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Modesto Junior College
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Arts, Humanities & Communications Division

Dance

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Dance Program

The Associate in Arts in Dance is intended for students who plan to enter the workforce as a choreographer, teacher or performing artist. Dance as an academic discipline focuses on dance as a performing art, as well as its social functions in other areas, including education, health, cultural studies, art, history, and the science of human movement. This degree provides an educational and practical foundation for students pursuing a professional career in dance. It is designed to create avenues toward further study in educational dance, intermediate to advanced technique, choreography, and dance performance. The Associate Degree in Dance will prepare students to gain entry level employment with private dance studios, charter schools, and recreational programs with a dance emphasis. Career opportunities also exist in highly competitive professional dance companies, amusement parks, commercial dance, and teaching. There are choreography opportunities with dance and theatre companies. Students should be aware that career opportunities in dance performance related fields are highly competitive.

Dance Program Highlights

  • MJC dancers connect with other college dance programs by participating in the American College Dance Conference each year. Students enroll in master classes, workshops, and lectures by esteemed dance professors from Community College, CSU and UC institutions. MJC Faculty and Student choreography and performance is adjudicated at this conference and has the opportunity for selection in the top 10% of dances to be presented in the culminating performance of the conference. MJC has the honor of being chosen as one of the top 10% of colleges throughout California and Arizona for the past 13 years.  MJC has been invited to host this conference in 2003, 2012, and 2017.
  • Off~Balance Dance tours in the Bay Area with the dRepDance program; Vision Series, San Diego with the PGK Project, The Sacramento State Dance Sampler, the Choreo Projects at San Jose State University and UC Santa Barbara.
  • Each year, MJC dance students have opportunities to work with professional dance artists through master classes and choreography. Guest Artists include, Carlos Jones from State University of New York, Rockport, Heather Cooper from San Jose State University, Philip Flickinger from Diavolo Dance Company, Holly Johnson from California Institute of the Arts, Nhan Ho from Nhan Ho Dance Project, Lisa Townsend, Keith Johnson of CSULB, and Rogelio Lopez of Saint Mary’s College.
  • Students from the MJC dance program have transferred successfully to CSULB, SJSU, CSU Fullerton, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, UCI, and UC Riverside among others. 
  • Dance teachers in our community that have studied dance at MJC are currently credentialed teachers at Beyer, Davis, Gregori, and Ceres High Schools, and many of our dance students currently teach in many of the dance studios in Stanislaus County.
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Faculty

Kim T. Davis, PAC 209
Dance, Choreography

Lori Bryhni, PAC 233
Adjunct Instructor - Dance, Choreography

Coleen Patterson, Cabaret West 
Adjunct Instructor - Dance

Degrees

Associate in Arts:  Dance *New Fall 2016

Concerts

Fall ~ Jam n’ Jive: A performance that highlights MJC’s Jazz Dance program and works collaboratively with area high school and studio dance programs here in the Central Valley. The performance is mid fall on the Mainstage in the Performing and Media Arts Center. Auditions are in May, rehearsals begin late July.

Spring~ Off~Balance in Performance: A repertory dance concert featuring the MJC Off~Balance Dance Company. Modern and Contemporary dance genres choreographed by faculty, guest artists, and students. The performance is early spring on the Mainstage in the Performing and Media Arts Center. Auditions are held during the fall semester.

Spring~ Choreographer’s Showcase: A student choreographed concert. All genres of dance welcome. This concert is held in the Cabaret West Dance Theatre in the late spring. Auditions for the Choreographer’s Showcase are in late February. The Choreographer’s Showcase is bi-annual, even years. 

Spring~ Hip-Hop ~ Off the Beat! Faculty, student, and guest artists choreograph a fast paced and energetic concert featuring hip hop in all urban dance styles. This concert is performed in June on the Mainstage in the Performing and Media Arts Center. Auditions are held in April/May. Off~Beat is bi-annual, odd years.  

MJC Dance Faculty

Kim T. Davis, B.A. in Dance from UC Santa Barbara, Masters in Dance from CSULB. Ms. Davis is the full time faculty at MJC.She has an extensive background in education and experience performing and training in New York where she studied with numerous artist such as Kevin Wynn, Jennifer Mueller, Val Suarez etc. Kim showcased her choreography at several performance venues such as the Merce Cunningham Studio Theater.  As the director and choreographer for her professional dance company Ktdavisdance, which was founded in New York City, now calls the Central Valley home. Kim has been a Guest Artist at Cal State Sacramento, Cal State Long Beach, Cypress College, and Orange Coast College.

Coleen Patterson, B.A. and Masters in Dance from UCI. Coleen has been the Ballet Mistress and Artistic Director for Bravo! Repertory Dance, a master teacher at Juline School of Dance and has performed professionally with the Oakland Ballet, Donald McKayle, El Gabriel, and Edward Villella, among others. Coleen has been teaching Ballet at MJC for the past fourteen years as well as choreographing for the MJC Off-Balance Dancers, is a certified yoga instructor and teaches in Memorial Hospital’s Complementary Therapy Program teaching classes for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. 

Lori Bryhni, has is a Professor Emeritus and has taught dance technique, movement, choreography and world cultures at Modesto Junior College for the past 39 years.  She has her Masters in Dance Education from CSULB.  Lori has danced professionally with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, is Past President of the California Dance Educators Association, and currently is the Regional Director for the West Region in the American College Dance Association.  She will be teaching as adjunct faculty at MJC and will be the American College Dance Conference Coordinator for MJC when the college hosts the American College Conference, March 1st ~ March 4th, 2017.

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