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 is overwhelmingly excited to have a dance company that challenges her and has given her the chance to meet some amazing artists. Rebekah looks forward to any new opportunities for H2O!
Ashley started dancing in a studio at a young age, but got her most valuable experience as a maturing dancer at Mira Costa College in 2012. Working closely with professors and mentors Dave Massey, Teresa Jankovic, and Sadie Weinberg from that point until now, Ashley discovered that her passion lies in educating and creating, specifically contemporary modern dance. Some of her most memorable experiences performing are for the San Diego Trolley Dances, at White Box Live Arts, and presenting work at the American College Dance Festival. Ashley holds a B.A. in Dance from San Diego State University and she plans to pursue her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography, in hopes of eventually teaching at the collegiate level. Meanwhile, she is currently teaching her second semester of contemporary modern dance at San Dieguito Academy and jazz, hip hop, and tap at studios in the North County coastal communities. She also has a love for Latin Ballroom and teaching fitness classes, such as Pilates and Barre. Ashley is interested in learning new ways of viewing, embodying, and creating movement.
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 Executive Director for San Diego Dance Theater. She spends her spare time dancing in the kitchen with her son Aiden.
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!
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.
Korey Van Hoy
Korey is a Barre instructor, 500 hour Yoga Certified, Fitness Enthusiast, and Dancer living the dream.
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