DERRICK was the EmCee and dance energy behind BASSH, presented for 11 years by Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. As Derrick Curtis Productions he is presenting BASSH! at Center Stage Theater and Julie McLeod is giving him guidance on production skills. He has taught social dance forms for 30 years, was a Board Member for SBDA and the recipient of their 12th Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to dance in Santa Barbara. Derrick Curtis Productions is Fiscally Sponsored by AWoL. Derrick offers instruction in smooth & Latin rhythm competitive ballroom dance, social dances, line dances and party dances at Santa Barbara Dance Center. He is a man of talent and gifts to Santa Barbara Youth and Dance.
CYBIL is the founder and director of NECTAR, presenting performances 3–4 times a year at Yoga Soup providing a performance outlet for local poets, dancers, choreographers, musicians, artists and photographers. She is a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor and a licensed massage therapist. She graduated UCSB with a BA in Dance in 1997 and was awarded the Alice Condodina Performance Award. She danced with SB Dance Theater, Robin Bisio, Esalen Int’l Arts Festival, Monterey Dance Collective, LA Music Awards, Cirque Destino, NIGHTS at SB Museum of Art. She received the Profant Foundation for the Arts performance award in 2002 and SB Arts Collaborative grant in support of NECTAR and a Community Arts grant from the SB County Arts Commission for 2 years. Cybil has been mentored by Julie McLeod to develop her administrative, production and business skills.
ELITE came to the U S from Israel knowing she could not get training or earn a living as a photographer there. She took every course she could at SB City College, in photography, web design and computer skills. She tutored Hebrew and Photoshop. She worked taking school portraits and as a photojournalist for Noozhawk. In Israel she was a Platoon Lieutenant in charge of 64 soldiers. Elite’s life changed with her mentorship with Macduff Everton. She gained courage, knowledge and her passion for photography grew. Her work improved immensely. Macduff said, “I didn’t do anything except give her permission to make mistakes.” Elite did a workshop through AWoL with SB Charter School 7–9 year olds guiding them to photograph a friend, alter it in Photoshop and print it to hang at home. Elite is getting her degree in photography at the U of Arizona and volunteering to teach photography to underserved youngsters. http://www.elitehenensonstudio.com
JEFF is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Film Studies. He has worked in film, animation, graphic design, web sites, as well as having a background in acting and has spent time volunteering for youth nonprofits. Most recently he has worked for Bejuba! Entertainment and Foothill Entertainment, two reputable entertainment distribution companies located in Burbank and Santa Barbara, respectively. Jeff developed our logo and is responsible for developing our website. Click Jeff's slide to see samples of his work.
SATPREET Kahlon is a multidisciplinary artist and art educator who grew up in the Midwest, went to school at Michigan State University, and has been living in Santa Barbara for the past year. Although she studied large format photography and ceramics, since receiving her BFA, she has gravitated towards all things fiber. She now spends most of her days creating conceptual fiber-based works that emphasis process and human experience, as well as serving as a Learning Specialist for struggling youth in the Santa Barbara area.
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DAN has been writing poetry all his life without formal training. In addition to working with Albert Salinas, he has been going to weekly poetry readings, reading his own work and learning from others. On a charming note, he filled out his Art Without Limits emerging artist application answering the questions in poetry. He is lucky having Albert as his mentor!
JACKIE says, “Mentorship has impacted my life in so Many ways. Julie responded to a “PS” line in an email when I was 14 about a nonprofit that I wanted to create to offer dance programs to children who could not afford it, and today, my organization, Everybody Dance Now!, has served more than 1,500 youth and is still going strongm has it’s own nonprofit and is in 7 US cities. Guidance on every aspect of the organization from grant writing to budget to creation, to how to deal with various issues in human resources and dealing with sometimes challenging interactions with other people — who were oftentimes twice or three times my age — have contributed so much to Everybody Dance Now!‘s success.” Jackie has been mentored by Julie McLeod over the past five years. www.everybodydancenow.org
CECILY worked with Julie 10 years ago in "On the Verge, Teen Choreographers Showcase with SB Dance Alliance. Since then she has performed with 6 professional dance companies and with State St. Ballet for the last 4 years. She is producing "Library Dances" at San Marcos High in the spring, choreographing and producing "Midsummer Night's Dream" to bring their academics into a dance art form. Once again, Julie and Cecily are working together.
CHELSEA is a bookbinder, traveling artist, children's book writer and illustrator, currently living in the Santa Ynez Valley. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been sketching ever since she could hold a pencil. At the College of Fine Arts at the University Texas at Austin, she dabbled in everything from dark room photography to bronze casting, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis on bookmaking and printmaking. Much of her inspiration comes from her world travels, including time training as an artist in Belgium, France Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. While traveling, Chelsea creates sketchbooks which detail places visited around the globe. Due to a unique eye for color and composition, she has attracted the attention of tens of thousands of followers on Instagram. In 2013, Chelsea founded her small business, Sketchy Notions. Currently, she is teaching art lessons through Arts Outreach, running her business and her Etsy shop, Notional Notions. Chelsea is being mentored by illustrator, Laura-Susan Thomas. “It's one thing to have a sketch to remember the place, but the combination of the sketch and the exact spot at that exact moment I sketched it is something really unique for me. Sometimes I can get the whole scene, other times it's just a little bit of the place. Either way I really love the double documentation of a place.”
ISAAC started drawing when he was 2 years old and never stopped. His art forms are illustration, painting and music. Isaac is a graduate of the VADA program at SB High School. He spent two semesters studying illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and is inspired by artists Frank Miller, Todd Mcfarlene, Ralph Steadman, Jhonen Vasquez, Chuck Jones and Ed "big daddy" Roth. Isaac is focused on creating album covers, illustration and character design for animated mediums. "My artwork is dark, humorous, cartoonish, exaggerated, psychedelic and disturbing. I hope to learn new ways to approach making art being mentored by artist and educator, Lisa Kaftori."