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Faculty

Laurie Cameron
Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance

Laurie Cameron, Artistic Director, is Coordinator of the Pomona College Dance Program. She is a graduate of Connecticut College and earned her M.A. from Columbia University and C.M.A. from the Laban Institute of Movement Study in New York. Since 2002, she has directed Laurie Cameron & Company, a performance group that has presented original works throughout Southern California, New England, and in New York, including the Hudson Theatre, Manhattan Movement Arts Theatre, and Joyce Soho Presents. She is currently in training as a Movement Pattern Analyst with Warren Lamb and Associates.

Meg Jolley
Lecturer in Theatre and Dance

Meg Jolley (Alexander Technique, Anatomy/Kinesiology, Mind in Motion, Explorations in Somatic Movement Techniques) has been on the Pomona Dance Faculty since 1984.  She currently teaches the Movement Studies program here.  Meg, an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, is a graduate of Pomona College, studied Dance at CalArts and received her M.A. from the University of Illinois.  She danced in New York with Pearl Lang, Jill Becker, The Yard, and has also performed with Ram Island Repertory Dance Company in Maine, and Commotion Dance Collective in Los Angeles.  Meg has taught the Alexander Technique on the faculty of the Alexander Training Institute-Los Angeles, in the Music program at CalArts. the Acting program at USC and most recently at the International Alexander Congress in Lugano Switzerland.

Victoria Koenig
Lecturer in Theatre and Dance

Victoria Koenig is a native of Los Angeles. After many years as a professional dancer, and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher, Ms. Koenig returned to Southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community. She co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center, and served on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach. Now a resident of Claremont, Ms. Koenig has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Inland Pacific Ballet, one of the fastest growing cultural assets in Southern California. She is also on the dance faculty at Pomona College.

John Pennington
Lecturer in Theatre and Dance

John Pennington is the Artistic Director of the Pennington Dance Group and ARC Pasadena. He serves as the Co-Director of the Lewitzky Dance Gallery and teaches dance at California State University, Long Beach and Pomona College. Pennington enjoyed a 14-year career with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as a performer and master teacher.  He then went on to be a guest artist, independent choreographer and educator before establishing his own award-winning dance group in 2000. Educated at Northwestern University, California Institute of the Arts (BFA), and Hollins University (MFA), Pennington’s dedication to education includes workshops and curriculum development for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Fowler Museum, MOCA and Armand Hammer Museum. He served as an Annenberg Scholar in Dance Education for Inner City Arts LA and served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Dance Resource Center and the Artist Committee for Dancers Responding to AIDS.Pennington is the recipient of several grants and awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, California Community Foundation, Goethe Institute, Durfee Foundation, Dance USA, Los Angeles County Arts Program and a HOTHOUSE choreographic residency.  He is honored to be the recipient of five Lester Horton Awards for achievement in dance including the award for Excellence in Teaching. He received a Backstage West Garland Award and a L.A. Weekly Theater nomination for achievement in choreography. Most recently, his oral history essay was featured in When Men Dance: Choreographing Dance Across Borders edited by Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay, published by Oxford University Press.

Anthony Shay
Assistant Professor of Dance and Cultural Studies

Anthony Shay was awarded MA degrees in Anthropology (CSULA), Folklore and Mythology (UCLA) an MLS (UCLA), and received his PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside. He is the author of Choreophobia: Solo Improvised Dance in the Iranian World, Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies, Representation and Power, Choreographing Identities: Folk Dance, Ethnicity, and Festival in the United States and Canada, and Dancing Across Borders: the American Fascination with Exotic Dance Forms. He is editor of Balkan Dance: Essays on Characteristics, Performance, and Teaching, (with Barbara Sellers-Young) Belly Dance: Orientalism, Transnationalism, and Harem Fantasy, and (with Jennifer Fisher) When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders. He is currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity. He is also the author of numerous articles for Dance Research Journal, Mahoor Music Quarterly (in Persian), Iranian Studies Journal, Dance Chronicle, and other journals and encyclopedias. He was named a James Irvine Fellow in 1998, His book, Choreographic Politics, was awarded “Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Dance, ” in 2003. He was the recipient of an NEH Fellowship in 2004, and several NEA fellowships for choreography. In 2007 he was awarded the  “Distinguished Scholar Award” by the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage.

Kim Gadlin
Lecturer in Theatre and Dance

Kimberly Gadlin: Effective Teaching and learning comes from one’s heart, and exists between the parallels of the students’ and the teachers’ imagination. Disbelief is the only boundary. Kim Gadlin has had the opportunity to experience and embody this belief while teaching in the Pomona Dance Program for the last ten years. Her training includes studies with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and she has performed with Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre of Chicago and the Philadelphia Dance Company. She earned a Master’s in K-12 Education with an emphasis in the Performing Arts, and is currently a Master’s candidate in Holistic and Integrative Education with an emphasis Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the Artistic Director of FLOW: MOVEMENT EDUCATION which helps individuals heal holistically through movement, music and memory.  In addition, she is the Acting Assistant Dean of the Office of Black Student Affairs for the Claremont University Consortium.

 

Myrna Cogley
Academic Coordinator