ad Deum.
Lindsay began her dance education at age 7 in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Indiana University, and the Cecchetti Council of America. After graduating from high school, Lindsay trained on full scholarship at Marin Dance Theater with Margaret Swarthout and Lynn Cox. Lindsay also danced with the Kansas City Ballet as a trainee/second company member, performing in Devon Carney’s world premiere of “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake,” as well as many other works. Lindsay is excited to begin her first season with Ad Deum II.
Megan Morrow was born and raised in Houston, TX and danced in the Houston MET Too Youth Dance Company before joining the dance program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Megan graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance, a BBA in Accounting, and a Master’s of Science in Accounting. She also trained at the San Francisco Dance Conservatory, the Houston MET Professional Dance Intensive, and Point Park University International Summer Dance Program. After working in public accounting for a year and becoming a CPA, Megan moved back home with her husband to dance with Ad Deum II Dance Company, and is now beginning her first season as an apprentice with Ad Deum Dance Company.
Meggie Belisle began her dance training at Suzanne’s School of Dance in College Station, Texas. She has danced with Ingredients Dance Company in Texas (2008-2010), Arise Dance Company in the The Netherlands and England (2012), Roxey Ballet in New Jersey (2013-2014). From 2014-2017 she freelanced in New York with various companies and projects. She is now currently a member of Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX. Meggie has also choreographed for and performed in the music videos Trace the Lines by Lizi Bailey and Summertime Anytime by Dannah. Other choreographic credits include works for Talitha Dance Company and You Are Conference in Texas (2008-current), Freedom Benefit Concerts in Texas (2009), Arise Dance Company European Tour throughout the The Netherlands and England (2012), HATCH showcase in New York (2016), Amalgamate Artist Series in New York (2016), and more.
Meggie graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in modern dance in 2013. In 2016, Meggie founded the KDA Pre-Professional program in Poughkeepsie, NY and was the program’s director for the 2016-2017 season.
Veronica Plys is from the Chicagoland area, where she trained at Midwest Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet as a Trainee. After completing her BFA in Dance at Mercyhurst University, she joined Manassas Ballet Theatre as a company dancer. Ms. Plys is grateful for this opportunity to use her gifts to glorify the Lord, and is excited for her first season with Ad Deum Dance.
Kevyn Ryan Butler
Main Company Guest Artist
Kevyn Ryan Butler a dancer from Oakland, CA. There he trained at the Oakland School for the Arts and graduated with an emphasis in Dance. Kevyn received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona for Ballet, Modern and Jazz techniques. After graduating, he moved to New York City and became a company member for Ronald K. Brown's Evidence, A Dance Company. There Kevyn discovered his passion and innate ability for traditional African techniques, such as; Sabar dance and Afro-Cuban movement. In addition, Kevyn has performed with the Tucson Regional Ballet, the Savage Jazz Dance Company and at the Jose Limon Dance Festival. Kevyn has worked with choreographers such as Reginald Rey-Savage (Savage Jazz Dance Company), Robert Garland (Dance Theater of Harlem), Collin Conor (The Jose Limon Foundation), Daniel Agami (Ate9 Dance Comapny), Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham (Batsheva Dance Company). This is Kevyn's first project with the Ad Deum Dance Company and is very enthusiastic to use his gift of dance for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Main Company Guest Artist
Originally from Denver, CO, Eric trained at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy for 11 years. He has danced with Lady Gaga in Super Bowl 51, Muse, Depeche Mode, on the 2017 Oscars, Shaping Sound, and many stage performances. He’s worked with choreographers like Richy Jackson, Kat Burns, Tracy Philips, Denna Thomsen, Mandy Moore, Lisa Eaton, Andrew Winghart, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, and more. Eric continues to train in many styles in Los Angeles. He also tours as a demonstrator on Nuvo dance convention.
Artistic Director of Ad Deum 2
Shizu is originally from Japan. She joined Ad Deum Dance Company in 2004 where she danced as a principal dancer, traveling and performing nationally and internationally. She was promoted to rehearsal director of Ad Deum’s Main Company in 2013, and in 2014, she became Artistic Director of Ad Deum II. Shizu also guests as a choreographer and dance teacher for many local and international companies, colleges, and dance studios.
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Bria Greenwood, from Madison, MS, received all of her dance training from Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, MS. She was in their School of the Arts for nine years, and was in the professional Trainee Program for three years. Her last two years, she was a part of the Events Company that toured to Honduras, Guam, South Korea, and China. Bria is thankful to the Lord for this new opportunity with Ad Deum II.
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Hannah Ruskan is a New Jersey native ecstatic to join the Ad Deum 2 community. The majority of her training was completed at North Jersey School of Dance Arts under the direction of Christine Taylor and Dorothy Wasserman. She went on to complete higher education at Messiah College earning a BS in psychology and a BA in dance under Danielle Smith-Guillermo and Gregg Hurley. Hannah’s professional credits include head choreographer for Shining Light Prison Ministry, tap ensemble for Caston & Company, and a featured guest artist with Pennsylvania Regional Ballet.
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Born in China, I loved dance since I was a child. At the age of 11, I studied ballet and Chinese dance at the Beijing Dance Academy High School. At the age of 21, I got an undergraduate degree from the Beijing Dance Academy and studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as an exchange student. I have won many dance competition awards in China “Tao Li Cup”. Two years ago, I came to Houston to teach dance at Mitsi Dancing School.
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Carlie Price hails from Hydesville, CA and trained at Trinity Ballet Academy for 10 years under the direction of Greta Leverett. She went on to complete her Associates in Behavioral Science from College of the Redwoods before she moved to Minneapolis, MN to dance with YWAM’s international touring company where she had the privilege of performing in Hawaii, NYC, Mexico, and South Africa. Carlie then went on to complete her BA in Dance at Belhaven University where she had the honor of working with the Liz Lerman Dance Collective and performing Elite Syncopations by Sir Kenneth Macmillan. She is very excited to be starting her first season with AD2.
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Rachel is from Franklin, TN where she trained primary in ballet and modern. She has performed at the Dove Awards, with Premier Christian Cruises, on tour with VeggieTales Live!, and in professional music videos. In 2016 she received a BFA in Dance and minor in Business Administration from Belhaven University. Rachel is grateful for the opportunity to employ her passion for dance as ministry alongside the artists of ADII.