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Messages can be left for any faculty member by calling the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at 757-683-3828 or 757-683-5455.  Individual contact information can be found next to the biographies below.  

Amanda Kinzer Modern Dance, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Jazz, Composition, Dance History, Dance Appreciation

Associate professor and Dance Program director, Amanda Kinzer has been with Old Dominion University since 2001.  She received her M.F.A in dance performance and choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2000 and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. Her early training included study at the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Chicago City Ballet, The Hungarian Institute of Ballet, and the Virginia School of the Arts.  Amanda has performed with Modernextension Dance Company, Second Wind Dance Company, Tidewater Dance Collective, Gravity Optional Dance Companuy, CREO New Music Ensemble and as an independent artist.  Her choreography has been produced at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Elon University; Old Dominion University; Salem College; the University of Virginia; in the 2004 Richmond Choreographers Showcase; at the 30th International Choreographers Showcase in Louisville, Kentucky; at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City; by the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD); and by the Southern District of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAAPHERD).  She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Elon University, and since 2001, at Old Dominion University.    

   Contact Professor Kinzer at 757-683-3002 or akinzer@odu.edu

                Marilyn Marloff All levels of Modern Dance, Beginning and Intermediate Ballet, Jazz, Anatomy/Kinesiology, Pedagogy, Composition, Dance Appreciation, 
                                                    Chief Advisor for Dance

Professor and Dance Program advisor, Marilyn Marloff has been with Old Dominion University since 1987. She was Dance Director from 1987 till 2010 and now serves as the Chief Departmental Advisor for all dance majors and minors. She holds a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. degree in dance from the University of Oklahoma. Her early training included study at Chautauqua Institution, Point Park College, and the Fort Lauderdale Academy for the Performing Arts. She has performed and/or choreographed for dance companies in New York and throughout the United States including Broadway Express, Ananda Dancers, New Orleans Contemporary Dance Company, Oklahoma Repertory Dance Theatre, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Second Wind Dance Company and CREO New Music Ensemble. Her choreography has also been presented at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the Richmond Choreographers Showcase; Dance Exchange in Tulsa, OK;  the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City; and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD). Her video work has received awards in Europe, Canada, the United States, and South America. Ms. Marloff is the co-artistic director of Old Dominion University Dance Theatre and teaches all levels of modern technique, beginning ballet, anatomy / kinesiology for dance, teaching principles, dance composition, dance appreciation, and improvisation.   Contact Professor Marloff at 757-683-4354 or mmarloff@odu.edu.



Megan Thompson - Modern Dance, Dance Appreciation, Pilates, Yoga

Assistant Professor Megan Thompson received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland and her B.S. in Dance from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her early dance training included study at the Gus Giordano Dance Studio, the Lou Conte Dance Studio and the Laban Centre in London. Ms. Thompson also has extensive training and certifications in Pilates, yoga and Extreme Moves (developed by Li Chiao-Ping). She has danced professionally in the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, RTG Dance and as an independent artist. Her own work has been presented in Chicago, Madison, WI, New York City, and in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. In 2009, Thompson, along with performing artist Jen Stone, created the Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project. Together they have taught master classes and presented their work in Chicago, Richmond, Seattle and internationally in Guatemala and Mexico. Recently, Thompson helped form Artpile, a group of performing artists in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia working together to engage the local community and explore new performance opportunities.  Megan joined the ODU faculty in 2009.  Contact Professor Thompson at mmthomps@odu.edu.


Joni Petre-Scholz - Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Technique

Joni Petre-Scholz is a former member of the Berkshire Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and Manhattan Ballet. Joni toured internationally and performed in over 12 countries dancing works by Vincente Nebrada, Robert North, Gary Pierce, Billy Wilson and others. She began working with Dances Patrelle in 1988 appearing in many Patrelle ballets including The Yorkville Nutcracker, Adieu with a Handshake, Madame X,  Rhapsody in Blue, American Dreamer, Romeo and Juliet, the world premiere of Notturno for Strings and Harp and as Lady Macbeth in the 2001 revival of Macbeth.  In addition, Ms. Petre-Scholz was rehearsal director as well as assistant to the managing director. She has also re-staged many Patrelle ballets for Dances Patrelle as well as other companies. In 2002 Joni was a featured performing artist at The Lyric Recovery Festival at Carnegie Hall appearing in excerpts of Beauty and the Beast with original choreography by Ginger Thatcher and original score by Paul Winston. Ms. Petre-Scholz was a principal dancer in the world premiere of "POP" as well as Glad to be Unhappy choreography by Francis Patrelle. Joni has also appeared as a guest artist with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater. A former member of the faculty of Ballet Academy East in New York City, Joni has recently joined the adjunct faculty of the Old Dominion Dance Department. She also teaches in the dance department of Virginia School of the Arts as well as the TR Dance Center in Norfolk.  Contact Professor Petre-Sholz at Jatdscholz@aol.com

Tami White - Dance and It's Audience, Jazz, Introduction to Dance Technique
Tami White (adjunct faculty and guest artist) has studied dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, University of Richmond Summer Governor's School, Old Dominion University and the Virginia Governor's Magnet School for the Arts in Norfolk.  She holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Education degrees from Old Dominion University.  Tami has taught dance locally for the past eight years at The Starting Pointe, Creative Energy, the Jewish Community Center, and others.  She currently teaches dance at the YMCA and teaches two sections of Dance and Its Audience here at ODU.  She is also employed as a teacher for Norfolk Public Schools.  Contact Professor White at tmwhite@odu.edu

Danny Charles - Ballroom Dance
Danny Charles (adjunct faculty and guest artist) has been the Ballroom Dance instructor for Old Dominion University since 2003. His Ballroom Classes include: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Mambo, Merengue, and Argentine Tango syllabus approved by the National Dance Council of America. His ballroom dance training began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and continued at various other studios with National & World Champion Coaching in American, International, and Theatre Arts styles of ballroom dance and choreography at Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Open levels. He has danced, performed, and taught ballroom dancing for over 20 years. He was recently selected as one of 8 ballroom dance instructors to host the first "Cruising With The Stars" ballroom dance cruise with ballroom dance champion, Karina Smirnoff, from "Dancing With The Stars" TV series. He also currently teaches private/group ballroom classes at Rants Ballroom Company (owned by ODU Dance Alumnus, Marie Rants) in Virginia Beach.

Katie Iacono - Dance and Its Audience, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance
Katie Iacono (adjunct faculty and guest artist, M.Sc. Dance Science, Trinity Laban and M.F.A. Choreography, The University of Maryland) credits her extensive background in athletics and dance training for her love of researching the connection between these two physical fields. Among her greatest influences in the arts, she studied under Professor Emerita Mim Rosen and danced for choreographers Ed Tyler and Tzveta Kassabova. Katie is an Adjunct Professor in Dance. She teaches Dance and Its Audience, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Modern dance at ODU.

Cara Goodwin - Jazz, Tap
Cara Goodwin (adjunct faculty and guest artist) is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, where she trained and later taught at the nationally renowned dance studio- Denise Wall's Dance Energy. She has a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University. From there, she had the honor to work for several companies, including contracts with Cirque du Soleil and Stiletto Entertainment. She has been seen in various commercials, performed at the inaugural parade and was a featured teacher in a promo video for Madison Square Garden. She has also performed all around the US and internationally for various events and shows. Prior to joining the faculty at ODU, Cara was faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She currently produces, directs and choreographs for her company, Beyond Lines Contemporary Dance Company in NYC. She also teaches for the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts and travels the US and Canada as a Master Teacher and choreographer.

Sheena Jeffers - Dance and Its Audience

Penelope Haws  -   Yoga  

Ashley Budy Whitlinger-   Ballet, Modern, Pointe, Yoga