About the Artists
ROBBY JOHNSON, Assistant to the Director, is an actor, dancer, musician and science researcher. He is a graduate of UCSD with a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and minors in both Dance and Theater. Robby has trained with a host of fantastic dance educators over the years including Jean Isaacs, Faith Jensen-Ismay, grace jun-mills, Peter Kalivas, Bradley Lundberg, Gabriel Masson, Christopher Pilafian and Terry Wilson to name a few. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Allyson Green Dance, Betzi Roe, Erica Buechner's Sound Dance Company, San Diego Dance Theater, Lower Left, Melissa Nunn, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, Patricia Sandback, Yolande Snaith and various independent artists and choreographers. Robby works in neuroscience research, participates in music at his church, and even tries to cram in some acting on stage, film, or in a crowd of those seeking entertainment. He is currently enjoying his local and international adventures with Mojalet Dance Collective and has done so since 2005. Robby plays nicely with others, enjoys cooking, eating, good wine, craft beer, traveling, and taking bubble baths.
LYNDSEY GEMMELL has been dancing with Mojalet since 2001 performing in Domestic and International Tours. She has been training with Faith Jensen-Ismay since 2000 currently serving as Assistant to The Director, and performs in Educational Outreach for Mojalet. She started with a predominant background in jazz and musical theatre performing in numerous local productions including Moonlight and Lawrence Welk Theaters. Lyndsey has enjoyed performing with Mojalet over the years and would like to thank Faith for affording her the opportunity to performing in a variety of projects: Europe Tours, Trolley Dances, and performing choreography by acclaimed artists such as Patricia Sandback and Betzi Roe. She resides in Oceanside with her husband, Brian, and three healthy boys, Jack, Elliott, Lewis and her daughter Scarlet. She is happiest when she is dreaming up her next creative endeavor and sharing her artistic passions with her children.
ALIA ISMAY was born in Poway California and has danced basically her whole life, but started official training around the age of 8 in the annual Summer Dancin' Workshop in Ramona; soon after she began taking workshops and adult company classes taught by her mom, Faith Jensen-Ismay. She has been training with Mojalet ever since and has been a vital performer for the Mojalet Senior Co. Alia has performed and toured in Switzerland and Germany with Mojalet and served the company as a teaching artist and choreographer for Eclectic Expression Dance Co. , Jamolet and Core Group. . Alia received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from San Diego State University in 2016, then moved to India for a year to do Public Relations work for an anti-human trafficking organization. In 2020, Alia spent a year in Lugano, Switzerland to earn a Masters of Science in International Management . She is excited to be back in the US and performing with Mojalet and balances her life as Director of Sales and Marketing for Sparrow Imports.
ALYSSA KINNEAR was thrilled join the Mojalet family in 2011 as a full company member touring Internationally and performing in company Educational Outreach programs. She is a native San Diegan who began her dance training with Lorna Diamond and Donna Flournoy studying ballet, tap, jazz, flamenco and regional Spanish dancing. Alyssa holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, San Diego and received the Dance Faculty Performance Award at graduation. She has had the privilege of studying and working with Allyson Green, Terry Wilson, Jean Issacs, Margaret Marshall, and Judith Sharp. In 2005, Alyssa took a break from dance to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 7 years specializing in Pediatrics. When not in the studio or clinic, Alyssa can be found traveling around the world and taking care of your beautiful bay girl. She would like to thank Faith for this incredible opportunity.
KATHRYN MCLEAN first discovered her love of dance at a young age while growing up in the small town of Fallbrook, Ca. She began training with Faith Jensen-Ismay while a student at Palomar College and continued her journey with Faith in Mojalet in 2001, and is forever grateful for the many performance opportunities and global adventures with Faith and the group. She studied jazz, ballet, ethnic and modern dance at Palomar College. Kathryn has had the privilege of performing works by artists Patricia Sandback and Betzi Roe throughout the years. Kathryn is part of Mojalet's Educational Outreach programs performing for thousands of children each year. When she is not dancing, Kathryn is busy raising her two children Juliette and James with her husband Jakob. Kathryn has a passion for art, horticulture and the outdoors and thrives on new adventures with her family!
NICOLE WOODING has been training in classical ballet since she was 4 years old. Her training includes San Diego Civic Youth Ballet for 14 years under Xavier Hicks and Penny Huffor and she performed roles such as Sugar Plum, Snow Queen, Dew Drop (Nutcracker) Evil Stepsister (Cinderella) Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Nicole has performed and choreographed with the Mesa College Dance Company from 2009-2014. Outside of SD, she preformed at the Detroit Opera House Theater with the American Ballet Theater for 3 summer seasons from 2004-200, and trained under Andre De La Roche and Rosy Loconte at DanzARt.srl in Bari, Italy in the 2015 summer season. Nicole works as a coach and ballet teacher for Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics (since 2010). She is currently working towards becoming a physical therapist assistant. Nicole began training with Faith Jensen-Ismay at Mesa college in 2012, and has been dancing with Core Group & Mojalet Dance Collective since 2014 and is so happy and in love with the wonderful dance environment it provides.
CHRISTINA WURZ is originally from the Bronx, NY and started training at the Bronx Dance Theater. From there she attended the famous New York City High school of Performing Arts and graduated with a Regents diploma. Christina was a student of John Magnus, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Dorothy Lister, among others, during years of intensive study at the Joffery Ballet School in Manhattan. She completed her formal dance education with a B.F.A. in dance at the University of Hartford, Hartt School in Connecticut; there she was trained by the world famous ballerina Alla Osipenko and Martha Graham protégé Peggy Lyman. Some of her accomplishments include Mojalet Core Group, Full Force Dance Theater, BalletNeo, San Diego Dance Theater, Terry Wilson and Dancers, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Dance Connecticut’s Touring Ensemble, New West Ballet Theater and West Coast Ballet Theater. Christina has traveled the world to train and perform, attending many workshops and seminars for increased education. She has performed in Mexico, Scotland, France and two tours in Rome, Italy for the Rome Festival Orchestra, as well as performing on both US coasts. Christina currently owns the New West Ballet School in San Marcos where she directs major classical ballet production and trains the next generation of dancers. Christina began training with Faith Jensen-Ismay in 2013, and performing with Mojalet in 2014 in the Rhythm Talk Swicss ollaboration production, "On The Move".
Additional Extended Co. Performers with Mojalet
ANDREW HOLMES has been dancing with Mojalet since 2008 and has been loving every moment of it. His roles with the company include domestic and International performances, participation in Educational Outreach as a performer and teaching artist, as well as serving on the faculty of instructors at The Vine Theater, Mojalet's Place for the Arts. He started his dance career when he was 16 at Valley Center High School where he took his first dance class from Tami Pluth. In 2012 he graduated as the Outstanding Dance Artist from San Diego State University with a BFA in Dance where he has had the opportunity to learn from and work with artists Patrica Sandback, Melissa Nunn, Leslie Seiters, and Joe Alter. Andy is also currently working projects with Malashock Dance. While dance is his primary focus he also enjoys being an environmentalist and social activist. Dance has been the ultimate physical and emotional outlet and he appreciates all of the opportunities that have been presented to him to learn and grow both as an artist and a person."
SADIE ISMAY has been training with her mother, Faith Jensen-Ismay, her whole life and appreciates all the opportunities she has had to perform with Mojalet, Core Group and Mojalet Junior Companies. Sadie is also trained in aerial arts and loves to bring that passion together with dance to be a well rounded performer in both disciplines. Sadie was a featured aerial / dance performer in Mojalet's critically acclaimed "Enchanted & Endangered" production in 2015 and 2016. She attended Mesa Collage training in dance and fulfilling general education while balancing her job working in the Entertainment Dept. of Sea World SD and Summer work at The San Diego Zoo. Sadie looks forward to the many years she will have to continue training, performing and touring with Mojalet Dance Collective and the faculty at The Vine Theater: Faith Jensen-Ismay, Andrew Holmes and Alia Ismay.
MANDY LANGEN-KRAMP, a native San Diegan, graduated from CSU Long Beach with a BA in Dance in 1999 and from CSU San Marcos with her Secondary Teaching Credential in 2003. She feel in love with choreographing in high school and hasn't stopped choreographing and teaching dance since. She has choreographed and taught dance classes from San Diego to Los Angeles and has been the dance teacher at El Camino High School since 2004. She has danced professionally with Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, Notoriety, Inc. as well as with various independent artists and has been a member of the Mojalet family performing and training with Faith Jensen-Ismay and guest choreographers Patricia Sandback, and Betzi Roe since 2002. She feels so fortunate being able to continue to both teach and perform both locally and internationally. When she is not dancing, she enjoys going on adventures and traveling with world with her husband Kenny and children Emerson and Vienna.
Additional Extended Co. Performers with Mojalet & Core Group
ISABEL DESMET most of her childhood in San Diego. She began her dance training at Jibe Studios in El Cajon when she was 13 years old, focusing mainly on jazz, contemporary, and hip hop dance. When she was 16, she started teaching dance to children at Jibe Studios and continued to do so into her time in community college. Isabel fell in love with modern dance when she started attending San Diego Mesa College and San Diego City College. During that time she had the opportunity to work with Blythe Barton and Faith Jensen-Ismay. She also danced for Bite Dance Company. Isabel has a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. She continues to love modern dance but will always have a place in her heart for contemporary and hip hop dance. Currently she teaches dance at Jibe Studios and San Diego Dance Theater.
JASMYN HAMBLIN is a dancer, visual artist, choreographer, and teacher originally from Santa Rosa, California. She holds a BFA in Dance from Cal State University LongBeach, graduating with honors after transferring from San Diego Mesa College. Throughout her life, she has trained in contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet,
improvisation, and musical theater, working with many incredible teachers including Faith Jensen-Ismay, Rosanna Tavarez (Countertechnique), Rebecca Lemme (Release), Rebecca Bryant (Improvisation), Keith Johnson, members of Pilobolus Nile H. Russel and Jordan Kriston, Donna Flournoy, Jan Ellis, Summer Brown (Limón), and Andrew Holmes. Jasmyn has performed internationally with Andre Delaroche for DanzARt festival in Italy and Rebecca Bryant for Joven Danza Universitaria Festival in Ecuador. In 2020, she continued to work with Bryant for the HHII Dance Festival in Santa Barbara. As a dance maker, her choreography has been performed by local dance artists, Core Group, the Mesa College Dance Department, and during her time at CSU Long Beach, where her work “Process” was selected to be adjudicated at the 2020 ACDA Baja Conference. She is the recipient of the Nicki Carano Scholarship from San Diego Mesa College and the Jamiesson-Pechstein College of the Arts Endowed Scholarship from Cal State Long Beach for her involvement in the dance community. She is currently teaching at the Vine Arts Village and performs throughout the Southern California area.
NEFTALI VALLE His full name is Neftali Valle, but you can call him Nef or Neft for short. Nef was born and raised in southern San Diego in Barrio Logan. He attended the University of California, San Diego and graduated with a BA in Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies with a minor in Law and Society. He started his formal dance training after college at at San Diego Mesa Community College. There he took hip hop, modern, jazz and ballet with instructors such as Donna Flournoy and Blythe Barton. He met Faith Jensen-Ismay at Mesa and fell in love with her style and technique, he has continued modern dance training under her ever since. In recent years, he was given the opportunity to be a part of Mojalet’s Educational Outreach Program dancing for children at various schools in the greater San Diego area. He now has an apprenticeship in Mojalet that will hopefully lead to a full fledged company membership. You can also find Nef at Culture Shock Dance Center where he dances with Shock Army dance group led by Anthony Rodriguez. Outside of dance, he works as a barista at Peet’s Coffee & Tea where he’s gained a lot of leadership experience as a shift lead. Working at a coffee shop has also made him fairly knowledgeable on coffee and tea and was promoted to regional trainer. Nef brings a lot of passion and commitment to the work he does, but at the end of the day his love is for dance. He hopes to continue dancing for the rest of his life in any capacity, whether it be professional or as a personal hobby.
(Core Group consists of adults who train and perform on a regular basis at The Vine Theater
ANTIONETTE ANTONIO Antonette "Toni" Antonio is a native San Diegan. She is Nurse Practitioner who received her Master’s degree in Nursing at Azusa Pacific University and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at San Diego State University. She has always enjoyed dance in her life, but she found her passion for it when she enrolled in the San Diego Mesa College dance department. She originally trained in hip hop and discovered she enjoyed learning many different genres of dance. It was during her time at Mesa college that Toni met Faith Jensen-Ismay. This is when she discovered her passion for modern dance. She continues to train in modern, hip hop and urban choreography and performs with both Core Group and Shock Army CSDC. She is grateful to Faith and Core group for the wonderful learning and dancing opportunities they have given her.
JANET ALVIS has had a passion for dance since she was a young child, and has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary Dance. The majority of her Contemporary dance training has been with Faith Jensen-Ismay, Terry Wilson, and Terry Shipman since 1999 and has enjoyed many performance opportunities through Mojalet Dance Collective, Palomar and San Diego City College, San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, and Core Group. Janet has also been involved with Soulscape Movement Center since 2005, a Christian-based dance group under the direction of Sharon Kearin. While trying to pursue her love of dance and movement, she also has a full-time career in dentistry as an Office Manager. She is blessed to have a wonderful and supportive husband and an amazing 5 year old son. She is so thankful to Faith and Sharon for the many opportunities to perform and choreograph dances for Core Group and Soulscape;thank you for welcoming me into your dance families.
RHONDA FISHER started dancing in Arizona where she grew up and received her BFA in Dance and Secondary Education from Arizona State University in 1990. She continued to dance for several years after graduating but decided to change careers and received her BS in Nursing from Arizona State University in 1998. After many years of being out of the dance community she is now able to balance both her career as a nurse with her passion for dance through the wonderful opportunities given to her by Faith Jensen-Ismay and the Mojalet family.
LAUREN LUHMANN holds a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Music from University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in Biomechanics from San Diego State University. She began her professional career working in the medical device industry managing domestic and international regulatory affairs. In 2005, she transitioned to a career in the legal field, and obtained a paralegal certificate from University of San Diego. She has since been with Latham & Watkins LLP, providing a lead paralegal role in support of complex, high-stakes environmental and general civil matters in a variety of jurisdictions. Lauren is grateful to Faith for the amazing opportunities she has been offered as a dancer, and delighted to utilize her professional experience to help support Mojalet’s mission and expanding in-reach and out-reach programs.
RYAN LEE HARRIS spent his time growing up as a basketball, baseball, and tennis player. While at San Diego State University, he started freestyle hip hop dancing, later joining a local hip hop dance company. Prior to graduating with a Bachelor's in Business Management, he took a jazz class with Faith Jensen-Ismay which inspired his path towards dance. Ryan spent time at Mesa College, training in multiple styles while performing and choreographing as a member of Mesa Dance Company. In addition, Ryan has enjoyed training in Ballroom Dancing, taking classes at Arthur Murray and Champion Ballroom, while also being a member of Balboa Park Ballroom Dancers. He has been blessed to be a part of Core Group since 2014 and grateful for the opportunities to perform and choreograph his own work.
SUE CASLAVA tries to balance all aspects of her life as a wife, mother of three sons, teacher of the blind, teacher of first grade students, and as a dancer. She started dancing late in life, after completing her college gymnastics career, by training at Palomar with Faith Jensen-Ismay. She furthered her dance education by attending summer dance workshops with Isaacs, McCaleb and Dancers, training with Jean Isaacs and Terry Wilson. She has been dancing with Mojalet, almost from its inception, since 1990. When she's not teaching, dancing or shuttling her kids to their numerous activities, she enjoys ballroom dancing, water-skiing, snow skiing and taking trips with her family.
DAVID HANLON has danced with Mojalet since 2000, thoroughly enjoying his experiences with Faith and the other dancers. He previously studied with Karol Lee, Terry Sprague, Yvonne Hargundiguy and Terry Wilson, and has performed works by Patricia Sandback, Allyson Green, Melissa Nunn, Yolande Snaith, Betzi Roe and Katie Stevenson-Nollet, among others. He has performed in Trolley Dances numerous times, and has had the fortune of dancing with Faith in Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, L.A. and Northern California. David holds a BA in History and Social Science from CSUSM, and an AA in Dance from Mira Costa College. He currently teaches Character Leadership and History/Special Education at Vista High School. When he is not dancing or teaching, David sings with his church choir, hangs out with his precious nephews and niece, takes lots of yoga, and volunteers with social justice/animal welfare organizations. He also loves to try to bake ala Martha Stewart!