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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. 

Fall 2020 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.

Molly Katzman

Contemporary
Molly has been dancing for 20+ years and teaching for 10+. Molly dances with Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco while she teaches at Motion Pacific, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, and Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center in Santa Cruz.

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; 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.

Mercedes Ross

Ballet
Mercedes Ross is a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer in Santa Cruz Bay Area. 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, and Move, Speak, Spin. Serving as the executive director for Modern Collective Dance Company, currently providing corporate entertainment to the Bay Area. Mercedes has had the pleasure of sharing the art of movement at The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, Mount Madonna School, All About Theatre, and other dance studios.

Lauren Korth

Tap
Lauren Korth has a BA in Environmental Studies and Minor in Dance from UCSC. Since starting dance in a Tap class at age 4, Lauren carries over 20 years of dance experience in Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop/Urban Dance, and Ballet. As a competitive dancer in Sacramento for much of her adolescence, Lauren has a deep understanding of technique and choreography. At UCSC Lauren danced and choreographed for multiple shows, including Random With a Purpose and En Route: Urban Dance Showcase -- both of which she co-directed during her final year. Lauren currently dances with re.DEFINE Collective, an adult competitive hip hop team, in Hayward, CA. Whenever possible, she strives to infuse her different styles of dance into one another.

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

Jenny Bennett

Ballet
Jenny Bennett has had a love for ballet her whole life! She started dancing at 2 years old and never stopped. She grew up in Southern California and started her early training until the age of 14 with Joanna Santor where she found the joy of ballet. From there she went on to study under full scholarship with Patrick Frantz, former premier dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet. At the same time she was asked to study with Stanley Holden. During the summers she studied at Virginia School of the Arts, Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and the Westside School of Ballet. She also danced professionally for Pasadena Dance Theater under the direction of Cynthia Young. She continues her training now under Rebecca Blair and is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She enjoys being mom to her two kids Ruby and Kale, surfing and working with youth in a local non-profit. And now she is excited to pass on the gift of ballet with students and see the joy that comes from dance as they are growing in their skill.

Harold McCord

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Nathan Hirschaut

Composition

Juilliard '20 // HIVE Dance Company

Nathan Hirschaut, originally from Santa Cruz, CA, recently graduated from The Juilliard School for dance. Nathan has established himself as a prominent choreographer and has received many awards and opportunities for his spiritual and surrealistic lens. Nathan has recently launched a project-based dance company called, HIVE Dance Company. Nathan has also established a business called, Inner Teacher. Inner Teacher creates events and opportunities for people to discover and trust their creative interests. Nathan aims to share his unique whimsical performance art and give platforms for others to develop and trust their creative voices.

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!

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.

Kari Adams

Jazz
Kari Adams has been dancing for 18 years and has trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Latin, and Hip Hop. She grew up in Santa Cruz where she trained at Dancenter for 13 years and was a member and choreographer of Harbor High’s Escapade Dance Company. She continued her love of dance into college as a both a member and head director and choreographer of the Chico State Dance Team. She has her BA in Sociology with a minor in Health and Wellness