Teachers

Delila Moseley (Director, Montecito School of Ballet, ACUSA) is a versatile choreographer, teacher, and director who works in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz and modern dance. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Dramatic Art from UCSB where she is currently on the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has performed professionally in Los Angeles, New York, and throughout the United States on tour, working with Donald McKayle's Inner City Repertory Dance Company, the American Heritage Dance Theatre, the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. She appeared on television in the New Bill Cosby Show, and the special "Ailey Celebrates Ellington". While a member of these companies, she performed in works by Gus Solomons, Talley Beatty, Jaime Rogers, and Alvin Ailey. She performed for 10 years with Repertory-West Dance Company, traveling to Europe with the company three times. She has directed the UCSB Dance Company, the student company at UCSB, for nineteen years. The company performs in the Santa Barbara community and on tour throughout California.  The company has traveled to Mexico three times to perform and to Washington, D.C. to perform in the Gala Performance for the American College Dance Festival. It has traveled to Italy to tour and perform for three years. In 1997 she received the 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, for which she produced over fifty concerts, including Choreographer's Showcases, Dance Nights, solo concerts, Young Dancers Concerts, and experimental concerts. She has choreographed for the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, Santa Barbara City College, UCSB Division of Dance, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. She directs the performances presented by the Montecito School of Ballet, including "The Night Before Christmas",  the annual June production, and additional performances by the Junior and Senior Companies.



Carla Moseley  (Ballet, FCUSA) has imparted her love of ballet to young dancers for many years through the Montecito School of Ballet. She began her early ballet training with Bronislava (sister of the legendary Nijinsky) in Los Angeles. Later teachers included Olga Fricker, Sheila Darby, and Stanley Holden, formerly of the Royal Ballet in England. Carla studied to be a teacher in the Cecchetti Method of ballet training and holds a certificate as Fellow in the Cecchetti USA. Full-length ballets she has created and mounted at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara include "Hansel and Gretel", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", and "Tales from Mother Goose".  She choreographs for productions presented by the Montecito School of Ballet, including "The Night Before Christmas", "Les Patineurs" (The Skaters), "Alice in Wonderland", "A Midsummer's Night Dream", and "Jewels".  She has also painted many beautiful backdrops (scenic backdrops for the stage).


Meredith Cabaniss, Contemporary, recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her studies she was a Regent’s Scholar; member of the UCSB Dance Company; and received undergraduate honors including an Undergraduate Research Award for her departmental Honor’s Project,  the Corwin Award for choreography, and other achievements in the department. She has also studied with Batsheva Dance Company during their summer dance intensive in Tel Aviv, Israel and at the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92Y in New York City. Upon graduation Meredith founded selah dance collective in Santa Barbara and has been creating and showing her choreographic work throughout California including the Palm Desert Choreography Festival. Her work has also been presented in New York and will be performed at the New Prague Dance Festival in the Czech Republic in 2015. Meredith also travels internationally and nationally as a dance educator and is delighted to be on staff at Montecito School of Ballet.