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Michele

Michele Jenkins
Instructor
michele.jenkins@chaffey.edu

Michele Jenkins is Professor of Dance as part of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Chaffey Community College, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education emphasizing pedagogy and kinesiology from Utah State University, and her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education emphasizing choreography curriculum from California State University, San Bernardino. As Chaffey's full-time dance director, Michele instructs in dance technique and dance history, directs and choreographs annual main stage dance concerts, produces and directs the annual student choreography showcase, choreographs department musicals with past credits including Forever Plaid, Little Shop of Horrors, and the Wiz, works with members of theatre and music to develop interdisciplinary activities, and provides outreach workshops/programs for district high schools dance students. She has spent a 30-year career as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and director in the areas of classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, folk, character, musical theatre, creative movement and elementary dance education, dance conditioning, and teaching choreography.

In addition to being a part of Chaffey's dance faculty for 30 years, Michele was faculty and choreographer for Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Montclair, Ca. and IPB's Nutcracker children's ballet mistress. She was choreographer for Claremont High School's musical theatre department with credits including Sweet Charity and Hello Dolly!; faculty, choreographer, and ballet mistress for California Riverside Ballet/Riverside Ballet Arts; visiting lecturer for the program in dance University of California, Riverside; and instructor and coordinator for dance conditioning and aerobic dance program at University of Calif. Riverside Physical Education Department. She has been involved in professional organizations and activities as choreographer throughout the Inland Empire including Riverside Community Arts Foundation and Riverside Community Arts funding events, Riverside Kidstuff Rob D'Arc collaboration, Riverside's annual Mayor's Ball for the Arts, California Riverside Ballet annual Ghostwalk, Arts and Cultural downtown Riverside weekend events, established two regional modern dance companies performing original works in a variety of venues in Southern California, and toured with a commercial dance performing company while in Utah.

Michele has a passion and commitment to the teaching of dance and instructs enthusiastically. Because of this devotion, she inspires, motivates, and empowers students to succeed. With a warm, positive, and encouraging approach, she expects a lot from her students while diligently building their confidence. She has always been committed to quality teaching and works to incorporate the utmost professionalism in creating an appropriate learning environment. From the enrichment received from hundreds of students she has had the pleasure of instructing, her love of teaching continues to grow.





Paige Melvin

Paige Melvin
Instructor
paige.melvin@chaffey.edu

Paige Melvin, an Upland, California native, received her early classical ballet training from Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, CA.  She continued her training at San Francisco State where she had the chance to train in musical theatre, Afro Haitian, capoeira, ballet and modern dance, earning her B.A. in dance and minor in anthropology in 2008. Paige danced professionally with Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble and Jennifer Meek and dancers while teaching around the bay area. To further her technical training and teaching career, Paige went to Florida State University to earn her M.F.A in dance with an emphasis in performance and choreography. There she had the opportunity to study with an amazing dancing faculty, which included Anjali Austin, Rick McCullough, Gerri Houlihan, Tim Glenn, Dan Wagoner, Anthony Morgan, Lynda Davis, and Suzanne Farrell. After earning her M.F.A in 2013, Paige moved back to California where she is currently a freelance choreographer, teacher and performer all over Southern California. She currently teaches ballet at Rio Hondo College, Crafton Hills College, and Pasadena City College  as well as musical theatre choreographer for Claremont High School, Upland High School, and Foothill Christian School. Paige is thrilled to be a part of the Chaffey College adjunct dance faculty since Fall 2014 teaching modern and jazz.


Cano

Zaylin Cano
Instructor
zaylin.cano@chaffey.edu

Zaylin Elleni Cano, an Inland Empire native, began her professional dance training with Inland Pacific Ballet, Montclair, CA. Her further training includes Lines Ballet of San Francisco; Ballet Rambert of London; teachers from the Royal Ballet in direct connection to Nureyev, Fredrick Aston, and Martha Graham; and Phoenix Dance Theatre. Professionally, she has toured and danced internationally in full length classical ballets, neo-classical works, contemporary/ modern works, musical theater, jazz and tap pieces, and with cruise lines. Classical/contemporary highlights include dancing with Inland Pacific Ballet; Ballet Rambert; Phoenix Dance Theatre; RODA ( a special project to create new works in London); and projects with Stephanie Gilliland. Zaylin created her own dance company in England, BFLA Dance Theatre. From this company, her choreography was selected to be performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London. Her work, with interpretative roles in Graham-based pieces of dance, gave her the honor of being asked to perform solo work at the famous St. Paul's Cathedral. This led to her choreographing and performing, in collaboration with Ross McKim, at St. Paul's cathedral in a BBC televised Easter Sunday event. Other credits include company manager/dancer for Stiletto Entertainment, Holland America's cruise lines; assistant choreographer for a You Tube commercial with Ryan Seacrest; choreographing Spelling Bee for Idyllwild School of the Arts; and hired by Jason Alexander as dancer/actor/singer with Cathy Rigby and Fred Willard in Lil' Abner. She has performed in regional and equity musical theater productions with credits including Lee Martino's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to name a few. Zaylin holds a BA honors degree in dance from the University of Kent, England and Pilates certification in both mat work and all apparatus from the Kane School of Core Integration, NYC. She is currently a faculty member for Inland Pacific Ballet Academy teaching ballet, pointe, contemporary, musical theater, and Pilates. She is also a Pilates Instructor at Mind Body Connection in Upland, CA., and currently teaches jazz dance technique courses at Chaffey College as an adjunct faculty member of the dance department.



Diane

Diane Bonds
Instructor
diane.bonds@chaffey.edu

Diane received her BA Degree in Dance and a Masters Degree in Dance Education from California State University Long Beach. She is currently a teacher and director of dance at a Performing Arts Magnet High School in the Inland Empire as well as an adjunct faculty member here at Chaffey College teaching jazz dance. Prior to her current position, Diane was the co-director of commercial dance at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California for 16 years. While at OCHSA her choreography was performed at the Gala Concert for the National High School Dance Festival and for the Season Finale held at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Diane has taught beginning through advanced courses in jazz, contemporary, modern, African, hip hop, theater dance, body conditioning, improvisation, choreography, and yoga. She has also been a guest teacher/choreographer at Spelman College, USC, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, and Crafton Hills College.

Diane has choreographed and danced professionally for TV, film, videos, industrials, commercials, and theatre. Some of her credits include Hanging With Mr. Cooper, LA Law, Laker Girls The Movie, Forget Paris, Five Guys Named Moe, Jesus Christ Superstar, Power 106, and Nintendo. She has worked with artists such as Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Tina Landon, and Michael Bolton.

Diane, a former Laker Girl, spent over 10 years dancing and choreographing for the Los Angeles Laker Girls. She is also the Artistic Director for the NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleaders. She has choreographed for numerous professional NBA and NFL teams including the Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Broncos, Sacramento Kings, and the San Diego Chargers, just to name a few. Diane has choreographed several Pro Bowl Halftime shows working with artists such as Hot Chelle Rae, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Sugar Ray. For many years, Diane has served as an adjudicator, directed camps, and taught master classes around the world for the United Spirit Association, most recently in Japan at the USA Japan Dance Nationals. Diane is extremely passionate about dance and is committed to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff towards making a difference through the art of teaching dance.


Rooney

Kristin Rooney
Instructor
kristin.rooney@chaffey.edu

Kristin Rooney has been a freelance dancer, choreographer, and instructor for the last thirteen years. Originally from Yucaipa, Calif., Kristin lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to the Inland Empire. She has an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College, and instructs in Modern dance, Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, and Ballet. She has danced for many artists and companies including The Otero Dance Company; Jessica Damon; Alyce Finwall Dance Theater; Shannon Preto; Shelley Senter; and Strong Current Dance Company. Her stage and film credits include ODC's Pilot Project; Dixon Place NYC; West Edge Berkeley Opera; Along Came Polly by Universal Pictures; PBS Latin Heritage Month; Alex Theater; and The University of the Virgin Islands. Kristin is a registered Yoga instructor and currently teaches at Inner Evolution Yoga in Redlands and Inspiration Paddleboard in Lake Perris. Previously, Kristin has taught at Riverside City College from 2003-2007, Mission College in Santa Clara from 2008-2012, and College of San Mateo in 2012. Having taught at Chaffey College from 2005-2007, Kristin is happy to be back with the wonderful students and faculty, and currently teaches modern and social dance as a member of Chaffey's adjunct dance faculty.




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