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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.
Elizabeth Mokhesi and Chyenne Klemme
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.