JSD Alumni - Professional Dancers
We are very proud of the dancers who have trained with us and gone on to professional careers in dance.
Teague Applegate is 18 years old and was born and raised in Modesto. This is his third year as a Trainee at the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School. At 8 years old, Teague began his training at JSD.
Without the work and help of JSD, Teague says he knows his dreams never would have come to fruition, much less have even begun in the first place. Teague believes JSD continues to be a stable and mindful place to cultivate the talent in young dancers.
Anica Bottom grew up as a student at Juline School of Dance and was an inaugural company member of JRYB. Additionally, she has trained with ABT, CPYB, PNB, Ballet West, Complexions, and in the Contemporary School at Jacob's Pillow. She was nominated for the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Award, received the Prospect Hill Foundation Scholar & Professional Advancement Award from the School at Jacob's Pillow, and was a Trustee & Honors Scholar at Dominican University. In May of 2017, Miss Bottom graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet program at Dominican University. Currently, Anica is a company artist with Ballet Inc., a certified GYROTONIC® trainer, and freelance model in New York City.
Naleah Dey Ryg
Naleah Dey fell in love with performing while at Juline School of Dance. She grew up living in the studio and waited every year in anticipation for The Nutcracker and Annual JSD Recital for her chance to be on stage. When she was 16 years old Naleah auditioned for the prestigious Broadway Theater Project under the direction of Ann Reinking and was accepted. Her training at JSD prepared her for the amazing opportunity to work with Ann Reinking. The Broadway Theater Project led to Naleah being cast in the national tour of “Chicago The Musical”, the European tour of Fosse (Director Ann Reinking), the Off Broadway show No Strings (Director Ann Reinking), the Broadway show The Boy From Oz (starring Hugh Jackman), as well as a number of regional theater productions of various musicals. She then left the stage and crossed over into film and television. Her credits include Kitchen Confidential (starring Bradley Cooper / FOX), Numb3ers (CBS), Entourage (HBO), and the film Pope Dreams. Naleah has also worked in a number of music videos and has appeared in a number of iPod commercials. She will always love dance, but now enjoys her art as an actor. She lives in LA with her husband and son.
Dana Holm began classes at Juline School of Dance at only 4 years old. She continued enhancing her love of dance throughout high school. During those years she was a member of Central West Ballet and held leading roles in ballets like The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Red Shoes. In 2007 Dana attended a summer dance conservatory program with Gloria Govrin at The San Francisco Ballet School. During 2008 she trained with Colleen Neary at The Los Angeles Ballet School. With her love of Musical Theatre growing, Dana was cast in Modesto Performing Art’s Crazy For You as Patsy. Her involvement in Musical Theater led to the opportunity to work with Ann Reinking and Tim Santos, focusing on Broadway Theatre. During the Christmas season of 2009, Dana was chosen to be a Radio City Rockette and performed in their famed Christmas Spectacular, with MSG Entertainment. Dana is currently living in Los Angeles, CA and attending Second City Studio Theater. Her favorite character to date is A Homo Sapien Holiday Retired Rockette performed at Second City Studio Theater.
Kara Hunsinger is from Modesto, California and studied dance at Juline School of Dance. Kara graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2019 as a dance major. While attending college she had the honor of performing works by Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Autumn Eckman, Nacho Duato, Sam Watson, Tamara Dyke-Compton, and Alexei Ratmansky. During her senior year she danced with Hawkin’s Dance Company. After graduating, Kara joined the DanceWorks Chicago. Kara’s additional training includes Ballet West, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Teagan Maddux Teagan grew up dancing at Stage 4 in Angels Camp. At the age of 10 her parents moved to Modesto so that Teagan could study ballet at Juline School of Dance. Teagan was selected to attend the American Ballet Theatre summer dance workshop for 2 summers before she was asked to stay in New York and study with ABT full time. She has been featured on ABT brochures and posters. After 2 years of intense study with ABT, Teagan is currently taking a break from ballet to focus on healing an injury and photography.
Hillary (McGranahan) Lewis
Hillary (McGranahan) Lewis began her journey at Juline School of Dance, training there from an early age and falling in love with dance. She attended Loyola Marymount University where she got her B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Teaching and the art of Choreography. The day after graduation, Hillary began her career at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, dancing in her first parade. The next two years were spent performing in a variety of shows including, High School Musical!, Fantasmic!, Disney's Electrical Parade, Block Party Bash, and the Parade of Dreams. Hillary was then hired by Stiletto Entertainment for Holland America Cruise Lines, traveling the world while performing original shows and teaching dance class for the guests. Her career took her to New York City where she continued to pursue her love for dance and Musical Theatre. She performed in The Muppets: Letter to Santa (TV Special), Dance or Drop (a pilot for MTV), La Comedia's Christmas Spectacular, and various shows throughout the city. Hillary's dance training has taught her the importance of a strong and healthy body, inspiring her to get certified in teaching Pilates. Hillary, her husband Joe and daughter Molly live in Redondo Beach. Hillary owns and operates her fitness studio, Shine Studio and is currently an Instructor and Choreographer for Family Theatre, Inc.
Anthony Rhee Reynoso
Born in Modesto, CA and raised in Oakdale, CA, Anthony Rhee-Reynoso began his ballet training at the age of 8 at Juline School of Dance. In 2018 he was accepted into the San Francisco Ballet School where he continued his classical studies under the direction of Artistic Director Patrick Armand, teachers Pascal Molat, Karen Gabay, Sandrine Cassini, and Dana Genshaft. Anthony attended San Francisco Ballet Summer Intensive from 2013-2018 and American Ballet Theater New York City Summer Intensive in 2019 with full merit scholarships. Spending most of his academic education years in Oakdale, he graduated in 2019 from the Hart-Ransom Charter High School. Anthony has recently accepted a position with Cincinnati Ballet second company for the 2020-2021 season.
Eliana (Montalvo) Swanberg
Juline School of Dance is where Eliana (Montalvo) Swanbergtook her very first steps as a dancer, and she hasn’t stopped moving since! Eliana started as a young 6-year-old attending class once a week, and that commitment steadily grew to daily classes by the time she began high school. She loved that her teachers would encourage and challenge her to find better ways to perform the steps they were learning. Days at the studio helped Eliana discover and cultivate a love of dance, leading to her current pursuit of a professional ballet career. Eliana is a graduate of Butler University with a degree in Ballet Performance and is currently dancing with State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara.