Meet the Faculty
Jamie Williams, MFA, CLMA
Dance Program Coordinator/Professor
Jamie Williams 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, and is also a Frame dance project company member. Additionally, 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.
Wendy Ellis, MFA
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.
Laura Harrell, MFA
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.
Jennifer Mabus, MFA
Jennifer Mabus comes from a rich career as a performing artist working regionally and internationally for choreographers and companies such as Robert Battle (founding dancer of Battleworks, NYC), Amy Marshall Dance Company (NYC), Heidi Latsky (NYC), Takehiro Ueyama (NYC), Bruce Wood Dance Project (TX), Noble Motion Dance (TX), Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (founding dancer, TX), and Aimed Dance (TX). As an educator, she has served on the dance faculties of Texas Christian University, Booker T Washington, HSPVA, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Jennifer has presented her own choreography in New York and Texas at festivals and residencies, such as Dumbo Dance Festival, Cool/NY Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, UT/Dallas, Omega Dance Company, Elle Danceworks and at the historic Wynne Home and Arts Center. She was the 2015 Rice University Dance Artist in Residence, one of Noble Motion Dance’s 2016 “Next Step” emerging artists, and is proud to be presenting work this year through the Dance Gallery Festival and at many other regional festivals. Mabus received her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and her MFA from Sam Houston State University, where she was a pioneer of the “returning dance professional” program. She is excited to be joining the faculty of San Jacinto College, and she also teaches at Houston’s HSPVA, Hunter Dance Center, and Met Dance Center. Mabus is a certified yoga instructor, and through all of her teaching, works to bring health and greater expressive freedom to dancers of all ages.
Jennifer Salter, MFA
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.
Emily Roy, BFA
Photo Lynn Lane
Photo Jennifer Salter