"Dimensions in Dance," the annual fall show presented by the Hancock College dance program, opens Thursday and continues through Oct. 15 in the Marian Theatre on the Santa Maria campus.
Dance program coordinator Dianne Grieco McMahon directs the cast of more than 60 students and faculty, who will perform 13 original works ranging from ballet to modern, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ethnic and tap. Guest choreographers include Chris Cortez, Irene Kleinbauer, Larissa Nazarenko and Jocelyn Willis.
Currently a resident of New York City, Cortez began his folklórico training at age 17 and first performed with the Righetti High School Ballet Folklórico.
Continuing his dance training at Hancock College, he studied ballet, modern and choreography, earning his associate degree with a certificate in dance.
A year later, he attended the Ailey School in New York City and received a certificate upon completion of their three-year program in 2015.
Cortez has performed internationally with the folklórico dance company Calpulli and was a guest artist for 360° Dance Company.
He most recently worked with Grammy Award-nominated, all-girl mariachi group Flor de Toloache, based in New York City, and has enjoyed several fashion collaborative projects in Africa.
Raised in Santa Maria, Irene Kleinbauer has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, Latin ballroom and many ethnic dance styles.
After earning her associate degree in dance at Hancock, she studied in New York City on scholarship with Ballet Hispanico.
Kleinbauer went on to complete her bachelor's degree in dance, cum laude, from California State University, Long Beach.
Other training includes Northwest Dance Project, Colorado Ballet, Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., and Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo.
Kleinbauer has choreographed and taught dance for organizations, such as The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Invertigo Dance Theatre, Braver Players Theater Company, Dellos Dance Studios, Hancock College and Nipomo High School.
She currently freelances as a choreographer, teaches dance, barre fitness, is a company member with Invertigo Dance Theatre and is involved with Dancing Through Parkinson’s.
Larissa Nazarenko, currently dean of visual and performing arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, was a dance faculty member at Hancock from 2006 to 2014, chair of fine arts from 2012 to 2014, and dean of academic affairs from 2014 to 2016.
A native of Russia, Nazarenko started her dance training at the age of 6 in Barnaul, Russia.
Continuing her studies through adulthood, she graduated from the Altai State Institute of Art in 1995 with a bachelor's in dance pedagogy and choreography.
During her undergraduate studies, Nazarenko performed with the Siberia Dance Company on tour in South Asia and worked as a rehearsal director in the Rosa Fiber Dance Company.
In 1996, she moved to the U.S. to study modern dance in New York City at the legendary Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
After earning her master's at the University of California, Irvine in 1999, she co-founded the Russian Souvenir Dance Company, an 18-member professional company that toured extensively, both nationally and internationally, from 1999 to 2004.
Her choreography has been commissioned and performed at numerous concert halls, including Thousand Oaks Civic Center, Schoenberg Auditorium at UCLA, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, Plummer Auditorium and Robert B. Moore Performing Arts Theatre.
Nazarenko’s extensive teaching experience includes Younosty Children’s Dance School, Altai State Institute of Culture and Arts, College of Culture and Education in Russia and in California at Riverside Ballet Arts, Fullerton College, Newport Mesa Ballet, Russian Academy of Dance Arts, Ballet Pacifica, En L’Air Studio and Inland Ballet Academy.
Raised in Paso Robles, Jocelyn Willis has trained since childhood and studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, contemporary, breakdance, acrobatics and ballroom.
Owner/teacher of Main Street Dance Company in Templeton since 2013, she continues to take classes at the Edge and Millennium Complex, as well as participating in numerous dance conventions such as Hollywood Connection, Dupree, 24/7, SOL, Tremaine, Radix, Jump and Dance Excellence.
Other performance experience includes Disneyland, North County Dance and Performing Arts, Class Act Dance and God Squad Dance Crew.
Other choreographers are faculty members Horacio Heredia, Jaclyn Kriewall, Shandy Mann, Ben Reyes, Monique L. Segura and Cynthia Valezuela, along with student contributors Cecelia Andrade, Alexis Castillo, Jaron Clark, Joeniel Jovero and Megan Rogers.