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Day of Dance 2017 - Teachers


Rotation Teachers

Debbie Kesner-Steinberg

Debbie Kesner-Steinberg - Israeli Rain Dance

Debbie Kesner-Steinberg has been teaching dance on and off for 25 years. She taught dance at Park City High School, the Jewish Community Center, and is currently the dance teacher at Eisenhower Junior High. She grew up doing Israeli dance at synagogue, camps and parties and is thrilled to be able to share her culture with you!

Ed Austin

Ed Austin - Folk Dance Mixers in the 21st Century

Edwin G. "Ed" Austin, Jr., Associate Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, served as Artistic Director of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble (1985-2011). He directs, choreographs, adjudicates, and is a Master Teacher of international dance forms. His creative works have been featured on television, and in concert and festival performances in more than 35 countries.
He is presently serving as Immediate Past President of the National Folk Organization of the United States(NFO). Having lived in the Polynesian Islands of Samoa (1973-74) where he was first introduced to Siva Samoa (Samoan Dance) his love for this culture has led him to his current research of the Taualuga, an ancient dance ritual still practiced in the islands and among diaspora communities in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Ed is a past board member of Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d'Arts Traditionnels (CIOFF), American Sector.

Leslie Sarin

Leslie Sarin - Creative African Dance

Leslie Sarin, CLMA is a dance teacher and owner of Creative Dance Space, a private dance studio in Sandy. She teaches creative dance and yoga for children aged 18 months to 12 years. She is a substitute dance teacher at The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah.
Leslie is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst that specializes in teaching movement concepts to children. Leslie graduated from University of Hawaii with a degree in Biology and a minor in Dance. She studied Brain Compatible Dance Education from Anne Green Gilbert in Seattle Washington, where she completed the Summer Intensive teacher training. Leslie has studied many dance styles, ranging from traditional forms such as Ballet and Modern, to the cultural dances of Hula, Samba, Orixa, Kathak and African dance. She has been a part of the African Dance Community in Salt Lake City for 16 years. She has been teaching Creative dance for the past 5 years. Leslie enjoys playing, hiking and camping with her husband and her two kids in the beautiful mountains in Utah.

Pennerosa Family - Samoan Dance

The Penerosa family has been dancing together for the past 18 years. Saumani, a native of American Samoa, teaches dances from his island and neighboring Polynesian islands. Rebecca is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Education at Westminster college and teaches dancing as a part of the Creative Arts Methods curriculum. Their daughter Nora has studied ballet, contemporary, and jazz, while continuing to participate in Samoan, Hawaiian, and Tahitian dancing. Together, they will teach a Siva Samoa (Samoan Dance) appropriate for both male and female participants of all ages. Come and join their family in learning the beautiful art of story telling through dance from the enchanting island of Samoa!

Raksha Karpoor

Raksha Karpoor - Bollywood Dance

Born and raised in India, Raksha started learning the Indian classical form of dance, called Bharatanatyam, at the age of 5. Bollywood went hand-in-hand and she simultaneously worked with various groups to learn and perform Bollywood. Despite her MBA and working experience in a reputed investment banking firm, dance is always calling her name and she is excited to share her love for Indian dance with you on November 4th!

Sheri Gibb

Sheri Gibb - Visual Art Class

Mother, wife, maker, creative problem solver, and dreamer. Sheri has always used creativity in her life and loves to share it with others. Executive director of Clever Octopus Creative Reuse, where out of the box thinking is demonstrating to our community that creativity brings life back into the lifeless through reuse. Hitch your wagon to hers, she promises a good ride.
Her session will be titled, "Wind in our Wings" and participants will be using reclaimed materials to create extensions of themselves.

Creative Process Teachers

Amanda Sowerby

Amanda Sowerby - Creative Session Inspiration: Zion National Park

Amanda Sowerby is an Associate Professor of Dance at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. She received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She worked for several years with the Gary Palmer Dance Company in California's Bay Area and assisted in setting new and repertory pieces on the National Ballet of Peru and the National Ballet of Chile, as well as implementing outreach programs in dance for Bay Area community members. She has performed with the National Ballet's of Chile and Peru, Enrico Labayen's Lab Projekt USA, Yasmin Mehta's California Contemporary Dancers and Todd Courage. Amanda's own choreographic work has been presented at Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Theatre Artaud (SF,CA), Diesel Cathedral (SF,CA), Dance Mission (SF,CA), and The Leona Wagner Black Box Theater (SLC,UT). Amanda was a co-founder Paradigm Dance Project; a dance organization designed to foster arts education for underserved populations. Amanda serves on the board of the Utah Dance Education Organization as President and served as the Higher Education Representative from 2007-2013.

Angela Banchero-Kelleher

Angela Banchero-Kelleher - Creative Session Inspiration: Gooseneck State Park

Angela Banchero-Kelleher, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. She has had a professional career spanning over twenty years, including 15 years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), during which time she was a featured dancer in both the classical and contemporary work spanning the modern repertory from Duncan to Zvi Gotheiner. Her performance/teaching career has taken her to venues worldwide, including the La Bella Vita Arts dance workshop in Italy for the last 4 years and as a guest teacher at Repertory Dance Theatre's summer workshop specializing in Humphrey/Limon technique. She maintains a deep commitment to RDT and continues to teach and reset roles for the company, most recently the solo from Pigs and Fishes by Elisa Monte. She has presented her choreography internationally, notably Lacuna in Copenhagen at the daCi International conference and Blackbird in Austria. Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought, was selected for the gala concert at the regional ACDA concert in Missoula, Montana and was performed by Repertory Dance Theatre this past spring. she is currently pursuing scholarship that reflects her interest in dance as a vehicle for social and political activism, presenting her scholarly research internationally and co- publishing a paper in the International Journal of Arts in Society.

Chara Huckins

Chara Huckins - Creative Session Inspiration: Arches National Park

Chara Huckins started dancing at the age of three with Virginia Tanner's Children's Dance Theater. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah where she was the recipient of the Elizabeth R. Hayes Scholarship, the Outstanding Student Award, the American Scholar Award, Orchesis Honor Society, and is listed in Who's Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities. She danced with the University's Performing Dance Company for four year. Chara is a certified Movement Specialist in the Utah Artist-in-Education Program. She has brought the magic of dance to student and teachers with her performances, teaching classes, chorography, and professional development workshops. Chara has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of dance at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. She has also been a guest artist at The Ohio State University. She currently teaches and choreographs for the Children's Dance Theatre and throughout Utah School system. She joined Repertory Dance Theatre in 1995 after performing as a guest with the company for two seasons. Chara has performed dances by choreographers including Zvi Gotheiner, Yacov Sharir, Ford Evans, Sophie Maslow, Susan McClain, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, David Parsons, Isabella Bustos, Michio Ito, Alfred Hinkel, Valery Betis, Susan Hadley, Anna Sokolow, Isadora Duncan, Ze'eva Cohen, and Margaret Jenkins. Currently, this is her 17th season with RDT. Chara is certified to teach Michio Ito Technique and just received the honor of Who's Who among Executives and Professionals.

Kate Monson

Kate Monson - Creative Session Inspiration: Capitol Reef National Park

Kate Monson in an Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University. She holds an MFA in choreography from Ohio State University ('99) where she studied under nationally and internationally known dancers such as Sara Rudner, Bebe Miller, Tere O'Connor and Susan Hadley. She also holds a BA in dance from Brigham Young University ('96). She is certified to teach Labanotation and has reconstructed works from score by Lester Horton, Bebe Miller, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, and others. Kate is co-producer of the On Sites: Mobile Dance Series, which presents works by established and up-and-coming choreographers in non-traditional spaces around Utah Valley. She is currently co-authoring a book about dance conditioning which includes a conditioning program specific to modern dancers that she co-created with Amy Markgraf Jacobson (Associate Professor, Utah Valley University.)

Lynne Larson

Lynne Larson - Creative Session Inspiration: Natural Bridges National Park

Lynne Larson received a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University and a MFA in Dance from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She danced professionally with Martita Goshen's Earthworks, Repertory Dance Theatre, SBDance and Koester & Dancers. In 2007, she was named Education Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, and in 2014, Artistic Associate as well. She coordinates all arts-in-education activities for RDT, directs RDT's annual Summerdance and Winterdance Workshops, High School and Young Dancer Summer Workshops, rehearsal directs numerous pieces in the RDT repertory including the Michio Ito repertory and assists in artistic long range planning for the company. Lynne is an accomplished teacher of students K-professional in modern dance. She also teaches at The Dailey Method Barre Studio.

Sara Mann

Sara Mann - Creative Session Inspiration: Bryce Canyon National Park

Sara graduated with a B.A. and K-12 teaching certificate in Dance Education from Brigham Young University. Lately it's hard to keep track of Sara as she is found teaching a variety of ages in public schools, for the BYU Children's Program, The Dancing Child located in Spanish Fork, teaching a beginning contemporary BYU University class, mentoring dance students with the ARTS Bridge program at BYU or at summer dance workshops and at various conferences. (this is her 5th year teaching at daCi!). She is taking on the adventure this year of co-directing at The Dancing Child. And boy is that keeping her busy! When she isn't dancing, Sara is busy with her two kids Elizabeth and Isaac who still keeps her on her toes with all of their adventures! She is grateful for a husband who doesn't quite understand all of her crazy ideas but supports her anyway!
Sara loves to help students find their own creative voice and truly become artists themselves. During our creative workshop this year we are going to explore the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Creating shapes and mystical pathways, we will create an enchanting dance to share with all our daCi friends.