Katherine Marshall, Owner & Director
Katie started KJAM Studios in 2014 to address the need for producing and editing music and videos for performances, competitions, and auditions, and to provide private coaching both locally and nationally. It has since expanded to include dance classes geared specifically for teens and adults from the introductory levels through advanced technique. Katie started teaching in 2008 at her family’s competition studio, Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory, and became the Artistic Director of MPAC in 2013.
She is trained in Pedagogy in the Russian Ballet Syllabus (Vaganova Ballet Technique) and is an 8-time gold medalist at the US Adult Figure Skating National Championships. Her coaches are Kevin Franchini and Tisha DeKeno.
Her performance background includes Classical Ballet and Pointe, Musical Theatre, Rhythm Tap, Latin Jazz, Flamenco, Spanish Classical, and competitive dance and figure skating. Katie studied pedagogy under the late Professor Peggy Willis-Aarnio (Professor Emiratis Texas Tech) and continues her studies with Mentor and Master Teacher Lyla Medeiros (VKDCNY).
She teaches Classical Ballet, Pointe, and Variations, Jazz, and Tap giving intensive coaching for performance and competition with an emphasis on stage presence. Her goal is to further her student’s understanding of the creative process and keep their bodies injury free and strong during training.
Katie studies Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Castanets with Lili del Castillo, Modern Dance Techniques (Lester Horton and Martha Graham) with Elizabeth Lende and Dominic Guerra, Body Awareness and Injury Prevention mat work techniques with Celia Dale and Michelle Vaughn, Voice Acting and Classical Singing with Chuck Gilmore, and Theatre Arts and Acting with Elizabeth Lende.
Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance Competition (CRU): 2009 National Companies "Fashion Show Dance Company” and “Dance Spectacular Dance Company”. 2010, began choreographing regularly for CRU National Companies. 2013-2017, Director of the Fashion Show Dance Company. 2013-2017, Adjudicator, Emcee, Assistant Competition Director, and Logistics Coordinator.
Scholarships in New York, NY: New York Film Academy, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Acceptance to Programs of Study: Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of New York (Year-Round Program), New York, NY; State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, Santa Barbara, CA; Ballet Chicago Summer Intensive, Chicago, IL
Competitive Dance: Valentina Kozlova’s International Ballet Competition
Affiliations: United States Figure Skating Association, Albuquerque Figure Skating Club, Professional Skaters Association, National Dance Education Organization
Joe Nava, Office Manager, Classical Ballet & Fitness
Joe Nava’s ballet training began with Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory (MPAC), Dance Theatre of the Southwest, and 3 years with Ballet Chicago where he studied with Daniel Duell, Sheila Rozann and Ted Seymour. Nava is a founding member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque who’s performance credits include: The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment (The Nutcracker, Fandangos, Humming Bird, Spanish, Chinese, Snow), Peter and the Wolf (The Hunter), Billy the Kid, Coppélia (corps), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), and Dracula, A Love Story (Dr. Van Helsing). He has studied Classical Ballet as was founded by Agrippina Vaganova, The Balanchine Method, Horton and Graham Modern Technique, Bulgarian Folk Dance, Flamenco, and Classic Jazz.
Nava has received scholarships to Ballet Chicago, Arizona Ballet, State Street Ballet, and The Kirov Academy of Ballet. He was accepted to Ballet Chicago’s Year Round program and Studio Company and State Street Ballet’s Year Round and Apprentice Programs. In summer 2017, Nava attended the Summer Historical Dance Weekend & Workshops, “Exploring Nijinsky’s notes revealing his choreographic ideas for a sarabande to music of Bach” which focused on resetting two of Nijinsky’s works Rite of Spring and Jeux; hosted by the New York Baroque Dance Co. with Artistic Director Catherine Turocy, internationally acclaimed expert of Baroque and Pre-Classical Ballets.
Early in his career, Joe was acknowledged for his choreographic talents for his original work Waltz of the Mimes winning the regional and national choreography award at Cathy Roe’s Ultimate Dance.
Kevin Gallacher, Adult Tap & Adult Jazz
Kevin’s classical training began with Park Avenue Dance Works in Colorado, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Moving People Dance Santa Fe where he studied with artists Ronn Stewart, Jock Soto, Michael Vernon, Sam Watson, and Dudley Davis. His theatrical repertoire includes five seasons with The Santa Fe Opera performing principal dance roles in La Traviata, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, and Lucio Silla wrapping his 2016 season as the Assistant Choreographer for Roméo et Juliette and Don Giovanni. His original choreographic works Quantum and Quantum Luminous have received both national and international recognition and honors. Other performance credits include: The Richard Tucker Gala with Susan Graham at Lincoln Center, The Carnival of Wonders in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and Raymonda set by the staff of VKDCNY. As a company member of FBA he has performed in The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment (Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King, Dewdrop Cavalier, Lead Fandango, Señor Pacheco), Dracula, A Love Story (Count Dracula), and participated in Regional Dance America 2015 and 2016. Kevin’s other accolades include scholarships to the New York Film Academy and The University of Arizona’s BFA Program. Kevin is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors training in stage combat and stunts for film and television.
With seventeen years of teaching experience, Kevin is the former Technical Director at Marshall Performing Arts where he taught a full curriculum of dance education and is also a teacher on staff with Dance Theatre of the Southwest. He has taught dance and gymnastics in many recreational studios as well as pre-professional and professional companies throughout the state of New Mexico including Moving People Dance Santa Fe, Sandra’s School of Dance, Alwin School of the Dance, and New Mexico Ballet Company. Kevin is also the annual Guest Master Teacher, Choreographer, and Performance Coach for Weehawken Dance summer and winter intensives in Colorado. From 2005-2009 Kevin worked with Roger Montoya founder of the program Art’s in the Schools which focused on bringing dance, music, gymnastics and the performing arts to Espanola, New Mexico public school students ranging from Pre-K through grade 12.
Olivia Gassaway, Modern
Olivia grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been dancing for over 20 years. She attended New Mexico State University where she received a minor in Dance and was a part of NMSU’s Contemporary Dance Theater from 2008-2011. Olivia’s senior work was chosen as the student choreography to represent NMSU at the American College Dance Festival Association in the spring of 2011. Olivia’s passion for dance expanded and took flight as she trained and performed as an apprentice in Dance Trapeze, Rope and Harness, and Aerial Fabric with Project in Motion Aerial Dance Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After becoming a full company member with Project in Motion she performed, choreographed and co-taught a Beginning Aerial Fabric Class. Currently, Olivia is pursuing, exploring, and learning more about dance every day!
Marta Lichlyter, Dance Fitness
As a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Ms. Lichlyter has taught modern and jazz dance at Colorado State University, Western Michigan University, Texas Christian University and UNM. She has performed professionally with the Pulse Dance Experience, a modern/jazz dance company in Colorado, with Tim Wengerd and Company, a Graham based company, and was a founding member of the aLANDdance Performance Company, a multi-disciplinary company incorporating poetry, dance, music and film. Her choreographic works have been presented throughout the United States, Norway, and the Netherlands. She teaches modern dance at Keshet Dance Company and Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory. Marta Lichlyter holds a Ph.D. in Dance and Related Arts as well as a Masters in Choreography and Dance Education.