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New Faculty at CMA!

CMA is pleased to welcome Cait Powers, Jessica Zoller and Josh Murray to our roster of outstanding teaching artists!

Cait Powers began her ballet training at the age of three with creative movement classes and later trained in Royal Academy of Dance. Cait made the transition to Oregon Ballet Theatre School studying under the direction of Haydee Gutierrez. At the age of fifteen, Cait was invited to dance with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of James Canfield. Cait danced in classical ballets including Coppelia, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and The Nutcracker and toured with Oregon Ballet Theatre to open the Nutcracker season in Anchorage, Alaska. Later, Cait began a career in contemporary dance and was a founding member of Bouand Dance Company under the direction of Alexandrous Ballard. Cait performed in many contemporary pieces with Bouand Dance Company including Sideshow which aired in an hour long documentary on OPB. Cait has since moved on to teaching in around the Portland Metro area and has taught at University level as adjunct faculty. She continues to work as a freelance artist on dance projects and choreography.

Jessica Zoller received her MFA in dance in 2015 from the University of Oregon. While attending UO, Jessica received a graduate teaching fellowship from 2012-2015. She earned her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Western Washington University in 2007. Jessica's choreography and performance was recognized at the 2007 American College Dance Festival Gala Concert in Montana with, Tall Tales and Short Stories. Jessica also represented the University of Oregon at the Kennedy Center for the National College Dance Festival 2014; performing Rachel Winchester's Girl Pool. Professionally she has performed with Pam Kuntz, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Portland Opera, Lane Hunter Dance, Lauren Edson, Wanderlust Circus, Pelu Theatre, Shannon Mockli and AWOL Dance Collective. Most recently, Jessica choreographed for Sojourn Theatre's How to End Poverty. Most recently, Jessica choreographed for Sojourn Theatre's How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes at the Portland Playhouse and for Seattle, WA's Relay Dance Collective. Jessica is excited to be performing with Polaris Dance Theatre this season.

Josh Murry began dancing at local studios on the Oregon coast when he was 12. As a teenager he attended summer intensives at Milwaukee Ballet in Wisconsin and Joffrey Ballet in New York on full scholarship. He was then scouted for Brigham Young University's Theatre Ballet Company. He was a full time student and dancer doing full length ballets, composition pieces and senior projects getting attention and recognition from dance department professors. Deciding that school could wait he moved back to the coast and joined BodyVox-2 in 2009.  In his time with BodyVox he has performed in 6 world premiere shows, "Smoke Soup," "BloodyVox," "A Soldier's Tale," "The Cutting Room," "Firewall," and "Cosmosis" as well as BodyVox classics such as "Reverie," "Thousand Little Cities," "Horizontal Leanings," and "Fifteen." He became a leading artist with the company,  touring all over the nation as well as Europe. Josh was instrumental as part of the company's education and outreach program, developing and performing in specially designed school programs for thousands of students throughout the Pacific Northwest.  In 2012, Josh began performing with Éowyn Emerald & Dancers, and with this company has travelled twice to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest performance and arts festival on the globe. The company achieved the accolade of being featured as a "Top Pick" in the London Time's Arts Section, and received glowing reviews for their performance from many international arts publications. As a member of this intimate company, Josh continues to be featured in new works developed specifically for this small core of dancers Currently Josh is a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the greater Portland area.

"Dance is doing the simplest thing with the greatest possible care."

~ Barbara Kingsolver, author