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Faith Jensen-Ismay

Poway, CA      

Faith Jensen-Ismay has an extensive history as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer working throughout the entire county of San Diego and beyond. She is a founding Director of Mojalet (in 1991) with Mary Neuru, and Linda Zambrano; she became Mojalet Dance Collective’s Artistic Director in 1997, presenting her work and performing in Mexico, Switzerland, London, France, and Germany, as well as the East and West Coast. Currently, Faith is part of the dance faculty at Mesa College and offers classes through Mojalet Dance Collective in Rancho Bernardo at Mojalet’s home theater studio space "The Vine Theater", and for Young Audiences of San Diego.

Moonlighting from 2007-2011, she served as the choreographer for The Jumpitz – a performing group offering children’s entertainment through stories, songs, and dance.  While working with The Jumpitz, she created choreography for over 30 music videos for DVD’s, with several aired on Nick Jr., Armed Forces Network, HD Network and more. She also split her time traveling Domestically and Internationally with the group; in 2010 and 2011, she toured as the Choreographer, and Live Performance Director with AFE Tours presenting performances for military families in England, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece.

Her professional performing career began in the 1986-1987 season with Three’s Company and Dancers under the direction of Jean Isaacs, Nancy Mc Caleb and Betzi Roe Weinburg; with them she was able to tour in Europe, Mexico and domestically. Faith worked for 3’s Company/ Isaacs McCaleb & Dancers for 11 years, then continued with McCaleb Dance for an 1.5 years, and Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theatre until August 2005. While with San Diego Dance Theatre, she had the opportunity to perform works by Jean Isaacs, Christopher Pilafian, Mary Anthony, Monica Bill Barnes, Rui Horta, Kevin Wynn, Marco Antonio Silva, Jeffery Gerodias, Gabriel Masson, Yolanda Snaith, and more.

As a choreographer, Faith had created work for Mojalet Dance Collective, The University Dance Company at SDSU, UCSD Faculty Dance, Palomar, Mesa and Grossmont College Faculty Concerts, "Beyond Therapy" at The Old Globe Theater, Northern California Dance Conservatory, The PGK Dance Project, The Jumpitz, and more.

Before transferring to SDSU, where she develop a performing career working with artists such as Patricia Sandback, Melissa Nunn, she received her Associates in the Arts Degree from Palomar Community College where she was adjunct faculty from 1988 to 2005. She has so served as a adjunct faculty for the University of California San Diego 1995-2005, SDSU from 1997-2009, and guest adjunct for San Diego City College, Mira Mar College, and recently Grossmont College.

She has also had the opportunity to teach for CAPHERD and served as the Artist in Residence in 1992. Additional past teaching includes the Academy of Performing Arts, Isaacs / McCaleb and Dancers , San Diego Dance Theatre, The La Jolla Playhouse, Arts in Education, and for Young Audiences of San Diego. Since 1985, Faith has held residencies at many high schools and primary schools throughout San Diego County impacting thousands of children; she strives to make dance accessible to all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and people with varied physical abilities.

Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to perform works by Nancy McCaleb, Patricia Sandback, Joe Goode, Betzi Roe, Patricia Rincon, Mary Neuru, Ellen Segal, Albert Reed, Jan Justice, Greg Lizenbury, Shawn Womac, Rich Burrows, Bill De Young, Terri Shipman, Terry Wilson, Terry Sprague, Katie Stevinson, Allyson Green, Bradley Lundburg, Margaret Marshall, Peter Kalivas, Albert Reed, and others.

Over the past 25 years, her training has been influenced by many great artists that have done extensive workshops here in San Diego, with special thanks to Riza Steinburg from the Limon Company, who greatly influenced her work.

Mojalet 25th Anniversary Concert

Mojalet Celebrates 25 years of making dance in San Diego by Artistic Director Faith Jensen-Ismay.

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