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Dance Faculty

The Coppin Institute for Intergenerational Arts program offering dance and holistic healing arts classes for teens, adults and senior citizens and dance performance workshops taught by renowned national and international dance educators who have extensive dance training in their field of expertise.

Vanessa L. Jackson-Coles
Associate Professor, Director (Ballet, Distance Education
Vanessa Jackson Coles is an Associate Professor and Director of the Coppin State University Dance program. She was the first CAPA (Creative and Performing Artists) Scholar at the University of Maryland College Park and a graduate teaching assistant at Temple University where she received her MFA dance. She has taught at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, University of Maryland at College Park, and directed the dance program at The Community College of Baltimore County for several years prior to coming to Coppin. She also has a MA in Instructional Technology Systems received from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and recently received her 200 hour yoga certification. Vanessa has received several City and State grants for her Kids in Motion Outreach program.
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Reggie Glass
Adjunct Faculty
Reggie Glass is a dancer, choreographer and educator. He hails from Petersburg, VA and now resides in Mount Rainier, MD. Reggie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts degree in Dance from American University. He has had the honor of training and dancing with Gesel Mason, Carla Perlo, Adrienne Clancy and Ann Halligan-Donahue. He is also a founding member of DC’s all male dance company, Edgeworks Dance Theater, founded and directed by Helanius J. Wilkins. Reggie is a two time Metro DC Dance award winner and one of the first recipients of The Community Foundation’s Creative Initiative grants. Currently, Reggie is the director of the performance collective group, THEMOVEMENT!
Keira Hart-Mendoza
Adjunct Faculty
Keira Hart-Mendoza is the artistic director of UpRooted Dance, a theatrical contemporary dance company based in Washington DC. She holds an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and BA’s in Dance and Media Arts & Design from James Madison University. She moved to the Washington DC area after living in Charlottesville Virginia for two and half years where she was teaching dance at the University of Virginia. She has worked with musicians, filmmakers, engineers, actors, motion capture technology, and fashion design. Keira’s choreography and award winning Dance for the Camera work has been shown both nationally and internationally in Arizona, Washington, across the state of Virginia, North Carolina, the DC-Metro Area, and in Mexico. Keira has also worked as a guest artist at James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Dance Arizona Repertory Theater Company. Keira’s interest lies in the visual aspects of dance, and her work often reflects her interest in costumes design and set design.
Alice Howes
Full-time Faculty
Alice Howes joined the Coppin State University as a full-time dance faculty and director of the Coppin State University Dance Ensemble in 2011. She has also taught at American University, Lamar University, and Salisbury University. She holds a B.A. degree in dance and English from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in dance from Sam Houston State University. She has also earned a Certificate of Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies. She served from 1995 to 2004 as artistic director and resident choreographer of Sister’s Trousers Dance Company, a modern dance ensemble based in Washington, D.C. Her choreography has appeared in several selective showcases at venues such as D.C.’s Dance Place and Kennedy Center.
Darby Pack
Adjunct Faculty
Darby Iva Pack is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance/Choreography. She has studied extensively in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African Dance and Choreography. She has studied under, to name a few, Gus Solomons, Jr., David Dorfman, Nicholas Leichter, Eddie Taketa, Gesel Mason, Stephanie Powell and Joe Goode. Her work has been presented at The Kennedy Center, the American College Dance Festival, Salisbury State University, The Black College Dance Exchange, The International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Baltimore Museum of Art, Coppin State University & Morgan State University. Currently, Ms. Pack is teaching at Coppin State University, directs a Liturgical Dance Company and teaches at Liturgical Dance Conferences in churches around the USA. She mentors many churches in Dance Ministry in Maryland.
Diana Prout-Marbley
Adjunct Faculty
Diana Prout-Marbley is a graduate of Howard University with a BFA in dance performance. She has performed throughout the east coast at various liturgical conferences and most recently has performed at the Hippodrome Theater for the 2005 Dance Baltimore; Morgan State University and other community projects. She is a certified Pilates instructor who teaches throughout the Baltimore community.
Jill Vasbinder
Adjunct faculty
Jill Vasbinder holds an MFA from the Conservatory of Dance from Purchase College, and an Arts Administrative Masters Certificate. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Anthropology from the Barnard College at Columbia University. Jill is a proud graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Jill received numerous scholarships after completing her studies at the School for the Arts such as Purchase Nutcracker Scholarship and Harkness Dance Scholarship, to mention a few. She also worked at the American Dance Festival. Jill is currently an adjunct faculty at University of Maryland at Baltimore County and The Community College of Baltimore County. She has extensive dance administrative experience working with the Hartford Children's Theater and diverse audiences. Jill is also a certified Pilates and ballroom dance instructor.

BRAVO Community Outreach Youth Instructors

Diedre Dawson
Community Dance Instructor (Modern)
Marcia Evans
Community Dance Instructor (Ballet)
Lorenzo "golo" Evans
Community Dance Instructor (Hip Hop)
CJay Philip
Community Dance Instructor (Musical Theater/Acting/Jazz)
Actress/Singer/Choreographer CJay Philip made her Broadway debut in Big The Musical, she was also in the Broadway productions of Street Corner Symphony and Hairspray where she was Dance Captain for the Broadway and touring companies. CJay has toured as Lorrell in Dreamgirls and Paulette in Legally Blonde. CJay is currently the artistic director of Dance & Bmore a Baltimore based contemporary company that serves children by engaging entire families through dance.
Quynn Johnson
Community Dance Instructor (Tap)


Dance Interns

Administrative Staff

Stefanie Bradley
Administrative Assistant

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