JSD Alumni - Professional Dancers
We are very proud of the dancers who have trained with us and gone on to professional careers in dance.
Anica Bottom, from Modesto, CA, 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.
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 ask to stay in New York and study with ABT full time. This year, at the age of 16 she was cast in the Snow and Flower core for the annual Nutcracker with the full company to be performed in Los Angeles. Teagan shows great promise as one of ABT's up and coming ballerinas.
Hillary McGranahan 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. She is currently an Instructor and Choreographer for Family Theatre, Inc. and teaches Pilates and dance classes throughout the South Bay, CA.