Mr. Charles Flachs teaches all levels of ballet technique, pointe, repertory and dance history. Charles has choreographed for the Cincinnati Ballet Company, Columbia College, University of Georgia Athens, and for the bronze medal winner of the 1992 Varna Ballet Competition. As a principal dancer with Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Ballet West and Cincinnati Ballet, his repertoire included principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella and Coppelia as well as ballets by Peter Anastos, John Butler, James Canfield and Val Caniparoli.
Barbie Diewald directs Barbie Diewald Choreography, a research and performance ensemble based in Western Massachusetts and New York. Diewald has been a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Choreography, Bogliasco Foundation Fellow, and a Bessie Schonberg Choreographer at New York Live Arts. Her choreographic work has been presented extensively in New York City, Western Massachusetts, and internationally.
Rose Marie Flachs
Ms. Rose Flachs is a multi-faceted ballet artist, teacher, and choreographer. She performed principal roles in the classics and had the honor of performing works by renowned choreographers including George Balanchine, Choo San Goh, Paul Taylor, Jose Limón and Val Caniparoli. Flachs is co-owner of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet and a founding member of the CORPS de Ballet International Inc. Rose has written articles for Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit Magazines.
Shakia Johnson has choreographed and directed more than 50 hip-hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed at Trenton Educational Dance Institute, Rider University, the Princeton School of Ballet and the Bates Dance Festival. She has performed for numerous hip-hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, Jadakiss, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from “Total” and Omarion. In 2005, she choreographed a hip-hop number for the Celtics/NBA halftime show. Johnson has toured nationally and internationally, dancing with Face Da Phlave Entertainment and Illstyle & Peace Productions. Recently, she made a guest appearance with Rennie Harris PureMovement.
Peter T. Jones
Mr. Peter Jones is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and improviser. He has been an active for over thirty years as a composer, performer, educator and accompanist. His scores for dance include works for Kevin Wynn, Danny Buraczeski’s Jazzdance and Sean Curran, all of which premiered at The Joyce Theater in New York. Most recently Jones created the score for the Houston Dance company, Hope Stone and for the New Mexico Ariel Dance Company Project Motion. He has released nine CDs of music and has been in residence at the Bates Dance Festival for twenty-two years.
Ms. Felice Wolfzahn is a veteran teacher of Contact Improvisation. She holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and a Masters degree from Bennington College. She has been teaching in the Five College dance department for the past nineteen years and has taught in many colleges and dance centers including The School for New Dance Development in Holland and Earthdance in Western MA. Wolfzahn's work combines investigations into Authentic Movement and Contemporary dance technique as well. She has collaborated with other artists including Nancy Stark Smith, Patrick Crowley and Daniel Lepkoff. Wolfzahn is interested in how dance can be instructional as well as healing. Felice is also a licensed PTA.
Tim is excited to join the excellent team at Mount Holyoke College as the new Technical Director in the Dance Department. Tim has worked in all aspects of Technical Dance for over 12 years. He joins Mount Holyoke after 8 years at MASS MoCA, where he has worked with established and emerging choreographers and companies including: Lucinda Childs, Chunky Move, David Nuemann and Ivy Baldwin. He looks forward to bringing new works from the staff and students at MHC to the stage.
Cathy is the Department Coordinator for the Physical Education and Dance departments. She provides assistance to the chair of physical education/director of athletics and the chair of the dance department managing the day to day operations of both departments.