Dance Faculty

Associate Professor; Director of Dance

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.

Textile and Theater Artist

Maia Denzler is a textile and theater artist based in the Portland metro area. Her costume designs and commissions have most recently been seen in A Dream Play (Portland State University), Great Wide Open (Portland Playhouse), The Magic Flute, and Good Country (Portland State University). Other recent costuming credits include What I Learned in ParisA Christmas Carol, and Chicken and Biscuits (Portland Playhouse), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and King of the Yees (Profile Theatre), along with NW Dance Project and the Young People’s Theatre Project. Her textile artwork in The Born Project was also recently displayed in the Friends of Dorothy exhibit at the Gallery at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton and the Lincoln Hall Gallery at Portland State University. Examples of her work can be found at


James Healey, a native of Grants Pass, Oregon, received a BA from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas. James has been an adjunct professor at Pacific University (Forest Grove, Oregon) and an assistant coach and choreographer for the Canby High School Dance Team (Canby, Oregon) for over a decade. James is primarily a modern and contemporary choreographer, often a choreographer for the Pacific Dance Ensemble, and has led the Canby High School Dance Team to several Oregon State Athletic Association (OSAA) state championships in the Show Division, as well as Modern and Contemporary Category championship awards.  James finds the path that dancers take from high school environments to college refinement a rewarding and beautiful journey to mentor and guide.

Before returning to Oregon in 2013, James was a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York (2000), where he served as a lead dancer and rehearsal director for over ten years. During his time 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. James has been sought out nationally for his excellence in teaching and choreography. Other teaching engagements have included dance faculty at the Governor's School of North Carolina, guest artist at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and Reed College in Oregon. Other professional performance credits include dancer and acrobat in Imagine at the Luxor in Las Vegas, Nevada, dancer with Malashock Dance in San Diego, California, dancer with Skinner/Kirk Dance, performer at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival with Ten Tiny Dances, and a New Expressive Works Artist Residency.


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.

K.La., Dance Instructor
Dance Pianist

A native of Hong Kong, Karen Lam received both Master's of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Dean Kramer and Claire Wachter. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied with Betty Oberacker. A soloist and a collaborative pianist, Ms. Lam has appeared in the International Workshops in Austria, Oregon Mozart Players, Palomar College Concert Series, and the DeRosa Chamber Players. She has performed in Masterclasses given by Stephen Hough, Fernando Laires, Martin Katz, and Rosalyn Tureck. Ms. Lam is an active member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, where her students have won numerous honors and awards in the Pacific Northwest. She was the founding Artistic Director of the Portland Conservatory of Music and currently serves as ballet pianist at Pacific University, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Portland Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project. 

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.

Andrea Parson

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. After graduating, she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon. For 11 years she performed nationally and internationally, as well as choreographed contemporary dance works for the project company and students.

Over the past three years, Andrea has specialized in solo, dance-theater work. In the summer of 2019, she attended Dell'arte International School of Physical theater where she studied mask, voice, and ensemble building practices. Since 2014 she has collaborated with various Portland multimedia artists to create original work for film and live theater.