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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.

Tiffany Enneking Tiffany Enneking
Tiffany Enneking -Donoho is an experienced dancer of 12 years, starting at the age of five under the instruction of Jan Kocjan at the Dancespace Studio. Her passion has always been the more creative/jazz styles of dance with a strong ballet technique base via the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and examinations, which she took two years in a row. This 2017/2018 year will be her first year co-teaching Creative Dance with her best friend and dance colleague Hillery Wilson -Tappan. Their shared inspiration is to instill in their students a passion for dance, using a creative- based syllabus. This syllabus will provide structure and technique, but more importantly, bring out their students’ creativity as they come alive through dance! As a famous philosopher (or perhaps dancer, or a combination of the two) once said “Movement is life; Life is movement”.

Hillery Wilson.jpg Hillery Wilson
Hillery Wilson-Tappan began dancing at the Dancespace over 30 years ago, where she trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus. She spent much of her childhood in the studio with classes and performances. She continued that endeavor into adulthood to become an “In Spiritus” Company member. Upon moving from Page, she continued her training at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, where she continued to develop her strong passion for ballet.

Upon her return to Page, Hillery decided to become a certified Zumba teacher. She presented dynamic classes to enthusiastic students for over two years.

Hillery assisted “Miss Summer” (Kocjan-Castro) for several years as an instructor in Creative Dance. There she discovered her love of the young dancers who were so thrilled to move and dance “in their own special way”. Hillery believes that promoting creativity and joy of movement can be accomplished alongside the teaching of basic ballet technique. She is very excited to begin the 2017/18 season at The Dancespace as co-teacher with her best friend, Tiffany Enneking-Donoho.

Elizabeth Mokhesi and Chyenne Klemme Elizabeth Mokhesi and Chyenne Klemme
Elizabeth Mokhesi and Chyenne Klemme will “jazz up” this season with their exciting team-teaching strategies. We welcome our two veteran Royal Academy of Dance students as they launch the 2018/19 season of Jazz/Hip Hop classes.

Elizabeth has been a student of the Dancespace since age four. She has spent 12 years of her dance life at our studio, excelling in all of her grades examinations, with the culmination of Higher Grade 8 Award. Spring of 2019 will see her entered in the Advanced 1 Vocational R.A.D. Examination. Elizabeth won second place for her solo in Level 4 (the highest) in the R.A.D. Dance Challenge USA, held in Long Beach, CA in January 2018. She earned the Dancespace’s 2018 Scholarship for achieving the highest score in her Advanced Foundation Vocational examination in March, 2018. Elizabeth has performed in numerous Dancespace ballets. She danced the starring role in Giselle in our spring 2018 production.

Elizabeth hopes to inspire young dancers in the same way she was inspired . She wants to share this exciting dance journey with all of her beautiful students.

Chyenne has danced and performed with the Dancespace for five years. She completed her Higher Grade Eight Award in spring 2018, and is currently studying Advanced 1 Vocational level. Chyenne was our 2017 Dancespace Scholarship winner for receiving the highest score in her Grade Seven examination. Her starring roles in Dancespace productions include Sugar Plum Fairy and Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle.

Chyenne is excited to use her experience and study of other styles of dance to help aspiring young artists find the “jazz” in life, which she has found in dance. She is also excited to collaborate with her good friend Elizabeth as they present the 2018/19 season of Jazz/Hip Hop classes.

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