Dance Faculty

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.

Since her arrival at Pacific, she has implemented essential courses and recruited prestigious guest artists and dance companies every year and established the dance major in 2012.  In 2004, Jennifer founded Pacific’s university performing company, Pacific Dance Ensemble (PDE), where she resides as the artistic director of the company.

Originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey, Jennifer earned her BA in dance at Arizona State University with an emphasis on dance education and dance science, and an MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine. She has choreographed and taught nationally in pre-professional schools and universities across the U.S. and she has presented her choreography at the national level.

Jennifer is a Franklin Method Educator and Certified Fascia Trained and is currently completing her Pilates certification.  She is passionate about educating dancers on how to maintain healthy minds and bodies so they may have long sustaining healthy lives inside dance and out.

Instructor
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James Healey, a native of Grants Pass, Oregon received a BA from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas. James has taught at Pacific for the past eight years in the areas of contemporary technique, choreography and is a faculty choreographer for Pacific Dance Ensemble.

 In 2000, James became a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York, dancing with the company and serving as the rehearsal director for over ten years. During his tenure with Shen Wei, James experienced the creation and refinement of Shen Wei’s “natural body development technique” and was among the original cast for many of Shen Wei’s groundbreaking works, including Near the Terrace, Rite of Spring, and Connect Transfer. Currently, James continues to dance with Shen Wei for engagements.

James is sought out nationally for his excellence in teaching, choreography, and as an independent artist. He was an invited dance faculty at the Governor's School of North Carolina, and also served as a guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and at Rutgers University. 

Other performance credits include performing in Imagine at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada, and with Malashock Dance in San Diego, California. 

 

Instructor
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Mary Hunt is a dance instructor based in Portland, Ore., and has danced professionally for more than 30 years, touring with well-known artists as Donald McKayle, Jaime Rogers, and Fred Benjamin. She has danced in feature films, MTV videos, and on the television shows Fame and Cheers.

She received her dance training at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Martha Graham School of Dance, California Institute of the Arts, and Maggie Black. She has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and now teaches at prestigious dance schools in the area including Northwest Dance Project, The Portland Ballet, and Pacific Festival Ballet.

Andrea Parson
Instructor

Andrea Parson studied at Northwest Conservatory of Dance under the directorship of Anita Mitchel. She continued to train at the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Loyola Marymount University, where she received a BA in dance.

Dance Instructor

Thorey Mountain, who is English/Icelandic, has recently returned to Portland following an extended stay in the UK where she was Head of Jazz Dance at two of the foremost vocational ballet schools, Elmhurst School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Dance School of Scotland, which has close ties with Scottish Ballet. She also taught Matt Mattox Jazz technique at leading performing arts college London Studio Centre. During her sojourn in Britain, Thorey obtained her BA Honours degree in Theatre Dance (Dance Education) and her Masters (a MPhil in Educational Studies—Dance). She was also the Birmingham-based tap tutor for the wildly successful West End production of Billy Elliot. In recent years she has been thrilled to see three of her students star in the role of Michael on the London stage.