Youth Dance Instructor
Pamela J. Cohen began dancing at an early age due to the encouragement of her first grade teacher. Her parents enrolled her with Mara Lysova, longtime Ventura County Ballet Instructor, and she danced and performed with Ballet Academie and Ballet Mime for 10 years. She moved to the Los Angeles area to continue training and there danced at several schools and companies including Ballet West, Michael Panieff, Eugene Loring, Bella Lewitsky and was a soloist with Sahakian & Co.. Returning to Ventura County in the mid 1970’s, Pamela completed her education, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with emphasis on Dance and a Masters in Physical Education. She has earned two Lifetime Teaching Credentials from the California State Community Colleges, in both Dance and Physical Education.
Pamela has been teaching children and adults in Ventura County for over 35 years. Curriculum includes modern and jazz dance and body conditioning at Oxnard College as well as ballet, tap dance, jazz/hip hop and parent and child dance and movement, tumbling and dance theater performance through city cultural arts and recreation programs in Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks in Camarillo. She also teaches specialty classes through Artist in the Classroom and Children’s Celebration of the Arts programs in area public and private schools.
Over the years Pamela has received numerous awards including the Wallace Stevens Award for excellence in teaching at Oxnard College, overall excellence awards from the cities of Ventura and Port Hueneme, Celebration of the Arts award from the City of Oxnard and outstanding service awards from the City of Ventura for Slippers n’ Masks Youth Dance Theatre.
Pamela Cohen is dedicated to sharing her knowledge, skills and love of the arts with the children and adults of Ventura County. With the nurturing, non-competitive nature of her classes she has touched the lives of thousands. Her students have developed socially, physically and intellectually. Many have kept dance a part of their lives well into adulthood and all have an appreciation for the arts that will last a lifetime.