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Guest Artists

Spring 2015

Tiffany Billings

Performer/singer/dancer/choreographer/director/professor, and creator of  her own clothing line TIF WEAR.

Tiffany has instructed at the Edge in Hollywood, CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine, LBCC and was a Full time Professor at Chapman University, where her choreography was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for ACDFA. For the past 2 years Tiffany was a professor at AMDA-College & Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Hollywood, Ca. She serves as an honored performer and instructor in various cities across the country for the past 20 years. Her latest venture is her new monthly Cabaret Club ‘Jete’ in West Hollywood at Club Eleven.

Donald Bradburn

Dance Historian, Director, Choreographer, Set & Costume Design, Producer, and Actor

Performed on Broadway, film, and television in the famous musicals including:  Music Man OKLAHOMA!, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Funny Girl, as well as numerous television shows and specials such as: Jonathon Winters NBC, Smothers Brothers CBS, Tin Pan Alley, KCET PBS.  He was a long-time faculty member of University of California, Irvine where he taught dance, dance history, t choreography amongst contributing in many other capacities such as re-staging Eugene Loring works and “Pas de Quatre”.  He is currently teaching dance history here at Irvine Valley College and will be teaching Dance Appreciation, in addition to choreographing, in Spring 2015.

Diana MacNeil

Los Angeles-based choreographer and teacher dedicated to furthering the movement arts in the Southern California area.

Her work over the last three decades has included collaborations with outstanding members of the dance community as well as initiating roles in such institutions as the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts and the Lewitzky Dance Company. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, The Cerritos Center for the Arts and the Yorke Dance Project, among others, have commissioned her choreography and her credits include educational projects from elementary to post-graduate levels at home and abroad. Her company, the PostHouse Dance Group, has performed to critical acclaim and her choreography, costuming and performance skills have earned several Horton awards. 

Fall 2014

Francsico Gella

Choreographer / Artistic Director / Master Teacher

His work is rapidly gaining notoriety by prestigious professional and educational organizations all over the globe.   Francisco created a new physically demanding work “Collage”,  on six PDE dancers for “Perspectives: Dance – Interdisciplinary Art  Lecture/Performance November 21st 12pm,  the full “Perspectives Concert” November 22nd @8pm, and will be featured at the American College Dance Festival at California State University Long Beach, in March 2015. Francisco is the founding artistic director COLABO Youth Dance Collective and currently has artistic residencies in Orem, Utah and Dallas, Texas. He also serves as ballet director for the nationally acclaimed 24 Seven Dance Convention. 

Tod Kubo

Master teacher and International choreographer

Created a new work on six dance students for the Fall Dance Concert December 4-6, 2014 @ 8pm in the Performing Arts Center.  “Morning, Noon, and Night”  gives us a peek into  the relationship of three different  couples within the confines of their residences.  For 20 years, Tod A. Kubo's choreography has performed across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. In 1998 Tod was inducted into the California Department of Education Hall of Fame for his professional dance contributions in our schools and in the field. Currently he is co-directing/choreographing Alan Menken's "LEAP OF FAITH" and the Prague production of "RENT" which will be permanently housed in the Kalick Theatre along with a new European Tour launching in 2014.

New Performing Dance Ensemble (PDE) faculty Michel Gervais and Cruz created new works for  “Perspectives: Dance – Interdisciplinary Art  Lecture/Performance November 21st 12pm,  The full Perspectives Concert November 22nd @8pm,and the Fall Dance Concert December 4-6, 2014 @ 8pm in the Performing Arts Center. 

Cruz,  a popular Hip Hop choreographer and instructor of  Jazz II and Hip Hop at the IVC, is showcasing  a new piece called,  "A Long Way" which looks at, and pays tribute to, peace keepers and social rights activists, for their strength and unrelenting efforts to stand, march, and protest for the good of society.  He also choreographed “State of the World” and restaged his popular Hip Hop piece “The Tie”.   In addition to specializing in hip hop and jazz, Cruz is also an accomplished choreographer, dance production manager and has participated in numerous dance competitions.  Cruz has taught internationally in Mexico City and Vietnam and choreographed in both commercial and theatrical venues.  His work has been seen on MTV with pop group Frequency 5, was a dancer on MADD TV, and toured and choreographed for pop artist, Thea Austin.  In 2002,  he directed, choreographed and did the light designs for his first full concert production, Moodswings.

Gervais choreographed a new contemporary work that is a tender lyrical voyage into the personal struggles involved in life-threatening illnesses and restaged a solo called “Abulia”.  “Survivor” a tribute to PDE founder Marie de la Palme and his own medical journey is called “Survivor” ” and it will be featured at the American College Dance Festival at Texas Tech University in March 2015, besides our fall concerts. Mr. Gervais performance credits include such companies as Feld Ballet/NY, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Theatre Ballet of Canada, National Dance Theatre of Bermuda. His teaching  and/or choreographic credits include American Ballet Theatre, London Rambert Dance Co., Hong Kong Ballet, University of California’s Irvine (summer intensive), Festival Ballet Theatre, and BRAVA.​​​


Jennifer La Curran
Academic Chair, Dance

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