The San Diego Dance Theater company dancers are all professional San Diego artists and teachers.
Performing with SDDT for the 2020-2021 Season:
Brianna Bellamy is originally from Fort Myers, FL, and studied at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts and the University of South Florida. After starting a family, she moved to San Diego and attended San Diego City College, where she studied under Grace Jun, Terri Shipman, Debi Toth-Ward, and Terry Wilson, who encouraged her to become a work study student in 2014 – opening the door for her to become a San Diego Dance Theater company member in 2016. Brianna is the proud mother of two beautiful children.
Lauren Christie currently dances professionally with San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, and DISCO RIOT. Since relocating to San Diego, she has been honored to dance with local artists including: Blythe Barton Dance, Erica Buechner, Gina and Kyle Sorenson (somebodies dance theater), Aurora Lagattuta, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, and Chelsea Zeffiro. Described as “fresh and talented” by The Washington Post, Lauren has also performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with DC-based Christopher K. Morgan & Artists since 2012. Lauren trained at the Ballet Memphis School until 2008, and graduated from American University with Honors in 2012 with a BA in Public Communication & French and a dance minor. Carmel Morgan of CriticalDance writes that Lauren is “captivating…an agile performer with a knack for getting under your skin.”
Marcos holds an MFA (UC San Diego ‘20) and BFA (UC Santa Barbara ‘06) in Dance. He started dancing in 1999, when at 15 he secretly began exploring movement before he’d ever heard the word improvisation. Between 2006 and 2017, he danced for directors in New York and California including Daniel Charon, Faye Driscoll, Jean Isaacs, Meredith Glisson, Risa Jaroslow, Keith Johnson, Eun Hee Lee, Gary Masters, Stephanie Nugent, Jerry Pearson, and beloved others. Passionate about transdisciplinary collaboration and experimental production, he dove into creating evening length dance works for Marcos Duran Performance Group as an artist in residence at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn from 2012–2017. In addition to dance, he teaches Pilates and is pursuing certifications in CranioSacral Therapy and Digital Media.
Nicolas Gilbertson has practiced and studied movement since the age of 7. Nicolas started his dance journey at the Kearny Mesa Dance Academy training under Kathy Benson until 2006. In 2013, he graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. From there, he studied at San Diego Mesa College and California Institute of the Arts until new opportunities arose.Nicolas now performs professionally with the San Diego Dance Theater and the PGK Dance Project.
Jessica Gilmore was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of South Florida, College of Visual and Performing Arts and received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance in 2008. Jessica then moved to Seattle where she began working with Spectrum Dance Theatre and also spent time in the Bay Area. In 2014, Jessica relocated to San Diego. Jessica has been given many performance and teaching opportunities in San Diego, performing works by Jean Isaacs and Stephen Koplowitz in Trolley Dances and in the WOW Festival 2015 as a guest artist for San Diego Dance Theater.
Cecily Holcombe discovered dance while attending UCSD, where she studied with Jean Isaacs, Margaret Marshall, and Terry Wilson. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco and performed with Liss Fain Dance and Kersti Grunditz. In San Diego, she has danced for Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Jean Isaacs, Allyson Greene, Terry Wilson, Anne Gehman, Monica Bill Barnes, and Lavina Rich’s Push Process. She is currently performing with Blythe Barton Dance and is in her fifth season with San Diego Dance Theater.
Mario Jaimes is a technically trained dance maker with seven years of experience in modern, hip hop, and jazz. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2016 with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Management. Mario joined San Diego Dance Theater in 2018. He has also performed with Eastlake Dance Company, University Dance Company, Malashock Dance, and Bite Dance Company.
Minaqua McPherson graduated from UCSD as a dance major in 2007. She is a performer, teacher and choreographer. Her dance training spans a variety of forms, including jazz, African, ballet, tap, butoh, and modern dance. She joined the staff of San Diego Dance Theater as the office coordinator shortly after college and soon became a teacher for Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater. In 2008 she was invited into the company of dancers that comprises San Diego Dance Theater and made her debut at “Cabaret Dance” in 2009. She currently works as a teacher in many communities for dance and fitness at multiple studios and schools throughout San Diego. She enjoys choreographing works for both pre-professional and professional movers that explore movements with technical structures and athletic compositions.