2021-2022 Class Descriptions

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Micha Scott

ArtistiC Director/Modern

Micha Scott has performed on stages around the world as a 13-year senior member of the renowned Garth Fagan Dance. Ms. Scott was a  teacher at the Garth Fagan Dance School in Rochester, NY, and has taught master classes and workshops for the company worldwide. While in the company she performed leading roles in many of Mr. Fagan’s works, including ‘From Before’, ‘Collage For Romie’, ‘Transition/Translation’ and the seminal collaboration with trumpeter / composer Wynton Marsalis, ‘Griot New York’. She has been featured in Essence, Time Magazine, and Dance Magazine, and as a soloist in the PBS televised series Dance In America.

Ms. Scott currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA and is deeply involved in the dance community there. She is Artistic Director at Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center (since 2011), resident choreographer at Mountain School (since 2008), she is a lead teacher in Tandy Beal’s in-school residency dance program ArtSmart (since 2016), and a dance instructor at Dancenter (since 2008). Over the past 11 years she has also taught at Motion Pacific, Steps, No Limits, International Academy of Dance, Kirby School, Mount Madonna School, Monterey High School, Seaside High School, Cabrillo College, and has held the position of lecturer in dance at Santa Clara University (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), the University of California at Santa Cruz (2012), and at the State University of New York at Brockport (2000). She has showcased her choreography in a family show titled ‘MICHA SCOTT DANCES’ and is Artistic Director of Empire Dance Company. 

2021-2022 Youth Faculty

Micha Scott

Modern

TWDCC Artistic Director // Garth Fagan Dance

Micha Scott is a dance professional with 29 years of performing, teaching, and choreographic experience. She was a senior member of the world renowned Garth Fagan Dance in New York for 13 years before coming to the West coast. She is currently TWDCC Artistic Director, resident choreographer at Mountain School in Soquel, CA, an instructor at Dancenter, and lead teacher with Tandy Beal’s Dance Around the World program. Micha has been a lecturer at Santa Clara University, UCSC, SUNY Brockport as well as a guest choreographer for numerous companies and schools.

Angela Chambers

Contemporary Jazz

TWDCC Youth Program Manager

Angela Chambers, an Oakland native, raised in Berkeley, spent most of her young life performing Musical Theater. Introduced to formal and contemporary training upon moving to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC, Angela has had the privilege to develop and expand her knowledge of (and relationship with) dance as an art form, a tool for personal growth, and even as a catalyst for social change. At UCSC, Angela performed, directed and choreographed in many student and faculty-led productions often dancing 30-40 hours weekly; after graduating in 2014 with a BA in Intensive Psychology and Dance, Angela continues this work within the Santa Cruz dance community and furthers her training through residencies and intensives - most recently with Shannon Mather, A.I.M, and Garth Fagan Dance. Alongside performing, Angela spends most of the season teaching at the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center and Motion Pacific. When not dancing, Angela pursues her love for working with and supporting young dancers and the community as a Y.P.A.D certified Health and Wellness teacher and as the Development Director/Youth Programming Manager at TWDCC.

Madi McGain

Contemporary
Madison McGain is a freelance artist based out of NYC and Santa Cruz. Since earning her BFA from Adelphi University in 2017, she has danced for KayCrudden Co, Mizanty Moves Dance, Spaces of Fontana, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, and Adaptations Dance Theatre, among others. She has performed at venues such as Austin Dance Festival, Queens Theatre, Wilson College, Actors Art Fund, Arts on Site, and Temple University. Her own work been presented at The CraftNY, 7MPR, Small Plates Dance Festival, and the New Work Series, funded by the NY Council on the Arts. Most recently, Madison has been selected to present work for the Post/Future Performance Festival. Madison is committed to using dance as means to illuminate topics fundamental to the human experience, with the hope she can cultivate true and honest connections between the work and its viewers

Alex Mannings

Ballet
Alexandra Mannings is a first year PhD student at University of California - Santa Cruz, studying Astronomy and Astrophysics. She received her B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Dance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has set numerous works which have been featured in shows on The University of Alabama campus, as well as adjudicated at the American College Dance Association’s regional meeting. Alexandra was able to engage in dance research as an Arts Research Fellow with Creative Campus, and had the privilege of directing the Dance Alabama Film Festival. Her work has also been shown in the Frame x Frame Film Festival, Black Warrior Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Alabama Dance Festival New Works concert. She enjoys teaching, experimenting with new dance styles, and taking long walks. She is excited to be with the TWDCC team and contribute what she can to the Santa Cruz dance community.

Anya Setziol

Hip Hop
Anya Setziol was born in Santa Cruz and lives in the Santa Cruz mountains. She has previously danced all types of styles, but is now focused on Hip Hop. She is currently 16, and looks forward to a career as a Hip Hop choreographer. She loves teaching the lovely students here at the Tannery.

Molly Katzman

Contemporary
Molly Katzman (they/she) started dancing in middle school at Nevada City School of the Arts, and then danced all through high school in the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance program. They attended Cabrillo College where they won the Roberta Bristol award for dance in 2009, then went on to earn their B.A. at UCSC. While living in Santa Cruz, she has danced for choreographers such as Cat Willis, Gerald Casel, Cid Pearlman and is a member of FLEX dance company directed by Leslie Johnson. Katzman and Sierrah Dietz, who started their own company, HOMEbodies, debuted their first show in April 2012, presented their second show in 2013, and entered the New Orleans Fringe Festival in 2014 where they were nominated for the award, Outstanding Choreography (New Work). In 2015, Katzman joined Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco as a company member and teaches through their educational outreach program while also teaching at Motion Pacific, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, and Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center in Santa Cruz.

Mercedes Ross

Ballet
Mercedes Ross was first introduced to dance at the age of 3 and continued to dance ever since because of the creative JOY it brings! Today she is a new mother, a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer in Santa Cruz Bay Area. She has choreographed large local youth musicals such as Lion King Jr, Thirteen, Honk Jr, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mount Madonna’s original play “The Ramayana” along with many others. With a BA in Dance from The University of Hawaii at Manoa, she has danced in Hawaii, New York, and locally with Tandy Beal and Company, Empire Dance Company, Stellaria, Circus of Nations and more. Serving as the executive director for Modern Collective Dance Company, providing entertainment to the Bay Area events and productions. Mercedes has had the pleasure of sharing the art of movement at The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Pacific Arts Complex, and Motion Pacific Dance. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and visiting Kauai where she grew up. Mercedes looks forward to sharing the JOY of movement and hopes her passion will inspire others to dance!

Nathan Hirschaut

Contemporary Technique 5
Nathan Hirschaut is a teacher, creator, and dancer who graduated from The Juilliard School for Dance in 2020. Over the past 15 years, Nathan has studied from the world's best in dance, yoga, and artistic ideology; resulting in the unique intersection of his artistic and movement world. His mission is to make creative projects and teach movement classes that explore what it means to be human, in the most unconventional and limitless sense. Since graduating school, Nathan has been commissioned and independently produced 7+ cross-disciplinary productions, held 2 creative retreats, led intensives, and taught movement workshops and classes around the world. Nathan's work has recently been featured in The Washington Times, NPR, and the LA Post as an up-and-coming artist. Nathan is a dedicated spiritual practitioner and strives to live a life in tune with nature and the Divine.

Chloe Rosen

Jazz
Chloe grew up training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, and musical theatre. Her love of dance grew even further in college, where she studied postmodern dance and composition at UC Santa Cruz. Throughout her college career, Chloe performed in, choreographed, and directed several dance productions on campus, as well as dancing professionally in projects outside of school. Following graduation, Chloe went on to Centre National de la Danse, where she was one of 10 UCSC dancers selected to study abroad in Pantin, France. In 2019, Chloe was the artist in residency through Motion Pacific's Incubator Project, where she created an evening length work, "you are held here," in collaboration with her cast. Chloe has danced professionally with Cid Pearlman Performance, ODC, and currently dances with Tim Rubel Human Shakes, a company based out of San Francisco, CA.

Ryan Rodriguez

Hip Hop
Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Ryan's first experience in dance was learning from his Gitano family, Flamenco from Andalucía, Spain his great grandparents birth place. He later was enrolled in a local studio, Studio West, training in Jazz, and Tap. As well as Ballet with Santa Cruz Ballet Company. During those years he received several scholarships to Southern CA studios included the Edge school of dance, and opportunities to train with Napoleon and Tabitha, as well as Mandy Moore. In Junior High he meet Dee Meredith, aka Deepa Soul a New Orleans based hip hop dancer and entertainer, and trained for years under her direction switching his discipline to Hip Hop. As a young adult he began training Capoiera as a source for greater understanding for acrobatic movements used in break dance. Ryan has competed and attended many break dance events including, Freestyle Sessions in Japan, Floor Wars in LA and Battle of the Year in Long Beach. Ryan was a semi finalist on the television show America's Got Talent, and a casting database member with Cirque du Sol. As well as a back up dancer for Chris Rene, appearing as a dancer for Cruzmatic's music video Up All Night and a featured dancer appearing in Rodger Stoneburner's short film which competed and medaled in several independent film competitions. Ryan has taught hip hop through out the county for 20 plus years including with the Tannery where he had the pleasure of coaching and teaching the Lost Boys.

Casey Lee Thorne

Ballet
Dance educator, choreographer, and scholar, Casey Lee Thorne received her early training at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School. In 2010, she graduated from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program as part of their inaugural class, and founded Inside Out Contemporary Ballet in 2012. Casey completed a Fulbright Fellowship to Israel 2014-2015, and received her MFA in Dance Studies from Mills College in 2018. She served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University 2019-2020, and is currently a full-time faculty member and Director of Community Engagement at Marin Ballet. Casey is thrilled to be joining the esteemed faculty at Cabrillo College and Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center in Fall 2021.

Alex Mannings

Ballet
Alexandra Mannings is a first year PhD student at University of California - Santa Cruz, studying Astronomy and Astrophysics. She received her B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Dance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She has set numerous works which have been featured in shows on The University of Alabama campus, as well as adjudicated at the American College Dance Association’s regional meeting. Alexandra was able to engage in dance research as an Arts Research Fellow with Creative Campus, and had the privilege of directing the Dance Alabama Film Festival. Her work has also been shown in the Frame x Frame Film Festival, Black Warrior Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Alabama Dance Festival New Works concert. She enjoys teaching, experimenting with new (to her) dance styles, and taking long walks. She is excited to join the TWDCC team, and become a member of the Santa Cruz dance community!
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