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Jamie Williams, MFA, CLMA

Dance Program Coordinator/Professor

Jamie Williams is from Wharton, Texas.  She attained her BFA in Dance from SHSU graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2008, and her MFA in Dance in 2011.  She is also a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst.  Jamie is a founding member of Aimed Dance, formerly Rednerrus Feil Dance Company.  She has performed with Psophonia Dance Company, and with local independent artists Laura Gutierrez, Brittany Thetford-Deveau, Rebekah Chappell, and Jennifer Mabus. She was a 2014 recipient of a Hopewerks artist in residency space grant, and has presented work at the American College Dance Association Conference in informal, adjudicated, and gala showcases. Jamie currently serves as a dance professor and the dance program coordinator for San Jacinto College, South Campus. She loves sharing herself with others through performing, teaching, and creating.  This is Jamie’s first season as a Frame dance project company member.

jamie.williams@sjcd.edu

 

Wendy Ellis, MFA

Adjunct Professor

Wendy Ellis received her dance training from University of California Irvine and University of Arizona respectively working with re known ballet, modern and jazz instructors: Donald McKayle, Jim Clouser, Gus Giordano, Amy Ernst, Doug Nielson, Sam Watson, Christine Baltes and many more. Wendy is also a Certified/Licensed Pilates Instructor working with Pilates Masters and the owner of Studio Kinetics a Pilates/Dance/Barre Conditioning Studio in Richmond.  Most of her professional life has been in Los Angeles County where she danced for Jazz Spectrum Dance Company, guest dancer for Synthesis Dance Company, represented by Bobby Ball Dance agent and Lead dancer for many Civic Light Opera’s and Company works.  Wendy is the Artistic Director of AlignDance Theatre, non profit organization where she received a choreography grant from The Artist Foundation of San Antonio and many other awards. She produced a An Evening of Arts which presented innovative unique choreography and music/media/art collaborations.  Wendy has been an Adjunct & Full time Dance instructor and Director for College Dance Companies throughout the Western States and is honored to be part of San Jacinto Dance Department. 

wendy.ellis@sjcd.edu

 

Laura Harrell, MFA

Adjunct Professor

Laura Harrell is currently an adjunct professor at Houston Community College, Lone Star College, and San Jacinto College. Laura has presented choreography at The Dance Gallery Festival (Texas and New York City), the Fringe Festival (Houston), and in the first ever, Art Saves Lives: A Cultural Conversation performance and educational outreach program in Nice, France. Additionally, she has set work at Sam Houston State University, the American College Dance Festival, Booker T. Washington High School, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and was assistant choreographer for Recked Productions site-specific project, Up For Air. Most recently, Laura was one of the first recipients of NobleMotion's Next Step Series which promotes emerging choreographers where she premiered the evening length work Stuck Between a Rug and a Hard Place. Laura also recently collaborated and co-choreographed Tower a work set on 33 dancers from NobleMotion dance and guest artists, which was presented at Zhilka Hall- Hobby Center this past September.

laura.harrell@sjcd.edu

 

Stephanie J. Henderson, BS

Adjunct Professor

Stephanie J Henderson received her Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Human Performance from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. For over 18 years, she taught all levels of ballet, tap, and jazz at Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance. Stephanie danced with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company from 2000-2002 as an apprentice, where she studied under various choreographers such as Dorrell Martin, Kevin Wynn, Patti Obey, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, and Max Stone. She has performed at the Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance in Houston and Dallas. She performed with Exclamation Dance Company from 2003-2005 under the direction of Kenneth Epting, where she became Managing Director. Stephanie performed at the Selena Vive concert in Houston in April 2005 for a live, televised, worldwide audience. She performed under the direction of Becky Valls in Memoirs of a Sistahood Chapter One at Diverse Works in Houston and in New Orleans. In October 2009, she performed Chapter Two at Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex.  Stephanie, and her oldest daughter Sonia, performed together in May 2011 for choreographer Toni Valle in Cocoon. Most recently she performed in January of 2015 for the 15yr reunion concert with Exclamation Dance Company. Stephanie currently serves as adjunct faculty at San Jacinto College South where she has taught for the last 7yrs. She married her dance partner, Thomas, in October of 2009 and they had their 1st child, Sienna, in September 2011 and their 2nd child, Joseph, in July 2013. Stephanie loves to share her passion of dance with all of her students.

stephanie.henderson@sjcd.edu

 

Jennifer Salter, MFA

Adjunct Professor

Jennifer Salter is a faculty member at Houston Community College and San Jacinto Community College, and she teaches specialty dance classes at Rice University. She received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Dance from Sam Houston State University, where she studied with such artists as Andy and Dionne Noble (Noblemotion Dance), Joy Kellman (Tisch School of the Arts), Charlotte Boye-Christensen (Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company), Amy Marshall, and Bill Evans. She has performed locally and nationally with Kista Tucker Dance Company, Dancepatheatre, and Rednerrus Feil Dance Company. Salter has managed and produced numerous concerts and workshops, and was a member of the Board of Directors for Rednerrus Feil Dance Company until 2012. Her choreography has been recognized at the institutional level and adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. When she’s not teaching, she is running a successful photography business and chasing after her three year old.

jennifer.salter@sjcd.edu

 

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