To prepare the next generation of dancers and choreographers through dance training, performance work and one on one mentoring. Through cutting edge training in ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance influences and performance material, Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts develops and trains young dancers for the next step of the dance experience be it university dance programs or professional dance opportunities.
Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, Presenter, Producer, Mentor
Over the past 38 years in the dance industry, Mark Foehringer has created a dance organization, directed two pre professional dance programs and made works for dance companies and dance programs, directed operas and developed collaborative projects with musicians and other artists both nationally and internationally. He is a producer, presenter, director, teacher, choreographer and mentor.
Heather Cooper graduated with a BA in dance from The University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993 and received an MA in dance from California State University, Long Beach in August 2008. The emphasis is in dance education with courses in dance technique, choreography, production, dance history, costuming, and kinesiology.
Modern Dance & Rehearsal Assistant
Brian Fisher earned a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and spent the next decade in New York working with a variety of choreographers including Doug Varone, Rosalind Newman and Igal Perry. During that time he also performed on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles and toured with a variety of shows.
Jazz - Kinesiology
Jill Yager is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor of Jazz I, II, and III. She earned a BS in Kinesiology with a Minor in Dance from San José State University. Performance credits include Best from the Bay: A Community Concert for Dance Educators of America, Hotel Sofitel's April in Paris, Bastille Day Celebrations, and the Grand Opening and Spirit of Spring fashion shows in Riverside, CA .
Contemporary Dance and Jazz
After graduating from SJSU with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008, Dominique pursued her two passions - Dance and Teaching - and became a Professor of Dance at her Alma Mater. Her expertise allows her to teach all levels of both Jazz and Ballet and she continues to choreograph for University Dance Theater. Her works EmbodyONE and MissShapen Fortune were selected to be performed by University Dance Theater and were presented at the American College Association in 2009/2013. She also danced for sjDANCEco. and currently performs with REACH BC Dance Company. Dominique is an avid teacher all throughout the Bay Area, using her innate abilities to inspire students and fellow dancers alike to pursue their passion for the art of dance.
Raphaël first entered the dance world at age eight at The Académie de Danse of Nicole Amber. From 1991-94 he attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, France. Before graduating from the conservatory, he performed in Paris and throughout the country with the Red Note/Andy Degroat Company. Mr. Boumaïla’s twenty-year role in the José Limón Dance Company began in August 1994 when he was invited to join the Limón West Dance Project of San Jose, CA. In April 1998 he joined The Limón Company in New York, where he is now a Mark Foehringer’s Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts www.ccdancearts.org 2016-17 Orientation Packet and enrollment forms 6 | P a g e principal dancer. He has performed the works of José Limón, Jiri Kylian, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Anna Sokolow, Daniel Nagrin, Donald McKayle among many others. He is currently touring around the globe performing in more than sixteen countries with the Limón Dance Company. Throughout the years, Mr. Boumaïla has been hailed in the press as “…smoldering…”, “…witty and agile…” and “…regal and expressive…”. He has also danced duet concerts with Nina Watt throughout the US and abroad. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Boumaïla was guest artist with sjDANCEco. In addition to his solo and ensemble performance, he was co-choreographer and collaborator of Keyed and Beneath the Visiting Moon, two new works for the company. Alongside Gary Masters, he is a 2011-12 Isadora Duncan Award nominee for his work in restaging Missa Brevis, a 2012-13 nominee for choreographing Keyed with Hsiang-Hsiu Lin and 2012-13 winner for restaging the master piece The Moor’s Pavane with Gary Masters. Mr. Boumaïla's choreography has been performed in New York City as part of Limón Choreographers. He has created and performed solo works, presented by The Limón Company and has choreographed for the students of the Limón Summer Workshops. He has choreographed for the group Vinculación in Mexico City. Mr. Boumaïla has reconstructed Limón’s masterpieces in universities around the US and for professional companies in the US, Holland and Argentina. At The Limón School in New York, Mr. Boumaïla teaches Humphrey/Limón technique and has been one of the principal teachers at the Limón Summer Workshops since 1998. He has taught and represented Limón technique in master classes and workshops in Europe, USA and South America. Raphaël Boumaïla is now creating REACH BC Dance Company in San Francisco in collaboration with Heather Cooper. He is also a Dharma Yoga certified teacher.
Our program is currently being hosted by the School of Music and Dance of San Jose State University in San Jose CA
Katherine WellsProfessional Dancer with Robert Moses' Kin, formerly with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
The most valuable thing I learned from Mark Foehringer was how to be a good employee. Of course I honed things like line, virtuosity, clarity ... things associated with good technique, as well as expanding my artistic interests under his direction. But I learned that it isn't how "good" a dancer I am, but how good a dancer I am to work with that matters. This has been a key factor in building a successful career as a dancer.
I have so much respect and appreciation for Mark and what his program has to offer. He and his faculty of instructors prepared my daughter so well for college dance. She had the tools she needed in both dance etiquette and technique. She was invited to attend every program she auditioned for, and now is thriving. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Julie Egbert, Parent
I highly recommend this program for dancers who want to pursue contemporary dance on the college or professional level. My son studied with Mark Foehringer Dance and the other instructors here for two years, and it was one of the best things he did. He would not be the contemporary dancer he is today if it were not for this program. If you live in the Bay Area (N. CA), check it out.