Meet the Artists
(2021-2022 Season)

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Lana Pillsbury

  •  BBC Company since 2021

Lana trained under Portland Ballet dancer Kate Robillard (née Smedal) at Center Stage Performing Arts and Maine Ballet Theatre and with the University of New Hampshire Ballet Company. She was the Snow Queen in BBC’s production of The Nutcracker (2021). Her favorite roles have been Tiger Lily in Peter Pan and the Summer Faerie in Cinderella. Lana has recently graduated from NMSU with her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a graduate minor in Anthropology.

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Janelle Hernandez

  • BBC Company since 2021

 

Janelle Hernandez has been dancing for over 17 years, primarily under the direction of Monique Foster, beginning at the Alamogordo Academy of Ballet and currently at the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music. She has taught ballet and jazz classes for over ten years and enjoys choreographing and sharing the joy of dance with her students. Janelle has performed in numerous roles and productions with AoB, LCSDM, NMSU, and other local organizations. Some of her favorites include: the Woodland Glade Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Quatre in Swan Lake, Kitri’s friend in Don Quixote, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Arabian and Spanish in The Nutcracker. Janelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a supplemental major in Law & Society from New Mexico State University.

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John Pohl

  • BBC Company since 2021

 

JP (as he prefers to be called) studied ballet in Florida. He spent two years on scholarship at the School of American Ballet’s Summer Intensive as well as the Rock School Summer Intensive. He currently teaches at Las Cruces High.

JP has performed in LCSDM’s productions of The Nutcracker (Nutcracker/Cavalier), Don Quixote (Basilio), and A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge). In 2015, he had the opportunity to play his favorite role — as Dumpy, the Ugly Stepsister (Cinderella). He is excited to be reprising that role this year.

  • BBC Company since 2021

 

Olivia began dancing at 3 and has trained at Las Cruces School of Dance and Music since age 7. She has participated in workshops and/or performances with State Street Ballet, Dance Across America, and the Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. Olivia made her solo debut as Clara in The Nutcracker (2019). In 2021, she danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Olivia is a junior at Las Cruces High School and active in Student Government (former Sophomore Class President, current Student Body Vice-President, NM State Secretary, and Region VI Student Representative). She is also a member of National Honor Society, MESA, Science Olympiad, and Bulldawg Broadcast.

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Olivia Leon

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Ryleigh Wellborn

  • BBC Company since 2021

 

Ryleigh Wellborn has been dancing for 13 years and this is her 6th year dancing at the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music and attended the Joffrey Ballet Company Summer Intensive in 2018 and 2019. In 2022, Ryleigh performed the Arabian Variation in The Nutcracker. Ryleigh hopes to one day travel the world and experience all the different cultures and food.

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Joshua Godman

  • BBC Company since 2016

 

Josh has danced at the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music for seven years. played the detective Ethan Stone in Café Noir (2017), Erebus Grimely in The Persistence of Air (2018), and Don José in Carmen (2019).

In addition, he has performed as the Beast (Beauty & the Beast), the Snow King (The Nutcracker), Sheriff Pat Garrett (Billy the Kid), and numerous roles in the Nutcracker (Nutcracker/Cavalier, Rat King, Snow King, Arabian). He is currently an Aerospace Engineering major at NMSU.

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Daniel Lindsay

  • BBC Company since 2016

 

Daniel has studied ballet for the last 10 years at both the Academy of Ballet and the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music.

Daniel played the lead male role, Jake Marlowe, in the BBC's original production of Cafe Noir. Of his many performances with the Academy of Ballet and the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music, Daniel has played The Nutcracker Prince and Cavalier (The Nutcracker), The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Billy the Kid (Billy the Kid), and most memorably one of the Ugly Stepsisters (Cinderella , a role he will have the opportunity to reprise in 2022. 

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Rachel Breck

  • BBC Apprentice 2016

  • BBC Company since 2022

Rachel has been studying with the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music since 2012, where she has peformed with them countless times. Her favorite roles include Helena in a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coffee from Arabia in The Nutcracker, and Rat Number Four, also in The Nutcracker (don’t underestimate the rats). She is excited to be returning to the stage to perform as Cinderella. Rachel graduates with her BS in Chemical Engineering from NMSU this spring. When she’s not dancing, she can be found hiking, drinking coffee, and spending time with her dog.