Adjunct Faculty

Sarah Fealk Adjunct Faculty at Gonzaga University Dance Department instructing students in the dance studio.

Sara Glesk has been teaching at Gonzaga University since 2013.

She graduated Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance in 2006. While at Cornish, Sarah performed in such works as Martha Graham’s “Diversion of Angels”. After graduating, she remained in Seattle, WA where she helped found the CanCan Castaways and performed with companies, Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey, Geoffrey Johnson, Alloy Dance Project, Serendip and danced in a Saturday Knights music video.

Since returning home in 2011, Sarah has been teaching Ballet, Modern and Choreography at multiple studios in Spokane. She has also had the pleasure of choreographing for several film ventures with the Spokane Film Project, taught Movement for Actors for a theater production, choreographed and performed in a music video for Water Monster and enjoyed performing intermittently with Vytal Movement Dance Company.

Courses Taught

THEA 125 Jazz Dance I
THEA 224 Contemporary Modern Dance I
THEA 230 Modern Dance II

Contact information

Theatre Dance Studios #106
Phone: (509) 313-6508
Email: glesk@gonzaga.edu
Office hours are by appointment.

 
Karla Parbon, M.A. Adjunct Faculty at Gonzaga Univerity Dance Department creative dance image

Karla Parbon has been teaching at Gonzaga University since 2008.

As a dancer, educator, and choreographer, Karla has dedicated her life and profession to the art of dance. She studied for 15 years under the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum and graduated from Whitworth University with a B.A. in Psychology and a focus in Women’s Studies and M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Dance, Karla’s specialty is in connecting art, spirituality and the human experience. Karla has been teaching dance for over 20 years where she has had the opportunity to choreograph musical theatre shows including: The Boyfriend, Cabaret, Working, Jesus Christ Super Star, The Mattress, and The Wakefield Mysteries.

Currently, Karla is the Dance Program Director at Whitworth University and dance faculty at Gonzaga University and teaches courses in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Choreography, Movement and Somatic Practices. She has also presented several works at the American College Dance Association Conference for the past 8 years as well as choreographed and performed with the St. John’s Professional Choir and members of the Spokane Symphony for the Good Friday performance, Buxtehude. In 2014, Karla founded and is the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Partners Through Art, that leverages the power of theatre, dance and visual art with other non-profits to expand their individual success and advance the collective goal of positive social change. Karla is consistently discovering innovative avenues to help and inspire others to find hope and a voice through artistic expression.

Courses Taught

THEA 125 Jazz Dance I
THEA 227 Principles of Dance Conditioning
THEA 321 Jazz Dance II
THEA 323 Urban Dance

Contact information

Theatre Dance Studios #106
Phone: (509) 313-6508
Email: parbon@gonzaga.edu
Office Hours are by appointment.

 
Creative image of CarliAnn Forthun Bruner, Dance Department Adjunct Faculty

CarliAnn Forthun Bruner graduated from Simon Fraser University where she received her BFA in Dance and minor in Kinesiology. Currently, CarliAnn is an MFA Candidate in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her choreography has been presented by On the Boards, Seattle International Dance Festival, Inlay Dance, Velocity Dance Center, YAW Theater, Intrepidus Dance, and Terrain 11. She has performed professionally with Khambatta Dance Company, Intrepidus Dance, 127th St. Dance Company and as a freelance performer with Noam Gagnon, KT Niehoff, Rob Kitsos, Marla Eist, and Ashleigh Claire Miller. CarliAnn has enjoyed performing, teaching, and touring internationally in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Lithuania, and India.

In 2016, she formed Forthun+Rome Dance Theater with Ethan Rome. Since then, the company has created over a dozen new works including full evening length pieces and dance films. In 2018, the dance company received the year-long James Ray Residency Award to create a new dance work for the 2019 Seattle International Dance Festival. As a dance creator, CarliAnn investigates human interactions that are universal and transcend language, exploring the ineffability of life.

Courses Taught

THEA 125 Jazz Dance I
THEA 224 Contemporary Modern
THEA 321 Jazz II
THEA 324 Modern II
THEA 226 Accelerated Technique – Contemporary

Contact information

Theatre Dance Studios #106
Phone: (509) 313-6083
Email: forthun-bruner@gonzaga.edu
Office Hours are by appointment.

 

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