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FULL TIME FACULTY


Kathy Meyer

Kathy Meyer

Kathy Meyer, Dance Department Chair, has been a full time dance instructor for the Grossmont College Dance Department since 1989. She served as department coordinator/chair from 1991 to Spring 2011 and served as co-chair with David Mullen for the Spring 2013 semester. She received her B.A. in Dance from California State University at Long Beach and her M.A. in dance and theater at California State University at Fullerton. She has danced with the Gloria Newman Dance Theater, The Matti Lasco Dance Company, and studied and performed with Repertory Dance Theater (RDT). She has danced and choreographed for a variety of musicals including Sweet Charity, Pajama Game, Dancin’, The Lorax, Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, and others. She has performed in musical videos and various industrials. Additional teacher/ master class teacher credits include CAHPERD workshops and Pilates master classes for Grossmont High School, Valhalla High School, and Sweetwater Springs High School. She completed her comprehensive Pilates certification through On Center Conditioning under the tutelage of master instructor Rael Isacowitz. She developed the Pilates courses for the Grossmont College Dance Department in 2001. She also initiated and instructed the curriculum for the following courses: Musical Theater Dance, Dance History, Turns, Studio Workshop in Ballet, Studio Workshop in Jazz, Studio Workshop in Modern, and the Beg/Int/Adv courses in Teaching Practicum in Dance. Kathy currently teaches Pilates, Modern I, Modern II/III/IV, Choreography I/II, Teaching Practicum in Dance and co-directs both the faculty and student choreographed dance concerts.


David Mullen

David Mullen

David Mullen has been teaching at Grossmont College since 1998. He holds a B.A. degree in teaching of dance from UC Irvine and an M.F.A., with an emphasis in choreography, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The majority of David’s experience is in theater dance, having performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in industrials, national tours, and videos. He has also performed with Ballet Pacifica, and the San Francisco-based post-modern dance company, High Risk Group. In addition to choreographing for annual faculty dance concerts, he has also choreographed a variety of musicals and plays including Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, The Club, The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, Working, The Lorax, Zombie Prom and The Minneola Twins. Other guest artist/teaching credits include annual CAHPERD workshops (1997, 2001), and Cal Poly Pomona. David teaches Jazz technique, Modern technique, Introduction to Dance, Musical Theater Dance, Studio Workshop classes in Jazz and Modern Dance, and co-directs the department’s annual student and faculty dance concerts.


ADJUNCT FACULTY


Melissa Adao

Melissa Adao

Melissa Adao - B.A, M.A. in Dance - is known for her energetic performances and her continuous passion to become a better dancer and educator. She began training at the age of 17 and since then, has soared into an amazing journey of hip hop, jazz and modern dance experiences. Melissa’s professional dance background includes Unity Dance Ensemble, Urban FX, EKetc and Super Galactic Beat Manipulators. Representation through Bloc Dance and Choreography has opened opportunities for her to work with artists like Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Andy Dick, Athena Cage, No Doubt and Nickelodeon’s "Taina".

She earned her B.A. in Dance from San Diego State University and her M.A. from California State University, Long Beach. She is now a dance instructor at California State University, San Marcos, Mesa College and Grossmont Community College. She enjoys sharing the love and passion for dance with her students and is blessed to be a part of their journey. She impresses the importance of educating the cultural and historical significance of our past in order to preserve our future dance community.

Aside from teaching and performing, she is also the Founder and CEO of Outreach Through Dance, a production company that produces dance showcases and events to benefit various charities and organizations in the San Diego community. OTD’s yearly event “Dance For A Wish” raises money to adopt a child’s wish from Make-A-Wish, San Diego. She wants to use her gift of dance to benefit the community, positively educate those who seek to know the art and culture, and expose to others the amazing impact hip hop can bring to one’s life.


Kristin Arcidiacono

Kristin Arcidiacono

Kristin Arcidiacono has been teaching in San Diego for over 20 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. She has performed with Strictly Jazz Dance Company and Jazz Unlimited Dance Company in San Diego and toured Europe as a Jazz and Musical Theater dancer with various dance companies. Kristin also performed in a German television documentary on Jazz Dance. She has acted and danced in several television commercials, and has worked with local T.V. personalities on Industrials and charity events with her choreography endeavors. She was Dance Captain for the Cashai Dancers during their weekly performances in San Diego and on tour for several years. Kristin has choreographed for the Dance Departments at UCSD, San Diego Ballet, Stage 7, Peninsula Dance Arts, Mesa College, City College and Grossmont College. She is currently on the Faculty at UCSD, City, Mesa and Grossmont Colleges and teaches Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater Dance.


Nancy Boskin-Mullen

Nancy Boskin-Mullen

Nancy Boskin-Mullen, Adjunct Associate Professor, teaches Tap, Jazz, and Ballroom Dance at Grossmont College. She enjoyed a nomadic career as a professional dancer and choreographer which spanned three decades and three continents, before attending UCLA, where she received a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in dance, and an M.A. in Dance. She has been on faculty at several colleges in Los Angeles and San Diego, instructing a variety of classes including Jazz, Tap, Modern, Swing Dance, World Dance, and Ballroom Dance. She has also instructed courses in Global Modern Dance, Dance Appreciation, Field Studies, and Movement as Cultural Behavior. Nancy is the director of the California Rhythm Project, a San Diego based tap dance company. Together with her husband David Mullen, she also co-choreographs the Spring musical for the Clairemont High School Drama Department, and has taught jazz and tap to musical theater students at The Coronado School of the Arts.


Lesa M. Green

Lesa Green

Lesa M. Green took her first steps in dance class at the age of two in New York. Over the years, she has trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern. Some of her performance and work credits include MTV, Super Bowl Pre-Game Show, company dancer for bKSoul, choreographer for The La Jolla Playhouse, choreographer and adjunct professor at Southwestern College, Artistic Director for Club NDA at Neisha's Dance Academy, instructor at Academy of Performing Arts, dancer for The Lollipop Girls Burlesque and semi-finalist competitor on America’s Got Talent. You may have even seen her in movies “Bring It On” and “Traffic”, as well as TV’s shows such as “Veronica Mars”. Lesa has her B.A. in Dance from UCSD, trained at The Ailey School in NYC and has her M.S. in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. Her love for kinesiology and belief in positive body image have led her in her journey as a certified personal trainer, registered yoga instructor and proud owner/creator of MIX (her yoga, dance and fitness business). She is also the artistic director/creator of MIX Dance Project, a dance company training program for aspiring dancers, dance teachers and choreographers. Her Contemporary Jazz style is a fusion of all of her favorite things (Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop and Yoga) creating a movement that is athletic as well as graceful, yet hard-hitting. Lesa believes that everyone can greatly benefit from dance, yoga and fitness.


Marta Keeney-Jiacoletti

Marta Keeney-Jiacoletti received her BFA and MFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. She has an extensive background in modern, jazz, and ballet dance techniques that exemplify classical lines and moving the body with efficiency. Ms. Jiacoletti has taught a wide variety of dance styles and methods throughout the San Diego area since 1985. She currently teaches Modern, Ballet, and Stretch and Alignment at Grossmont College. In 1999, she began developing the dance program at Grossmont High School, and has been department chair for performing arts since 2000. She holds a CLAD teaching credential in physical education. Professionally, Ms. Jiacoletti has danced with Patricia Sandback and Dancers, Isaacs and McCaleb, Ellen Segal, and the Harry Partch Ensemble. Ms. Jiacoletti is actively involved with CAHPERD dance and movement workshops. She has taught classes in modern and partnering/support since 1996. Currently, Ms. Jiacoletti teaches full-time at Grossmont High School and continues to choreograph for students at various technical levels.


Sylvia Morales

Sylvia Morales

Sylvia Morales has danced all her life. Her extensive training and professional experience began with ballet and has since included other forms – modern, jazz, classical Spanish and flamenco. Sylvia had the honor of performing as a youth in the children's ensemble during The Bolshoi Ballet Company tour to her home city and as a corps dancer during the first two seasons of the California Ballet Company. She has performed as a soloist and ensemble dancer throughout the United States at major theaters such as Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Civic Theater and Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. As a soloist and choreographer Sylvia performed in prestigious venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Colorado Dance Festival, Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival and with The San Diego Symphony collaborating with conductor Jung Ho Pak. She was a featured dancer with the Los Angeles Opera Company, the American Opera Center in New York City and Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, Venezuela. Sylvia is also a member of Screen Actor’s Guild. She has performed and choreographed solo and ensemble projects for commercial film and television. She has taught dance for many years in the public and private sectors including master classes at major dance festivals and for university and public school arts programs. Sylvia has worked as an arts coordinator creating curriculum, teaching classes to students and teachers including improvisation-choreography, dance technique, appreciation and history. She coaches and directs students, teachers and other professionals in successful performance practices. Sylvia also completed a comprehensive teacher-training course in pilates. Ms. Morales currently teaches at the college level and in private studios, choreographs solo and ensemble works and for special occasions performs original pieces and improvisations. Sylvia has taught ballet for the Grossmont College Dance Department since Spring 2008. Ms. Morales has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Juilliard School in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts degree in performance-choreography from UCLA.


Colleen Shipkowski

Colleen Shipkowski

Colleen Shipkowski began her training under artists of the San Francisco Opera Ballet, then received her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance from UC Irvine. She is the author of “Passing Through Plateaus: Effective Teaching Methods,” published by Dance Teacher Now. Colleen’s eclectic credits include choreography and dancing for ballet companies, musical theatre productions, concert dance companies, industrials, and two KPBS television specials. In San Diego, she has created ballet departments for three dance studios, and successfully developed the “Backwards Dance History” courses at Mesa, and Grossmont colleges, as well as a Pointe & Partnering class at Grossmont college. Since 1983, Colleen has created at least three choreographic works each semester for three college dance companies. She has been on faculty at Southwestern College since 1993, Mesa College since 1987, and in 2001 she was honored with the Excellence In Teaching Award from Grossmont College, where she has been teaching ballet for 30 years. In summer 2002, Colleen created a pointe shoe fitting guide for her advanced classes, which was adopted by Capezio stores to help fit their customers. Currently, Colleen is working to bring an awareness of dance therapies to her ballet students and is developing a video project called LifeWorks II.


Debi Toth-Ward

Debi Toth-Ward

Debi Toth-Ward holds a BFA in Performing Arts from Johnson State College in Vermont and an MA from San Diego State University, where she was awarded the 1998 alumnus of the year. Debi’s choreography has been presented in New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, and recently in the “Other Side” festival in Seattle. In 1996, Debi was selected by the San Diego Union as one of the top ten choreographers to be watched. She has an extensive performing career as will. She was a member of the Throne Dance Theater in New York, where she appeared with Dave Brubeck and sons. In San Diego she has been seen with Three’s Company, Patricia Sandback and Dancers, and was a founding member of Malashock Dance, where she assisted the director for nine years. Debi has taught children of all ages, several college residencies nationally, and is on the faculty at Grossmont College, City College, and Southwestern College.


MUSICAL ACCOMPANISTS


Allan Smith

Allan Smith

Allan Smith was awarded a Junior Exhibition to the Royal College of Music, London, which was followed by a 4 year Foundation Scholarship in Clarinet Performing and Composition, and concurrently worked as a dresser at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden during the Nureyev and Fonteyn Years. Time in Canadian Theatre and the U.S. led to the composition of film scores for ensembles from solo bass clarinet to full orchestra. Allan plays piano accompaniment for ballet classes at California Ballet, Black Mountain Dance Center, SDSU, and San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, and has been playing for modern and ballet classes at Grossmont College since 2003.


Lilia Ulman

Lilia Ulman

Lilia Ulman studied at a traditional Russian Music School in the former USSR. She holds a Masters degree from the State Institute of Pedagogy and Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Pianist Accompanist from the State College of Music. She was on the faculty of the Music School for children in the former USSR, where she specialized in teaching classical piano to children ages 7-16, preparing students for competitions, recitals and music college entrance. Since 1993 Ms. Ulman has successfully worked in San Diego at California Music Studio and as a private piano teacher. In 2007 she received a "Forte Award" for a Fine Outstanding Resourceful Teacher of Excellence. For 14 years she worked as a Therapeutic Musician with the world renowned Dr. Frymann at the Osteopathic Center for Children providing classical music for children’s treatments. Ms. Ulman has worked as a pianist accompanist at California Ballet School and Company since 1996 and Grossmont College in Dance Department since 1994. She has also worked with outstanding artists and choreographers who are known throughout the ballet world, including Maxine Mahon, Dame Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowski, Paul Koverman, and David Howard.

Last Updated: 03/13/2015
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