Meredith Cabaniss is a multi-creative artist based out of southern California. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.F.A. in Dance. During her studies she received a Research Grant for her departmental Honor’s Project, the Corwin Award for choreography, and other departmental honors. Ms. Cabaniss also traveled in Tel Aviv, Israel, to study with Batsheva Dance Company as a recipient of the Patricia Sparrow scholarship.
After finishing her undergraduate education, Ms. Cabaniss received her M.F.A. in dance at Hollins University in collaboration with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company (formerly the Forsythe Company). Additionally, she continued her professional studies in dance and movement and has pursued certifications in Vinyasa and Yin yoga, the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, and Dance Education Laboratory through which she holds Level 1 and 2 certifications for Language of Dance.
As the founder and artistic director of selah dance collective, Ms. Cabaniss has produced full evening-length performances and presented works throughout the United States in prestigious festivals throughout the United States including the DUMBO Dance Festival (NY), FREEdom DANCEfest (SF), and as a finalist in the McCallum Theater Choreography Competition. Her work has been performed most recently in Estonia, Norway, Finland, and Italy and is frequently commissioned by the University of California, Santa Barbara for their performing companies. Ms. Cabaniss also currently serves as co-artistic director of Növus Dance Project in Los Angeles and assistant director and choreographer in residence for Nebula Dance Lab in Santa Barbara, most recently producing a collaborative, multi-media evening-length work at the historic Lobero Theater. Ms. Cabaniss is currently on faculty as ballet master at the prestigious Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts and is a resident teaching artist for Children’s Creative Project through the Santa Barbara County Education Office while traveling nationally and internationally as a dance educator and advocate for the arts.
selah dance collective
Artistic Director + Choreographer, 2014-present: a professional contemporary/modern dance company based in Santa Barbara, CA. SELAH has captured the attention of fellow artists, presenters, and audiences with its innovative work and challenging physicality grounded by a focus to make dance more accessible and relatable to all people.
Summit Dance Project
Artistic Coordinator + Teacher, 2013-present: an international outreach trip partnered with Summit Life Ministries in Leyte, Philippines. Focused on both inner and outer healing, Summit Dance Project provides general health check ups, free eyeglasses, and dance workshops to communities around the Philippines.
more coming soon.
Nebula Dance Lab
Choreographer + Collaborator, 2014-present, Assistant Director, 2016-present: a project dedicated to providing an incubator for creative art in motion. To allow choreographers in modern/contemporary dance the opportunity to experiment, push boundaries, and create new language in dance through physical exploration. Nebula exudes passionate vibrant performances that transcend the physical movement to evoke emotional response.
Novus Dance Project
Artistic Director + Choreographer, 2017-present: a professional contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles, CA.
more coming soon.
Current Teaching Schedule:
Sundays 6:00-7:00 | Open Level Adult Contemporary | Montecito School of Ballet
Tuesday 3:30-4:30 | Int/Adv Contemporary | Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 | Intermediate Contemporary | The Dance Network