Meet the Artists
Lana Pillsbury is a 23 year old dancer from the Greater Portland area in Maine. As a Maine native, Lana trained under Portland Ballet dancer Kate Robillard (née Smedal) at Center Stage Performing Arts and Maine Ballet Theatre. She was a volunteer assistant teacher to beginner ballet classes in high school. While in college at University of New Hampshire, Lana danced with the UNH Ballet Company. She also had the opportunity to choreograph for three different student showcases. After graduating in 2020 with a degree in Environmental Engineering and minor in Dance, she continued to dance throughout the pandemic under the direction of Patricia Zhou. Lana is now in her second year of graduate school pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a graduate minor in Anthropology at New Mexico State University. She is thrilled to be the President of Borderlands Ballet for the 2021-2022 dance season. When not in ballet class, she can be found roaming the Las Cruces farmers market, sipping wine at Lescombes Winery, and caring for her friends’ pets. Her favorite roles have been Tiger Lily in the ballet Peter Pan and the Summer Fairy in Cinderella. Her favorite performance to date was dancing.
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. In her spare time, Janelle enjoys drinking coffee, hiking, reading, and spending time with her familyC.
Olivia was introduced to dance at age 3 and has trained at Las Cruces School of Dance and Music (LCSDM) since age 7. She takes classes in ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop and often assists with beginning ballet and jazz classes. Olivia has taught hip-hop to younger students and has participated in workshops and/or performances with State Street Ballet, Dance Across America, and the Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. Olivia has performed in over 16 stage productions with LCSDM and made her solo debut as Clara in The Nutcracker (2019). She danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the 2021 production. This is her first year as a member of BBC.
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. Olivia partners with LCPS TV to film events (football games, band performances, and commencement). In 2021, Olivia was selected as a student representative for the Las Cruces Public School Student Advisory Council. Olivia will graduate in 2023 and pursue an engineering degree
Ryleigh Wellborn is a 16 year old dancer from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has been dancing for 13 years and this is her 6th year dancing at the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music and her first year as a Company member in BBC. For the summer of 2018 and 2019 Ryleigh was able to attend the Joffrey Ballet Company summer intensive in Colorado Springs. This is Ryleigh's
In 2022, Ryleigh was a featured dancer in the Arabian Variation in Nutcracker. In addition, some of her favorite roles were being a Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Waltz of the Flowers in Nutcracker. Her two favorite colors are lavender and black. Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is collect albums from her favorite bands and her favorite animals are elephants, stingrays, and monkeys. Ryleigh hopes to one day travel the world and experience all the different cultures and food. The top three places on her travel list are: South Korea, Bora Bora, and JapanSoon
Josh has danced at the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music for seven years. He is currently an Aerospace Engineering major at NMSU. Josh is a founding member of BBC and played the detective Ethan Stone in Café Noir (2017), Erebus Grimely in The Persistence of Air (2018), and Don José in Carmen.
At LCSDM 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)
Daniel has studied ballet for the last 10 years at both the Academy of Ballet and the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music. He is currently employed as a sheet metal worker at B&H Mechanical in Las Cruces.
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 Evil Stepsisters (Cinderella , a role he will have the opportunity to reprise in 2022.
Rachel has been studying with the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music since 2012, where she has preformed 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.