Misei Daimaru started her classical ballet training under the direction with Tomotake Nakamura in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from TOHO GAKUEN College of Drama and Music. After moving to New York City in 2005 she continued her studies at the Alvin Ailey School. As a professional dancer Miss Daimaru hasperformed in New York City and on tour with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Sunhwa Chang / Ko-Ryo Dance, Janusphere Dance Company, Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company and Callince Dance. In addition, Misei teaches ballet and contemporary dance at the Silva Dance Academy and Yumiko Ballet in New York City and Long Island, NY.
Steven Jasso was born and raised in the central coast of California. For the past 10 years he has been performing across the country working for State Street Ballet, Opera Santa Barbara, PCPA, Western Slope Concert Series, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, and is now delighted to perform with Janusphere's. YAY! When he's not performing you'll find Steven skydiving, fire breathing, practicing jiu-jitsu, or reading.
Nikki Pfeiffer is originaly from Santa Barbara, CA, and has received awards from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and the city of Santa Barbara for her accomplishments in dance. In 2013, she graduated fromCalifornia Institute of the Arts with additionally training abroad on scholorship in Barcelona, Spain. Some of Nikki’s various performance experiences include dancing in works by Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Daniel Charon, Glen Eddy, and Colin Connor. Nikki Joined Santa Barbara Dance Theater in 2015 and during her two seasons with the company, she performed in works by Christopher Pilafian, Edgar Zendejas, Emily Schoen, and Joshua Beamish.
Darion Smith, (Artistic Director and co-founder), is placing the innovative and compelling Janusphere Dance Company(JDC) firmly onto the American map of dance. Originally from California, Smith is now based in New York City. Since graduating from the Folkwang Hochshule in Essen, Germany, Darion has been a performing member with professional dance companies in New York City, throughout the states and abroad such as The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. As a teacher of dance, Smith has been a guest lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and taught ballet and jazz dance on tour and in New York City for Dance Theatre of Harlem's educational outreach and community programs. As resident choreographer, Darion has created over ten choreographies for JDC including the company's first evening length work Sidewalk Slice!. Smith draws on his collective dance background in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, improvisation, flamenco and dance theater to find new and innovative ways to approach choreography and engage audience members. He has collaborated on many of his pieces with award winning composers and musicians such as Reinhold Heil, Jonathan Melville Pratt and Felix Ventouras. Smith's choreography has been presented at the Riverside Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and The Meeting House in Newport, Rhode Island. Most recently the company premiered Smith's newest work in New York City at La MaMa's, Ellen Stewart Theatre. As director and co-founder, Smith is dedicated to fulfilling the artistic vision behind his work and the importance of this company in the dance world of today and beyond.