Company

Bria Greenwood dance shot
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 Mettler dance shot
Hannah Mettler 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.

Madeleine Meyer dance shot
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!

Grace Ramazzini dance shot
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.

Michaela Tharpe dance shot
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!

Seungyeon Yoo dance shot
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!

Paiter Van Yperen dance shot
In 2007, Paiter started dancing at the age of 12. Under the direction of Elisa Schroth, he trained in both classical ballet and modern dance at the Christian Academy of Dance. He has had the privilege of performing many lead roles there and became an apprentice with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet in 2013 while still a student in the school. In 2014, he was promoted to Company Artist and has performed at Project Dance New York and all throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Alabama. He continues to pursue excellence by regularly attending intensives at the Martha Graham School in NYC and Ad Deum in Texas. He has participated in master classes with dance professionals all over the country including Steve Rooks (former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company), Randall Flinn (Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company), Freddy Moore (Alvin Ailey and Footprints Dance Company), and Durrell Comedy (Jose Limon Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group). Paiter has appeared as a guest artist with the Danbury Music Center as the Nutcracker Prince. He has studied at the Alvin Ailey certificate program in NYC.

Xinyi Zhang dance shot
Xinyi Zhang was born in China and started professional training at the age of 11 at the Beijing Dance Academy. At the age of 21, she obtained a bachelor degree from Beijing Dance Academy. She majored in Chinese dance, but she studied ballet and modern dance in Cincinnati as an exchange student. She won the third prize in the National Taoli Cup Competition. In 2016, she came to the United States to teach classes in dance studios! She will be joining the main company this year!

Lori Guerin dance shot
Lori Guerin is from Houston, TX and earned a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University in May 2020. During her time at SHSU, Guerin explored dance through the lenses of performance, choreography, pedagogy, administration, and lighting design. She has performed in works by Andy Noble, Dionne Sparkman Noble, Gabrielle Lamb, Travis Lake, Jorrell Lawyer-Jefferson, and Jared Doster, among others. Since 2018, Guerin has worked as Administrative Assistant for NobleMotion Dance, Assistant Lighting Designer for David J. Deveau and Bryan Ealey, and Dance Instructor for Amy Blake’s Academy of Dance. Lori intends to pursue the stage as a performer while also continuing in her administrative and teaching roles. She is excited to join Ad Deum Dance Company as an apprentice this season, and looks forward to spreading joy and peace through dance!

Casey Rogers dance shot
Casey Rogers is from Jackson, MS. She began dancing when she was 3 and has never stopped. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi, and she has attended many workshops and intensives with companies such as a Doug Varone and Dancers, Bodytraffic, and Tokyo the Academy in NYC, Los Angeles, and Baton Rouge. She has also trained at Gibney, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peridance, and Broadway Dance Center in NYC and Millenium Dance Center in LA and Nashville. She and her husband, Andrew, moved to Houston and could not be more excited to begin this new journey with Ad Deum Dance Company!

Dylan Allen dance shot
Dylan Allen is from Houston, Texas and attended High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He also was a part of the MetToo Youth Company. He Graduated Point Park University, also working with METdance and American Neoclassical Ballet. He would also like to thank God for everything in his life.

Shizu Yasuda dance shot
SHIZU YASUDA started her dance training at Sakiko Ichinomiya Ballet School in Japan. After she moved to New York, she performed with several choreographers and dance companies such as Slam and Sensedance Company. She joined Ad Deum Dance Company in 2004. She danced as a principal dancer with the company and performed at numerous dance events nationally and internationally. She got awarded as one of stunning performers by Dance Houston – City Wide Dance Festival 2008. In 2013, she was invited to Minsk in Belarus as a guest dancer and judge by Chelz Extreme Games. As a dance teacher, she has been teaching Modern and Ballet classes in the Houston dance community at such places as Ad Deum Dance Company, Houston Ballet Academy summer intensive (Modern only), Mitsi Dancing School, Payne Academy of Ballet, Studio of Dance, West University Dance Center and Houston Academy of Dance. Her choreographic works have been presented at “East Meets West” at Miller Outdoor Theater since 2008. In 2014, she became an artistic director of Ad Deum II.

Lydia McDonald dance shot
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.

Reina Harper dance shot
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.

Mikaela Sussman dance shot
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.

Tarrah Mills dance shot
Tarrah Mills is from Kenner, Louisiana and started herdance training at the age of 3. In high school,Tarrahattended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where shewas able to train deeper into the art of dance. She thenwent on to attend the University of Southern Mississippiand received her BFA in Dance in May of 2020.

Feather Weldon dance shot
Feather calls Cincinnati, Ohio home. Graduated fromThe University of Akron - BA in Dance. Summer programs with Atlanta, Joffrey, Boston, Ballet Met, and Complexions. Danced for Dayton, Verb, Charlottesville, and American Neoclassical Ballet companies, Zion Dance Project and Among WomenDance Collective. Certified Pilates instructor, dance educator in North Houston. She's excited to join AD2 this season!

Tiffany Schrepferman is currently a freelance Production Stage Manager & Lighting Designer for dance and enjoys working with many remarkable artists and companies both in her home base of Houston, TX, and throughout the country. She received her early dance training from Nancy Steele of Mark Morris Dance Group, and summer intensives at Ballet Magnificat. While attending Belhaven University, she trained with Stephen and Britta Wynne, Caleb Mitchell, Cynthia Newland, and Laura Morton- Zebert, as well as Bill Wade, Steve Rooks, Randall Flinn, Hope Boykin, Dorrell Martin, and Bobby Wesner. Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from Belhaven University with a BFA in Dance and first joined the Ad Deum community in 2010 as a member of Ad Deum 2. She was promoted to the Main Company in 2012 and performed and toured with Ad Deum until transitioning into the role of Production Manager/Lighting Designer for the companies. While freelancing in production and lighting, she has worked with many different choreographers and companies including contracts with Kinetic Light, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Gaspard & Dancers, Amirov Dance Theater, Kate Weare Company, Sara Juli, METdance, Uptown Dance Company, The Project Dance Foundation(Houston, New York, Atlanta, Taiwan), Hope Stone Dance Inc., Dance of Asian America, Dance Houston, TALK Dance, Vitacca Dance Project, Frame Dance Company, Ash Danceworks, Upstage Theater Company, and others. She has worked for the American Dance Festival as Production Stage Manager at Duke University for the past twelve summers and is also the Production Stage Manager for the University of the Arts Spring and Fall Dance Series in Philadelphia, PA. Tiffany is excited to partner with the artists and creative minds of today to bring fresh and inspiring voices into the dance community. Tiffany is the Artistic Coordinator for Ad Deum’s Professional Dance Development Program.

Kileigh Johnson dance shot
Kileigh Johnson is 18 years old and from Tyler, TX.She started dancing at 4, but didn't fall in love with dance till she was 12 when she began training at ARTrageous Studios and Initiative. At 16 she started pursuing professional dance at TJC Academy OfDance. After two years of professional training she went back to her home studio to change her focus to ministry.

Anjali Lahiri dance shot
Anjali Lahiri is from St.Augustine Florida, where she beganher training at the age of twelve at The Perla BalletSchool. She has trained under Lori Ladwig, Jonathan andMeghan Chapman, Zhanna Dubrovskaya, BeatrizMartinez, and more. Anjali is proficient in Ballet,Contemporary, Jazz, and Modern. During her training, shehad the opportunity to participate in Regional DanceAmerica’s Annual Festivals. Anjali also attended BalletMagnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive from 2016-2019and was selected to be in their Pre-Professional Level inthe summer of 2019. Anjali is overjoyed to be continuingher dance journey with PDDP!

Elizabeth Booth dance shot
Elizabeth Booth hails from Oregon where she grew up dancing at Carla's the Dancers' Studio. She recently graduated from Störling's Artist Development Program and is looking forward to studying in Ad Deum's Training Program this year. She has attended summer intensives with Zion Dance Project, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Alvin Ailey. Dance has taken her many places including Paris, Germany, New York, Oklahoma, Kansas, and now Texas! She hopes to continue to use the gift of dance to bring joy to others, to proclaim God's truth, and to set people free from bondage.

Maria McCain dance shot
Originally from New Orleans, LA, Maria holds a Minor in Dance from Louisiana State University and an MFA in Dance from Belhaven University. She serves as the Ballet Program Coordinator at Houston MET Dance Center and is so grateful to be training with Ad Deum this year.