About Dance Factory

Eugene's Premier Dance Studio

About Dance Factory

About Dance Factory

Our Mission

The Dance Factory is a dance studio in Eugene, Oregon, that provides open dance classes, performance group rehearsals, and the opportunity to compete throughout Oregon as a soloist or in small groups. The studio opened in 2003 under the direction of Karl Mundt. In 2005, Lisa Gilliam took over and was the owner and director for 6 years, before handing the company over to Roshny Bhakta Martuscelli in 2011.

Here at the Dance Factory, we believe everyone should personally experience the arts. Dance develops balance, control, posture, focus and fine-tunes listening skills. Because dance inherently involves problem solving, patterns and sequencing, it enhances higher thinking abilities. Quality training in dance and acrobatic technique promotes self-confidence, creativity and a sense of exuberance in accomplishment. The Dance Factory and its instructors are committed to developing all of these attributes in a nurturing environment.

Roshny Bhakta Martuscelli, Director

Roshny B. MartuscelliRoshny Bhakta Martuscelli has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. She began her dance training at the age of six in Panama city, Panama where she was born. While in high school, Roshny joined The South Eugene Velocity (2001-2005), was a captain for 2 years and received her Varsity Letters in 2003. After graduation, she went on to assist Marist High School (2006-2007), North Eugene Dance Team (2007-2012) as well as head coach the Willamette High School Dance Team (2012-2016) and The University of Oregon Dance Team (2015-2016).

Roshny became a part of the Dance Factory family in 2003 where she danced under the direction of Karl Mundt and Lisa Gilliam in both jazz and hip-hop. She has trained with some of the finest instructors from the Eugene, Springfield, Portland, and Los Angeles area in modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and African dance. Her dream has always been to own and direct a dance studio and in 2011 that dream came true when she purchased the Dance Factory.

Roshny’s mission has always been to give back to the community that helped shape her. She continues to work with as many dance teams and studios as she can while also being a member of the Oregon Dance Team Judges Association, being a full-time mommy, and a loving wife. Roshny is always a student first and is constantly expanding her repertoire so she can be the very best coach, choreographer, and mentor to aspiring dancers everywhere.

Kerry Schaffer, Instructor

Kerry SchafferKerry Schaffer started with the Dance Factory when it opened in 2003 dancing on the senior acro, hip hop, and jazz companies. Since then she has she has been a member of Urban Elite and is still a member of The Prestige Senior. Kerry has also been teaching and subbing a variety of classes with the dance factory since 2009.

 

 

Mary Camu, Bookkeeper

Mary CamuMary Camu began her dance training at the Kathy Haller School of Dance in Los Angeles, Ca at the age of 7. She studied Ballet, Tap, and Jazz until high school when she taught pre-ballet there to ages 6 and younger. Mary received more dance training at Moorpark College in Southern California and focused on Jazz and Modern Dance. She performed with the Moorpark Dancers at citywide events.

After relocating to Eugene in 2009, Mary worked in various accounting and administrative positions for such diverse companies as the Cat & Bird Clinic, and most recently in accounting with Mercedes Benz of Eugene. Mary rekindled her love of dance when she joined The Dance Factory’s senior hip hop company Urban Elite in 2011.

Her dream job came along in 2014 where she was hired on as bookkeeper and dance instructor. She is married to Ryan Camu, a senior producer at Pipeworks software, located in Downtown Eugene. They are blessed with two children, Juno & Nola, who also dance with The Dance Factory.

Rachel Eisel, Instructor

rachel eiselHi, I’m Rachel! I’ve been with The Dance Factory for four out of my eleven years as a dancer. I have taught several different dance classes and age groups, and my experience ranges from tumbling to ballet. I can’t wait for another great season!

 

 

 

Katia Smead, Instructor

2016-07-13_1233Ms. Katia is ready to spice up and tone up our classes with some good-for-the-heart PiYo! What’s PiYo? It is a music-driven, athletic workout motivated by the mind/body practices of Pilates and yoga that also includes flexibility training, strength training, complete body conditioning and vibrant activity.

Sydney Summerville, Instructor

sydneyMy name is Sydney and I’m so excited to be teaching the kids dance sampler class at The Dance Factory! My goal is to share my passion for dance in a fun and inviting environment while teaching my students a strong technical foundation to build from. We will be learning and exploring the basics of ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. I look forward to seeing you all in class!

 

 

Rafael Newman, Instructor

rafaelWhat’s up my name is Rafael Newman. I am currently a student at the University of Oregon studying Biochemistry. Although I am studying a very time-consuming major, I always find time to dance and teach dance.

I have been dancing for most of my life. My mom is a dancer who teaches Brazilian dance in Seattle, which is where I started to dance and found a style that I truly love, breaking.

My training in dance includes some ballroom dances like tango, salsa, and waltz to more street dances like samba and breaking. The reason that I love to dance is the freedom of expression it gives when you find a style that fits you. I love teaching those who are looking for their own style and helping them find it.

Lou Moulder

lou moulderLou Moulder began dancing at the age of 3. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she started teaching Adult Ballet at Ballet Northwest Academy in Eugene in the summer of 2008 until the fall of 2016. In 2013, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Oregon. She also received the 2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Major Award. She performs and choreographs a variety of movement projects in the community. Ms. Lou is motivating, energizing, creative, and patient with her students. She is dedicated to providing enjoyment in the classes she teaches for both adult ballet beginners and those returning back to ballet.

Kendra Lady

kendra ladyHi, my name is Kendra and I am thrilled to be a part of the Dance Factory faculty for the 2017/2018 year. I have been dancing for about 15 years, training in ballet, modern, jazz, and African dance. I recently completed my Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance at the University of Oregon, where I performed in multiple concerts and was also a member of the Dema African dance performing ensemble for two years. I have previous teaching experience at Von Heidecke’s Dance Center in Illinois, where I taught pre-ballet/creative movement classes to children ages 3-6.

I will be teaching the Toddlers in Motion class at the Dance Factory for the fall term and will strive to create a positive, fun, and creative environment that introduces children to dance and encourages them to find the joy in movement and music. My non-dance related hobbies include writing, hiking, cooking vegan food, and reading. I am looking forward to joining this close-knit and supportive community of dancers!

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