Rebekah Brown – FOUNDER/DIRECTOR
Rebekah was born in the small town of Ashland, OH and spent 10 years at Opus II Dance Studio, where she fell in love with dancing and then figured out she liked being in charge – so she started choreographing. Opus II gave her something she’d never had before – a sense of belonging and a passion that needed to be fueled. After high school, she moved to Buffalo, NY and received her BFA in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo and pioneered a study abroad program with the University of Chichester in England. Returning to studying in 2011, Rebekah moved across the country to pursue her MFA in Dance at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Since graduating, she taught dance and worked in administrative capacities in the Bay Area but recently made the move to sunny San Diego. She has taught and choreographed for 14 years, drawing inspiration from her training in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. She is the Operations Manager and a Teaching Artist for San Diego Dance Theater. In addition, she is the co-curator for Fresh Dances with colleague Emily Miller and works with Ian Isles to curate ArtMOVES, the dance stage at ArtWalk San Diego. Rebekah is overwhelmingly excited to have a small dance company that challenges her and has given her the chance to meet some amazing artists. She looks forward to any new opportunities for H2O!
Sara K. Blodgett
Grateful to have fallen into a dance career, Sara is living her passion and is currently active in the San Diego dance scene. She has performed with Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Theatre on projects including Trolley Dances (2010, 2011, 2012), Young Choreographers Showcase (2012, 2013, 2017), and The Magee House Project (2013). In 2012 she danced in Mojalet’s Progressive Steps and for Sadie Weinberg in Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail. Sara presented choreography at the Encinitas Arts Festival (2013, 2014) and SDDT’s Studio Showcase in May 2013. She worked with NYC award-winning choreographer Tamara Saari performing at The Fringe Festival 2014. In 2016 Sara performed in Brianna Pilkinton’s full-length site specific project #thescreensbetweenus in conjunction with Malashock Dance. Also in 2016 she danced for Emily Miller’s ‘Get Down/Pick Up’ company as part of Art Walk Leucadia. In addition to performing, Sara is passionate about sharing her art and is currently the Development Director for transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. She spends her spare time dancing in the kitchen with her son Aiden.
Hannah Cook began training in ballet, tap, and jazz at four years old. At age eight, she joined the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective Junior Ensemble where she performed in original works with the professional company. She attended summer programs with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York. In 2007, she began the Joffrey Ballet School’s Trainee Program. She completed her BA in Dance at UCSD and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014, where she was recognized as a Muir Scholar and awarded The Leandra Smith Memorial Dance Scholarship.
As a military child, Alexander Ebalo received urban and contemporary dance training in Japan and Virginia before arriving in California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from UCSD. Alexander currently dances with H2O, CultureShock San Diego, and SeaWorld San Diego.
Cathlin Houle grew up in the world of ballet, training with Erin Duclos at To The Pointe Ballet, and performing lead roles in many classical works. At the age of 16 she had the fortune to travel to Scotland with the Burklyn Ballet to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She attended UCLA where she was exposed to many contemporary works from international dance companies and continued her classical training at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. She has developed a great interest in contemporary dance and has begun performing in this style recently; she is excited to continue exploring the style with H2O Dance Company.
Originally from San Diego, Danielle first discovered dance at her local YMCA. Many years later she found a home at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. New York City instructors, mentors and directors include: Peter Schabel and Zvi Gotheiner (ballet), Slam (jazz), Nina Buisson, David Parsons, and Stephen Petronio (modern) among others. Professional credits and venues include: The Bank Street Theatre West Village, The Bollywood Music Awards at the Taj Mahal Atlantic City under the direction of Nina Buisson Contemporary Movement, the off Broadway Venue at Studio 54, and the Kirk Theater on Theatre Row (Off Broadway). Most recently Danielle performed with Isadoranow under the direction of Elyssa Dru Rosenberg as well as independent choreographer Beth Guerrette. In addition to H2O, Danielle currently dances with GET DOWN/ PICK UP Company under the direction of Emily Miller.
Luci’s passion for dancing started from a young age when she started her ballet training with Felicity Cunningham in Las Vegas. After moving to San Diego at age 10, Luci continued her dance training with Kathy Roach at Fine Pointe Ballet Studio. Through dancing with Kathy Roach, Luci has had many opportunities to dance, teach and choreograph dance pieces. To further her education in dance, Luci is currently a student at the University of California, San Diego as a Dance Major. While at UCSD, Luci has enjoyed exploring many different dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and tap. After graduating in Spring 2019, she hopes to continue a career in dance and find opportunities to perform, choreograph, and teach dance in many capacities.
Brianna (sounds like banana) Pilkinton can be described by the following titles: Wife, Mom, Senior Environmental Scientist, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Self-Made Thousandaire, and Epic Multitasker. She earned a BS in General Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology from San Diego State University in 2003. In addition to presenting her own full-length site specific work #TheScreensBetweenUs as part of Malashock Dance’s Engagement Ring Series in June, she has been fortunate to have danced as a guest artist with many local dance companies and independent choreographers including; Isadora Now, Bottled Light Dance Theater, GetDown/PickUp Company, Malashock Dance, Lara Segura, Tamara Saari Dance, Ion Theatre, San Diego Dance Theater, and H2O Dance Company.
Leigh took her first ballet class at age eight and was hooked! She studied ballet and jazz at her studio in Bakersfield, CA and danced in so many Nutcrackers that she can no longer celebrate Christmas without hearing something by Tchaikovsky. By age 15, she was teaching ballet and jazz and by 17 she was choreographing for her studio. In college, Leigh danced ballet and modern and performed in several shows while studying for her degree in Biology. After college, Leigh took a hiatus from dance while she taught several marine biology camps for kids, SCUBA classes both locally and abroad, and worked in the biotech industry. After having her first child, Leigh began teaching dance and fitness classes. She has been teaching hip hop, ballet, jazz, and modern since 2006. She was also the coordinator for Expressions, the YMCA dance team. Leigh has recently begun dancing and performing with various choreographers around San Diego County. She loves working with this amazing dance community!
Molly Schwartz received her early dance training in New Hampshire and Boston, studying the Vaganova ballet technique and a mixed modern technique under teachers Patricia Walker, Kelly Doremus-Stuart, and Daniel McCusker (Tufts University). Molly has danced professionally in Boston, South Carolina, and in San Diego, and has performed for Contrapose Dance, Power Company Collaborative, David Sun, Blythe Barton Dance, H2O Dance, Lara Segura, Jessica Gilmore, Brianna Pilkinton, and Stephanie Britton. She has also enjoyed performing works by David Parker, Tatiana Tchernova, Jean Isaacs, and John Malashock. She is pleased to call San Diego home, and has enjoyed working in this wonderful dance community.
Lucie Shamlou is a senior at San Dieguito Academy High School who has trained in ballet and other disciplines for over ten years, now committed to her focus in modern and contemporary dance. She has trained with San Diego Dance Theater and has performed with H2O Dance Company for a number of projects over the last year.
Shannon cultivated her passion for the arts in the Bay Area, attaining a BA in Dance at SFSU and MFA in Performance and Choreography at Mills College. She has gratefully performed in works by Cathleen McCarthy, Paco Gomez, Byron Seddens, Ori Flomin, Shinichi Iova-Koga, and Sheldon Smith. Currently, Shannon works as a Video Production Coordinator for SmartShoot while producing new works for her WIDE EYED (wE.) project.
Rachel Torres graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Literature with Honors and a minor in Dance. Upon graduation, Rachel began taking classes and working with artists in the San Diego community. She has had the pleasure of performing works by several local artists including John Malashock, Jean Isaacs, Sadie Weinberg, Debi Toth, Lara Segura, Erica Buechner, Erin Tracy, Lavina Rich, and Brianna Pilkinton. Rachel has been a company dancer for the Malashock Dance Company since 2016 and also teaches youth Advanced Modern and adult Intermediate Modern for the Malashock Dance School.
Anita Von Kalinowski
Anita was born and raised in Chile. From an early age and to this day she has always enjoyed learning different styles of dance such as Ballet, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Latin Ballroom. Loves fitness and is certified in Buti Yoga and Sleek Technique. She has a degree in Physical Education at the university of Playa Ancha. She studied in the Department of Contemporary Dance (Graham and Leeder technique) at the Conservatorio Hizidor Handler in Vina del Mar Chile. She was a dancer for the Contemporary Dance Company Creadanza for more than 7 years where she participated in various exhibitions and dance festivals throughout Chile. Through her love of dance she always looked to improve and learn in which she regularly attended different dance seminars such as: Danzalborde (Chile), Erre que Erre (Spain), and SDC (Australia). [Photo: Julia Daria]
PAST COLLABORATORS – MANY THANKS!
Ashley Akhavan, Blake Bailey, Brandon Bailey, Kimbra Brazeal, Keryn Breiterman-Loader, Casey Flores, Jessica Goodburn, Maya Haines, Genevieve Hand, Rachel Holdt, Joe Holmes, Maggie Hurd, Ian Isles, Ana Mendoza, Kassandra Meza, Erica Pinigis, Sophie Stanley, Caitlin Sullivan, Ashley Tan, Korey Van Hoy