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The Dancespace Faculty

Jan Kocjan, R.A.D., Teaching Certificate, Studio Owner. Ms. Kocjan has been an instructor in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Creative Dance for Children in her privately-owned studio, "The Dancespace" since 1978. She has been a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance since 1992. In May, 1995 she received her Teaching Certificate from the R.A.D. She majored in Modern Dance at the University of California, Hayward. She is choreographer for bi-yearly performances for her students, as well as many performances for outdoor and seasonal events for community organizations. She has choreographed the Page High school musical productions: "Brigadoon, "Good Man Charlie Brown", "Once Upon A Mattress", "Bye, Bye Birdie", “Fiddler on the Roof" and "Oklahoma". She was a member of the Arizona Fine Arts Teacher Cadre for the Arizona Department of Education in 1989, 1990. She presented movement workshops for the Annual Symposium of Language, Culture and Education at the Tuba City Schools in 1992 and 1993, and for students at the Department of Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University in 1991 and 1992. She has taught for Yavapai Community College extension in Page, the Page Community Recreation Department, done choreography, workshops and lecture-demonstrations for the Page Elementary and Middle Schools. Mrs. Kocjan also teaches dance and Pilates for Coconino Community College.

Summer Kocjan-Castro. Summer is an experienced dancer of 16 years, specializing in Contemporary Dance. Summer has participated in the High School Symposium for Dance Majors at Arizona State University, has studied with Maureen Price, A.R.A.D., and Gail Reed, Ph.D., R.A.D.T.D. at Northern Arizona State University Preparatory School of Dance for two summers. She has taught Creative Dance at The Dancespace since 1997. She also assists with R.A.D. classes. Her performance experience includes the Jazz Symposium at University of Arizona, as well as many Dancespace productions. She was featured as "Skinny" (one of the ugly Stepsisters) in our 2002 and 2003 Cinderella Ballet. She is a founding member of "In Spiritus." She is also Business Manager for the Dancespace.

Jasmine Ercilia Nycole Castro Jasmine Castro Jasmine Ercilia Nycole Castro teaches Jazz classes. Jasmine has been dancing at the Dancespace since she was able to stand (literally). Most of her childhood was spent in the studio, choreographing her very special dances for Grandma and Grandpa, and for the past few years, as a talented Modern/Jazz choreographer for In Spiritus I and II, as well as the jazz classes. Jasmine started with In Spiritus II in her 6th grade year of middle school, and was accepted into In Spiritus I during Summer Intensive auditions in 2011. Jasmine honed her ballet technique on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and examinations. She completed her Higher Grade 7 and Intermediate Foundation Vocational Examinations. She was our guest Jazz teacher for Summer Intensive at Lake Powell 2015 and 2016.



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