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Dance Faculty

Full Time Faculty


Faculty Email Phone Office Mail
Donna Flournoy
Assistant Chair
dflourno@sdccd.edu 619-388-5018 ES 203-N ES 203-T
Blythe Barton bbarton@sdccd.edu 619-388-2453 ES 203-Q ES 203-T

Adjunct Faculty


Faculty Email      
Melissa Adao madao@sdccd.edu      
Audrey Bondoc mbondoc@sdccd.edu      
Nancy Boskin-Mullen nboskinm@sdccd.edu      
Aulani Chun achun@sdccd.edu      
Raul Gomez rrgomez@sdccd.edu      
Lesa Green lgreen@sdccd.edu      
Lucinda Hollins lholland@sdccd.edu      
Faith Jensen-Ismay fjenseni@sdccd.edu      
Colette Pisacano cpisacan@sdccd.edu      
Terri Shipman tshipman@sdccd.edu      

 

faculty biographies

Melissa Adao is a choreographer, performer, and educator. She is active in the hip hop community with her fellow SD BGirl Sessions group in jams, battles, and producing events. She is a two time San Diego International Fringe Festival award winner for her full length production “HIP HOP cabHOORAY” with Outstanding Production in 2015 and Outstanding Dance Production in 2017. FB and IG @melissaadao

Blythe Barton is currently Assistant Professor at San Diego Mesa College and danced professionally with both San Diego Dance Theater (2010-2018) and Malashock Dance (2009-2017). Her company, Blythe Barton Dance, was founded in 2010 and has won awards in ‘Outstanding Dance Production’ at the 2014 and 2015 San Diego Fringe Festivals and continues to present acclaimed work throughout Southern California. Blythe was a founding member of San Diego Dance Connect and is co-director of the 40 North Dance Film Festival. BFA Dance Performance, Chapman University, MFA Dance and Choreography, Florida State University.

Audrey Bondoc trained at California Ballet, Academy of Performing Arts, and at SD Mesa College. She danced with Unity Dance Ensemble and Unity II and graduated from San Francisco State University and toured with University Dance Theatre. Audrey is a Pilates instructor and has been teaching dance and Pilates all over California since 2000. She teaches dance technique throughout San Diego and with students that are currently dancing in the industry and have been accepted into collegiate and professional dance programs.

Nancy Boskin-Mullen's career as a dancer and choreographer spans nearly four decades and three continents. She has taught Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Ballroom, Latin Dance, Musical Theater Dance, and Choreography and lecture courses in Global Modern Dance and Movement as Cultural Behavior. Currently she is on faculty at Mesa, Grossmont and MiraCosta College. She is the director of California Rhythm Project Tap Dance Company and also directs Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival. Nancy holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures and a MA in Dance from UCLA.

Aulani Chun received both a BA and MA in dance from CSU Long Beach. She has professionally performed as a principle dancer in the musical Kismet in various cities across the US. Additionally, Aulani performed in, A Chorus Line, and a national touring company of King and I starring Yul Brynner. Furthermore, she has performed in several television shows and movies. Aulani has taught dance for California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, University of California, Irvine, and Cal Arts to name a few. Presently, Aulani is an emeritus professor of dance at San Diego Mesa College where she is teaching Pilates. 

Donna Flournoy is currently Assistant Professor in the Dance Department at San Diego Mesa College. Donna has extensive training and dance experience as a professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Educator. She has taught and choreographed at numerous dance studios for more than twenty years. Donna has a great passion for the arts and is looking forward to sharing her passion for Dance movement with all of her students.

Raul Gomez is a versatile dancer and teacher in hip hop, jazz, salsa, and modern. He has taught all over the West Coast, Texas, Alaska, Mexico, and Switzerland and is a former member of both Culture Shock of San Diego and of Los Angeles. ​Raul currently works as an instructor for the United Spirit Association, as well as judging for USA Dance Competitions. His award-winning competition choreography can be seen on school dance teams throughout California and Washington.

Lesa Green: Coming Soon

Lucinda Hollins: Dr. Hollands is an academically accomplished, certified, and dedicated instructor of health education, exercise science, and dance, with 23 years of experience teaching. Her education includes a BA in Dance and a MA in Physical Education from SDSU, and a Doctorate in Education from Walden University. Her doctoral research explored student engagement and academic performance of Iraqi refugees attending community college. Lucinda is a multi-award-winning belly dancer and master teacher with over 40 years of training, performing, choreographing, competing, and directing her belly dance troupes.

Faith Jensen-Ismay has an extensive history as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer working throughout the entire county of San Diego and beyond. She is a founding Director of Mojalet (1991) and became the Artistic Director in 1997, presenting her work and performing in Mexico, Switzerland, London, France, and Germany, as well as the East and West Coasts. Currently, Faith is dance faculty at San Diego Mesa College and offers classes through Mojalet Dance Collective in Rancho Bernardo at "The Vine" and Arts for Learning San Diego, a Young Audiences affiliate.

Colette Pisacano started studying the practice, art, science, and philosophy of yoga, as a way of life in 1974.  She soon became passionate about the practice and began teaching at Southwestern College in 1977, continued at SDSU, Grossmont College, the San Diego Union Tribune, ECC, SDCC Continuing Education and currently at the YMCA in Mission Valley and Mesa College. Colette received her MA in Dance in 1976. At Mesa College she has taught yoga, modern, ballet, and jazz. Her professional dance career continued through the 80’s with Jean Isaacs, George Willis, and Pat Sandback.

Terri Shipman is a native San Diegan who received her BA in dance at SDSU and a MFA at UC Irvine. Terri performed professionally with “Isaacs-McCaleb and Dancers” and “Patricia Sandback and Dancers” as well as many other local choreographers. In 1991, she moved to New York and became a member of Ron Brown’s “Evidence” and Jennifer Muller “The Works.” Since returning to San Diego, Terri teaches dance and yoga at Mt. Carmel High School and San Diego City and Mesa College. She practices yoga daily and took her teacher training with Tim Miller, a senior teacher of Astanga yoga.