Faculty & Administration

With a maximum cohort size of 18, LEAP students enjoy the ongoing support of their group and an exceptionally high level of personal attention by the faculty and staff.  The program's director, founder,  and key administrators are all former professional dancers, and LEAP professors are highly qualified teachers of adult learners.

Program Director
Mark Baird

Mark Baird

Program Administrator
Annie Colbeck, Southern California Coordinator 


Cathy Davalos, LEAP Faculty Chair
Claire Sheridan, Program Founder

Writing for the Liberal Arts:
Elizabeth Cowan (San Francisco)
Anne Hawthorne (Los Angeles)
Michael Flanagan (New York)

Personal and Professional Assessment:
Kimmy Johnson (San Francisco)
Miri Hunter (Los Angeles)
Kathy Hairston (New York)

Critical Perspectives I/Western Tradition:
Grete Stenersen (San Francisco)
Erik Ragngo (Los Angeles)
Christian De Matteo (New York)

Critical Perspectives II:
Pamela Thomas (San Francisco)
Sandie Richards (Los Angeles)
Karen De Crescenzo (New York)

Multicultural Thought:
Megan Low (San Francisco)
Christian De Matteo (New York)

Rock to Bach:
Lino Rivera  (San Francisco)
Jeanne Golan (Los Angeles)
Christopher Davis (Las Vegas)

Dance History:
Carrie Gaiser Casey (San Francisco)
Jill Nunes-Jensen (Los Angeles)
Sydney Skybetter (New York)

Kinesiology and Human Performance:
Sonia Bell, MD (San Francisco)
Stuart Rugg (Los Angeles)
Thomas Guthrie (New York)

Art and Practice of Math (Elective):
Jim Iler (San Francisco)
Andy Bean (Los Angeles)
Rosemary Farley (New York)

Principles of Performance:
Rebecca Engle (San Francisco)
Frank Murray (San Francisco)
Clayton B. Hodges (Los Angeles)
Gary Ramsey (New York)


Photo Credit, below: Andrew Veyette by Paul Kolnick