Julie Satow Freeman
is the Chair of the Department of Dance at Mt. San Jacinto College
where she has taught as part of the dance faculty for almost 20
years. She has an avid interest in teaching and in creating choreography
and works with students as well as community dancers. She has performed
extensively with the companies of Stephanie Gilliland and Dancers,
Groundwork, and Liz Davidow and Dancers. Performance highlights include
dancing at the Japan American Theatre as part of the Olympic Arts
Festival, as well as in the full-length opera, Les Noces, and performing
solo work at the Edinburgh Arts Festival Fringe in Scotland. In
collaboration with Sue Roginski, she co-founded P.L.A.C.E. Performance, a
dance collective that is committed to creating community by providing
supportive, non-competitive performance opportunities for dance artists
in the Riverside County area. Julie recently fulfilled a long held
dream when she completed an M.F.A. in Dance, with a focus in
Experimental Choreography, at the University of California, Riverside.
She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award,
and an MFA Graduate Fellowship, and is a two-time fellow in the Gluck
Fellows Program of the Arts. Recently, Julie was a Brithinee Fellow at
the Culver Center of the Arts and is currently the Artistic Director of WHAT dance theatre.
She works with three beautiful dancers, Stella Aryan, Alfonso Cervera, and Irvin Gonzalez in a process that investigates,
twists, and highlights the mundane and the absurd of shared common
experience and everyday life.
Sue Roginski graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Dance and from UCR with an M.F.A. in Dance (Experimental Choreography). She is a dance artist and educator who has the opportunity to share work locally, in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, and Pasadena. Sue currently works at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert as a Teaching Artist and has been teaching at MSJC since 2006. She divides her time between Riverside and San Francisco where she had a ten year career as a dancer and collaborator with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. She has had the opportunity to work with Dandelion Dancetheater and Chirsty Funsch on several projects. Her recent work is influenced and inspired by her dancing and improvising with Susan Rose and Dancers. She creates choreography infused with improvisation with local dance artists within the contexts of open process and counterpoint/shift.
Mark Olson began his dance education at Ballet Arts Center in Long Beach and was offered a full scholarship within a year. Subsequently, he was asked to dance with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, after which he became a freelance artist dancing for many ballet and modern companies in Southern California. He has performed a wide variety of roles ranging from classical to contemporary. Mark has produced choreography at the college and professional level in the genres of ballet, modern, and multi-media. Mark continued his dance education at the California Institute of the Arts where he received a BFA in dance. At Cal Arts, he received both the Sharon Disney Lund Scholarship and Cal Arts Scholarship. While at Cal Arts he choreographed and taught dance for the California Arts Partnership. Mark Olson presently teaches ballet, modern dance, choreography and dance conditioning at Mt. San Jacinto College and Riverside Community College.
Kirsten Johansen is a dancer, choreographer, and veteran of numerous junior colleges, San Fancisco State and Tisch School of the Arts (BFA 1998, MFA 1999). Her work has been presented in Puebla, Mexico, Portland, OR, and all over New York City and Southern California. In New York, she was a member of Gina Gibney Dance, performing and bringing dance to survivors of domestic violence and homeless teens, and was resident choreographer/assistant director for Another Theatre Company. She has taught at various colleges in NYC, at La Universidad de Las Americas, Puebla and worked with the Lyon Opera Ballet in France. She recently choreographed for the opera Orfeo, The Ruhl Plays, Cabaret, Urinetown and Spring Awakening at the University of Redlands, for Trolley Dancers/Riverside, and for Igor Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale, for the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. Kirsten is currently adjunct facutly at RCC and MSJC.
Jennifer Knelange began studying dance and theater at Mt. San Jacinto College in 2008. Her extensive study of theatrical lighting, sound, stagecraft, scenic design, makeup and costume earned her an Associate of Science in Technical Theater in 2011. Given that she was studying dance as well, it was an honor to take of the position as Instructional Aide of Dance at MSJC later that year. She is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree at Brandman University.