LEARN FROM THE PROFESSIONALS Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp offers the dedicated student the opportunity to engage in a rigorous training program with gifted practitioners whose credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, Ballet Hispanico, The Royal Danish Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, International tours and many more. Through ensemble-work, intense collaboration, and individual guidance, the Perry-Mansfield faculty teach some of the nation’s most promising young artists to explore the classic and ever-changing worlds of theatre, musical theatre and dance.


Visit us often to see all the terrific faculty for our Summer 2016 Camp Season!

Tammy Dyke Compton


Tamara Dyke Compton is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona School of Dance. She teaches jazz, modern, choreography and team-teaches dance history. She holds an MFA from UA School of Dance, and a BFA from The Juilliard School. Tamara has performed principal roles in Twyla Tharp’s “Movin’ Out,” “Fame: The Musical,” was a former member of Aszure Barton and Artists and also danced for Peter Chu and Robert Battle. She has been on faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp for seven years in Steamboat Springs Colorado. Tammy is also a proud Perry-Mansfield alumnus!




Chris Compton has had wonderful opportunities to perform on the stages of both Concert and Broadway dance. Chris has performed principal roles for Twyla Tharp in “Movin’ Out,” and the role of ‘Johnny’ in the American premiere of “Dirty Dancing.” Chris has also performed principal roles in the works of George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Alan Hineline. He has been on faculty at Perry-Mansfield for six years. Chris studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and holds an MFA from University of Arizona, where he is now an adjunct faculty member in the School of Dance.




Joseph Price is the Program Director for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. He is a founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago and spent 11 years at the University of Missouri, Kansas City/Kansas City Rep where he was Associate Head of MFA Acting.  At the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, he directed Clybourne Park, the World Premiere of James Stills’ The Velvet Rut, Well,  Painted Alice,  Bright Ideas, Blue/Orange, Fuddy Meers, The Shape of Things, The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He directed The Cripple of Inishmaan for Kansas City Actor’s Theatre and A Steady Rain for Riverside Theatre and the World Premiere of Wild Boy, The Musical, book by the head writer of Sesame Street, Lou Berger. He has directed numerous university productions including Uncle Vanya, Enron, Anything Goes, Present Laugher, Boesman and Lena, Tape, The Importance of Being Earnest, Polaroid Stories, Mad Forest and Killer Joe. He collaborated with Carl Wilkens to create a play based on his book I’m Not Leaving, which detailed Wilkens’ experience during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Joe has spent 12 years on faculty at Perry-Mansfield.


NaomiBarker225x225Naomi Barker, a Colorado native, has been riding since the age of 5. She has 8 years experience teaching horseback riding and 15 years experience training horses. She learned classical riding and horsemanship in the United States Pony Club and 4-H. She has a strong background in Dressage and Eventing, as well as Western Riding.





Cynthia DuFault has amassed a number of credentials as a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She received both a BFA and MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography and performance from Arizona State University. She has studied the classic modern techniques of Martha Grahm, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor and the Vaganova method. Her prominent teaching credentials include New World School of the Arts, Perry-Mansfield, University of Northern Colorado, Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico and currently the College of Southern Nevada. She has been the choreograher and a performer in the annual Las Vegas Dance in the Desert Festival for the last four years. Additionally she is the Co-Founder and Vice President of the New Dance Foundation for the Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to outreach programming through educational activities, concert dance performances, and cultural exchange programs.




Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of dance at Florida State University. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. Ilana trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet and studied in the summers at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, the Ailey School, Jacob’s Pillow, Boston Ballet, Ballet Met, and Pennsylvania Ballet. She danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, as a guest artist with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. She has performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth St. Denis, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, Nolan T’Sani, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others. Ilana has taught at Perry-Mansfield, Berkeley City Ballet, the School of the Sacramento Ballet, the University of Washington, the American College Dance Association Conference, and Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive, in addition to company classes and master classes across the country with Trey McIntyre Project.



Erika Pujik was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Martha Hill Award. Upon graduation, Ms. Pujic danced with Gloria Marina’s Spanish Dance Ensemble performing in New Jersey Opera’s
“Carmen”. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Henning Rubsam’s SENSEDANCE for seven years. Ms. Pujic was a founding member and rehearsal director for Battleworks Dance Company during it’s 10 year span (2000-2010). She has been an integral part of the creation of many works for Robert
Battle and she has been dancing and setting his works for over 24 years. She was a Visiting Guest Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the fall 2013 and fall 2014 semesters and a Visiting Guest Artist at George Mason University for the spring 2014 semester. Ms. Pujic is currently on faculty at Skidmore College and she has been an adjunct at Queensborough Community College since 2008. She has created works for The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan
College, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, University of New Mexico, Skidmore College, ABT’s Summer Intensives, Summer Arts Institute, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and New York State Summer School of the Arts. Ms. Pujic is also performing, teaching and creating curriculums for the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI).




Whitney Popp began training with Mid Columbia Ballet, later attending the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She spent 5 years as a principal dancer with Sacramento Ballet performing many lead roles in works by Balanchine, Agnes de Milles, Dwight Rhoden and Val Cannaparoli. After moving to New York, she was discovered by Twyla Tharp and joined Twyla Tharp Dance. Whitney joined the 1st Nat’l Broadway tour of Movin’ Out, performing lead roles. She later toured Europe with her husband performing works by Twyla Tharp. Whitney lives in Colorado with her husband and 3 children, and is also a co-founder of Lightwire Theater.




Gabriel Williams has danced principal and soloist roles with Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Milwaukee Ballet 2, Black Rock City Ballet, Madison Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and as a guest artist with the Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, and Dance Through Time. He has appeared on the TV show Glee, and starred in the feature film Shteps. He has also collaborated with Ilana Goldman on two successful dance films, Convergence and Fledgling. Gabriel trained extensively in Jazz, tap, and hip-hop at the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles under leading industry choreographers and teachers, and has taught ballet, jazz, tap, and partnering around the country. He has been on faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and is a current Legacy Fellow and candidate for MFA at The Florida State University.





Jason McDole was born in Aliquippa, PA and received his formal dance training from Buddy Thompson, Paula Scriva and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. McDole received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy in 1997. He has danced in the companies of Twyla Tharp, David Parsons and Lar Lubovitch. McDole was a founding member and assistant to Robert Battle of Battleworks Dance Company. He has been privileged to work on projects with Zvi Gotheiner, Mark Dendy and Graciela Daniele. On Broadway, he originated the role of the Dog in Twyla Tharp/ Bob Dylan’s The Times They are a Changin’. McDole has taught and staged works throughout the U.S. and abroad. Currently, he is on faculty at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



Elizabeth George-Fesch Elizabeth George is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the
School of Dance at the University of Arizona. She teaches undergraduate courses in ballet, pointe, and choreography. In addition, she designed a freshman colloquium for the Arizona Assurance Program at the University of Arizona which uses dance as a vehicle for students to understand the fine arts available to them on campus.

Ms. George is a former dancer of the Dayton Ballet where she was a part of the Cleveland Phoenix Project. Her early training includes studies at the School of American Ballet in NYC, and Cleveland School of Ballet. Her
academic credits include a BFA and MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona.


Curtis Thomas  a native of New Orleans, is currently a dancer with TU Dance Company in St.Paul, MN. He began his dance training with the New Orleans Ballet Association’s Center for Dance. He has also trained at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA program, and received his degree in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. While at the Conservatory he performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Danny Buraczeski, Doug Elkins, Dwight Rhoden, and Francesca Harper. He has worked with the New Orleans Ballet Theater, Marigny Opera House Dance Company and Narcisse Movement Project in New Orleans. Curtis is also a proud member of the JUNTOS Collective, an organization committed to intercultural exchange and global unity through dance.


Maya Taylor is an internationally recognized performer and choreographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she studied classical ballet for many years before diving into contemporary and classical modern. Maya has studied at Ballet West Conservatory, The Ailey School, Jacob’s Pillow and is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Shortly after receiving her degree Taylor joined Elisa Monte Dance and for several years performed throughout the United States and Europe. During her time with the company, The New York Times called the dancers of Elisa Monte “a performing tour de force.”

Maya has been commissioned to create works from the Midwest to the UK. She has held residencies at both Creighton University and with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s The Moving Company. Maya is currently the rehearsal director and resident choreographer for the Marigny Opera Ballet in New Orleans, Louisiana.