MFA, UC Irvine; BFA, Towson State University
Kristi Kuhn, Co-Chair of Performing Arts and Co-Coordinator of the Dance Department at College of Marin, earned her MFA in dance from UC Irvine and her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Towson State University. While in college, Kristi choreographed and taught in several Baltimore schools. Kristi’s early training was at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet in Maryland. During these years of training and at age 16, she began teaching and choreographing. Kristi has been on the faculty at College of Marin since 1986, and has been coordinating the dance program since 2002. During her time at the college, Kristi has choreographed at least 40 dance works, has taught ballet, modern, improvisation, conditioning for the dancer, and choreography. Recently in her career Kristi studied Hawkins technique with company director Katherine Duke and other Hawkins dancers most notably Douglas Andresen. During these years, she was able to bring these teachers and several Hawkins dancers to the college for well attended modern dance intensives. She looks forward with excitement to many more successful years at the college.
MA, Mills College
David holds an MA in dance from MillsCollege. He began his studies at the University of Oregon where he performed with the Ballet Company. In the Bay Area, his mentors were Gwen Lewis and Ed Mock. He has been influenced by such noted jazz specialists as Gus Giordano and Joe Tremaine. He has worked with the Village People, Taj Mahal, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Talley Beatty and Harold Nicholas of the famed Nicholas Brothers. He also worked with the cast of the Las Vegas spectacular Jubilee, and performed with the San Francisco Opera productions of Lost in the Stars and Aida. He has been a guest instructor for both the Dance Masters of America and the National Association of Dance Artists, and is a professor of Dance at the College of Marin. He has been published nationally and internationally. His original musical Viva Cuba was performed in New York City in 2008. Visit David Alonzo Jones personal web site.
Alan Scofield is a nationally respected master teacher and choreographer in contemporary dance, modern jazz and ballet. His musicality and repertory residencies with Les Ballet jazz du Montreal, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Moving Company, Marin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and Richmond Ballet of Virginia brought him acclaim and national attention. Currently, he is a very popular contemporary jazz teacher at ROCO Dance, Mill Valley with a passionate following. Alan co-founded Young Imaginations, Northern California’s acclaimed arts-education agency that has kept music and dance alive in the public schools for twenty nine years. Through Young Imaginations, Alan has proven to be an innovator in the field of arts integration. Educators, businesses and youth groups have enthusiastically sought his creative approach to curriculum and training prizing his highly creative teaching. For college level students, his teaching and stage work at College of Marin has provided students a pathway to the professions of dance education and performing. His master classes, including his original studio course, Musicality for Dancers, are acclaimed for their ability to merge classical technique with performance expression.
Sandi Weldon has four Bachelor of Arts degrees and two Masters degrees in Theatre and Dance and has been teaching in the Performing Arts Department since 1975. She has been actively performing in the Bay Area for many years with the Mountain Play, Ross Valley Players, Stapleton Theatre Company, Berkeley Playhouse, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Presidio Playhouse, College of Marin, San Francisco State University and other Bay Area theatre groups. She has directed over two hundred plays and musicals, teaches Musical Theatre, Ballroom, Tap, Hip Hop, Dance History, Dancercise and Choreography at the College of Marin and also has directed and choreographed for the COM Dance Company. In addition, she has taught for the American Conservatory Theatre and many local colleges, high schools and elementary schools in Marin County. Sandi was the creative arts specialist for the Ross Valley School District for over ten years and began the arts program which is now called the “Yes Foundation.” She also founded the Town Players, an award winning “multi-generational theatre company.” Both of these local theatre groups continue to be successful. Sandi has won the San Francisco Council on Entertainment’s “Cabaret Gold Award,” the Community Spirit Award from the Town of San Anselmo, The Marin Arts Council “Outstanding Achievement in the Arts” award, the Ross Valley School District Outstanding Teacher Award and the Alpha Gamma Sigma teaching award at the College of Marin, and has performed with Yvonne DeCarlo, Tommy Tune, Sammy Davis Jr., Beth Behrs, Matt Doyle, Sharon McNight.