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SRJC Dance Faculty

 

Cory Antipa
Instructor

Cory Antipa

Degrees: B.A. and M.A., Modern Dance from Mills College

Ms. Antipa has been an instructor of dance at SRJC since 1977, teaching ballet, modern and dance history. She was co-founder, choreographer and performer of Dance Is A Language, member of Footloose Dance Company, soloist and choreographer for Redwood Empire Ballet, and has been a freelance dancer in the greater Bay Area. She performs historical dance and has been a member of Historic Dance Ensemble for Cal Performances, Berkeley.

Theatrical choreography includes Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, No No Nanette, King and I, and Brigadoon. Ms. Antipa is also a teacher of the Feldenkrais® Method.

Ms. Antipa is a 30 year member of Santa Rosa Symphony, and has played with Marin Chamber Orchestra and Napa Valley Symphony. She has performed as both a solo and chamber player for concert series throughout Northern California. She has been a member of Santa Rosa Chamber Players, North Bay Chamber Ensemble, Quartet Artemesia, and is currently a member of the Mercury Ensemble.

Series and festivals include Redwood Arts Council, Music at the White Barn, Redwoods Summer Music Festival, St. James Chamber Series, Old First Church, and Sundays in the Chamber at Luther Burbank Center. She has also been a soloist with Santa Rosa's Baroque Sinfonia. She also maintains a private cello studio.


Lara Branen
Instructor

Lara Branen

Lara Branen received her masters in dance from the University of Colorado in 1987. Lara has served on the dance faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1988. She started her dance studies in ballet at Colorado College, Colorado Springs with Norman Cornick. She has studied jazz with Lynn Simonson in NYC, Joe Tremaine in Los Angeles, Ed Mock and Anne Marie Garvin in San Francisco.

Lara is the Director of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop held annually at the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Artistic Director of the workshop's resident dance company Interweave Dance Theatre.

Lara previously taught at the University of Colorado as well as in numerous private studios in the Denver Metro area. She first taught aerobic dance at the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and was a Pilates Trainer at Sonoma County's first Pilates studio BodyChange.

Lara has choreographed musicals including The Fantastiks, The Wiz, and two SRJC productions, The Rock Opera Tommy and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to her work at SRJC for the annual dance production and the touring Dance Ensemble, her choreography credits include several Sonoma County World Aid's Awareness Day performances, rock concerts and fashion shows throughout the 80's in the Denver metro area, and the International Skiwear Convention in Las Vegas.


Kristine Marchus
Instructor

Kristine Marchus

Kristine Marchus began her training in Vagonova Ballet and Jazz at the age of nine in Indianapolis, Indiana. She continued her study of dance and theater at Broad Ripple High School for Performing Arts. Kristine attended the Boston Conservatory, where she received her BFA and performed for four years with The Boston Conservatory Dance Theater.

After graduation she taught for the Boston Public Schools and Boston Ballet's New Ballet School. Kristine moved to New York City to teach for Elliot Feld's Feld Ballets New York/BalletTech. While in New York, Kristine performed at the Merce Cunnigham Space and danced for several modern dance companies.

Kristine later earned her M.A. from UCLA and taught dance for Los Angeles Unified Schools. She performed with the Department of World Arts and Cultures and as a company member of Regina Klenjoski Dance Company.

Kristine is currently on the faculty of Sonoma State University, the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, The Yoga Company, and has been teaching jazz, hip hop, modern, ballet, and, most recently, Yoga for SRJC since 2001.


Susan Matthies
Instructor

Susan Matthies

Susan Matthies has taught modern and jazz dance for over 29 years. She has been on the dance faculty at SRJC for 20 years. She has a B.A. in theater arts and dance from Sonoma State University and a M.A. in counseling/psychology from University of San Francisco.

Susan performed professionally for 14 years with four different dance companies, including Crossweave Modern Dance Company, the Timpany Company, Rec Russel Jazz Dance Company, and Interweave Dance Company.

She was a guest artist at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop for five years. She has performed in many cities all over the U.S.A. and has choreographed pieces for several professional companies and colleges.

Susan enthusiastically teaches jazz and modern technique, composition, and rehearsal and perfromance classes at SRJC.


Debbe-Ann Medina
Dance Coordinator/Instructor

Debbe-Ann Medina

Debbe-Ann Medina is an instructor and the Dance Coordinator for the Physical Education, Dance and Athletics Department. She has taught at SRJC since 1980 and is presently the only full-time instructor teaching in the Dance Program. Over the years at SRJC, Ms. Medina has taught Jazz, Hip-Hop/Funk, Introduction to Movement, Aerobic Dance, Step Aerobics, Weight Training and Weight Lifting, Aqua Calisthenics, Body Conditioning, and Body Mechanics, along with courses involved with the annual Spring Dance Concert.

Prior to employment at SRJC, Debbe-Ann taught and coached gymnastics in a variety of settings including Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation Department, Terra Linda High School, and Sonoma State University's Physical Education Department.

Debbe-Ann's educational background began as a student at SRJC. Transferring to San Jose State University, she earned her bachelor of science degree and Secondary Teaching Credential in Physical Education. Her master's of arts degree was received from SSU in physical education, with special studies in exercise physiology.

Debbe-Ann is the proud mother of three children. Denelle, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1986 at the age of 2 1/2, Christopher a strong Hip-Hop performer, born in 1989, and Raquel who loves both hip-hop and jazz, born in 1991.

Interestingly, Ms. Medina has an unusual hobby: she is a champion barefoot water skier, having participated in a number of regional, national, and world championship competitions.

Over the years Debbe-Ann has mentored a number of SRJC students, watching their progress evolve from budding novices to confident, accomplished artists. She takes great pride and joy in the success and determination of her all students, regardless of activity and skill level.

Debbe-Ann is a strong educator with a terrific sense of humor. She expects as much from her students in class as she demands of herself. Her summer intersession "Boot Camp" classes are always filled to capacity, as are each of the popular Hip Hop/Funk classes she teaches.


Lea Marcella Poisson
Instructor

Lea Poisson

Lea Marcella Poisson finished her BA in Dance at CSU Long Beach (2003), after transferring from SRJC where she received her AA and Certificate Degree in Dance. Graduate studies have been at Sonoma State University for an MA in Education, with a concentration on CTL (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning), and an emphasis in Kinesiology. Lea has found that her experiences and education were immensely imperative in her development as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.  She started instructing at SRJC in 2006.

Lea has always enjoyed the art and joy of performing, the creative process of collaboration with others, the composition experience and results of choreographing. As a performer, she has worked as a Warrior Girl for the NBA's Golden State Warriors and a Gold Rush member for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. Lea has performed with modern dance companies in the North Bay such as De/Em Dance Collective and Expressive Motion. Also, she loves practicing methods of teaching dance that will help dancers to maximize their potential.

Lea has not only danced but choreographed, taught, and coached dance locally for years.  She specializes in Hip Hop/Funk, Jazz, Modern at SRJC. Other special dance passions of hers are Contemporary Dance, Contact and Lifts, Improvisation, Ballet, African, Musical Theater, and Conditioning for Dancers. She loves teaching people of different characteristics and those of diverse abilities. A few other places Lea has taught are: Sonoma State University, Mendocino College in Ukiah, Santa Rosa High School (in the ArtQuest Dance program and as a Cheerleading/Dance Team coach), at Dance Innovations (formerly known as Fantastic Feet Studio of Dance), and Santa Rosa Dance Theater.


Marilyn Smith
Instructor

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith has been teaching International Folk Dance at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1970. She has traveled extensively in the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary as well as Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

In the 1980's, Marilyn began researching regional folk dances of France and has brought French dance teachers and musicians to California to participate in workshops and tours. Marilyn has been invited to teach at major folk dance camps in the United States and Canada. She organizes and directs an annual folk dance camp in Northern California. Outstanding folk dance teachers and musicians come from throughout the United States as well as Europe to teach at her camp.

 


Tamara Statkoun
Instructor

Tamara Statkoun

Tamara Statkoun danced professionally for 20 years with the Kirov and Maly Ballet Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. After her career as a ballerina she received her M.A. in Dance from St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia and she went on to become a choreographer and ballet teacher working with professional ballet companies in Great Britain and South Korea.

She also is a guest teacher in Washington D.C., Chicago, and Baltimore. She appeared in the Americam documentary film of ballet, "The Children of Theater Street," 1978, and "Encycopedia of Russian Ballet," St. Petersburg, 2000.

 

 


Carrie Lynn Stillman
Instructor

Carrie Lynn Stillman

Carrie Lynn Stillman received her M.A. in dance from CSU, Long Beach (2001) and her B.A. in dance from UC, Santa Barbara (1992), and has been on the dance faculty at SRJC since fall 2000.

Carrie has also worked as a certified Pilates instructor since 1995, and owns her pilates-based studio, Mindful Movement, in Santa Rosa.

She has choreographed, danced, and co-directed for several local dance companies and studios in a variety of settings throughout Sonoma and Marin counties since 1992 to the present.

Carrie is continuously striving to stay open, innovative, and present through movement expression and education, not letting the ego block conscious creativity, with the intention of propelling students into a positive state of being through learning and self discovery.


Ariel Weymouth-Payne
Instructor

Ariel Weymouth-Payne: M.F.A. in dance University of North Carolina; Assistant Professor and Dance Program Chair 1983-97 at Eastern Michigan University; Instructor and guest teacher Jacksonville, State University, Columbia College, Sacramento State, UC Davis, University of Lisbon, Shasta College; Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Arts Council, Sacramento Arts Commision Artist-in Schools Grant, currently, Director/Choreographer of the Kitchen Kut-ups, a group of 45 entertaining and energetic senior musicians, dancers, and singers.

 

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