Andrea Lee, Department Chair of Dance
Andrea Vonny Lee is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator, having performed and taught Nationally and Internationally for 20 years. Lee’s instruction offers an exuberance and unique flare of rhythmic combinations with a technical approach rooted in Modern/Dunham, Jazz and Ballet. Lee’s distinctive style combines her training as a modern dancer with intensive study in Haitian and South African dance. Andrea completed her dance studies at San Francisco State University with additional training at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Martha Graham studio in New York and is highly influenced by her master class trainings with Garth Fagan dance. She has performed in Cuba, Ghana, and throughout the United States. Committed towards the on-going curriculum and program development of dance, Ms. Lee developed a course for the Dance Department to support global education in the District and leads the department’s study abroad programs in dance.
Andrea is the Co-Founder and Assistant Director of Jikelele Dance Theater, a South African musical theater company founded by Thamsanqa Hlatwayo, the company’s Artistic Director, along with students at Laney College in 2012. From Laney College to Broadway, Jikelele Dance Theater is the SF Bay Area’s only South African Dance Company!
Andrea Lee assumed the role of Department Chair of Dance in 2014 and is looking forward to forging new collaborations within the world of dance and the greater arts community. Andrea believes that teaching and the arts are inseparable. “Dance only begins in the classroom and on the dance floor. In this global environment, dance, like the other arts, has to be global. Education, like dance, is for everyone, not just the “so-called” talented.”
M.A. Ed.- Secondary Education
CaliforniaTeaching Credential- Physical Education
B.A. Dance Composition, Choreography & Performance
Dr. Zakarya Diouf
Dr. Zakarya Diouf is the founder and director of Diamano Coura West African Dance Company.Born in the African nation of Senegal,Dr.Diouf received his Ph.D in Ethnomusicolgy from U.C.Berekely. Dr.Diouf has combined a brilliant career as a choreographer and performer with teaching.He has done extensive research into African Music and dance along with choreographing some of the best dance and dramatic pieces for renowned companies such as:African-American Dance Ensemble Dimension Dance Theater of Oakland,CA, Harambe Dance Company,a variety of dance companies in New York and Diamano Coura.Dr Diouf’s expertise has extended to consultancy on the Classical/African fusion choreography,”Lamberena” with the San Francisco Ballet, Ballet of Utah,Florida,Indiana,Singapore and South Africa.
Since 1973,Dr.Diouf has taught at San Jose State University, Sonoma State University,University of San Diego,University of California at Los Angeles and San Francisco,and California State Hayward.Dr.Diouf currently teaches West African music, dance and history at Laney Community College in Oakland,is an Aritst-In-Residence teaching free woman’s Sabar Drum techniques along with weekly classes in music and dance at the Malonga Casquelourd Center of the Arts in Oakland,and does consulting and workshops in drum-making,choreography,African history and performing arts.
Jacqueline Burgess is a native of the Bay Area and has been actively involved with dance for over thirty-five years as a performer, choreographer, instructor, administrator and scholar. Ms. Burgess completed her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University and received her Master’s Degree from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She taught dance for the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa Community College District, and has been an instructor at Laney College since 2007. During her part-time tenure at Laney College, she has served as a Senator on the Faculty Senate, on numerous standing committees, and continues to work closely with the shared governances to ensure quality service and greater student successes. She has updated the Associate Dance Degree Program, written curriculum for ten new dance courses, and served as co-chair for the Department of Dance.
Ms. Burgess is a former principal dancer with Dimension Dance Theatre, Nuba Dance Theatre, has appeared as a special guest artist with numerous Bay Area Dance Companies, and has performed nationally and internationally. She has been trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, 2nd Generation Dunham Technique, West African and Congolese Dance. She has studied with: Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Ruth Beckford, Frank Shawl, Talley Beatty, Grath Fagan, Rod Rogers, Debra Isaacson, Naomi Diouf and Malonga Casquelourd, to name a few of the many great teachers she has studied with throughout the many years of her exciting dance career.
Katherine (Kate) McGinity began her dance training at the age of 12 with Oregon Festival Ballet, going on to study with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She went on to dance professionally with Eugene Ballet, State Street Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, and various musical theater and opera companies. In Hollywood she worked as an actress and dancer in several feature films and sitcoms, which earned her membership in the Screen Actors Guild. Kate has taught dance and choreographed for over 20 years, and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. She holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MA in Dance from Mills College, where she has worked as an adjunct professor since 2013. A firm believer that everyone can dance, Kate enjoys working with beginners and seasoned dancers alike. She has recently choreographed productions of My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, and Oklahoma! Kate has performed with a wide variety of companies in the Bay Area including Molissa Fenley and Dancers, inkBoat, The Thick Rich Ones, and The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees.