STAFF

Mesha Kussman (Founder & Artistic Director) received a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Experimental Theater where she studied dance technique, choreography and directing. She began her career creating high concept dance-theater work for the performance art scene in Downtown, NY. In 2003, she moved to Los Angeles where her expressive visual style gained a commercial home when she founded Aqualillies. Most recently her work has been featured in The Coen Brother’s Hail Caesar!, Glee, TED and music videos from Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj to Sébastien Tellier.

Mary Jeanette Ramsey (Executive Director) Inspired by teamwork, sparkles and smiles, Mary started synchronized swimming at age 6 and quickly became hooked on this unique and demanding sport. She competed on a national and international-level and then followed her love of the water back east to study Art History and swim at the College of William and Mary. From there it was on to the University of Southern California Gould School of Law to get her J.D. in 2012 with a specialization in entertainment law. Working at Aqualillies is Mary’s dream exhibit, the perfect blend of artistry, athleticism and her passion for the water. She assisted Mesha on Hail Caesar! and choreographed Aqualillies’ music videos with Ariana Grande, Jack Garratt, and St. Motel among others.

Jeanie Joseph (Booking Manager) graduated from the University of Arizona in media arts (she was also on the synchro team there). She then went on to do sales and marketing for Liquor brands like Guinness and Crown Royal. Starting with Aqualillies in 2010 as a swimmer she made a natural rise to Booking Manager in 2015. She loves working with clients to make sure they get a luxury experience that is consistent with the sophisticated and timeless Aqualillies brand.

Deirdre Barnes & Michelle Dawley (Head Dance Choreographers) This versatile duo of Canadian choreographers constantly push the envelope with innovative choreography – fusing jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, modern, contemporary and latin styles. They’ve created work for Cody Simpson, Empire of the Sun’s World Tour, The Globe Theatre, Betty Who’s opening for the New Now Next Awards, Sebastien Tellier and more.

Jordan Allen-Dutton (Chief Financial Officer)
Bety Le (Fitness Manager)
Alysha Young (Social Media)
Carla & Kate Ni (Production)

Canada

Samantha Larose
Dan Berry

Europe

Honorine Grosso
Manon Brzostek
Isaline Callamand

Australia

Frankie Owen

REPRESENTATION
APA Agency
405 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Film & Television – Danny Robinson
310.888.4232
drobinson@apa-agency.com

Print – Lauren Nogy
P: 310-888-4244
F: (310) 228-9204
lnogy@apa-agency.com

COLLABORATORS
Contributing Choreographers:
  • Alia Arbas
  • Manon Brozstek
  • Diana Care
  • Jeanie Joseph
  • Paige Ramsey
Photographers:
Hair + MUA:
  • Ashley Giesbrecht
  • Blow Up Coiffure
  • Marybeth Bagonghasa
  • Alana Peterson
  • Bella Rouge
Designers:
  • Erica Rice (Stylist)
  • Erika Rand (Logo & Web Design)
  • Liquify Web Design London (Web Design)
SPECIAL THANKS
Special Thanks
  • Adrienne Campbell Holt
  • Amanda Rowan
  • Annenberg Community Beach House
  • Candy Hipp
  • James Balsam
  • Kacie Velie
  • Molly Nourmand
  • Teresa Taylor
  • Tina Shults
  • Tracey McCall
  • Vergi Rodriguez
  • Vero Bollow & Miguel Sanchez
  • World War Seven