Teacher Spotlight: Michele Jenkins
Michele Jenkins, Chaffey College Dance Department Chair and director of the annual spring dance concert, has been a member of the DDS Dance Teacher Program for 3 years. In just that time she’s earned more than 1,000 points! Michele has been shopping with DDS for as long as she can remember. She has tie-dyed white unitards (item N8442) for a psychedelic Alice in Wonderland themed piece done to the Beatle’s “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” she has outfitted numerous trios and quartets in matching leotards and skirts for contemporary ballet pieces, and she’s bought more dance dresses and traditional ballet costumes for solos than she can even remember!
Even though Chaffey has a large costume shop that handles the more theatrical costumes for the dance concert- everything from Army soldiers and pastoral frontier women to a Mad Hatter, faceless body snatchers, robots, and cats from outer space- every year they turn to DDS for dance specific costumes and of course, shoes and tights for 60+ dancers. Especially this year when Michele is re-staging an audience favorite, “Swan Lake; The Other Story?” which is a comedic male version of Swan Lake inspired by the renowned Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (http://www.trockadero.org/home.html) featuring a murderous Black Swan and a true diva prima ballerina. Finding large pink ballet slippers and tights for six guys can be tricky, which is why Michele immediately turned to DDS. The Swans are wearing the Bloch Endura Footed Tights in Pink (item T0920) and the Sansha #1 Pro Ballet Slipper in Pink (item S1C).
You can see “Swan Lake; The Other Story?” and many more dance pieces in this year’s spring dance concert, Pulse, that opens Thursday, April 26 at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The show is on stage April 26-28 at 7:30pm and April 30 at 2:00pm. Tickets are on sale now for the low price of $12.00, but hurry; this popular show is the highlight of Chaffey’s theatre season and seating is limited! For more information or to purchase tickets you can call the Chaffey College Box Office at (909) 652-6067 or visit them online at www.chaffey.edu/theatre_tickets.