For the past 25 years Deborah Jorritsma has served at the Artistic Director for Chico Creek Dance Centre and Chico Community Ballet. She was trained in classical ballet performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma under Miguel Terechov and Yvonne Chateau, in France with Rosella Hightower, with the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., and most recently with the American Ballet Theatre Dance Teacher program. She has danced professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and with the Fort Wayne Ballet. She has directed and choreographed over 25 full-length ballets.
Catherine Sullivan is one of the founding members of Chico Community Ballet where she has been Associate Director for the past 25 years. Her extensive ballet training includes working with Eileen Smith of the San Francisco Ballet, Nolan T’Sani of American Ballet Theatre, Harold Lang of Ballet Russe, Rebecca Wright of Joffrey Ballet, Jilliana Mitchell of New York City Ballet, and Arthur Mitchell of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Catherine has also trained in modern dance and body therapy.
Jarrah Myles received a B.A. in Musical Theatre and a B.S. in Business Administration from Chico State University and her Master’s in Dance Education from New York University. In addition to teaching at Chico Creek Dance Centre, Jarrah is the Assistant Director of Chico Community Ballet where she directs the Pre-Company Divisions, and a dance teacher and choreographer for Inspire School of Arts & Sciences.
Sheree Henning has been involved with Chico Creek Dance Centre and the Chico Community Ballet for the last 24 years. She graduated from CSU, Chico in Physical Education with an emphasis in Dance. She is the Director for the Junior II Company dancers. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance and choreography for the Theatre Department at CSU, Chico.
Amber English is a 22 year old Kinesiology student at Chico State. She has been dancing with CCDC since the age of 4. She is in her third year as a member of Full Force Dance Company and was a member of Chico Community Ballet for 13 years. Amber has also trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Arizona School of Classical Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre.