Palm Dance Collective is a group of visionaries who are taking action to expand the world of the arts through the means of dance. We create productions that involve everyone in the creation process, including but not limited to choreographers, Dancers, musicians, singers, actors, painters, set designers, lighting designers, make up design, costume designers, and the community. Our goal is to create a performing group that involves the community by providing opportunity for artists to collaborate as well as holding open rehearsals for the public to attend and be involved in the creation process. we want to expand the community to see the arts as not being limited to performance just on stage but also the creation of the art.
Carisa Carroll | Artistic Director
Carisa Carroll, a Santa Barbara, CA native, began her training with Montectio School of Ballet at the age of 7. She started her professional dance career with Carrie Diamond in a collaborative production with Peninsula Ballet Theater. As a trainee with State Street Ballet, she performed in every work in the companies repertoire during the 2012-13 season, including the touring season. She was in the original cast of William Soleau's "American Tango" and in fall 2014, appeared as a guest artist with the company and accompanied them on tour to Washington, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Florida. In January 2015 she was invited by Christopher Pilafian to perform with Santa Barbara Dance Theater where she performed and collaborated in the original performance of Common Ground by Edgar Zendejas. While with SBDT she had the pleasure of working with international choreographer, Joshua Beamish, in his new work, 'Salt'. In 2015/2016 she trained at UC Santa Barbara with former Alvin Ailey dancer, Christina Sanchez, studying Horton as well as furthered her ballet training with Valarie Huston. Carroll has also trained in the Jennifer Muller technique, 2012-2016 with Tracy Kofford and also with SBDT's director, Christopher Pilafian. Carisa has performed in 2 films by Robin Bisio Films as well as a site specific performance on the beach by Bisio summer/fall of 2015. She was also apart of artist Colleen Kelly's "Naked Underneath"- a gallery collaboration between Kelly's art work and choreographed dance solos. Carroll performed 3 variations of her self choreographed solo at 3 galleries throughout southern California with Kelly. Her choreographic work has been performed at Santa Barbara City College Dance Collective 2015 and 2016, Nebula HH11 Dance Festival 2016/2017, and Voices of LA by Brockus Project Studios December 2016. She designed and created the costumes for her work in both HH11 and Collective. Summer of 2016 she attended ODC of San Francisco's summer intensive. September 2016 she performed in a music video directed by Jeffery Prosser, choreographed by Mackenzie Ellis. Fall 2016 she helped restage Tracy Kofford's "Intersecting Fuge" which won second place at the McCallum festival 2016 and is continuing to tour the piece throughout the 2016/17 season. In January 2017 she attended Bodytraffic's winter workshop as well as performed in a music video choreographed by Erin Murray. Carisa has had the pleasure of working with international and national choreographers such as Edgar Zendejas, Joshua Beamish, Rodney Gustafson, Gary Mackenzie, William Soleau, Autumn Eckman, Jerry Pearson, Christopher Pilafian, Delila Moseley, Tracy Kofford, and Brooke Hughes Melton. Currently, she has decided to turn her choreographic passion into a collaborative company in Los Angeles where she can not only choreograph but continue to perform if desired. Before their first company rehearsal, Carroll has already booked several performances for the company, including being invited to perform at the LA Dance Festival in May 2017.
Nicholas Shopoff | Dancer
Nicholas began his dance training at Laguna Beach High School. His interest piqued, Nicholas went on to study and receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Chapman University. He spent a brief time dancing over seas in London and then apprenticing with Backhaus Dance after college before making his way to Los Angeles where he currently dances with Palm Dance Collective as well as ShieldWall Dance Company.
Samantha Rain Rose | Dancer
Sam Rose is a freelance performer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sam spent much of her formative years in dance competitions. It was not until she attended University of California, Santa Barbara that Sam discovered her passion for concert performance. During her time there, Sam enjoyed being a member of the UCSB Dance Company. Upon receiving degrees in Biochemistry and Dance in June 2016, Sam began dancing professionally. Currently, she is a member of Sean Greene's Shieldwall Dance Company, a company member of Palm Dance Collective, and a teaching artist with Conga Kids.
Dominique McDougal | Dancer
Dominique, a native of Lakeland, Florida, started his education in theater at the age of 9. He later went on to train in classical ballet at Florida Dance Theatre becoming a trainee with their professional company his senior year in high school. Upon graduating, he moved to Philadelphia and joined Smoke, Lilies and Jade under Zane Booker. Dominique then furthered his education in movement through the Alonzo King LINES Ballet training program. Throughout his dance education and professional experience Dominique collaborated with artist such as Earl Mosley, Brigette Dunn-Korpela, Ferdinand DeJesus, Carol Krajacic-Erkes, Lennie Meek re-staging Lar Lubovich Concerto 622, Norbert De La Cruz III, James Sewell, Amanda Miller, Gregory Dawson, Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Sidra Bell, Renee Redding Jones, Kevin Wynn, Caron Eule and many more.
Rein Short | Dancer
Rein Short, originally from the East coast, is now a LA based professional dancer, choreographer and yoga teacher. At age 6, Rein began dancing, studying ballet, contemporary, modern and jazz and went on to pursue a degree in Dance Performance from Towson University. Upon graduation, Rein travelled to New York City where she was a freelance dancer. Rein has worked with companies and choreographers along the East Coast including, American Dance Institute, Baltimore Ballet, Alexandra Rose, and Katya Danko. Rein is now working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles with PDCLA Brockus RED.
Kaycee Jannino | Dancer
Kaycee Jannino grew up just outside Boston, Massachusetts where she trained primarily in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. In 2010 she completed the Dance Education Training Course and became a certified instructor by the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and the American Society. In her teaching endeavors, Kaycee hopes to give to student dancers: inspiration, encouragement in exploring individual creativity, and a strong motivation to keep them dancing.
After studying Exercise Science and Dance at Jacksonville University, Kaycee transferred to Santa Barbara City College which is where she found her passion for Modern and Contemporary dance. She has since performed with Weslie Ching Dance, Nebula Dance Lab, and SBCC Dance Company. Kaycee is currently dancing with Shield Wall Dance Company under the direction of Sean Greene, as well as Palm Dance Collective in Downtown Los Angeles.
Leah Hamel | Dancer
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Leah began her dance studies at California Dance Theatre. Upon graduating high school, she moved to New York City to continue her training at The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. She has also studied with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has had the privilege of performing the work of Sharon Eyal, Alex Ketley, Spencer Gavin Hering, Ohad Naharin, Robert Moses, Camille A. Brown, and Malinda LaVelle. In addition to dancing, she has choreographed work for Santa Monica College, Juilliard Dance, and the Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts. Leah's award winning choreographic piece, Same., was performed by PDC at the Red Rock Dance Festival 2017.
Elise Matthews | Dancer
Elise Matthews was born in New Jersey, and raised in Pasadena, California, where she trained at the Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts, and became a USA All Star Song Leader. Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Brigham Young
University and has had a passion for dance since she was three years old. She is trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Musical
Theatre and Ballroom. Elise was a member of Brigham Young University's top performing and touring company, Contemporary Dance
Theatre. There, she was able to choreograph her own works, perform, and work with Donald McKayle, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Jenny Backhaus, Jen and Omar Olivas, and Joni Tuttle McDonald. As a certified Cardio Barre instructor, Elise believes that dance is for everyone and not only is an expression of art, but is beneficial to the educational and physical growth of an individual.
Jestoni DagDag | Dancer
Jestoni Dagdag is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and instructor based out in Southern California. He was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at the age of 14. In 2015, he graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a BFA in Dance Performance. He trained under renowned faculty members such as Tong Wang, Sheron Wray, Shaun Boyle, Molly Lynch, Dianne Diefenderfer, and Michael Chad Hall. He also received an "Excellence in Dance Performance" arts award upon graduation. Soon after, he embarked on a dance adventure, and has since performed/toured with several companies such as Shaun Boyle and Artists, Donald Mckayle’s Etude Ensemble, Multiplex Dance, Kelly Alvarez & Artists, and Re:born Dance Interactive to name a few. Jestoni hopes to inspire people through movement. He is excited to be dancing with Palm Dance Collective!
Lyla Palmer | Dancer
Lyla was born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Northern Los Angeles. She began her dance training at California Dance Theatre at the age of 10. She took ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop classes through high school and then continued her dance education at UCSB. In her senior year, she was invited to join UCSB Dance Company to tour and perform across Southern California and Europe. After graduating last June, she moved back to Los Angeles to pursue dance professionally. She currently dances with SIZA Dance Company and cannot wait to start this journey with PDCLA.
Kozue Kasahara | Dancer
Kozue Kasahara was born in Yokohama, Japan and started training in classical ballet with the T.K. Ballet Academy at the age of four. After graduating Aoyama Gakuin University with a BA in Literature, she came to Los Angeles and started training in modern and contemporary dance with Seda Aybay, Karen McDonald, Jae Lee, Mark Tomasic, and Angela Jordan, and performing pieces choreographed by Keelan Whitmore, Andre Tyson, China Yamaguchi, Sophie Monat and more. Kozue was featured in Jae Lee’s dance film "Interrumpere," which was selected for the Glendale International Film Festival 2016. She also attended the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Summer Intensive and Bodytraffic workshop. She recently graduated from Santa Monica College with an AA in Dance. She is also an apprentice at the Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company Kybele Dance Theatre.
Anthony Athen | Dancer
Anthony Athen, a Los Angeles native, began his training at Alexander Hamilton High School under the direction of Karen McDonald. He went on to continue his studies at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he had the opportunity of working with artists such as Christine Cox, Brian Sanders and Zane Booker. In 2016, Anthony graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a BFA in Performing Arts. Anthony Athen has been blessed to be able to perform with Pilobolus during PIFA. He has worked with artists such as Genevieve Carson, Yusuf Nasir and Hector Guerro. He is ecstatic to create and perform with PDCLA!
Monica Moe Mulvany | NYC guest artist
Jane Hamor | NYC guest artist
Tracy R. Kofford earned his BFA in Dance from University of California of Santa Barbara and a MFA from New York University, TISCH School of the Arts. Tracy has performed and choreographed nationally and internationally with his own work and Jennifer Muller/The Works, who he danced with for over 10years in NYC. He has studied and worked with some of the world's most influential choreographers, performers and dance companies. He also performed with Disney Cruise line, featured as Tarzan. Mr. Kofford was featured in Lois Greenfield: Still Moving. He is currently Director of Dance at Santa Barbara City College, guest teacher at Thacher, guest artist with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet and a member of Santa Barbara Dance Theater.