Kinesiology Dance Faculty & Staff
Full Time Faculty:
Part-Time Faculty & Staff:
Current Part-time Teachers and Graduate Students (Subject to change each semester)
- Bethana Rosenthal, M.S.
- Mariesha Griffin, BFA
- Lilia Kibarska, BFA, M.S.
- Elizabeth Shanon Rohrer, M.S.
- Evan Rosenblatt, M.S.
Conchita Madrid Silva, B.A. Music Education
Ms. Madrid Silva received her education at New Mexico Highlands, University of California, Los Angeles, University of New Mexico, and did graduate work: San Francisco State University and California State University at Northridge. For many years she worked as a music teacher in Santa Fe Schools. Her performance career encompassed Musical Director, Conductor, and Soloist performing in concerts and special events including a decade performing on Princess Cruises. Ms. Madrid Silva is a well-respected dance accompanist playing at such places as San Francisco Ballet, American School of Dance under Eugene Loring, Los Angeles Dance Center, Paradise, Glendale College, Joe Tremaine Studio, Debbie Reynolds Studio and Performing Arts Studio. Since 2001 she has been employed at CSUN where she not only accompanies dance classes but also initiated and writes a dance department newsletter CSUNDANCERS. She is owner of a voice and piano studio for the last 20 years in North Hollywood with husband, singer Tony Silva. Currently, Conchita is working on publishing and recording her compositions and writing a memoir.
Psy.D. Psychology, American Behavioral Studies Institute, 1998; Diploma - Centre for Training in Psychotherapy,
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, 1997; MA, English Literature, York University, 1976; B.ED, Education, University of
Toronto, 1974; Hons. B.A., English, York University, 1973. Psychologist Lic.# PSY16652
Dr. Thomson, Psychologist, Professor Emeritus, York University (Canada); Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge; adjunct faculty at Santa Barbara and Pacifica Graduate Institutes. For over twenty-five years Paula taught at international arts programs, most notably Julliard School of Music, Stratford Festival, Canadian Opera Company. Formerly Artistic Director and dancer, she continues professional work as movement coach/choreographer and writes on the effect of trauma on development / creativity. She works in private practice, specializing in patients who have trauma histories, dissociative disorders and/or issues of blocked creativity. Interest in attachment theory led to trainings with Drs. Schore, Sroufe, Hesse, Main and others. She researches fantasy-proneness, dissociation, trauma, dysautonomia / metabolic disorders as they relate to attachment and to creativity.
Bethana Rosenthal, M.S - Dance Instructor, Performer, Choreographer
With great passion and devotion, Bethana teaches a variety of dance forms to students of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Her experience and specializations include Ballet, Jazz, Modern dance, Ballroom, Latin dance, and Creative dance. Bethana began teaching at CSUN in 2004. In addition to her university teaching, Bethana actively performs Latin/ballroom dance with her husband and teaches Latin dance classes and workshops locally and Internationally. She also teaches creative dance and partner dance for K-8 students at The Foothill Progressive Montessori School in La Canada, California. Bethana received much of her intensive dance training from master teachers Meredith Baylis, Rebecca Wright, Stanley Holden, and Latin dance legends Freddy Rios and Eddie Torres. She also studied with Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and New York City's Ballroom and Latin Dancesport. Bethana toured with Ballet Theater Pennsylvania and has performed for numerous corporate and private events on both the East and West coasts. She has choreographed for college and children's productions as well as for the professional world and has created internationally popular instructional videos in salsa, swing, and hustle. Her Master's degree in kinesiology from CSUN and her varied dance experiences have provided Bethana an understanding of the physical and psychological benefits derived from participation in dance; in addition, she knows how vital the role of the teacher is in providing correct and safe technique in which the dancers may flourish and find enrichment through the wonderful art form of dance!
A native Iranian, a former professional dancer and classroom teacher, holds a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Movement and Dance Studies from Wesleyan University. He is a professor of Elementary Education and Kinesiology at California State University, Northridge, teaching movement, dance, science, and math education and supervising student teachers in credential programs. As an interdisciplinary teacher, he brings a cross-cultural perspective to teaching.
Lilia Kibarska was born and raised in Bulgaria. She was a rhythmic gymnast for thirteen years, five of which were in the Bulgarian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She was a European Junior Champion, European Senior Vice-Champion, Fourth in the World, and a winner of numerous international group championships. She came to the US to work for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a dancer. After two years of traveling she moved to California to study dance in higher education and eventually earned a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts. During her undergraduate education she was invited to perform as a guest artist with Limon Dance Company. Lilia earned an MS in Dance at CSUN where she also teaches Modern Dance.
Received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Degree (1997) and Bachelor of Education Degree (1980) from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. She taught elementary and middle school physical education and dance for five years in Saskatchewan prior to relocating to Columbia, South Carolina to complete her Master of Science Degree (1990) and Doctor of Philosophy Degree (1992). Terry has taught in teacher education programs at five universities (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; University of Alberta, Edmonton; University of South Carolina, Columbia; University of Victoria, British Columbia; and California State University, Northridge). During her years of teaching experience, Terry has developed expertise in developmentally appropriate physical education and dance for children using Movement Concepts (Laban) and Skill themes. She is also interested in the study of children at risk for obesity