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School : Teacher Bios

Nanette Robinson, choreographer, educator and dancer is ZUZI! Co-Founder and Artistic Director, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing.   She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival, the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School.  She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances,  flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers. Nanette is currently in the MFA Dance program at University of Wisconsin.
Melissa Buckheit Melissa Buckheit has studied Modern Dance, Body-Mind Centering, Body-Based Trauma Theory, Somatic Movement Therapy, Developmental Patterning, Hakomi, Aerial Dance, Contact Improv, Choreography, Authentic Movement, and Ballet at Naropa University, as well as as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. She began her dance training at age 5 in Classical Russian Ballet, Vaganova Method. She holds a terminal MFA in Poetry from Naropa University, a BA in English & American Literature, Dance/Theatre and French from Brandeis University, and a National and State Certified Massage and Eastern Bodywork Licensure from Providence Institute. She has taught Aerial Dance, Movement and Creative Writing at Zuzi since 2008, Writing and Literature at Pima College since 2005 and practices an Integrated Therapeutic Massage since 2009. She is the owner of Desert Integrated Therapeutic Massage in Tucson, AZ and the author of two poetry collections: Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012) and Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007). She has danced and choreographed in Boston, Boulder and Tucson, and is the recipient of a Tucson Pima Arts Council Dance grant and two Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry. She has curated the Edge Series since 2008, newly housed and affiliated with ZUZI! Dance at the Historic Y. Find her at melissabuckheit.com or contact her at melissabuckheitlmt@gmail.com
Monica Weinheimer Boccio Monica Weinheimer Boccio has been studying modern dance and aerial arts since 2004. She has performed with Peggy Soomil Dance Company, ZUZI, Flam Chen, Murphy Speaking Films, Sugarbeast Circus, and Circus School of Arizona. She has performed solo work in Tucson, Phoenix, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland, and in 2015 directed the contemporary circus show Lily in the Argon Forest. She especially enjoys exploring the frontier between ground and air in dance.
Aja Knaub

Aja Knaub is the assistant school director for O-T-O Dance and has been teaching and performing with them for four years. She started her performance training in the theatre arts and moved to dance when she discovered the aerial apparatus, flying and suspending movement in the air. She began 9 years ago on the low flying trapeze under the tutelage of Patti Lopez and the Arivaca Arts Council. In Tucson she expanded this skill with Annie Bunker, Charles Thompson and Nate Dryden. She has taken workshops with Robert Davidson, Nancy Smith of Frequent Flyers Productions, Terry Sendgraff, the trapeze twins Elsie and Serenity Smith, and French aerialists Jacques Bertrand and Frédérique Debitte. She is excited to be teaching for Zuzi!

Stephanie

Stephanie Cortes is a co-founder, co-owner, and artistic director of Cirque Roots Studio and Productions. Stephanie has choreographed many shows for the past three years, and performed for a variety of audiences and venues. Modern hoop dance has been her primary performance art, however her excitement and interests has led to an expansion of skills including aerial hoop, fire dance, stilt dance, and acrobatics. She has a passion for teaching and thrives to inspire creativity, confidence, and happiness in every student. 

Cesar R. Degollado

Cesar R. Degollado, a native of Mexico, has worked as a dancer with well known choreographers and has performed world-renowned choreography by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Paul Taylor and Ben Stevenson. He's traveled as a performer to Amsterdam, Germany, London, Scotland, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, and Thailand, as well as throughout the United States. He worked with Ballet Tucson for seventeen seasons where his credits as a dancer involved principal, soloist, and corps de ballet roles. He shared the role of rehearsal assistant with Ballet Tucson, Ballet Master for Ballet Tucson 2, and Ballet Tucson's Regisseure, and Outreach Development Coordinator. César served twelve years as faculty at Ballet Arts including ten years as faculty for Ballet Tucson Summer Dance Workshop. Mr. Degollado founded ConDanza, a Contemporary Repertoire Company and a Community Outreach Project that originated in Stockholm, Sweden, officially moving operations to Tucson, AZ in 2009. His information is eclectic and rooted in tradition. 

 Karyn Reim by Rick Foster

Karyn Reim has had an eclectic ballet education that culminated with a BFA and BA in dance performance and choreography from Shenandoah University.  Though not a ballerina herself, she believes good dance technique, presentation, and discipline begin with a strong ballet foundation.  Her modern dance, Pilates, and yoga studies will also likely influence her teaching style.   Come explore a powerful and elegant dance technique!.

 Debby Urken Debby Urken has led writing, expressive arts and movement groups in Tucson for more than five years. She is a member of Zuzi Dance Company. Debby holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Brain and Behavioral Science from Cornell University. She is also a certified Let Your Yoga Dance ® teacher and Journey Dance™ teacher.
 Tammy Rosen Wilbur

Tammy Rosen Wilbur is the co-founder and former director of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre for which she choreographed, performed and taught.  She is also the founder of The DanceLoft, where she still teaches. In addition to NEW ART, she performed with FUNHOUSE Movement Theater, Tenth Street Danceworks and O-T-O Dance.  She is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method(R) of somatic education.

 Vanessa Corona

Vanessa Corona has been dancing since the age of 5, beginning with Folklorico, Jazz & Hip Hop. She later grew to love, Contemporary, Modern, Interpretive, Theater Arts, Cabaret, Latin, Ballroom and African. For many years, Vanessa was active in the community, performing a variety of dance styles, in theatre and musical theater. In 2004, She began ballroom dancing, because of her love for Frank Sinatra and the desire to dance to his music. Vanessa has worked for multiple companies in different cities as a Performer, Music & Movement teacher, Musical Theatre Choreographer and Salsa Instructor. Some highlights have been performing at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, MGM Grand in Las Vegas, traveling to Argentina to learn Tango, performing in a dance video and being an “extra” in movies, including a role as a dancer. She has also enjoyed participating in competitions and having the chance to be part of very special memories as a Wedding and Quinceanera Choreographer. One of the most enjoyable things for Vanessa is to choreograph and teach school musical theatre productions. Dance and the Arts, to her, are not only a part of life, they are a way of life.