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.

This summer, she will be teaching our Stretching & Tumbling open class and Kids Hip Hop/Jazz Combo classes.

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 eiselRachel will be working with fellow Instructor, Kerry Schaffer to bring an exciting and fun partner skills/tricks class. No partner needed for this class, but if you and your bestie(s) want to do something fun together, this is the class for you!

This summer, Rachel will also be teaching our Kids Hip Hop/Jazz Combo open classes. Her classes will incorporate a little bit of this and a little bit of that for our beginner dancing kiddos! Bring your kids to this fun and energetic dance class!

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.

This summer, Katia will be teaching PiYo open classes. Bring your yoga mats and plenty of water!

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 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.

Eliza Hoffman

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Eliza Hoffman is 19 years old and currently a Dance Major at Brigham Young University in Utah. Born and raised in Albany, Oregon, Eliza has always loved to dance, but didn’t begin any formal training until her junior year of high school, when she made the West Albany Hi-Steppers Dance Team. Her passion for dance then.. Exploded. By her senior year, she was a Captain on the dance team and looked for other ways to get involved. Eliza has done choreography for her high school’s A Cappella performing group, various community theatre productions, talent shows, and a few high school dance numbers. Eliza continued to dance throughout her first year of college at BYU, where she decided to start chasing her dreams of performing and traveling the world. She made it into the Dance Major in February of 2017, and has now been dancing for about 3 years.

Yesenia Hidalgo

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My name is Yesenia Hidalgo. I am a sophomore at University of Oregon
My major(s) are Political Science and French. I was on dance team for 4 years at South Salem high school! I am now a leader of Duck street dance club at UO. A hip hop ASUO associated dance group.My passion for dance is strong, but my passion for hip hop is immense, I love the culture and art of dance, and I love dancing with a diverse group of styles and people. if you want to get to know me more, don’t be free to ask questions, because i would love to get to know you too!

 

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