Instructor and Program Director
Courses: Jazz, Movement for Performers, Strategies in Dance Instruction, Musical Theatre, Choreography
Suzanne Ostersmith has taught and worked professionally in theatre and dance throughout the west coast and in Central and South America. Her degree in theater is from the University of California San Diego, and she holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplanary Arts from Goddard College. In addition, she studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, the British American Drama Academy, Oxford, England, and with studios accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance. Suzanne Ostersmith founded Gonzaga's Dance Program and has taught, choreographed dance, and directed theatre performances at Gonzaga since 2000. Her directing and/or choreographing credits at Gonzaga include Chicago, Urinetown, The Crane Wife, Seussical, Weaving Our Sisters' Voices, Zink, Pippin, The Honorable Urashima Taro, The Medieval Mysteries and works for the annual dance concerts. Suzanne serves as the National Board of the American College Dance Association. Each year, she takes students from Gonzaga to this Academic Dance Conference.
Courses: Ballet, Modern, Dance History
Pam Erickson began her training and performing career with the Santa Barbara Ballet Company, and is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her professional credits include performances with the San Francisco Dance Theatre, the Chamber Dance Ballet Company of San Francisco, the Sphinx Jazz-Ballet Company of Vienna, Austria, and in Broadway-style revues abroad the MS Crystal Harmony cruise ship. She recently choreographed for Spokane's World Aids Day performance and for the Theatre Ballet of Spokane's Spring Concert. As a dance instructor, Pam has taught at Western Washington University and the University of Utah; during the past two years she has also taught master classes at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She teaches at Spokane's Ballet Arts Academy and is a national adjudicator for Spotlight Dance Competition. Currently she is an instructor at both Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities.
Courses: Jazz, Conditioning, Hip Hop
Karla Parbon is a graduate of Whitworth University. After getting her degree she trained exclusively in studio where she performed and competed in jazz, tap, modern/contemporary, and hip hop for 12 years across the state of Washington. Karla has choreographed several musicals for the Christian Youth Theatre and for the Gonzaga Preparatory Competitive Dance Team and was their choreographer and advisor for seven years. Currently, Karla is a faculty member in the dance programs at both Gonzaga University and Whitworth University, where she teaches jazz, dance conditioning, and hip hop. Karla is also the Dance Ministry Leader at Life Center Church, where she choreographs and performs pieces for services and special events.
Sarah Glesk began teaching Modern Dance at Gonzaga University in September 2013. She also teaches ballet and modern at Ballet Arts Academy, Inland Northwest Ballet, Suncrest Ballet Studio and is the resident choreographer for Ballet Arts Academy Senior Company. Sarah graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance in 2006. While at Cornish she was chosen to perform in Martha Graham's "Diversion of Angels" at the Paramount. Over the next 10 years Sarah performed with companies such as Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, Geoffrey Johnson, Alloy Dance Project, Serendip and helped found the in-house dance troupe currently known as the CanCan Castaways in Seattle's Pike Place Market. After returning to Spokane, Sarah helped form Suncrest Ballet Studio and began her career of teaching and choreographing.