Los Angeles Valley College



FACULTY BIOS


 

 

   | LIZ CASEBOLT | GEORDIE WRIGHT | CARLA LUBOW | KIHA LEE | TRACY VONDERHAAR | RACHEL PAUL | MAYA ZELLMAN |

 

 

 

 

 

FULL-TIME FACULTY

 

 Liz Casebolt

LIZ CASEBOLT has a BFA in dance from New York University, and a MFA in experimental choreography from UC Riverside. Throughout her career Liz has had the good fortune to work and study with a number of acclaimed dance scholars and choreographers, including Doug Varone, Joe Goode, Keith Johnson, Susan Rose, Linda Tomko, Cliff Keuter,  Ellen Bromberg, Wendy Rogers and Ann Carlson. Liz has performed with Partridge/Benford/Dance/Music and Claire Henry and Dancers, and with Center Dance Ensemble, where she performed lead roles in Hamlet, La Llorona, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Snow Queen. In Los Angeles, Liz has performed with Susan Rose and Dancers and Hassan Christopher’s The Company of Strangers. 

 

Liz is currently Co-Artistic Director of casebolt and smith, a Los Angeles based duet dance theater company that has quickly become known for its unique and creative voice. Called “the Nichols and May of dance” by the LA Times, and “the most entertaining, engaging and explicative dance theater on the planet” by MinnPost, casebolt and smith’s work exposes their choreographic and collaborative processes and delves into issues of power, gender and identity with a focus on craft, humor and accessibility. casebolt and smith perform nationally and internationally, including at Joyce SoHo in New York City, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Southern Theater Minneapolis, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and CounterPulse in San Francisco.

 

An avid dance educator, Liz has taught dance to thousands of children and teens throughout Arizona and California.  She has also been on faculty at Cal State Long Beach, Scottsdale College, Phoenix College, Cerritos College, Rio Hondo College, College of the Canyons and El Camino College and has taught master classes at UC Irvine, CalArts, The Marlborough School, and the University of Surrey in England. Liz is thrilled to be starting in Spring 2011 as a full time Instructor of dance at Valley College, and will be teaching Modern, Jazz, Yoga, Dance Production, and Dance Rehearsals and Performance. 

 

 

 

 

GeordieGEORDIE WRIGHT, Associate Professor, is a native of California, and began her study of ballet, jazz, and tap at the age of five. Her professional dance experience began at the age of 8, when she was selected to perform three consecutive years with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet Companies, during their San Francisco engagements. Ms. Wright received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, studying with Bella Lewitzky, Donald McKayle, and Mia Slavenska. She did post-graduate work in Dance at U.C.L.A. and earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance at Cal State Long Beach. She continued her professional dance career while still in college, touring and performing locally and nationally with several modern, jazz, and folk ballet companies, including Gloria Newman’s modern dance company, and Burch Mann’s Americana Dance Theater. Ms. Wright has danced professionally on television, film, and Broadway, including the movie Pennies from Heaven, the Academy Awards Show, and the Broadway musical Mack and Mabel. She has worked with directors, choreographers, and stars such as Gower Champion, Robert Preston, Bernadette Peters, Ron Howard, Bob Hope, Ann Margaret, Ben Vereen, Ray Charles, Sonny and Cher, Donald McKayle, and Jaime Rogers.

 

As an advocate for arts in education, Ms. Wright spent two years with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Program, writing and implementing curriculum for the pilot arts and literacy program, teaching dance and creative movement to elementary school children, and providing professional development training and workshops for district teachers.

 

Ms. Wright implemented a partnership with Valley College and Arianne MacBean’s Dance Moving Forward Festival, bringing renowned guest choreographers to work with students in the Valley College dance program. Ms. Wright has been teaching at Los Angeles Valley College for more than 20 years, offering classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Choreography, Dance for Film and Stage, Dance Production, and Dance and Creative Movement for Educators.

 

 

ADJUNCT FACULTY

 

 

Rande' DornRAND DORN is the Los Angeles based choreographer of Randé Dorn Dance Company. She began her dance career under Jean Isaacs and Nina Martin at UC San Diego and went on to receive her MFA in dance and choreography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. Her work has been presented throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, presenting most recently in the San Francisco West Wave Dance Festival and the Los Angeles addition of the A.W.A.R.D. Show! presented by the Joyce Theater and LA Valley College. She has been the recipient of the Stewart Award and the Irvine Foundation DanceMaker Grant. She has taught master classes at CalArts, LA Valley College, Oakwood High and Long Beach City College.  http://dorndancecompany.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

Kiha LeeKIHA LEE, whose many achievements began with winning first place at the International Youth Dance Competition in Asia at the age of 15, is a prolific performer, choreographer and teacher. She holds an MFA in Choreography/Performance from UCLA. Ms. Lee is also a co-producer of Chopsticks & Sneakers Dance Group and is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. Ms. Lee's choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including collaborations with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Festival and the International Dance Festival. Her work also has been aired on the public network channels KCET and the Classic Arts Showcase. Ms. Lee was a member of the dance faculty at UCLA, Cal State Polytechnic University, and has been invited as a guest faculty member at numerous universities and workshops such as Connecticut College, the American College Dance Festivals and the International Dance Festivals. She was nominated for the prestigious Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Best Female Performer in 2001, 2004, and again in 2007. Currently, Ms. Lee teaches at L.A. Valley College and Cal State University, Los Angeles. The Valley College spring concert, 2009, was her 64th presentation of new work at public venues since 1988.

www.kihalee.com

 

 

 

 

carla no hatCARLA LUBOW began dancing at age seven with Eugene Loring at the American School of Dance. An LA native, she attended Hollywood High, UC Santa Cruz, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude with her BA and MA in Dance from UCLA. Lubow trained with such greats as Bella Lewitky, Murray Louis and Mia Slavenska, has performed with Donald Byrd, Dance/LA, Sesame Street Live, ‘It’s Magic’ and various commercial revues throughout Mexico, South America and Europe. She has taught at Glendale College, Orange Coast College, Cal Poly Pomona, Marlborough, Crossroads and The Oaks School. Her choreography has been featured at Theatre West, in the world of fashion, in collaboration with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, and via her own dance company, ‘Movers & Shakers’ at the LA Art Show, Dance Moving Forward Festival, Dance Spectrum, Dance Kaleidoscope, Dance at Brand, Choreographer’s Spotlight, and at Barnsdall Arts Center. Lubow choreographed the original musical, ‘WR and Daisy’, the film ‘The Good Book’, and a variety of music videos. Nominated for ‘Choreographer of the Year’ by the Beverly Hills Outlook for her choreography and performance of ‘Erector’ in Spectrum #16, Lubow’s choreography has guided productions of ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Grease’, and ‘A Chorus Line’ at Los Angeles Valley College, where she currently teaches Modern Dance, Jazz Dance and Choreography.

 

 

RACHEL PAUL is a dance instructor and choreographer working at the high school and collegiate levels.  She just finished her 6th year as coach and choreographer for the nationally ranked Dance Team at UCLA.  She also teaches dance and coaches two performance teams at Notre Dame High School.  Her choreography and instruction have led to many awards including two high school songleading National Championships and one collegiate dance team National Championship.   A graduate of UCLA, Rachel was a member of the Dance Team for 3 years, where she was seen in commercials for ESPN and Fox Sports, on the "X Show" on FX and on the cover of the UCLA Bear Ware Catalogue.  As an instructor and choreographer for the United Spirit Association, Rachel has taught workshops and choreographed for dance programs throughout the western United States.  She also has an instructional dance DVD with Championship Productions and choreographed the halftime show for the 2006 NCAA Basketball National Championship Game.  Rachel has a Master of Arts degree in dance from California State University, Long Beach.

 

 

 

TRACY VONDER HAAR, a former member of the Hubbard Street Dance Company, moved to Los Angeles from Chicago where she taught at the Lou Conte Dance Studio (home of Hubbard Street), the prestigious Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance, was dance coordinator for the musical theatre program at Columbia College, and directed Chicago Studio for Dance and Musical Theatre. Tracy has an extensive background in all aspects of the theatre from sweeping the stage to directing and producing. She has choreographed television shows and commercials, and directed and choreographed scores of musicals. She also served as artistic director for Dance and Company in Chicago and as director of the children’s choir for the Canadian national tour of “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with Donny Osmond. She currently teaches at Los Angeles Valley College, continues to choreograph for Yip’s Children’s Choir in Hong Kong, and just recently concluded over a decade on the staff of the Pasadena Civic Ballet in order to open Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts. The Center offers professional and pre-professional training in the performing arts to students of all ages.

 

 

 

Maya Zellman MAYA ZELLMAN graduated from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in dance in 2005 and, since then, has been very active in the professional dance education and performance world. For several years she has been a member of a leading Hip Hop dance company in Los Angeles,  Versa-Style Dance Company, and is also a co-founder of IN/EX Dance Project, a contemporary dance company also based in Los Angeles. She has worked regularly for many other incredible dance companies, most notably, Ballet Folklorico Do Brasil (samba) and Contra-Tiempo (salsa.) As a member of Versa-Style, Maya danced for John Tesh and appeared in his PBS special, “ALIVE: Music and Dance.” Maya is a featured dancer in the documentary film "Furious Beauty" that follows a year in the life of a Hip Hop dancer preparing for a large scale performance.

 

Maya has had the privilege of touring throughout the United States as well as internationally, performing in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, India, and Israel. She has been invited to teach dance classes internationally, including at the Federal University of Parana in Curiitba, Brazil, Hakvusa be Yaffo in Tel Aviv, Israel, and several workshops in Havana, Cuba. Maya spent six months in Tel Aviv, studying alongside Batsheva Dance Company, learning repertory, and training in GAGA.

 

Back in Los Angeles, Maya teaches dance in several school programs and studios around Los Angeles, including The Edge Performing Arts Center and Millenium Dance Complex.

 

 


 

  

 


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