Pacific University Dance Artistic Team

The Dance program includes some of the finest artists in their field pursuing and living their passion in choreographing, lighting, and costume. Through their dedication to the art form our artistic team collaborates to complete the dance works in hope that they will inspire, express, and move our audiences  -- lighting design/set design captures the dancers and story of the work, costume design and construction further deepens the theme of the work and the dancers lines, and the choreographer creates a living moving landscape that can tell a story or abstract the essence of an idea.  Below is our 2018-2019 artistic team.

 Artistic Director, Jennifer Camp; our Technical Director, Tal Sanders; our Costume Designer, Melissa Heller; and contributing faculty choreographers for each show.

 

Spring 2019

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Trevor Wilde is a dance artist based in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah and was able to perform in works by various Salt Lake City-based artists and San Francisco-based artist Katie Faulkner. He was a company member with the Kinuko Modern Dance Company from 2015-2016, and was a guest dancer with the Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company for their spring 2017 season. In addition to ballet and contemporary training, Wilde has also trained in Bharatanatyam technique and performed with Chitrakaavya Dance alongside the Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, UT. He was a guest artist for the Snow College’s Dance Ensemble twice and has choreographed for the Kinuko Modern Dance Company’s 2016 season, creating two works at the University of Utah, and premiered a work-in-progress “SSA” through the Polaris Dance Theatre in “Groovin’ Greenhouse.” Wilde also co-founded “Dillon & Wilde + Artists,” a dance collective whose mission is to create accessible and site-specific dance works for the public. Dillon & Wilde + Artists debuted their first site-specific work “River Daze” in Tom McCall Waterfront park in July 2018. Wilde was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend “Excavate,” with the Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco, CA in the summer of 2017 which consisted of modern dance technique, partnering, performance, choreography, improvisation, and vocal training. He danced with the Polaris Dance Theatre for their 2017-2018 season and is currently a dancer with the Shaun Keylock Company.

 

Fall 2018

Aaron Gilbert

Aaron Gilbert began his training under the direction of Kelly Roth, Constance Stine, and Madame Xenia Chlistova. His training continued with T.J. Maheras, Miguel Garcia, Nadja Langenhorst, Dominika Borovansky, Pegge Visicaro, Elina Mooney, Cliff Keuter, Kim Sonderegger, Gail Passey-Reed, and Kee Juan Han, among others. He danced professionally with Ballet Jude, Desert Dance Theatre, and Grounding Pointe Dance Company. During his tenure with Ballet Jude he had the opportunity to perform in numerous contemporary and classical ballets and worked one year as the company's rehearsal director. He also performed in various musicals and had the opportunity to choreograph a few musicals such as, Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors. After retiring from his professional dance career Aaron began teaching. He spent 13 years teaching dance at Corona del Sol High School, his final 7 as the Director of the dance program. Additionally, he has been teaching ballet and choreographing at local dance studios and ballet schools for the past 18 years. Aaron is also the founder and Artistic Director of the AGBalletProject. Many of his students have gone on to perform with international touring musicals, compete on So You Think You Can Dance, choreograph for SYTCD Ukraine, perform with Gus Giardano Dance Chicago, San Francisco Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego and participate in many other artistic endeavors. His students have been accepted into training programs with the Washington School of Ballet, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Ballet Austin, Ballet Arizona, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, Bolshoi Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Tokyo the Academy, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. He is thankful to have worked and continue working with so many wonderful and passionate young dance artists both as an educator and as a choreographer.

 

Guest  Alumni 

Shaun Keylock

Shaun Keylock is a performance-based artist, choreographer, dancer, and educator born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He began his formal dance training at Pacific University, where he received his B.A. in Dance and Art History under the tutelage of Jennifer Camp.

Keylock was a founding member of Muddy Feet Contemporary Dance (Portland) and has performed original works by Carla Mann, Luke Gutgsell, Lauren Edson, James Healey, and Josie Moseley. In 2015 and 2016, Keylock received scholarships to further his training with the José Limón Dance Company in California and New York, where he was honored to perform works by Colin Connor and José Limón.

In addition to his performance credits, Keylock has taught dance throughout Oregon and Washington and has served as a guest teacher and faculty member at several universities and schools, including Pacific University, Center for Movement Arts, University of Oregon, The Portland Ballet, Columbia Dance, and BodyVox Dance Center.

In 2018, Keylock founded Shaun Keylock Company to encompass his ongoing interest in fields both beyond and in dialogue with dance. The company creates unique works of contemporary performance that are at once both technically sound and radically subversive, often exploring the many facets of LGBT and queer identity. Keylock's choreography has been presented at ACDA Northwest, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Ten Tiny Dances, and New Expressive Works.

Oregon ArtsWatch has noted Keylock's "bold movement and delicate intimacy."

Most recently, Keylock was a recipient of a 2018 Artist Residency at New Expressive Works in Portland, Oregon, which supports artistic excellence in the creation of new dance works by local choreographers and movement artists.

Lindsey Ragsdale

Lindsey Ragsdale is from Eugene, OR and grew up dancing at Ballet Northwest Academy under the instruction of Michele Major. Lindsey has performed lead roles in classical ballets such as Sleeping BeautyCoppelia, and The Nutcracker, as well as musicals like Mary PoppinsMusic Man, and Peter Pan. She has also performed with the professional companies Eugene Ballet Company and Moscow Ballet. In 2012 she attended the Briansky Ballet Center Summer Intensive. Lindsey graduated from Pacific University in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Dance and Chemistry and is currently taking classes through UC Davis for her Winemaking Certificate. Her choreography includes Tranquil Memory and Salt Dances—a piece created to illustrate general chemistry concepts for students. Most recently in May of 2017 she choreographed Diaphanous, a contemporary ballet for a small ensemble in Pacific’s Choreographers Informal and has restaged it on five dancers this season to be presented in the 2018 Autumn Choreographer’s Concert.

 

 

 

Associate Professor; Director of Dance
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Jennifer Camp  is an Associate Professor of dance and has directed the dance program since 2003. She currently teaches Ballet, Pointe, and Contemporary, Choreography, Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers, and Injury Prevention and Conditioning for dancers. She is recognized as a dynamically diverse performer, encouraging educator, and innovative choreographer, and has more than 25 years of professional experience in the field.

Associate Professor
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Tal Sanders is an award-winning designer with numerous national credits. He has designed for nearly every venue in the Portland Metro area, and has been awarded the Drammy Award for his designs on several occasions. Tal is also a seven-time winner of the Santa Barbara critics’ Independent Theatre Award. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, and has designed lighting and scenery for many aspects of entertainment including: theatre, film, television, theme parks, concert stages, cruise ships, mall décor, and zoos. He holds an MFA in design from California Institute of the Arts.

Melissa Heller
Costume Designer
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Melissa Heller is the Resident Costume Designer for Pacific University Department of Theatre & Dance.​ She also Resident at Bag&Baggage Productions and has designed costumes for various theatre companies around the Portland metro area for 8 years.