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Professor inspired Riverside dancer to teach

By in Press Enterprise on November 22, 2017

By Patrick Brien

When Mark Haines was growing up, he intended to pursue a career as a singer. While training as a vocalist with hopes of being what he calls “the next Harry Connick, Jr.,” learning choreography and dancing always came easily to him.

“It wasn’t until a dancer I was working with in a theme park show suggested that I audition for a dance scholarship at Joe Tremaine’s Dance Center in Hollywood that I started to think about dance as a possible career choice,” says the 52-year-old Riverside resident. “Long story short, I received the scholarship at Tremaine’s, and my life started to move in a different direction. I was 22 at the time.”

Haines went on to study with Keith Clifton at the Clifton Dance Project in Huntington Beach before beginning his academic journey at Riverside City College. After one year, he transferred to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he earned his BFA in Dance. Haines would go on to receive his MFA in Dance from UC Irvine.

  • Mark Haines, 52, of Riverside, is seen here teaching at Riverside City College. Haines says that during his 18 years at the college, he has come to understand that a dance program is only as good as its faculty. (Photo courtesy of Mark Haines)

  • Mark Haines, 52, of Riverside, is seen here teaching at Riverside City College. Haines says that during his 18 years at the college, he has come to understand that a dance program is only as good as its faculty. (Photo courtesy of Mark Haines)

    Mark Haines, 52, of Riverside, is seen here teaching at Riverside City College. Haines says that during his 18 years at the college, he has come to understand that a dance program is only as good […]    

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