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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.
Prof. Kim T. Davis
Full Time Faculty, Choreography, Intro to World of Dance, Modern Dance 2-4, Jazz 2-4
Kim received her 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.
Professor Emeritus Lori Bryhni
Lori 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.
Adjunct Instructor, Ballet 1-2, Jazz 1, Modern Dance 1, Hip Hop 1-4
Maggie, is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Modesto Junior College (MJC)) teaching various levels and techniques as well as choreographing for all concerts held throughout the year. She received her M.F.A in Experimental Choreography from UC Riverside and her B.F.A in Dance from San Diego State University. Sniffen is also the Head Boxing Trainer at Body Best Fit Gym in Turlock, CA. Her experimental performative research explores the problematic relationship between comedy and shame through biographical vignettes of vulnerability. Sniffen’s goal as an educator is to bridge the gap between the movements and concepts learned in the studio and the application of these life skills outside the classroom.
Associate in Arts: Dance *As of Fall 2016
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 previous 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, odd years
Summer~ 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, even years.
Congratulations to MJC Dancers Jacob Cruz, Shean Bautista, McKenzie Hillier, Veenu
Gill, Fortino Garcia, Kevin Orellana, Tabitha Stewart, Paislie Taylor and Monica Zaragoza
for their performance in Professor Kim T. Davis’ piece “Knowing What You Know” which was presented at the American College Dance Association Conference for the
West Region at San Jose State on March 2nd, 2019 and was selected by 3 adjudicators to perform in the final Gala Performance
representing the top 10 schools within the West Region! This is an incredible honor
and wonderful recognition for the MJC Dance Program.
A big thank you to all those dancers who auditioned and congratulations to the 2019 cast of Jam n Jive! Our choreographers this year include Kim Davis, Maggie Sniffen, Rebbecca Meyers and Nhan Ho.
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All cast members are required to attend the Tuesday July 16th 1:30pm Mandatory Meeting. This meeting is right after Adjunct Professor Maggie Sniffen’s Jazz class. This is a great class for all incoming Freshman can enroll in.
If you are a Freshman you must bring your letter of recommendation to this meeting or have emailed it to me. Freshman will also have met with Liz prior to July 16th. Freshman it is important to note that you must apply for the summer session because Jam n Jive is considered a summer course and although you may have applied for the fall you must re-apply for the summer. Current Dance Majors will already have met with Liz to review thier Education Plan prior to July 16th. High School Students please have your High school Advanced petition signed before your high school closes for summer break or you will not be able to enroll in the required 2 unit class. Liz will send me a confirmation email of all dancers she has met with.
For questions please contact Kim Davis at email@example.com or 209.575.6496
The MJC dance department has been selected by the American College Dance Association
and the esteemed Jacob's Pillow Dance directors to perform for the Inside/Out Festival
on August 24, 2017! "Vanishing at the Water's Edge" is invited to perform in the American
College Dance Association Performance Highlights program. The choreography is by MJC
Faculty, Kim T. Davis and will be performed by 13 dancers from the MJC Off~Balance
Dance Ensemble. A dancers dream one day is to visit, perform or to study at the famed
Jacob's Pillow in their outdoor Amphitheatre with a panoramic view of the Berkshire
Hills. Influential dance artists and companies have graced the stages and grounds
at Jacob's Pillow since 1931. Modesto Junior College is one of 5 colleges within the
United States invited to this prestigious event.
The MJC dance faculty and dancers are spinning, turning, and leaping to fund this honor. The cost of the trip is $1,000 per student which includes airfare, hotel, and meals for the 4 days of the experience of a dancer's lifetime!
MJC Dancers were featured on the Channel 10 News on Monday, June 19th! Check out the story here