Patriceann Mead joined the Palomar College Performing Arts Department faculty in 1997 as a full-time associate professor. She has enjoyed a flourishing career as a performer, choreographer, artistic director and educator. She has had a unique and diverse education and dance training, an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to teaching, as well as an extensive choreography and performance background. Before coming to Palomar, Patriceann attended the State University of New York at Brockport where she earned three degrees: a Bachelor’s in Dance, a Master of Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts. She also served as a graduate assistant as well as becoming the recipient for the Pylyshenko-Strasser Graduate Dance Award for outstanding work in both written scholarship and performance. Later, Patriceann was offered two guest residencies: a two-month residency at The University of Iowa and a six-week residency at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. During her undergraduate and graduate academic career, she also enjoyed a thriving performing career. She danced with Agroma, an African Dance Ensemble directed by Professor Alber Opoku from the University of Ghana. She also danced with two Afro-Brazilian Dance Ensembles: Sankofa and Alafiagia, both directed by Clyde Morgan and Khalid Saleem. And, most noteworthy as an undergraduate, she danced with the internationally-acclaimed dance legend, Garth Fagan. Patriceann started her own company in 1990, The Minzeko Drum and Dance Ensemble. She was the artistic director and choreographer for the company from 1990-1997. Patriceann began studying Afro-Cuban dance with Juan Carlos from 1997-2001. She has also studied with Teresita Dance Perez and Susana Arennas Pedrosa. Patriceann was brought from New York to Palomar for multiple reasons: to establish a world dance program, develop new curriculum, create a world dance outreach program, choreograph and perform new work, direct student and faculty dance productions, and teach core classes for our Associates Degrees/Certificates in Dance. She is the founder and artistic director of the Afro-Cuban/Brazilian drum and dance ensemble Agogo, formally known as the Palomar Drum and Dance Ensemble. Agogo is a facet of the Palomar outreach program which presents diverse programs for community events, festivals, local high schools, the Palomar dance season, and as featured entertainment at Palomar Foundation fundraisers, and featured entertainment for the Noche Havana Events. She is also performing, collaborating, and team teaching with Cuban artist Silfredo La O Vigo, whom she brought to the world program and to the company in 2006 as the new music director for Agogo following the eight year tenure of founding musical director and San Diego legend, Mark Lamson. Check out her website at www.patriceann.com and her videos on YouTube (username Patriceann08).