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Founder / Artistic Director
Rebekah’s passion is to bring hope and dignity through dance. From sitting mesmerized by the Nutcracker as a toddler to training at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education she has experienced the power, freedom, and joy in using dance to communicate.
Rebekah has appeared with companies such as The The Proia Dance Project, Southern Arc, and the Atlanta Opera. She’s also been a guest artist with Telluride Dance Academy and Sawnee Ballet Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Swanhilda in Coppelia with Ballet Southeast and the Faun Couple in Alexandre Proia’s Four Seasons with Georgia Ballet. Her favorite projects include, the opener for Passion 2014, music videos for Victoria Canal and Amy Ray, the White Umbrella short film, as well as our annual stage production of Sterling’s Path, a multimedia fairytale of hope.
Rebekah loves using dance to serve internationally and has travelled to countries such as Panama, Cuba, and the Netherlands to perform and conduct workshops. In 2018, she curated the Uncaged Community Dance Festival where Atlanta’s leading dance companies converged for a week of collaboration. Rebekah also loves mentoring the next generation through teaching; she was a faculty member at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education for nine years and is currently a guest teacher around the US.
Rebekah holds a BA in Communications from Thomas Edison State University. When she’s not in the studio, Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family, reading, paddleboarding and pickle ball, or winding down with hand-embroidery.
Originally from Birmingham, AL, Jane began her dance training at the age of 6 at Briarwood Ballet. At age 14, Jane was accepted into Ballet Exaltation, the pre-professional ballet company of Briarwood Ballet’s intensive division. Through her experience in Ballet Exaltation, Jane learned how to use art to glorify God and to serve those around her with the beauty of dance. She was able to tour nationally and internationally throughout high school, including performances in the cities of Holguin and Santa Clara, Cuba.
After graduating high school, Jane was invited to dance with Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississipi where she performed through their professional training program for 2 years. While at Ballet Mag, Jane deepened her love of using art as a tool for outreach and ministry, and was able to help counsel groups of young dancers through their annual Summer Dance Intensive.
Jane was offered a company artist position with Magnum Opus ballet company in Madison, Wisconsin as a founding member. She had the opportunity to perform both soloist and corps roles for 2 years in the Madison area, as well as throughout the Midwest. She also taught and choreographed regularly for a local studio, and was able to share her love of dance with her students.
Jane and her husband, Tyler, moved to Woodstock, Georgia after they got married in 2019. Jane continues to teach students the art of dance throughout the local community, and is grateful to still be able to perform and create through Bluebird Uncaged. In her spare time, she enjoys talking theology with her husband, practicing calligraphy, reading, and going antiquing.
Vaganova trained ballerina Valeria Sinyavskaya with Kingsport Ballet. These two teachers really believed in me! However, the world thought otherwise. I graduated high school and further my dance training at Kennesaw State University (KSU). This time, however, I would drop the pointe shoes (not completely) and change course to focus my energy on more contemporary movements. At KSU I was able to work with choreographers such as Ivan Pulenkala, Lisa Lock, John and Christine Welker, Ido Tadmor, Helen Pickett, and this is where I would also meet Lauri Stallings. After my graduation from KSU I dove right into the dance scene working with gloATL directed by Lauri Stallings and freelanced as a choreographer working on several music videos for people such as Chelsea Shag and Cory Smith. Though it seemed like the time of my life, I felt empty and alone. The summer of 2020 I accepted Jesus as my lord and savior and left the Atlanta dance scene to only be a teacher and evangelist of the truth. That same year I met Rebekah Diaddigo to dance in Sterling’s Path.
Now that my life is more put into perspective than it ever has been, I am a 1st grade teacher at Ethos Classical Charter School, and a dancer with Bluebird Uncaged and The Esthete Collective.
Deborah Williams is from Roswell, GA and began dancing for Bluebird Uncaged in 2020.
Deborah is classically trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, and lyrical technique. She trained at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance in Roswell, GA, where she studied under Kassandra Taylor Newberry, Orlando Molina, Daet Rodriguez, Tracey Bayly, Tracy Vogt, Roscoe Sales, and many others. During her training, Deborah performed in many prestigious events including South Eastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) festivals as well as the Regional Dance America (RDA) festival in 2017. Over the years Deborah has performed numerous lead roles and some of her favorite memories include Dew Drop Fairy, Spanish Lead, Arabian Lead, Mirliton Lead in the Nutcracker, and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain in Sleeping Beauty.
Deborah currently teaches at Peachtree Dance in Sandy Springs, and she serves as a guest instructor for numerous studios throughout the metro-Atlanta area. She has previously served as a guest artist for the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance and worked as a ballet instructor at Core Dance and Acrobatics.
When not dancing, Deborah loves to go running or hiking, playing ultimate frisbee, baking, reading, and studying. Deborah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and in 2023 from their Master of Biology Medical Science program. She will begin medical school in July 2023 at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama with the intent of becoming a pediatrician.
Hideko began her training at Houyu Ballet in Japan in 1992 and went on to garner scholarships at such prestigious schools as the San Francisco Ballet School and Royal Ballet School.
Her accomplishments are : 2005 Prix de Lausanne ( semi-Finalist), 2005 Youth America Grand Prix In New York City (first place with Merit Scholarship), USA International Ballet Competition in 2010 as a semi-finalist. She has danced many notable choreographers works whose names are giants in the dance world such as George Balanchine, Steven McMahon, August Bournonville and Helgi Tomasson to name but a few.
She joined the Memphis ballet as a soloist in 2007 and danced with them professionally for 10 years. There she danced every dancers’ dream roles like, Swan Lake: Soloist, The Nutcracker: Clara Soloist, Sleeping Beauty: Bluebird Soloist, Flower Festival in Genzano: Pas de deux, Napoli Soloist, Allegro Brillante: Soloist, Serenade: Russian Girl , Cinderella: Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet: Juliet as well as a full repertoire of Contemporary pieces as well!
Lizzie began her dance training at the age 12 at Experience Arts School in Mesa, AZ. She danced with the senior dance company and held the position of director of the junior dance company. During this time, she studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. Through these experiences, she learned how to worship through dance as she performed around the Phoenix area in both outreach shows and competitions, as well as at special venues such as Disneyland. She performed with Hillsong Phoenix in their Colour Conference and Christmas Spectacular. Additionally, she trained at Scottsdale Community College under Nadja Langenhorst and Angela Rosenkrans. Throughout the summer she sought additional training with Ballet Magnificat!, the School of Ballet Arizona, and Ballet 5:8.
Following high school, she accepted a Trainee position with Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, MS, training under Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, and Sol Maisonet. In her three years in the program, she performed numerous times at churches, schools, nursing homes, festivals, and Project Dance Houston in soloist and corps roles. Upon graduation from Ballet Magnificat!, she joined Ballet 5:8’s trainee program in Chicago, IL, to train under Julianna Rubio Slager and Kim Sagami. While at Ballet 5:8, Lizzie performed soloist and corps roles in Beyond the Nutcracker and Wayward Daughter.
She taught, directed, and choreographed at Experience Arts School in Mesa, AZ over the course of many years. Additionally, she has taught at Steps the Studio in Jackson, MS, teaching both in-studio classes and partnering with elementary schools to teach after-school classes in the surrounding area.
Jenée Blanco began her early dance training at the age of 7 with tap, jazz, and ballet lessons in West Lafayette, Indiana. She also took clog dancing lessons and enjoyed performing and choreographing as the youngest member of the Sunshine Cloggers for 3 years. At 14, Jenée began studying at Lafayette Ballet School, where she received character dance and pre-professional classical ballet training and was also intrigued by learning the skill of costume construction. Additionally, she studied ballet at Jordan Academy of Dance in Indianapolis and modern dance at Purdue University. She was a member of Lafayette Ballet Company for 4 years and danced lead and soloist roles in performance opportunities that sparked a lifelong love of ballet.
At age 18, Jenée moved to New York City to study as a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School. While in New York, she apprenticed with the Joffrey II Dancers. She danced professionally with Ballet Omaha and International Ballet Rotaru in Atlanta.
After learning about Ballet Magnificat and witnessing a pure joy in the dancers unlike she’d ever seen in the professional dance world, she was eager to experience that joy and purpose in using her artistic gifts in a ministry. She then moved to Mississippi to join Ballet Magnificat’s trainee program and junior company before becoming a member of the touring company as a dancer, costume mistress, and licensed tour bus driver!
Jenée taught Pilates and ballet while residing in Philadelphia and San Antonio. She has choreographed pieces from The Nutcracker and Cinderella ballets and the musicals, Meet Me in St. Louis and Godspell. She has performed as a freelance artist with Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre and Veselka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
Jenée recently moved to Canton, GA with her husband and 5 children. She is the payroll manager and bookkeeper of her family’s coffee business. She enjoys taking ballet classes, gardening with her husband, and homeschooling her 3 youngest children.
Anna Gardner Herren
Anna Gardner grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where she trained for 9 years at Briarwood Ballet. At age 14, Anna Gardner was accepted into the pre-professional performing company, Ballet Exaltation. For four years, she toured with Ballet Ex in the Southeast and in Lima, Peru. While in the company, Anna Gardner performed “Radiance” and “White Stag” in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the lead of “Lucifer” in Briarwood Ballet’s Creation Sings. Whether dancing, choreographing or teaching, Anna Gardner strives to pursue excellence to the glory of God that others may witness the joy of the Lord through her offering.
Anna Gardner now dances at the University of Alabama where she is pursuing dual degrees in Dance and Chemistry. This past fall, she performed in Dance Alabama! and the Masters of Fine Arts Concert at the University of Alabama – while performing as a soloist in Druid City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. She has also choreographed for Capstone Christmas and for a joint concert with Bluebird Uncaged and Briarwood Ballet. This spring is the debut of her first short film, Hope, which she choreographed and directed in 2021.
Her multifaceted interests have led her to research the power of the arts. As a Christian, Anna Gardner believes that there is incredible power in art – and that healing can come through stories, dancing, music, and artwork. She continues to research the arts from a medical perspective in hopes of creating a more holistic approach to medicine by incorporating art into the healing process. In her free time, Anna Gardner leads RUF-International and seeks to make students from around the world feel welcome on campus.
Sarah is a Tennessee native and a lifelong dancer. As a high schooler, Sarah worked with KnoxCAM to bring the arts into prisons, taught at the Boys and Girls Club, and attended various dance intensive, including Governor’s School in 2015. Sarah then attended West Virginia University as a dance major on full scholarship. In the Fall of 2019, Sarah studied abroad in Jerusalem, Israel under members of the prestigious Batsheva and Vertigo Dance Companies. After graduating from WVU, Sarah joined Ballet Magnificat’s Trainee Program where she danced for two years before retiring in May 2022. Sarah is currently a licensed massage therapist at Life Moves Manual Therapy in Marietta
An Atlanta native, Sarah Hillmer has dedicated over 18 years to the professional dance world as a dancer, assistant to choreographers, ballet master, stager, educator and creator.
Her company credits include the Atlanta Ballet, glo-as a founding member, and staibdance. During Sarah’s tenure as Ballet Master at the Atlanta Ballet, she worked alongside world-renowned figures in the ballet world, and coached dancers in seminal works by Ohad Naharin, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, John McFall, Helgi Tomasson, Gemma Bond, Craig Davidson, Ricardo Amarante and Yuri Possokhov. It was during her time at the Atlanta Ballet that ongoing artistic relationships with Twyla Tharp and Helen Pickett were forged. She was instrumental in the building of their full-length ballets and continues to stage their work globally. Sarah’s work as a stager and assistant have taken her to Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, UNCSA, UArts, Pennsylvania Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Boston Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
In 2017 Sarah formed ImmerseATL, a contemporary dance training platform designed to serve as a bridge between the pre-professional and professional world of dance. ImmerseATL provides classes, mentorships, performance opportunities, and professional connections for its Artists.
Sarah is an active member of the Atlanta dance scene, serving as a guest teacher and choreographer for Universities and dance schools. Sarah creates original works for ImmerseATL and has been commissioned to create work for Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi, Backside of the Tent Productions and Emory Dance Company. Most recently, Sarah collaborated with George Staib on his newest work for staibdance titled fence, which was funded by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project.
Since August 2019 Sarah has been the Executive Director for staibdance.
Leslie Shivers Harper
a native of McDonough, GA, spent nine years touring and dancing professionally with Ballet Magnificat!, a professional Christian touring ballet company based in Jackson, MS. She traveled all over the world – spreading the Gospel through dance in the States, Europe, Canada, Israel, and Africa – performing in huge concert halls, state opera houses, school auditoriums, and even outside in open city squares. She has also taught ballet, pointe, and set choreography each year at Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Dance Intensive in Jackson, as well as in ballet schools all over the States. Leslie considers it a deep privilege to have served the Lord in this way. After retiring from full-time touring, Leslie moved back to GA and now is now a sought-after instructor all over the Atlanta area, primarily teaching at Perimeter Ballet in Johns Creek, as well as Westminster Ballet, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Artios Academies, Carla’s Dance Factory, Upstage Dance, Compass Dance, and Atlanta Ballet. Leslie also has enjoyed guesting in various performances and events in Georgia. She believes dance is one of God’s greatest gifts and has a passion to see younger dancers develop excellence in their technique to reach their fullest potential in their artistry.