CoSA Announces new Staff

Posted by: Shane Schmeichel 3 years ago

CoSA Announces new Staff

CoSA is extremely excited to announce new staff for 2018-19:

CoSA Director - Ms. Tiffany Bouchard

CoSA Dance Director - Ms. Gina Sorensen

CoSA Film Teacher - Mr. BK Manning

Tiffany Bouchard:  

Tiffany Bouchard began teaching for the CoSA Musical Theatre & Drama and Classical & Contemporary Dance conservatories in 2006. She has choreographed for numerous CoSA dance concerts and musicals including most recently City of Angels; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Cabaret (National Youth Awards Outstanding Choreography); Grease; Catch Me If You Can; Bat Boy; Big Fish; and Chicago (National Youth Awards Outstanding Choreography). Since 2014, Tiffany has been a Teacher on Special Assignment for Coronado Unified School District as the Career Technical Education and Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator. She became a Teacher Leader for The California Arts Project in 2008, designing units of instruction, developing curriculum, collaborating, presenting, and researching across the state. Tiffany received a San Diego Regional Occupation Program Distinguished Teacher Award in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and she graduated from the California Department of Education’s Leadership Development Institute in 2016. She studied at The Boston Conservatory, and she received her B.A. in Dance and Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her M.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. Tiffany holds a California Teaching Credential in Performing Arts, and she is in the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program at the San Diego County Department of Education.  

Gina Sorensen:

Gina Sorensen is an artist and educator who delights in the body’s potential for movement, the mind’s capacity for imagination, and the possibilities that transpire at the intersection of the two. As the Co-Artistic Director of somebodies dance theater, her choreography has been curated in festivals and concert programs throughout the United States and abroad in Mexico, Israel, and Canada. Recent honors include Outstanding Dance Production for SILO and Outstanding Choreography for The Whispering Directions at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, the San Diego Young Choreographers Prize for left Field, and the honor of opening the Live Arts Fest with Coop, an evening-length, multi-media work for 22 dancers. As a performer herself, Gina has danced for companies and choreographers in New York, San Francisco, Oregon, and San Diego, including Yolande Snaith’s IMAGOmoves, Elfi Schaefer-Schafroth, Jean Isaacs, Jesse Zaritt for YouTurn Arts, and many more independent choreographers. 

Gina has taught dance at the Coronado School of the Arts for the last 10 years in both the Classical and Contemporary Dance and Musical Theatre and Drama conservatories. In addition, she teaches for the dance programs at Grossmont College and San Diego City College. She has been an art-in-residence and guest teacher at institutions including the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of Oregon, Sam Houston State University (Texas), Winthrop University (South Carolina), Johnson C. Smith University (North Carolina), the American College Dance Festival (Montana), and the Interlochen Arts Camp (Michigan) to name a few. She has published in the Journal of Dance Education twice, first an excerpt of her graduate thesis on the efficacy of descriptive imagery in dance teaching and learning, and secondly an article based on a panel presented by the National Dance Education Organization on the transition from MFA graduate to working professional. She was awarded the National Artist Teacher Fellowship from the Boston Arts Academy for a project which brought students from the Coronado School of the Arts and dancers from her company, somebodies dance theater, together to collaborate on a piece for live performance in the round.

Gina has an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon and a BA in Mass Media Communication Studies and Political Science from UCLA. Se has also conducted substantial research in dance abroad. She received the Gary E. Smith Summer Research Grant and a Center for Study of Women in Society Research Grant to study the classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam in Bangalore, India. And she accompanied her husband, Kyle Sorensen, on a Fulbright Fellowship to Israel for eight months. One of the results of their research into the Gaga movement language in Israel was the development of SubtleBodyBigDance, their own contemporary dance technique which weaves imagery-based improvisation with set choreography. Gina and Kyle co-teach SubtleBodyBigDance at San Diego Dance Theater every week.

When she is not in the dance studio, Gina can be found teaching yoga as an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E- RYT) for her website Yoga Natyam Online, or playing with her two awesome sons, Dashiell and Ronen.

BK Manning:

BigKat "BK" Manning grew up in Wisconsin, but has lived in Southern California for over 20 years.  After a few years at a film school in LA, he relocated to San Diego in 2003 for graduate school at SDSU.  He has been an adjunct instructor within the Communication discipline at Southwestern College (and elsewhere) ever since.

BK was the Cinematographer on a feature-length documentary film in 2004, as well as writer and director for other short films, including his MFA thesis film "Leopard Spots," which won awards on the festival circuit.  

In addition to filmmaking, BK dabbles in both cartooning and authoring children's books.  He was featured in a recent issue of the North Park News.  The link to the digital version of the issue is below (he is on page 14):

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