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Patriceann Mead : Chair of Performing Arts, Professor of Dance

Patriceann Mead

Chair of Performing Arts, Professor of Dance

Patriceann Mead, Chair of Performing Arts as of Summer 2014, joined the Palomar College Performing Arts Department faculty in 1997 as a fulltime 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 Bachelors of Science in Dance, a Masters of Arts, and a Masters 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.

She 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 resident 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.

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Molly Faulkner : Professor

Molly Faulkner


Molly Faulkner is a Professor of Dance at Palomar College in San Marcos California where she teaches all levels of ballet and pointe, choreography and other core curriculum dance courses and directs the Palomar College Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She has her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University, her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts. from the University of Arizona. She has danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, Arizona Dance Theatre, Empire State Ballet, Tokyo Disneyland, and was the Muppet Grover on an International Tour of Sesame St. Live. Ms. Faulkner and collaborator Julia Gleich’s chapter “Dancing into the Margins: Karole Armitage, Bronislava Nijinska and Their Philosophies of (A Contemporary) Ballet” is included in the Oxford Handbook for Contemporary Ballet. She and Ms. Gleich’s article “Should there be a Female ballet canon: Seven radical acts of inclusion” is published with Excite books in the anthology “ReClaiming Ballet”. Their current research is on integrity in ballet education.
Rita Walther : Administrative Department Assistant

Rita Walther

Administrative Department Assistant
Paul Helling : Administrative Departmental Assistant

Paul Helling

Administrative Departmental Assistant
Dawn Cheek : Hawaiian and Tahitian

Dawn Cheek

Hawaiian and Tahitian
Valerie Clark : Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre

Valerie Clark

Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Elias Fonseca : Capoeira

Elias Fonseca

Sue Gilson : Jazz

Sue Gilson

Mark Lamson : Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Drumming

Mark Lamson

Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Drumming

Mark Lamson
An acclaimed percussionist, recording artist, producer and educator, Mark Lamson is an internationally recognized authority of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. The creation, recording and performance of “Bata Ketu” – in collaboration with San Francisco musician and educator, Michael Spiro – is one of Mr. Lamson’s greatest achievements to date. Born in Boston, Mark Lamson moved to San Diego at the age of eight and started drumming when he was ten. Mr.
Lamson’s career is highlighted by his many travels to Cuba, Mexico and Brazil, where he had the opportunity to tour and study extensively with dozens of master drummers. Mr. Lamson later went on to complete his Bachelor’s in the Performing and Creative Arts at California State University, San Marcos. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Mark Lamson is the Director and lead percussionist of Sol e Mar, a dynamic Brazilian/Latin music collective which he co-founded in 1985. Sol e Mar features anywhere from 3 to 55 performers, ranging from a bossa nova jazz trio to a full drum bateria with Brazilian samba dancers in full Carnaval costume. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Lamson has been an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University and Palomar College. He has also taught as adjunct faculty at CSU Long Beach and Santa Clara University. Mark Lamson co-directed the Agogo with founder and Artistic Director Patriceann Mead from 1997 to 2006, and then he passed the torch to Silfredo La O Vigo in 2006. He continues to perform with Agogo as a guest artist, and has began accompanying the Drum and Dance Classes, once again, with Patriceann Mead and Silfredo La O Vigo.
Refer to Mark Lamson’s website for a complete Bio.
Joei Waldron : Hip Hop and Modern

Joei Waldron

Hip Hop and Modern