Nebula Dance Lab

Participating Artists
Affinity: SB-ADaPT Fest Sprouts

Nebula Dance Lab will be presenting a  segment from Emily Wheeler's work Take the Bull by the Horns.

The segment, Swan Song, choreographed by Emily Wheeler, explores the last effort or performance, the last "song" the swan sings, before death.  It tells the story of the primal/animalistic need we feel to make ourselves heard and for the closure we need before we can let go.

This piece is beautifully performed by the professional dancers of Nebula Dance Lab through their fluid modern dance technique, captivating partnering, and emotionally exposed choreography.

About Nebula Dance Lab


Nebula Dance Lab is a project dedicated to providing an incubator for creative art in motion, on a professional level. To allow choreographers in modern/contemporary dance the opportunity to experiment, push boundaries, and create new language in dance through physical exploration. Currently Nebula houses 7 professional dancers and 2 professional choreographers in residence at IM=X Pilates Santa Barbara.

Artistic Director: Devyn Duex

Devyn Duex, Founder/President & Artistic Director for Nebula Dance Lab, has an eclectic background performing extensively in the United States as a dancer/actress/singer on stage and in film/TV. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, CA in 2003 Devyn has performed with the James Sewell Ballet, Straw Hat Players, The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Cabrillo Music Theater, Buena Vida Productions, Universal Pictures, American Entertainment, Moorhead State University, Cabrillo Music Theater, Skits Outreach Company, and more! With her prior dance company Universal Dance based in LA she performed at over 200 events in 2 years; performing in several major US cities as well as Mexico. As a choreographer, Devyn has had the opportunity to work with the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Playhouse Junior, Straw Hat Players, and Fargo Elementary School choreographing for the Theater.  She also choreographed a work while performing as a company member of Troupe Allegro at Moorhead State University. Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2003, Devyn has dedicated her energy to modern dance, working with Motion Theater Dance Company, SonneBlauma Danscz Theater, and independent choreographers: Marcos Duran ""Coma 4"", Heather Shea ""Between Silences"", and Nicole Helton ""As We Are"". She also recently debuted her new work “Release” in collaboration with the Fusion Dance Company’s show Intertwine and Daughter of Zion Dance Company's show Je' Taime. Devyn holds a BA in Theater Arts- Musical Theater from Point Park University and an MBA/MKT degree from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of SAG and AFTRA.


Choreographer: Emily Wheeler

Emily Wheeler, began dancing at the age of eight in Livermore, California. While in the Bay Area, she danced for New Urban Dance Company under the direction of John Butterfield.  As a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she was awarded the scholarship and First Place Corwin award for Choreography.  After she graduated with high honors with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from UCSB in 2002, she moved to New York City where she trained with Teri and Oliver Steele, Daniel Charon and others. She returned to the west coast in February 2005 and began dancing with Benita Bike's DanceArt with whom she performed for two seasons throughout the Los Angeles area and toured to Boston, MA.  Since returning to Santa Barbara, Emily has been a member of Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, the company in residency at UCSB directed by Jerry Pearson, for six seasons.  With the company she has toured to San Francisco, Ireland, Wales, China and South Korea. Locally she has performed in and choreographed for Santa Barbara Dance Alliance's New Works concerts, Cybil Gilbertson's Nectar, and danced for Robin Bisio. "