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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 bio coming soon

Jennifer Knelange bio coming soon