Faculty & Staff

Jim Kolb

Jim Kolb

Chair, School of Dance; Director, Commercial Dance Conservatory

Teaches: Professional Development

jim.kolb@ocsarts.net

Jim Kolb holds a master’s degree in dance education from California State University, Long Beach. He has been the director of the Commercial Dance Conservatory since 1998. Formerly a principal dancer with the Gus Giordano Dance Company in Chicago, he also served on the board of directors for the World Jazz Dance Congress. Mr. Kolb was also a special segment producer for the 1996 Fosse Awards Show and has performed in many movies, including: New York, New York, 1941, Pennies from Heaven, and Tap. He toured with many stars, such as Ann Margaret, Connie Stevens, and Suzanne Sommers. His television credits include the MTV Awards and three years on the Academy Awards, as well as various special presentations with George Burns, Charro, and Stevie Wonder. 

Most recently, he choreographed a professional production of Quad, based on The Who’s Quadraphenia album, and the annual Holiday Celebration production with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, featuring OCSA’s Dot Comm Dancers.

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Tawny Chapman

Tawny Chapman

Facilitator, Commercial Dance Conservatory

Teaches: Modern and Lyrical

tawny.chapman@ocsarts.net

A Commercial Dance Conservatory alumna, Tawny Chapman holds a bachelor’s degree in dance performance from Chapman University. She worked for more than a decade as an accomplished performer, innovative choreographer, and influential educator. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Chapman’s unique and award-winning choreography is rapidly garnering respect throughout the industry. Serving as the resident choreographer and artistic director of Leverage Dance, her works have been performed at the Pasadena Dance Festival, Backhausdance’s Platform, Encore Dance Festival, Studio A Dance’s DanceSpot, Hart Pulse Dance’s MixMatch Dance Festival, The Core Collective, and beyond.

Currently Ms. Chapman is performing in her 11th season as a veteran dancer with Orange County’s critically-acclaimed Backhausdance group. Her professional performance credits include Jazz Spectrum Dance Company, Sean Greene Dance Company, William Lu's DAS Dance, and Fox Family’s House of Pop, as well as music videos for artists Yo-Yo Ma and Clutch. Ms. Chapman worked closely with and performed the works of Alonzo King, Arturo Fernandez, Jennifer Backhaus, Sean Greene, Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Liz Imperio, and Dee Caspary.

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Rochelle Mapes

Rochelle Mapes

Facilitator, Commercial Dance Conservatory

Teaches: Jazz and Contemporary

rochelle.mapes@ocsarts.net

Rochelle Mapes received a scholarship to California State University, Long Beach, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in dance and is currently working on an master’s degree in dance as well. She teaches jazz and is a facilitator for the Commercial Dance Conservatory. Ms. Mapes also choreographs extensively throughout the country for nationally ranked dance teams, college dance departments, and studios. In 2012, she had the honor of being the Texas All-State Dance Team choreographer.

Ms. Mapes is a much sought after master class teacher and has taught at conventions, such as the American Ballet Intensives, Kids Artistic Revue convention, Texas Dance Educators Association Conference, and Dance aTAK! She taught dance camps as a head instructor for the United Spirit Association for 17 years, where she is a twice named MVP of the United Spirit Association dance staff. Additionally, she judges dance competitions on a regional and national level for United Spirit Association, California Association of Dance/Drill Team Directors, Kids Artistic Revue, and United States All Star Federation Dance Worlds.
 
Some of her professional credits include dancing on the television show Nip/Tuck and performing with Gladys Knight and Wayne Brady. She has danced with several companies, including BARE Dance Company, Bodytalk Dance, and Benita Bike’s Dance Art Company. Currently, she is a dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal director for RhetOracle Dance Company.

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Christine Baltes

Christine Baltes

Instructor

Teaches: Dance Movement

christine.baltes@ocsarts.net

Christine Baltes is trained in ballet, modern, tap, and ethnic dance forms with specialized study in jazz dance with Gus Giordano, one of the fathers of American jazz dance. She has performed across the country, appearing on stage, television, industrials, and dinner theatres. Ms. Baltes founded Jazz Spectrum Dance Company, a jazz dance company in southern California, where she served as the artistic director. Most recently, Ms. Baltes trained with Marika Molnar, Director of Physical Therapy for the New York City Ballet in a special movement science course. She is certified in pilates, Gyrokinesis®, and Gyrotonics®.

In addition to teaching at the Orange County School of the Arts, Ms. Baltes has held faculty positions at several colleges throughout Southern California, including: University of California, Irvine, Chapman University, California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Fullerton, Irvine Valley College, Long Beach City College, Palomar College, Grossmont College, and Chula Vista College. Ms. Baltes has also taught at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Center, Elevation Studios, Lou Conte Dance Center, and Gus Giordano Dance Center in Chicago.

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Andrea Brache

Andrea Brache

Instructor

Teaches: Ballet and Pointe

andrea.brache@ocsarts.net

Andrea Brache was granted a scholarship and earned two bachelor degrees in dance performance and advertising from Chapman University. She was first introduced to modern dance at Chapman University and trained with Sean Greene and Jennifer Backhaus. Ms. Brache continued her ballet training under the direction of Kristen Olson Potts, with whom she worked as a guest artist during seasonal performances. During her tenure at Chapman University, she received many awards and had several opportunities to perform at the esteemed Orange County Performing Arts Center and the world famous Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has been teaching ballet, modern, contemporary ballet, and pointe in Orange County since 2000.

A founding company member of Backhausdance, Ms. Brache was a part of the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s ArtsTeach and ArtsConnect educational programs. She was honored with two Lester Horton Awards for the 2006 season for Outstanding Achievement in Performance, Small Ensemble for Backhaus’ work eXit, and for the 2007 premiere of a duet entitled Push. In 2008, Backhausdance performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Fall for Dance, a prestigious, invitation only concert of world-wide companies. Ms. Brache worked with Jodie Gates during her time with Backhausdance, as well as with Alonzo King of Lines Ballet in San Francisco, where she participated in an intensive study for professional dancers.

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Aaron Chavarria

Aaron Chavarria

Instructor

Teaches: Tap

aaron.chavarria@ocsarts.net

Aaron Chavarria is a member of the touring tap company, Rhapsody in Taps. His performing credits include Dodger in Oliver, Roger in Grease, Asher in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Rooster in Annie, John Darling in Peter Pan, Curt Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and a featured dancer in Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, among others with the On Stage Theatre Company.

Mr. Chavarria also danced professionally in The Music Man and Oklahoma with the West Coast Opera Theatre at the McCallum Performing Arts Center, as well as touring with Headliners as a dancer and singer. He was also a dancer and singer in Cabaret at the Maverick Theatre in Fullerton and a guest performer in Final Cut Dance Concert with L.A. Dance Magic in 2007 and 2009. Additionally, Mr. Chavarria was a co-choreographer and performer in the U.C. Irvine Medical Center’s Baby I’m a Star breast cancer awareness video.

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Robert Duran

Robert Duran

Instructor

Teaches: Lyrical

robert.duran@ocsarts.net

Robert Duran’s creative style and passion for dance makes him a highly sought after master teacher for many national and international dance conventions. Mr. Duran is a member of the American Guild of Variety Artists and has been a featured dancer in many projects for the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Duran is the founder of The Dance Place, established in 1993. 

The Dance Place is a school of the arts in Whittier, California that builds a foundation for young performers to succeed and grow in the entertainment industry. Mr. Duran is still the director, principal teacher, and choreographer for the school. Recently, his work was performed in original shows produced in New York, Canada, Lake Tahoe, and on The Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Kelley Guise

Kelley Guise

Instructor

Teaches: Contemporary

kelley.guise@ocsarts.net

Kelley Guise has been training in jazz, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary dance for more than 20 years. Her choreography has won several awards, and she has taught throughout Orange County at various studios and schools. Ms. Guise teaches regularly at Elevation Studios in Long Beach and South County Dance in Rancho Santa Margarita. For the past five years, she has been studying contemporary movement as her main focus.

Jia Huang

Jia Huang

Instructor

Teaches: Hip-hop

jia.huang@ocsarts.net

Jia Huang graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in dance. While there, she studied with renowned faculty members, such as Donald McKayle, Israel Gabriel, and David Allen. She also joined Kaba Modern, which is considered one of Southern California's most cutting edge hip-hop groups. After two years performing with the group, she became the director and it was then that she discovered her passion for choreography. Ms. Huang has appeared on the television shows Dirty Dancing and America’s Best Dance Crew with other members of the Kaba Modern group. Ms. Huang performed in The Circus Tour, starring Britney Spears as one of the four female principal dancers.

She is currently dancing with the professional jazz company Rhetoracle, under the direction of Nate Hodges, KM Legacy, and Beau Fournier’s Mischief Makers. In 2011, she joined the dance staff of the United Spirit Association, for which she was awarded Rookie of the Year in 2011 and MVP in 2012 and 2013. She continues teaching master classes in places such as Canada, Australia, Norway, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

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Joshua King

Joshua King

Instructor

Teaches: Modern

joshua.king@ocsarts.net

Joshua King holds a bachelor’s degree in dance from the California State University, Long Beach. He is currently a company member with both Backhausdance and Anaheim Ballet. His dancing career took off when he competed at the New York City finals of Youth America Grand Prix and was awarded a fellowship to the school at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. There, he was a member of the student performance group and performed works by Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Camille A. Brown, Sidra Bell, and Earl Mosley. 

Mr. King has had the pleasure of traveling across the United States and internationally to perform and teach. He has also performed for Nike, Dance For Life, The Choreography Festival at The McCallum Theatre, Anaheim International Dance Festival, and Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles.

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Erin Brothers Longhofer

Erin Brothers Longhofer

Instructor

Teaches: Ballet

erin.longhofer@ocsarts.net

Erin Brothers Longhofer (’97) holds a bachelor’s degree in ballet from Texas Cristian University and a bachelor’s degree in modern dance from California State University, Long Beach, where she also earned an master’s degree in performance and choreography. She has taught and danced throughout the southern California area. Ms. Longhofer has worked with the Anaheim Ballet both as a teacher and as a principal dancer for more than a decade.

She also performed with Laurie Sefton’s Clairobscur Dance Company, as well as Donna Sternberg and Dancers. In addition, Mrs. Longhofer’s passion for teaching led her to work with the students of the Wooden Floor (formally St. Joseph Ballet) and students with Autism in the Anaheim City School District and at California State University, Long Beach.

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Chadd Moreau

Chadd Moreau

Instructor

Teaches: Hip-hop

chadd.moreau@ocsarts.net

Chadd Moreau has been teaching, studying, and choreographing hip-hop all over the southern California region for the past six years. He has worked with such artists as Raven Symone and Jessica Simpson, among others. From 2005 to 2007, Chadd was a member of Team Millenia, which was made famous on the hit TV show America’s Best Dance Crew.

Mr. Moreau has been a hip-hop instructor at many dance studios throughout Orange County including Cal Elite and Impact Dance Center. Winning countless awards for his choreography, Mr. Moreau is not only busy as a dance teacher and choreographer, but is also a singer and guitar player in his own popular rock band.

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Brenda Rodriguez

Brenda Rodriguez

Instructor

Teaches: Dance History

brenda.rodriguez@ocsarts.net

Brenda Rodriguez holds a bachelor's degree in dance from California State University, Fullerton. She was a performer at the Disney Theme Parks for more than six years in various parades and shows, such as Eureka! A California Parade, The Electrical Parade, Grad Night Tour 2004 and Fantasmic!. She choreographed and directed the show for the 2003 national tour for Barbie with Mattel. She also managed and toured with several special events for Nike, New Balance, and Hershey.

She was recently featured as a dancer/actress in the musical staging of The Who’s Quadrophenia for Luna C Productions. Ms. Rodriguez is currently a stage manager for Guest Talent Programs at Disney, and she also teaches jazz dance, acting and dance history at Orange County School of the Arts during the school year for electives and conservatory.

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Chalatorn Ujamras

Chalatorn Ujamras

Instructor

Teaches: Jazz

chalatorn.ujamras@ocsarts.net

Chalatorn Ujamras graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in dance. She is trained in jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary dancing, studying under many top choreographers. She attended Orange County School of the Arts and trained with the West Coast School of the Arts and the Dance Company of San Francisco, under the direction of Chris Jacobsen. Ms. Chalatorn has traveled throughout the United States as an assistant to Tina D’Amato Sidoni, assisting with dance instruction and choreography. In 2004, she also traveled as an assistant on LA Dance Magic Conventions, under the direction of Jackie Sleight and Dave Carter.

Ms. Chalatorn also choreographs and teaches master classes throughout the United States at various dance studios and high schools. She is also an instructor and choreographer at West Coast School of the Arts and South County Dance Company. She has also been a part of Unity LA, under the direction of Tessandra Chavez. She has performed in a Camp Rock 2 promo, and appeared on various episodes of America’s Got Talent, and The Big Bang Theory.

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Shannon Zimmerman

Shannon Zimmerman

Instructor

Teaches: Tap

shannon.zimmerman@ocsarts.net

Shannon Zimmerman graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, receiving a dual degree in dance and adolescent psychology. For nine years, she was the director of the Children’s Program at Pacific Dance Center and taught dance at Marymount University. Professionally, she co-produced and performed in By:CoAstal, a production of contemporary dance pieces that opened in various venues in Los Angeles and New York. 

Ms. Zimmerman was a guest artist for The Federation in London, as well as a recent ‘dance for camera’ work shown in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was also hired by LinkedIn to co-choreograph a large company flash mob for their 10th anniversary. In 2012, Ms. Zimmerman co-founded the LA Follies, a dance company inspired by classic Hollywood films and musicals, which she continues to choreograph and co-direct. In the past year the LA Follies have performed at the Dorothy Chandler, the US Grand Prix, the Carpenter Center, Fox Studios, among others.

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Megan Guise

Megan Guise

Instructor

megan.guise@ocsarts.net

Megan Guise is an Orange County School of the Arts alumna; after high school, she studied at San Francisco State University. In 2012, she trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She holds a BFA from California State University, Long Beach, where she received the Susan McLain Dance Scholarship. Her choreogaphy was featured at last year’s American College Dance Association in Montana. Ms. Guise has had the privilege of appearing in works created by Alex Ketley, Becca Lemme, Lorin Johnson, Jessie Riley, Liz Imperio, Christian Burns, Keith Johnson, and Sophie Monat, among others. Recently, she has been co-rehearsal director of Westside Dance Project, presenting work by Kathleen Helm in New York and performing for Acts of Matter in Los Angeles. In the future, she plans to continue choreographing, teaching and pursuing her career as a performing artist.

Kristina Marquez

Kristina Marquez

Instructor

kristina.marquez@ocsarts.net

Kristina Marquez (CMD '08) was a member of the National Championship Dance Team at Orange Coast College, which allowed her the opportunity to travel the country, while competing in collegiate level competitions and performing on ESPN. Ms. Marquez has worked for the Disneyland Resort since 2010 as a performer, stage manager, and talent-casting assistant. She has also coached and choreographed for high school and collegiate level dance teams, beauty pageants, and musical theater productions throughout Orange and LA Counties.

Ms. Marquez continued her dance education at University of California, Santa Barbara; most recently, she completed her masters degree in dance science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. During her time in the United Kingdom, she was also a member of the Hillsong London Dance Team, performing at renowned performance venues such as the Dominion Theater and Wembley Arena. Most recently, her master’s thesis examining the role of social media platforms amongst injured dancers was accepted for presentation at the 26th annual International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) Conference.

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Advisory Board

Andy Vaca

Andy Vaca

Dance Chair

California State University, Long Beach

   

Jenny Backhaus

Jenny Backhaus

Founder & Artistic Director, Backhausdance

Dance Instructor, College of Performing Arts

Chapman University