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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 to Houston in 2017 with her husband to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company, where she’s been dancing ever since. She’s excited for another year with her Ad Deum family!

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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 be entering another season with Ad Deum.

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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 dancing in her second season with Ad Deum.

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Seungyeon Yoo is originally from Seoul, South Korea. At eight years old, she began training at Soo Dance Company in Seoul. Seungyeon attended Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, Walnut Hill Arts School in Dance, and in 2017 received her BFA in Contemporary Dance and Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. During her junior year of college, Seungyeon took two years off from school to join Pneuma Theatre Ballet Company in Korea.Seungyeon is looking forward to begin her second season with Ad Deum Dance Company!

Originally from Austin, Texas Madeleine Meyer graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Management. During her time in college she had the pleasure of performing works by Larry Keigwin, Kevin Wynn, Merce Cunningham, and Sue Bernhard. While living in New York Madeleine had the opportunity to perform professionally with Smashworks Dance, Drye/Marinaro Dance Company, LaneCoArts, Patmon Dance Project, and Emma Elliot Dance Project amongst others. Madeleine is beyond excited to use her gifts from the Lord to serve others and worship Him through dance with Ad Deum Dance Company!

Bria Greenwood is from Madison, MS. She received all of her dance training from the world’s first professional Christian ballet company, Ballet Magnificat, in Jackson, MS. She was in their School of the Arts, and then their professional Trainee Program. She was apart of the Events Company that traveled to Honduras, Guam, and East Asia to dance and teach. Bria moved to Houston in 2016 to join Ad Deum 2, and this season will be joining the main company.

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.

Michaela Tharpe was born in Monroe, LA, but later relocated Kansas City, MO to pursue her formal dance training more extensively! In 2016 she graduated from Dramatic Truth School of the Arts Professional Division with Focus in Modern Dance. She later relocated to Houston, TX to dance with ADII dance company for their 2017-2018 season. She has been apart of Open Sky Arts Collective’s (a community of professional artists seeking to bring love and hope to underserved communities) project based company for 5 years, and danced with their local company for their 2018-2019 season! Michaela is beyond excited to begin her season with Ad Deum Dance Company, and to be apart of their mission of creating and bring redemptive hope through dance!

Grace Ramazzini is a Tennessee native, where she first discovered her love of dance at the age of 8. Training in ballet, jazz, and modern, she attended numerous summer intensives with Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and more. Grace attended Belhaven University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Grace is passionate about the power of dance to tell stories and provide beauty in the world.

Emma Salinas is originally from Alamo, California and holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from Belhaven University. Salinas has performed across the United States and in over ten countries at notable events such as Project Dance, Busan International Dance Festival, KUNA: National Festival, and MODAFE International Festival. One of her numerous passions includes passing on the legacy of dance to the community around her in an accessible and relatable manner. This passion has driven her to work with a wide array of people ranging in age, ability and limitation through ministry as well as in the role of a teacher. In addition to performing, choreographing, and teaching dance, Salinas has experience in dance production and still draws on her time shadowing companies such as Paul Taylor, Shen Wei, and Pilobolus during her production internship at the 2013 American Dance Festival.

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.

Rachel is from Franklin, TN where she trained primarily in ballet and modern. She has performed in music videos, at the Dove Awards, with Premier Christian Cruises, in China, and on tour with VeggieTales Live!. 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.

Victoria was born and raised in Georgia and at a young age began her dance journey there. Over the years she also studied at Orlando Ballet, Ave Bohemia in Prague, South Missisppi Ballet Theatre, and Vivid Ballet summer intensive. In her last year of highschool she danced with Briarwood Ballet and after graduating highschool she moved to Chicago. While in Chicago she danced with Ballet 5:8 in their conservatory/trainee program under the direction of Jullianna Slager. Victoria is thrilled to continue her journey as an artist with AD2.

Abriana Effland, a native of Ozark, Missouri, began her dance training at the age of eight. During high school, she had the opportunity to train and perform as an apprentice with Petra Ballet Company located in Springfield, Missouri. She has attended summer dance intensives with Ad Deum Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Limón Dance Company. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Belhaven University where she had the privilege of training under and performing in works by many incredible faculty members and guest artists. During her senior year, she was awarded the Bezalel Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Abri is very excited to be a part of ADII and use her gifts to glorify her God.

Lydia Marie McDonald is originally from Longwood Florida, and spent most of her child hood in Arlington Texas. She began her dance training at the age of 12, and has been heavily involved in dance ever since. She has trained in styles such as Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, African, Hip hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, and many more. Lydia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in performance from the University of North Texas in August 2018 and spent two seasons dancing as company member of imPULSE Dance Project during her college training. Additionally, she has performed and trained with a variety of company’s such as Zion Dance Project, Noble Motion, Doug Varone and Dancers, Arcos Dance, and more. Lydia will be starting her second season as a company member of Ad Deum 2 this year, and intends to continue to pursue a professional dance career, explore her passion for performance, teaching, and choreography.

Mikaela Sussman grew up with her parents in the military which gave her the opportunity to experience many difference styles of dance as they moved across the country and the world. As a child she trained at several different studios from New York, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, before moving overseas to Germany where she trained for several years. The styles she has trained in are just as various. From classical ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and their Advanced Examinations, Vagonova as well as Balanchine style while she trained with the Cleveland Ballet, to modern styles such as Horton, Graham, Taylor, and Limón. Her heart for the arts is to combine the ministry of the gospel with the beauty and power of dance. Mikaela is so excited to join for a second year with Ad Deum II and she hopes to strengthen and further her career as a modern dancer and as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Caryn is a native of Asheville, NC. She began her dance training at age 5 and has been pursuing the art ever since. She is a graduate of Belhaven University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has also worked with Arrows International Dance Company and Feet Speak Dance Ensemble touring Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Caryn is excited to return to Houston for her second year with AD II!

Jennifer Alafat grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and began taking dance classes at the age of five. In high school, she had the privilege of studying under German and Valentina Zamuel, who graduated from the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy and taught at The Royal Ballet School. Jennifer represented their studio in competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix and performed as a soloist in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Giselle. Jennifer recently graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). She has performed as a guest artist for Hub Dance Collective, and trained with a number of companies including Zion Dance Project and Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet. Jennifer is excited for her first season with Ad Deum II Dance Company!

Dominique, born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, began her dance training with Sheridan Productions Inc., where she studied dance, music and acting. After high school she continued her dance training at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she graduated with a BFA in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance. During her time in college she also participating summer studies with the Nashville Ballet, American Dance Festival, and Ballet Arkansas. She also served at Events Coordinator with UL’s Dance Honor Society, which brought the gift of dance to the Lafayette community. Dominique is trilled to continue her dance and spiritual journey with Ad Deum II this year. This is Dominique’s first year with Ad Deum II.

Heather Rodriguez has been dancing since the age of nine. She has trained in ballet, modern, and jazz at Del Mar College and Texas A&M Corpus Christi where she performed and was a member of both Del Mar Dance Ensemble and Island Dance Company. Heather received her BFA in Dance at the University of Houston in Spring 2019 and was an active member of the UH Dance Ensemble. This past summer she trained with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in North Israel and also performed a new work by Allen LaPoint “Surge” at MATCH in Houston for Mind the Gap. Heather is excited and blessed to be a new company dancer with Ad Deum II this season.

Moriah McClure was born in the Bay Area of California but grew up in India on the mission field. She has loved dancing since she could walk and started dancing in her church at 2 years old. She kept up her training while in India and kept dancing at her local studio when she moved back to California for high school. She trained several summers at the Ballet Magnificat! summer intensives and apprenticed in the Anastasis Ballet Company in California. In 2017 she moved to Kona, Hawaii to do her DTS with YWAM Heartbridge Performing Arts DTS. She went on to do a DBS, staff and join the pioneering ywam school Revival and Reformation. She is currently in the process of getting her Bachelor of Arts Degree through the University of the Nations. Her dream is to combine her passion for missions and her love of dance by starting Christian dance studios and companies that cater to girls around the world who would otherwise never get the chance. Orphan girls, trafficked and abused girls who would learn to dance with excellence yet know the joy of using their gift to glorify and worship Jesus.

Rebecca was born in the Houston area but was raised in Washington, Texas and began dancing at the age of four. She has had the opportunity to train in several genres of dance including modern, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and more. Rebecca attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and graduated in the Fall of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, Dance Science Track. She was privileged to be presented as an Honor Undergraduate of the Dance Science Kinesiology Division by the Health & Kinesiology department at Texas A&M. While working on the completion of her degree, Rebecca had the opportunity to be taught by several renowned companies and individuals including Jane Weiner, Founder and Director of Hope Stone Inc., artistic director Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks from Austin, Texas, The Houston Met, and CSULB department chair Andy Vaca from California, among others. Rebecca performed in several faculty and student choreographed pieces while at TAMU, and during her senior year she was asked to join a faculty piece, choreographed by Christine Bergeron and Carisa Armstrong, to be presented internationally at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rebecca moved to Houston in 2018 with her husband, Aaron, and is excited to start her second season with Ad Deum II and continue pursuing her passion for dance and her love for the Lord!

Reina Harper was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has trained in a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She trained with MetDance in their Met Too youth program for several years which is where she received most of her training. In 2018 she graduated from Jacksonville University in Florida with a BFA in dance. This is her second season with Ad Deum II Company. Outside of Ad Deum she teaches dance and most recently was chosen to dance as a guest for Noble Motion in their show Man Overboard.